US Soccer is keen to make one sole broadcaster as the only English rights holder of the United States national team matches starting from the next cycle in 2023, as per multiple reports.
The current English language rights in the United States for the men’s and women’s national team matches are with ESPN and Fox. According to several reports, CBS Sports, Turner Sports and Amazon are all in the mix to sign a deal with US Soccer from the next cycle.
It has also been reported that a final decision will be made within the next 30 to 60 days. It is also possible that Univision, who is US Soccer’s Spanish language rights holder is reportedly the number one contender to sign the deal.
The deal will also be separate for the first time from Major League Soccer (MLS), which is the domestic football competition in the country, as the new deal will be separate for the two men’s and women’s national teams.
Another factor that will bring the price down is their guaranteed participation in the 2026 FIFA World Cup, which will be co-hosted by the USA, Canada, and Mexico, which guarantees automatic qualification for the USMNT due to hosting duties.
Many major broadcasters are in the race for the next cycle as CBS Sports are expected to lead the race as it would help them enhance their global outreach even further.
Tuner Sports’ involvement could come as a shock to many as they recently ended their deal a year early with the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Europa League.