Sportsnet to Broadcast 2014 World Cup Qualifying

Sportsnet and Sportsnet World have announced they have signed new contracts to show various 2014 World Cup qualifying matches. These will include home qualifiers and friendlies for England, Germany, France, Italy and Spain.

Here is the press release.

Sportsnet, Canada’s premiere destination for all things soccer, today announced it has secured the Canadian multimedia rights to more than 250 soccer matches, including qualifiers and friendlies, leading up to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil.

The new package features a comprehensive suite of multimedia rights including television, online and mobile – headlined by all qualifier and friendly home matches for Germany, France, Italy, Spain and England from the Road to Rio.

Today’s announcement marks the third premium soccer rights acquisition recently secured by Sportsnet. In the past month, the network also announced multiyear, multiplatform rights agreements for the UEFA Europa League and UEFA Champions League.

“Sportsnet is committed to fueling fans with premium soccer content across multiple platforms,” said Navaid Mansuri, Vice-President of Finance & Sports Programming, Rogers Media. “We are thrilled to be leading Canadians down the exciting road to the 2014 FIFA World Cup for the next two years and providing soccer fans with access to matches featuring the world’s top ranked teams as they prepare for the most illustrious soccer event in the world.”

Sportsnet’s coverage leading up to the 2014 FIFA World Cup includes teams from Canada, Spain, Germany, France, Netherlands, Portugal, England, Croatia, Italy, Greece and the Czech Republic. Coverage kicks off on June 8 with Canada vs. Cuba. (Full broadcast schedule to be released at a later date).

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