U.S.-based global cable and satellite sports television channel, ESPN has retained the rights to show live action from English soccer’s Premier League in Brazil after agreeing on a new deal that covers the three-year cycle from 2019 to 2022.
The agreement ensures that the cable broadcaster’s Brazilian division will continue to air coverage of the top flight league for the next five seasons, with the network currently in the first season of an exclusive three-year deal that runs until 2019.
Financial terms of the deal have not been released but industry sources estimated ESPN’s current contract, signed in September 2015, to be worth US$50 million per year.
Before acquiring exclusive rights to the Premier League nearly two years ago, ESPN aired coverage in Brazil alongside rival broadcaster Fox.
“ESPN has done a fantastic job broadcasting the Premier League in Brazil for the last 15 seasons and we are very pleased they have again chosen to invest in our broadcasting rights,” Premier League executive chairman Richard Scudamore said in a statement.
“They have a track record of delivering first-rate production and expert analysis that have driven interest in Premier League clubs, and in the competition.”
ESPN Brazil is believed to be the third overseas network to secure Premier League broadcast rights until 2022, following SuperSport, which bought the rights in sub-Saharan Africa in April, and NBC, which purchased the US rights in 2015.