Lionel Messi May Receive Cut of Apple TV's MLS Season Pass Revenue

Soccer superstar Lionel Messi today announced his intentions to join MLS club Inter Miami. According to ESPN, Messi's proposed contract terms include a cut of revenue from new subscribers to Apple's MLS Season Pass streaming service.

Apple MLS partnership June 2022
MLS Season Pass costs $14.99 per month, or $49 for the remainder of the season, but Apple TV+ subscribers can sign up for a discounted rate of $12.99 per month or $39 for the remainder of the season. Every MLS match is streamed live through the Apple TV app, as part of a 10-year partnership between Apple and the MLS.

Messi joining the MLS would be the league's biggest signing since David Beckham signed with the LA Galaxy in 2007, and his popularity could help to boost MLS Season Pass subscriber numbers for Apple in the service's inaugural season.

"We are pleased that Lionel Messi has stated that he intends to join Inter Miami and Major League Soccer this summer," the MLS confirmed in a statement shared on Twitter. "Although work remains to finalize a formal agreement, we look forward to welcoming one of the greatest soccer players of all time to our League."

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Mrkevinfinnerty Avatar
15 months ago

Great footballer but struggles with tax payments.
Bit like Apple
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FreakinEurekan Avatar
15 months ago
I hear Zava might be willing to come out of retirement too…

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Kierkegaarden Avatar
15 months ago
MLS is about to get Messi.
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patlee2000 Avatar
15 months ago

would that bring him more than the 1.2B saudi proposed ?
My guess, the way he saw it was like "either way, that's more money than I need". So he probably focused on weather, distance to Argentina, lifestyle and public image. To which, Miami would have been the better choice for him.
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Ammar Aldawood Avatar
15 months ago
Apple pushing to get the GOAT of the biggest sport just in time for the release of their Vision Pro headset. Smart move.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
3530025 Avatar
15 months ago
That's great! A pray for him to get some money. He definitely needs it already.
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