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Telemundo Lands U.S. Rights To Mexican Soccer Club León

Comcast-owned Spanish-language network Telemundo followed through on a promise to remain a player for Mexican league soccer this afternoon, landing multi-platform U.S. rights to Club León, a historically popular team that was promoted to the first division for '12-13. The acquisition comes six weeks after Telemundo competitor Univision swept in to secure all-platform rights to popular Liga Mx soccer club Chivas de la Guadalajara beginning next year. Earlier this year, four other clubs – Monterrey, Toluca, Tigres and Puma – moved from Telemundo to Univision.

Telemundo did not disclose financial terms. Univision’s deal with Chivas pays the club upward of $15M a year, according to a television source familiar with Liga Mx rights.
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