SBD/Issue 11/Sports Media

Univision Signs Eight-Year Agreement To Broadcast MLS Games

Soccer United Marketing (SUM) and Univision have reached a broadcast rights agreement through 2014 for MLS and other soccer properties. The network will broadcast 25 MLS games per season, ten U.S. men’s national team games and five int’l matches operated by SUM. Univision joins ESPN/ABC, HDNet, Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Sports en Español as MLS broadcast partners (SUM). SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL’s Tripp Mickle reports the deal is worth nearly $80M, and marks MLS’ first Spanish-language deal “involving a rights fee.” MLS will get $9M next year, “close to the amount it’s getting from ESPN in its eight-year deal.” Univision will also get online and wireless rights as part of the agreement (SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL, 9/25 issue).

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