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January 11, 2013
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CONCACAF agrees multi-year broadcast deal with Sportsnet

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MIAMI, Florida (CMC):

CONCACAF announced yesterday that it has reached a multi-year deal with Canadian broadcaster, Sportsnet, for broadcast rights in Canada for seven of the confederation's competitions.

The new agreement, which runs through the 2016 season, covers the Gold Cup, Champions League, the Men's and Women's Qualifiers for the 2016 Olympic Games, the Men's and Women's Under-20 and Under-17 Championships.

The deal also includes the CONCACAF Futsal Championship in 2016, and the 2014 Women's World Cup Qualifiers for the 2015 FIFA World Cup.

"We are looking forward to developing this long-term relationship with such a reputable name in Canadian broadcasting such as Sportsnet," said CONCACAF President, Jeffrey Webb.

"As a direct result of the increasing quality of our game and the high standards of competitions, the exposure and penetration of our confederation's tournaments continue to expand with solid steps."

The agreement also features a list of multimedia rights for television, online and mobile.

Sportsnet will have exclusive right to broadcast the CONCACAF tournaments in English and French, for Canada on all media platforms.

"Sportsnet is committed to providing fans with access to premium soccer content, and providing viewers with exceptional broadcast coverage," said Navaid Mansuri, vice-president of Finance & Sports Programming.

"The addition of these CONCACAF events to our already robust soccer portfolio ensures more than ever that Canadians will be able to see all of the action of the beautiful game, from everywhere around the world."

The Gold Cup, held every two years, has become one of the region's most popular football events, drawing capacity crowds and millions of viewers.

The Champions League, which runs from July through April every year, is the confederation's international championship for clubs with the winner qualifying for the FIFA Club World Cup.

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