TORONTO, Ont.—Mediapro Canada and its online soccer service, OneSoccer, have made important investments in the Canadian soccer landscape over the past year broadcasting all matches from the inaugural Canadian Premier League campaign.
OneSoccer took an another big step in the second half of 2019 when they broadcasted every match of the CONCACAF Nations League tournament.
With the new year came rumours that new kids on the block were looking to make another splash...
Learning that @onesoccer has obtained the Canadian @Concacaf Gold Cup rights for next two tournaments. It’s part of the channel’s long term strategy of becoming the biggest producer of original ⚽️ content in Canada.— Duane Rollins (@24thminute) January 2, 2020
...and after a week of speculation, the deal was officially announced.
Mediapro acquires the exclusive rights in Canada to the Concacaf Gold Cup in 2021 and 2023— MEDIAPRO (@GrupoMEDIAPRO) January 13, 2020
Mediapro’s 24/7, Canadian soccer-dedicated service, @OneSoccer, will serve as the exclusive home to a total of 13 tournaments and up to 300 games over the period
It’s a deal that on its face makes sense for both sides: Mediapro appears eager to grow their footprint and influence on the game in Canada, and for Canada Soccer, OneSoccer becomes the destination for virtually all things Red & White.
Adding all 13 CONCACAF tournaments in the next three years to the entire CanPL schedule and the now-expanded Voyageurs Cup tournament which crowns the nation’s top club—OneSoccer will surely be synonymous with soccer coverage in this country for the foreseeable future.
OneSoccer partnered with CBC during their first CanPL season, making 20 games available—ten on CBC-TV and ten more online & CBC Gem.
But CBC did not have the live broadcast rights to the second and deciding leg of the CanPL Finals and no similar deal has been announced for the 2020 season.
Which gives even more credence to this reminder from Duane Rollins...
Reminding y'all that @OneSoccer is actively aiming to get on cable ASAP....so your OTT vs traditional delivery concerns will likely be moot by the time the Gold Cup rolls around.— Duane Rollins (@24thminute) January 13, 2020
Also, PAY FOR CONTENT.
and makes me wonder if that’s what is bubbling up behind the scenes here...
As Rollins suggests, perhaps the games will find their way back onto traditional television as Mediapro continues to unveil it’s plan for the sport in Canada.