Fox, Telemundo Win World Cup Bid

    Spain's goalkeeper Iker Casillas vies with Netherlands' striker Robin van Persie during the 2010 FIFA football World Cup final between the Netherlands and Spain on July 11, 2010 at Soccer City stadium in Soweto, suburban Johannesburg. NO PUSH TO MOBILE / MOBILE USE SOLELY WITHIN EDITORIAL ARTICLE -     AFP PHOTO / JEWEL SAMAD (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

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    The U.S. rights to broadcast the 2018 and 2022 World Cups went for a record $1 billion—more than double the amount ESPN and Univision paid to broadcast last year's tournament. Fox and Telemundo won the rights, with Fox outbidding ESPN/ABC, which had carried the championship since 1994. Last year, the final World Cup match had 24 million U.S. viewers on ABC and Univision, 10 million more than the average audience for the 2010 World Series. The matches will be in Russia in 2018 and Qatar in 2022.

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