What we know about the MLS and Apple TV deal: money, seasons, broadcasts, matches...
With the type of investment available to the technology company, could Major League Soccer be in for a huge change in the coming years?
Major League Soccer is said to be the fastest-growing league of its kind in the world, having more than doubled in size over the last 15 years. With 29 clubs currently competing, the feeling is that this growth is only going to continue, especially with a new media and tech giant at the helm. In June we heard the official news from Apple that it would soon be the exclusive destination to watch every live match from Major League Soccer (MLS). Here’s what we know...
When does Apple start broadcasting MLS games?
It all begins in 2023 and the current deal extends until 2032.
What does Apple-MLS agreement include?
The partnership will give fans all over the globe the chance to watch every game from MLS, as well as the new Leagues Cup. It will also include some matches from MLS NEXT Pro and MLS NEXT.
How can I watch MLS on Apple?
Fans of the north American league will not need to pay for a traditional pay TV bundle, but instead can subscribe to the new MLS streaming service, available exclusively through the Apple TV app.
If you already have Apple TV+, you will have a broad selection of MLS and Leagues Cup matches, including some of the biggest clashes, at no additional cost.
What devices can I access MLS on Apple?
The MLS content on the Apple TV app will be available to anyone with internet access across all devices where the app can be found:
What else is included in the Apple-MLS deal?
Subscribers will not only have access to all the above match content, but they will also be handed some bonus material in the form of a new “weekly live match whip-around show”. This will track goals and other big moments as they happen across the league and will also bring you game replays, highlights, analysis, and other original programming.
There will also be live and on-demand MLS content, providing “in-depth, behind-the-scenes views of the players and clubs that fans love.”
What languages will MLS be in via Apple?
Initially the plan is that all MLS and Leagues Cup matches will include commentators in English and Spanish, while games that involve teams from Canada will be available in French.
What are subscription prices for Apple’s MLS service?
Although not available at the time of writing, over the coming weeks we expect to get the complete details for the new service. This will include, say Apple, “when fans can sign up, subscription pricing, specific details about the new MLS programming, an improved match schedule, broadcast teams, production enhancements, and pre and postgame coverage.”
You can sign up for more information as it comes out.
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