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ESPN inked a deal with LaLiga in May 2021 to broadcast eight seasons of Spanish football in the United States. When the channel looks back on the first year, progress has been very encouraging.
ESPN bosses are thrilled with the way their coverage is being received by viewers, and some LaLiga Santander games have been revealed to draw larger TV audiences than baseball.
“There are La Liga games that are watched more than baseball, which is incredible,” he said Ricardo Ortizan ESPN commentator.
ESPN aired its LaLiga Santander coverage in Spanish and English, with areas with high Latino populations being particularly successful. The presence of Latin American and North American players in Spain also helps generate interest.
“The main markets for us are New York, Miami, Dallas, Los Angeles, but here [on the west coast] it’s more difficult because of the time difference,” he explained Sonja GomezESPN Program Director.
“These are markets with a large Latino presence.
„[Andres] Saved, [Diego] Lainez, [Yunus] Musah… Mexican and American players are doing a great job for us.”
ESPN+, the home of Spanish football in the US, has over 22 million subscribers. For just $6.99 a month, subscribers can watch all LaLiga Santander, LaLiga SmartBank, Copa del Rey, Bundesliga, FA Cup and Champions League matches.
The eight-year contract is worth LaLiga $175 million per season.