The NLL’s 35th season will kick off when the Seals and Warriors play on December 3. Since the league last played, it has added two new expansion teams (with Panther City playing in 2021-22 and Las Vegas debuting in 2022-23), the NLL Hall of Fame has made its return, partnered with Fanatics to launch NLLShop.com (and Fanatics.ca for Canadian fans) and new national media partners – TSN in Canada and ESPN in the United States and the rest of the world – have been announced.
So where do NLL fans turn to watch their favorite teams and players for this season when they are unable to attend a game?
The simple answer is, if you are in Canada, TSN; in the United States and globally, ESPN. Here are the details:
In June 2021, the NLL announced a media distribution partnership with TSN, Canada’s Sports Leader. The multi-year agreement includes exclusive rights to the NLL Game of the Week on its linear channels. TSN will also deliver NLL coverage of all games to TSN and TSN Direct subscribers through live streaming on its digital platforms, TSN.ca and the TSN App. Every NLL game (including playoffs) can be found on one of these TSN platforms for Canadian viewers.
If you have a cable package that includes TSN, you should be able to watch NLL games at TSN.ca/live or on the TSN app with your current cable package login information alongside the linear Game of the Week. TSN also provides a subscription package called TSN Direct, which fans can subscribe to for $199.90/annually, $19.99/monthly, or $7.99 daily. Subscriptions to TSN also give you access to sports outside the NLL including the NBA, CFL, MLS, UFC, AEW, NASCAR, and La Liga, among others.
In October 2021, the NLL announced a media distribution partnership with ESPN. Every NLL game will be carried on an ESPN network or digital platform. ESPN will have a minimum of 10 live linear games annually, and every other game through the regular season and playoffs will be found on ESPN+.
ESPN+ is a subscription service that also includes the NHL, UFC, college football, MLS, La Liga and other amazing sports properties. Interested fans can subscribe to the ESPN+ bundle with ESPN+, Disney+, and Hulu for $13.99/month. Otherwise, fans can subscribe to ESPN+ for $69.99/annually or $6.99/month.
ESPN’s distribution plans for the NLL outside of North America are being finalized and will be announced in due course.
These deals represent the first time the NLL has been shown on national linear television in over five seasons, and will showcase the league’s growth in the last 20 months.
Many NLL teams also have local distribution partnerships with broadcasters in their respective markets – check your favorite team’s site to see where you can find local coverage.