For the price of $5 per month or $50 per year, ESPN+ was already a no-brainer for those who watch MLS, the USL, the UEFA Nations League and lower league English football. However, the broadcast package has significantly upped its offerings with this bit of news: ESPN+ will now stream 340 Italian Serie A matches over the course of the season as part of an exclusive, multi-year agreement in the United States.
If you’re still not interested in investing the money, there’s still good news here: A Serie A Match of the Week will be televised on ESPN or ESPN2 throughout the season. That’s 36 games featuring the likes of Juventus, Napoli, Roma, Inter and AC Milan (probably almost always) being broadcast to the entire nation.
According to the press release, “Coverage of Serie A will also feature year-round news and highlights content across ESPN platforms. Additionally, ESPN+ will exclusively feature one-hour season preview and review programs, a weekly preview and highlights shows and a Serie A goals of the week program.”
But ESPN would really like you to pay for ESPN+, a reality that’s most clearly evident in the fact that Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus debut (August 18 vs. Chievo Verona) will not be the Serie A Match of the Week that week. The Juventus vs. Chievo match will be airing on ESPN+, so you’ll have to be a subscriber to check that one out.
Still, if you want to see the likes of Ciro Immobile, Mauro Icardi, Edin Dzeko, Dries Mertens, Andrea Belotti and Gonzalo Higuain score heaps of goals in a division that’s seemingly returning to the fore in European football, the time has never been better.