The pact with the Union of European Football Association, financial terms of which were not disclosed, enables the giant sports programmer, which had the rights to Euroto provide extensive and exclusive live coverage of the Euro and Euro tournaments across an array of multimedia platforms, including ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3. Moreover, ESPN Deportes will serve as the exclusive Spanish-language television network in the States for both championships, while in-progress and post-match highlights can be featured across key ESPN outlets. That agreement also encompasses online video streaming on Foxsoccer. Inthe field will expand to 24 teams and 51 matches in France, with the networks again scheduled to team on all the live action.
But that news represents only one part of a larger story.
Here are five main takeaways from these deals: 1 ESPN remains committed to soccer. This deal offered an emphatic answer to that question: he does.
A deal for either property would have fit neatly into its streaming strategy. That includes European soccer matches, where games are played in daytime, midweek time periods, when fans are at school or work and more likely to stream games.
BeIN Sports just went through the roughest four-day stretch of any sports television network in recent memory.
Editor's note: BeIN returned to Verizon over the weekend in a deal cut after our deadline. A Comcast source told me that the dispute had less to do with money, as beIN was asking for a small affiliate fee increase.
Rather, Comcast was concerned that beIN would not be able to guarantee that it would keep those programming deals in place through the length of its affiliate deal.
ESPN is losing subscribers. Its rights fee payouts are increasing. For more than a decade, readers have asked me to write about the rights bubble that is about to burst.