Fox Sports scores Mexican national team rights in US

The Fox Sports division of US network Fox has further bolstered its football content by acquiring a package of rights to the Mexican national team from Spanish-language US broadcaster Univision Deportes.

The three-year deal for English-language rights will feature 10 Mexican national team games this year and next year and five in 2018, when Fox will also carry the Fifa World Cup.

The package includes qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, along with friendly games. It will commence with Mexico’s friendly on February 10 against Senegal at Marlins Park in Miami.

The latest deal comes after Fox Sports last week acquired rights for the 2016 Copa América Centenario national team tournament, which is being hosted in the US for the first time later this year.

“We get to tell the narrative of the Mexican national team through our tournaments such as Copa América Centenario this summer, and it is going to be the representative of the Concacaf region in the (Fifa) Confederations Cup in 2017,” David Nathanson, the head of business operations for Fox Sports, told the New York Times newspaper. “This allows us to complete the story of arguably the team with the second-largest fan base in the United States.”