Fox Sports and ESPN to broadcast the Copa Libertadores 2020

Almost a year after the announcement of the merger between The Walt Disney Company and 21st Century Fox, media from several Latin American countries reported that Fox Sports will not be the exclusive broadcasting TV network of the Copa Libertadores, and some matches will be aired on ESPN, which , since 2019, is also broadcasting matches of the Copa Sudamericana. In addition, in Argentina, changes in the journalistic staff of the broadcasts were announced.

Although to date the complete schedule of the competition is unknown, the first fixture date of the football competition took place between Tuesday, March 3rd and Wednesday, March 5th. Last Tuesday, ESPN  broadcasted the matches played between Defensa y Justicia (Argentina) and Santos (Brazil); Athletico Paranaense (Brazil) and Peñarol (Uruguay); and America de Cali (Colombia) against Gremio (Brazil). Fox Sports aired the matches between Internacional (Brazil) and Universidad Catolica (Chile); Independiente Medellin (Colombia) and Libertad (Paraguay); and Caracas (Venezuela) against Boca Juniors (Argentina).

The first fixture date of the Copa Libertadores continued last Wednesday, March 4th. That day, ESPN broadcasted the matches between Barcelona Guayaquil (Ecuador) and Independiente del Valle (Ecuador); LDU Quito (Ecuador) and River Plate (Argentina); and Delfin (Ecuador) against Olimpia (Paraguay). Fox Sports aired matches between Tigre (Argentina) and Palmeiras (Brazil); Jorge Wilstermann (Bolivia) and Colo Colo (Chile); Junior (Colombia) and Flamengo (Brazil); and Guarani (Paraguay) facing Bolivar (Bolivia).

Finally, on Thursday, March 5th, the sports fixture date was completed with the matches between Estudiantes de Merida (Venezuela) and Racing Club (Argentina), the only match of that day broadcasted on Fox Sports, while ESPN aired the matches between Binacional (Peru) and Sao Paulo (Brazil); and Alianza Lima (Peru)  against Nacional (Uruguay).

In addition, some of the Copa Libertadores matches will also be broadcast on Facebook Watch, the video platform owned by the social network. When asked about the changes in the Copa Libertadores TV broadcasts, ESPN and Fox Sports did not express themselves.