Sunday’s Serie A debut on ESPNEWS will feature two very familiar voices to soccer fans in the United States.
Donaldson has been commentating matches for ESPN since 2010, and has called Serie A matches for several years for the company’s international networks. Most recently, Donaldson has been commentating games from the International Champions Cup as well as several high-profile friendlies that aired across the ESPN networks.
Bonetti will be a very familiar voice to the fans who have watched Serie A on beIN SPORTS for years. He’s an authority on Serie A. He grew up in Milan and watched many of the club’s greatest players that had a tremendous influence on his life. More recently, he’s been one of the most familiar voices on the beIN SPORTS network where he has co-commentated matches for Serie A, the Championship, Ligue 1 and other leagues.
As Bonetti begins a new chapter in his career at ESPN, his time at beIN SPORTS is coming to an end after handing in his resignation.
ESPN and ESPN+ have reached an exclusive, multi-year rights agreement in the United States for Italy’s Serie A. The agreement will bring more than 340 matches per season to ESPN+, the new multi-sport, direct-to-consumer subscription streaming service from The Walt Disney Company Direct-to-Consumer & International (DTCI) segment and ESPN.
Starting this month, ESPN+ will carry an average of nine matches live each week from August through May, while ESPN networks will televise a Serie A Match of the Week — close to 40 matches per season. Most telecasts will air on ESPN and ESPN2, and the Match of the Week will also be available in Spanish on ESPN Deportes. The 20-team Serie A is home to some of global football’s most recognizable and storied clubs, including Juventus FC, AC Milan, AS Roma, FC Inter Milan and more.
Coverage of Serie A will also feature year-round news and highlights content across ESPN platforms. Additionally, ESPN+ will exclusively feature one-hour season preview and review programs, a weekly preview and highlight shows and a Serie A goals of the week program.
All of the Serie A matches on ESPN+ will feature the world feed for the commentary.