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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