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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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  1. Azer

    August 31, 2019 at 6:09 pm

    JP, You are right about College football ruling the day unless ESPN sublicenses the Serie A to another network we’re all stuck with a streaming service. ESPN Deportes is available but it’s more expensive to get than ESPN+ Keep in mind, sports like Golf, Lacrosse, Auto racing are also beating soccer as well. Have you noticed even the 12:30PM ET, EPL game is being pushed from NBCSN to NBC in favor of some American sport all because of revenue. Serie A is available on TV in the USA via RAI Italia but that’s not even worth talking about.

    • JP

      August 31, 2019 at 6:52 pm

      EPL to NBC over NBCSN is actually an upgrade, the Sat 12:30 match is always there, but I get your point.

      As for RAI, I have it but they don’t broadcast in HD. Also, last year they changed to showing only 3 matches a weekend from virtually all (aside form matches playing at the same time but they always cut in right after when goals in other matches occur)

      • Azer

        August 31, 2019 at 7:44 pm

        I would like to point out one other thing about the EPL on the local NBC network. If there is severe weather local stations like NBC can break in to do weather coverage. I missed a Champions League Final on the big FOX network a few years back because of weather coverage. Also, my local NBC affiliate sometimes runs a ticker at the bottom of the screen to remind viewers about a program that was supposed to air at 12:30PM ET. Thanks for telling me about the Serie A on RAI. I’ll subscribe to ESPN+ if the Bundesliga goes there.

        • Jesus

          September 1, 2019 at 3:58 pm

          I agree that one of the problems with showing soccer games on local TV channels is that they can be pre-empted with local news. A huge advantage to games on non-local and streaming channels is that they are not pre-empted. I wish, for instance, that EPL games on NBC were also available on their Gold streaming channel.

  2. JP

    August 31, 2019 at 4:49 pm

    Another insane match involving Napoli! Not the way I wanted it end for sure, crushing. But that was a fantastic match from start to finish, too bad no one watched it unless they already knew they wanted to. College football ruling the day on TV for their networks.

    • Christopher Harris

      August 31, 2019 at 6:15 pm

      I watched the first half of Juventus-Napoli when Juve were leading 2-0. I wish I watched the second half now!

      • JP

        August 31, 2019 at 6:54 pm

        Oh no! Watch it anyway, probably still worth it even knowing the result.

        Stay safe with the hurricane.

  3. Erik

    August 25, 2019 at 9:44 pm

    ESPN should allow their TV networks to air at least 2-3 per week, especially ESPN Deportes since they have no soccer other than a handful of Liga MX and MLS matches. They’re really letting ESPN Deportes die a slow death. Read an article the other day that said ESPN is laying off over 20 ESPN Deportes Bristol based on air personnel, many who are incredibly likeable. At the same time they’re launching another English sports network (ACC Network) and launching Disney +, they’re shutting down ESPN Deportes Radio and laying off a lot Spanish speaking employees, not a good look for Disney/ESPN. Sadly other than a few people, no one is really making a big buzz about it like they did with the ESPN layoffs in 2017,

  4. Ivan

    August 25, 2019 at 4:00 pm

    Roma Genoa is a hugely enjoyable game of football. Would it kill the greedy a-holes at ESPN/Disney to show 2-3 games each round on tv?

  5. JP

    August 24, 2019 at 4:56 pm

    Fiorentina v Napoli match of the day, and not just biased as a Napoli fan. 7 goal thriller and not one, not two, but three penalty/non penalty controversies. 3 of the goals stunners and the winning goal beautifully set up in classic Napoli fashion.

    This is one they should show as a replay on television, best advertising for Serie A they could ask for (and maybe entice more subscribers for +)

  6. Ivan

    August 23, 2019 at 11:24 pm

    ESPN could easily show the best 2 games of each round week in and out on tv…but, ESPN, Disney, the whole vomit inducing greed thing…

    Ultimately, it goes back to Newton’s third law of physics…for every vomit inducing greedy corporation, they will get a middle finger in response…

    As always, may President George W. Bush drink the blood of every man, woman, and child at ESPN/Disney, and may they all go bankrupt…(and they will)

  7. Azer

    August 23, 2019 at 7:54 pm

    ESPN can easily show the SERIE A on ESPN Deportes and install the SAP function for the English speaking viewers or show the games on ESPN3 like they’ve done in the past. ESPN can also show more games on ESPNEWS. Mark Donaldson is still better than Adrian Healy.

    • Monte Reed

      August 24, 2019 at 9:51 am

      if they did that, why would anyone get ESPN+? My complaint is that the one game they do put on ESPN 2 is not also on ESPN+.

  8. JP

    August 23, 2019 at 6:19 pm

    Using Mark and Matteo on some plus matches is a mistake. Like Matteo but after a year still do not like Donaldson’s style. World feed announcers are an upgrade (and crowd atmosphere better using world feed audio, added bonus).

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