Verizon picks up Concacaf media rights

US telco to show Concacaf Champions League and other club tournaments.

Verizon picks up Concacaf media rights

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Verizon Communications has agreed a multi-platform media rights deal with Concacaf, the governing body for soccer in North and Central America and the Caribbean.

The agreement gives the telecommunications giant exclusive English-language rights to distribute a host of Concacaf tournaments across its digital media platforms in the US, including the continent’s premier club soccer competition, the Concacaf Champions League, and the annual continental knockout club soccer competition, the Concacaf League.

Verizon has said that it will also show over 15 other Concacaf tournaments, and that selected competitions will also be available in Mexico and the Caribbean.

Coverage will be showcased across platforms such as Yahoo Sports, go90 and Complex.

The length and financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed.

“As the Concacaf Champions League continues to gain attention as the region’s most important club tournament, this partnership with Verizon offers a great opportunity for fans who will now be able to follow their favorite teams live as they fight for the confederation crown,” said Jurgen Mainka, chief commercialisation offer at Concacaf.

“Our partnership with Concacaf is yet another example of how we’re fuelling our platforms to become the first screen for live sports,” added Brian Angiolet, senior vice president of global content and media at Verizon. “This deal is especially exciting as fans look to us for unique content and experiences in soccer.”