Telemundo snares another soccer contract


On the heels of Telemundo Media’s historic acquisition of the exclusive Spanish-language U.S. media rights to FIFA World Cup Soccer across all platforms (except radio) from 2015 through 2022, the NBCUniversal-owned network announced that it has secured the exclusive Spanish-language media rights to the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifiers for London 2012.

The agreement includes US (including Puerto Rico) Spanish-language and all media rights (except for CONCACAF Marketing & TV’s co-exclusive institutional website rights on and radio) for the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifiers for the men’s tournament from March 22 – April 2. Mexico and the US Under-23 squads will be part of these qualifiers, along with Canada, Honduras, El Salvador, Panama, and two teams from the Caribbean yet to be determined. Telemundo Media and Universal Sports will produce the 15 men’s matches. Universal Sports Network’s rights include exclusive English-language telecasts of all United States matches and the finals from each of the two tournaments.

“Building on the momentum of our landmark FIFA World Cup acquisition for 2015-2022, we are excited to have been selected as the new home of the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifiers,” said Emilio Romano, President, Telemundo Media. “This new deal further expands Deportes Telemundo’s footprint in sports programming and reinforces our commitment to our audience to provide the best and most comprehensive coverage of the most popular and loved sport in the world.”

In addition to the CONCACAF and FIFA events, Telemundo Media currently owns the exclusive US broadcast and online rights to certain away FIFA World Cup qualifying matches of The Mexican National Team as well as Las Chivas de Guadalajara, Mexico’s most popular club team.