Legal moves clear way for Copa Centanario

Concacaf announced on Wednesday that it had ended its agreement with South American marketing firm Datisa for the Copa America Centenario, clearing the way for the 2016 tournament to move forward. The principals of Datisa were among the 14 FIFA officials and sports marketing executives indicted in Federal court in May after an agreement was reached to pay $110 million in bribes for three Copa Americas and the 2016 special edition.

“Concacaf and Datisa have agreed to end their relationship for the sale of sponsorship and broadcast rights associated with Copa America Centenario," Concacaf said in a statement. "Concacaf will assume control of its commercial rights while it, Conmebol and their local operating partners identify and select new partners to market and sell the tournament’s commercial rights using a new and transparent process.”   

The agreement for commercial rights to the Copa America Centenario was signed under the previous Concacaf leadership on March 4, 2014. Former Concacaf president Jeffrey Webb was indicted on corruption related to the Datisa agreement along with deals Concacaf and the Caribbean Football Union reached with Traffic, one of three agencies that formed Datisa.

Conmebol also severed its agreement with Datisa.
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