ESPN Buys Major League Soccer Rights

8/04/2006 7:52 AM Eastern

ESPN said it cut a deal with Soccer United Marketing for rights to Major League Soccer games through 2014.

The sports programmer said ESPN2 will carry 26 regular-season and three playoff matches a year in primetime. Disney sister ABC Sports will air the league’s three biggest events – the season-opening match, the annual All-Star game and the MLS Cup.

The eight-year rights deal also includes content that ESPN can run on Mobile ESPN, ESPN Deportes, ESPN360 and other platforms.