The World Cup is on AFN!
FIFA grants permission to carry 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™
Riverside, CA, June 10, 2010 -- Through the cooperation of a host of international television licensees, the American Forces Network Broadcast Center (AFN-BC) has been granted permission by the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) to distribute the full complement of matches of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™.
The U.S. Armed Forces stationed outside the United States and aboard Navy ships at sea will have access to AFN-BC’s schedule of live and tape-delayed coverage of the entire calendar of 64 matches from June 11-July 11, 2010. Through the combined broadcast feeds of ABC and ESPN, AFN’s well-deserving audience will have the opportunity to follow all the action down on the pitch, from group play to the knockout rounds, from the semifinals to the Championship match.
“Having the most-watched sports event on the planet play out on AFN is a real feather in our cap,” noted Jeff White, Executive Director of AFN-BC, “but more importantly, we’ll be able to deliver the entire compliment of matches to the side that means the most -- our brave men and women in uniform serving their country overseas and in harm’s way. It doesn’t get any better than this.”
The permission granted to AFN-BC to distribute the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ is limited to closed circuit transmission means only, and will be showcased exclusively on AFN|sports and AFN|xtra. For AFN-BC’s complete schedule, just logon to www.myafn.net.
The long-awaited approval from FIFA, provided to AFN-BC on a gratis basis, was released today. The entire clearance process spanned over two-and-a-half years and involved the participation of 34 international television licensees and sub-licensees in 28 territories, who waived their territorial exclusivity over to FIFA so that FIFA could accommodate AFN-BC’s request to distribute the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™.
“I thought we were going to have to go into injury time to get this done,” commented Tom Weber, AFN-BC’s Director of Industry Liaison, “but the complicated and lengthy clearance process finally ended on a high note.” Weber, who spearheaded AFN-BC’s long march with FIFA and its international licensees, added, “We can’t thank enough FIFA and its many, many international television licensees for collectively granting the permission we sought, and for the joint ABC and ESPN approval to access their combined U.S. domestic feeds of the Cup.”
Will Italy retain its crown as the world’s best national soccer squad? Does Brazil have a sixth Cup in its grasp? Can Team USA surprise the critiques and rise to the occasion like it did in last year’s surprising second-place finish at the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup South Africa™? Find out which side hoists the gold trophy as AFN-BC takes you to all the venues for all of the matches of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™.
2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™.