beIN Sport expands CONMEBOL rights
February 10, 2023
beIN Media Group has secured the broadcast rights to South America’s biggest club football competitions. The CONMEBOL Libertadores, CONMEBOL Sudamericana, and CONMEBOL Recopa will all be shown live and exclusive on the group’s beIN Sport channels from 2023-2026 across 24 countries in the Middle East & North Africa (MENA).
The agreement builds on beIN’s longstanding partnership with CONMEBOL who’s competitions are now broadcast in 28 beIN territories worldwide that include the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
“It is impossible to speak about South America without speaking about football and impossible to speak about football without speaking about South America,” said Mohammad Al Subaie, CEO of beIN MENA. “The continent is renowned worldwide for producing some of the best football, the most exciting players, and incredibly passionate fans, all of which will now be accessible to beIN subscribers. CONMEBOL’s three most prestigious club competitions represent fantastic additions to beIN’s vast football portfolio and further cement beIN’s place as the home of sports.”
The 2023 edition of the Copa Libertadores, often regarded as the Champions League of South America, has already started and sees 47 clubs from 10 countries compete for the prize. Victory in the Libertadores provides the winner not only continental bragging rights and prize money of up to $28 million, but also a coveted place in the FIFA Club World Cup.
Founded in 2002, the Copa Sudamericana meanwhile is the second-most prestigious club competition in South American football, featuring 44 teams from across CONMEBOL’s 10 member associations.
The Recopa Sudamericana, billed as the South American Super Cup, pits the winners of the Libertadores against the winners of the Sudamericana.