Facebook loses exclusivity to broadcast Libertadores Cup’s matches

South American Football Confederation (Conmebol) decided to cancel Facebook’s exclusivity to broadcast Libertadores Cup’s matches played on Thursdays. The entity’s decision was based on users complaints regarding  broadcasts low quality and connectivity problems throughout the region.

Facebook will go on broadcasting the competition’s matches for free through the OTT Facebook Watch, but they will also be available in Fox Sports. At the moment there were no pronouncements on Conmebol’s measure to last until the end of this year’s edition, or if it will be extended up to 2022, date in which the agreement between Facebook and Conmebol on broadcasting matches  is expected to end.

Social network had announced that in 2019 it would have the rights to broadcast 46 Libertadores Cup’s matches, which would be watched on Facebook Watch official website. Of these 46, 27 (matches played on Thursdays) would be exclusive for Facebook, and the remaining 19 were expected to be available simultaneously on the TV channel Fox Sports.

Facebook exclusively showed matches of Huracan against Cruzeiro; LDU Quito facing Peñarol, Deportivo Lara confronting Emelec; Emelec versus Huracan; Peñarol against San Jose and Atlético Paranaense facing Jorge Wilstermann.