Major League Soccer to increase its international TV audience through MP & Silva deal

MIAMI, 12 September – MP & Silva, a leading international media rights agency, announced today they have extended their partnership with Major League Soccer (MLS), North America’s top-flight professional soccer league until 2014.

The deal includes the exclusive rights distribution outside North America to all MLS games, tournaments and events, including MLS regular season, MLS Cup Playoffs and MLS Cup.

Internationally, MP & Silva continues to support MLS’ increase in global popularity. The 2011 MLS season reached 118 million homes in a total of 112 countries.

Carlo Pozzali, MP & Silva CEO Americas said: “We are very proud to be working with Major League Soccer since 2008 and to be part of their international growth since then. With more international players joining the league and more clubs sure to come on board in future years, the future of MLS is bright.”

“MP & Silva is a valued partner of MLS,” said MLS President Mark Abbott. “We look forward to continuing to work with them to build the profile of MLS outside of the United States and Canada.”

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About MP & Silva:

MP & Silva is a leading international media company that owns, manages and distributes television and media rights to some of the most prestigious sports events around the world.

With an annual turnover in excess of USD 350 million, the MP & Silva group has established an exemplary track record in distributing on a worldwide basis TV and media rights for sports federations, leagues, clubs and rights holders and represents some of the most important and world-class sports events.

The company’s unparalleled television rights portfolio – providing annually over 10,000 hours of programming to over 200 broadcasters in 215 countries – includes Italian Serie A, English Premier League, Spanish La Liga, German Bundesliga, French Ligue 1, Major League Soccer (MLS), Brazilian national league (Brasileirão), Greek Superleague, Arsenal Football Club, the AC Milan Channel, several Asian National Federations, French Open at Roland Garros, eight ATP World Tour tennis tournaments, EHF Handball Champions League, FIA GT1 World Championship, DTM, Baseball World Cup, National Basketball Association (NBA), Spanish Basketball League (Liga Endesa) and more.

Headquartered in London and Singapore, MP & Silva operates worldwide through regional offices in Beijing, Budapest, Dubai, Dublin, Hanoi, Miami, Milan, Monaco, Munich, New York, Tokyo and Warsaw.

For further information, please contact:

Rachel Hughes
MP & Silva
DID : +44 2032149905
Mobile : +44 7909527785
E-mail : rachel@mpsilva.com
Website: www.mpsilva.com