Report: Fox close to winning 2016 Copa America English TV rights

Tuesday May 5th, 2015

Fox is expected to be awarded the English-language broadcast rights to the 2016 Copa America, Sports Business Daily's John Ourand reports.

An official announcement is expected to be made this month, according to Ourand. 

The 2016 event marks the tournament's 100th anniversary and will be played in the United States. The 2015 Copa America in Chile will be shown on Spanish-language network Univision and beIN Sports, which is available to 14.6% of American television owners.

Fox also has the rights to this summer's Women's World Cup and CONCACAF Gold Cup, as well as the 2017 Confederations Cup and 2018 World Cup. It also broadcasts MLS and Champions League games and will begin broadcasting Bundesliga matches next season. 

Fox made news a few months ago, when FIFA granted the network English rights through the 2026 World Cup without a bidding process. FIFA maintains it did nothing wrong by not opening the opportunity to bid on TV rights after 2022 to competing networks.

- Dan Gartland

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