World Lacrosse inks landmark media-rights deal with ESPN

World Lacrosse and ESPN have reached a deal for global media rights to World Lacrosse championships through '23, covering a total of 246 games across three international events. The coverage will air live exclusively on ESPN’s linear networks or ESPN+ in the U.S., and in 170+ territories via ESPN International. This marks the first multiyear, multi-event media partnership for World Lacrosse, the sport’s international governing body, and it features equal rights fees across the men’s and women’s championships. In addition to U.S. coverage across ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN+, international distribution will be available via TSN (Canada), Star+ (Latin America and Brazil), ESPN Player (Europe, Middle East, Africa), Watch ESPN (Pacific Rim) and ESPN Play (Caribbean). The deal encompasses the '22 World Lacrosse Women’s Championship (June 29-July 9; Towson, Md.); the '22 World Lacrosse Men’s U21 Championship (August 10-20; Limerick, Ireland) and the '23 World Lacrosse Men’s Championship (June 21-July 1; San Diego). ESPN networks will carry a total of 112 games during the women’s championship (six on linear channels) and 22 games from the men’s U21. Details regarding the '23 men’s competition will be shared at a later date (World Lacrosse).

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