You're forgiven if you thought that was an American football scoreline. While some took issue with the team's celebrations as their lead reached double digits, it was just the latest ruthless display from the US women on soccer's biggest stage -- one they have ruled for most of the past 30 years.
ESPN has the rights to 14 of the remaining matches during the season.
All 14 games will also stream live on the ESPN app. NWSL declined to disclose any financial terms of the deal. ESPN typically includes non-disclosure language in its contracts.
FIFA predicts that at least 1 billion viewers will have tuned into the World Cup by the end of the final match on Sunday, and more than 55 of the players participating in the tournament will immediately return to play for their NWSL clubs.
During its inaugural season in , the league signed a one-year agreement with Fox Sports to broadcast six regular season games on Fox Sports 2, along with the league semifinal and final games.
The league then moved to ESPN for the season, with a similar structure as this recent agreement — three regular season games and the semifinals and championship on ESPN2, with an additional three regular season matches on ESPN3.
The remaining games were streamed on Go90, an online platform.
However, it also sparked controversy over the Go90 stream qualities and scheduling difficulties due to the rigid Lifetime structure. After scrapping the Go90 stream and moving the final six games of the season to ESPNews, the agreement did not survive its original three-year term.
On Feb. The announcement came only two months before the season began, and the NWSL did not establish a new cabe broadcasting agreement before entering its seventh season. The move kept the league from returning to Fox, which claimed exclusive broadcast rights for the World Cup.
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