CBS Sports has announced an agreement for Paramount+, ViacomCBS’ subscription streaming service, to serve as the exclusive English-language home in the US of qualifying matches for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 for the CONCACAF region of North America, Central America and the Caribbean.
The deal, which comes into effect immediately, includes six away matches for both the US and Mexico men’s national teams as well as the media rights to all other matches played in the region. Up to 79 matches will stream live on Paramount+ and CBS Sports has the ability to air select matches on linear platforms.
“We’re excited to make Paramount+ the home of CONCACAF Men’s World Cup Qualifiers and look forward to bringing these intense and competitive national team competitions to fans,” said Jeffrey Gerttula, Executive Vice President and General Manager, CBS Sports Digital. “With the addition of these qualifiers, Paramount+ will be the destination for a diverse and passionate fanbase eager to cheer for their national teams on the road to the FIFA World Cup.”
Hillary Mandel, EVP, Head of Americas and Global Partnerships, IMG, added: “We are really excited about the distribution commitment and amplification that Paramount+ and the CBS Sports platforms will provide for the CONCACAF qualifiers, and especially English-speaking fans in the United States. They have made a huge commitment to soccer and this deal strengthens their position for delivering quality, premium live action from the very best competitions around the world.”