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CPL makes US linear debut, shown by India’s 1Sports in Mediapro deals

Mediapro Canada, an arm of the international production and media-rights agency, has negotiated broadcast deals in both the US market and India for the shortened 2020 edition of the Canadian Premier League.

Fox Sports has secured rights to show every match from the remainder of the 2020 season, which is being held behind closed doors in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, in an event known as The Island Games.

The deal marks the CPL’s first linear broadcast agreement in the US market with the debut 2019 season having been shown by OneSoccer, Mediapro’s over-the-top sports streaming service.

Fox Sports’ kicked off its coverage last night with coverage of the Pacific FC v York 9 FC match on Fox Sports 2. The broadcaster will the programming of the CPL matches across its FS2 and Fox Soccer Plus channels.

Rights have been acquired in India by 1Sports, the pay-television channel launched at the start of the year by Indian media company Lex Sportel Vision.

CPL matches will be broadcast on a delayed basis by 1Sports given the nine-hour time difference.

Mediapro Canada recently negotiated a broadcast deal with Canadian broadcaster CBC Sports for exclusive linear television rights in Canada to the 2020 CPL. All eight games will be simultaneously streamed via the free CBC Gem streaming service, cbcsports.ca and the CBC Sports App, and will be produced by Mediapro.