UEFA has dropped ESPN as its Champions League broadcast partner in Central and South America and awarded the rights to the Fox network for the next three years, the governing body of European football said Tuesday.
Fox Sports Latin America's pay channels will screen the Champions League and the Europa League _ the rebranded UEFA Cup _ for the 2009-2012 seasons.
UEFA said in a statement it wished "to thank ESPN for its contribution and commitment to both competitions in the region during recent seasons. They have been a highly valued partner... and have done a great job of broadcasting both competitions."
What Fox paid for the broadcast rights, which does not cover Brazil, was not disclosed.
UEFA said it will later award a further package of free-to-air rights.