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US CONCACAF WC Qualifier vs. Guatemala Will be Pay-Per-View Only

2012 May 20
by Brian Quarstad

Traffic Sports, the same company that supports the North American Soccer League, is asking you to pay more than just your cable bill to watch the US vs. Guatemala CONCACAF World Cup Qualifier on June 12th. Traffic, who are headquartered in Brazil and have owned TV rights for soccer games in South and Central America for years, owns the rights to all Guatemalan World Cup Qualifiers.

A long-standing industry standard allows each home country to own their own TV rights for World Cup qualifying matches. In this case Guatemala has contracted with Traffic Sports for both the English and Spanish. As U.S. Soccer explained in a recent article, each Federation is under no obligation to sell the rights to a broadcaster in the United States. Since each country is responsible for the sale of the broadcast rights to its home matches, U.S. Soccer has no authority to compel the host Federation to sell the rights to a World Cup Qualifier to any broadcaster in the United States.

Traffic has no obligation to resell the English-language rights for this particular game to a third party, including the United States. Again, from the US Soccer article, U.S. Soccer and its broadcast partners had discussions with Traffic Sports to purchase the rights, but in the end Traffic Sports opted to distribute the match on pay-per-view in the United States. In order to make the match available to fans here in the U.S., Traffic Sports is utilizing the services of Integrated Sports Media to handle the distribution via pay-per-view.

In the complicated world of TV rights, Integrated Sports is the same organization who Traffic and a competitor,  Full Play Sports, have used for pay-per-view for other WC qualifying rights to CONMEBOL and CONCACAF countries.

The match can be purchased on both cable and satellite pay-per-view through iN Demand, DIRECTV, DISH Network and Avail-TVN. The match will be available in either English or Spanish for a suggested retail price of $29.95. Kickoff for the match is at 10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, June 12th.

There’s a good chance your local soccer bar will carry the match but they too may charge a price for admission.



12 Responses
  1. Steve permalink
    May 21, 2012

    Gotta pay those salaries somehow! Not everyone can have the Highest Profit Off Attendance in the League (tm Andrew Nestor 2012)

  2. jezapenguin permalink
    May 21, 2012

    guatefreakinmala lol

  3. Yankiboy permalink
    May 21, 2012

    Hey, Traffic is giving me a second division to follow. I’m not gonna get too salty about them trying to make some coin.

  4. Strikers Return permalink
    May 21, 2012

    Here here yankiboy, well said! If anything, as NASL fans we should all hope they make a lot of money on this ppv. Any money they make on soccer in this country hopefully makes the money spent on the NASL less distressing to their upper management…..

  5. Footy76 permalink
    May 22, 2012

    It no difference then pays for a movie on cable but still Steve is right. We all know that Traffic is losing money and that why they did it. They didn’t do it for the fans they did it to pad their pocket and that are a shame. If they really wanted the U.S fans to see it they would have made some kind of deal with a Televisions broadcaster I’m sure they would have carried it. It’s not right and you should be a shame for going along with it. It’s a travesty and you know it. It’s Time to stop looking at it form a homer point of view and call it what it is.

  6. Yankiboy permalink
    May 22, 2012

    “It’s a travesty and you know it. It’s Time to stop looking at it form a homer point of view and call it what it is.”

    Bro, please tell me that you the above rant was all tounge in cheek.
    Please tell me that you were trying to do your best Ole Yanki Yanki impersronation–ya know, the one where I swear that I’m being droll, and everso “edgy” but my sublime brilliance is lost on the masses including movers and shakers in front offices.

    You are kidding with the whole “Holier-than-thou” schtick, right?

  7. jezapenguin permalink
    May 22, 2012



  8. Bart permalink
    May 22, 2012

    Oh well, I will get salty as it relates to Traffic. I think they are making a big mistake by ignoring the US fan base in relation to their investment with D2. Passing off the game to Pay per View is a short sighted marketing approach, and Traffic knows the real money is not the games played in the US, but the advertising revenue reached during those games played outside the US soil.

    HOWEVER…… had they thought this through, they could have married the television rights with some form of D2 package just before the game so that the viewer base would be more exposed to the Traffic owned league. This may attract more fans that otherwise never heard of D2 soccer, much less this website.

    But hey, when you are reeling in big dough down south, it gets a little tough to concentrate on this measly market.

    Such is the way of the Brazilian coconut.

  9. Footy76 permalink
    May 23, 2012

    Maybe I didn’t make myself clear so let me reinstate what I was saying and hopefully we can clear up the is understand and misconception you have of me. Like I said it’s like buying a movie on cable not big thing but to pond it off as you did us a favor and your it to padding your pocket it nuts. You are pI$$ing on me and calling it rain sorry but I think of myself as somewhat intelligent and say that you are insulting my intelligent. It’s like call meme stupid (I’m just saying) now as for the Holier-than-thou”comment is just an opinion I might have come off harsh but still a opinion and opinions are like elbows everyone has them I follow MLS and if you think I rant now you should hear what I sometime call Don Gabber when I am angry. But I follow a league full of faults single entry please! But that is another rant I will not get in to. To end this long post the point was some of you and I use that word loosely look at it for a homer point of view ( NASL fan) and just washing over it because it you league and they give you soccer. No you should shouldn’t just like some of you are quick to point out the faults of USL and how wrong it is for MLS team to buy the hosting right for the 3rd round of the Lamar Hunt open cup is as quick as you should be to say how wrong this that was my point that got lost or that was misconstrued. Never said I was not going to order it. lol

  10. Yankiboy permalink
    May 23, 2012

    Playah, I gotta tell ya, I cracked up when I read your response.

    I love using the “pi$$ing on me and call telling me it’s raining line” (I learned it from the Judge Judy tv show). I almost used it myself in the USOC controversy thread ealier this morning.

    Like the “opinions are like elbows”, too. I gotta use that one. Nicer, cleaner version of the more popular one.

    We’ll just agree to disagree on this broadcast thing, Playah.

    By the way, now that I know that you might be ordering it, I’m gonna need your address.I’ll bring over chips and soda. Heck, I’ll I’ll even bring over a six pack of the beer of your choice…

  11. Footy76 permalink
    May 23, 2012

    I have not dunk beer while watching a soccer match in awhile Sound like a plain. Just to let you know you had me at beer.

  12. Yankiboy permalink
    May 23, 2012

    @Footy76: I’m “on the wagon”. No beer for me. And the great thing is that you won’t have to worry about how you’re gonna get home after we celebrate taking 3 away points from Los Chapines. 😀

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