Fox Sports International Renews U.S. Broadcast Rights to the Barclays English Premier League Through 2010
Fox Soccer Channel Retains Rights to Air Matches in English; Fox Sports en Español to Broadcast in Spanish
LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Fox Sports International today announced it has renewed its partnership with the English Football Association Premier League, renewing Fox Soccer Channel’s exclusive broadcast rights to the Barclays English Premier League in the United States through the 2009/2010 Premiership season. As part of the same agreement, U.S. Spanish-language rights will be licensed to sister network Fox Sports en Español. Further details on the agreement will be announced at a later date.
Complementing their unparalleled coverage of the best domestic and international soccer leagues and tournaments, Fox Sports International’s networks have showcased season-long coverage of England’s top-flight league since 1998. Televised in 195 countries, with a combined television audience of more than 570 million, the Barclays English Premier League is the world’s most prestigious soccer league and the home to such international powerhouse clubs as Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool.
About Fox Sports International
Fox Sports International is an international sports programming and production entity housed within the Fox Networks Group, one of the major operating units within News Corporation (NYSE:NWS). FSI operates the programming services Fox Soccer Channel, Fox Sports Middle East and Fox Sports Africa, as well as a London-based programming syndication sales division, and is partnered with Global Television in Fox Sports World Canada. In 2002, it joined with HM Capital Partners, LLC to form Fox Pan American Sports LLC, one of the world’s largest Spanish-language sports operations and programming ventures, spanning North, Central and South America. Through this joint venture, FSI manages the U.S. Spanish-language sports network Fox Sports en Español.