ESPN+ has extended its partnership in the US for exclusive media rights to the English Football League (EFL), as well as the Carabao Cup, starting from this season.

The agreement brings at least 182 EFL matches, around 50 matches more than in the previous season, and at least 30 Carabao Cup matches in English and Spanish to ESPN+ in America.

Ben Wright, EFL Chief Commercial Officer, said: “The EFL continues to be one of the world’s top football competitions, with vast appeal both at home and globally. 

“The increase in the number of our matches being shown on ESPN+ shows that the demand for EFL content is stronger than ever, with the League competition and Carabao Cup attracting hundreds of millions of viewers across the world.

“We are delighted that supporters throughout the US can enjoy premium coverage whilst following another exhilarating and entertaining EFL season.”

ESPN+ becomes the exclusive US media home for the Carabao Cup featuring 30 matches across the competition. 

The channel will also be the exclusive home for EFL highlights programs across the Championship, League One, League Two and the Carabao Cup competitions.

“The renewal of EFL and the Carabao Cup rights further demonstrates our commitment to make ESPN+ a must-have for soccer fans in the US,” added Sonia Gomez, ESPN senior director for programming and acquisitions. 

“The EFL, and its storied tradition of tiered competitions, is a bedrock of association football. We are pleased to have this signature property as a part of ESPN+’s ever-expanding soccer portfolio.”

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