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 the rights to the German Supercup until 2026, following a deal with the German football association. The matches will be available to stream live in English language on the ESPN App in USA.
ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes will show 28 matches from the 2020 MLS Is Back Tournament on television in USA. ESPN will broadcast 22 games live, including the opening game and Final, in addition to all matches scheduled for 9am ET. ESPN2 will show six MLS matches live, including a game from the quarterfinals and semis. ESPN Deportes will televise all 28 matches from the MLS Is Back Tournament with Spanish-language commentary. All 28 MLS matches will be streamed live on the ESPN App.
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.
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.
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 secured English-language U.S. TV rights for the UEFA Euro 2020. The network’s family of channels will combine with Disney-owned network ABC to air all 51 matches from the group stage to the Final. Flagship channel ESPN will show 39 Euro 2020 matches live on television in high definition, whereas ESPN2 will telecast seven games. Both networks will produce 30-minute pregame, halftime and postgame reaction shows for every match they cover. An exclusive program named EURO Tonight will also be broadcast by both ESPN and ESPN2 every matchday after the conclusion of the final fixture. Further news and updates will be provided on daily sports program SportsCenter in the mornings. All UEFA Euro 2020 matches aired on TV by linear networks will be streamed live on the ESPN App.
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, every matchday. Television broadcasts of the Italian Serie A in USA will be carried out by ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNEWS 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+ 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.
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 Networks has acquired the TV and Streaming broadcast rights for the SuperCoppa Italiana. In the agreement, 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 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 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.
ESPN+ has acquired the streaming rights of the Indian Super League in the US territory. The agreement will permit ESPN+ to stream 60 live matches (five games per match week) of the Indian Super League to it's US subscribers.
ESPN reached a sub-license deal agreement with Fox Sports acquiring non-exclusive English and Spanish-language broadcast rights to group-stage matches which will be showcased on channels across the ESPN Network and on it’s digital platforms through WatchESPN, ESPN3. This agreement also grants ESPN Deportes the exclusive Spanish-language rights for 72 live games (playoff round, group stage and knockout phase). ESPN Deportes will air the Champions League Final plus UEFA Super Cup for the 2017-18 season. ESPN Deportes Radio will audio stream the entire tournament through to the 2017-18 season on the ESPN Deportes Radio Network