GolTV Thursday announced that it
has acquired exclusive U.S.
and Canada broadcast rights
most prominent professional soccer league, Campeonato Brasileiro.
Live coverage of the soccer
matches begins in April as top Brazilian league players such as Rogerio Ceni,
Ze Roberto and Gustavo Nery hit the pitch in their quest for the Campeonato
Brasileiro Serie A title.
The bilingual soccer channel will also exclusively follow the 20 regional
teams challenging for the Campeonato Paulistatrophy. The most famous soccer tournament within the state of SÃ£o Paulo, the 2009 edition of the Campeonato Paulista will
feature reigning champ Palmeiras fending off favorites Corinthians, Santos and SÃ£o
Paulo for the championship cup.
"Bringing the unparalleled play of the Brazilian soccer
leagues to North American audiences further demonstrates GolTV's extensive
reach within the international soccer scene, and our unwavering commitment to
providing fans exclusive access to the best matches in the world," said
Constantino Voulgaris, GolTV's executive vice president of programming, in a
statement. "GolTV viewers can now experience the passion and spirit that drive
the world's most successful soccer nation."
Paulista will kick off on GolTV on Saturday, Jan. 31 at 4:00 p.m. ET. A complete schedule of all dates and times
for both tournaments will be available online at www.goltv.tv.