The Bundesliga is at the top level of the German football league system. The league features 18 clubs with sides playing each other twice (17 at home and 17 away) from August to May for a total of 306 games. Due to the reduced schedule, the league takes a winter break from mid-December to early January.
Teams are awarded 3 points for a win, 1 for a draw, and none for a defeat. The team with the most points at the end of the season are awarded the Bundesliga title.
The two teams who finish with the least amount of points are relegated to the 2.Bundesliga and replaced by the two sides that finish first and second in that league. The team that finishes 16th in the Bundesliga faces the 3rd placed team from the 2.Bundesliga in a two-legged playoff. The winner plays in the Bundesliga, and the loser plays in the 2.Bundesliga.
WHERE CAN I STREAM THE BUNDESLIGA?
This season will run from August 13th, 2021, to May 22nd, 2022. This year’s winter break is scheduled to take place from 18th December 2021 to 8th January 2022. ESPN owns the TV rights and will be streaming the majority of the 306 games live on ESPN+. As part of the deal, ESPN will broadcast a minimum of four Bundesliga games live on US television each season.
Last season, the Bundesliga was broadcast live on ABC for the first time on March 6th, 2021. Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund faced each other in Der Klassiker, and it’s possible we could see this happen again with some of the big games.
The Bundesliga also produces weekly highlight and preview shows that are available on ESPN+.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO STREAM THE BUNDESLIGA?
ESPN+ plans start at $5.99 a month or $59.99 for the year. You can also get it as part of the Hulu, Disney+, and ESPN+ bundle for $13.99 a month or the Hulu Live, Disney+, and ESPN+ bundle for $73.99 a month.
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If you’re looking for value, ESPN+ is the best around. A subscription also gets you access to Soccer from La Liga, DFB-Pokal, Copa Del Rey, FA Cup, Carabao League Cup, Championship, League One, League Two, Eredivisie, Scottish Premiership, MLS, USL, UEFA Nations League, and much more.
WHERE TO BET THE BUNDESLIGA IN THE US
In the US, you can legally bet on soccer in more than two dozen states. You can bet online in some states, but only in-person betting is allowed in most of them.
DraftKings Sportsbook is available in Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.
FanDuel Sportsbook is available in Arkansas, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Mississippi, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.