Sports broadcasting contracts in the United States

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In the United States, sports are televised on various broadcast networks, national and specialty sports cable channels, and regional sports networks. U.S. sports rights are estimated to be worth a total of $22.42 billion in 2019, about 44 percent of the total worldwide sports media market.[1] U.S. networks are willing to pay a significant amount of money for TV sports contracts because it attracts large amounts of viewership; live sport broadcasts accounted for 44 of the 50 most watched U.S. TV broadcasts in 2016.[2]

Among these TV contracts, NBC holds a $7.75 billion contract, signed in 2014, to air the Olympics through the 2032 games,[3] making it a major source of revenue for the International Olympic Committee.[4] The broadcast deals of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), running through 2032 across various networks, were worth $8.8 billion in 2018.[5]

The U.S. is home to four of the top six professional sports leagues by revenue in the world: Major League Baseball (MLB), National Basketball Association (NBA), National Football League (NFL), and National Hockey League (NHL). The NFL has the largest TV contracts, and earns over $6 billion annually from its contracts with Fox, CBS, NBC, ESPN and DirecTV for the 2014 through 2022 seasons.[6] MLB earns $1.5 billion annually from its contracts signed in 2012 with ESPN, Fox, and Turner Sports (TBS) for the 2014 through 2021 seasons.[7] In 2014, the NBA signed a nine-year television deal with ABC/ESPN and TNT that generates annual league TV revenues of $2.66 billion beginning with the 2016–17 season,[8] while the NHL earns $200 million annually from a 10-year contract signed with NBC Sports in 2011 that runs through the 2020–21 season.[9]

American football[edit]

National Football League[edit]

Since the 1960s, all regular season and playoff games broadcast in the United States have been aired by national television networks. Until the broadcast contract ended in 2013, the terrestrial television networks CBS, NBC, and Fox, as well as cable television's ESPN, paid a combined total of US$20.4 billion[10] to broadcast NFL games. From 2014 to 2022, the same networks will pay $39.6 billion for exactly the same broadcast rights.[11] The NFL thus holds broadcast contracts with four companies (ViacomCBS, Comcast, Fox Corporation, and ESPN Inc.—which is majority owned by The Walt Disney Company, respectively) that control a combined vast majority of the country's television product. League-owned NFL Network, on cable television, also broadcasts a selected number of games nationally. In 2017, the NFL games attracted the top three rates for a 30-second advertisement: $699,602 for Sunday Night Football, $550,709 for Thursday Night Football (NBC), and $549,791 for Thursday Night Football (CBS).[12]

For the 2020 NFL season, two extra wild card playoff games are being added to the schedule; CBS and NBC acquired rights to these new games, with both paying roughly $70 million each.[13]

Television[edit]

Package Rightsholder Extent of coverage Current contract term
AFC CBS
2014–2022[14][15][16]
NFC Fox
Sunday Night Football NBC
Monday Night Football ESPN, ABC
  • Monday primetime game during regular season, with doubleheader during the opening week
  • One wild card game
  • Pro Bowl
  • Option to simulcast wild card game and Pro Bowl on ABC
2014–2021
Thursday Night Football NFL Network
  • 18 games, primarily on Thursday nights (excluding the Kickoff Game and Thanksgiving, which are part of the SNF package), including at least one NFL London Game, and late-season Saturday games.
  • 7 games are exclusive to NFL Network
2018–2022.[17][18]
Fox
  • Production of all games
  • Simulcast of 11 games with NFL Network

Digital and out-of-market[edit]

Rightsholder Extent of coverage Current contract term
Television rightsholders Streaming of games aired by their channels Part of television contracts. Streaming on smartphone-sized devices was exclusive to Verizon Wireless subscribers prior to 2018. CBS requires CBS All Access subscription.[19][20]
DirecTV NFL Sunday Ticket; exclusive carrier and marketer of this out-of-market sports package. 2014–2022[21]
Verizon Media Streaming of in-market and national games on free-to-air television via Yahoo! Sports. 2018–2022[22][23]
Amazon.com Inc. Streaming simulcast of Fox-aired Thursday Night Football games on Prime Video and Twitch. 2020-2022 renewal adds one game per-season that will be fully exclusive (outside of home team markets) to Amazon worldwide. 2018–2022[24][25]

Radio[edit]

Westwood One has exclusive national radio rights through the 2022 season.[26][27]

Sports USA has national radio rights to regular season Sunday afternoon doubleheaders sublicensed from Dial Global. Compass Media Networks has national radio rights to regular season Sunday afternoon games for 10 teams sublicensed from Dial Global.

Each NFL team has local television stations with rights to preseason games and radio stations with rights to all games.

Sirius XM has exclusive satellite radio rights to home, away, and, if available, national broadcast radio feeds of all games. Also has rights to online streaming of games for its subscribers starting with the 2011 season.

College football[edit]

College football coverage is dependent on negotiations between the broadcaster and the college football conference or team. The televised games may change from year-to-year depending on which teams are having a strong season, although some traditional rivalry games are broadcast each year. Some games are traditionally associated with a specific event or holiday, and viewing the game itself can become a holiday tradition for fans.

Post-season bowl games, including the College Football Playoff, are presently all televised, most of them by the ESPN networks.[28] The television broadcast rights to all six CFP bowls and the National Championship are owned by ESPN through at least the 2025 season.[29] ESPN then reached 12-year agreements to retain rights to the Rose Bowl, Orange Bowl, and Sugar Bowl following the dissolution of the Bowl Championship Series.[30] In November, ESPN reached a 12-year deal to broadcast the remaining three bowls, the championship game, as well as shoulder programming such as ranking shows; as a whole, the contract is valued at around $470 million per year, or nearly $5.7 billion for the life of the contract.[31]

Regular-season

Post-season

Radio

CFL[edit]

Since 2013, ESPN's networks have held rights to the Canadian Football League; the league's domestic rights are held by TSN, a Canadian sports channel that ESPN holds a minority ownership stake in. This agreement was renewed in 2014 for five years, aligned with TSN's domestic contract, with a stipulation that at least 17 games would be carried on an ESPN linear network each season (primarily ESPN2), including the Grey Cup. Originally ESPN3 carried all games not carried on one of the linear channels online, later ESPN moved those games to ESPN+.[36][37][38][39]

XFL[edit]

The new incarnation of the XFL will divide its broadcast rights between ABC/ESPN and Fox Sports under a three-year deal. XFL games will be split among ABC, Fox, ESPN, and Fox Sports 1 (with a small number of games tentatively scheduled for ESPN2 and Fox Sports 2). ESPN will hold rights to the championship game. The Wall Street Journal reported via inside sources that neither the broadcasters or the league are making any upfront payments, but that the XFL will sell the in-game sponsorship inventory. The networks will cover the production costs, hold the digital rights to their telecasts, and the right to sell the conventional commercial inventory during their games.[40][41]

Baseball[edit]

Major League Baseball[edit]

National television

On August 28, 2012, it was announced that ESPN and Major League Baseball had agreed on a new eight-year deal that greatly increases the network's studio and game content across all of its platforms. Also it will increased ESPN's average yearly payment from about $360 million to approximately $700 million.[42] ESPN also will return to broadcasting postseason baseball beginning in 2014 with one of two wild-card games each season. The network will alternate airing the American League and National League wild-card games each year. It also will have the rights to all potential regular-season tiebreaker games starting in 2014.[43]

On September 19, 2012, Sports Business Daily[44][45] reported that Major League Baseball would agree to separate eight-year television deals[46] with Fox Sports and Turner Sports[47] through the 2021 season. Fox would reportedly pay around $4 billion over eight years (close to $500 million per year) while Turner would pay around $2.8 billion over eight years (more than $300 million per year). Under the new deals, Fox and TBS's coverage would essentially be the same as in the 2007–2013 contract with the exception of Fox and TBS splitting coverage of the Division Series, which TBS has broadcast exclusively dating back to 2007. More importantly, Fox would carry some of the games (such as the Saturday afternoon Game of the Week) on its all-sports channel, Fox Sports 1. Sources also said that was possible that Fox would sell some Division Series games to MLB Network, which did end up occurring.

On November 15, 2018, Fox renewed its rights, set to expire in 2022, through 2028. The contract maintains Fox's current coverage structure, but with expanded digital rights, and the commitment to air more games on the Fox broadcast network when the new deal takes effect.[48][49] Fox also committed to airing at least two of its League Championship Series games, as well as any Game 7, on the broadcast network beginning in 2019; it had been criticized for airing only Game 2 of the 2018 National League Championship Series, while placing the rest on Fox Sports 1.[50]

  • Fox:[51] 12 Saturday afternoon games; All-Star Game; World Series
  • FS1: 40 Saturday afternoon games; two Division Series; one League Championship Series.
  • TBS: Sunday afternoon games carried by TBS for the last thirteen weeks of the season. Postseason coverage consists of one Wild Card Game; two Division Series; one League Championship Series that Fox Sports does not air. For postseason only, TNT serves as an overflow channel.[52]
  • ESPN: Opening Day, (exclusive coverage) Sunday night, Monday night, and Wednesday night games plus occasional broadcasts during the week and on certain holidays, such as Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day. All-Star festivities including the annual Home Run Derby. Airs any end of season tiebreaking games and one Wild Card Game.[53]
  • MLB Network: Airs 26 non-exclusive MLB Network Showcase games, and two Division Series games per-season. The channel also carries various other games simulcast from local broadcasters.

Local television

National radio

  • ESPN Radio: a Saturday game of the week, Sunday night, opening day and holiday games, plus the All-Star Game and the entire postseason.

Local radio

  • MLB teams also contract with local broadcasters to air games on radio. Several teams have multiple affiliates covering those games. The flagship stations can air all games of the teams they contract with, other affiliates must allow ESPN radio coverage to air during the postseason.

Caribbean Series[edit]

ESPN Deportes has Spanish-language TV and radio rights to the Caribbean Series.

College Baseball[edit]

Post-season ESPN currently broadcasts the College World Series on its family of networks.

Regular-season Nationally televised regular-season games are contracted through each conference and appear on beIN Sports, CBS Sports Network, ESPN/ESPN2/ESPNU, FS1, Fox Sports regional networks, Fox College Sports, including several school- and conference-specific networks (BTN, SEC Network, BYUtv, Pac-12 Network, and Longhorn Network).

Little League Baseball[edit]

ESPN has rights to broadcast the entire Little League World Series, as well as the finals of the eight regional tournaments that determine the U.S. representatives in that competition. It distributes coverage among its family of networks and ABC; the final is aired on ABC.

Softball[edit]

Minor League Baseball[edit]

MLB Network has a contract with MiLB to air one game each week.[54]

Nippon Professional Baseball[edit]

Other Baseball Leagues[edit]

Basketball[edit]

National Basketball Association[edit]

National television[edit]

On October 6, 2014, NBA announced a nine-year $24 billion ($2.7 billion/year) extension with ESPN, ABC and Turner Sports beginning with the 2016–17 season and running through the 2024–25 season[55] – the second most expensive media rights in the world after NFL and on a par with Premier League in annual rights fee from 2016–17 to 2018–19 season.[56]

  • ABC: 19 regular-season games (Christmas Day double or triple header, and late-season games on Saturday nights and Sunday afternoons); some first- and second-round playoff games (mostly on weekend afternoons); NBA Finals through 2025
  • ESPN: 82 regular-season games (mostly on Wednesday and Friday night doubleheaders; occasional Sunday and Monday night games); up to 30 playoff games during the first two rounds conference semi-final games and one of the conference finals per-season through 2025.
  • TNT: 67 regular-season games (mostly on Thursday night doubleheaders); All-Star Weekend; up to 45 playoff games during the first two rounds; conference semi-final games and one of the conference finals per-season through 2025
  • NBA TV: 106 regular-season games on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Saturday night and up to 9 postseason games through 2025

Local television[edit]

Additionally, local or regional broadcasters contract with the NBA team in their area for the right to broadcast a number of regular-season games locally. These broadcasters can be traditional over-the-air television stations as well as regional cable sports channels. WGN, then a Chicago-based superstation, broadcast a limited number of Chicago Bulls regular season games on their national feed until 2014, fewer than they provided locally. If ESPN chooses to opt out of airing all of the games on their night, NBA TV airs a game in its place. Games in the first round of the playoffs can be aired by regional broadcasters, unless the national broadcaster has exclusive rights. Games in the first round not selected by national broadcasters are usually broadcast by NBA TV.

National radio[edit]

  • ESPN Radio: usually one game from the Sunday afternoon package, one game on Thursday night, and postseason coverage including all games in the Conference Finals and the NBA Finals

Local radio[edit]

NBA teams also contract with local radio broadcasters to air their games. Teams may also have affiliates air their games.

Women's National Basketball Association[edit]

In 2013, the WNBA and ESPN signed a six-year extension on the broadcast deal to cover 2017–2022. In the new deal, a total of 30 games would be shown each season on ESPN networks. Each team would receive around $1 million per year.[57]

On April 22, 2019, CBS Sports Network reached a multi-year deal to televise 40 regular-season weekend and primetime WNBA games, beginning in the 2019 season.[58][59]

  • ESPN/ABC: select weeknight games, All Star Game, playoffs and WNBA Finals. Provisional coverage on ABC through 2025.
  • NBATV: select games throughout the week.
  • CBS Sports Network: select games on Saturdays and weekends.

College basketball[edit]

Postseason

  • NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament: CBS/Turner under the NCAA March Madness brand
    • Every game in the NCAA Tournament is telecast live nationally on either CBS or one of three Turner networks—TBS, TNT, or truTV. On April 22, 2010, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) reached a 14-year agreement,[60] worth US$10.8 billion, with CBS and the Turner Broadcasting System to receive joint broadcast rights to the Division I men's college basketball tournament.[61] On April 16, 2016, the contract was extended to 2032 in an $8.8 billion deal.[62] Coverage is split as follows:
      • The First Four (the expanded "play-in" round) airs on truTV.
      • In the first and second rounds, all four networks air games. CBS airs one "featured" game in each time slot, with the three Turner networks carrying other games.
      • The Sweet Sixteen (regional semifinals) are on CBS and TBS
      • For 2014 and 2015, two Elite Eight (regional finals) aired on CBS. TBS broadcast the national semifinials, and CBS the title game. Beginning in 2016, TBS airs all three Final Four games in even-numbered years and CBS in odd-numbered years through 2032.
    • All games are also streamed via the NCAA/CBS March Madness On Demand service. The new contract will allow Turner to develop its own streaming service for the tournament, alongside MMOD.
  • NIT and NIT Season Tip-Off: ESPN
  • NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Tournament: ESPN
  • NAIA Men's Basketball Championships: ESPN3

Regular season

FIBA[edit]

Other Leagues[edit]

Cricket[edit]

Curling[edit]

More than 300 hours of live curling, broadcast by TSN in Canada, will be live-streamed on ESPN3, including:

Cycling[edit]

eSports[edit]

Golf[edit]

Men's majors[edit]

Event Rightsholder Extent of coverage Current contract term/notes
Masters Tournament CBS (free-to-air) Weekend round coverage 1956–present (Augusta National Golf Club does not use long-term contracts, but has consistently chosen CBS as its broadcast partner).[68][69]
ESPN (subscription) Early-round coverage ESPN replaced USA Network in 2008, who first added first- and second-round coverage on cable in 1982.[70]
PGA Championship CBS (free-to-air) Weekend round coverage 2020–2030, aired since 1991.[71]
ESPN (subscription) Early-round coverage, weekend morning coverage 2020–2030. ESPN succeeded TNT as cable rightsholder.[71]
ESPN+ (subscription streaming) Supplemental coverage during television windows 2020–2030[71]
U.S. Open Fox (free-to-air) Late-afternoon/primetime coverage of early rounds, weekend round coverage 2015–2026; contract includes all USGA national championships.[72][73]
Fox Sports 1 (subscription) Early-round coverage
The Open Championship NBC (free-to-air) Weekend round coverage 2016–2028 (first year sub-licensed from former rightsholder ESPN)[74][75]
Golf Channel (subscription) Early-round coverage 2016–2028[74]

Women's majors[edit]

Event Rightsholder Extent of coverage Current contract term/notes
ANA Inspiration Golf Channel (subscription) Full coverage Part of LPGA Tour broadcast rights.
Women's PGA Championship NBC (free-to-air) Weekend round coverage [76]
Golf Channel (subscription) Early-round coverage
U.S. Women's Open Fox (free-to-air) Weekend round coverage 2015–2026 (part of USGA broadcast rights)[72]
Fox Sports 1 (subscription) Early-round coverage
Evian Championship Golf Channel (subscription) Full coverage Part of LPGA Tour broadcast rights.
Women's British Open NBC (free-to-air) Weekend round coverage 2016–2028 (part of Open Championship broadcast rights)[74][75][77]
Golf Channel (subscription) Early-round coverage

Tours and other events[edit]

Event/Tour Rightsholder Extent of coverage Current contract term/notes
PGA Tour CBS (free-to-air)
  • Weekend round coverage of at least 20 tournaments per-season.
  • Alternates with NBC to broadcast the three FedEx Cup Playoffs tournaments beginning 2022.
2011–2030[78][79][80][81][82]
NBC (free-to-air)
Golf Channel (subscription) Early-round coverage of all tournaments, weekend coverage of tournaments not aired by CBS or NBC, option to air supplemental coverage during NBC broadcast windows. Also airs coverage of the senior PGA Tour Champions circuit and the developmental Korn Ferry Tour.
NBC Sports Gold (subscription streaming) PGA Tour Live coverage before Golf Channel windows, featured groups during Golf Channel windows, on-demand content. Moves to ESPN+ in 2022.[82] 2019–2021[83]
LPGA Tour Golf Channel (subscription) Exclusive coverage of most events (selected events may have weekend coverage on NBC) Current contract ends in 2021 (aligned with the current PGA Tour broadcast rights; as part of an agreement reached in 2016, the PGA Tour is responsible for managing the LPGA Tour's media rights). Includes the Solheim Cup (which aired weekend coverage on NBC for the first time in 2017).[84][85]
Ryder Cup NBC (free-to-air) Weekend coverage 2014–2030[86][87]
Golf Channel (subscription) Weekday rounds

Ice hockey[edit]

National Hockey League[edit]

On April 19, 2011, NBC Sports and the then-Versus channel announced they had reached a ten-year extension (through 2020–2021) to the television contract with the National Hockey League worth nearly 2 billion dollars over the life of the contract. As part of the announcement, the chairman of NBC Sports, Dick Ebersol announced that the Versus channel would be renamed "within 90 days," in order to reflect the synergy of the two networks after the Universal-Comcast merger.[88] The said network was renamed the NBC Sports Network on January 2, 2012.[89]

  • NBCSN: At least two regular-season games/week (mainly on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday nights, with the flagship Wednesday Night Hockey having an exclusive weekly window), weeknight playoff games (non-exclusive during the first round, exclusive beginning in the second), Stanley Cup Finals (games 2, 3), through 2021.[90]
  • NBC: Thanksgiving Showdown (Black Friday) game, Winter Classic and Stadium Series games, All-Star Game, Sunday afternoon late-season games, weekend afternoon/Saturday night playoff games, and Stanley Cup Finals (games 1, 4–7), through 2021.[90]
  • NHL Network: Monday, Friday and occasional Sunday games. Simulcasts of CBC/Sportsnet's Hockey Night in Canada (Saturday nights); the simulcast can be blacked out if a local channel is carrying coverage of the same game.
  • CNBC and USA: Stanley Cup Playoffs overflows

Local or regional broadcasters contract with the NHL team in their area for the right to broadcast a number of regular season games locally

Radio

Westwood One through its NBC Sports Radio division (Stanley Cup Finals); games also simulcast on Sirius XM satellite radio.

National Women's Hockey League[edit]

The NWHL has announced a landmark partnership with Twitch that will see the platform become the exclusive live-streaming home of the women’s professional league. [91]

Southern Professional Hockey League[edit]

  • America One: Regular season, playoffs and Championships through 2014

College Ice Hockey[edit]

Other Ice Hockey Leagues[edit]

Horse Racing[edit]

Triple Crown

Breeders' Cup NBC and NBCSN have the Breeders' Cup World Championships rights, with most races airing on NBCSN and the Breeders' Cup Classic airing in primetime on NBC.[94]

Road to the Kentucky Derby NBC and NBCSN have the rights to all "Road to the Kentucky Derby" races, including the Florida Derby, Santa Anita Derby and Blue Grass Stakes races from March – April.[94]

Travers Stakes

For the first time, Fox acquired the rights to the Travers Stakes.

Lacrosse[edit]

Major League Lacrosse[edit]

  • ESPN+ and Lax Sports Network

Women's Professional Lacrosse League[edit]

National Lacrosse League[edit]

Premier Lacrosse League[edit]

College Lacrosse[edit]

Varsity lacrosse

Club Lacrosse

  • MCLA: Semi-finals and Championship of both division 1 and 2 broadcast nationally on Fox College Sports, usually the Pacific affiliate. Championships also simulcast on the MCLA website.
  • BYUtv Sports: At least one home MCLA game featuring BYU, but BYUtv Sports has rights to all home games.

International Lacrosse[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

Motor sports[edit]

NASCAR[edit]

Fox Sports and NBC Sports have contracts for all NASCAR events through at least 2024. On October 15, 2012, NASCAR and the Fox Sports Media Group (FSMG) announced a new $2.4 billion eight-year deal, a 30% increase from their previous deal.[98] On July 23, 2013, NASCAR and the NBC Sports Group announced a new $4.4 billion ten-year deal.[99][100][101] Ten days later on August 1, 2013, NASCAR and Fox extended and expanded their agreement, paying an additional $1.4 billion to do so, to complete NASCAR's new TV package through the 2024 season.[102][103]

IndyCar[edit]

Formula One[edit]

ESPN aired Formula One from 1984 to 1997. Speedvision and Fox Sports Net shared broadcasting rights from 1998 to 2000. Speedvision and its successor Speed Channel continued to broadcast the championship until 2012. Fox aired select races from 2007 to 2012. NBC Sports had English-language TV broadcasting rights from 2013 through 2017. Races were televised by NBC, NBCSN or CNBC and streamed on NBC Sports Live Extra.[104][105]

ESPN became the new broadcaster in 2018. The network unveiled plans to show over 100 hours of F1 programming during their first season returning to the sport. This included plans to show every practice and qualifying session in some capacity. Race broadcasts would be spread across ESPN and ESPN2 with plans to show live coverage of Canada GP, the American and Mexican Grand Prix live on ABC while also showing the Monaco Grand Prix on tape-delay.[106] March 1 of that year they announced the launch of their own OTT service called F1 TV Pro what show races live and on-demand.[107]

ESPN Deportes has Spanish-language rights.

IMSA[edit]

Motorcycle racing[edit]

Drag racing[edit]

Short track racing[edit]

Off-road racing[edit]

Other[edit]

Multi-discipline events[edit]

Rugby League[edit]

  • National Rugby League:
    • Fox Sports: holds the rights to three matches for each round of the regular season, and for all games part of the Finals Series, including the Grand Final. Though this is true, no where near all of the content held ends up being aired.
    • WatchNRL:shows every match of the season, including the Finals Series and Grand Final.
  • State of Origin:
  • Super League and Challenge Cup:
    • Fox Soccer Plus airs all televised Super League matches, select matches from the Championship and all televised Challenge Cup ties, including the final. Fox Soccer Plus no longer foresees airing sports other than soccer. The Super League Grand Final airs on Fox Sports 2.

Rugby union[edit]

NBC Sports has rights to all World Rugby international events through 2023, including:[112]

NBC Sports also has the rights to:

Rugby sevens[edit]

Soccer[edit]

International competitions[edit]

Broadcasting contracts for international soccer competitions
Event Country Broadcaster Broadcast Details
FIFA World Cup finals Fox, FS1 English-language rights for 2022 and 2026
Telemundo, Universo, Telemundo Deportes Spanish-language rights for 2022 and 2026
FIFA World Cup qualification ESPN English-language rights; UEFA European qualification matches for the 2022 FIFA World Cup
Univision Spanish-language rights; UEFA European qualification matches for the 2022 FIFA World Cup
TBD English-language rights; CONCACAF qualification matches for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, except USA and Mexico home matches | English and Spanish-language rights; CONMEBOL qualification matches for the 2022 FIFA World Cup
Telemundo, Universo, Telemundo Deportes Spanish-language rights; CONCACAF qualification matches for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, except USA and Mexico home matches
Mycujoo English-language rights; Selected AFC qualification matches for the 2022 FIFA World Cup first and second round only.
YouTube English and French-language rights; CAF qualification matches for the 2022 FIFA World Cup
FIFA Club World Cup FS1, FS2 English-language rights
Telemundo, Universo Spanish-language rights
FIFA Women's World Cup finals Fox, FS1, FS2 English-language rights for 2019 and 2023
Telemundo, Universo, Telemundo Deportes Spanish-language rights for 2019 and 2023
UEFA European Championship ABC, ESPN, ESPN2 English-language rights to Euro 2020 qualifying and finals
Univision Spanish-language rights to Euro 2020 qualifying and finals
UEFA Nations League ESPN/ESPN+ English-language rights through 2021
Univision Spanish-language rights through 2021
UEFA Champions League TNT English-language rights through 2021; 46 live matches per season
B/R Live English-language rights through 2021; all matches broadcast live
Univision Spanish-language rights through 2021; 97 matches shown on TV
UEFA Europa League TNT English-language rights through 2021; live coverage of the final only
B/R Live English-language rights through 2021; all matches broadcast live
Univision Spanish-language rights through 2021; 70 live matches across TUDN, UniMás and Galavisión
UEFA Europa Conference League CBS Sports English-language rights through 2024
Univision Spanish-language rights through 2024
UEFA Super Cup TNT English-language rights through 2020
Univision Spanish-language rights through 2020
UEFA Youth League B/R Live English-language rights; select matches only
UEFA Women's Champions League beIN Sports English and Spanish-language rights; PSG matches only, exclude final
B/R Live English-language rights through 2021; final only
Mycujoo English-language rights; select matches only
Copa América ESPN+ English-language rights
Telemundo Deportes Spanish-language rights
Copa Libertadores beIN Sports English and Spanish-language rights; Deal runs through 2022
Copa Sudamericana beIN Sports English and Spanish-language rights; Deal runs through 2022
Recopa Sudamericana beIN Sports English and Spanish-language rights; Deal runs through 2022
CONCACAF Gold Cup Fox, FS1, FS2 English-language rights; Deal runs through 2022
Univision Spanish-language rights; Deal runs through 2022; Coverage on Univision or TUDN
CONCACAF Nations League ESPN English-language rights; USA matches only, respectively
Fox
FloSports English-language rights; Except USA matches
Univision Spanish-language rights; Deal runs through 2022; Coverage on Univision or TUDN
CONCACAF Champions League Fox Sports English-language rights
Univision Spanish-language rights; Deal runs through 2022; Coverage on Univision or TUDN
CONCACAF League Fox Sports English-language rights
Univision Spanish-language rights; Deal runs through 2022; Coverage airs on both Univision and TUDN
AFC Asian Cup DAZN USA English-language rights; 7 matches from quarter-finals.
AFC Champions League TBD English-language rights; semi-finals & finals previously on DAZN until 2018
Africa Cup of Nations beIN Sports English and Spanish-language rights
CAF Champions League beIN Sports English and Spanish-language rights
CAF Confederation Cup beIN Sports English and Spanish-language rights
CAF Super Cup beIN Sports English and Spanish-language rights
OFC Nations Cup Mycujoo English-language rights
OFC Champions League Mycujoo English-language rights
Other international competitions/tournaments
USA National Team

ESPN and Fox Sports will split the English language rights for USA National Team broadcasts from 2015 to 2022, airing on ESPN and FS1. Univision has the Spanish language rights to all broadcasts from 2015 to 2022, with all games airing on TUDN and Unimas.[113]

National competitions[edit]

Broadcasting contracts for national soccer competitions
Event Country Broadcaster Broadcast Details
Major League Soccer
(History)
United StatesCanada ABC, ESPN, ESPN2 At least 34 matches per season, on either ESPN or ESPN2, plus select MLS Cup playoff matches. ABC airs the MLS Cup in odd-numbered years, and ESPN airs the MLS All-Star Game in even-numbered years
United StatesCanada Fox, FS1 At least 34 matches per season, on either Fox or FS1, plus select MLS Cup playoff matches. FOX airs the MLS Cup in even-numbered years, and FS1 airs the MLS All-Star Game in odd-numbered years
United StatesCanada Univision, UniMás, TUDN At least 34 matches per season, on either Univision, UniMás or TUDN, two MLS Cup playoff matches and Spanish-language rights to the MLS Cup and MLS All-Star game
U.S. Open Cup United States ESPN and ESPN+ English & Spanish-language rights
USL Championship United States ESPN and ESPN+
USL League One United States ESPN+
National Independent Soccer Association United States Mycujoo
USL League Two United States Mycujoo
National Premier Soccer League United States Mycujoo
United Premier Soccer League United States Mycujoo
National Women's Soccer League United States CBS, CBS Sports, Twitch English-language rights
Women's Premier Soccer League United States Mycujoo
United Women's Soccer United States Mycujoo
College Cup United States ESPNU
Major Arena Soccer League United States Eleven Sports
Canadian Premier League Canada OneSoccer English-language rights
Canadian Championship Canada OneSoccer English-language rights
Liga MX Mexico FS1, FS2 English-language
ESPN Deportes, Fox Deportes, Univision Spanish-language
Copa MX Mexico ESPN Deportes, Fox Deportes, UDN Spanish-language
Campeón de Campeones Mexico Univision Spanish-language
Supercopa MX Mexico Univision Spanish-language
Leagues Cup MexicoUnited States ESPN English-language
Univision Spanish-language
Campeones Cup MexicoUnited States ESPN English-language
Univision Spanish-language
Premier League England NBC Sports Group Coverage airs on NBC, NBCSN, NBC Sports Gold and occasionally CNBC in English and on Telemundo and Universo in Spanish. Rights run through the 2021–22 season.
English Football League England ESPN+ English and Spanish-language rights, select matches only
FA Cup England ESPN+ English and Spanish-language rights until 2021
FA Community Shield England ESPN+ English and Spanish-language rights until 2020
EFL Cup England ESPN+ English and Spanish-language rights
EFL Trophy England ESPN+ Final Only
FA Youth Cup England ESPN+
La Liga Spain beIN Sports English and Spanish-language rights until 2024
Segunda División Spain beIN Sports English and Spanish-language rights
Copa del Rey Spain ESPN+ English and Spanish-language rights until 2022
Copa de la Reina
Supercopa de España
Supercopa de España Femenina
Serie A Italy ESPN, ESPN+ and ESPN Deportes English and Spanish-language rights until 2021
Rai Italia Italian language rights
Serie B Italy DAZN English-language rights
Coppa Italia Italy ESPN English-language rights until 2021
ESPN Deportes Spanish-language rights until 2021
Supercoppa Italiana Italy ESPN English-language rights until 2020
ESPN Deportes Spanish-language rights until 2020
Bundesliga Germany FS1, FS2, FSP English-language rights for 2019/2020
Fox Deportes, UniMás, UDN Spanish-language
2. Bundesliga Germany Fox Soccer Match Pass English-language rights
DFB-Pokal Germany ESPN3 and ESPN Deportes English and Spanish-language rights
DFL-Supercup Germany FSP and Fox Deportes English and Spanish-language rights
Ligue 1 France beIN Sports English and Spanish-language rights until 2021
TV5Monde French language rights for until 2021
Coupe de France France beIN Sports English and Spanish-language rights
TV5Monde French language rights
Coupe de la Ligue France beIN Sports English and Spanish-language rights until 2021
TV5Monde French language rights
Trophée des Champions France beIN Sports English and Spanish-language rights
TV5Monde French language rights

Other national competitions

Swimming[edit]

NBC Sports has rights to the following events with coverage varying on NBC and NBCSN

Tennis[edit]

Australian Open

  • ESPN and Tennis Channel have the contracts through 2021. Coverage is aired on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN+, ESPN3, Tennis Channel and DirecTV.

French Open

  • NBC Sports and Tennis Channel have the contracts through 2024. Coverage is aired on NBC, NBCSN, Tennis Channel and DirecTV.
    • Tennis Channel shows live coverage in the morning and afternoon on weekdays. NBC shows weekend morning and Memorial Day early round matches in the afternoon via tape delay. If a match is still being played, it will be shown live. Tennis Channel cannot show NBC's tape delayed matches. NBC also airs one women's semi-final and one men's semi-final, broadcasting live in the Eastern Time Zone, delayed in all other time zones. NBCSN also broadcasts the second men's semi-final, live in all time zones. NBC broadcasts both finals live, and NBCSN broadcasts the women's doubles final live.

The Championships, Wimbledon

  • ESPN[114][115] has the contract through 2023. Tennis Channel and DirecTV also provide coverage. Coverage is as follows:
    • Qualifying: ESPN+
    • Days 1–6: ESPN, ESPN+, ESPN3 and DirecTV
    • Day 7: ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN+, ESPN3 and DirecTV
    • Days 8 and 9: ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN+ and ESPN3
    • Days 10–13 including the ladies' and gentlemen's singles finals: ESPN, ESPN+ and ESPN3
    • Same-day replays are aired on Tennis Channel throughout the tournament. Highlights of the first week are aired on the middle Sunday on ABC. Same-day replays of the ladies' and gentlemen's singles finals are aired on ABC.

U.S. Open

  • ESPN has the contract through 2025. Tennis Channel and DirecTV also provide coverage. Coverage is as follows:
    • Arthur Ashe Kids' Day: ABC
    • Days 1–5: ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, and DirecTV
    • Days 6–8: ESPN2, ESPN3, and DirecTV
    • Days 9–10: ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPN3
    • Day 11: women's singles semifinals: ESPN
    • Day 12: mixed doubles final: ESPN2, men's singles semifinals: ESPN
    • Day 13: men's doubles final: ESPN3, women's singles final: ESPN
    • Day 14: women's doubles final: ESPN3, men's singles final: ESPN
    • A daily preview show, same-day highlights and a daily wrap-up show are aired on Tennis Channel throughout the tournament.[116]

ATP World Tour Finals

  • ESPN
  • Tennis Channel

ATP World Tour Masters 1000

  • ESPN (Indian Wells, Miami, Canada and Cincinnati) and Tennis Channel

ATP World Tour 500

  • Tennis Channel

ATP World Tour 250

WTA Finals

WTA Premier tournaments

  • ESPN (Indian Wells, Miami, Cincinnati and San Jose)[118]
  • Tennis Channel (Except San Jose)[119]

WTA International tournaments

  • Tennis Channel

Davis Cup

Fed Cup

  • Tennis Channel

US Open Series

  • ESPN2 and ESPN3

Laver Cup

  • ESPN3 and Tennis Channel

World TeamTennis

  • ESPN2 (final only) and ESPN3

Tie Break Tens

  • ESPN3

Track and Field (Athletics)[edit]

NBCUniversal holds rights to the following:[120][121][122]

Winter Sports[edit]

Miscellaneous[edit]

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