Mexican broadcast giants Televisa and TV Azteca have renewed their shared TV rights agreement with the Mexican Football Federation (FMF), the governing body for soccer in Mexico.
Under the terms of the renewal, the two companies will continue to share coverage of Mexico’s men’s and women’s national teams up to and including the men’s 2026 Fifa World Cup.
It had been widely reported that NBC Universal/Telemundo and renowned Mexican business magnate Carlos Slim’s America Movil had separately tabled more lucrative offers to the FMF. However, the previous contract with Televisa and TV Azteca included an automatic renewal clause that meant that NBC Universal/Telemundo and America Movil’s respective bids were not considered for this cycle.
According to Alejandro Irarragorri, president of Santos Laguna and a member of the FMF's commercial committee, “the renewal clause won't exist in the future”. The 42-year old added that the FMF has been able to “improve the terms substantially in different markets".
In April, it was confirmed by the FMF that Mexico would submit a joint bid with the USA and Canada to host the 2026 World Cup.