MLS expands international reach with Fox Sports Africa deal

19 November 2015 | Clubs & Rightsholders
MLS expands international reach with Fox Sports Africa deal
Major League Soccer (MLS) has announced a new broadcast agreement with Fox Sports Africa.

The pay-TV broadcaster will televise MLS matches live across 25 countries and territories in sub-Saharan Africa until 2018.

Coverage will include at least two live regular-season fixtures per week, the MLS All-Star Game, the play-offs, and the season-ending MLS Cup.

Fox Sports Africa, which launched in 2014, will also show highlights, player features and other MLS content across its digital platforms.

“We are excited to expand our Fox Sports partnership to include sub-Saharan Africa,” said Gary Stevenson, the president and managing director of MLS Business Ventures.

“This agreement will showcase our league to many new MLS fans across the continent.”

The new deal means MLS will be shown in nearly 140 markets globally, with eight international broadcasters having so far taken rights to the league. 

The seven other overseas broadcasters showing MLS coverage are Sky Sports in the UK, pan-European broadcaster Eurosport, Globosat in Brazil, Abu Dhabi Media in the Middle East and north Africa, LeTV Sports in mainland China, BeIN Sports across south-east Asia and Australia, and Fox Sports Latin America.

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