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Fox and Telemundo grab U.S. World Cup TV rights for $1 billion-plus
AP, October 21st, 2011 1:32PM

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The days of watching the World Cup on ESPN and Univision will be over after 2014. FIFA's executive committee has awarded the U.S. television rights for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to Fox for English-language rights and Telemundo for Spanish-language rights.

ESPN has broadcast every World Cup except Italia '90 since its launch. Univision has aired every tournament since 1978.

ESPN and Univision paid a combined $425 million for the 2010 and 2014 World Cup deals, making the U.S. rights the most lucrative in the world. Sports Business Journal's John Ourand reported Fox will play $450 million-$500 million while Telemundo, owned by NBC, will pay $600 million.

Rights to all FIFA competitions come with the World Cup rights, which is especially important for Fox since it can load up Fox and Fox Soccer with international programming.

Fox, ESPN and NBC bid for English-language rights, while Telemundo and Univision bid for Spanish-language rights.

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  1. Ramon Creager
    commented on: October 23, 2011 at 9 a.m.
    Any idea how we could make FIFA know or feel our displeasure about this? Just once I'd like to see decisions made for the good of the community, and not the almighty buck. ESPN has done far more than Fox has to develop this market. Not only do they have a much greater reach than Fox, they also archive all the games on ESPN3, which is very convenient for working people (games are often during working hours). As for *NBC Universal owned* Telemundo; when I tried to watch the Rugby World Cup streaming on *NBC Universal owned* Universal Sports they wanted a cool $25 a game. What am I, the 1%? Hope Telemundo doesn't get ideas. Finally, what unfortunate timing to boost that criminal Rupert "Phone Hacking Scandal" Murdoch's fortunes. Fox parent Newscorp is indistinguishable from a criminal enterprise. But I guess that's right up Sepp Blatter's alley...


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