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Is the $240 million NWSL broadcast deal good for viewers?

The record-breaking deal will see games broadcast on 11 different networks.

Lots to celebrate in the NWSL these days | Courtesy Gotham FC

There’s no question that the new NWSL broadcast deal is good for the league. The $240 million four-year contract works out to $60 million per year for the 12-team league, which is the “largest media investment in women’s sports history” according to the NWSL. 

It eclipses the $1.5 million deal for 2023. For those of you who are keeping tabs, that works out to a 4000% jump.

The new arrangement is arguably even more lucrative than the celebrated $2.5 billion 10-year deal MLS signed with Apple TV. The $60 million will cover 118 games broadcast on a consortium of networks consisting of CBS, ESPN, Prime Video, and Scripps Sports, which works out to a little more than $508,000 per match. By contrast, when the 2023 MLS season wraps up, Apple TV will have broadcast 597 games – that includes the regular season, the Leagues Cup, and an expanded postseason – which works out to $337,000 per match.

Somebody give NWSL commissioner Jessica Berman a fist-bump for setting a new global standard.

While the financial arrangement is excellent, questions remain about the viewing experience. 

Officially, CBS broadcast just 30 games in 2023. But the network streamed all games on Paramount+ or CBS Sports, giving whistle-to-whistle coverage for every single league and postseason match. You always knew how to watch your team play. 

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