Mike Koeshartanto

FOX, ESPN Up the Ante with MLS Coverage

The complete 2016 MLS schedule was released yesterday, sending fans into a frenzy of analysis and prognostication.

Shortly thereafter, two key broadcast partners announced plans to expand and enhance their on-air coverage. A couple exciting points stood out, proving the networks’ continued commitment to our domestic league:

1) FOX Sports debuted its 2016 Major League Soccer regular season slate of games and will shift four MLS matches off cable to the its broadcast network this season:

  • May 21: NYCFC v. RBNY
  • July 17: Portland Timbers v. Seattle Sounders
  • July 24: RBNY v. NYCFC
  • July 31: Sporting KC v. Portland Timbers

2) ESPN will become the primary home of MLS, with 85% of match broadcasts in 2016 airing on their parent channel:


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