Hotbird 13°E – Sky Italia wins Copa America Centenario rights

February 24, 2016 • Tags: #liveonsatfootball

The Copa América Centenario, referred to in English as the 2016 Centennial Copa America, is a scheduled international men’s association football tournament to be held in the United States in 2016. 

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It is a special edition between the usual four-year cycle, and will feature an expanded field of 16 teams (an increase from the usual 12), with ten teams from CONMEBOL and six teams from CONCACAF. The competition is a celebration of the 100 years of CONMEBOL and the Copa América, and is to be the first Copa América hosted outside of South America.

The tournament which will be the 45th edition of Copa América since its inception in 1916, will be held as part of an agreement between CONMEBOL (the South American football confederation) and CONCACAF (the football confederation for North and Central America and the Caribbean).

The winner of this tournament will not receive an invitation to the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup, because Chile have already qualified by winning the 2015 Copa América. (wikipedia)

Sky Italia covers Copa America in Italia

Sky Italia has announced on their official website that it has acquired the exclusive broadcasting rights in Italia to this summer’s Copa America special edition.

The Italian pay-TV broadcaster will show all 32 games andc overage will be shown in HD, while the broadcaster will also provide action on its Sky Go mobile offering and updates via its news service.

Sky Italia did not show last year’s Copa América, becouse those rights were held by RCS Media Group, the parent company of the Gazzetta TV channel.

The Copa America Centenario will be held in United from 3rd to 26th June.

CONMEBOL (10 Teams): Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile (defending champions), Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela

CONCACAF (6 teams): United States (Host nation), Mexico, Costa Rica, Jamaica, Haiti, Panama