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ESPN signs a rights deal with League One Volleyball for matches in its debut season
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ESPN signs a rights deal with League One Volleyball for matches in its debut season

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League One Volleyball and ESPN have signed a media rights deal for professional matches ahead of LOVB’s debut in the professional league next year, the groups announced today.

ESPN platforms will broadcast 10 LOVB Pro matches across their linear networks in January 2025 for the league’s inaugural season. ESPN+ will also stream 18 matches of LOVB.

Ahead of Disney’s presentation next week, the company also said commercial inventory will be available for all match broadcasts on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN+.

The partnership comes after a historic season of college volleyball on ESPN, with the NCAA finals between Texas and Nebraska on ABC averaging 1.7 million viewers.

Dan Margulis, senior director of programming and acquisitions at ESPN, said in a statement that LOVB “provides a great professional complement” for collegiate volleyball athletes, and said LOVB’s growth model is “excellent.”

ESPN also plans to showcase LOVB athletes through storytelling during its fall NCAA season coverage, and game broadcasts will also be available internationally in countries including Canada, the Caribbean, Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa and Australia/New Zealand.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. David Sternberg and Dan Granik of Range Sports advised LOVB in the negotiations.