ESPN adds more soccer coverage to OTT offering

ESPN+ gets US rights to Eredivisie, Chinese Super League and Hyundai A-League.

ESPN adds more soccer coverage to OTT offering

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Sports broadcasting giant ESPN has added more top-flight soccer content to its new over-the-top (OTT) offering in the US.

The latest multi-year agreements will see ESPN+ show Dutch soccer’s Eredivisie, the Chinese Super League (CSL) and Australia’s Hyundai A-League and Westfield W-League women’s competition.

Under the deals, ESPN+ will be the exclusive home in the US of more than 300 live matches per season from the four leagues. The precise length and financial terms of the agreements have not been released.

“This agreement further boosts the position of ESPN+ as the leading new platform for live soccer matches in the US,” said Burke Magnus, vice president of programming and scheduling at ESPN.

“These leagues join a line-up of hundreds of top-division live matches from Europe and North America, along with a strong line-up of original and studio soccer programming.”

The announcement comes shortly after ESPN+ secured rights to more than 340 games each year from Serie A as part of a multi-year deal with Italian soccer’s top flight. The platform is also home to MLS Live, a collection of over 250 Major League Soccer (MLS) out-of-market matches, while it will also carry coverage of the inaugural Uefa Nations League national team competition.