Fans of Major League Soccer may be pleased to hear that Apple TV+ is actively pursuing becoming the home of Pac-12 football in the near future.
According to the New York Post, the newspaper is reporting that Apple TV+ has emerged as a favorite to acquire the Pac-12 football rights.
It is reported that with ESPN, Fox Sports and Amazon Prime Video undecided on the league, Apple could end up broadcasting the games.
Broadcaster deal up in the air
The report also claims that Pac-12 Commissioner George Kliavkoff could present Apple as a possible broadcasting platform to the colleges soon.
The terms of the deal and whether the universities would be interested in the all-streaming deal is unclear.
Moreover, it also remains to be seen if the deal would be good enough to prevent the participating schools from moving on to other conferences.
Apple MLS Rights
Recently, Apple TV+ had started streaming live baseball games on Friday nights.
Apple TV had acquired the rights to broadcast the MLS from this season as the tech giant reportedly paid $2.5 billion to show every MLS match worldwide for the next 10 years as part of a global deal.
This season is the first of MLS’ 10-year partnership with Apple.
MLS season pass
The MLS Season Pass is available for fans at $99/year, as an all-inclusive package with in-depth coverage including pre and post-match shows of the league.
We had also reported earlier that DirecTV will be covering the action of the new MLS season across 300,000 locations, including several commercial establishments, such that fans can catch the action of their favorite teams.
It is believed that an all-in similar deal could be plausible with Pac-12.
Should Apple ink the deal with Pac-12, the streaming service may broadcast more than just conference football for its viewers, and, likely, the production services of the Pac-12 Network could also be used.
Very recently, Apple had put too much emphasis on minor details in contract negotiations, resulting in the agreement with the NFL for the Sunday ticket package failing to materialize.
The deal with Pac-12 may not be easy as the report claims, but it is possible a solution can be reached.
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