Mediapro signs one-year deal for Chinese Super League, FA Cup rights

Mediapro Canada has acquired Chinese Super League and Chinese FA Cup matches for the 2019 season.

The deal allows the company’s OTT platform, OneSoccer, to show live and on-demand matches from July 5 when Tianjin Tianhai play Guangzhou Evergrande in the Chinese Super League.

OneSoccer has the rights to 44 league and cup matches until the end of its contract. It will also produce a host of ancillary content, including pre-match and highlights content.

The platform launched in April to exploit the media rights to Canadian football.

Mediapro agreed a 10-year deal with Canadian Soccer Business  for the rights to various Canadian football competitions in February.

Its partnership with CSB included rights to 98 Canadian Premier League matches per season, as well as women’s and men’s national team home matches and the 24 matches in the Canadian Championship.

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