US sports broadcaster ESPN have announced an expansive, long-term agreement that will make ESPN+ the new English and Spanish language home for LaLiga Santander and LaLiga SmartBank in the United States for the next eight seasons (through to season 2028-29).
The deal begins in August and will see coverage of hundreds of live matches across both leagues, available each year exclusively on ESPN+. ESPN is currently the home of the Spanish Copa del Rey, Copa de la Reina and Supercopa de España, along with the Bundesliga, MLS, England’s FA Cup, EFL & Carabao Cup, Dutch Eredivisie, Scottish Premiership, UEFA National Team Football, USL and much more.
The significance of the partnership means it will strengthen the link between American football fans and LaLiga, which houses many exceptional players of the modern era.
Burke Magnus, Executive Vice President, Programming & Original Content, ESPN:
“This agreement will bring the excitement, passion, iconic clubs and global superstars of LaLiga to U.S. sports fans with unprecedented access and coverage.”
“As the sport of soccer continues its ascendance in the U.S. market, we are incredibly excited to work with LaLiga to establish a deeper connection to American fans through our company’s industry-leading streaming platforms, television networks, and digital and social media assets.”
LaLiga President Javier Tebas:
“We are absolutely thrilled to bring LaLiga to ESPN in the U.S.”
“This is an historic eight-season agreement in U.S. soccer broadcasting that speaks to the power of LaLiga and its clubs in the largest media market in the world and will bring the world’s best soccer league to American screens in a more comprehensive and modern way than ever before.”
Executive Vice President and GM at ESPN+, Russell Wolff:
“This agreement creates a true home for LaLiga in the U.S. for years to come and cements ESPN+ as the premier platform for soccer. We’re excited to showcase the brilliance of LaLiga in our English and Spanish coverage for the growing legion of soccer fans and ESPN+ subscribers.”
CEO of North America, LaLiga, Boris Gartner:
“Partnering with ESPN will allow us to have unique LaLiga programming across ESPN+ and ESPN’s network and digital platforms, super-serving existing fans and introducing new consumers to the drama and passion of LaLiga.”
“The league, clubs, and players will be as close to the American fans as they’ve ever been at a time where soccer is growing leaps and bounds in the U.S.”
The deal also includes rights for Canada. TSN and RDS, Canada’s leading sports networks, will deliver comprehensive coverage of LaLiga matches, highlights, and news to Canadian viewers through multiple platforms.