With the start of the Major League Soccer season on February 1, the partnership between Apple and MLS began. An agreement in which it was announced that all MLS matches can be seen exclusively on the Apple TV app, starting in 2023 and for the next 10 years.
This is an agreement that will allow fans around the world to follow all the MLS and League Cup matches. Likewise, they will have the opportunity to follow the incidents in some of the MLS NEXT Pro and MLS NEXT matches. Everything from one place without any type of geographical restrictions or need to contract additional packages.
Everything seems to be going according to plan with the launch of MLS Season Pass on Apple TV. But, a recent report from The Athletic revealed a fact that until now was unknown. And it is that Apple can withdraw at any time.
An agreement that could be terminated if Apple sees fit
The agreement signed between Apple and the MLS with validity of 10 years seems to have an opt-out clause. It would allow the Cupertino company terminate the agreement if the league does not attract the number of subscribers they expect.
When MLS commissioner Don Garber was asked about this, he did not confirm and denied anything at all.. However, he cautioned that Apple and MLS haven’t released any specific terms to the public, and that doesn’t appear to be changing.
It is not surprising that such a clause exists in the agreement between the league and Apple. After all, Apple is one of the most powerful companies on the planet.
MLS Season Pass is available through the Apple TV app for $14.99 per month or $99 per season. The service is completely unrestricted, so paying fans will have access to Major League Soccer’s seasonal matches.