ESPN Secures Latin American Rights For MLS

By Taruka Srivastav | March 4, 2019

ESPN has acquired the rights in Latin America and the Caribbean for Major League Soccer (MLS), which kicked off its new season on Saturday..

As part of the four-year deal, ESPN now owns the right to all US professional soccer league’s 408 regular-season matches, as well as the Audi MLS Cup Playoffs, the MLS All-Star Game, and the MLS Cup.

The matches will broadcast live on ESPN OTT channels  ESPN, ESPN 2, ESPN 3, ESPN Caribbean and ESPN Play.

Michael Walters, ESPN’s VP for Programming and Acquisitions, said: “This agreement with MLS reflects our steadfast commitment to deliver world-class soccer content to fans across Latin America and the Caribbean.

“We are thrilled to continue expanding our content offering and build on the success we have had over the years in showcasing marquee soccer leagues to fans in the region.”

Seth Bacon, MLS Senior VP of Media, said: “The move marks significant investment in attracting world class talent from across the Americas. This new agreement with ESPN will allow us to showcase these players to one of the most soccer-savvy audiences in the world.

“We know that ESPN’s multi-platform approach to distributing content will give fans more opportunity than ever to engage with MLS.”