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Major League Soccer signs new deals with ESPN, Fox, and Univision

The MLS signed a new TV rights deal with...
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Hard to think about the MLS during the World Cup but while you're focused on soccer...

Look for the San Jose Earthquakes on ESPN, Fox Sports 1, and channels 14 and 66 next year. Major League Soccer has reached new eight-year TV deals with ESPN and Fox for English-language rights, and with Univision for Spanish-language rights, through 2022.

ESPN and Fox will pay a combined $75 million a year, and Univision will pay $15 million a year. Fox effectively replaces NBC, returning to the league after a three-year absence.

Over 125 MLS matches will be televised each year on the three networks, and those on ESPN and Fox Sports 1 will also air online on WatchESPN and FoxSportsGo.

In addition, ESPN and Fox have the rights to simultaneously air Spanish-language versions of their matchups on ESPN Deportes and Fox Deportes, respectively.

Also all three outlets will feature an exclusive MLS Match of the Week. ESPN and Fox Sports 1 will air Sunday doubleheaders back-to-back starting at 2 p.m., while Univision will produce a game of the week on Friday nights that’ll usually air on UniMás, which is channel 66 locally.

The new agreements include Men’s and Women’s national team matches, about 10 per year split between ESPN and Fox Sports 1, while Univision will carry all USMNT matches in Spanish.

Fox needs more sports to make FS1 a go and now it's got one more to add to its roster.

For ESPN and Univision, the deal fills gaps left by the loss of the World Cup. This is the final year of Cup coverage on both networks.

For all three outlets, it's a goooooooooooal.


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