Football: Facebook to livestream Champions League games

A television cameraman filming proceedings before the start of the Uefa Champions League final football match between Juventus and Real Madrid at The Principality Stadium in Cardiff, south Wales, on June 3, 2017.
A television cameraman filming proceedings before the start of the Uefa Champions League final football match between Juventus and Real Madrid at The Principality Stadium in Cardiff, south Wales, on June 3, 2017.PHOTO: AFP

NEW YORK (AFP) - Facebook will broadcast Champions League matches for American Internet users under a deal with Fox Sports, which will host the livestreams on its pages, the TV broadcaster said on Tuesday (June 27).

The partnership will involve two group matches per day, four rounds of 16 games and the four quarter-finals of the 2017-18 season, in the social media giant's latest foray into sportscasting.

Facebook will act only as a host for the streams, with the images and content produced by Fox Sports.

A Fox Sports spokesman confirmed that the content would only be available to Facebook users in the United States.

Facebook has already signed a partnership with North American football league Major League Soccer, which will see around 20 matches broadcast in 2017, as well as an agreement with Liga MX, the Mexican football championship, for some 40 games last season.

Facebook, which announced on Tuesday it had crossed two billion active monthly users, also signed a deal with Major League Baseball in May for 20 regular season games.

It also enjoys a relationship with the National Basketball Association (NBA), which resulted in the January broadcast of an NBA game between the Sacramento Kings and the Golden State Warriors that was only available in India - a prized market for the North American basketball league.