Although ESPN do not have the Premier League, they will retain the rights to the English Second Division and one of their cup competitions for the foreseeable future.
Tuesday, the company has announced a new multi-year deal with the English Football League, which also includes the rights to the Carabao Cup. A minimum of 182 EFL games will be included in each season of the deal, along with at least 30 Carabao Cup games.
Here’s the breakdown of what’s included, by version.
-147 Sky Bet Championship regular season games
-20 regular season matches of Sky Bet League One and League Two
-All 12 Sky Bet playoff semi-finals (games for promotion in all three competitive league tiers, League 1 and League 2)
-The three games of the Sky BetPlay-Off final for the championship, league 1 and league 2.
As part of the deal, ESPN+ will be the exclusive US media center for the Carabao Cup with 30 matches across the competition: 25 matches from rounds one through five, four home-and-away semi-finals and the Wembley final. ESPN+ will also broadcast live three EFL Trophy (Papa Johns Trophy) matches – two semi-finals and one final – in the knockout competition for the 48 EFL League One and League Two clubs and 16 Premier League U21 teams. Additionally, ESPN+ will be the exclusive home to EFL highlights programming across the Championship, League 1, League 2 and Carabao Cup competitions.
While the EFL and the Carabao Cup aren’t the sexiest properties, they do give ESPN+ a bit more inventory, much like the streamer’s deal announced yesterday for Spain’s Copa del Rey.