Fox Sports and Telemundo have won the rights from FIFA to telecast the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.
According to reports in the Wall Street Journal, Fox will pay in excess of $400 million for the rights while Comcast, Telemundo’s parent company, will pay $600 for the Spanish language rights. The deal includes the rights to all FIFA World Cup events beginning in 2015. Along with the men’s tournament, Fox and Telemundo will also provide coverage of the 2019 Women’s World Cup.
Included in the Fox deal are rights to online content and radio broadcasts from the tournaments.
“We are truly honored for FIFA to award the Fox Sports Media Group these extremely important rights.” said Fox Sports Media Group Chairman David Hill, “The FIFA World Cup and Women’s World Cup are two of the world’s biggest competitions. It is our privilege to be entrusted with these rights in the United States from 2015 through 2022.”
ESPN, which holds the rights to the 2014 World Cup, was considered the frontrunner heading into the bidding process.