Fox and SporTV opt to share Copa Libertadores and Copa do Brasil rights
Fox Sports Brasil, the Brazilian pay-TV broadcaster, and SporTV, the Globosat-owned cable sports broadcaster, have reached an agreement to share their respective rights to the Copa Libertadores and the Copa do Brasil.
The rights sharing accord covering South American soccer's top-tier clubs competition and the Brazilian knockout tournament runs for five seasons, from 2017 to 2021.
Each broadcaster will hold exclusive rights to up to 50 per cent of games, and only come together to both show the same matches in the closing stages of the competitions.
Last month, Globo renewed its Copa do Brasil rights from 2018 to 2022 and shows games on its free-to-air channels, the Globoesporte.com website and on the SportTV channels of parent Globosat.
Globo's five-year renewal was worth more than R$300 million ($95 million) per year, compared with R$90 million annually at present, with the increase said to have been driven by interest from sports broadcaster Esporte Interativo.
Fox and SporTV have teamed up to sub-license rights to each other after pay-TV rival ESPN Brasil announced last week that it would no longer be covering the Copa do Brasil.