What They're Saying: Don Garber

“We couldn’t be more optimistic about the negotiations of a renewal of rights agreement at a time when just about every media company in the U.S. has been aggressively pursuing soccer rights. Based not just on the growth and the audience and strong demographics of our fan base, but also the fact that [the] young, almost cable-never soccer fan is very, very inclined to view soccer programming through streaming services. As more and more media companies start building out their streaming offerings with sports as the underpinning and soccer as a buzz property, we’re in the market at a perfect time.”

-- MLS commissioner Don Garber on the league's negotiations for a new national media agreement to take effect in 2023. It is in an exclusive negotiating window with its current partners, ESPN, Fox and Univision. For the first time, all in-market (local) rights are included in addition to national and out-of-market rights. The negotiations come as U.S. Soccer has decided to not continue to have Soccer United Marketing bundle its media rights in the same package with MLS's offerings. (The Athletic)
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