Category: ESPN Plus

Winners and losers of Bundesliga switching from FOX to ESPN+

The worst kept secret about the Bundesliga in the United States has now been officially confirmed. Beginning in the summer of 2020, ESPN+ will be the exclusive broadcaster of the German league in the United States. It means that the five-year grip that FOX Sports had on the United States is coming to an end. That news will be celebrated by most, but there will be some that may be saddened by the situation given that FOX Sports despite all of their inconsistencies did elevate the Bundesliga to a select number of games across free-to-air television. Due to FOX Sports ... Read more

ESPN+ acquires Copa América rights in English and Portuguese for US market

Popular streaming service ESPN+ has acquired the English-language and Portuguese-language rights to the 2019 CONMEBOL Copa América for viewers in the United States, a source revealed to World Soccer Talk. With Telemundo Deportes already having acquired the Spanish-language rights in the United States, that means that soccer fans will have plenty of choices this summer when they watch the tournament that will feature a line-up of South America’s biggest soccer stars including Brazil’s Neymar, Copa América Winner Luis Suarez of Uruguay, Argentinian soccer legend Lionel Messi, and Colombia’s James Rodriguez, among many others. All 26 games will be broadcast live ... Read more

ESPN+ offers 7-day trial to access sports leagues galore

ESPN’s legal streaming service was offering a complimentary 7-day trial so you can access thousands of soccer games with your subscription. Unfortunately the trial is no longer available. With ESPN+, you’ll have access to a vast amount of soccer leagues and competitions including the 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. To stay on top of all of the soccer news and highlights, the daily ESPN FC show (only available on ... Read more

ESPN’s Serie A TV debut will feature 2 familiar commentators on Sunday

Sunday’s Serie A debut on ESPNEWS will feature two very familiar voices to soccer fans in the United States. With the anticipation building for the Torino-Roma game that’ll kick off at noon on Sunday on ESPNEWS, ESPN will feature Mark Donaldson as commentator and Matteo Bonetti as co-commentator. 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 ... Read more

ESPN+ acquires FA Cup rights for U.S. market, source confirms

ESPN has acquired the US media rights to the FA Cup for the 2018/19 to 2020/21 seasons, a source confirmed to World Soccer Talk today. As part of the rights deal, select FA Cup games will be streamed via the ESPN+ paid subscription service. The FA Cup rights were part of the deal that included the rights to Serie A, a story that we first reported in February after there was little interest in the FA Cup rights at the time. All that changed on July 10 when Cristiano Ronaldo joined Juventus, thus spiking interest in the rights to Serie ... Read more

ESPN+ acquires Eredivisie, A-League and Chinese Super League rights

Just in time for the new Eredivisie season, ESPN+ has acquired the streaming rights to the Dutch league in the United States. On top of that, ESPN+ has also acquired the rights to the Australian A-League and Chinese Super League. The rights deal comes in the same week that ESPN+ acquired the rights to Serie A. The fact that the Dutch league has finally found a home in the United States is big news. In previous seasons, the Eredivisie has been shown across Fox Soccer Channel, ESPN2, GolTV, ESPN3, NGSN, and Univision Deportes in addition to not being available ... Read more

ESPN+ acquires Serie A rights in US in multi-year deal

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 ... Read more

Chelsea-Man City Community Shield finds a home in U.S.

EXCLUSIVE: After a huge amount of anticipation about who will broadcast this Sunday’s FA Community Shield between Chelsea and Manchester City, a decision has finally been reached. In the United States, you’ll be able to watch Chelsea against Manchester City exclusively on the ESPN+ streaming service. The paid subscription service is available for $4.99 per month. New users to ESPN+ can watch the game with for free as part of the service’s 7-day trial. No TV broadcast will be available. Featuring the Premier League champion against the winner of the FA Cup, Sunday’s matchup between Manchester City and Chelsea will ... Read more