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ESPN, Fox lock up MLS

ESPN and Fox executives see devoted fans at Major League Soccer matches and figure burgeoning national television viewership is soon to follow. The agreements announced Monday with MLS and U.S. Soccer run through 2022. Univision Deportes also extended its contract for Spanish-language rights. One of MLS’s goals was to lock in the same day for a game of the week throughout the entire season for the first time. Univision will air a match every Friday night. And a doubleheader will take place every Sunday – one game on ESPN at 5 p.m. Eastern time, then the nightcap on Fox Sports 1 at 7 p.m. – Associated Press