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ESPN scores US rights to International Champions Cup

US sports broadcaster ESPN has agreed a three-year deal for exclusive rights to pre-season club football competition the International Champions Cup.

The agreement covers the 2016, 2017 and 2018 editions of the ICC and includes English and Spanish-language rights in the US.

ESPN networks will present exclusive coverage of the 2016 International Champions Cup tournament which will run from July 23 to August 13. All matches will air live on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3 and ESPN Deportes.

ESPN has struck the deal with ICC organiser Relevent Sports, which is part of sports investment group RSE Ventures.

Organisers yesterday (Tuesday) unveiled the teams, venues and dates for the 2016 ICC, with 10 European sides committing to the events. They include Spanish Liga clubs Barcelona and Real Madrid; English Premier League teams Chelsea, Liverpool and Leicester City; German Bundesliga champion Bayern Munich; Italian Serie A rivals AC Milan and Inter Milan; French Ligue 1 champion Paris Saint-Germain and Scottish Premiership outfit Celtic.