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ESPN+ renews Eredivisie rights deal

ESPN+ has renewed its media rights deal to continue bringing live coverage of the Dutch Eredivisie to soccer fans throughout the United States, multiple sources confirmed to World Soccer Talk.

In its previous deal, ESPN+ acquired the rights to the Dutch Eredivisie in 2018 in a three year deal from the 2018/19 through 2020/21 seasons. That deal ended earlier this summer, and it was understood that there was interest among a few broadcasters regarding the rights.

Thankfully, ESPN+ was able to renew its right deal to ensure uninterrupted coverage.

Prior to ESPN+ covering the league, the Eredivisie has been shown across Fox Soccer Channel, ESPN2, GolTV, ESPN3, NGSN, OZ.com and Univision Deportes in addition to not being available anywhere for a season or two.

ESPN+’s coverage of the 2021/22 season begins this weekend.

As of press time, ESPN+ has the rights to LaLiga, Bundesliga, UEFA Nations League, Championship, League One, League Two, FA Cup, League Cup, MLS, Leagues Cup, US Open Cup, USL, International Champions Cup, Eredivisie, Danish Superliga, Chinese Super League, Indian Super League, Australian A-League, Sweden’s Allsvenskan, FA Community Shield.

ESPN+ is $6.99 per month with no contract required. It’s available on your computer, iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Android phone, Android tablet, Amazon Fire TV, Amazon Fire tablet, Roku, Chromecast, PlayStation 4, Oculus Go, Samsung Smart TV and XBOX One.

 

Eredivisie TV schedule

All times Eastern.

 

Saturday, October 1

10:30 am EDT
Cambuur vs. PSV Eindhoven
ESPN+
02:00 pm EDT
Ajax Amsterdam vs. Go Ahead Eagles
ESPN+
03:00 pm EDT
FC Twente vs. Vitesse Arnhem
ESPN+

Sunday, October 2

08:30 am EDT
NEC Nijmegen vs. Feyenoord Rotterdam
ESPN+

Saturday, October 8

10:30 am EDT
FC Volendam vs. Ajax Amsterdam
ESPN+

Sunday, October 9

08:30 am EDT
FC Utrecht vs. AZ Alkmaar
ESPN+
08:30 am EDT
Feyenoord Rotterdam vs. FC Twente
ESPN+
10:45 am EDT
Heerenveen vs. PSV Eindhoven
ESPN+

Sunday, October 16

08:30 am EDT
FC Twente vs. FC Groningen
ESPN+
10:45 am EDT
AZ Alkmaar vs. Feyenoord Rotterdam
ESPN+
02:00 pm EDT
Ajax Amsterdam vs. SBV Excelsior
ESPN+
08:30 pm EDT
PSV Eindhoven vs. FC Utrecht
ESPN+

Saturday, October 22

10:30 am EDT
Feyenoord Rotterdam vs. Fortuna Sittard
ESPN+
12:40 pm EDT
RKC Waalwijk vs. Ajax Amsterdam
ESPN+

Sunday, October 23

06:10 am EDT
SBV Excelsior vs. AZ Alkmaar
ESPN+
08:30 am EDT
FC Groningen vs. PSV Eindhoven
ESPN+

Saturday, October 29

12:45 pm EDT
Ajax Amsterdam vs. Vitesse Arnhem
ESPN+

 

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24 Comments

24 Comments

  1. Harry H.

    August 6, 2022 at 4:18 pm

    That’s great to hear. On another note, anyone see that ESPN+ didn’t upload replays of all the Bundesliga matches from 6:30 PST, and the Burnley match from 7:00 PST? I just spoke to customer service, who relayed a message from his superiors that this particular situation is indeed not a fluke, and that the matches won’t be uploaded.

    • greg

      August 7, 2022 at 1:43 am

      This article was from August 2021. Unless something’s changed, they haven’t renewed for this season.

  2. Azer

    August 11, 2021 at 11:48 pm

    @Michael. I have Xfinity/Comcast for cable & internet. When I click on a soccer game that is on ESPN3 or anything else from ESPN TV, I get a window with 12 different providers. I have to click on Xfinity to be able to watch it. It recognizes me as being a subscriber and connects me immediately. I don’t have to type in my credentials. I just want to clarify that part.

  3. Ra

    August 11, 2021 at 10:14 pm

    @Michael @Azer Same here. I have att fiber, and mine doesn’t even ask for credential. Apparently some are authenticated based on IP or some other parameter. The full list can be found at espn dot com/espn3/affList

  4. Eric T

    August 11, 2021 at 10:11 pm

    Fantastic news! I love following the Eredivise. Always a very entertaining league. Glad it’ll be accessible.

  5. Michael

    August 11, 2021 at 9:19 pm

    @Azer That is not true. I get ESPN3 because I have AT&T Fiber Internet. I don’t have any cable plan at all. Check with your Fiber company. If you have AT&T Fiber like I do, then when the app asks for a TV Provider you select AT&T U-Verse (even though you don’t have U-Verse for TV, it is still the same account you log on for your bill). On my ESPN App I have all of ESPN+ and All of ESPN3. I can’t access anything on any of the ESPN channels, but Any sporting event that is on ABC will show up on ESPN3. Check with your Fiber carrier. I read an article that there are over 100 Fiber carriers that allow you to get ESPN3.

  6. jason

    August 11, 2021 at 6:18 pm

    @JP Denmark league on E+ was interesting in spring, when the fans came back they turned the mics up in the crowds BIG time. It was fantastic. Fan support there is very impressive.

  7. jason

    August 11, 2021 at 6:11 pm

    As an ESPN+ subscriber I will priortize the content they have in this order now that it has been updated.
    1. Bundesliga
    2. EFL/Fa Cup
    3. Dutch Eredvise
    4. Belgium Junipiler
    5. La Liga (seriously i have no interest in this league)
    6. MLS
    7. Swedish Allvenskan (why E+ has this one I don’t know, dump this and bring Denmark league back)
    8. Australia (this was useful to see a game with fans back in March, but no needed unless empty stadiums ar e forced again)

  8. Jeremy

    August 11, 2021 at 3:22 pm

    Thanks for the update on this! Didn’t want to have to riot ha

  9. JP

    August 11, 2021 at 2:07 pm

    @Azer, very true. Glad the leagues I care about most are on the one platform model instead of the hybrid approach of EPL and apparently Bundesliga if you include Cup competitions use. Would have to believe once the current contract regarding the DFB Pokal runs out end of this season that ESPN will roll that into ESPN+ if they renew.

  10. Azer

    August 11, 2021 at 12:47 pm

    @JP.
    There were 8 German Cup games on ESPN3 from 8/6 to 8/9. I had to authenticate my account with cable to be able to access the games. If you’re a cable cutter you cannot watch those games.
    If you subscribe to ESPN+ you still cannot watch unless you subscribe to cable even though the games are not on cable. This is not a big deal but it is for those of us who love German football. ESPN should move the German Cup, the Qualifiers and what other soccer they have from ESPN3 to ESPN+

  11. locofooty

    August 11, 2021 at 11:46 am

    People love their cable subscriptions and their fragmented EPL on NBC lmao.

  12. Steve

    August 11, 2021 at 11:18 am

    No disrespect but anyone complaining about having to spend $7 a month to watch ESPN + is really silly. That’s the price of 1 lunch a month. ESPN + is an incredible deal for the ample soccer coverage it has.

  13. JP

    August 11, 2021 at 10:46 am

    @Ra, thanks for the tip.
    Cutting the cord officially end of this month, but don’t see beIN making the list of things I’ll subscribe to.

    Libertadores and Ligue Un nice to haves while already subscribing for La Liga, but not must haves. Even PSG matches with their star studded team would be behind Serie A and La Liga action going on at the same time so really not worth the few a matches I’d watch a season. Same would’ve likely applied to ESPN+ if they didn’t get La Liga and NHL (or P+ if no Serie A).

    EPL was already falling out of the rotation so can easily make do with the one match a week on NBC.

    Loving the Belgian league since late last year, this season almost all the matches on ESPN+ have been superb. Dutch and Belgian football, such underrated entertainment. Haven’t sampled much of the Danish league, a chance that’s great too.

  14. Ra

    August 11, 2021 at 10:27 am

    @JP You can get Sling World Sports for $60/yr through Sling (50% off annual). I got mine 4 mo ago. You have to contact customer service to get the rate.

  15. JP

    August 11, 2021 at 10:13 am

    @Azer
    $60 a year for ESPN+ (renewed before price increase)
    $50 a year for Paramount+

    For only $110 a year you get all of La Liga, Bundesliga, Serie A, Champions League, Europa League, best of Eredivisie and Belgian Pro League, all non national TV MLS matches

    If you also want to watch Messi in Ligue Un, that’s $10 a month to get beIN through Sling or $7 through Fanatiz…..$70-100 for the duration of the season, about $200 for the year for all those leagues. Beats cable!

  16. Azer

    August 10, 2021 at 11:51 pm

    @Futbol is life. ESPN+ is actually $6.99 a month, the price went up this month (August)
    If Barbara wants to watch Serie A she’s out of luck, she has to subscribe to a different service. If she wants to watch Lionel Messi play in Ligue 1 then what?

  17. Futbol is Life

    August 10, 2021 at 10:33 pm

    @ Barbara O. Chamberlain, ESPN+ is definitely one of the best deals around at $5.99 a month.
    As a fan you always have to pick and choose the game match that you want to watch since a lot of games are on at the same time.

  18. Barbara O. Chamberlain

    August 10, 2021 at 8:54 pm

    Not fair for one service to have it all! The poor who are ardent football/soccer fans, unfortunately, don’t have an opportunity to see any of these games. Not Fair! Gone are the days, when one could pick and choose the match one wants to watch!!!!!

  19. JP

    August 10, 2021 at 8:07 pm

    @Don Dickerson, agreed. Ajax, PSV, and Feyenoord are always shown, which is fine. AZ Alkmaar should become one of the weekly matches no matter what as well and perhaps Vitesse. Think when it gets later in the year and known which teams are battling for the top sots they shake it up a bit more. Do recall seeing a lot of AZ last year.

  20. Don Dickerson

    August 10, 2021 at 7:10 pm

    The problem is ESPN+ doesn’t put ALL the matches on they only put like 3 or 4 per weekend.

  21. Lee Gaucher

    August 10, 2021 at 6:05 pm

    Why isn’t the Belgian Pro League on the list? I thought I saw matches on ESPN+ the past couple of weekends.

  22. JP

    August 10, 2021 at 5:24 pm

    Great news!!

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