Fox Sports and UEFA announced today that Fox has won the U.S. exclusive multi-media rights to the 2016 Euro Championships and the European qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup.
Fox also announced that is has agreed to sublicense half the game inventory to ESPN for carriage on its television and digital platforms. Both ESPN and Fox Sports will be televising over 270 events for both cycles.
Fox will be the U.S. home to the 2018 World Cup.
“The journey for a country to be represented in two of the most prestigious soccer tournaments in the world is some of the most exciting soccer played each year,” said David Nathanson, Executive Vice President, FOX Soccer. “There are no two media properties better fit to showcase these matches than ESPN and FOX Sports whom already have the broadcast rights to the UEFA EURO 2016TM and the 2018 FIFA World CupTM respectively. The UEFA European Qualifiers adds a new dimension of depth to our robust portfolio of soccer broadcast rights.”
“UEFA has gone to great lengths to organize these critical and competitive matches,” said Scott Guglielmino, ESPN senior vice president for programming. “We are delighted to work with UEFA and FOX to bring fans in the United States all the qualifying matches in Europe for UEFA EURO 2016TM and the 2018 FIFA World CupTM.”