ESPN has acquired the multi-platform broadcast rights (Internet, TV and Mobile Streaming) for the SKY Bet EFL 2018-21 seasons in the USA. The England Championship matches will be aired on ESPN's digital platforms channels (ESPN3, WatchESPN ESPN+)
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 has acquired multi-platform broadcast rights to the Italian Serie A in the United States. The deal, which was signed ahead of the 2018/19 season, will bring over 340 exclusive Serie A matches every season to the broadcaster’s direct-to-consumer subscription streaming service, ESPN+. As an OTT platform dedicated to expanding the sports viewing experience of ESPN subscribers, ESPN+ will stream an average of nine live matches every week, every season. ESPN linear networks, on the other hand, will organize to telecast a Serie A TIM Match of the Week, from August to May. Television broadcasts of the Italian Serie A in USA will be carried out by ESPN and ESPN2 in English, whereas ESPN Deportes will show the matches in Spanish. Throughout the year, ESPN will offer additional Serie A-related programming, such as news bulletins and match highlights. The full action is expected to be available for subscribers to watch live and on demand online, as well as through the official ESPN App for Android and iOS mobile phones and tablets.
ESPN will broadcast 366 Major League Soccer matches in 2020, across television and digital platforms in USA. English-language networks ESPN and ESPN2 together will air 21 MLS matches on TV, all of which will be available to stream live on the ESPN App. Spanish-language network ESPN Deportes will televise 31 MLS matches, which not only consist of both ESPN and ESPN2’s 21 games, but also 10 additional matches that will be telecast by fellow Disney-owned network ABC. Direct-to-consumer video service ESPN+ will exclusively stream 345 out-of-market MLS matches live and on demand, which subscribers will be able to access from within the ESPN App after authenticating themselves. The 2020 MLS All-Star Game Presented by Target will be covered by ESPN as well.
ESPN+ has exclusive English-language broadcast rights for the English FA Cup, through the rights-cycle period from 2018 until 2021. ESPN+ will stream 79 FA Cup matches per season on its subscription-based digital streaming platform.
Direct-to-consumer streaming service ESPN+ has secured bilingual rights to the Spanish Copa del Rey in USA, following a multi-year deal with the Royal Spanish Football Federation. The OTT broadcaster will air up to 65 matches live every season with English- and Spanish-language commentary. ESPN+’s selection of games will include fixtures featuring top Spanish clubs such as FC Barcelona and Real Madrid. All the Copa del Rey action carried by the service will be available for ESPN subscribers to watch live on the ESPN App, directly from their mobile devices and connected TVs.
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.
ESPN Deportes will air live matches from Costa Rica’s Liga FDP in USA for the rest of the season, with Spanish-language commentary. The network will broadcast the remaining home games of Deportivo Saprissa on television, with live streams available on the ESPN App for subscribers on various streaming devices. The Liga FDP will also be available to watch live on ESPN’s website.
US broadcaster ESPN has secured multi-platform broadcast rights for the USL League One. English-language telecasts will be brought to viewers by ESPN2, ESPNEWS or ESPNU, whereas ESPN Deportes will provide Spanish-language broadcasts. Live streaming of USL League One games will also be available on direct-to-consumer video service ESPN+ and accessible from within the ESPN App.