For Inter Milan fans located in North America, it has been a struggle to watch the black and blue. BeIN Sports has held television rights for the past several years.
Although the coverage of Inter has been consistent, the network is not included in most providers’ mainstream packages. Most fans are forced to opt for an expensive foreign sports addition or resort to a la carte TV services. That will gladly be coming to an end this upcoming season. The BeIN contract concluded at the end of the 17/18 season and doesn’t show signs of securing a renewal. It’s been a pleasure dishing out extra dough BeIN, but it’s time to break up.
With the continued growth of the league, a bidding war has been underway to claim the rights in the United States.
The Serie A claims five of the top 20 most valuable teams in the world, according to Forbes. It does not hurt the league’s value by adding Cristiano Ronaldo to the mix either. Now that that the world’s best player (or second-best depending on who you are) has joined the league, all the big dogs want in the fight for our beloved league.
Value of @SerieA_TIM TV ratings have suddenly become a lot greater now that #CR7 is heading to Juventus. According to my sources, ESPN and Turner Sports are frontrunners to acquire Serie A TV rights in US for 2018/19 season onwards pic.twitter.com/wRbuAzcguy— World Soccer Talk (@worldsoccertalk) July 10, 2018
ESPN and Turner Sports are rumored to be at the head of the down-to-the-wire bidding war. The 18/19 season kicks off in just 2 weeks... talk about cutting it close.
With the first game quickly approaching, expect an announcement on our viewing fates very soon. Either of the two will be a great improvement. ESPN has a plethora of networks that are easily available to your television lineup.
The sports kingpin also has a streaming service that will allow you to view matches on the go, or watch highlights in the restroom of your workplace. As fans, we would be lucky to have their extended coverage and analysis throughout the season.
Turner Sports, on the other hand, hosts events such as the NCAA Tournament on their family of networks (TNT, TBS, TruTV). Their NBA on TNT broadcasts are Emmy award-winning too. With their upcoming coverage of the UEFA Champions League this season, it is apparent that they are all in on European football.
No matter who wins this battle for broadcasting, the fans come out victorious. This season should be a whole new experience for fans in the US. The added spotlight will continue to grown the Inter brand and undoubtedly strengthen the fan base.
UPDATE: ESPN has won the bidding war. They have announced games of the week, that will be featured on ESPN/ESPN2 along with Deportes. This will be in addition to over 340 matches that will be streamed this season on their ESPN+ service. Fans can subscribe to ESPN+ for $4.99 per month or $49.99 per year.
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