Univision spends US$60m on 2016 Copa

Spanish language network Univision has reportedly moved quickly to secure broadcast rights to the 2016 Copa America Centenario

Spanish language network Univision has reportedly moved quickly to secure broadcast rights to the 2016 Copa America Centenario

The tournament, which will be played in the United States, was only confirmed last week. To celebrate the centenary of CONMEBOL, the governing body for soccer in South America, the organisation will stage a special edition of the Copa America, its flagship national team competition.

Teams from CONCACAF, which covers north and central America, will be invited to compete.

Univision will reportedly broadcast the tournament in the United States in Spanish, with estimates suggesting it will pay US$60 million. The agreement shores up Univision’s national team soccer coverage, as it has lost the Spanish-language US  rights to Fifa-sanctioned tournaments to Telemundo from 2015. It will, however, broadcast this summer’s World Cup from Brazil.

The English rights to the Copa America Centenario have yet to be sold but will likely be the subject of a fierce bidding battle amongst the likes of Fox, NBC and ESPN. Fox, which acquired the rights to Major League Soccer until 2022 this week and will broadcast the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, is believed to have the first option to make a bid.