Report: ESPN Will Not Win U.S. Broadcasting Rights For World Cup

Friday October 21st, 2011!/GrantWahl/status/127369467587067906

ESPN will not win the U.S. broadcasting rights for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, according to a tweet from Grant Wahl of Sports Illustrated.

Yesterday several major broadcasters including ESPN, Fox, and NBC submitted bids to FIFA to secure rights to the events, which are being sold as a package together. The bidding reportedly took place in a closed-door meeting at FIFA headquarters, and an announcement on the broadcast rights could be made as soon as today. ESPN previously won the English-language rights for the 2010 and 2014 World Cup package for $100 million, and Univision paid $325 million for the Spanish-language rights.

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