ESPN+ Snags Rights to Bundesliga, Matches to Start Streaming in 2020
ESPN announced today that their streaming service, ESPN+ is going to be the new home of the Bundesliga—the professional association soccer league in Germany. The multi-year agreement is set to begin in August 2020.
The deal includes more than 300 highly-ranked games each season on ESPN+ and ESPN networks, as well as live streams of the DFL Supercup and relegation playoff matches. The agreement also comes with rights to highlights that will be available across ESPN programming, on the ESPN App and ESPN.com.
“With a strong connection to the American soccer community, a growing audience in the U.S. and some of the most well-known clubs and players in the world, the addition of the Bundesliga further cements ESPN+ as a must-have for any soccer fan,” ESPN+ Executive Vice President and General Manager Russell Wolff said in a statement.
Bundesliga has become a go-to league for fresh American soccer players recently, with the likes of Weston McKennie, Tyler Adams , Zack Steffen, and Josh Sargent playing for FC Schalke, RB Lepzig and Werder Bremen respectively.
ESPN+ is home to hundreds of soccer matches from around the globe, including being the exclusive streaming home in the U.S. for MLS LIVE (more than 250 games), Italy’s Serie A TIM (more than 340 Italian soccer matches per year, including Cristiano Ronaldo’s recent debut with Juventus) and England’s FA Cup. The ESPN+ soccer lineup also includes UEFA Nations League, English Football League (EFL Championship, League 1, League 2 and Carabao Cup), United Soccer League (USL) and more.