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New MLS TV Deal With Fox/ESPN Could Be Worth $70M Annually

ESPN and Fox Sports have emerged as the front runners to sign a new rights deal with MLS, according to several sources. The sides are in advanced negotiations that would have MLS double its rights fees to an annual average of $70M per year for at least eight years. The two channels have been negotiating a joint bid with MLS, though sources caution that no deal is signed; the two sides are continuing to negotiate specific deal points.

A source with direct knowledge of the negotiations said, "There's still a lot of work to be done on this. Don't write this as a done deal." One of the sticking points holding up the negotiations appears to center on the length of the deal.

NBC Sports Group Friday said that it pulled out of the bidding process, leaving ESPN and Fox Sports as the remaining bidders. NBC released a statement to THE DAILY that said, "We've enjoyed our partnership with MLS. Don Garber and his team are building something very positive, and we wish them well." The MLS package includes U.S. Men's National Team World Cup qualifying home matches.
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MLS, U.S. Soccer sign landmark TV
and media rights partnerships with ESPN, FOX & Univision Deportes

For the first time in Major League Soccer’s history, all three television partners will feature an exclusive MLS Match of the Week, providing soccer fans throughout the country with a destination day and time for each network. The Univision family of networks will televise a game of the week on Friday evenings -- primarily on UniMás -- and a wrap-up show on Sundays. The Friday night match on the Univision family of networks will be the first time a Spanish-language television network will have its own exclusive night with a major professional sports league based in the United States.

Soccer fans will be able to enjoy a doubleheader of MLS action every Sunday, as ESPN2 and FOX Sports 1 will televise back-to-back MLS matches on Sundays at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. ET, respectively. More than 125 MLS matches will be televised annually on the three networks

All three networks will televise both U.S. Men’s and Women’s National Team matches. ESPN and FOX Sports 1 will split the English-language Men’s National Team broadcast package of approximately 10 games per year, and will share the schedule of Women’s National Team games. Univision Deportes is the exclusive Spanish language home of U.S. Soccer, broadcasting all of the U.S. Men’s National Team games, and a minimum of four Women’s National Team matches each year during the term.

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MLS partners with Abu Dhabi Sports Channel to broadcast league in Middle East, North Africa. As part of the four-year agreement, starting with the current season, the United Arab Emirates-based broadcaster will telecast at least two MLS regular season matches per week, as well as the AT&T MLS All-Star Game, the MLS Cup Playoffs and MLS Cup

SporTV has reached a 4-year deal to exclusively broadcast the MLS in Brazil starting this weekend.

MLS and Eurosport announce four-year partnership to broadcast games in Europe.

Sky Sports has announced an exclusive four-year deal to show MLS matches in the United Kingdom, starting with the arrival of the new season in March. "Football in the U.S. and Canada has enormous potential for growth and we can't wait to bring this competition to our viewers for the first time," said Sky Sports managing director Barney Francis in the organisation's announcement article.

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MLS announces groundbreaking, long-term TV deal with China's Letv Sports.

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