FIFA today announced that it has awarded Telemundo and Fox networks the U.S. broadcast rights to the 2026 World Cup.
The move comes as a surprise, because FIFA bypassed the bidding process.
This is a big get for Telemundo, which in 2011 swiped the Spanish-language rights to the lucrative World Cup from Univision for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, paying $600 million for the deal.
Telemundo will now have the rights to 3 consecutive World Cups.
The extension also gives goths networks rights to the 2023 Women’s World Cup and other FIFA tournaments including: U-20 World Cup 2023 and 2025, U-17 World Cup 2023 and 2025, Beach Soccer World Cup 2023 and 2025, Futsal World Cup 2024, U-20 Women’s World Cup 2024 and 2026, U-17 Women’s World Cup 2024 and 2026, and Confederations Cup 2025.