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MLS Secures Major Television Partnership for US Audience

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Revolutionizing American Soccer Broadcasting

Major League Soccer (MLS) has made history by securing an unprecedented eight-year television rights deal with ESPN, FOX Sports, and Univision Deportes. This groundbreaking agreement will significantly impact the broadcasting landscape of American soccer and provide a more consistent viewing experience for soccer fans across the country.

The Partnership: A Milestone in American Soccer Broadcasting

This monumental agreement between MLS and three major networks aims to address the long-standing need for a designated day and time to showcase MLS matches. Starting from the upcoming season, American soccer fans will be treated to a thrilling doubleheader of MLS action every Sunday. ESPN and FOX Sports 1 will broadcast back-to-back matches, while the Univision family of networks will feature a game of the week on Friday evenings, accompanied by a comprehensive wrap-up show on Sundays. This collaboration ensures that over 125 MLS matches will be televised annually, greatly increasing the league’s exposure in the U.S. television market.

Unprecedented Growth and Fan Interest

MLS Commissioner Don Garber expressed his enthusiasm for the new partnership, stating, “We are honored to partner with ESPN, FOX, and Univision to establish the most comprehensive U.S. media rights partnership in the history of soccer in our country. The structure, length, and magnitude of commitment from our television partners are unprecedented.” This deal not only signifies the continued growth of the league but also reflects the growing interest and passion of American soccer fans.

The Rise of Professional Soccer in the United States

The television rights deal is another testament to the flourishing growth of professional soccer in the United States. In recent times, MLS has garnered attention through various expansion franchises, such as Orlando and Atlanta. Furthermore, the exploration of stadium options for a franchise in Miami by former-England captain David Beckham adds to the excitement surrounding the sport’s popularity and expansion within the country.

Fueling Growth and Popularity

The MLS’s new television rights deal with ESPN, FOX Sports, and Univision Deportes marks a significant milestone for the league and American soccer as a whole. By establishing designated match days and providing increased exposure, MLS aims to grant American soccer fans greater access to games, further fueling the growth and popularity of the sport in the United States.

MLS’s partnership with these prominent television networks will revolutionize American soccer broadcasting and shape the future of the sport in the country. Through this historic agreement, MLS is taking a giant leap forward, catering to the demands of its dedicated fanbase and paving the way for continued growth and success.

MLS’s television rights deal signifies an exciting era for American soccer, where fans can enjoy top-tier MLS matches on a consistent basis, connecting and engaging with the sport they love.

MLS and its television partners have taken a bold step, making soccer more accessible and captivating for fans across the nation. The future of American soccer looks brighter than ever, with increased visibility and dedicated broadcast slots enhancing the overall viewing experience.

Let’s celebrate this remarkable achievement and look forward to a thrilling future for MLS and American soccer as a whole!

MLS television rights deal, American soccer fans, increased exposure.

The Future of American Soccer Broadcasting

American soccer fans have reason to rejoice as Major League Soccer (MLS) has secured an eight-year television rights deal with ESPN, FOX Sports, and Univision Deportes. With a dedicated match day and increased exposure, MLS games will now be more accessible to fans across the United States. The partnership between MLS and these major networks represents a significant milestone for American soccer broadcasting.

MLS Commissioner Don Garber expressed his excitement about the partnership, emphasizing the significance of the commitment from ESPN, FOX, and Univision. This comprehensive media rights agreement is unparalleled in the history of soccer in the United States.

Starting from the next season, soccer enthusiasts can look forward to a doubleheader of MLS action every Sunday. ESPN and FOX Sports 1 will broadcast back-to-back matches, providing an extended viewing experience. Additionally, the Univision family of networks will showcase a game of the week on Friday evenings, accompanied by a wrap-up show on Sundays. These arrangements ensure that over 125 MLS matches will be televised each year, offering a substantial increase in exposure for the league.

The television rights deal is a testament to the remarkable growth of professional soccer in the United States. MLS expansion franchises in Orlando and Atlanta have already generated buzz, and David Beckham’s exploration of stadium options for a Miami franchise adds to the excitement. The agreement with ESPN, FOX Sports, and Univision Deportes further solidifies the popularity and appeal of American soccer.

By securing this groundbreaking television rights deal, MLS aims to enhance the viewing experience for American soccer fans. With designated match days and a broader reach, MLS matches will be more accessible to a wider audience. This increased exposure will undoubtedly contribute to the continued growth and development of the sport in the United States.

The MLS’s new television rights deal with ESPN, FOX Sports, and Univision Deportes marks a significant milestone for the league. With designated match days and increased exposure, American soccer fans will have greater access to MLS games, further fueling the growth and popularity of the sport in the United States.

MLS television rights deal, American soccer fans, increased exposure.

Jon Fisher
Jon Fisher
Jon has over 20 years' experience in sports journalism having worked at the Press Association, Goal and Stats Perform, covering three World Cups, an Olympics and numerous other major sporting events.

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