TSN and MLS agree to five-year media rights extension

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The league has reached an English-rights extension with TSN and came to a new French-language agreement with TVA Sports.

Major League Soccer has agreed to new broadcast agreements in Canada, which includes a five-year media rights extension with TSN, the league announced Tuesday.

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The broadcast deal also includes a new five-year contract with TVA Sports to provide the country’s French-language broadcasts.

"Coming off the record-setting season the league had in Canada, we are excited to announce these new deals with TSN and TVA Sports," president and managing director of MLS Business Ventures Gary Stevenson said in a press release. "These agreements are a clear indication that our media partners - along with the league and our Canadian clubs - are investing in the growth of the sport in Canada. We are excited to continue our longstanding relationship with Bell Media and partnership with TSN, and also expand our partnership with TVA Sports to the League level. We know these two broadcasters will provide world-class coverage and promotional support of our games."

The agreement gives TSN, which has held the rights since 2011, exclusive English-language broadcast rights in Canada and will see the network have exclusive coverage of every Toronto FC and Vancouver Whitecaps match. The Montreal Impact will also be featured against U.S. teams in “marquee matchups.”

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TVA Sports deal with MLS is new, and will feature more than 50 MLS games per season, broadcast in French.

"We are very proud of our new partnership with MLS," TVA Sports vice-president . "This past year, more than ever, we witnessed the support and passion of Canadian fans for MLS. All of our production team, which has shown its quality in recent years, is eager to bring supporters even closer to the action."

In the United States, MLS rights are shared between ESPN, FOX and Univision.