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ESPN+ adds weekly 2. Bundesliga game to streaming service

Beginning this weekend, ESPN+ will stream one match from the second division of the German league every week during the 2020/21 season.

With several well-supported clubs in the 2. Bundesliga, the news will come as a welcome relief for soccer fans wanting to watch teams including St. Pauli, Hamburg, Hannover, Düsseldorf and others this season.

The first match that ESPN+ will stream for the 2020/21 season will be VfL Bochum 1848 versus FC St. Pauli on Monday, September 21, beginning at 2:30 p.m. ET. The match will feature commentary by Derek Rae.

ESPN+ will carry a 2. Bundesliga Match of the Week throughout the season. ESPN plans to expand their coverage of the 2. Bundesliga games in the future to more than 1 per weekend, ESPN senior vice president Scott Guglielmino tells World Soccer Talk.

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  1. Frank Lippert

    July 21, 2021 at 5:59 pm

    The Friday game has just been added! 🙂

  2. Frank

    July 19, 2021 at 2:06 pm

    The new season of the 2. Bundesliga starts this Friday with the two heavyweights going head-to-head – Schalke 04 vs. HSV. The schedule on ESPN+ doesn’t show any 2. Bundesliga games for this coming weekend thus far and I hope this will change in the next few days.

  3. Tom

    July 6, 2021 at 12:59 am

    But in the meantime we don’t get to see the games. I had not missed a SV Darmstadt game since 2012, then ESPN got the rights and I only saw one game for the 20-21.

  4. Tom

    July 3, 2021 at 3:18 am

    ESPN should stream every 2 Bundesliga game and stop holding games hostage. Very frustrating that ESPN holds the rights to the league and yet shows only one game a week. I hope this changes for the 21-22 season.

  5. Danny

    February 8, 2021 at 2:26 pm

    Double Marek, ESPN has the rights for all games of Bundesliga 2, just stream it with no commentator.

  6. Marek

    October 21, 2020 at 1:25 pm

    Why can’t they just stream the raw feed from every BL 2 match like Fox did ?
    They have tthe rights to the games and are essentially blocking fans to be able to see the games anywhere.

    • Christopher Harris

      October 21, 2020 at 2:03 pm

      ESPN wants to make everything they stream a quality product with commentators and scoreline graphics. They won’t put out an inferior product like FOX did. To put out a quality product, it costs more money. I’m sure they’ll add more games as time goes on.

  7. Dave

    September 20, 2020 at 10:23 am

    Dissatisfied with this given Fox matchpass had every bundesliga 2 match. They just showed the game without announcers

  8. Kurt

    September 20, 2020 at 9:51 am

    This may not be the place, but can we not watch Bundesliga on ESPN+ via FuboTV? I thought FuboTV has all the ESPN stuff, but Bundesliga has just disappeared from my league list.

  9. jstrummer

    September 19, 2020 at 9:59 am

    Not for the masses but for those interested Youtube shows at least one German third division match per week in English. Bayern II-Turkgucu this morning and Kaiserslautern-Dresden yesterday. From what I recall from last year these were avail on demand same day without spoilers but by next day score was posted.

    • jason

      September 20, 2020 at 3:39 pm

      Thank you. Just found it. Yeah the title of the video has the score so you got to have some quick eyes to avoid the spoiler. Channel is called “German Football”. Got to say German 3rd division put other country’s top divisions to shame when it comes to stadiums and crowd support. Certainly bigger than England’s 3rd division (league 1). Granted Germany’s leagues are smaller (18 or 20 teams) rather than england (20 or 24). I like the smaller size myself. I think English Football league should be no more than 20 teams each.

      I thought there was an idea couple of years back to make English football leagues set to 20 teams. Create a “League 3” and add Celtic and Rangers there to fight their way through. Maybe a league 2 north and league 2 south as well. Good idea I think. Never happened though.

  10. Nando

    September 18, 2020 at 11:42 pm

    Yes! So, happy for this news! In mixed emotions, since where can I watch “in full” the complete league?

  11. jstrummer

    September 18, 2020 at 5:46 pm

    Great news, thx Chris

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