Fox Sports nets Dutch rights to MLS, Copa Libertadores

Pay-television broadcaster Fox Sports has agreed rights deals in the Netherlands for North America’s Major League Soccer and South American club tournaments the Copa Libertadores and Copa Sudamericana.

The four-year MLS deal covers the 2019 to 2022 seasons, with Fox Sports holding exclusive rights in the Netherlands.

The 2019 MLS season commences at the weekend. The presence of Dutch national team legend Frank de Boer in the league may be a point of interest for Dutch audiences. Reigning MLS champion Atlanta United appointed De Boer as its new coach in December.

Fox Sports’ first match under the new deal will be Saturday’s meeting between Philadelphia Union and Toronto FC. The broadcaster will also offer a weekly highlights show on Monday evenings.

Meanwhile, Fox Sports has also picked up rights to the 2019 and 2020 editions of the Copa Libertadores and Copa Sudamericana.

Fox Sports will begin its coverage with the group stage of the 2019 Copa Libertadores, which commences on March 5.