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BeIN lands Copa Libertadores rights in US and Canada

FC Diez Media deal sees broadcaster also add Copa Sudamericana to regional portfolio.

by Steven Impey

BeIN lands Copa Libertadores rights in US and Canada

Qatar-based pay-TV broadcaster BeIN Sports has secured exclusive media rights to South American soccer’s Copa Libertadores and Copa Sudamericana club competitions in the US and Canada through 2022.

The four-year deal also includes rights to the Recopa Sudamericana, an annual two-leg clash between the respective champions from the continent’s top two knock-out tournaments during the same period.

BeIN subscribers will be have access to live matches via the network’s English and Spanish channels, as well as BeIN Sports Connect, the broadcaster’s streaming platform.

Antonio Briceño, BeIN Sports’ regional deputy managing director, said: “The new agreement, and strong partnership with Conmebol, allows us to further cater to our unique audience, evolving our coverage from the best of the weekend to now the best of the week with our robust broadcast commitment for these must watch tournaments.”

The agreement, which was brokered by FC Diez Media, a joint venture between DAZN Group and IMG, adds to BeIN’s soccer rights in North America.

Its US portfolio includes Spain’s La Liga and Copa del Rey and France’s Ligue One and Coupe de France, which BeIN has said will not conflict with its Copa Libertadores and Copa Sudamericana coverage.

This year’s Recopa Sudamericana, the first broadcasts as part of the new contract, will be played over two legs on 20th February and 6th March between Argentina’s River Plate and Brazil’s Athletico Paranaense, South America’s respective Copa Libertadores and Copa Sudamericana champions.