by JACK BELL
The New York Cosmos have a new owner (Rocco Commisso), a new home field (MCU Park in Brooklyn) and now a new regional TV outlet.
The club said on Thursday that 13 of its North American Soccer League Spring Season games would be carried by MSG Networks, beginning with the April 8 match at Miami FC. MSG is also the TV home of the New York Red Bulls of Major League Soccer.
The Cosmos’ home opener, also against Miami FC, will be broadcast over the air by WPIX, Channel 11 in New York. Two games — the first (March 25 at Puerto Rico) and last (July 15 at Edmonton) of the Spring Season — are likely to be part of the NASL’s national TV schedule, which is expected to be announced next week ahead of the league’s season openers one week from Saturday.
The two-time defending NASL champions have not appeared on a broadcast TV channel in more than 30 years.
“Television is a critically important piece to building and sustaining a successful professional sports brand,” Erik Stover, the club’s chief operating officer, said. “With WPIX and MSG, we have found two exceptional partners to help bring the fun and excitement of Cosmos’ games to millions of homes in the New York metropolitan area.”
Since their reboot season in 2013, Cosmos games had been carried exclusively by One World Sports. But that cable channel had limited availability and New York’s home games were not part of the NASL’s national TV deal with ESPN and beIN Sports, vexing many fans. The off-season upheaval involving the club spilled over to One World, which only this week was rebranded as Eleven Sports. It is based in Britain.
The complete schedule is available at newyorkcosmos.com.