The ESPN+ streaming service has obtained U.S. English-language television rights for the Copa America, South America’s soccer championship.
ESPN, part of The Walt Disney Co., said Tuesday all 26 matches will be streamed. None will be televised by ESPN’s linear broadcast networks.
The tournament, to be played in Brazil from June 14 to July 7, agreed last July to a U.S. Spanish-language rights agreement with Telemundo, a division of Comcast Corp.’s NBC Universal.
“We’ve built a home for soccer fans and this will fit right in,” said Russell Wolff, ESPN+’s executive vice president and general manager.
ESPN+, launched in April 2018, has televised more than 1,000 matches from Italy’s Serie A, England’s FA Cup and second-tier League Championship as well as European Nations League matches and games from MLS,