ESPN Renews Exclusive Broadcast Rights To the English Premier League in Brazil

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ESPN Renews Exclusive Broadcast Rights To the English Premier League in Brazil

Three-Year Agreement Runs Through the 2018-2019 Season

Sao Paulo, September 2015 – ESPN announced today that it has acquired the exclusive broadcast rights in Brazil for the English Premier League for the 2016-17 through the 2018-2019 seasons.  The agreement includes exclusive rights for all media, including pay television, streaming (WatchESPN), VOD and other exclusive content.

“The English Premier League is one of the world’s top football properties and we are very pleased to have renewed it and bring it to Brazilian fans for three more years,” said German Hartenstein, general manager, ESPN Brazil.  “With this agreement, our coverage of the main European Championships on our networks is one of the best in the market, where fans can watch the most important stars in action during the entire season with best-in-class broadcast production values.”intext EPL

Premier League Executive Chairman, Richard Scudamore, said: “We are very pleased that ESPN has again chosen to invest in our broadcasting rights in Brazil. They have done an excellent job with Premier League rights, with audiences for our matches growing significantly on ESPN channels in Brazil. We look forward to continuing our work with them to make the best Premier League content available to our fans across the country.”

The English Premier League brings together stars such as Falcão García, Rooney, Oscar, Diego Costa, Aguero, Fernandinho, Felipe Coutinho, Petr Cech, Schweinsteiger and Roberto Firmino, and Brazilian National Team members Ramires and William, among many others who delight sports fans in Brazil and around the world.

During the past two seasons, ESPN has grown the League’s pay-tv audience on its networks in Brazil by 149%.  The EPL match with the largest audience on ESPN in 2015 was played between Arsenal and Chelsea on April 26 and placed ESPN viewership first in ratings among sports channels.

ESPN Brazil’s coverage of the Premier League will air across a variety of multimedia platforms, including ESPN’s television networks ESPN, ESPN+ and ESPN Brasil.  WatchESPN, ESPN Brazil’s broadband network, and its national digital platforms ESPN.com.br and ESPN Sync, it second screen app, will also offer extensive coverage each season.

ESPN Brazil is the home of top European soccer events and other flagship soccer championships. ESPN’s unmatched roster of live soccer programming available in the region includes: La Liga BBVA, Bundesliga, Italian Serie A, French Ligue 1, Portuguese Primeira Liga, Dutch Eredivisie, English FA Cup & Football League Cup, Spanish Copa del Rey, Mexican Liga MX & Copa MX, and Campeonato Brasileiro Serie A, among others.

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