ESPN Secures Rights to CONCACAF Champions League in Latin America

ESPN and CONCACAF (Confederation
of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football) have reached
an agreement that will bring expansive coverage of the new CONCACAF Champions
League to fans across all of Mexico, Central America, South America, and the
Caribbean. The agreement includes television,
online, broadband and radio rights to CONCACAF Champions League

for the next four
seasons starting in 2008-09.

“We are pleased to have reached this agreement with
CONCACAF,” says Tim Bunnell, senior vice president, programming and marketing,
ESPN International. “I am thrilled that ESPN can play a part in showcasing this
exciting new property across its platforms. The scope of this agreement offers
us with a tremendous opportunity to serve soccer fans in the region.”

“We
are excited to be working with ESPN over the next four years,” adds CONCACAF General
Secretary Chuck Blazer. “We are
confident ESPN’s multiple media platforms will help maximize awareness of the
CONCACAF Champions League throughout Mexico, Central and South
America, and the Caribbean.”

In Mexico, the deal calls for exclusive
rights via all means of television, radio, internet and broadband. Each season,
ESPN will air a minimum of 64 CONCACAF Champions League matches. ESPN’s CONCACAF coverage will also
extend to Central America, South American and the Caribbean, and will commence with matches from the
preliminary stage taking place August 26-28.