ESPN and United Soccer League Announce Agreement That Lasts Through 2022

The United Soccer League (USL) announced a new three-year rights agreement with ESPN on Monday that features the USL Championship and League One matches through the 2022 season.

What’s Happening:

  • The new agreement will see a three-fold rise in the number of games televised annually on ESPN’s networks, including the addition of Spanish-language telecasts on ESPN Deportes as well as continued expansive coverage on ESPN+
  • 2020 marks the fifth full year of the relationship between the USL and ESPN, and the league will celebrate its 10th anniversary season.
  • Under the new agreement, 18 regular season games from the championship will air on ESPN2, ESPNEWS, ESPNU, or ESPN Deportes annually in addition to the USL Championship Final. All other matches will be streamed live on ESPN+
  • USL will continue to be featured among the portfolio of world-class domestic and international soccer on ESPN+, along with Major League Soccer, the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, Italy’s Serie A, The F.A. Cup, the English Football League, and the qualifiers for the UEFA 2020 European Championship.
  • The Championship has grown through its relationship with ESPN and ESPN+, including the debut of League One during the inaugural year of ESPN+. This new agreement will see nearly triple the content on ESPN networks, including ESPN Deportes, helping the USL and its clubs continue to broaden their fanbase.
  •  In 2019, more than 750 regular season contests across the USL Championship and USL League One will air on ESPN platforms.
  • Games will continue to be produced by USL Productions, the league’s state-of-the-art broadcast production, broadcast, and distribution facilities with VISTA Worldlink in South Florida.

What They’re Saying:

  • Scott Guglielmino, ESPN Senior Vice President, Programming and Acquisitions: “We’re delighted to continue our relationship with the United Soccer League and showcase the USL Championship and USL League One competitions across ESPN Networks and ESPN+ through this new agreement.”