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OneSoccer supplants TSN with Concacaf Gold Cup deal

OneSoccer, Mediapro’s OTT sports streaming service in Canada, has acquired exclusive rights to the 2021 and 2023 editions of the Concacaf Gold Cup, the national team tournament for associations from North and Central America and the Caribbean.

The rights form part of a wider agreement running from 2020 to 2023 and including the Concacaf Women’s Championship and age-grade tournaments.

Pay-television sports broadcaster TSN held rights in Canada to the 2017 and 2019 editions of the biennial Gold Cup. Coverage was also shown on its sister French-language network RDS.

OneSoccer will offer exclusive live coverage of all 31 matches at the 2021 Gold Cup, which will be held in the United States and for which Canada have qualified.

The deal builds on OneSoccer’s acquisition last year of rights to the Concacaf Nations League in a deal with the IMG agency.

The Concacaf inventory now secured by OneSoccer comprises 13 tournaments over the four-year contract period, beginning with the women’s Olympic qualifying tournament held in Texas and California later this month. This year, OneSoccer will also air the men’s Olympic qualifying event, both the men’s and women’s Concacaf under-20 Championships and the women’s under-17 Championship.

Other events covered by the deal include: the 2021 Concacaf under-17 Championship; the 2021 Concacaf Women’s under-20 Championship; the 2022 Concacaf Women’s Championship; the 2022 Concacaf under-20 Championship; the 2022 Concacaf Women’s under-17 Championship; and the 2023 Concacaf under-17 Championship.

Mediapro’s OneSoccer already holds rights to the home matches of the men’s and women’s national teams, the Canadian Premier League and the Canadian Championship. In February 2019, Mediapro announced a 10-year agreement with Canadian Soccer Business, the body set up to represent club and national team commercial rights.

Mediapro launched OneSoccer in April 2019 after it picked up the global CPL rights over the next decade. The OTT platform is priced at C$9.99 (€6.88/$7.66) per month or C$74.99 per year.