Facebook and Fox Sports build on Copa Libertadores partnership in South America

Social media giant Facebook and pay-television broadcaster Fox Sports have agreed to continue sharing coverage of the Copa Libertadores for Spanish-speaking countries across South America.

The agreement first kicked in for the group stages of this year’s edition of South American club soccer’s premier competition and runs through to the quarter-finals.

The deal for this season will see more live games on Tuesdays and Wednesdays shown on the Facebook Watch streaming platform, while Fox Sports will have coverage of Thursday fixtures which would otherwise be exclusive to Facebook.

Games on Facebook Watch will be streamed via the CONMEBOL Libertadores and Fox Sports Facebook pages.

“The last season of the Liberators has shown us how sports fans have been involved through new social forms with the championship, with millions of people gathering to follow the games on Watch,” said Leonardo Lenz, Facebook’s Director of Sports Associations for Latin America.

“We are excited to renew this partnership with Fox Sports and bring even more opportunities for fans to connect with the tournament on Facebook.”

Both Facebook and Fox Sports hold rights to the Copa Libertadores until 2022 under separate four-year deals agreed with continental governing body CONMEBOL. The pair originally entered a content-sharing partnership for the competition last year to increase the number of games shown on their platforms.

“At CONMEBOL we are committed to the promotion and exhibition of South American football inside and outside our borders, so we are especially happy to renew agreements like this with Facebook Watch and Fox Sports that bring the great celebration of the Libertadores to fans of everyone through new digital platforms.” said Juan Emilio Roa, CONMEBOL’s Commercial and Marketing Director.

The countries covered in the deal are Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela, but not Brazil, where both Fox Sports and Facebook show games alongside Rede Globo and SporTV.

On 13th March it had been revealed that the Copa Libertadores has been temporarily suspended due to Coronavirus fears, beginning with those scheduled on 15th March. It is unknown when the competition is set to continue with the health and safety of everyone involved at the forefront.

Liam Watson is the Managing Editor at Soccerscene. He reports widely on football policy, industry matters and technology.

Tottenham Hotspur announce Science in Sport as their performance solutions partner

Tottenham and SiS

Tottenham Hotspur have named nutrition brand Science in Sport (SiS) as their first official performance solutions partner, signing a four-year deal.

The partnership will see SiS provide the Premier League outfit with products and a dedicated performance solutions framework, custom designed by the company to shape the team’s nutrition strategy.

Spurs will employ staff to work alongside SiS to help develop the programme, which will be led by the club’s lead nutritionist, Emma Tester.

“At Tottenham Hotspur we aspire to be the world’s best in performance nutrition. Since the start of pre-season, we have been working closely with James Morton and the team at SiS to get the products implemented across the squad and begin planning our wider nutritional strategy,” Tester said via Tottenham Hotspur.

“Having access and support from industry-leading experts is of huge benefit to us“We have had great feedback from the players on the range of products available to them and we look forward to developing bespoke products to truly personalise their nutrition programme.

In return, SiS will gain brand visibility on coolers and water bottles, as well as branding promotion at the club’s Tottenham Hotspur Stadium home on matchdays and at the club’s training ground.

Spursplay, the club’s recently launched streaming platform, will offer feature SiS-branded content demonstrating how the brand’s products are being used.

Included on the Board is Prof. James Morton, Director of Performance Solutions at SiS, who said via Tottenham Hotspur:

“Science in Sport are committed to fuelling the world’s best athletes and sports teams with world leading science and innovation. With our Performance Solutions programme, we tailor our research, innovation, and world class knowledge to deliver a true competitive advantage. We are delighted to partner with Tottenham Hotspur, a sports team who share the same pioneering values and vision.”

Exclusive content about the partnership will be available on SPURSPLAY, the Club’s new home of live and on-demand video content, including interviews and behind the scenes access to the Performance Framework being implemented. SiS-branded coolers and bottles will also regularly be seen pitchside on matchdays and during training sessions.

Optus Sport to stream Football Victoria’s Nike F.C. Cup Final

Nike F.C. Cup

Football Victoria have made the exciting announcement that Optus Sport will yet again stream the Nike F.C. Cup Final in 2022.

Optus Sport have been the home of the English Premier League in Australia since 2016, and are also home to LaLiga, the Women’s Super League, K-League, J-League and the EURO’s.

The Cup Final will be held on Sunday afternoon, when South Melbourne takes on Calder United at Valley Park Events Centre, Broadmeadows.

Football Victoria CEO Kimon Taliadoros applauded Optus Sport’s commitment and acknowledged their continued support of the local game in a statement released by Football Victoria.

“The appetite for women’s football is growing exponentially and we thank Optus Sport for their elevation of the Nike F.C. Cup again in 2022,” he said in a statement.

“We are thrilled that subscribers across the nation can experience the quality football that the two teams will deliver on Sunday.”

Match coverage starts at 3.30pm AEDT, with the final kicking off at 4pm this Sunday.

Coverage will also be provided for non-subscribers on NPL.TV and Football Victoria’s Facebook and YouTube.

Customers can watch Optus Sport on their favourite screens and devices via Fetch, Apple TV, Android TV compatible Smart TVs, LG Smart TVs, Apple Airplay, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Xbox, compatible Samsung Smart TVs or desktop, or on-the-go via tablet, mobile, or laptop.

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