The Fox network and the Spanish-language Telemundo network have scored future U.S. television rights to FIFA's World Cup soccer from longtime incumbents ESPN and Univision.
The new deals take effect in 2015 — after the 2014 World Cup in Brazil — and run to 2022. The pacts include rights to two World Cup men's finals in 2018 and 2022 and two World Cup women's finals in 2015 and 2019.
Although terms of the two agreements were not disclosed, people familiar with the matter who were not authorized to speak publicly said that News Corp.'s Fox paid $425 million for its package while Telemundo, owned by Comcast, shelled out about $600 million for its rights.
Those figures represent a hefty increase from the $100 million that ESPN was paying and the $325 million that Univision had paid for its current soccer contracts.