Major League Soccer has announced a partnership with broadcaster Sky Sports in the United Kingdom. It is a four-year deal that will begin when the 2015 MLS season opens on Friday, March 6, with a match between the Los Angeles Galaxy and the Chicago Fire.
“As MLS continues to grow into a global brand, we are excited to partner with Sky Sports, a leader in the UK TV market, to bring the sport to millions of soccer fans,” Gary Stevenson, president and managing director, MLS Business Ventures, said in a statement. “2015 is a milestone year for MLS including new stars, new clubs and a new brand. Sky Sports will help continue to grow the League and clubs worldwide.”
The deal requires Sky Sports to air at least two MLS regular-season matches each week, the MLS All-Star Game, MLS Cup playoff games and the MLS Cup final.
“Football in the US and Canada has enormous potential for growth and we can’t wait to bring this competition to our viewers for the first time,” Sky Sports Managing Director Barney Francis said. “Thierry Henry has joined us [as an on-air pundit]. He created fantastic memories in MLS, and we look forward to seeing more of those great stories from across the Atlantic.”
- Josh Sanchez