MLS- Major League Soccer and Apple have finally made a 10-year deal from 2023 to 2032. Apple will stream every MLS match from early 2023.MLS Apple Deal was announced on Tuesday, as MLS has sold all of its global media rights exclusively to Apple.MLS Apple Deal is the first major deal by a US sports league.
MLS Apple Deal will allow viewers to watch every MLS, League Cup, MLS NEXT Pro, and MLS NEXT Match on Apple TV. However, the value of the MLS Apple deal is not disclosed.
The Apple Tv subscribers will be able to stream a limited number of matches without any additional charges, while the MLS season ticket holders will have access to the league streaming service for free.
The MLS Apple Deal also focused on multilanguage broadcasting by producing all matches in English and Spanish. Also french coverage plans and Portuguese coverage too. The game schedules will be changed too with the deal. The midweek games will be played on Wednesday and weekend games are scheduled for Saturday.
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MLS Apple Deal Who Said What
“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 in a statement. “It’s a dream come true for MLS fans, soccer fans, and anyone who loves sports.”
“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.”
What Is The Outline Of The MLS Apple Deal
According to sources, Apple is paying a minimum guarantee fee of $250m per year but the exact value is not disclosed. MLS Apple Deal has not yet disclosed how and where you can sign-up and how much it will cost.
Apple is also rumored vying for the NFL Sunday ticket and Netflix going to bid for the rights to Formula1. Some of the MLS games will be still broadcasted on linear Tv networks like ESPN and Fox but Apple will have the global rights.
The MLS is the fastest-growing soccer league in the world, currently, it has 29 clubs. MLS has the global pool with one of the youngest and most diverse audiences in North America.MLS Apple Deal will further encourage other clubs to associate with broadcasters too. By doing such deals they can reach a global audience.
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MLS Apple Deal Where To Watch
The MLS Live matches and on-demand content will be available to anyone with the Apple Tv app. You can watch matches on all the devices which have internet connection like Apple 4K TV, Apple TV HD, iPhone, iPad, Mac, LG, Panasonic, Sony, TCL, Samsung, VIZIO, Amazon Fire Tv, Roku devices, Play Station, Chromecast with Xfinity and Google TV.