Uefa awards Central and Latin America pay-TV rights

21 June 2011 | Posted in Broadcast, Soccer, South America, | By Michael Long

Uefa has awarded pay-TV broadcast rights for the 2012-2015 Uefa Champions League and Uefa Europa League to both ESPN International and Fox Sports Latin America.

The deal, which does not include Brazil, will guarantee the broadcasters two live games per Uefa Champions League match night and at least one live Uefa Europa League game every match week.

While coverage will be primarily on the regional ESPN Latin America network, extra coverage will be shown on ESPN+, ESPN2 and ESPN HD. The Fox Sports channel will be the focus of the Fox distribution, with Fox Sports+, Fox Sports HD and Fox Sports Premium also being used to achieve additional live and delayed coverage each match week.

In compliance with Uefa's platform neutral approach, the two competitions will be broadcast via internet, mobile and television on both ESPN and Fox Sports.

Commenting on the awarding of these rights in the region, Guy-Laurent Epstein, marketing director of Uefa Events SA, said: "Uefa is delighted to announce the extension of its relationship with Fox Sports in Central and Latin America as well as welcoming ESPN back as a partner in the region. By confirming these deals, we can ensure that Europe's best club football is delivered on the best pan-regional platform for sports fans in the territory."

Both parties also acquired the right to show coverage of the Uefa Europa League in the Caribbean, the Uefa Champions League rights having been acquired by Fox Sports in a previous tender.

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