Fox Sports Brings CPL to United States And The Caribbean
MEDIAPRO Canada has officially announced a large-scale partnership with Fox Sports that will see the broadcast network air matches in both the United States and the Caribbean.
Fox Sports had actually begun airing Canadian Premier League matches last week, with today’s announcement now revealing that the network has picked up CPL coverage for the rest of the regular season, the group stage, and the one-legged CPL Final.
The release also revealed that the second stage of the tournament will take place from September 9-17, with the final airing on September 19. The winner of the North Star Shield will qualify for the Concacaf League and will also square off against an MLS opponent in the Voyageurs Cup.
Fox Sports has a large array of North American soccer content in its catalogue, including Major League Soccer, the Concacaf Champions League, and the Gold Cup. The network also holds English-language rights to the next two World Cups, the latter of which will be hosted between Canada, USA, and Mexico.
It was just yesterday that MEDIAPRO Canada inked a deal to bring Canadian Premier League broadcasts to Africa, with the media producer also forming a partnership with Indian sports channel 1Sports last week.
The professional Canadian sports league is also seeing a growth in domestic coverage, with both CBC Sports and CHCH TV picking up weekend matches in addition to the all-encompassing OneSoccer coverage available around the globe via paid subscription.
The network noted that the first CPL game aired on the Fox Sports 2 channel last week (Pacific FC vs York9 FC) was the highest-rated program of the day for the US channel, indicating that there’s a strong interest in the Canadian Premier League that flows far beyond Canada’s own borders.
The distribution deal between MEDIAPRO Canada and Fox Sports was credited to a sports media company named ThePostGame.
Today, fans in both Canada, The US, and the Caribbean can will see a double-header take place today, with the 905 Derby kicking things off in the afternoon and FC Edmonton squaring off against the Halifax Wanderers this evening.