Jun 17, 2022 - Business

Crew games headed to Apple streaming service in 2023

Columbus Crew player Lucas Zelerayan gears up for a kick.

Columbus Crew midfielder Lucas Zelarayán (10) gears up for a shot on goal against Nashville SC on April 2 at Lower.com Field. Photo: Graham Stokes/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Crew fans have a new way to follow the team next season.

Kicking the news: Major League Soccer and Apple agreed this week on a 10-year, $2.5 billion deal to exclusively broadcast all league games within a new Apple TV streaming service beginning in 2023, Axios' Tim Baysinger writes.

Why it matters: The deal eliminates the "Where's the game?" problem for fans who currently have to pony up for costly cable packages on Bally Sports regional networks, Fox Sports 1 and ESPN.

Details: Instead, every game will be streamed via one outlet with no local blackout rules.

  • The league also plans to schedule games primarily on Saturdays to produce a live whip-around show on Saturday nights, per Sports Illustrated.

Yes, but: This does mean signing up for yet another streaming service, as the product is separate from the Apple TV+ service already being offered.

  • It's unclear what the cost will be. For reference, Tyler paid $130 for a season-long MLB streaming package through the league.

Of note: Access to this streaming service will be included with a full-season ticket package at Lower.com Field.


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