Fox Sports Wins FIFA World Cup Rights Shootout

Broadcaster outbids ESPN for 2015-22 package

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Fox Sports has won the English-language rights to the four FIFA World Cup tournaments scheduled from 2015 to 2022, out-bidding the incumbent (and major soccer booster) ESPN.

FIFA had not made an official announcement as of Friday morning, but ESPN confirmed that it was not able to renew its pact with the governing body of international soccer.

In a statement released this morning, ESPN said it had made “a disciplined bid that would have been both valuable to FIFA and profitable for our company.”



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