Mediapro Canada and Fox Sports 2 renew their agreement for American coverage of the Canadian Premier League and the Canadian Championship
MEDIAPRO Canada has renewed its agreement with FOX Sports 2 (FS2) and FOX Soccer Plus for the broadcast rights in 2022 and 2023 to a wide range of Canadian soccer content, including live coverage of all Premier League games. Canadian League (CPL), the country’s top division men’s professional league.
The deal marks the third consecutive year that FOX Sports will bring Canadian soccer to audiences across the United States (exclusive) and the Caribbean (non-exclusive). Live coverage will air on FS2 and FOX Soccer Plus, a premium television channel dedicated to bringing the world’s best soccer and international sports to die-hard fans.
The renewed agreement also includes the rights to the 2022 Canadian Championship, the professional club championship organized by Canada Soccer and contested by the eight LPC teams as well as the three Canadian teams playing in Major League Soccer (Toronto FC, CF Montreal and the Vancouver Whitecaps) as well as a series of home friendlies played by Canada Soccer’s men’s and women’s national teams. All matches are produced for worldwide distribution by Mediapro Canada.
The renewal comes at a time when Canadian football is reaching new heights: Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team has been hailed around the world as one of the soccer stories of the year after being named “the Most Improved” in 2021 by FIFA and earning a ticket to the world’s biggest international soccer tournament in November in Qatar, while Canada Soccer’s women’s national team won gold medals at the Olympic Games in Tokyo and heads into the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup as one of the favourites.
“We are thrilled to renew our agreement with FOX Sports for a third consecutive year,” said Oscar López, CEO of MEDIAPRO Canada. “They are one of the leading soccer broadcasters in the United States and our Canadian soccer content fits well into their impressive portfolio of domestic and international soccer rights. We look forward to bringing the best of Canadian soccer to American screens. »
In 2022, the Canadian soccer content package for FS2 and FOX Soccer Plus includes all 117 CPL matches, which run from April to November, as well as 12 Canadian Championship matches and national team friendlies Canada Soccer women’s and men’s on home soil, all complemented by a range of studio and panel displays. Also included is the 2020 Canadian Championship Final (postponed to 2022 due to Covid) between Forge FC of the CPL and Toronto FC of the MLS, which will be played on June 4. In 2023, the CPL is expected to expand to nine teams, bringing the CPL schedule to over 150 matches.