Clarity might be coming to the Mediapro, Canadian Soccer Business (CSB), and Canadian Premier League landscape after a tumultuous few weeks.
CONCACAF President and VP of FIFA Victor Montagliani shared some potentially good news regarding the situation, saying he believes that Mediapro and CSB will come to a conclusion which would allow Canada Soccer’s properties to find their way back onto the platform.
While CSB has wrestled back the rights to their properties, including the Canadian men’s and women’s national teams and the Canadian Premier League, there is no official broadcasting agreement in place for the 2024 seasons.
Still, Montagliani sees the potential for the games to feature on OneSoccer or a similar platform in 2024.
“I think they’ve worked out their own issues,” Montagliani told Footy Prime. “When they’re ready to announce it, they’ll announce it, I guess.”
On the OneSoccer side, their broadcast, digital, and social platforms kicked up this week after sitting dormant outside of a comment from Mediapro when the legal battle was announced last month. With the start of the CONCACAF Champions Cup, broadcasts returned featuring host Gareth Wheeler and analyst Jordan Wilson in OneSoccer’s Oakville, Ont. studio, while Adam Jenkins and Oliver Platt found their way back behind the commentary mic.
At the same time, digital content producers Alexandre Gangué-Ruzic, Josh Deming, and the seemingly new addition @TsarBucksFC were producing content, as usual, surrounding the Champions Cup and the Canadian women’s national team roster release.
Outside of Champions Cup content, which featured Mediapro-produced broadcasts, OneSoccer also announced they would be the broadcast and streaming home of the CONCACAF W Gold Cup and other competitions within the confederation. However, outside of broadcasting Forge FC’s 3-1 loss to Chivas Guadalajara, the company has not produced any CPL content.
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“Maybe some of the characters out there thought something was worth X, and now it’s not worth X, and they’re going, ‘Whoa, hold on, how do we rejig this?’” Montagliani added. “It’s happened all over the world. In some ways, to be honest with you – and maybe I’m a little different – when I saw that, I thought, ‘Oh, we’ve arrived in Canada,’ we’re actually having a scrap between broadcasters and football, alright!”
While nothing is set in stone or official, things look more favourable for OneSoccer and the Canadian soccer broadcast media scene than in late January, with only the CSB properties still in doubt.