Canadian Premier League’s Island Games To Air in the U.S. for the First Time
Live coverage began last week on Fox Sports with Pacific FC v York9 FC the highest-rated program of the day on FS2
August 26th, 2020: MEDIAPRO Canada has confirmed a distribution deal with Fox Sports covering the USA and the Caribbean for coverage of the Canadian Premier League’s Island Games tournament currently taking place in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.
A total of 23 first-stage games will be broadcast across FS2 and Fox Soccer Plus, with live coverage beginning last week. The first game, the fixture between Pacific FC and York9 FC, was the highest-rated program of the day on FS2.
Further coverage on the two channels will be announced as the tournament moves towards the playoff stage, from September 9th – 17th, with the grand final airing on September 19th.
The coverage on FS2 and Fox Soccer Plus means that the CPL will be aired on a linear channel in the US and the Caribbean for the first time.
Fox Sports has a long soccer pedigree: the broadcaster holds the English-language rights to the 2018, 2022 and 2026 FIFA World Cups and also shows live coverage of Major League Soccer, the Concacaf Champions League and the Gold Cup. Fox Sports aired live coverage of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
The move comes just after MEDIAPRO Canada announced that it had sealed agreements with Indian sports channel 1SPORTS and pan-African digital TV platform StarTimes, bringing coverage of the CPL to millions of fans across the Indian subcontinent and Africa respectively.
The distribution deal between MEDIAPRO Canada and FOX Sports was orchestrated by sports media consultancy ThePostGame.
About The Island Games: Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island is the host location for the Canadian Premier League’s 2020 season. The Island Games started on Thursday, August 13 with all eight Canadian Premier League Clubs participating: HFX Wanderers FC, Atlético Ottawa, York9 FC, Forge FC, Valour FC, FC Edmonton, Cavalry FC and Pacific FC. All matches will be played at the University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI) Alumni Place Turf Field.
About the Canadian Premier League: Canadian Premier League (CPL) is Canada’s professional men’s soccer league that debuted on April 27, 2019. Headquartered in Toronto, ON, the Canadian Premier League features eight clubs from coast-to-coast. For updates and more information on the CPL, a league for Canadians by Canadians, visit CanPL.ca. Connect with us on Twitter: @CPLsoccer and #CanPL
About MEDIAPRO Group
MEDIAPRO Group is a leading global production, distribution and content creation group with 58 offices in 36 countries around the world. It operates a fleet of over 80 High Definition and 4K Outside Broadcast units and produces live coverage of more than 12,000 events around the world each year. The Group is currently involved in the production of 17 national soccer leagues around the world, including Spain’s LaLiga, France’s Ligue1, the Belgian ProLeague, the Portuguese Primeira Liga, the Turkish Süper Lig, the Kenyan
Premier League and Mexico’s LigaMX; it also produces events for the UEFA Champions League, FIFA World Cup, FIFA Confederations Cup, the Africa Cup of Nations, FIBA events, the Euroleague and Formula 1. MEDIAPRO reported annual revenues exceeding €1.8 billion in 2019.
Early in 2019, MEDIAPRO sealed a long-term partnership with Canadian Soccer Business for the worldwide media rights to the Canadian Premier League, the country’s new first division soccer league; the Canadian Championship, Canada Soccer’s highest domestic professional soccer competition, involving all professional soccer clubs in Canada; and the home games of Canada Soccer’s Men’s and Women’s National Teams, and launched OneSoccer, a dedicated soccer service available worldwide across all connected devices.
MEDIAPRO also manages the global media rights to Spain’s LaLiga Santander and in 2018 was awarded a wide package of rights for the four seasons from 2020-21 to France’s Ligue 1 and Ligue 2, where it has launched a 24/7 service, Téléfoot, in partnership with commercial broadcaster TF1, to carry live coverage of league matches. The MEDIAPRO Group produces more than 15 TV channels worldwide, including several specialty sports channels.
THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO, the Group’s content creation, production and distribution arm, is also one of the most important creators of content in the world, with projects for HBO, Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Turner, DirecTV, Movistar, FOX, Viacom and Televisa. Its productions have been recognized with various international accolades, highlighted by two Oscars, two Golden Globes, two Daytime Emmys and multiple Goyas.
MEDIAPRO Canada is a full-service company offering mobiles, air-packs, REMI capability, AutomaticTV automated sports production, crewing, studios and a complete rentals department from its Toronto, Canada headquarters. Its newly-expanded fleet of seven Outside Broadcast units includes Odyssey, the first mid-size 4 mobile in North America, and Alto, a 53′ fully equipped expando mobile, capable of 14 cameras and 4 EVS systems. The Group entered the Canadian broadcast services market in April of 2019 as part of its global expansion drive.
ThePostGame (TPG) is a leading sports consultancy and content studio that has been serving Leagues, Teams, TV Networks, Advertisers and Athletes for over 10 years. TPG’s core services range across the spectrum of digital strategy, with expertise in sales packaging and branded content development, media rights advisory, actionable data-driven insights, video production for all formats and outlets, and sophisticated multi-platform distribution delivering mass reach or hyper-targeted audiences. TPG has produced over 600 branded content series for the biggest advertisers in Sports. Notable clients include the NBA, FOX Sports, Canadian Soccer Business, New York Jets, PGA Exhibitions, IOC, ESPN, NBC Sports, USA Today Sports, Golfweek and New York Knicks.