Major League Soccer Agrees to 8-Year Broadcast Deal with ESPN, & 2 Others

Major League Soccer (MLS) is taking a huge television leap in new eight-year, & $720 million dollar deal with ESPN, Fox Sports  and Univision.

The announcement comes as the English Premier League and Champions League finals approaching, and the looming FIFA World Cup, soccer has become a growing topic on the minds of the America public.

The new eight-year deal will run from 2015-2022, with the three networks airing 125 or more MLS soccer matches each season.

Sports Business Daily is reporting that the $720 million dollar deal is broken down into a per year earning of $90 million. Of the yearly $90 million fee, ESPN and Fox Sports are reported to be paying a combined $75 million a year, while Univision contributes $15 million.

The new deal is five times hight than the average annual value of the league’s current media deals, a fact that makes MLS League Commissioner Don Garber very pleased:

This is the most comprehensive media rights partnership in the history of soccer in our country. That’s something we’re very proud of. It’s a statement about where the soccer market is and where Major League Soccer and U.S. Soccer fit into the paradigm.”

As part of the deal, each network will feature an MLS “Match of the Week,” with Friday match-ups airing on ESPN and Univision and back-to-back Sunday matches at 5/4c and 7/6c on Fox Sports 1.

Are you excited to see more televised MLS games?

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