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Sportdigital Fussball adds Belgian league and MLS rights

German subscription broadcaster Sportdigital Fussball has added Belgium’s Jupiler Pro League and USA’s Major League Soccer to its portfolio of football leagues.

The broadcaster, which recently added the word ‘Fussball’ (‘Football’) to its name to reflect a programming line-up now entirely focused on live coverage of different international football leagues, already holds rights to 13 other leagues and competitions around the world.

The agreements for sub-licensed rights to the Jupiler Pro League and MLS have been agreed with Sport1 and DAZN, respectively. The DAZN OTT subscription service in Germany will continue to show top live MLS games.

There is particular local interest in the MLS given the involvement of Chicago Fire’s Bastian Schweinsteiger, the former German international star.

Towards the end of July, Sportdigital secured rights to Poland’s Ekstraklasa in Germany, Austria and Poland in 2019-20 and 2020-21. It also holds rights to the top-tier football leagues in Argentina, Australia, China, the Czech Republic, Japan, the Netherlands, Portugal and Russia.