Today, Atlanta United Football Club announced a multi-year television rights deal with FOX Sports Regional Networks FOX Sports South and FOX Sports Southeast, beginning with the 2017 Inaugural Season. Financial terms were not disclosed. According to a press release from Atlanta United, all AUFC matches not nationally televised during the 2017 season will air on FOX Sports South or FOX Sports Southeast, reaching 10 million households across Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. Additionally, a SAP feed will be available for every telecast.
“We are very pleased to announce FOX Sports South and FOX Sports Southeast as our exclusive television rights holder,” said Atlanta United President Darren Eales. “Through this partnership, Atlanta United matches will reach a broad audience across the Southeast, and will allow us to reach new fans in the region. The FOX Sports Regional Networks are committed to high quality sports coverage and we look forward to collaborating on innovative content for our inaugural season and beyond.”
The networks’ regular season coverage of 19 games will begin with Atlanta United at Toronto FC on Saturday, April 8, at 7:00 p.m. ET on FOX Sports South and FOX Sports GO. Each telecast will include Atlanta United LIVE!, a 30-minute show before and after every game. Due to anticipated scheduling conflicts with other FOX Sports programming commitments, three matches will be televised on CW69 in the Atlanta market and will be available for fans outside of Atlanta to view on the FOX Sports GO mobile app.
“Atlanta United is an exciting addition to our networks’ regional programming mix of Atlanta Braves, Hawks, Dream and Georgia Tech games,” said FOX Sports South general manager and senior vice president Jeff Genthner. “We are honored to be the regional television home of Atlanta United in their inaugural season and look forward to bringing these games to soccer fans across the Southeast by combining the dynamic network production quality of FOX Sports with the far-reaching distribution and promotional muscle of Atlanta-based FOX Sports South and FOX Sports Southeast.”