Sports broadcasting contracts in the United States

In the United States, sports are televised on various broadcast networks, national and specialty sports cable channels, and regional sports networks. U.S. sports rights are estimated to be worth a total of $22.42 billion in 2019, about 44 percent of the total worldwide sports media market.[1] U.S. networks are willing to pay a significant amount of money for television sports contracts because it attracts large amounts of viewership; live sport broadcasts accounted for 44 of the 50 list of most watched television broadcasts in the United States in 2016.[2]

Among these television contracts, NBC holds a $7.75 billion contract, signed in 2014, to air the Olympic Games through the 2032 games,[3] making it a major source of revenue for the International Olympic Committee.[4] The broadcast deals of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), running through 2032 (and including its most significant property, the NCAA Division I men's basketball tournament — colloquially known as "March Madness"), were worth $8.8 billion in 2018.[5]

The U.S. is home to four of the top six list of professional sports leagues by revenue in the world: Major League Baseball (MLB), National Basketball Association (NBA), National Football League (NFL), and National Hockey League (NHL). The NFL has the largest television contracts, and earns over $6 billion annually from its contracts with Fox, CBS, NBC, ESPN and DirecTV for the 2014 through 2022 seasons.[6] MLB earns $1.5 billion annually from its contracts signed in 2012 with ESPN, Fox, and Turner Sports (TBS) for the 2014 through 2021 seasons.[7] In 2014, the NBA signed a nine-year television deal with ABC/ESPN and TNT that generates annual league television revenues of $2.66 billion beginning with the 2016–17 season,[8] while the NHL earns $625 million annually from seven-year contracts signed in 2021 with ESPN and Turner Sports to last until the 2027–28 season.[9][10]

American football

National Football League

Since the 1960s, all regular season and playoff games broadcast in the United States have been aired by national television networks. Until the broadcast contract ended in 2013, the terrestrial television networks CBS, NBC, and Fox, as well as cable television's ESPN, paid a combined total of US$20.4 billion[11] to broadcast NFL games. From 2014 to 2022, the same networks will pay $39.6 billion for exactly the same broadcast rights.[12] The NFL thus holds broadcast contracts with four companies (Paramount Global, Comcast, Fox Corporation, and ESPN Inc.—which is majority owned by The Walt Disney Company, respectively) that control a combined media cross-ownership in the United States. League-owned NFL Network, on cable television, also broadcasts a selected number of games nationally. In 2017, the NFL games attracted the top three rates for a 30-second advertisement: $699,602 for NBC Sunday Night Football, $550,709 for Thursday Night Football (NBC), and $549,791 for Thursday Night Football (CBS).[13]

For the 2020 NFL season, two extra wild card playoff games are being added to the schedule; CBS and NBC acquired rights to these new games, with both paying roughly $70 million each.[14]


PackageRightsholderExtent of coverageCurrent contract term
Sunday Night FootballNBC
  • Sunday primetime game during regular season
  • NFL Kickoff Game
  • Thanksgiving Day game in primetime
  • Two wild card games
  • One divisional playoff game
  • Part of Super Bowl rights rotation
Monday Night FootballESPN
  • Monday primetime game during regular season, with doubleheader during the final week of the season and select games simulcast on ABC
  • At least one NFL London Game exclusively on ESPN+
  • One wild card game simulcast on ABC
  • One divisional playoff game on ABC (from 2023).
  • Pro Bowl simulcast on ABC
  • Part of Super Bowl rights rotation (from 2023) shown on ABC
  • Option to air games with supplemental feeds on other ESPN/Disney networks.
Thursday Night FootballAmazon Prime Video
  • 15 games on Thursday nights (excluding the Kickoff Game and Thanksgiving, which are part of the SNF package)
  • Black​ Friday​ Game​ (From​ 2023)
NFL Network
  • Late-season Saturday games
  • 3 European games

Digital and out-of-market

RightsholderExtent of coverageCurrent contract term
YouTube TVNFL Sunday Ticket2023–2030[20]
NFL+ Streaming of in-market and national games on over-the-top subscription; merger of NFL Game Pass and previous streaming via Yahoo Sports. 2022–????[21]


Westwood One has exclusive national radio rights through an unspecified multi-year period starting in the 2022 season. As of 2022, Westwood One airs coverage of nationally telecast primetime games, as well as all playoff games and other NFL events.[22][23]

Compass Media Networks, ESPN Radio, and the Sports USA Radio Network have national radio rights to regular season Sunday afternoon games sublicensed from Dial Global.

Each NFL team has local television stations with rights to preseason games and radio stations with rights to all games.

Sirius XM has exclusive satellite radio rights to home, away, and, if available, national broadcast radio feeds of all games. It also has rights to online streaming of games for its subscribers starting with the 2011 season.

College football

College football coverage is dependent on negotiations between the broadcaster and the college football conference or team. The televised games may change from year-to-year depending on which teams are having a strong season, although some traditional college rivalry games are broadcast each year. Some games are traditionally associated with a specific event or holiday, and viewing the game itself can become a holiday tradition for fans.

Post-season bowl games, including the College Football Playoff, are presently all televised, most of them by the ESPN networks.[24] The television broadcast rights to all six CFP bowls and the National Championship are owned by ESPN through at least the 2025 season.[25] In November 2012, ESPN reached a 12-year deal to broadcast the remaining three bowls, the championship game, as well as shoulder programming such as ranking shows; as a whole, the contract is valued at around $470 million per year, or nearly $5.7 billion for the life of the contract.[26]





Since 2013, ESPN's networks have held rights to the Canadian Football League; the league's domestic rights are held by The Sports Network, a Canadian sports channel that ESPN holds a minority ownership stake in. This agreement was renewed in 2014 for five years, aligned with TSN's domestic contract, with a stipulation that at least 17 games would be carried on an ESPN linear network each season (primarily ESPN2), including the Grey Cup. Originally ESPN3 carried all games not carried on one of the linear channels online, later ESPN moved those games to ESPN+.[31][32][33][34]

Sirius XM Canada's radio broadcasts of the CFL are available in the United States.[35]


The new incarnation of the XFL divided its broadcast rights between ESPN on ABC/ESPN and Fox Sports under a three-year deal. XFL games were split among ABC, Fox, ESPN, and Fox Sports 1 (with a small number of games scheduled for ESPN2 and Fox Sports 2). ESPN was to air the championship game. The Wall Street Journal reported via inside sources that neither the broadcasters or the league made any upfront payments, but that the XFL sold the in-game sponsorship inventory. The networks covered the production costs, held the digital rights to their telecasts, and the right to sell the conventional commercial inventory during their games.[36][37]

The league filed for bankruptcy and folded when the first season was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, during the bankruptcy process, Fox expressed interest in broadcasting games if new owners could revive the league.[38] The league was sold to a group headed by actor Dwayne Johnson for $15 million.[39]


Major League Baseball

National television

On August 28, 2012, it was announced that ESPN and Major League Baseball had agreed on a new eight-year deal that greatly increases the network's studio and game content across all of its platforms. Also it increased ESPN's average yearly payment from about $360 million to approximately $700 million.[40] ESPN also returned to broadcasting postseason baseball beginning in 2014 with one of two wild-card games each season. The network alternates airing the American League and National League wild-card games each year. It also has the rights to all potential regular-season tiebreaker games starting in 2014.[41]

On September 19, 2012, Sports Business Daily[42][43] reported that Major League Baseball would agree to separate eight-year television deals[44] with Fox Sports and Turner Sports[45] through the 2021 season. Fox would reportedly pay around $4 billion over eight years (close to $500 million per year) while Turner would pay around $2.8 billion over eight years (more than $300 million per year). Under the new deals, Fox and TBS's coverage would essentially be the same as in the 2007–2013 contract with the exception of Fox and TBS splitting coverage of the Division Series, which TBS has broadcast exclusively dating back to 2007. More importantly, Fox would carry some of the games (such as the Saturday afternoon Game of the Week) on its all-sports channel, Fox Sports 1. Sources also said that was possible that Fox would sell some Division Series games to MLB Network, which did end up occurring.

On November 15, 2018, Fox renewed its rights, set to end in 2022, through 2028. The contract maintains Fox's current coverage structure, but with expanded digital rights, and the commitment to air more games on the Fox broadcast network when the new deal takes effect.[46][47] Fox also committed to airing at least two of its League Championship Series games, as well as any Game 7, on the broadcast network beginning in 2019; it had been criticized for airing only Game 2 of the 2018 National League Championship Series, while placing the rest on Fox Sports 1.[48]

On September 24, 2020, TBS also renewed its rights from 2022 through 2028, under which it will replace its late-season Sunday afternoon games with a season-long package of primetime games on Tuesday nights, and maintain its existing arrangements for playoff coverage. The contract also adds expanded digital rights for Bleacher Report and "additional WarnerMedia platforms".[49][50][51] ESPN would in turn renew its rights to MLB on May 13, 2021, for the 2022 to 2028 seasons; the deal ends ESPN's coverage of weeknight games, but retains its exclusive Sunday night window and playoff telecasts.[52] On March 8, 2022, Apple Inc. signed a seven-year deal with MLB for the broadcast for US$85 million per year, a total value of $595 million. This includes an annual $55 million rights fee as well as $30 million for Apple advertising. Apple has the right to exit the agreement after the first or second year.[53] On April 9, 2022, NBC Sports announced an agreement with MLB for a package of new Sunday afternoon games starting from 2022 season; those matches are broadcast exclusively on Peacock.

  • Fox/FS1:[54] 52 Saturday afternoon games; two Division Series; one League Championship Series; All-Star Game; World Series.
  • TBS: Tuesday night games throughout the season. Postseason coverage consists of two Division Series; and one League Championship Series. TNT serves as an overflow channel.[55]
  • ESPN: 30 regular-season games annually. This include Sunday Night Baseball, the Little League Classic and the national Opening Night telecast. In addition, will continue to carry the Home Run Derby and can televise up to 10 Spring Training games. ESPN will have the rights to exclusively broadcast all MLB Wild Card Series starting in 2022. ESPN+ will continue to televise select MLB games, subject to blackout restrictions, nearly every day of the regular season.[52][56]
  • MLB Network: Airs 26 non-exclusive MLB Network Showcase games, and Spanish coverage of TBS's playoff coverage. The channel also carries various other games simulcast from local broadcasters.
  • Apple TV+: 24 Friday night regular-season games annually until 2029.
  • Peacock: 18 Sunday afternoon regular-season games annually.

Local television

  • Additionally, local or regional broadcasters contract with the MLB team in their area for the right to broadcast a number of regular season games locally, primarily on regional sports networks. Games broadcast locally or regionally are available nationwide (except those affected by local blackout restrictions) on the subscription-based and MLB Extra Innings services.

National radio

  • ESPN Radio: a Saturday game of the week, Sunday night, opening day and holiday games, plus the All-Star Game and the entire postseason.
  • TUDN Radio: Spanish-language coverage of select regular season games, the Home Run Derby, the All-Star Game, and the postseason.[57]

Local radio

  • MLB teams also contract with local broadcasters to air games on radio. Several teams have multiple affiliates covering those games. The flagship stations can air all games of the teams they contract with, other affiliates must allow ESPN radio coverage to air during the postseason.

Caribbean Series

ESPN Deportes has Spanish-language TV and radio rights to the Caribbean Series.

College Baseball

Post-season ESPN currently broadcasts the College World Series on its family of networks.

Regular-season Nationally televised regular-season games are contracted through each conference and appear on BeIN Sports, CBS Sports Network, ESPN/ESPN2/ESPNU, FS1, Fox Sports regional networks, Fox College Sports, including several school- and conference-specific networks (Big Ten Network, SEC Network, BYU TV, Pac-12 Network, and Longhorn Network).

Little League Baseball

ESPN has rights to broadcast the entire Little League World Series, as well as the finals of the eight regional tournaments that determine the U.S. representatives in that competition. It distributes coverage among its family of networks and ABC; the final is aired on ABC.


Minor League Baseball

Minor League Baseball has a contract with Stadium to air two games each week.[58]

Nippon Professional Baseball

Other baseball leagues

  • KBO: Select games on ESPN
  • ABL: All games on YouTube page and select games on Eleven Sports and FuboTV
  • Constellation Energy League: FuboTV
  • CanAM: Select games on Eleven Sports


National television

On October 6, 2014, NBA announced a nine-year $24 billion ($2.7 billion/year) extension with ESPN, ABC and Turner Sports beginning with the 2016–17 NBA season and running through the 2024–25 season[60] – the second most expensive media rights in the world after NFL and on a par with English football on television in annual rights fee from 2016–17 Premier League to 2018–19 season.[61]

  • ABC: 19 regular-season games (Christmas Day double or triple header, and late-season games on Saturday nights and Sunday afternoons); some first- and second-round playoff games (mostly on weekend afternoons); NBA Finals through 2025
  • ESPN: 82 regular-season games (mostly on Wednesday and Friday night doubleheaders; occasional Sunday and Monday night games); up to 30 playoff games during the first two rounds conference semi-final games and one of the conference finals per-season through 2025.
  • TNT: 67 regular-season games (mostly on Tuesday night doubleheaders); All-Star Weekend; up to 45 playoff games during the first two rounds; conference semi-final games and one of the conference finals per-season through 2025
  • NBA TV: 106 regular-season games on Sunday, Monday, Thursday and Saturday night and up to 9 postseason games through 2025

Local television

Additionally, local or regional broadcasters contract with the NBA team in their area for the right to broadcast a number of regular-season games locally. These broadcasters can be traditional over-the-air television stations as well as regional cable sports channels. WGN-TV, then a Chicago-based superstation, broadcast a limited number of Chicago Bulls regular season games on WGN America until 2014, fewer than they provided locally. If ESPN chooses to opt out of airing all of the games on their night, NBA TV airs a game in its place. Games in the first round of the playoffs can be aired by regional broadcasters, unless the national broadcaster has exclusive rights. Games in the first round not selected by national broadcasters are usually broadcast by NBA TV.

National radio

  • ESPN Radio: usually one game from the Sunday afternoon package, one game on Thursday night, and postseason coverage including all games in the Conference Finals and the NBA Finals

Local radio

NBA teams also contract with local radio broadcasters to air their games. Teams may also have affiliates air their games.

Women's National Basketball Association

In 2013, the WNBA and ESPN signed a six-year extension on the broadcast deal to cover 2017–2022. In the new deal, a total of 30 games would be shown each season on ESPN networks. Each team would receive around $1 million per year.[62]

On April 22, 2019, CBS Sports Network reached a multi-year deal to televise 40 regular-season weekend and primetime WNBA games, beginning in the 2019 WNBA season.[63][64]

  • ESPN/ABC: select weeknight games, All Star Game, playoffs and WNBA Finals. Provisional coverage on ABC through 2025.
  • NBA TV: select games throughout the week.
  • CBS Sports Network: select games on weekends.

College basketball


Regular season Nationally televised regular-season games are contracted through each conference and air as follows:


Other leagues




More than 300 hours of live curling, broadcast by TSN in Canada, will be live-streamed on ESPN3, including:




Men's majors

EventRightsholderExtent of coverageCurrent contract term/notes
Masters TournamentCBS (free-to-air)Weekend round coverage1956–present.
Augusta National Golf Club does not use long-term contracts, but has consistently chosen CBS as its broadcast partner annually.[72][73]
ESPN (subscription)Early-round coverageESPN replaced USA Network in 2008, who first added first- and second-round coverage on cable in 1982.[74]
PGA ChampionshipCBS (free-to-air)Weekend round coverage2020–2030, aired since 1991.[75]
ESPN (subscription)Early-round coverage
weekend morning coverage
ESPN succeeded TNT as cable rightsholder.[75]
ESPN+ (subscription streaming)Supplemental coverage during television windows2020–2030[75]
U.S. OpenNBC (free-to-air)Late-afternoon/Primetime early rounds coverage
Weekend round coverage
2020–2026; contract includes all USGA national championships.
Peacock (streaming) Supplemental coverage
USA Network (subscription)Early-round coverage
The Open ChampionshipNBC (free-to-air)Weekend round coverage2016–2028 (first year sub-licensed from former rightsholder ESPN)[76][77]
USA Network (subscription)Early-round coverage2022-2028[76]

Women's majors

EventRightsholderExtent of coverageCurrent contract term/notes
ANA InspirationGolf Channel (subscription)Full coveragePart of LPGA broadcast rights.
Women's PGA ChampionshipNBC (free-to-air)Weekend round coverage[78]
Golf Channel (subscription)Early-round coverage
U.S. Women's OpenNBC (free-to-air)Late-afternoon/primetime coverage of early rounds, weekend round coverage2020–2026; contract includes all United States Golf Association national championships.
USA Network (subscription)Early-round coverage
The Evian ChampionshipGolf Channel (subscription)Full coveragePart of LPGA broadcast rights.
Women's British OpenNBC (free-to-air)Weekend round coverage2016–2028 (part of Open Championship broadcast rights)[76][77][79]
USA Network (subscription)Early-round coverage

Tours and other events

Event/TourRightsholderExtent of coverageCurrent contract term/notes
PGA TourCBS (free-to-air)
  • Weekend round coverage of at least 19 tournaments per-season.
  • Alternates with NBC to broadcast the three FedEx Cup Playoffs tournaments beginning 2022.
NBC (free-to-air)
Golf Channel (subscription)Early-round coverage of all tournaments, weekend coverage of tournaments not aired by CBS or NBC, option to air supplemental coverage during NBC broadcast windows. Also airs coverage of the senior PGA Tour Champions circuit and the developmental Korn Ferry Tour.
ESPN+ (streaming)
  • Live coverage from 36 tournaments a year, including a full four days of coverage at 28 events
  • Four simultaneous live feeds each day
LPGAGolf Channel (subscription)Exclusive coverage of most events (selected events may have weekend coverage on NBC)Current contract ends in 2021 (aligned with the current PGA Tour broadcast rights; as part of an agreement reached in 2016, the PGA Tour is responsible for managing the LPGA Tour's media rights). Includes the Solheim Cup (which aired weekend coverage on NBC for the first time in 2017).[86][87]
Ryder CupNBC (free-to-air)Weekend round coverage2014–2030[88][89]
Golf Channel (subscription)Weekday round coverage
LIV GolfThe CW (free-to-air)Saturday and Sunday round coverageBeginning in 2023[90]
The CW App (streaming)Friday, Saturday and Sunday round coverage

Ice hockey

National Hockey League

As of the 2021–22 NHL season, the national media rights of the National Hockey League (NHL) are divided between ESPN and Turner Sports under seven-year contracts;[91][92][93]

Rightsholder Extent of coverage
  • At least 37 exclusive regular season games per-season between ESPN and ESPN2.
  • At least 15 exclusive regular season games per-season on ABC.[94]
    • ABC's broadcasts will consist primarily of a late-season "game of the week" package on most Saturday afternoons and some Saturday nights in the later half of the season.[93]
  • Rights to the Opening Night games, shown on ESPN
  • Rights to the NHL Thanksgiving Showdown, which is shown on ABC.
  • Rights to the NHL All-Star Game, shown on ABC, and NHL All-Star Skills Competition, shown on ESPN
  • Rights to half of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, including one conference final per-season. ABC/ESPN has the first choice of which conference final to air.[95]
  • Broadcasts the Stanley Cup Finals in even-numbered years. Rights to broadcast supplemental feeds on other ESPN platforms.
  • Up to 75 exclusive regular season games per-season. Will be simulcast by Hulu.
  • Streams all out-of-market games.[96]
  • Simulcasts of all ABC games and the Stanley Cup Finals.
  • No more than 8 games per team each season can be exclusive to ESPN+.
  • 50 exclusive regular season games per-season,[91] primarily on Wednesday nights.[93]
  • Rights to all three outdoor games (NHL Winter Classic, NHL Stadium Series, and Heritage Classic (the latter in years when it is scheduled))
  • Rights to half of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, including one conference final per-season.
  • Broadcasts the Stanley Cup Finals in odd-numbered years.
HBO Max Option for over-the-top streaming rights to all of Turner Sports' NHL telecasts.[97]

Local or regional broadcasters contract with the NHL team in their area for the right to broadcast several regular-season games locally.


Sports USA Radio airs selected regular season and postseason games, including the entire Stanley Cup Finals.[98] NHL teams also contract with local radio broadcasters to air game; games are also simulcast from local radio feeds on the Sirius XM satellite radio platform.

Premier Hockey Federation

The Premier Hockey Federation (PHF; formerly the National Women's Hockey League) has primarily partnered with streaming outlets, which have in the past included ESPN3,[99] Cheddar,[100] and Twitter.[101] In 2019, the league signed with Twitch to stream games and ancillary content, in its first contract to ever include a rights fee.[102]

NBCSN was to televise the league's 2021 semi-final and finals in the NWHL's first linear rights deal.

The NWHL had also reached an agreement with NBCSN to carry the 2021 Isobel Cup semi-finals and finals, which would marked the first NWHL games to be broadcast nationally on a linear television channel.[103]

For 2021–22 season, The PHF, will stream 60 regular season games, special events and its Isobel Cup Playoffs exclusively on ESPN+ in the U.S.

Southern Professional Hockey League

  • America One: Regular season, playoffs and Championships through 2014

College hockey

Regular season games air locally, often via regional sports networks (such as Bally Sports) and networks contracted with conferences, these conferences include:

Other ice hockey leagues

Horse racing

NBC holds the rights to all three races in the Triple Crown, including the Kentucky Derby through 2025,[105] the Preakness Stakes through 2022,[106] and the Belmont Stakes through 2022.[107] USA Network provides supplementary coverage of all three Triple Crown races, including previews and associated undercard races on Fridays preceding the Saturday races (including the Kentucky Oaks, Black-Eyed Susan Stakes, and Brooklyn Invitational Stakes). NBC also carries coverage of the Road to the Kentucky Derby series, including the Florida Derby, Santa Anita Derby and Blue Grass Stakes races.

NBC and USA Network also carry the Breeders' Cup since 2022, with USA Network carrying most of the coverage, and the Breeders' Cup Classic airing on the main network.[108]


Major League Lacrosse

  • ESPN+ and Lax Sports Network

Women's Professional Lacrosse League

National Lacrosse League

Premier Lacrosse League

  • ESPN: 3 games including championship game live on ABC, 3 games on ESPN, 6 games on ESPN2, and every game on ESPN+.

College Lacrosse

Varsity lacrosse

Club Lacrosse

  • Men's Collegiate Lacrosse Association: Semi-finals and Championship of both division 1 and 2 broadcast nationally on Fox College Sports, usually the Pacific affiliate. Championships also simulcast on the MCLA website.
  • BYU TV: At least one home MCLA game featuring BYU, but BYUtv Sports has rights to all home games.

International Lacrosse


  • King of Kings: DAZN: October 2022 to October 2025, all fights

Mixed martial arts

Motor sports


Fox Sports and NBC Sports have contracts for all NASCAR events through at least 2024. On October 15, 2012, NASCAR and the Fox Sports Media Group (FSMG) announced a new $2.4 billion eight-year deal, a 30% increase from their previous deal.[110] On July 23, 2013, NASCAR and the NBC Sports Group announced a new $4.4 billion ten-year deal.[111][112][113] Ten days later on August 1, 2013, NASCAR and Fox extended and expanded their agreement, paying an additional $1.4 billion to do so, to complete NASCAR's new TV package through the 2024 season.[114][115]


  • NTT IndyCar Series
    • NBC Sports (NBC, USA, and Telemundo Deportes) has a contract through 2024 in English and Spanish. Coverage is as follows:
      • NBC Sports airs the Indianapolis 500, 12 other races (13 in 2022), and time trials for the Indianapolis 500.
      • USA Network or (rarely, in the event of schedule conflicts) CNBC air the remaining races.
      • Peacock exclusively streams 1 race, while simulcasting all the races on NBC and USA
  • Indy Lights
  • Indy Pro 2000 Championship
    • RoadToIndy.TV will stream all sessions for Indy Pro 2000 in 2019
  • U.S. F2000 National Championship
    • RoadToIndy.TV will stream all sessions for USF2000 in 2019

Formula One

ESPN aired Formula One from 1984 to 1997. Speed and Fox Sports Net shared broadcasting rights from 1998 to 2000. Speedvision and its successor Speed Channel continued to broadcast the championship until 2012. Fox aired select races from 2007 to 2012. NBC Sports had English-language TV broadcasting rights from 2013 through 2017. Races were televised by NBC, NBCSN or CNBC and streamed on NBC Sports Live Extra.[117][118]

ESPN became the new broadcaster in 2018. The network unveiled plans to show over 100 hours of F1 programming during their first season returning to the sport. This included plans to show every practice and qualifying session in some capacity. Race broadcasts would be spread across ESPN and ESPN2 with plans to show live coverage of Canada GP, the American and Mexican Grand Prix live on ABC while also showing the Monaco Grand Prix on tape-delay.[119] March 1 of that year they announced the launch of their own Over-the-top media service service called F1 TV Pro what show races live and on-demand.[120]

ESPN Deportes has the current Spanish-language rights.


  • WeatherTech SportsCar Championship
  • Michelin Pilot Challenge
  • IMSA Prototype Challenge
  • Lamborghini Super Trofeo
    • Select races will feature live streaming coverage on
  • IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge presented by Yokohama
    • Select races will feature live streaming coverage on
  • IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge Canada
    • Select races will feature live streaming coverage on

SuperMotocross World Championship

Includes the AMA Supercross Championship and AMA Motocross Championship.

  • NBC: Eight races, of which six are live
  • USA: Six races, of which four are live
  • Peacock: Every race live
  • CNBC: Every race on next day delay

Other Motorcycle Racing

Drag racing

Short track racing

Off-road racing


Multi-discipline events

Rugby league

Rugby union

Major League Rugby

CBS, CBS Sports Network, and FS2 broadcast select games. All games are available free of charge on The Rugby Network[125][126]

The Championship Final is broadcast on CBS.

Local television

  • Additionally, local or regional broadcasters contract with the MLR team in their area for the right to broadcast a number of regular season games locally, primarily on regional sports networks.

Premiership Rugby

NBC holds the rights to Premiership Rugby, the top division of the English rugby union system. NBC Sports also has the rights to the Six Nations Championship.

NBC Sports has rights to all World Rugby international events through 2023, including:[127]

Other international competitions/tournaments

Rugby sevens


International competitions

Broadcasting contracts for international soccer competitions
Event Rightsholder Broadcast Details
FIFA World Cup finals
Fox Sports English-language rights through 2026
Telemundo Deportes Spanish-language rights through 2026
FIFA World Cup qualification TBA English-language rights; CONCACAF qualification matches for the 2026 FIFA World Cup
TBA Spanish-language rights; CONCACAF qualification matches for the 2026 FIFA World Cup
Fox Sports, FuboTV English-language rights; UEFA European qualification matches for the 2026 FIFA World Cup[129]
Univision Spanish-language rights; UEFA European qualification matches for the 2026 FIFA World Cup[130]
TBA English and Spanish-language rights; CONMEBOL qualification matches for the 2026 FIFA World Cup
TBA English-language rights; AFC qualification matches for the 2026 FIFA World Cup
TBA English-language rights; CAF qualification matches for the 2026 FIFA World Cup
Eleven Sports English-language rights; OFC qualification matches for the 2026 FIFA World Cup
Fox Sports English-language rights; Inter-confederation play-off matches for the 2026 FIFA World Cup
FIFA Club World Cup Fox Sports English-language rights
Fox Deportes Spanish-language rights[131]
FIFA Women's World Cup finals
Fox Sports English-language rights through 2023
Telemundo Deportes Spanish-language rights through 2023
FIFA Women's World Cup qualification CBS Sports English-language rights; UEFA qualification matches
CBS Sports English-language rights; CONCACAF qualification matches
Univision Spanish-language rights; CONCACAF qualification matches
Fox Sports English-language rights; CONMEBOL qualification matches
Univision Spanish-language rights; CONMEBOL qualification matches
CBS Sports English-language rights; AFC qualification matches
YouTube English-language rights; CAF qualification matches
Eleven Sports English-language rights; OFC qualification matches
Fox Sports English-language rights; Inter-confederation play-off matches
UEFA European Championship
Fox Sports, FuboTV English-language rights through Euro 2028, includes qualifiers and finals
Univision Spanish-language rights through Euro 2028, includes qualifiers and finals[130]
UEFA Nations League Fox Sports, FuboTV English-language rights through 2028
Univision Spanish-language rights through 2028[130]
UEFA Champions League
CBS Sports English-language rights through 2030, including select qualification matches
Univision Spanish-language rights through 2024; 97 matches on TV
UEFA Europa League CBS Sports English-language rights through 2030, including select qualification matches
Univision Spanish-language rights through 2024; 70 live matches on TV
UEFA Europa Conference League CBS Sports English-language rights through 2030, including select qualification matches
Univision Spanish-language rights through 2024
UEFA Super Cup CBS Sports English-language rights through 2023
Univision Spanish-language rights through 2023
UEFA Women's Champions League DAZN English-language rights through 2025
YouTube English-language rights through 2023; 61 live matches for free of charge via DAZN UEFA Women's Champions League channel.
CONMEBOL Copa América
Fox Sports English-language rights through 2024
Univision Spanish-language rights through 2021
Copa Libertadores beIN Sports English and Spanish-language rights through 2026
Copa Sudamericana
Recopa Sudamericana
Copa Libertadores Femenina
CONCACAF Gold Cup Fox Sports English-language rights through 2023
Univision Spanish-language rights through 2025[132]
CONCACAF Nations League CBS Sports English-language rights
Univision Spanish-language rights
CONCACAF Champions League YouTube English-language rights
Univision Spanish-language rights through 2025
CONCACAF League YouTube English-language rights
Univision Spanish-language rights through 2022
AFC Asian Cup CBS Sports English-language rights through 2024
AFC Champions League
AFC Women's Club Championship YouTube English-language rights
Africa Cup of Nations beIN Sports English and Spanish-language rights, includes qualifiers and finals
CAF Champions League
CAF Confederation Cup
CAF Super Cup
CAF Women's Champions League
OFC Nations Cup Eleven Sports English-language rights
OFC Champions League Eleven Sports English-language rights
Other international competitions/tournaments
National teams

National competitions

Broadcasting contracts for national soccer competitions
Event Country Broadcaster Broadcast Details
Major League Soccer
Apple TV+, MLS Season Pass From 2023 to 2032: all Regular Season matches, MLS All-Star Game, all MLS Cup playoff matches and MLS Cup.
Fox, FS1, Fox Deportes From 2023 to 2026: 34 regular season matches (15 on Fox), 8 MLS cup playoff matches, and MLS Cup.
U.S. Open Cup Turner Sports English language rights from 2023 to 2030[137]
USL Championship ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN+
USL League One ESPN+
National Independent Soccer Association Eleven Sports
beIN Sports
MLS Next Pro
Apple TV+ Select matches from 2023 to 2032
USL League Two Eleven Sports
National Premier Soccer League Eleven Sports
United Premier Soccer League Eleven Sports
National Women's Soccer League
CBS Sports/Paramount+ English-language rights through 2022
Twitch English-language rights; Deal runs through 2022; 24 matches live and free
Women's Open Eleven Sports
USL Super League Eleven Sports
Women's Independent Soccer League Eleven Sports
USL W League Eleven Sports
Women's Premier Soccer League Eleven Sports
United Women's Soccer Eleven Sports
College Cup ESPNU
Women's College Cup ESPNU
MLS Next Eleven Sports
Apple TV+ Select matches from 2023 to 2032
MLS Next Cup YouTube
USL Academy Eleven Sports
Major Arena Soccer League Twitch English-language rights[138]
Major League Futsal Facebook English-language rights
Canadian Premier League OneSoccer English-language rights, all matches
Fox Sports English-language rights, select matches only
Canadian Championship OneSoccer English-language rights
Fox Sports English-language rights
League1 Canada OneSoccer English-language rights[139]
Project 8 Women's League TBA English-language rights
Liga MX FS1, FS2, Fox Soccer Plus Rights to home matches from Juarez, Monterrey, Santos Laguna and Tijuana.
ESPN Deportes, Fox Deportes Spanish-language rights to home matches from Monterrey, Santos Laguana and Tijuana.
TUDN, Univision, ViX, TUDNxtra Rights to home matches from America, Atlas, Atletico San Luis, Leon, Mazatlan, Necaxa, Pachuca, Puebla, Querétaro, Toluca, UANL, and UNAM
Telemundo, Universo, Peacock Rights to home matches from Guadalajara
Copa MX Fox Sports English-language
ESPN Deportes, Fox Deportes, Univision Spanish-language
Campeón de Campeones Univision Spanish-language
Supercopa MX Univision Spanish-language
Leagues Cup MLS Season Pass English-language rights from 2023 to 2032[140]
FS1 English-language rights from 2023 to 2026: ten group stage matches, four round of 32 matches and two round of 16 matches.
Univision Spanish-language rights from 2023 to 2026: twelve group stage matches, eight knockout round matches, Leagues Cup Final.[141]
Campeones Cup MLS Season Pass English-language rights from 2023 to 2032
Univision Spanish-language
Premier League
NBC Sports, Peacock English-language rights until 2028
Telemundo Deportes Spanish-language rights until 2028
English Football League ESPN+ English and Spanish-language rights, select matches only
FA Cup English and Spanish-language rights until 2024
FA Community Shield English and Spanish-language rights
EFL Cup English and Spanish-language rights
EFL Trophy English and Spanish-language rights, final only
FA Women's Super League CBS Sports/Paramount+, ATA Football English-language rights
Women's FA Cup ESPN+ English and Spanish-language rights
Women's FA Community Shield English and Spanish-language rights
FA Youth Cup English and Spanish-language rights
La Liga ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN+ English-language rights until 2029
ESPN Deportes Spanish-language rights until 2029
Copa del Rey ESPN+ English and Spanish-language rights until 2027[142]
Supercopa de España ABC, ESPN2 English-language rights until 2027
ESPN Deportes Spanish-language rights until 2027
Segunda División ESPN+ English and Spanish-language rights until 2029
Primera División Femenina DAZN, ATA Football English-language rights
Bundesliga ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN+ English and Spanish-language rights until 2026
2. Bundesliga
Frauen-Bundesliga ATA Football English-language rights
Serie A CBS Sports/Paramount+ English and Spanish-language rights until 2024
Serie B HelbizLive, Fox Soccer Plus English language rights[143]
Coppa Italia CBS Sports/Paramount+ English and Spanish-language rights until 2024
Supercoppa Italiana
Serie A Femminile ATA Football English-language rights
Ligue 1 beIN Sports English and Spanish-language rights until 2024
Ligue 2
Trophée des Champions
Coupe de France Fox Sports English and Spanish-language rights until 2026 [144]
Division 1 Féminine ESPN+, ATA Football English language rights

Other national competitions


NBC Sports has rights to the following events with coverage varying on NBC and USA Network


Australian Open

  • ESPN and Tennis Channel have the contracts through 2031. Coverage is aired on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN+, ESPN3, and Tennis Channel.

French Open

  • NBC Sports and Tennis Channel have the contracts through 2024. Coverage is aired on NBC, USA Network, Peacock, and Tennis Channel.
    • Tennis Channel shows live coverage in the morning and afternoon on weekdays. NBC shows weekend morning and Memorial Day early round matches in the afternoon via broadcast delay. If a match is still being played, it will be shown live. Tennis Channel cannot show NBC's tape delayed matches. NBC also airs one women's semi-final and one men's semi-final, broadcasting live in the Eastern Time Zone, delayed in all other time zones. USA Network also broadcasts the second men's semi-final, live in all time zones. NBC broadcasts both finals live, and USA Network broadcasts the women's doubles final live. Starting in 2021, Peacock will show weekend afternoon matches.

The Championships, Wimbledon

  • ESPN[147][148] has the contract through 2035. ABC airs live matches during the middle weekend beginning in 2022. Tennis Channel has rights to daily highlights through 2036[149] also provides coverage. Coverage is as follows:
    • Qualifying: ESPN+
    • Days 1–6: ESPN, ESPN+, and ESPN3
    • Day 7: ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN+, and ESPN3
    • Days 8 and 9: ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN+ and ESPN3
    • Days 10–13 including the ladies' and gentlemen's singles finals: ESPN, ESPN+ and ESPN3
    • Same-day replays are aired on Tennis Channel throughout the tournament through 2023. Live matches of the middle weekend air on ABC beginning in 2022. Same-day replays of the ladies' and gentlemen's singles finals are aired on ABC.

U.S. Open

  • ESPN has the contract through 2025. Tennis Channel also provides coverage. Coverage is as follows:
    • Arthur Ashe Kids' Day: ABC
    • Days 1–5: ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, and ESPN+
    • Days 6–8: ESPN2, ESPN3, and ESPN+
    • Days 9–10: ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, and ESPN+
    • Day 11: women's singles semifinals: ESPN
    • Day 12: mixed doubles final: ESPN2, men's singles semifinals: ESPN
    • Day 13: men's doubles final: ESPN3, women's singles final: ESPN
    • Day 14: women's doubles final: ESPN3, men's singles final: ESPN
    • A daily preview show, same-day highlights and a daily wrap-up show are aired on Tennis Channel throughout the tournament.[150]

ATP Finals

  • ESPN
  • Tennis Channel

ATP Tour Masters 1000

  • Tennis Channel, Starting 2021.

ATP Tour 500

  • Tennis Channel

ATP Tour 250

  • Tennis Channel

WTA Finals

WTA Premier tournaments

  • ESPN (Indian Wells, Miami, Cincinnati and San Jose)[152]
  • Tennis Channel (Except San Jose)[153]

WTA International tournaments

  • Tennis Channel

Davis Cup

Billie Jean King Cup

  • Tennis Channel

US Open Series

  • ESPN2 and ESPN3

Laver Cup

  • ESPN3 and Tennis Channel

World TeamTennis

  • ESPN2 (final only) and ESPN3

Tie Break Tens

  • ESPN3

Track and Field (Athletics)

NBCUniversal holds rights to the following:[154][155]

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