NWSL Reaches TV Deal With ESPN for Second Half of Season

ESPN's networks will televise 14 matches, including the semifinals and championship, during the second half of the NWSL season.
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CHICAGO (AP) – The National Women's Soccer League has a television contract for the second half of its season to replace the partnership with A+E Networks that was cut short a year early by the broadcaster in February.

ESPN announced Thursday that it will televise 14 matches. Eight games will be televised on ESPN News and six on ESPN2, including both semifinals and the championship on Oct. 27.

The first game will be July 14 between Portland and Orlando on ESPN News.

Fox televised six games on FS1 during the second half of 2015, including three regular-season games and all three postseason matches, plus four more on digital platforms. FS1 televised three regular-season games and three postseason games in 2016.

NWSL's partnership with A+E included a Saturday game of the week on Lifetime.