March 3 – Turner Sports has picked up men’s and women’s US national team games in a reported $200-220 million deal.
The eight-year multimedia rights agreement for English language rights in the US begins in 2023 and will cover more than 20 national team matches annually.
Games will air on TNT/TBS and HBO Max, and includes digital and highlight rights for Bleacher Report and its portfolio brands, among additional content opportunities throughout the WarnerMedia portfolio.
HBO Max will live stream the 20+ games while TNT or TBS will televise approximately half of them
“This is a significant milestone for Turner Sports and WarnerMedia, further demonstrating our commitment to the distribution of premium live sports content on HBO Max, while simultaneously fueling our leading entertainment networks, digital and social assets,” said Lenny Daniels, President, Turner Sports.
“We’re excited to spotlight one of the most popular Women’s teams in the world, along with an ascending Men’s National Team, over the eight years of this agreement. This partnership offers us an opportunity to engage with their avid, young and diverse fan bases through all of our Turner Sports and Bleacher Report platforms.”
The deal will run through the 2026 World Cup that is being jointly hosted in the US but does not cover any of the official World Cup matches.
U.S. Soccer President Cindy Parlow Cone, who is standing for re-election against former president Carlos Cordeiro this week, said. “During our discussions it was clear how dedicated they are to growing soccer in the United States, especially their commitment to expand the women’s game. As we build towards 2026 and beyond, we have found a fantastic partner to spotlight the stories of our Women’s and Men’s National Teams.”
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