Time Warner Inc.’s Turner Sports and Spanish-language broadcaster Univision have acquired the U.S. TV rights to European soccer’s Champions League, according to people familiar with the matter. The three-year deal with soccer’s European governing body, UEFA, starts in 2018. Turner is paying $60 million a year, one of the people said. Univision Holdings Inc. will spend $35 million a year, said Sports Business Daily, which reported the deal earlier Friday. 21st Century Fox Inc. currently holds the U.S. rights to broadcast Champions League matches. The Champions League was one of the few TV sports deals still up for grabs, since most contracts to show professional football, basketball and baseball
Ranieri is out at Leicester. A mere nine months after veteran Italian manager Claudio Ranieri engineered one of the greatest upsets in sports history by winning the Premier League with a Leicester City team that most thought was as likely to be relegated as to survive, he was fired on Thursday. “Claudio, appointed City manager in July 2015, led the Foxes to the greatest triumph in the club’s 133-year history last season, as we were crowned champions of England for the first time.
Mexican national team star Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez could soon be playing in MLS. According to ESPNFC, the Bayer Leverkusen man is in talks with Major League Soccer over a possible move to the United States. The report says that the goal is to bring him to the league in the summer of 2018, when his contract with the German club is set to expire. That would mean no transfer fee for the Mexican talent, who will be 30 when his contract expires. ESPNFC, citing a source, says the annual salary for Hernandez could be $9 million a year, which would be the highest in the league. Teams that could be in the running for him are the Chicago Fire and Orlando City, who expressed interest in the past,