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ESPN+ adds more football leagues to portfolio

US sports broadcaster ESPN has acquired rights to top-tier club football competitions the Dutch Eredivisie and Chinese Super League, along with Australia’s A-League and W-League.

The multi-year deals will see the rights exploited via ESPN+, the direct-to-consumer subscription streaming service operated by ESPN and parent company Disney.

ESPN’s agreement with Football Federation Australia will result in up to 140 A-League matches being broadcast during the 2018-19 season, along with at least 17 women’s W-League fixtures.

ESPN last week acquired rights for Serie A, the top division of Italian club football, in a multi-year deal that begins with the 2018-19 season.