Columbus Crew enters 2019 season with new rights partners

Major League Soccer club Columbus Crew has agreed a new multi-year local broadcast rights deal with SportsTime Ohio and Fox Sports Ohio.

The deal has been struck ahead of the start of the 2019 MLS season this weekend, with the Crew entering the campaign under a new ownership group that includes Dee and Jimmy Haslam, owners of NFL American football franchise the Cleveland Browns.

For the 2019 season, SportsTime Ohio and Fox Sports Ohio will be producing and broadcasting 33 Crew matches, as well as 30-minute pre- and post-game shows. All coverage will also stream on Fox Sports Go. STO will broadcast the season-opener against the New York Red Bulls on Saturday.

Fox Sports 1 will be broadcasting one match, the game against FC Cincinnati on Aug 25.

The new deals represent a strengthening of the Crew’s local broadcast footprint, with last season’s matches having been covered by Spectrum Sports and a combination of four Columbus-area television stations.

Columbus Crew president Tim Bezbatchenko said: “One of our core tenets as an organisation is to seek deep engagement with our supporters and so we are pleased that this partnership allows for not only a top-notch broadcasting product, but also offers supporters the added benefit and flexibility to tune-in via the stream on Fox Sports Go.”

Most recent

Amazon secured Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) Tour rights in the UK for the 2020-23 cycle with a bid nearly 60 per cent higher than incumbent pay-television broadcaster BT Sport's current fee, SportBusiness Media understands, as the tech and ecommerce giant moves to establish a dominant position in UK tennis broadcasting.

The Italian competition authority’s investigation into the sale of rights for Serie A is ostensibly a disaster for MP & Silva and B4 and a let-off for IMG. But MP & Silva and B4 are no longer active and IMG could yet face a major problem. The agency could be hit with a substantial damages claim by the league for lost earnings.

Pay-television broadcaster All Media Baltics used its pan-regional competitive advantage to retain  English Premier League’s rights in the Baltics without a hefty increase in cost.

DAZN picks up Copa América at bargain price as rivals focus elsewhere DAZN, Sky, Mediaset bid for International Champions Cup Rai to share Women’s World Cup with Sky, show Uefa U21s exclusively Pr