ESPN denies Copa América 2019 deal

US broadcaster ESPN has denied a report claiming it has acquired exclusive English- and Portuguese-language rights to the 2019 Copa América.

According to a report by World Soccer Talk, ESPN had agreed a deal with Conmebol, the South American football confederation, to show all 26 games of the tournament via its ESPN+ streaming platform.

An ESPN spokesperson told Sportbusiness Media: “ESPN has not won the rights to Copa América in the United States. If we do, we will announce the acquisition.”

Spanish-language rights in the US have already been sold, to the Telemundo Deportes network.


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