CBC and Sportsnet have a bit of history in teaming up to show international soccer. The two combined to broadcast last year’s Women’s World Cup from Germany. CBC has now signed a deal with Sportsnet that makes Sportsnet an official FIFA broadcast through 2014. Sportsnet is now the cable home to the upcoming 2012 Women’s U20, 2013 Confederations Cup, 2013 Men’s U20 World Cup, 2014 Women’s U20 (in Canada) and the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Here is the press release.
CBC today announced an agreement with Sportsnet which will provide Canadians with an unprecedented level of coverage of upcoming international soccer events including the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™.
The sub-licensing deal will see Sportsnet carry matches of the competitions for which CBC holds Canadian broadcast rights under its agreement with FIFA. These include the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Japan 2012, the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Azerbaijan 2012, the FIFA Futsal World Cup Thailand 2012, the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013, the FIFA U-20 World Cup Turkey 2013, the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Tahiti 2013, the FIFA U-17 World Cup UAE 2013, the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Canada 2014, the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Costa Rica 2014, and the 2014 FIFA World Cup BrazilTM.
“This is an exciting arrangement which will ensure that Canadians are able to enjoy all of the action of ‘the beautiful game’ at its most prestigious level,” said Jeffrey Orridge, CBC’s Executive Director of Sports Properties. “CBC is committed to sharing the best in Canadian and international sporting events with viewers across the country, and this new agreement allows for broader coverage of these marquee FIFA tournaments.”
“Sportsnet is committed to providing fans with access to premium soccer content, and providing viewers with exceptional broadcast coverage,” said Scott Moore, President, Broadcast, Rogers Media. “We are thrilled to be part of bringing Canadians comprehensive coverage of the 2014 World Cup and other world-class FIFA events over the next three years.”
Under the agreement, Sportsnet officially becomes a licensed broadcaster of the 2014 FIFA World Cup BrazilTM.
This month, CBC connects Canadians to FIFA World Cup soccer as Team Canada’s first round of group play matches from the upcoming FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup from Japan will be broadcast live on the network. Complete broadcast details are available online with completed matches available on demand via cbcsports.ca. Sportsnet will also be broadcasting matches from FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, beginning August 20. Please visit Sportsnet.ca for broadcast schedule.