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ESPN+ acquires rights to US Open Cup through 2022

ESPN+ has acquired the streaming rights to the US Open Cup through 2022 in another deal that positions ESPN+ as the leading soccer streaming service in the United States.

The U.S. Open Cup is the longest-running domestic cup competition in the United States. All U.S. Open Cup matches from the First Round through the Final will air exclusively on ESPN+, the direct-to-consumer sports streaming service, beginning this year and running through the 109th edition of the tournament in 2022. The deal, negotiated by Soccer United Marketing (SUM) on behalf of the U.S. Soccer Federation, includes rights in all languages.

The 2019 U.S. Open Cup on ESPN+ kicks off May 7-8 with the First Round, featuring 38 amateur and Division III professional teams from across the United States. Twenty-five Division II professional teams enter in the Second Round on May 14-15, while the Third Round, scheduled for May 29, provides a final hurdle before lower division sides get their shot to square off against the 21 U.S.-based Major League Soccer (MLS) clubs on a national stage. Those Division I MLS teams join the competition in the Fourth Round on June 12.

First played in the 1913-1914 season, the competition is open to professional and amateur teams affiliated with U.S. Soccer. The winning team qualifies for the Concacaf Champions League and wins $300,000 in prize money. The team that advances furthest in the tournament from each lower division is also awarded prize money. While recent years have seen lower division sides come close to a winning run, the last non-MLS team to win the U.S. Open Cup since the league began in 1996 was the Rochester Rhinos in 1999.

With ESPN+, you can also stream Serie A, UEFA Nations League, Championship, League One, League Two, FA Cup, League Cup, Coppa Italia, Supercoppa Italiana, Eredivisie, Danish Superliga, Chinese Super League, Indian Super League, Australian A-League, Sweden’s Allsvenskan, MLS out-of-market games and USL.

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In addition to all of the soccer coverage, ESPN+ also includes a selection of live games from MLB, MLS, NHL, select PGA TOUR golf, Top Rank Boxing and Grand Slam tennis from Wimbledon to the US Open and Australian Open. Plus you get instant access to your favorite college sports like football, basketball, lacrosse, softball and more.

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9 Comments

9 Comments

  1. Marc

    April 8, 2019 at 9:29 am

    Don’t forget Scottish FA Cup. Semi Finals this weekend.
    COYR

  2. BAMTech

    April 8, 2019 at 4:53 am

    The Bundesliga will likely be headed for ESPN+ once its deal with FOX expires in May 2020.

    Deal with it.

    That will leave La Liga in limbo as it looks for a new rightsholder to replace beIN Sports USA. Other than Univision Deportes Network, there shouldn’t be much interest for that product.

    • JP

      April 8, 2019 at 6:08 am

      Yeah, who would want the rights to the league with two of the most popular clubs in the world and overall best quality of play.

      • BAMTech

        April 9, 2019 at 12:44 am

        La Liga and its designated U.S.-based agent Relevant Sports (i.e. Charlie Stillitano) is asking for at least $50 million/season for U.S. media rights.

        Not even Univision Deportes Network will be willing to pay that asking price. Univision will need to bring in a partner to share the rights.

        Neither ESPN (Deportes) nor FOX (Deportes) are in the running.

        Nor is NBC/Telemundo.

        beIN Sports USA, particularly its English-language linear TV network, is essentially a lame duck. Contracts for most of its English-language talent including Kay Murray and Jeremy St. Louis all expire in May 2020.

    • Eddie

      April 8, 2019 at 7:11 am

      Wow, maybe Univision Deportes might get la Liga soon after bein sports expire. This will make massive ratings on the networks of Univision

    • Jasinho

      April 8, 2019 at 7:13 pm

      Hey, I wouldn’t mind the Bundesliga to ESPN+, the way Fox Sports is going it would certainly be an improvement.

  3. Bring Back FSC+ for $15 a Month Guy

    April 5, 2019 at 4:16 pm

    This is terrible news! Now you’re telling me that yet another competition is joining the ranks of ESPN+???? Yet another competition that us US fans of the beautiful game used to not be able to find on TV or the internet, or if we did we had to watch on a pirated feed. I for one will not tolerate a network that has the audacity to charge me $5 a month for the FA Cup, Carabao Cup, Serie A, MLS, Chinese Super League, USL, the EFL, Eredivisie, UEFA Nations League, Swedish Allsvenskan, Danish Superliga, A-League, and Indian Super League. Don’t even get me started on the Copa America being on there as well. No…no I will not.

    Now’s it’s time for me to order another $6 beer!

    • Rover

      April 6, 2019 at 10:29 am

      Nice sarcasm there….

  4. jason

    April 5, 2019 at 2:47 pm

    Great now we need MLS teams to start the competition in the round of 64 starting in 2020. I don’t like that with the expansion. They STILL begin in the round of 32 leaving less slots for lower division teams. Its time to end this!

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