Boyds, MD., (3/11/20) – The National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) today announced that CBS Sports and Twitch have acquired the rights to exclusively present all NWSL matches for the next three years in a landmark media rights agreement which will begin at the start of the 2020 NWSL Regular Season.
CBS Sports will deliver a total of 87 NWSL matches in 2020 across CBS, CBS Sports Network, and CBS All Access, CBS’s subscription video on demand and live streaming service. The Spirit will have one game featured on both CBS and CBS Sports before the start of the 2020 Summer Olympics.
Coverage of the 2020 NWSL season on CBS will begin on Saturday, April 18 at 1 p.m. ET on CBS and CBS All Access, when the Spirit take on OL Reign at Audi Field in Washington, D.C.
Highlights include the NWSL season opener and Championship Game on the CBS Television Network; 14 matches on CBS Sports Network, including both Semifinals; and 71 additional games on CBS All Access. All games offered on CBS All Access will be available to subscribers online at CBS.com, on mobile devices via the CBS app and on all major connected TV devices and platforms. The deal with CBS marks the first time a U.S. broadcast network will present live, national coverage of women’s professional club soccer in the United States.
In addition, Twitch will present 24 free, select matches during the 2020 NWSL regular season. The Spirit will be featured on Twitch five times before the start of the 2020 Summer Olympics.
Twitch will also serve as the NWSL’s exclusive international media rights partner outside the United States, making all 108 regular season games, the playoffs, and championship available to global viewers.
The NWSL and Twitch will collaborate on additional league and player-related content and original programming opportunities to enhance the overall fan-viewing experience and continue to grow women’s professional soccer around the world.
“The NWSL is elated to partner with CBS Sports and Twitch, two incredible media companies with a proven track record of award-winning coverage,” said Lisa Baird, Commissioner of the NWSL. “This new media-rights agreement is a watershed moment for women’s soccer in the U.S. and around the world and is the first time NWSL matches will be available to such a wide audience. We are excited to work with CBS with its rich history, tradition and storied innovation to utilize the power of their multiple platforms to reach more fans. We also are eager to team up with Twitch to showcase the brightest stars in the sport. These partnerships will continue to amplify the NWSL and its teams on a national and international stage.”
“We are excited to partner with the National Women’s Soccer League, bringing one of the top women’s sports leagues to CBS Sports,” said Dan Weinberg, EVP, Programming, CBS Sports. “This deal will showcase the strength of CBS’ multi-platform assets across broadcast, cable and digital by bringing marquee games, including the Semifinals and NWSL Championship to CBS, CBS Sports Network and CBS All Access. We look forward to using our reach across all our platforms to highlight many of the best soccer players in the world.”
“The addition of this extensive lineup of NWSL matches to CBS All Access is another important step as we continue to bolster our growing lineup of exclusive sports programming,” said Jeffrey Gerttula, EVP and GM, CBS Sports Digital. “We’re very pleased to deliver these premier matches to our subscribers across all platforms and to help expand the reach of women’s soccer throughout the U.S. and Canada.”
“We couldn’t be more excited to partner with the NWSL as we further expand our sports content on Twitch,” said Michael Aragon, SVP of Content at Twitch. “Their players are the greatest athletes in their sport from around the world and we are thrilled the NWSL chose Twitch as their home to build a bigger community of soccer enthusiasts.”
Twitch’s coverage of the NWSL will begin with a 2019 championship rematch between the Chicago Red Stars and North Carolina Courage on Saturday, April 18 at 7 p.m. ET.
CBS All Access will exclusively air two additional games during opening weekend, including the Saturday night match (10:30 p.m. ET) between Tobin Heath and Portland Thorns FC host Christen Press and Utah Royals FC.
The media-rights agreements between CBS Sports and Twitch were negotiated by Octagon, on behalf of the NWSL.
2020 Washington Spirit Broadcast Schedule (All Times ET)
(Platform subject to change. Additional CBS Sports Network games TBA at a later date.)
|Saturday, April 18||Washington Spirit – OL Reign||Audi Field||CBS||1 p.m.|
|Saturday, May 2||Washington Spirit – Utah Royals FC||Maryland SoccerPlex||Twitch||7 p.m.|
|Saturday, May 9||Sky Blue FC – Washington Spirit||Red Bull Arena||CBS Sports Network||4 p.m.|
|Wednesday, May 13||Washington Spirit – Chicago Red Stars||Maryland SoccerPlex||CBS All Access||7:30 p.m.|
|Saturday, May 16||North Carolina Courage – Washington Spirit||Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park||Twitch||7 p.m.|
|Saturday, May 23||OL Reign – Washington Spirit||Cheney Stadium||Twitch||7 p.m.|
|Saturday, May 30||Washington Spirit – Orlando Pride||Segra Field||Twitch||7 p.m.|
|Saturday, June 13||North Carolina Courage – Washington Spirit||Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park||CBS All Access||7 p.m.|
|Wednesday, June 17||Houston Dash – Washington Spirit||BBVA Stadium||CBS All Access||8:30 p.m.|
|Saturday, June 20||Washington Spirit – Portland Thorns FC||Audi Field||Twitch||7 p.m.|
|Friday, June 26||Orlando Pride – Washington Spirit||Exploria Stadium||CBS All Access||7 p.m.|
|Friday, July 3||Washington Spirit – Sky Blue FC||Segra Field||CBS All Access||7:30 p.m.|
|Saturday, July 18||Utah Royals FC – Washington Spirit||Rio Tinto Stadium||CBS All Access||9:30 p.m.|
|Saturday, August 1||Washington Spirit – Houston Dash||Maryland SoccerPlex||Twitch||7 p.m.|
|Saturday, August 8||Washington Spirit – North Carolina Courage||Segra Field||CBS All Access||7 p.m.|
|Saturday, August 15||Chicago Red Stars – Washington Spirit||SeatGeek Stadium||CBS All Access||8 p.m.|
|Sunday, August 30||Washington Spirit – Sky Blue FC||Audi Field||CBS All Access||5 p.m.|
|Friday, September 4||Houston Dash – Washington Spirit||BBVA Stadium||CBS All Access||8:30 p.m.|
|Wednesday, September 9||Washington Spirit – Orlando Pride||Maryland SoccerPlex||CBS All Access||7:30 p.m.|
|Saturday, September 12||Washington Spirit – Portland Thorns FC||Segra Field||CBS All Access||7 p.m.|
|Friday, September 25||Utah Royals FC – Washington Spirit||Rio Tinto Stadium||CBS All Access||9:30 p.m.|
|Saturday, Oct. 3||Portland Thorns FC – Washington Spirit||Providence Park||Twitch||10:30 p.m.|
|Saturday, Oct. 10||Washington Spirit – Chicago Red Stars||Audi Field||Twitch||7 p.m.|
|Sunday, October 18||OL Reign – Washington Spirit||Cheney Stadium||CBS All Access||3:30 p.m.|