SBD/February 2, 2011/Media

ESPN Renews Deal With UEFA For Media Rights Through '16

ESPN will be exclusive U.S. home for Euro Cup in '12, '16 in all languages
ESPN yesterday announced that it has reached an extension of its media rights deal with UEFA, which will allow for multiplatform coverage of the European Football Championship soccer tournaments in '12 and '16. ESPN will be the exclusive U.S. home of both tourneys in all languages, with ESPN Deportes to serve as the exclusive Spanish-language U.S. TV network for both events. The deal also includes the rights to several UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying matches, which began in September and will conclude in November '11. Meanwhile, TSN and TSN2 have signed on as the exclusive TV broadcasters in Canada for UEFA Euro 2012 and 2016. RDS and RIS will be the exclusive French-language TV broadcasters for both tournaments. The deal includes coverage of the UEFA Euro U-21 Championships and UEFA Women's Euro in '13 (THE DAILY).

TSN LANDS MLS: The GLOBE & MAIL's Bruce Dowbiggin reported TSN also appears to have "acquired the broadcast rights" in Canada for MLS. The CBC and Rogers Sportsnet have been "carrying Toronto FC games and league championship matches since the team was formed" in '07. But sources indicated that TSN/CTV has purchased the national package in a deal that includes "rights to a weekly game featuring" either Toronto or Vancouver Whitecaps and the MLS postseason. Sources said that while the CBC "made a competitive bid," MLS "wants the profile it believes that TSN can deliver on its SportsCentre and other broadcasts." The sources noted that TSN also "has the inside track" on local rights to the expansion Whitecaps and Montreal Impact, deals that are "separately negotiated" (GLOBESPORTS.com, 2/1).
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