ESPN extends its broadcast agreement with USL

The United Soccer League reached a new three-year rights agreement with ESPN covering USL Championship and League One matches through the 2022 season.

Programming. The new agreement will see an increase in the number of games televised annually on ESPN’s networks --  18 regular-season Championship games on ESPN2, ESPNEWS, ESPNU or (for the first time) ESPN Deportes in addition to the Championship final compared to seven games on ESPNEWS and one on ESPN2 in 2019. All other matches will again be streamed live on ESPN+.

Rights fee. The Athletic reported the USL will receive a “low seven-figure range” for the broadcast rights and share the revenues among the teams (currently 36 Championship and 10 League One teams).

Production. Games will continue to be produced by USL Productions, the league’s broadcast production, broadcast and distribution facilities with VISTA Worldlink in Dania Beach, Florida. The league's heavy investment in these facilities has allowed it to boost the quality and quantity of its match coverage -- and make a deal with ESPN possible.
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