ESPN signs contract to televise MLS games for another 5 years

October 21, 2001|By BLOOMBERG NEWS SERVICE

COLUMBUS, Ohio - ESPN has signed a contract with Major League Soccer to broadcast the league's games for five more years, MLS commissioner Don Garber said yesterday.

Garber wouldn't disclose details of the contract, signed yesterday. He said a joint announcement by the league and ESPN would be made tomorrow.

ESPN and its parent network ABC have broadcast MLS' games since the league's inaugural season. The league paid for time the first two years, but it has shared production costs and advertising revenue the past four years.

On another matter, Garber said the MLS will not expand in 2003, delaying adding to its current roster of 12 teams until at least 2004.

"It is not the appropriate economic climate to expand," Garber said on the eve of its MLS Cup between the Los Angeles Galaxy and San Jose Earthquakes.

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