The NWSL (National Women’s Soccer League) has revealed a new media streaming rights deal scheduled to commence in 2024.
The league has partnered with Prime Video, ESPN, ABC, and the Scripps Network in a move that marks a significant development for women’s soccer in the USA. This expanded media rights package will see games broadcast on a weekly basis across four major streaming platforms and channels.
The groundbreaking media deal entails the broadcast of 118 matches in national windows across the four streaming platforms. Specifically, Friday night matches will be available on Prime Video, featuring 25 regular season matches, one playoff game, and one opening-kickoff match.
Deal is DONE.— National Women’s Soccer League (@NWSL) November 9, 2023
The game has changed. 👏
Additionally, Saturday nights will showcase a double-header on the Scripps network ION, with 50 regular season matches played in two time-windows at 7:30 pm ET and 10:00 pm ET each week. Additionally, ION will stream the 2024 NWSL Draft and host a weekly studio show preceding each Saturday match.
NWSL gives the exact details of the new rights deal
As part of the NWSL’s new media streaming rights deal, CBS Television Network and Paramount Plus will broadcast a ‘minimum’ of 21 games. This includes 18 regular season matches, and three playoff games, including the NWSL Championship.
ESPN will also play a significant role, airing matches on their affiliate channels such as ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Deportes, and ESPN+. Additionally, the coverage will feature 17 regular season games and three playoff games, encompassing two quarterfinals and one semifinal per season.
“These partnerships fundamentally change the game for our league and the players who take the pitch each week,” said NWSL Commissioner Jessica Berman. “On behalf of the NWSL, our owners and players, I want to commend CBS Sports, ESPN, Prime Video and Scripps for investing in our league and affirmatively declaring to the marketplace that this league is exciting, valuable, and important. We have taken great care to ensure our games are discoverable by increasing our reach in order to expose new audiences to everything that makes our league special, without compromising the economic value of our product. This is the beginning of our future.”