Rangers and Celtic games will be shown in the United States after CBS Sports announced a ‘multi-year agreement’ to take over the exclusive US broadcast rights.
CBS Sports Network and Paramount+ will broadcast 85 games a season, including all four Old Firm games, as well as a weekly highlights package across the Scottish Premiership, Scottish Championship and the League Cup.
The deal kicks off this weekend with live coverage of Rangers’ opening game of the season at home to Livingston, before Celtic travel to newly-promoted Hearts for Ange Postecoglou’s first domestic game in charge of the Hoops.
SPFL chief executive Neil Doncaster thinks the deal is “great news” for the league and thinks it is a “strong indication” of the appeal of Scottish football around the world.
“This deal with CBS Sports will ensure that even more football fans across the world will have access to our competitions,” said Doncaster. “This is great news for Scottish football and a strong indication of the continuing appeal that our game holds on the global stage.”
Dan Weinberg, executive vice president of programming at CBS Sports, added: “The SPFL is an elite soccer league and a key addition in our growing portfolio of global soccer rights, and we are excited to capitalise on our digital and cable platforms to bring these matches to fans across Paramount+ and CBS Sports Network.”
CBS Sports and Paramount+ currently show over 2000 games a year in the US with the Champions League, Europa League and Serie A among the competitions broadcast.
Disney-owned streaming service ESPN+ held the rights to the SPFL Stateside last season with games also having been shown previously on B/R Live.
With no word on any financial details behind the deal, it is unclear whether there will be any immediate financial benefit to clubs.