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Apple and Major League Soccer to present all MLS matches around the world 

In a historic first for sports, fans can stream every single MLS match through the Apple TV app, without any local blackouts or restrictions

NEW YORK, NY & CUPERTINO, CALIFORNIA (June 14, 2022) – Apple and Major League Soccer today announced that the Apple TV app will be the exclusive destination to watch every single live MLS match beginning in 2023. This partnership is a historic first for a major professional sports league and will allow fans around the world to watch all MLS, Leagues Cup,1 and select MLS NEXT Pro and MLS NEXT matches in one place -- without any local broadcast blackouts or the need for a traditional pay TV bundle.

From early 2023 through 2032, fans can get every live MLS match by subscribing to a new MLS streaming service, available exclusively through the Apple TV app. In addition to all of the match content, the service will provide fans a new weekly live match whip-around show so they never miss an exciting goal or save, and also game replays, highlights, analysis, and other original programming. This live and on-demand MLS content will provide in-depth, behind-the-scenes views of the players and clubs that fans love. A broad selection of MLS and Leagues Cup matches, including some of the biggest matchups, will also be available at no additional cost to Apple TV+ subscribers, with a limited number of matches available for free. As an added benefit to fans, access to the new MLS streaming service will be included as part of MLS full-season ticket packages.

The MLS live and on-demand content on the Apple TV app will be available to anyone with internet access across all devices where the app can be found, including iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple TV 4K, and Apple TV HD; Samsung, LG, Panasonic, Sony, TCL, VIZIO, and other smart TVs; Amazon Fire TV and Roku devices; PlayStation and Xbox gaming consoles; Chromecast with Google TV; and Comcast Xfinity. Fans can also watch on tv.apple.com.

“Apple is the perfect partner to further accelerate the growth of MLS and deepen the connection between our clubs and their fans,” said MLS Commissioner Don Garber. “Given Apple's ability to create a best-in-class user experience and to reach fans everywhere, it'll be incredibly easy to enjoy MLS matches anywhere, whether you're a super fan or casual viewer.”

“For the first time in the history of sports, fans will be able to access everything from a major professional sports league in one place,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Services. “It’s a dream come true for MLS fans, soccer fans, and anyone who loves sports. No fragmentation, no frustration — just the flexibility to sign up for one convenient service that gives you everything MLS, anywhere and anytime you want to watch. We can’t wait to make it easy for even more people to fall in love with MLS and root for their favorite club.”

At launch, all MLS and Leagues Cup matches will include announcers calling the action in English and Spanish, and all matches involving Canadian teams will be available in French. Apple and MLS will also provide enhanced league and club coverage for fans to easily follow the league or their favorite clubs in Apple News, with the ability to watch highlights right in the News app.

Complete details for the new service, including 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 -- as well as all the ways fans will be able to enjoy MLS content across the Apple ecosystem -- will be announced in the coming months.  

Major League Soccer is the fastest-growing soccer league in the world, more than doubling in size to 29 clubs over the last 15 years. The momentum will continue as soccer will grow throughout North America on the road to the 2026 FIFA World Cup hosted by the US, Canada, and Mexico. With players representing 82 countries, MLS has the most global player pool in all sports, and its fan base is one of the youngest, most diverse audiences in North American sports.

About Apple

Apple revolutionized personal technology with the introduction of the Macintosh in 1984. Today, Apple leads the world in innovation with iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch, and Apple TV. Apple’s five software platforms — iOS, iPadOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS -- provide seamless experiences across all Apple devices and empower people with breakthrough services including the App Store, Apple Music, Apple Pay, and iCloud. Apple’s more than 100,000 employees are dedicated to making the best products on earth, and to leaving the world better than we found it.

About Major League Soccer 

Headquartered in New York City, Major League Soccer -- celebrating its 27th season in 2022 -- features 29 clubs throughout the United States and Canada, including 2022 expansion team Charlotte FC and St. Louis CITY SC, which debuts in 2023. Starting in 2023, the Apple TV app will be the exclusive destination to watch every single live MLS match. For more information about MLS, visit www.MLSsoccer.com

This excludes Leagues Cup and Campeones Cup for viewers in Mexico.

RADIO NETWORK:

English Radio

  • Charlotte, NC - WFNZ 610AM/92.7FM
  • Raleigh, NC- WCMC FM 99.9
  • Greenville, SC- WROO FM 104.9
  • Myrtle Beach, SC- WSEA FM 100.3
  • Lynchburg, VA- WBRG FM 105.1, FM 104.5, AM 1050
  • Rocky Mount, NC- WZAX FM 99.3
  • Statesville, NC- WSIC FM 105.9, FM 100.7, AM 1400

Spanish Radio

  • Charlotte- 106.1 FM (WOLS)
  • Triad, NC- 98.3 FM (WIST)
  • Greenville, SC- 105.7 FM/910 AM (WOLI)
  • Wilmington, NC- 94.1 FM/1310 AM (WLSG)
  • Charleston, SC- 103.9 FM/980 AM (WAZS)
  • Columbia, SC- 840 AM (WCEO)
  • Raleigh, NC- WRTG 1000AM
  • Durham, NC- WLLQ 1530AM
  • Reidsville, NC- WREV 1220 AM/93.5 FM
  • Jacksonville, NC- WSRP 910AM
  • Lillington, NC.- WLLN 1307AM/92.7 FM

Major League Soccer Announce Multi-year Linear TV Rights Agreements

Major League Soccer today announced new four-year linear television agreements in the U.S. and Canada: FOX Sports (FOX/FS1/FOX Deportes) and TelevisaUnivision (Univision/UNIMÁS/TUDN) in the U.S., and TSN and RDS in Canada. The new linear agreements complement  the transformative 10-year partnership between MLS and Apple starting next year that will feature MLS Season Pass and provide fans an unprecedented and innovative broadcast package featuring the most comprehensive and accessible schedule of games and programming in the history of the league.

The four-year agreements with FOX Sports, TelevisaUnivision, TSN and RDS come at a time of sustained and substantial growth for both MLS and soccer in North America more broadly. These agreements are strategically designed to run through 2026 – the year of the most important moment in the sport’s history on this continent when the FIFA World Cup™ will be hosted by the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. FOX Sports, TSN and RDS are also the broadcast homes in the U.S. and Canada for the FIFA World Cup™ in 2026.

For each of the four MLS seasons through 2026, FOX/FS1/FOX Deportes will have exclusive English and Spanish language linear broadcast rights to an average of 34 regular season and eight Audi MLS Cup Playoff games. FOX and FOX Deportes will also be the linear broadcast home for MLS Cup in the U.S. for the next four years. In Canada, TSN and RDS will have an extensive schedule of regular season matches – with at least one match per week featuring a Canadian team – along with eight playoff matches and MLS Cup every year.

In addition, TelevisaUnivision, FOX Sports, TSN and RDS will be the linear broadcast home for select matches in Leagues Cup – the monumental new chapter for North American soccer beginning in 2023. Leagues Cup will see MLS and LIGA MX pause their seasons each summer as 47 clubs compete in a World-Cup style tournament to crown a champion. The Leagues Cup Final will be available on Univision.

Every live MLS match will also be available through MLS Season Pass on the Apple TV app, including nearly 500 regular season matches, the All-Star game, the entire playoffs, the Leagues Cup, and MLS NEXT Pro and MLS NEXT matches. A selection of MLS and Leagues Cup matches, including some of the biggest playoff matchups, will also be available at no additional cost to Apple TV+ subscribers.

“We are proud to continue our partnerships with FOX Sports, Univision and TSN, and we are pleased to have MLS matches on RDS in Canada,” said MLS Commissioner Don Garber. “These broadcast industry leaders continue to demonstrate their deep commitment to MLS and soccer. Our linear agreements, along with our partnership with Apple, are the culmination of a series of collaborative discussions to provide our fans with the most expansive and accessible lineup of programming MLS and our sport in the U.S. and Canada have ever seen – and by a significant margin.” 

The agreements include extensive highlight rights to further increase year-round MLS coverage by FOX Sports, TelevisaUnivision, TSN and RDS, and also include extensive marketing and promotional support from all network partners. 

MLS has a long history with all its linear partners, each of which have played central roles in the continued rise of the league and sport. TelevisaUnivision was an original League partner when MLS was launched in 1996. FOX Sports has partnered with MLS since 2015 and from 2003 to 2011, while TSN has broadcast MLS games since 2011. RDS was previously a league partner from 2011 to 2017.

Major League Soccer plans to announce the complete 2023 match schedule before the end of the year.

Linear Network Partnership Details (2023 - 2026)

FOX Sports

  • 34 regular season games annually and eight Audi MLS Cup playoff matches each season on FOX/FS1/FOX Deportes (Including 15 regular season matches each year on FOX)
  • MLS Cup every year on FOX and FOX Deportes
  • Leagues Cup: 10 Group Stage, four Round of 32, and two Round of 16 matches each tournament on FS1
  • Highlight rights, editorial coverage, and cross-marketing support

“We’re proud to extend our longstanding partnership with Major League Soccer at a truly exciting time for the sport here in the United States,” said Eric Shanks, CEO & Executive Producer, FOX Sports. “There is no soccer league in the world better positioned for growth and with FOX’s unrivaled reach we are fired up to be a part of it.”

Bell Media (TSN & RDS)

  • Extensive schedule of regular season matches, eight MLS Cup playoff matches, and MLS Cup each season
  • One match per week featuring a Canadian club
  • Leagues Cup: 12 Group Stage and four Round of 32 matches each tournament on TSN; Three Group Stage and four Round of 32 matches on RDS
  • Highlight rights, editorial coverage, and cross-marketing support

“We look forward to continuing our long-standing partnership with Major League Soccer to deliver an extensive lineup of regular season and playoff coverage across TSN and RDS, culminating with MLS Cup,” said Shawn Redmond, Vice-President, Bell Media Sports. “With this agreement, we will continue to serve Canadian soccer fans in both English and French with comprehensive live coverage on TSN and RDS, showcasing our fan-favourite Canadian teams every week throughout the season.”

TelevisaUnivision

  • Leagues Cup: 21 matches each tournament on Univision/UNIMÁS/TUDN, which includes:
  • 12 Group Stage matches
  • 8 Knockout Round matches
  • Leagues Cup Final
  • MLS:
  • MLSsoccer.com's Spanish language website will live on TelevisaUnivision's platform for duration of agreement TelevisaUnivision will also have MLS highlights and substantial editorial coverage.

“We are thrilled to continue our partnership with Major League Soccer and bring our viewers the excitement of the 2023 Leagues Cup. As The Home of Soccer, fans can count on our networks and platforms to deliver comprehensive coverage of the biggest leagues and rivalries in North America,” said Olek Loewenstein, President of Global Sports Business of TelevisaUnivision.