Saturday, 21 October 2017
FOX Sports to get AFCON TV rights?

FOX Sports to get AFCON TV rights?

By Daniel ODURO
Finder Sports can exclusively reveal that FOX Sports is in deep conversations with the Confederations of African Football (CAF), over a possible agreement that will see the American TV company taking over the TV/broadcast rights of the Africa Cup of Nations, starting from 2019.

Discussions are at a very early stage but there are strong indications that both parties (FOX Sports and CAF) want this to happen.
FOX Sports’ splendid coverage of the recently ended 2017 WAFU tournament hosted and won by Ghana.
Speaking to Finder Sports, the chief consultant and a senior advisor for Fox Sports Africa, Barry Lambert did admit that some conversations and offers to host sporting events have come up but refused to be specific that it was the Africa Cup Nations.
“We have had our conversations with various people, but at this point we are at the very early stages but people have come to us and they have seen what we can do. They have approached us, we haven’t approached them I will be honest with you. People from various sporting bodies and football bodies have spoken to us, but we are in discussions and that’s all I can say for now.”
Currently, Lagardere Sports hold the television and marketing rights over all Caf's major properties and have guaranteed African football a minimum of $1bn (£807m) in income over the next 12 years but CAF boss Ahmad Ahmad promised to look into the contract when he was elected earlier this year.
Speaking to the BBC, he said, “This contract is the subject of a judicial challenge in the Egyptian courts at the moment and it was to protect the integrity of Caf in this issue that the general secretary Hicham (El Amrani) submitted his resignation, which we accepted," he said.
"We will investigate but I am concerned about the length of the contract. I would never sign anything for longer than three years."
It could be recalled that FOX Networks Group (FNG) entered into a multi-year Partnership that will help develop football in both West Zones A and B. This multi-million-dollar sponsorship package will enable each Zonal Union to host and organize a bi-annual Challenge Cup for Senior National teams with effect from 2017.
This package will also provide our Zonal Unions with the opportunity to organize other competitions for all categories – U-17, U-20, U-23 and Senior National teams (local players only) in every quarter of the year.
Above all, the 12-year-long partnership, is aimed at reawakening WAFU as a body and its competitions. This partnership between FOX Sports and WAFU will witness an investment into infrastructure, training and development of youth, men and women’s football, as well as seminar and capacity-building programmes for referees and other stakeholders in football across the West African sub-region.

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