Copa America stays on Premier Sports in the UK
The Copa America, the South American national teams soccer competition, is to be shown in the UK by Premier Sports, the pay-television operator, for the third successive edition, it was announced today.
Premier Sports will show all 26 games live from the 2019 tournament in Brazil in a deal brokered by Dentsu, the Japanese advertising giant that is handling the global commercial rights and broadcast rights distribution for the Copa America on behalf of Conmebol, the South American soccer confederation.
The tournament gets under way on 14 June when Brazil take on Bolivia.
All 10 South American nations will compete, as well as invited guests Japan and Qatar, and the tournament is expected to feature a host of Premier League players, including the likes of Arsenal's Uruguayan midfielder Lucas Torreira, Manchester City's Argentine pair Sergio Aguero and Nicolas Otamendi, Everton duo Richarlison of Brazil and Yerry Mina of Colombia (pictured) and Liverpool's Brazilian stars Roberto Firmino and Alisson Becker.
Premier Sports held exclusive UK rights to the 2016 Copa America, the special centenary edition of the tournament played in USA, as well as the 2015 event held in Chile.
Richard Sweeney, chief executive of Premier Sports, said: “We are delighted to once again bring this wonderful tournament to viewers in the UK. We have covered the two previous editions of Copa América including the Centennial edition in 2016, and this year’s tournament should be extra special with the talent on show.
"We believe there are plenty of football fans in the UK who will enjoy our coverage of the best international tournament in the world this summer."
The 2019 Copa America adds to Premier Sports' soccer portfolio, which has grown significantly this year as a result of international subscription broadcaster Eleven Sports being unable to strike carriage deals to exploit its rights.
As a result, Premier Sports snapped up exclusive rights to Italy's Serie A and the Netherlands' Eredivisie, as well as rights to four games per week from Spain's LaLiga (Eleven still holds digital rights). It has also added Major League Soccer to its schedule this year, although Sky remains the league's dominant rights-holder in the UK.
Premier Sports, which is available in 16 million UK homes across the Sky and Virgin platforms, costs £9.99 ($12.70) per month.