Make good? FIFA gives U.S. TV rights to 2026 World Cup

We don't know yet where the 2026 World Cup will be played, but we know where U.S. and Canadian fans will be able to watch. In a stunning announcement, FIFA gave the media rights to the 2026 World Cup to Fox and Telemundo in the United States and CTV/TSN in Canada. The 2026 World Cup rights are significant in that the USA is considered a strong candidate to host the tournament.

There was no announcement of any bidding process, so the move is widely believed to be a make good for FIFA's impending decision to move the 2022 World Cup to the winter, which would conflict with Fox's coverage of the NFL.

Fox and Telemundo won the rights for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, beating out longtime rights-holders ESPN and Univision, before the debate over whether to play the 2022 finals in Qatar during the summer began. Fox and Telemundo are in their first year of televising FIFA events.

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 reported Fox will play $450 million-$500 million while Telemundo, owned by NBCUniversal, will pay $600 million.

The extensions give Fox (English language) and Telemundo (Spanish language) exclusive broadcast rights to FIFA competitions for four more years (2023-2026).

“These agreements guarantee wide distribution for FIFA tournaments across the U.S. and Canada,” said FIFA Director of TV Niclas Ericson. "Together, we will be able to further promote football in North America and build on the impressive interest shown by audiences in these major territories during the 2014 FIFA World Cup."
1 comment about "Make good? FIFA gives U.S. TV rights to 2026 World Cup ".
  1. Gus Keri, February 13, 2015 at 9:04 a.m.

    I wonder how much of this extra money was paid by the Qataris to facilitate the move to winter WC.

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