Fox Sports renews rights deal for Concacaf’s Gold Cup

The Fox Sports division of US network Fox has extended a rights deal with Concacaf, the governing body of football in the Caribbean, North America and Central America, for its Gold Cup showpiece national team tournament.

The new four-year deal will cover the 2017 and 2019 editions of the competition.

Fox Sports will hold exclusive English-language rights in the US to the Gold Cup, which features 12 teams from across the Concacaf region.

Fox Sports also broadcast coverage of the 2013 and 2015 tournaments, setting viewership records for its Fox Soccer and FS1 channels, respectively.

The Gold Cup also acts to determine Concacaf’s representative in the Fifa Confederations Cup, the event that is traditionally held in the year before the World Cup.

With the deal, Fox has also acquired rights for the next Concacaf Cup, a play-in match which will determine the right to participate in the 2021 Confederations Cup, should two different champions be crowned in the 2017 and 2019 Gold Cups. Fox also holds English-language rights to Fifa competitions.

Mexico won the most recent Gold Cup in 2015. Next year’s tournament will take place in July, although Concacaf is yet to announce the exact dates and host cities.