Latin American soccer streaming service Fanatiz has agreed a partnership with sports agency MP & Silva for the rights to stream the 2018 editions of the major continental club soccer tournaments organised by South American soccer’s governing body, Conmebol, in the US and Canada.
Under the terms of the deal, the over-the-top (OTT) platform will show all matches from South America’s premier club competition, the Copa Libertadores, as well as the continent’s secondary international club soccer tournament, the Copa Sudamericana.
In the US, Fanatiz will stream a total of 40 Copa Libertadores games, as well as exclusively covering 30 Copa Sudamericana matches.
Meanwhile, in Canada, the service will be the exclusive live broadcaster of all games from both tournaments.
Fanatiz will make the games available on its digital platform as well as via mobile applications.
MP & Silva acquired the OTT rights to the Conmebol competitions from US broadcaster Fox.
Matias Rivera, chief executive of Fanatiz, said: “At Fanatiz our mission is to connect global fans with Latin America’s best soccer through our legal, high-quality and reliable service. We’re very excited to announce this rights acquisition deal that will bring the best South American club soccer to US and Canadian audiences.”
Frank Uddo, president of MP & Silva, North America, added: “MP & Silva is excited to have finalized this deal helping expand the reach of these two prestigious tournaments.”
The group stage of the 2018 Copa Libertadores gets underway this week and will conclude on 24th May. The top two teams in each group will then compete in the knockout stage, which culminates in a final on 28th November. The Copa Sudamericana, meanwhile, began on 13th February and will conclude on 12th December.
News of the Fanatiz deal comes after Conmebol’s main council approved plans to switch the final of the Copa Libertadores from its current two-legged format to a one-off match at a neutral venue from 2019.