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Apple TV+ Sports: MLS, MLB, and More

Discover the latest in sports on Apple TV+! Our TV experts uncover how to watch live MLB and MLS games in the Apple TV app.

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Apple TV+

Price: $9.99/mo.

Free trial: 7 days

Live sports: MLB, MLS, and Leagues Cup

Data effective as of post date. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.

Apple TV+ entered the sports broadcasting arena like a promising athlete lacking experience among the pros. While it offers access to every MLS game and select MLB matchups, it falls short compared to rival services like ESPN+, Paramount+, and Peacock.

In this comprehensive guide, we dissect the strengths and weaknesses of Apple TV+ as a sports streaming service. We also provide insights on enhancing your Apple TV+ experience through channel add-ons.

TL;DR: Apple TV+ is still building its sports portfolio. But it’s a must-have streaming service if you’re a diehard MLB fan or part of the MLS faithful. Keep scrolling to learn more.

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How to watch sports on Apple TV+

Apple TV+ is available through the Apple TV app and website. To watch live sports, simply log in with your Apple ID, click the Search tab, and browse for Major League Baseball or MLS Season Pass.

Live Friday Night Baseball games and MLB Big Inning are available to all Apple TV+ subscribers during the MLB regular season. But you’ll need an MLS Season Pass subscription to get complete access to Apple’s MLS coverage.

The Apple TV Plus home screen displays rows of TV series and MLB content.
MLB content is often relegated to the bottom of the Apple TV+ home screen, as seen here on a MacBook Pro.

Sports on Apple TV+

Apple TV+ doesn’t have much sports coverage beyond its MLB and MLS content. But there are some quality on-demand shows and movies related to sports. Here are some recommendations worth adding to your “Up next” list.

  • The Dynasty: New England Patriots
  • The Long Game: Bigger Than Basketball
  • Make or Break
  • Messi Meets America
  • Real Madrid: Until the End
  • Stephen Curry: Underrated
  • Super League: The War for Football
  • Swagger
  • Ted Lasso
  • They Call Me Magic

Apple TV+ plans and prices

The only Apple TV+ plan costs $9.99 a month. Unfortunately, Apple doesn’t offer a cheaper, ad-based tier like other streaming services. But we can’t help but think a plan like that will arrive someday.

With Apple TV+, you’ll get every Friday Night Baseball game during the MLB regular season. Plus, select MLS and Leagues Cup matches are available without signing up for MLS Season Pass.

Service Price Streams Video Details
Apple TV+ $9.99/mo. 6 1080p, 4K View plans

Data effective as of post date. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.

Pro tip: You can watch select MLS games for free through the Apple TV app by signing in with an Apple ID. MLS updates the list of free games weekly on its Schedules & Scores page.

Apple TV+ sports channels

The Apple TV app has standalone subscriptions called channels that offer a variety of content. Among these add-ons, only MLS Season Pass and Paramount+ offer live and on-demand sports.

MLS Season Pass gets you every live MLS game alongside studio shows, match replays, and club profiles. Meanwhile, subscribing to Paramount+ via Apple TV lets you stream CBS Sports programming using the familiar Apple TV interface.

Add-on Price Features
MLS Season Pass $14.99/mo. or $99.00/season* MLS, MLS NEXT Pro, MLS NEXT, and Leagues Cup games
Paramount+ with SHOWTIME $11.99/mo. NFL on CBS, PGA Tour, UEFA Champions League, NWSL, college sports, and more

Data effective as of post date. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.
*Existing Apple TV+ subscribers pay a discounted $12.99/mo. or $79.00/yr.

Is Apple TV+ worth it for sports fans?

Apple TV+ is only worth it for sports fans who love MLS and can’t miss a single MLB game. Currently, the streaming service carries only Friday Night Baseball games and select MLS matches. So, even if you’re interested in its MLS action, you’ll still need an MLS Season Pass subscription to watch every game. Fortunately, you can get an MLS Season Pass with or without signing up for Apple TV+.

Beyond its small sports lineup, Apple TV+ benefits from having a quality library of on-demand movies and TV series. Streaming some live sports alongside hit shows like Monarch: Legacy of Monsters, Severance, and Ted Lasso may be tempting for some. So, we recommend seeing things for yourself with an Apple TV+ free trial.

Apple TV+ sports FAQ

Does Apple TV+ have sports?

Yes, Apple TV+ has live sports—including live MLB and MLS games. Subscribers can get even more sports coverage by signing up for Paramount+ in the Apple TV Channels hub.

How much is live sports on Apple TV+?

Apple TV+ delivers live MLB and MLS content to all base plan subscribers for $9.99 a month. But complete MLS coverage requires an MLS Season Pass subscription, starting at $12.99 a month for Apple TV+ subscribers.

What sports channels are on Apple TV+?

Apple TV+ offers live MLB games on Friday nights and weekly MLS matches. Plus, you can watch your local CBS station by getting the Paramount+ add-on through the Apple TV app.

Does Apple TV+ include ESPN+?

No, Apple TV+ doesn’t include ESPN+. While the ESPN app is available on Apple TV devices, you’ll need a separate subscription to watch ESPN+ content.

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