Serie A available on ESPN for second straight season as interest in league grows

Italy’s Serie A TIM, entering its 118th season, consistently ranks among the top leagues in the world – featuring dozens players who represent their respective national teams in international competitions such as the World Cup, UEFA European Football Championships, and more.

And beginning this weekend, ESPN has the exclusive rights to the Italian league.

Throughout the 2019/20 season, ESPN+ will feature more than 340 matches, which kicks off Saturday, Aug. 24, at 11:50 a.m. ET exclusively on ESPN+ with live streaming of Parma vs. Serie A champions Juventus, featuring five-time Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo.

Throughout the 2019-20 Serie A season (August-May), ESPN+ will stream an average of nine matches each week. One of ESPN’s linear television networks – ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNEWS – will carry a Serie A Tim Match of the Week, while some 40 matches will also be televised in Spanish on ESPN Deportes. Additionally, ESPN+ will feature one-hour season preview and review programs, weekly preview and highlight shows and a Serie A TIM Goals of the Week program.

SEE MORE: Schedule of Serie A games on US TV and streaming

ESPN’s Mark Donaldson and Matteo Bonetti will call the Serie A TIM Match of the Week on television as well as key matchups on ESPN+. Donaldson and Bonnetti open their second season together with a pair of matches – Parma vs. Juventus, followed by Roma vs. Genoa on Sunday, Aug. 25, (2:30 p.m., ESPN).

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