One vital aspect of soccer’s increased television exposure is how events are treated by non-rights holders that can’t show the games and have limited access, if any, to players and coaches and training sessions.
The Copa America Centenario kicks off a week Friday for a three-week competition of 32 games played in 10 venues that will be televised by rights-holders FOX (English) and Univision (Spanish). Both networks will supplement match coverage with shows emanating both from studio and on-site, yet other systems are not standing by idly.
BeiIN Sports and BeIN Sports en Espanol will air special editions of studio shows “The Xtra” (English) and “The Locker Room” (Spanish). Both programs will air nightly at 12 a.m. Game previews, breaking news, and match analysis will be carried on both shows and there will be extra coverage for each U.S. game. The U.S. and Colombia kick off the tournament June 3.
Special coverage starts May 30 and continues until the final is played June 26. The programming will air live on both systems as well as the streaming service, BeIN SPORTS CONNECT.