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Major League Soccer Inks TV Deal with NBC/NBC Sports Network


On a day with virtually no FC Dallas news, a huge news item has come out of MLS where it has been announced that FSC is out as a TV partner and NBC/NBC Sports Network(AKA Versus) is in....from MLS:

Each season, NBC will broadcast two regular season MLS games, two playoff games and two appearances by the U.S. men’s national team, marking the first time four MLS matches will be broadcast on English-language network television since 2002. The NBC Sports Network will televise 38 regular season games, three playoff games and two U.S. matches. All telecasts on NBC and NBC Sports Network will consist of pregame and postgame coverage. According to the agreement, the NBC Sports Group obtains digital rights across all platforms and devices for the games it televises.


I think this is really very good news for the league as Versus has done a fantastic job, in my opinion, covering NHL and Tour De France, their two biggest sports entities. If they put half the effort into MLS that they do into covering NHL, we will see a much, much better product than FSC has put out there. Of course this probably just means there's another national network that will snub FC Dallas...