Fox Sports is one of six media companies that have been accused of bribery by a government witness in the FIFA corruption trial, Sports Illustrated reports. The report cites a tweet from Ken Bensinger of BuzzFeed, which you can see below.
“Alejandro Burzaco is the witness who said the media companies — which also included Grupo Televisa SAB, Media Pro, Globo, Full Play Argentina and Traffic Group — had bribed FIFA for the soccer rights,” the story reports. “Burzaco, who pleaded guilty and is now cooperating with the U.S. government, is the former CEO [of] the Argentinian sports marketing firm Torneos y Competencias.”
The report adds: “According to Bensinger, Burzaco said his company had partnerships with all six companies he said offered bribes and that he was personally aware of the bribes. Burzaco also said the former CEO of Fox Pan American Sports, James Ganley, signed a fake contract in March 2008 to cover up a $3.7 million bribe paid for soccer rights.”
The report notes that Fox in 2015 received the broadcast rights to the World Cup through 2026 in a controversial decision that did not include a bidding process involving other media outlets for the U.S. English-speaking rights.
“Fox Sports has the rights for the 2018, 2022 and 2026 World Cups, the 2019 and 2023 Women’s World Cups and a host of other FIFA competitions like the FIFA Futsal World Cup 2024, FIFA U-20 World Cup 2023 and 2025 and FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup 2024 and 2026,” SI adds.