USL Announces ESPN Partnership



USL and ESPN have announced an extensive partnership which expands the league’s digital coverage through ESPN3 and the 2016 USL Championship game which will air on the ESPN cable network.

“We are thrilled to announce a new collaboration,” said USL President Jake Edwards. “This relationship is another step forward for the league and its digital first philosophy. We will be announcing an exciting broad based media and digital content strategy shortly that will meet and exceed the demands of our ever-growing supporter base while positioning our clubs and the league for long-term success.”

The coverage is slated to begin with the Pittsburgh Riverhounds facing Orlando City B as the first of 20 exclusive regular season games airing on ESPN3. The next five fixtures that will air on ESPN’s over-the-top live streaming network have also been announced and include:

Louisville City FC vs. Pittsburgh Riverhounds on 4/27
Rochester Rhinos vs. Charleston Battery on 5/6
Colorado Springs Switchbacks vs. Portland Timbers 2 on 5/13
San Antonio FC vs. Rio Grande Valley FC on 5/21
Sacramento Republic FC vs. Real Monarchs SLC on 6/8

The remaining 14 games will be determined and released at a later date.

The coverage doesn’t stop there as the USL will be featured on ESPN FC. It still remains unclear as to whether or not the USL will receive anything more than a passing mention, however it is worth noting that this deal comes after the NASL has removed a good number of games from the network following their agreements with CBS Sports and BeIN Sports.

The remainder of live games will still be streamed on YouTube or broadcast locally depending on each team’s local networking affiliations. ESPN will also be providing exclusive broadcasters Michael Watts and Juan Arango for the exclusive games each week.

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