ESPN+ to air Ronaldo's Juventus debut as part of new Serie A deal
ESPN+ will broadcast Cristiano Ronaldo's Serie A debut with Juventus and hundreds of additional league matches as part of an exclusive, multi-year rights agreement between ESPN and Serie A TIM.
In addition to Ronaldo's Aug. 18 introduction against Chievo, ESPN+ will stream more than 340 matches per season -- an average of nine matches per week from the league's August start to its May conclusion.
ESPN networks will air a Serie A TIM Match of the Week, with most telecasts set to be broadcast on ESPN or ESPN2. It will also be available in Spanish on ESPN Deportes.
The agreement also includes highlights, pre- and postseason programming, a weekly preview and highlight show and a goals-of-the-week show.
"We are extremely satisfied with the agreement, which testifies the growing importance and the international recognition of our league," said Serie A TIM president Gaetano Micciche of the deal.
"This agreement, together with those recently concluded, shows the value of both Serie A TIM and its champions, which will be appreciated by more than 90 million soccer fans and enthusiasts in the U.S. in the next years."
ESPN Executive Vice President, Programming and Scheduling, Burke Magnus, said the deal demonstrates the company's commitment to soccer on the ESPN+ platform.
"The addition of Italy's Serie A TIM underscores our ambitious goal of making ESPN+ home to the world's best soccer leagues -- and an indispensable destination for fans of the sport in the United States. With Ronaldo's arrival to Serie A TIM, we anticipate even more interest and exposure for this property in the seasons ahead," he said.