In 2023, Major League Soccer has broken new ground in sports broadcasting with the introduction of MLS Season Pass. But how much is MLS Season Pass from Apple?
A select number of games throughout the season are still shown on FOX’s traditional national TV networks. But the league has largely left the old ways behind, and have gone all-in on streaming. In partnership with Apple TV, MLS Season Pass gives subscribers access to every MLS regular season, playoff, and Leagues Cup match, with no blackouts or restrictions.
The service also includes a whip-around show (MLS 360), and select games from the division 3 MLS NEXT Pro league and youth MLS NEXT competitions. In addition, exclusive video content from each team is available through MLS Season Pass.
A selection of games throughout the season are presented free to existing Apple TV+ subscribers, and select others are completely free on the Apple TV App.
But whether you’re a casual fan or hardcore supporter, MLS Season Pass is the only way to see every game. So, how will it impact your wallet?
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Breaking down the cost of MLS Season Pass
First off, while the service is accessed via Apple TV, it is *not* included as part of an Apple TV+ subscription. That streaming service, with movies and shows such as Ted Lasso, is a separate cost. But you do not have to subscribe to Apple TV+ ($6.99/month) to get access to MLS Season Pass. However, subscribers to both do receive a discount.
Here’s the rundown of the different ways to get access, and the cost for each:
MLS Season Ticket Holders:
Have season tickets to your local MLS team? If so, good news. MLS Season Pass is free for each full-season ticket account. You get one subscription to the service at no additional cost.
Apple TV+ SubscRibers:
If you’ve already been paying to watch Ted Lasso, For All Mankind, or other Apple TV+ programming, you can save a few bucks when you add MLS Season Pass.
A subscription to Season Pass will run you $12.99/month, or you can save more by purchasing the whole season at once for $79.
Currently, you can get a free 3-month subscription to Apple TV+ if you buy an Apple device. The standard price for Apple TV+, after a free 7-day trial, is $6.99/month. In addition, “Apple One” bundles are available that include Apple TV+ along with other services like iCould storage, Apple Music, and more. These plans start at $16.95/month, so if you’re a power Apple user the bundle could be a smart option to save a few more bucks.
MLS Season Pass Only:
If you’re not a season ticket holder or Apple TV+ subscriber, you’ll pay the most. The standalone monthly cost is $14.99/month, or $99 for the entire season.
In May 2023, MLS announced a midseason rate for MLS Season Pass for $49 for the remainder of the calendar year.
So there you have it. Still not ready to take the plunge, and have questions about MLS Season Pass? Check out our FAQ or leave a comment below!
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