What is YouTube TV. YouTube TV costs $35 a month. No long-term agreement is required. It includes networks and popular cable networks,
including ESPN networks and Fox Sports 1. It is similar to other streaming services like Hulu Live, DirecTV Now, Sling TV, and PlayStation VUE that have popped up.
LAFC on television. LAFC is also slated to have 16 nationally televised games (the most in the league): six on ESPN, three on Fox, three on FS1 and four on Univision. The other 18 games will all air on the LAFC YouTube TV channel. (All but the four Univision games of the national broadcasts would be available on YouTube TV networks.)
Because YouTube TV is geo-fenced by market, fans outside the LA area will be blocked from watching live LAFC game broadcasts on their local YouTube TV package. They will be able to watch other LAFC programming, though, including 30-minute pre- and post-game shows. (National streaming will still be available via MLS Live.)
Significantly, the channel will also give LAFC a vehicle for club-produced programming that other clubs now are limited to airing via the reach of their Web sites, social media platforms or the breadth of the agreement with local partners.
League source puts #LAFC-YouTube TV deal at just less than $17 million over three seasons. That's for content rights and the jersey sponsorship— Kevin Baxter (@kbaxter11) February 1, 2018
What They're Saying:
LAFC president Tom Penn:
"This truly is a historic day for our club. YouTube TV is an ambitious and innovative brand that we are proud to showcase on the front of our jersey and in our community."
Tim Katz, YouTube's director of Sports Partnerships for the Americas:
"LAFC is re-imagining the sports landscape in the same innovative way we strive to re-imagine the live TV experience. We couldn't be more excited to partner with LAFC to be the exclusive home for all locally televised matches and to share our name of the front of their jerseys."