ESPN+, ESPN Kick Off Exclusive Coverage of New Italian Serie A TIM Season

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ESPN+, ESPN Kick Off Exclusive Coverage of New Italian Serie A TIM Season

  • Mark Donaldson and Matteo Bonetti Return as Lead English-Language Commentator Team; Ricardo Ortiz and Andres Agulla Lead Spanish-Language Commentary
  • Fiorentina vs. Torino Opening Match on ESPN+ — Saturday at 11:50 a.m. ET
  • American Weston McKennie Joins Ronaldo at Juventus in Campaign for 10th Straight Scudetto

For the third straight season, ESPN+ and ESPN are the exclusive presenter of Italy’s Serie A TIM – one of the world’s top soccer leagues – in the United States. ESPN+ will feature more than 340 matches throughout the 2020-21 season, which kicks off Saturday, Sept. 19, at 11:50 a.m. ET exclusively on ESPN+ with live streaming of Fiorentina vs. Torino.

Throughout the 2020-21 Serie A season (September-May), ESPN+ will stream an average of nine matches in English and Spanish each week. ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNEWS will carry a Serie A Tim Match of the Week, while some 40 matches will also be televised in Spanish on ESPN Deportes. Additionally, ESPN+ will feature one-hour season preview and review programs, weekly preview and highlight shows and a Serie A TIM Goals of the Week program.

After winning the Serie A title for a record nine straight seasons, champion Juventus will begin the campaign for their 10th ‘Scudetto’ in a row against Sampdoria on Sunday at 2:30 p.m., exclusively on ESPN+, live from Allianz Stadium in Turin. Juventus features five-time FIFA Player of the Year Ronaldo, new manager Andrea Pirlo, a football legend in Italy, and American star Weston McKennie, who joined the team during the offseason from FC Schalke 04 in Germany.

Mark Donaldson, who recently signed a new extension, and analyst Matteo Bonetti provide English-language commentary for the Serie A TIM Match of the Week on ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNEWS. Ricardo Ortiz and Andres Agulla are the Spanish-language commentators on ESPN Deportes. The two commentator teams will begin their commentary for the 2020-21 Serie A season Sunday with Parma vs. Napoli at 6:25 a.m. on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes, respectively.

Italy’s Serie A TIM, entering its 119th season, consistently ranks among the top leagues in the world – featuring dozens of players who represent their respective national teams in international competitions such as the World Cup, UEFA European Football Championships, and more.

Serie A on ESPN+, ESPN – First Two Match Weeks:

Date Time (ET ) Event Platforms
Sat, Sep 19 11:50 a.m. Fiorentina vs. Torino   ESPN+
  2:30 p.m. Hellas Verona vs. AS Roma   ESPN+
Sun Sep 20 6:25 a.m. Parma vs. Napoli   ESPN2, ESPN Deportes
  8:50 a.m. Genoa vs. Crotone   ESPN+
  11:50 a.m. Sassuolo vs. Cagliari   ESPN+
  2:30 p.m. Juventus vs. Sampdoria   ESPN+
Mon, Sep 21 2:30 p.m. AC Milan vs. Bologna   ESPN+
Sat, Sep 26 8:50 a.m. Torino vs. Atalanta   ESPN+
  11:50 a.m. Cagliari vs. Lazio   ESPN+
  11:50 a.m. Sampdoria vs. Benevento   ESPN+
  2:35 p.m. Inter Milan vs. Fiorentina   ESPN+
Sun, Sep 27 6:25 a.m. Spezia vs. Sassuolo   ESPNEWS, ESPN Deportes
  8:50 a.m. Napoli vs. Genoa   ESPN+
  8:50 a.m. Hellas Verona vs. Udinese   ESPN+
  11:50 a.m. Crotone vs. AC Milan   ESPN+
Sun, Sep 27 2:35 p.m. AS Roma vs. Juventus   ESPN+
Mon, Sep 28 2:35 p.m. Bologna vs. Parma   ESPN+
Wed, Sep 30 11:50 a.m. Benevento vs. Inter   ESPN+
  11:50 a.m. Udinese vs. Spezia   ESPN+
  2:35 p.m. Lazio vs. Atalanta   ESPN+

About ESPN+

ESPN+ is the industry-leading sports streaming service from Disney’s Direct-to-Consumer and International (DTCI) segment and ESPN. Launched in April 2018, ESPN+ has grown to 8.5 million subscribers, offering fans in the U.S. thousands of live sports events, original programming not available on ESPN’s linear TV or digital networks, as well as premium editorial content.

With the upcoming debut of the German Bundesliga on ESPN platforms, ESPN+ will be home to the most comprehensive collection of live soccer available on one platform in the United States. Led by the Bundesliga, Serie A, UEFA Nations League, England’s FA Cup and MLS the soccer portfolio on ESPN+ also includes the Spanish Copa Del Rey, Carabao Cup, Eredivisie, EFL Championship, USL and more.

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