How to watch La Liga on USA TV ESPN+, 2021 rights & coverage

How to watch La Liga on USA TV ESPN+, 2021 rights & coverage

August 27, 2021 0 By Ibiye Ambille

The Spanish La Liga is Spain’s top-flight professional soccer league contested by 20 clubs across the federation with a wide range of audiences worldwide.

 

La Liga also boosts TV Coverage in the United States (USA), Canada as well as other nations across the North American continent.

 

Cool facts

What channel is La Liga on in the USA? You can watch Spanish La Liga on ESPN, ESPN+, ESPN Deportes and ESPN on ABC Network Channels.

 

Who has rights to La Liga in the USA? ESPN holds the exclusive rights to broadcast La Liga to a US audience in a long-term agreement available on ESPN+ for English and Spanish-language.

 

The deal also covers La Liga SmartBank, Copa del Rey, Supercoppa de Espana in the US which spans eight seasons (through 2028-29).

 

 

The league has been ranked as one of the best soccer leagues in the having just as top sides including Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atlético Madrid and Sevilla continually dominated the European scene.

 

 

How to watch La Liga on US TV, Livestream via ESPN, ESPN+ and ABC Network

 

In the USA, television giants ESPN which includes its streaming platform ESPN+ holds the exclusive rights for the broadcast of the Spanish La Liga for US audiences.

 

The company signed the broadcast deal which spans a couple of seasons.

 

 

How to watch the La Liga via ESPN and ESPN+ in the USA

 

ESPN+ (Livestream)

It is an over-the-top subscription video streaming service available in the United States.

 

ESPN – (Selected Matches)

ESPN 2 – (Selected Matches)

ESPN Deportes – (Selected Matches)

 

La Liga on ABC Network

ESPN and ESPN+

 

Other top soccer events on ESPN+ includes Major League Soccer, USL Championship, EFL Championship, English FA Cup, German Bundesliga, Liga MX, etc.

 

How can I watch ESPN+ on my TV? Supported devices for ESPN+ including Apple, Android, and Amazon Fire devices, Roku, Samsung Smart TV, Chromecast, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and Oculus Go.

 

How much does ESPN+ cost? ESPN+ cost around $69.99 per year instead of $59.99 per year. (Subject to change).

 

 

ESPN Spanish La Liga USA TV Schedule

 

Ahead of the 2021/22 LA Liga season, the mega-deal will bring live and on-demand Spanish league coverage of 380 top-flight matches a year to ESPN+.

 

 

In addition to the rights deal, the ESPN+ streaming service will also broadcast selected live matches from La Liga SmartBank (La Liga 2).

 

This also includes about five promotion playoffs matches which hold at the end of the season.

 

The league commentary on ESPN and ESPN+ will be available in both English and Spanish languages respectively.

 

 

Spanish La Liga tv rights deal with ESPN explained

 

ESPN secured the rights to broadcast live Spanish La Liga, La Liga 2, Copa del Rey and Supercopa de Espana matches in the United States for the next eight seasons.

 

The new deal begins from 2021/22 through the 2028/29 season. The contract signed by La Liga and ESPN Network

 

The financial terms of the ESPN/La Liga deal will see the American Network pay La Liga US$175 million a year.

 

“We are thrilled to bring La Liga to ESPN in the US,” said La Liga president Javier Tebas. “This is a historic eight-season agreement in US soccer broadcasting that speaks to the power of La Liga and its clubs in the largest media market in the world and will bring the world’s best soccer league to American screens in a more comprehensive and modern way than ever before.” – Javier Tebas via Sportsmediapro.

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In the United States, beIN Sports initially held the broadcast rights for the league, but the Spanish La Liga governing body bought back the rights.

 

 

As a popular means to meet more potential followers, the La Liga body considered ESPN as the most preferred destination for the North American market which promises more.

 

 

The ESPN Network programming covers both English and Spanish language commentary.

 

Top United States Soccer players to watch in the La Liga

 

Sergiño Dest – Barcelona

Matt Miazga – Alavés (on loan from Chelsea)

Yunus Musah – Valencia.

 

 

La Liga 2021/2022 teams to watch

The new season promises more actions even as Atlético Madrid aims to defend the title it won the previous season.

 

Real Madrid is without a doubt still in the rebuilding process which could be seen with the recent appointment of Carlo Ancelotti who left Everton for the club after the departure of Zinedine Zidane.

 

 

Barcelona fans and followers were left with shock after it was announced Lionel Messi would be leaving the club.

 

The Barcelona team without Messi still has top names including Sergio Kun Aguero, Antoine Griezmann, etc.

 

Atlético Madrid

Atlético Madrid are the defending Champions of the Spanish league after a hard-working campaign during the 2020/2021 season saw them lift an eleventh title in the club’s history.

 

 

Tutored by Diego Simeone, the capital city club bowed out of the UEFA Champions League after exit caused by Chelsea defeat.

 

Ahead of the 2021/2022 season, Diego Simeone and his boys will be hoping to capitulate on the current position of Real Madrid, Barcelona as well as the chasing park.

 

 

Atlético Madrid boost of top players including Joao Felix, Luis Suarez, Rodrigo De Paul, Koke, Saul Niguez, etc.

 

Barcelona

A fight till finish amid Lionel Messi presence still could not aid Barcelona to the title as Atlético Madrid fought until the final day.

 

Barcelona had an impressive season but not convincing for the Barcelona faithful who had high hopes on the team to deliver trophies.

 

With the departure of Lionel Messi still on sight, Barcelona will have to begin a new era without their star player who is also a club legend.

 

However, the club has little to worry about having top stars in the team including Antoine Griezmann, Sergio Kun Aguero, Memphis Depay, Pedri, Ansu Fati, Dembele, Martin Braithwaite, etc.

 

Real Madrid

The Los Blancos remain record league winners of the Spanish top flight and have set sights on a return to the scene.

 

The club narrowly missed out on the league in a three-horse race which finally turned out to be a Barcelona vs Atlético Madrid affair in the end.

 

The appointment of Italian manager Carlo Ancelotti sends a big message across boards regarding the threat the club possess.

 

Although not having most of the biggest players in the world right now, Real Madrid still has a big stake and statement take to make with the availability of players as well as the imminent arrival of some top stars.

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Top players in Real Madrid to watch out including Thibaut Courtois, David Alaba, Eden Hazard, Karim Benzema, Luka Modric, Gareth bale, Vinicius Junior, Rodrygo Goes, Eden Hazard, Federico Valverde, etc.

 

Real Madrid still has a point to provide even though the squad looks relatively different compared to its look some seasons ago.

 

Sevilla

Sevilla is the next team that possess a big threat when it comes to the Spanish La Liga.

 

The three years in a row UEFA Europa League winners have continued to make a statement with continues impressive results both in domestic and European Competitions

 

Sevilla has some of the best legs in the division outside the big three and is capable of causing upsets whenever they meet the big sides.

 

Over the last few years, the club has constantly proved to be stronger with a much younger generation of players within its rank.

 

For the 2021/2022 La Liga season, some of the top players to watch includes Lucas Ocampos, Luuk de Jong, Ivan Rakitić, Youssef En-Nesyri, Erik Lamela, Papu Gómez, etc.

 

Sevilla is even more strengthened and could come out as one of the big forces for the new La Liga season.

 

Sevilla currently has one of the most promising squad in the division, capable of causing upsets whenever they meet the big sides.

 

Villarreal CF

Villarreal CF is another topside to watch in the new La Liga season.

 

The club surprised the rest of Europe after emerging Champions of the UEFA Europa League at the expense of Manchester United.

 

Villarreal CF managed by coach Unai Emery has witnessed significant growth across all competitions it has participated in.

 

With the current young generation of players within the squad, the Yellow submarines are expected to take their chances amid Barcelona and Real Madrid average form

 

As winners of 2020/2021 UEFA Europa League, Villarreal CF qualifies for the Champions League group stages and are expecting to compete with Europe’s elite.

 

The top players at Villarreal CF to watch out for includes Mario Gaspar, Pau Torres, Paco Alcácer, etc.

 

Unai Emery wants to prove his critics wrong this time by elevating his young squad against all odds to the big names.

 

Villarreal will also be part of the UEFA Champions League group stage.

 

The club is expected to replicate the same form last season which saw them lift the UEFA Europa League title at the expense of Manchester United.

 

Valencia CF

Valencia CF is another top side that has continually kept up with the high standard set by Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atlético Madrid in the division.

 

Although the club might have faced some turbulent campaigns over the past few years, the team remains a major force in the top flight.

 

Valencia also had their share of the La Liga crown amid Real Madrid and Barcelona dominance.

 

The club based in Valencia also earned the bragging rights as one of the top clubs of the Spanish league.

 

This level has since been lost.

 

Real Sociedad

Sociedad used to be the next name on the block outside the top three dominant La Liga forces.

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But the club’s recent free-fall down the pecking order indicates more needs to be done.

 

Real Sociedad still has a point to provide in the 2021/2022 league season.

 

With the new season already in its early stages, Real Sociedad still has a chance to prove the wrongs by starting on a brighter note.

 

At least, the club was once the next big name on the list of La Liga clubs outside the Big Three.

 

Athletic Club Bilbao

Athletic Club remains one of the top competitive sides in the league.

 

Although not as big as the top three, the club enjoyed a continuous upward rise in the last couple of seasons.

 

Bilbao has consistently finished within the top half of the league and hasn’t finished outside the continental slots.

 

In terms of youthfulness or teams having the youngest players, the athletic club would be seen as one of the clubs in the division with more youth players.

 

Real Betis

Real Betis are another tough side that has continued to experiment with an upward rise over the years.

 

This includes successful outings in the UEFA Europa League, reaching as far as the quarter-finals before getting eliminated by other teams.

 

In the Spanish La Liga, Real Betis are now minnows and have continued to prove to be much better opposition.

 

 

About 2021/2022 La Liga season

The 2021–22 Spanish league season is the 91st season of the La Liga competition.

 

The new campaign began on 13 August 2021 and will conclude on 22 May 2022.

 

Atlético Madrid is the defending Champions of the league and will most likely face a strong fight from Real Madrid, Barcelona, Sevilla in view to retaining the title they won.

 

Given the new normality in Spanish Soccer, fans are allowed to attend matches but by COVID-19 guidelines.

 

Participating teams

 

Teams – Location

Alavés – Vitoria-Gasteiz

Athletic Bilbao – Bilbao

Atlético Madrid – Madrid

 

Barcelona – Barcelona

 

Cádiz – Cádiz

Celta Vigo – Vigo

 

Elche – Elche

Espanol – Barcelona

 

Getafe – Getafe

Granada – Granada

 

Levante – Valencia

 

Mallorca – Palma

 

Osasuna – Pamplona

 

Rayo Vallecano – Madrid

Real Betis – Betis

Real Madrid – Madrid

Real Sociedad – San Sebastián

 

Sevilla – Seville

 

Valencia CF – Valencia

Villarreal CF Villarreal

 

Competitiveness of the league

Compared with the standard of other European soccer leagues, the Spanish La Liga looks more like a three-horse race and sometimes four inclusive.

 

Barcelona, Real Madrid, Atlético Madrid have continued to dominate the league over the past couple of seasons.

 

Popularity

As things stand currently, iga could be in battle with the German Bundesliga as to which league will occupy the status as the second most popular league behind the Premier League.

 

The league remains one of the most folks soccer leagues having fans across the world supporting sides like Real Madrid, Barcelona, Sevilla, Atlético Madrid, etc.

 

Conclusion

The article highlights how to watch Spanish La Liga on USA TV, Online Live streaming via ESPN, ESPN+ and ABC Network.

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