Fox Sports Brasil and SporTV forge football rights deal

Brazilian pay-television broadcasters Fox Sports Brasil and SporTV have agreed a rights-sharing partnership for club football competitions the Copa do Brasil and Copa Libertadores.

The Maquina do Esporte website said the contract will run for five seasons, from 2017 to 2021, and provides that each broadcaster will be entitled to up to 50 per cent of games on an exclusive basis.

The rights to domestic competition the Copa do Brasil belong to media company Globo, which broadcasts games on its regional free-to-air channels and on the SporTV channels of its pay-television broadcaster Globosat.

Globo last month renewed its rights deal for the Copa do Brasil under a five-year agreement running from 2018 to 2022.

Fox Sports holds the Brazilian rights to the Copa Libertadores, the showpiece club competition of the South American Football Confederation (Conmebol).

Maquina do Esporte said the partnership between Fox Sports and SporTV was signed after pay-television broadcaster ESPN Brasil last week said it would end its coverage of the Copa do Brasil, starting from this year’s edition of the tournament.