Our Cousins are now our Brothers...
Copa90 buys KICKTV, the largest soccer fan channel in North America, from Major League Soccer (MLS) to create YouTube's largest football network. MLS will retain an ownership stake in the newly created company and will work strategically with Copa90.
“Today is an exciting day for our company,” said Tom Thirlwall, CEO, Copa90. “We are welcoming an industry leader and creating the largest premium football fan network. This acquisition rapidly escalates our plan and gives us an entrance to the North American market with a brilliant team and operation ready to go in New York. We cannot wait to tell more of the amazing football stories that are emerging as a new fan culture develops in the world’s biggest sports market. This is just the beginning of the expansion of Copa90 but this deal with MLS is a landmark.”
“We have built a successful global soccer platform and we’re very proud of that,” said Gary Stevenson, President and Managing Director, MLS Business Ventures. “This is the next step in KICKTV’s evolution. We are delighted to maintain an interest in the company and we will support its growth moving forward. We’re excited about KICKTV and Copa90.”
The deal places Copa90, KICKTV and The Copa Network at the heart of the US game ahead of 2016, when the football world's attention centres on the US for the centenary of the Copa América tournament.
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