Is this the future of sports broadcasting?

In this Sept. 18, 2014, file photo, Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber launches the league’s new logo during a press conference in New York. Apple and MLS announced a 10-year deal, starting with the 2023 season, to broadcast every MLS game on a “new MLS streaming service, available exclusively through the Apple TV app.”

Bebeto Matthews, Associated Press

Apple and Major League Soccer’s deal to exclusively broadcast all games on a streaming platform with no blackouts could point to where sports broadcasting could be heading in the future.

Apple and MLS announced a 10-year deal, starting with the 2023 season, to broadcast every MLS game on a “new MLS streaming service, available exclusively through the Apple TV app.”

This means the only way to watch Real Salt Lake games in 2023 is to subscribe to Apple’s MLS streaming service. Fans will be able to watch every MLS game with no blackout restrictions — a first for a major sports league’s streaming service.

For example, the NBA’s streaming service — NBA League Pass — allows fans to watch every regular-season NBA game — except for games in your local market and games on national TV, like ESPN and TNT. In Utah, fans are blacked out from watching Utah Jazz games on NBA League Pass and had to subscribe to a cable or satellite package, like Xfinity or DirecTV, or a streaming service package, like FuboTV or DirecTV Now, that included AT&T Sportsnet, the TV home of the Jazz. The Jazz’s current TV deal expired at the end of the 2021-22 season.

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Source:: Deseret News – Sports News

      

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