Orlando City have become the latest Major League Soccer (MLS) side to sign a multimedia rights deal with YouTube TV.
The agreement, which runs for the remainder of the season, will see the Google-owned online subscription service exclusively stream all of the team’s locally televised matches live, including the pre, halftime and post-game shows.
Orlando City’s 18 remaining locally televised games will be available on a dedicated YouTube TV channel, starting with Sunday’s match against Real Salt Lake.
“Our fans are constantly on the move, using different devices and consuming our sport through a variety of channels that fit their lifestyles, and we want to keep pushing the boundaries, giving them opportunities to connect with our team from anywhere,” said Orlando City’s chief revenue officer, Chris Gallagher. “This is an exciting development in the right direction for our club.”
YouTube TV launched in April last year, and fans can subscribe to the platform for US$40 a month. Orlando City are the latest MLS club to team up with YouTube TV, which already has partnerships with Los Angeles Football Club and the Seattle Sounders.
Tim Katz, director of sports partnerships for the Americas at YouTube, said: “Orlando City is a family, a movement, and we are excited to contribute to this revolution with a new cable-free way for fans to watch their favourite club.”