ESPN Acquires Rights to the Paulista and Brazilian Soccer Championships in Latin America and the Caribbean
Four-year agreement with Globo starts with 2012 season. Includes live transmission of up to 100 games per year to non-Portuguese speaking countries.
ESPN International has signed an exclusive agreement with TV Globo for four seasons of the Paulista and Brazilian Championships. Under the agreement, ESPN can exclusively broadcast up to 100 games live via all means and media in Spanish speaking Latin America and the Caribbean.
Tim Bunnell, Senior Vice President of Programming and Marketing for ESPN International said “we are very excited to announce our agreement with Globo which provides us with the ability to offer our sports fans in Latin America and the Caribbean year-round soccer content from two of the flagship soccer championships in the world”.
In addition, ESPN will broadcast the weekly program FootBrazil, which highlights the best plays and presents special interviews related to Brazilian soccer. This marks the first time in over a decade that ESPN will broadcast Brazilian soccer to the region.
Countries in which ESPN will have the right to broadcast the games in Latin America and the Caribbean include: Argentina, Ascension Islands, Belize, Bermuda, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Falkland Islands, French Guyana, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay, Venezuela, and the Caribbean (excluding U.S. territories and possessions).
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