Skip to main content

New MLS Broadcast Deal has plenty of ups, but a significant down

photo by Matt Kremkau

After the groundbreaking shock that I have read on Tuesday, June 14th, blockbuster news that Major League Soccer came out, there were plenty of cheers to see the league making a move into the future and the new age of Sports Broadcasting for the consumers of the world's favorite game here within our own domestic league. Yet one glaring jeer is a part of this new deal and we will get to that in just a moment.

But the 10-year deal worth $250 Million dollars a season with Apple TV is the major breakthrough the MLS needed to help their fans from across the USA & Canada to give relief from certain restrictions when those who wanted to see other games outside their local ones without an issue. This deal gives you every match in MLS regular season, the Leagues Cup tournament starting next summer in June and some MLS Next & MLS Next Pro games without any issues.

This deal starts in 2023 with no blackouts and no restrictions to watch any game, One app for everything, and no pay tv bundles, all will be exclusive thru the Apple TV app and if you are a season ticket holder with any MLS Club, you will receive a subscription to the MLS Apple TV app for free included with your full Season Ticket Holder package.

If you are an Apple product owner or a fan of Apple products you can easily watch these games with your iPhone, Ipad, Mac, Apple TV 4K, & Apple TV HD. But don't worry, you can still access MLS games with other devices like Samsung, LG, Panasonic, Sony, Vizio, and other Smart TVs. Amazon Fire TV, Roku devices. Playstation & Xbox gaming devices, Chromecast on Google TV, Comcast Xfinity &

This new service will provide new content for the league as they will create a whip-around show like what the NFL does for their Red Zone Channel, Game replays and other important moments to be viewed and Original programming. This new deal sounds amazing and something that the league has been needing for a very long time, but sadly it does come at a cost.

That cost is that this will be the final season the New York Red Bulls will no longer be broadcasted locally on Madison Square Garden Network. Since the league began in 1996 all National Televised games were on ESPN while the clubs had to find a local channel or a regional sports network to broadcast games to their local markets. MSG Network had many great broadcasters and analysts that have done the job.

From Joe Tollison to Derek Rae, to J.P. DellaCamera and analysts like Tommy Smith and others, Steve Cangelosi and former New York Cosmos Goalkeeper Shep Messing have been on the team for the longest time to put their knowledge on the microphone and call some beautiful moments at Giants Stadium to Red Bull Arena, as well as road matches within the MSG Network Studios.

While this means no channel surfing between MSG, MSG+, or the other backup channels like MSG2 or MSG+2 during the hockey and basketball seasons, you will now get a mixture of different broadcasters that will call games for the Red Bulls like the local packages that are similar with the NFL as CBS gets the AFC games & FOX gets the NFC games. That means MLS will now be in the broadcast business paying the broadcast teams for every MLS match in the regular season.

A 26-year run with MSG Network has come to an end and we don't know what Steve and Shep will be doing for the next ten years, but it is a shame that for the local fans of the New York Red Bulls, we won't be hearing these two calling a match together anymore when the new year comes, that is the sad moment of this new broadcast deal, and it's those people that gives the club the quality and the professionalism you know when you get to watch at home or at a fan watch party or watch highlights from the league website.

Great news for the league, bad news for the local broadcasters.


Popular posts from this blog

Red Bulls Announce Fan Experience Improvements

by Garry Redman On top of the theme nights announced this season, something new has been added the next time the season ticket holders and supporters step inside The Cathedral... The state-of-the-art LED lighting system at Red Bull Arena will provide higher on-field light levels for enhanced visibility and safety and introduce new entertainment features that heighten the overall experience for spectators.   Built around Musco's Total Light Control—TLC for LED™ technology, the new system is designed to provide exceptional playability and uniformity while minimizing glare. Cleaner, whiter light will elevate the broadcast quality for fans watching around the world.  Color-changing fixtures and Show-Light® Pro entertainment technology will allow the Red Bulls to wash the stadium in different colors and synchronize light shows to music, heightening the fan experience during goal celebrations, player introductions, and other big moments. If you have no idea what this means, click here t

Rumor: Dru Yearwood to be Traded to Nashville SC

photo by Matt Kremkau by Anthony J. Merced More trade rumors are circulating as Red Bulls midfielder Dru Yearwood is linked to a move to Nashville SC according to Tom Bogert of the Athletic . What Red Bull will receive for such a trade remains to be seen. However expectations are that the move will be finalized by the end of next week. Yearwood joined New York in 2020 from Brentford in England. Along the way he has made 86 appearances for the club, including 55 starts. In 2021 and 2022 he made 18 starts, scoring three goals and three assists, his total output for the club in Major League Soccer.  In 2023 Yearwood found his position in the club to vary greatly. At times he played in a defensive midfield role next to Frankie Amaya and other times higher up the field, almost as a second forward. After the departure of Cristian Casseres Jr. earlier in the year, it appeared as if Yearwood's minutes would increase. However Daniel Edelman stepped into the role, relegating Yearwood to more

Ex-Red Bulls Coach Gerhard Struber Shares Thoughts on MLS and Salzburg

photo by Matt Kremkau by Anthony J. Merced Red Bull News Network had the chance to communicate with former New York Red Bulls head coach Gerhard Struber, now the manager of Red Bull Salzburg in the Austrian Bundesliga. Struber was with New York from the end of the 2020 campaign through to the early part of 2023. Along the way he secured two playoff berths, a seventh and fourth place finish in 2021 and 2022 respectively. While his time was ended abruptly in MLS, his memories of the American version of the game have helped him prepare for such a monumental task in Europe. You spent nearly three seasons in Major League Soccer with the New York Red Bulls, what did you learn from that experience that has made you a different coach at Red Bull Salzburg? Struber: In addition to the sporting aspects, there is a lot that I was able to gain from my work at New York Red Bulls. Any work in a foreign country not only brings you closer to the language, but also to the culture and mentality of the pe