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Live MLS could be available online

May 31, 2014 - Chris Pugh
ESPN is considering taking its first steps to offering its content without cable.

The network is looking at offering subscribers the chance to stream Major League Soccer games online.

"We just got to think about other business models," ESPN President John Skipper told an industry conference recently. "We're not far along on any of them, but we do think about how we might capture more money direct from consumers...You saw us buy MLS digital rights. It was a clue."

Skipper did say the service would be different from The Tennis Channel, which earlier this week announced a 24/7 subscription channel with live programming.

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AP Sporting Kansas City forward Dom Dwyer (14) and New York Red Bulls defender Ambroise Oyongo (3) play the ball Tuesday during the first half of an MLS soccer match in Kansas City, Kan.