Spark Sport to Stream World’s Oldest Footy Contest

This just in: Spark Sport has gained the exclusive New Zealand broadcast rights to the CONMEBOL Copa América 2021.

The platform also will offer live pay-per-view mixed martial arts events from May 16.

Here are the media releases:


CONMEBOL Copa América is the oldest football competition of national teams in the world and is governed by South America’s football ruling body CONMEBOL. The tournament will take place in Colombia and Argentina from 13 June to 10 July 2021 and will mark the first time it will be hosted by more than one country since 1983.

Head of Spark Sport, Jeff Latch is excited to bring more football to New Zealand sport fanatics with this content acquisition.

“We are extremely excited to have the full and exclusive rights to CONMEBOL Copa América 2021. It is bound to be an action packed competition that boasts talent across all of the national teams including Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Perú, Uruguay and Venezuela.

“For the first time the tournament will play its 28 matches between Colombia and Argentina with the aim of bringing South American football closer to all fans on the continent.

“Our customers are wanting more football and this is our first step to meet those needs. Although Copa América hasn’t been shown in Aotearoa for some time I think it’s a quality competition so we’re really happy to add it to our football offering.”

“We are very happy to be able to expand the reach of our oldest tournament on the continent, the CONMEBOL Copa América 2021, and that many more people would enjoy the passion of South American football”, added Juan Emilio Roa, Commercial and Marketing Manager Head of CONMEBOL.

Spark Sport customers can experience the passion live and on demand from 14 June, live and on demand.


UFC, the world’s premier mixed martial arts organization, today welcomed a new partnership with Spark Sport, a premium live and on-demand sport streaming service, to deliver UFC Pay-Per-View events live for fans in New Zealand. This partnership will launch with the highly anticipated UFC® 262: OLIVEIRA vs. CHANDLER, which takes place on Sunday, May 16.

“We are thrilled to partner with Spark Sport, making the best of UFC available to more New Zealanders,” said Peter Kloczko, UFC Vice President Australia and Zealand.

“Our Pay-Per-View events represent the pinnacle of our sport, where championship belts are contested and the most anticipated bouts featured, including those recently involving Israel Adesanya and Daniel Hooker of New Zealand. Working with Spark Sport to distribute these events betters UFC’s ability to deliver content to our fans.”

Through this new partnership, UFC PPVs will be further accessible to millions of New Zealander’s utilizing Spark’s digital services. The dedicated sports streaming provider will allow audiences to purchase UFC PPV events for NZD$39.95 with no existing monthly subscription required.

“We are incredibly excited to bring New Zealand combat sport fans another way to watch UFC, the #1 MMA organization in the world,” said Jeff Latch, Head of Spark Sport.

“MMA is growing in New Zealand and we have some great homegrown talent within the ranks of UFC, including Israel Adesanya, Dan Hooker, Kai Kara-France and Brad Riddell just to name a few. We are looking forward to growing our relationship with these athletes and, UFC to bring the best of UFC to Kiwi sports fans.”

Starting Sunday, May 16, Kiwi sports fans can order their UFC PPV and catch all the action, live from the OctagonÒ on Spark Sport. In the coming weeks fan favourite Nigerian born, New Zealand bred UFC middleweight champion, Israel “The Last Stylebender” Adesanya will defend his belt at UFC® 263: ADESANYA vs. VETTORI 2. Also featured on the main card for the Sunday, June 13 event is City Kickboxing teammate, Brad “Quake” Riddell.

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