ESPN nets US rights to Africa Cup of Nations
Editor | 21-01-2013
Almost just before the first ball was kicked in the opening game between the host nation and Cape Verde, ESPN has scored the rights to show the Africa Cup of Nations in the US.
The African football tournament has generated much excitement over its recent history and acted, as many a European team can attest, as a showcase for some of the world’s leading football players such as three-times Champions League winner Samuel Eto'o of Cameroon’s and Côte d'Ivoire’s Didier Drogba and Yaya Touré who respectively were the driving forces of teams, Chelsea and Manchester City, claiming the Champions League and the English Premier League (EPL).
This year’s three-week tournament will mark the first time it will have been available in the US via a media platform reaching a mass audience and the sports broadcasting giant will show the action from on its ESPN3 multiscreen sports network.
The rights agreement includes access to match highlights across ESPN media platforms such as ESPN FC, described as the company’s “sole destination for soccer content”, studio news, highlights and analysis programmes such as SportsCenter, ESPN FC Press Pass on ESPNEWS, as well as SportsCenter and Los Capitanes on 24-hour Spanish-language sports network ESPN Deportes, which will also televise the semi-finals and final.