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NWSL announces multi-year media agreements with CBS Sports, Twitch

The new partnerships will provide broadcasts of 87 games in the U.S. on CBS and all 108 games outside the U.S. on Twitch.

The North Carolina Courage's Abby Erceg celebrates with the trophy after defeating the Chicago Red Stars 4-0 to win the 2019 NWSL Championship at WakeMed Soccer Park on Oct. 27, 2019 in Cary, N.C.. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

The NWSL inked three-year agreements with CBS Sports and Twitch to exclusively carry NWSL matches, beginning with an 87-game broadcast lineup in the 2020 season.

This is the first time that a major U.S. broadcast network will present live coverage on a national level for women’s professional soccer in the U.S. The two deals will provide coverage of 87 of the total 108 games of the season inside the U.S. via CBS, and offer live coverage of all 108 games around the globe on Twitch.

“The NWSL is elated to partner with CBS Sports and Twitch, two incredible media companies with a proven track record of award-winning coverage,” NWSL commissioner Lisa Baird said. “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.”

CBS Sports will carry 87 matches in 2020 on its CBS, CBS Sports Network and CBS All Access platforms. This will include a broadcast of both the NWSL season opener and the league championship match on CBS, along with two semifinal games and 12 regular season matches on CBS Sports and 71 additional games streamed on CBS All Access.

Those final 71 games will only be available to CBS All Access subscribers, with subscriptions starting at $5.99 a month.

“We are excited to partner with the National Women’s Soccer League, bringing one of the top women’s sports leagues to CBS Sports,” CBS sports executive vice president of programming Dan Weinberg said. “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.”

In addition to the CBS broadcasts, Twitch will provide free live streams of 24 matches to U.S. viewers during the 2020 season. Outside of the U.S., Twitch will serve as the league’s exclusive media rights partner, carrying broadcasts of all 108 games of the regular season and playoffs.

The league will continue to collaborate with Twitch to create league and player-related content and programming to enhance the fan experience throughout the season.

“We couldn’t be more excited to partner with the NWSL as we further expand our sports content on Twitch,” Twitch vice president of content Michael Aragon said. “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.”

Coverage will begin with the season opener between OL Reign and the Washington Spirit on Saturday, April 18. The game will kickoff at 1 p.m. ET and be broadcast live on CBS and CBS All Access.

2020 NWSL Broadcast Schedule:

DATE
 
GAME
 
VENUE
 
PLATFORM
 
TIME
 
Saturday, April 18
 
Washington Spirit – OL Reign
 
Audi Field
 
CBS
 
1 p.m.
 
Saturday, April 18
 
Portland Thorns FC – Utah Royals FC
 
Providence Park
 
CBS All Access
 
10:30 p.m.
 
Sunday, April 19
 
Orlando Pride – Sky Blue FC
 
Exploria Stadium
 
CBS All Access
 
5 p.m.
 
Friday, April 24
 
Utah Royals FC – Orlando Pride
 
Rio Tinto Stadium
 
CBS Sports Network
 
10 p.m.
 
Saturday, April 25
 
Houston Dash – North Carolina Courage
 
BBVA Stadium
 
CBS All Access
 
8:30 p.m.
 
Sunday, April 26
 
Sky Blue FC – OL Reign
 
Red Bull Arena
 
CBS All Access
 
5 p.m.
 
Wednesday, April 29
 
North Carolina Courage – Portland Thorns FC
 
Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park
 
CBS Sports Network
 
7 p.m.
 
Saturday, May 2
 
Orlando Pride – North Carolina Courage
 
Exploria Stadium
 
CBS All Access
 
7:30 p.m.
 
Sunday, May 3
 
OL Reign – Chicago Red Stars
 
Cheney Stadium
 
CBS All Access
 
4 p.m.
 
Sunday. May 3
 
Houston Dash – Sky Blue FC
 
BBVA Stadium
 
CBS All Access
 
8 p.m.
 
Wednesday, May 6
 
Portland Thorns – Orlando Pride
 
Providence Park
 
CBS All Access
 
10:30 p.m.
 
Saturday, May 9
 
Sky Blue FC – Washington Spirit
 
Red Bull Arena
 
CBS Sports Network
 
4 p.m.
 
Saturday, May 9
 
Chicago Red Stars – Utah Royals FC
 
SeatGeek Stadium
 
CBS All Access
 
8 p.m.
 
Saturday, May 9
 
Portland Thorns FC – Houston Dash
 
Providence Park
 
CBS All Access
 
10:30 p.m.
 
Wednesday, May 13
 
Sky Blue FC – North Carolina Courage
 
Red Bull Arena
 
CBS All Access
 
7:30 p.m.
 
Wednesday, May 13
 
Washington Spirit – Chicago Red Stars
 
Maryland SoccerPlex
 
CBS All Access
 
7:30 p.m.
 
Saturday, May 16
 
Portland Thorns FC – OL Reign
 
Providence Park
 
CBS Sports Network
 
4:30 p.m.
 
Saturday, May 16
 
Houston Dash – Utah Royals FC
 
BBVA Stadium
 
CBS All Access
 
8:30 p.m.
 
Sunday, May 17
 
Chicago Red Stars – Orlando Pride
 
SeatGeek Stadium
 
CBS All Access
 
6 p.m.
 
Friday, May 22
 
Utah Royals FC – Portland Thorns FC
 
Rio Tinto Stadium
 
CBS Sports Network
 
10 p.m.
 
Saturday, May 23
 
North Carolina Courage – Orlando Pride
 
Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park
 
CBS All Access
 
7 p.m.
 
Sunday, May 24
 
Sky Blue FC – Houston Dash
 
Red Bull Arena
 
CBS All Access
 
3 p.m.
 
Wednesday, May 27
 
Orlando Pride – Houston Dash
 
Exploria Stadium
 
CBS All Access
 
7 p.m.
 
Wednesday, May 27
 
OL Reign – Utah Royals FC

 

Cheney Stadium
 
CBS All Access
 
10 p.m.
 
Saturday, May 30
 
Utah Royals FC – Chicago Red Stars
 
Rio Tinto Stadium
 
CBS All Access
 
3:30 p.m.
 
Saturday, May 30
 
Houston Dash – North Carolina Courage
 
BBVA Stadium
 
CBS All Access
 
8:30 p.m.
 
Saturday, May 30
 
Portland Thorns – Sky Blue FC
 
Providence Park
 
CBS All Access
 
10:30 p.m.
 
Friday, June 12
 
Portland Thorns – OL Reign
 
Providence Park
 
CBS Sports Network
 
10 p.m.
 
Saturday, June 13
 
North Carolina Courage – Washington Spirit
 
Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park
 
CBS All Access
 
7 p.m.
 
Saturday, June 13
 
Utah Royals FC – Orlando Pride
 
Rio Tinto Stadium
 
CBS All Access
 
9:30 p.m.
 
Wednesday, June 17
 
Houston Dash – Washington Spirit
 
BBVA Stadium
 
CBS All Access
 
8:30 p.m.
 
Friday, June 19
 
OL Reign – Orlando Pride
 
Cheney Stadium
 
CBS Sports Network
 
10 p.m.
 
Saturday, June 20
 
Sky Blue FC – Utah Royals FC
 
Red Bull Arena
 
CBS All Access
 
5 p.m.
 
Sunday, June 21
 
Chicago Red Stars – Houston Dash
 
SeatGeek Stadium
 
CBS All Access
 
6 p.m.
 
Friday, June 26
 
Orlando Pride – Washington Spirit
 
Exploria Stadium
 
CBS All Access
 
7 p.m.
 
Saturday, June 27
 
Chicago Red Stars – North Carolina Courage
 
SeatGeek Stadium
 
CBS All Access
 
8 p.m.
 
Sunday, June 28
 
Houston Dash – Portland Thorns FC
 
BBVA Stadium
 
CBS All Access
 
7 p.m.
 
Friday, July 3
 
Washington Spirit – Sky Blue FC
 
Segra Field
 
CBS All Access
 
7:30 p.m.
 
Friday, July 3
 
Utah Royals FC – Houston Dash
 
Rio Tinto Stadium
 
CBS All Access
 
10 p.m.
 
Sunday, July 5
 
Orlando Pride – Portland Thorns FC
 
Exploria Stadium
 
CBS All Access
 
5 p.m.
 
Friday, July 10
 
North Carolina Courage – Utah Royals FC
 
Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park
 
CBS All Access
 
7 p.m.
 
Friday, July 10
 
Houston Dash – Chicago Red Stars
 
BBVA Stadium
 
CBS All Access
 
8:30 p.m.
 
Sunday, July 12
 
Orlando Pride – OL Reign
 
Exploria Stadium
 
CBS All Access
 
5 p.m.
 
Saturday, July 18
 
Chicago Red Stars – Orlando Pride
 
SeatGeek Stadium
 
CBS All Access
 
8 p.m.
 
Saturday, July 18
 
Utah Royals FC – Washington Spirit
 
Rio Tinto Stadium
 
CBS All Access
 
9:30 p.m.
 
Sunday, July 19
 
Houston Dash – OL Reign
 
BBVA Stadium
 
CBS All Access
 
7 p.m.
 
Saturday, August 1
 
North Carolina Courage – Portland Thorns FC
 
Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park
 
CBS All Access
 
7 p.m.
 
Sunday, August 2
 
Orlando Pride – Utah Royals FC
 
Exploria Stadium
 
CBS All Access
 
5 p.m.
 
Sunday, August 2
 
OL Reign – Chicago Red Stars
 
Cheney Stadium
 
CBS All Access
 
7 p.m.
 
Friday, August 7
 
Orlando Pride – Sky Blue FC
 
Exploria Stadium
 
CBS All Access
 
7 p.m.
 
Saturday, August 8
 
Washington Spirit – North Carolina Courage
 
Segra Field
 
CBS All Access
 
7 p.m.
 
Sunday, August 9
 
Portland Thorns – Chicago Red Stars
 
Providence Park
 
CBS All Access
 
10:30 p.m.
 
Friday, August 14
 
Utah Royals FC – North Carolina Courage
 
Rio Tinto Stadium
 
CBS All Access
 
9:30 p.m.
 
Saturday, August 15
 
Chicago Red Stars – Washington Spirit
 
SeatGeek Stadium
 
CBS All Access
 
8 p.m.
 
Sunday, August 16
 
Sky Blue FC – Houston Dash
 
Red Bull Arena
 
CBS All Access
 
6 p.m.
 
Friday, August 21
 
Orlando Pride – OL Reign
 
Exploria Stadium
 
CBS All Access
 
7 p.m.
 
Sunday, August 23
 
Chicago Red Stars – Sky Blue FC
 
SeatGeek Stadium
 
CBS All Access
 
6 p.m.
 
Wednesday, August 26
 
OL Reign FC – Houston Dash
 
Cheney Stadium
 
CBS All Access
 
10 p.m.
 
Saturday, August 29
 
North Carolina Courage – Chicago Red Stars
 
Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park
 
CBS All Access
 
7 p.m.
 
Sunday, August 30
 
Orlando Pride – Houston Dash
 
Exploria Stadium
 
CBS All Access
 
5 p.m.
 
Sunday, August 30
 
Washington Spirit – Sky Blue FC
 
Audi Field
 
CBS All Access
 
5 p.m.
 
Wednesday, September 2
 
Chicago Red Stars – Portland Thorns FC
 
SeatGeek Stadium
 
CBS All Access
 
8 p.m.
 
Friday, September 4
 
Houston Dash – Washington Spirit
 
BBVA Stadium
 
CBS All Access
 
8:30 p.m.
 
Sunday, September 6
 
Portland Thorns FC – North Carolina Courage
 
Providence Park
 
CBS All Access
 
4 p.m.
 
Sunday, September 6
 
Chicago Red Stars – OL Reign
 
SeatGeek Stadium
 
CBS All Access
 
6 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.
 
Sunday, September 13
 
North Carolina Courage – Utah Royals FC
 
Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park
 
CBS All Access
 
5 p.m.
 
Sunday, September 13
 
Sky Blue FC – OL Reign
 
Red Bull Arena
 
CBS All Access
 
5 p.m.
 
Friday, September 25
 
Orlando Pride – Chicago Red Stars
 
Exploria Stadium
 
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, September 26
 
OL Reign – Houston Dash
 
Cheney Stadium
 
CBS All Access
 
10 p.m.
 
Wednesday, September 30
 
North Carolina Courage – Sky Blue FC
 
Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park
 
CBS All Access
 
7:30 p.m.
 
Wednesday, September 30
 
Utah Royals FC – Chicago Red Stars
 
Rio Tinto Stadium
 
CBS All Access
 
9:30 p.m.
 
Saturday, October 3
 
Sky Blue FC – Orlando Pride
 
Red Bull Arena
 
CBS All Access
 
6 p.m.
 
Sunday, October 4
 
OL Reign – North Carolina Courage
 
Cheney Stadium
 
CBS All Access
 
4 p.m.
 
Sunday, October 4
 
Chicago Red Stars – Houston Dash
 
SeatGeek Stadium
 
CBS All Access
 
6 p.m.
 
Wednesday, October 7
 
Utah Royals FC – OL Reign
 
Rio Tinto Stadium
 
CBS All Access
 
9:30 p.m.
 
Friday, October 9
 
Houston Dash – Portland Thorns FC
 
BBVA Stadium
 
CBS All Access
 
8:30 p.m.
 
Saturday, October 10
 
Orlando Pride – North Carolina Courage
 
Exploria Stadium
 
CBS All Access
 
7:30 p.m.
 
Sunday, October 11
 
Sky Blue FC – Utah Royals FC
 
Red Bull Arena
 
CBS All Access
 
5 p.m.
 
Saturday, October 17
 
North Carolina Courage – Houston Dash
 
Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park
 
CBS All Access
 
7 p.m.
 
Sunday, October 18
 
Portland Thorns – Utah Royals FC
 
Providence Park
 
CBS All Access
 
3:30 p.m.
 
Sunday, October 18
 
OL Reign – Washington Spirit
 
Cheney Stadium
 
CBS All Access
 
3:30 p.m.
 
Sunday, November 8
 
NWSL Semifinals
 
TBD
 
CBS Sports Network
 
1 p.m.
 
Sunday, November 8
 
NWSL Semifinals
 
TBD
 
CBS Sports Network
 
7 p.m.
 
Saturday, November 14
 
NWSL Championship
 
TBD
 
CBS
 
TBD
 

2020 NWSL Twitch schedule

DATE
 
GAME
 
VENUE
 
PLATFORM
 
TIME
 
Saturday, April 18
 
North Carolina Courage – Chicago Red Stars
 
Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park
 
Twitch
 
7 p.m.
 
Saturday, April 25
 
Chicago Red Stars – Portland Thorns FC
 
SeatGeek Stadium
 
Twitch
 
7 p.m.
 
Saturday, May 2
 
Washington Spirit – Utah Royals FC
 
Maryland SoccerPlex
 
Twitch
 
7 p.m.
 
Saturday, May 9
 
OL Reign – North Carolina Courage
 
Cheney Stadium
 
Twitch
 
7 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
 
Sky Blue FC – Chicago Red Stars
 
Red Bull Arena
 
Twitch
 
7 p.m.
 
Saturday, June 20
 
Washington Spirit – Portland Thorns FC
 
Audi Field
 
Twitch
 
7 p.m.
 
Saturday, June 27
 
OL Reign – Sky Blue FC
 
Cheney Stadium
 
Twitch
 
8:30 p.m.
 
Saturday, July 4
 
North Carolina Courage – OL Reign
 
Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park
 
Twitch
 
7:30 p.m.
 
Saturday, July 11
 
Portland Thorns FC – Sky Blue FC
 
Providence Park
 
Twitch
 
10:30 p.m.
 
Saturday, July 18
 
Sky Blue FC – North Carolina Courage
 
Red Bull Arena
 
Twitch
 
7 p.m.
 
Saturday, August 1
 
Washington Spirit – Houston Dash
 
Maryland SoccerPlex
 
Twitch
 
7 p.m.
 
Saturday, August 8
 
Utah Royals FC – OL Reign
 
Rio Tinto Stadium
 
Twitch
 
7 p.m.
 
Saturday, August 15
 
Portland Thorns FC – Orlando Pride
 
Providence Park
 
Twitch
 
10:30 p.m.
 
Saturday, August 22
 
Houston Dash – Utah Royals FC
 
BBVA Stadium
 
Twitch
 
7 p.m.
 
Saturday, August 29
 
OL Reign – Portland Thorns FC
 
Cheney Stadium
 
Twitch
 
3 p.m.
 
Saturday, Sept. 5
 
Utah Royals FC – Sky Blue FC
 
Rio Tinto Stadium
 
Twitch
 
7 p.m.
 
Saturday, Sept. 12
 
Houston Dash – Orlando Pride
 
BBVA Stadium
 
Twitch
 
7 p.m.
 
Saturday, Sept. 26
 
Sky Blue FC – Portland Thorns FC
 
Red Bull Arena
 
Twitch
 
7 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.
 
Saturday, Oct. 17
 
Chicago Red Stars – Sky Blue FC
 
SeatGeek Stadium
 
Twitch
 
7 p.m.
 

 

All times listed are in Eastern Time. 

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