As was the case for the World Cup in 2014, BBC and ITV will share the TV rights to the tournament in the UK.
They have struck another two-tournament, combined deal with FIFA that will also see them air the 2022 competition. The cost of that deal is unknown, but their previous agreement – for the 2010 and 2014 World Cups – was worth A?220 million.
Both BBC One and ITV will broadcast the final, with the rest of the knockout stage and the group stage split. In 2014, the BBC had first pick of the round-of-16 and semi-final matches, while ITV chose first in the quarter-finals.
In the US, Fox will broadcast the World Cup in English and Telemundo will air the tournament in Spanish. Their combined $1 billion deal also includes the 2022 World Cup and Women’s World Cups in 2015 and 2019.
According to theA�New York TimesA�, Fox paid $400m for the rights and Telemundo paid $600m.
Fox and Telemundo outbid ESPN (English) and Univision (Spanish), who had bought the rights to the 2010 and 2014 World Cups for a combined $425m and hoped to hold on to them.