Major League Soccer (MLS) announced today new television agreements across three continents. These new deals will add MLS programming in India, Honduras and New Zealand.
In South Asia, MLS has partnered with India’s DSport to broadcast five MLS regular season matches per week, select MLS Cup Playoff games and MLS Cup. DSport is a premium sports channel in India launched by Discovery Communications, which also owns MLS’ pan-European broadcast partner Eurosport.
In Central America, MLS announced a new partnership with Honduras’ R-Media to televise one live regular season match per week, the MLS All-Star Game; the MLS Cup Playoff games and MLS Cup. The matches will be broadcast on Canal 11. Demand for MLS in the Central American country is higher than ever due to the number of Honduran national team stars on different MLS clubs, including Romell Quioto, Alberth Elis, and Boniek García (Houston Dynamo) and Roger Espinoza (Sporting KC), and the growing familiarity with MLS clubs as they participate in CONCACAF competitions.
In Oceania, MLS’ broadcast partner is Television New Zealand, more commonly referred to as TVNZ Duke. The network will broadcast at least one live MLS regular season matches per week; the MLS All-Star Game, select MLS Cup Playoff games and MLS Cup.
In all, MLS is distributed in more than 170 countries and territories around the world. As part of MLS’ continued focus to bring the League to more fans around the world and grow as a global media property, MLS’ international broadcast portfolio now includes: Sky Sports in the United Kingdom, pan-European broadcaster Eurosport, Globosat in Brazil, Abu Dhabi Media in the Middle East and North Africa, beIN SPORTS across Southeast Asia and Australia, FOX Sports Latin America and FOX Sports Africa, Sportcast in Taiwan, StarHub in Singapore, Fuji TV in Japan, R-Media in Honduras, DSport in India, TVNZ Duke in New Zealand, together with ESPN for select games across their international platforms. Domestic partnerships with ESPN, FOX, Univision, TSN and TVA Sports provide broadcasts of MLS games throughout the United States and Canada.