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ESPN signs new deal with League One Volleyball (LOVB) – What’s On Disney Plus
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ESPN signs new deal with League One Volleyball (LOVB) – What’s On Disney Plus

Disney has announced that ESPN has signed a new media rights deal with League One Volleyball (LOVB), the largest brand in youth volleyball with its professional volleyball league launching in the US later this year.

This new deal will deliver professional matches across its linear networks and digital platforms, including ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN+. The new agreement will highlight ESPN’s continued commitment and belief in pro volleyball as the game continues to break attendance records and foster a tangible fandom worldwide.

Rosie Spaulding, COO of LOVB Pro said in a statement:

“LOVB is on an ambitious path to develop volleyball into the next great American sports league, and we couldn’t think of a better media company to have on this journey than ESPN. With the championship caliber of our athletes and the level of their play, we believe the sport of professional volleyball will capture the attention and excitement of sports fans across the United States, and we can’t wait to work with ESPN to introduce the next generation of superstar athletes and everything the sport has to offer to the passionate fans of today and the new fans of tomorrow.”

ESPN platforms will begin the new agreement by broadcasting 10 LOVB Pro matches across their linear networks, starting in January 2025, when LOVB’s first season begins. Eighteen of LOVB’s matches will also be streamed on ESPN+, the industry’s leading sports streaming service. All match broadcasts will include commercial inventory for LOVB to give brands interested in reaching the passionate volleyball audience the opportunity to make a big impact across all ESPN platforms.

There are more than 38 million current and former volleyball players in the U.S. alone, and last year’s collegiate match between Nebraska and Omaha broke the all-time attendance record for a women’s sporting event with 92,003 fans. The NCAA final between Texas and Nebraska also drew an average of 1.7 million viewers on ABC. The opportunity for brands to capture an entirely new and dedicated fan base has never been clearer.

Daniel Margulis, Senior Director of Programming and Acquisitions at ESPN, added:

“As our coverage of collegiate volleyball continues to evolve, LOVB provides a great professional addition for those athletes and others to continue their careers and our coverage of them and the sport. We believe their growth model is excellent and are excited to work with this great organization.”

In addition to the games, ESPN will also highlight LOVB athletes through stories during its extensive coverage of the fall NCAA season, leading into LOVB’s first professional season, which begins in early January 2025.

In addition to broadcasting LOVB action in the US, ESPN match broadcasts will be available on ESPN platforms in select countries and territories around the world, including Canada, the Caribbean, Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa and Australia/New -Zealand.

This June, ESPN will be available on Disney+ in Latin America, and later this year in the United States, a new ESPN Hub will be added to Disney+, allowing access to ESPN+ content in a manner similar to the recent launch of Hulu On Disney+.

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Roger Palmer

Roger has been a Disney fan since childhood and this interest has grown over the years. He has visited Disney parks all over the world and has an extensive collection of Disney films and collectibles. He is the owner of What’s On Disney Plus & DisKingdom. Email: [email protected] Twitter: Twitter.com/RogPalmerUK Facebook: Facebook.com/rogpalmeruk