The Disney Group has acquired broadcast rights to LaLiga for a period that extends from the 2020/21 season to the 2025/26 season, with the rights to be exercised across ESPN and Fox Sports channels, as well as through DirecTV's pay-TV service and OTT streaming platform in Brazil. This deal encompasses not just the live airing of football matches, but also a variety of additional programming, including match highlights and dedicated shows that offer analysis and insights into the league and its teams.
ESPN has secured South American media rights to the English Premier League for the 2022-2025 period. The Disney-owned broadcaster’s major deal covers all 380 matches every season and includes free-to-air, pay-tv, and streaming mediums. Live coverage is to be carried out on the Star+ platform. ESPN’s Premier League content extends to Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela.
ESPN Brasil has secured the broadcast rights for the UEFA Europa League, enabling the network to showcase live matches and highlights on both television and streaming platforms. This arrangement allows Brazilian fans access to a wide range of content from the league, including key matches featuring prominent South American players. The inclusion of the UEFA Europa League in ESPN Brasil's sports programming broadens its coverage of European football, offering viewers a comprehensive experience across multiple viewing channels.
ESPN has acquired multi-platform broadcast rights to all 380 Premier League games in Brazil, until the end of the 2021/22 season. Following a sub-licensing agreement with DAZN, ESPN will air 8 live matches each week on its core linear TV channels, as well as its streaming service WatchESPN. Highlights of all EPL games will also be available, and subscribers will be able to watch the games on demand.
Disney has acquired exclusive broadcast rights for the 2021 Copa América tournament in Brazil. ESPN Sports Brasil will share coverage of the competition with Fox Sports Brasil, with both channels combining to show all 28 matches. Viewers will also be able to follow the competition online on ESPN’s website and live-stream matches via the ESPN App.
ESPN Brasil acquired the multi-platform broadcasting rights in Brazil for the Spanish La Liga up until the 2019-2020 season. The deal allows ESPN Brazil to show all La Liga matches for a total of 380 La Liga matches each season. The package also includes a video highlights package as well as La Liga magazine shows. ESPN Brasil will distribute the La Liga coverage across its network on ESPN, ESPN+ and ESPN Brasil TV channels as well as on the digital platforms WatchESPN and its website. The deal also includes 231 live Liga Adelante matches each season as well.