MLS/US Soccer Set To Announce Landmark TV Deal

MLS and US Soccer are set to announce a landmark TV/online deal for $90 million per year that will be a huge increase from it’s current $27 million per year it currently has in place. This is momentous occasion for MLS as the paltry sum it earned from its previous TV deal has been a huge concern for the viability of its longstanding profitability and growth. The new deal also illustrates the growing popularity of the league as Fox/ESPN/Univision greatly increased their perceived value of the league. Big things are ahead for MLS, get on the train before you get caught in its wake. Details of deal below.

ESPN

– At least 34 exclusive regular seaon broadcasts each year, almost all of which will air at 5:00 p.m. Eastern on Sundays on ESPN2, and digital rights to all of those broadcasts on all platforms and devices

– Exclusive rights to online distribution for MLS games not nationally broadcast, via ESPN3.com (more on that below)

– Shared rights to the MLS Cup Playoffs with Fox for all games except two each year on Univision networks

– Alternating rights on a year-by-year basis with Fox for the MLS Cup Final and MLS All-Star Game

– Split rights to U.S. national team games with Fox, the details of which have not yet been confirmed

– Rights to the MLS SuperDraft and other events

– Rights to MLS broadcasts on ESPN Radio and ESPN Deportes

– Opportunity for ESPN Radio and ESPN Deportes Radio to air MLS matches

Fox Sports

– At least 34 exclusive regular-season broadcasts each year, almost all of which will air at 7:00 p.m. on Sundays on Fox Sports 1, and digital rights to all of those broadcasts on all platforms and devices

(There is not a requirement that all games must be on Fox Sports 1, which means some games could air on the much-less-distributed Fox Sports 2. The league’s press release says that games will air “primarily on Fox Sports 1.” but that is not a contractual guarantee.)

– Shared rights to the MLS Cup Playoffs with ESPN for all games except two each year on Univision networks

– Alternating rights on a year-by-year basis with ESPN for the MLS Cup Final and MLS All-Star Game

– Split rights to U.S. national team games with Fox, the details of which have not yet been confirmed

– Opportunity for Fox Sports Radio to air MLS matches

Univision

– At least 34 exclusive regular-season broadcasts each year, on Friday evenings at either 7:00 p.m. or 11:00 p.m. Eastern on UniMás

– Between five and seven Friday doubleheaders on Univision Deportes on consecutive weeks in May and June, with two hours of ancillary programming around the games

– A weekly MLS wrapup show on Sundays, and a condensed match of the week

– Two exclusive MLS Cup playoff broadcasts

– All U.S. men’s national team games

– At least four U.S. women’s national team games

– An English-language commentary feed for all MLS and U.S. soccer games via the SAP button on your remote control

– Digital rights to all MLS and U.S. national team games it airs, including an English-language audio option on all live game streams


Sourcehttp://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/thegoalkeeper/Live-MLS-US-Soccer-officially-announce-new-TV-deal-with-ESPN-Fox-Univision.html#tw4Fc8PMJHViufY5.99

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