FIFA says it has reached a TV rights deal with Russian broadcasters for the Confederations Cup just six days before the tournament kicks off. The deal means state-controlled Channel One and Match TV will telecast games for the event, which will take place from June 17 to July 2, but host nation Russia remains without a deal for next year’s World Cup.
The last-minute negotiations are highly unusual for FIFA, which prefers to ink broadcast deals several years before big events. FIFA wanted Russia to sign a deal covering both the World Cup and the Confederations Cup, a warm-up event. However, Russian officials balked at the cost.
FIFA hasn’t said how much the Russian broadcasters will pay for Confederations Cup rights under the deal announced on Sunday.