ESPN has acquired multi-platform broadcast rights to the German Bundesliga in USA, which will run from 2020 through 2026. The broacaster will cover every game live on its streaming service ESPN+, whereas its linear TV networks will telecast select Bundesliga games every season. The deal also includes exclusive programs and match highlights.
ESPN+ will broadcast nine matches live and on-demand per match-week, for a total of 340 Serie A matches per season. ESPN Networks will broadcast a Serie A TIM Match of the Week. Overall there will be about 40 matches per season on ESPN and ESPN2. Match of the week will be available on ESPN Deportes in Spanish.
ESPN will share broadcast rights for MLS in the USA with Fox Sports and Univision Deportes. ESPN’s share will equal Fox Sports which includes a minimum of 34 live matches during each regular season, including a double-header every Sunday with games starting at 5pm and 7pm (ET). MLS Cups and All-Star Games will alternate between the ESPN and Fox Sports each year. Out-of-market matches on MLS Live and MLS Direct service are available on ESPN3 and WatchESPN. All Saturday matches will be available on this ESPN digital service.
ESPN has acquired the multi-platform broadcasting rights of the Coppa Italia in the US territory. As per the rights agreement, ESPN+ will stream 24 Coppa Italia matches each year of the agreement. Coverage of the Coppa Italia in the USA will comment with the round-of-16 matches in January 2019 through the two-leg, semifinal series in February. The Coppa Italia Final and the Supercoppa Italiana will air live on the ESPN networks (ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNEWS), in addition to ESPN Deportes’ live Spanish-language presentation of the matches.
ESPN has acquired multi-platform broadcast rights for the USL Championship through the 2022 season in USA. With the deal including both English- and Spanish-language telecasts, coverage for 19 linear games—consisting of 18 regular-season fixtures plus the USL Championship Final—will be aired by ESPN2, ESPNEWS, ESPNU or ESPN Deportes annually. Matches not aired by any of these TV networks will be available to stream live on ESPN+, and also from within the ESPN App, on computers, mobile devices and smart TVs.