Football’s governing body in the Caribbean and Americas, CONCACAF (The Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football) and TV company Univision Deportes have signed a multi-million dollar agreement to broadcast matches in the United States.
The contract was signed by Jeffrey Webb, president of CONCACAF, and Juan Carlos Rodriguez, president of Univision Deportes, on Univision Network’s leading sports entertainment programme Republica Deportiva.
The agreement, the largest in CONCACAF’s history, gives Univision exclusive Spanish and Portuguese United States broadcast rights to the Gold Cup, Champions League and several other major tournaments.
“This substantial deal demonstrates the growing interest in the game among American fans and will ensure millions more can enjoy their favourite matches throughout the United States,” said Webb.
“Our fans in the US have incredible passion and excitement for the sport and we are pleased to give them more access to watch the games they love.
“After historic wins at the Olympics by Mexico, Canada, and the USA and record viewership of the 2011 Gold Cup on Univision, this agreement will allow us to showcase the highest quality of competitions and talent from all of our member nations.”
“We have brought the passion and excitement of the CONCACAF games to millions of homes for years and now fans will be able to follow every kick, head bump and goal as their favourite teams move through these exhilarating tournaments,” said Rodriguez. “With this ground breaking deal, Univision Deportes will deliver the richest soccer rights portfolio in Hispanic sports media.”
Meanwhile, the South American Football Association, aka CONMEBOL, wants to hold the 2016 Copa America in the United States and include the participation of six national teams from CONCACAF.
CONCACAF officials have confirmed that they are conducting talks on this matter.
The Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football is one of six continental confederations of FIFA and governs football in this part of the world. It is composed of 40 national associations, from Canada in the north to Guyana, Surinam and French Guyana in the south.
“Even though playing the 2016 Copa America in the CONCACAF region with our teams and those from CONMEBOL would be a wonderful experience for all fans, we are still in the midst of talks and negotiations between all parties involved in this decision,” said CONCACAF General Secretary, Enrique Sanz.
“This is an idea we are hoping to materialise but we are still evaluating and discussing before it becomes official but the intention is definitely there.”
In July, CONCACAF President, Jeffrey Webb, met with Executive Committee members of CONMEBOL in Sao Paulo, Brazil, to explore the potential for collaborative opportunities between the two confederations.
Among items discussed was the staging of a special Copa America in 2016 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of CONMEBOL that would involve CONCACAF’s partnership and participation.