ESPN+ has reached a multi-year extension in the United States for exclusive media rights to the English Football League and the Carabao Cup, the knockout competition for all of England’s Premier League and EFL clubs beginning in the 2022-2023 season, it was announced on Tuesday.
The agreement includes at least 182 English Football League matches, about 50 matches more than in the previous season, and at least 30 Carabao Cup matches in English and Spanish to ESPN+. Select ESPN+ matches will simulcast on ESPN television networks.
The deal also granted ESPN+ exclusive rights in the United States to more than 182 English Football League matches live, an increase from 125. Highlights:
* 147 Sky Bet Championship regular season matches
* 20 Sky Bet League One and League Two regular season matches
* All 12 Sky Bet playoff semifinal (matches for promotion across the three tiers of competition Championship, League One, and League Two)
* All three Sky Bet play-Off Final matches for the Championship, League One and League Two.
The Carabao Cup is commonly known as the League Cup.
As part of the agreement, ESPN+ will be the exclusive U.S. media home for the Carabao Cup featuring 30 matches across the competition: 25 matches in Rounds One to Five, four home-and-away Semi-Finals and the Wembley Final. ESPN+ will also livestream three EFL Trophy (Papa Johns Trophy) matches – two Semi-Finals and Final – in the knockout competition for the 48 EFL League One and League Two clubs and, 16 Premier League U21 sides. In addition, ESPN+ will be the exclusive home for EFL highlights programs across the Championship, League One, League Two and the Carabao Cup competitions.
“The renewal of EFL and the Carabao Cup rights further demonstrates our commitment to make ESPN+ a must-have for soccer fans in the U.S.,” said Sonia Gomez, ESPN senior director for programming and acquisitions. “The EFL, and its storied tradition of tiered competitions, is a bedrock of association football. We are pleased to have this signature property as a part of ESPN+’s ever-expanding soccer portfolio.”