ESPN3 to carry NASL “Match of the Week” through 2014

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NASL Commissioner Bill Peterson hinted at a possible national TV deal during his press conference this week, and now, we get a clearer picture of what he had in mind.

The TV program he described as a possible highlight show is actually going to come in the form of an NASL ‘Match of the Week’ spotlight on ESPN3.

Starting this Saturday at 7:30 p.m., and throughout the 2014 season, the NASL will have a home on ESPN 3, featuring a match each week, and starting with the much-anticipated arrival of Indy Eleven as they host the Carolina Railhawks.

“We are delighted to create a national footprint for our live coverage and to again work with ESPN3,” said NASL Commissioner Bill Peterson. “NASL Soccer Bowl 2013 was carried on ESPN3 in November and has built on the success of that relationship to evolve and expand our coverage for 2014.”

A total of 27-matches will air on the live ESPN station, based on a flex-schedule, exposing the NASL to a potential audience of 92 million people a week while featuring the very best game in the league. This is the first national exposure for the NASL since it’s reincarnation. They achieved national status with NBC in their previous incarnation.

ESPN3 is accessible online at WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app and streamed on televisions through ESPN on Xbox LIVE to Gold members and Apple TV, Roku and Amazon Fire TV. All other matches will be made available through the league’s NASLLive.com subscription service.


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  • Anonymous

    It’s really nice to see a League involved in the important parts of running a league instead of interfering with player deals & transfers. NASL

    • Oculus

      Yet their clubs stillw ant to Join MLS, why? Because it is run better. The NASL is a second division, the more it continues to act like a spoil child, the more it turns off US Soccer fans like me.

      • Anonymous

        oh look the Idiot part 2 !

        • Oculus

          Is Idiot the only word you know? You must be Bill Petterson.

          • Anonymous

            Idiotic response !

            • Oculus

              #FAIL

              • Anonymous

                yes your are Idiotic & a fail, so glad you can come to terms with it.

                • Oculus

                  What is “a Fail”?hahahahahahahahahaha

  • drm21892

    oculus I don’t really understand why the NASL being on ESPN 3 turns you off.. If you want to be an ignorant MLS supporter that’s fine but the fact that the league is getting coverage only helps US soccer as a whole. I’m hoping that you have some understanding of the game and realize that this is beneficial for everyone. Or you may just be a Naive supporter that knows absolutely nothing which wouldn’t surprise me in the slightest

    • Oculus

      The league turns me off. The NASL not knowing its place in the US soccer Pyramid, does not help US Soccer. If you believe it does, you simply don’t understand the history of the game in this country. Fighting among leagues, have been occuring since the beginning of our 101 years of history. Each time this has occured, it has destroyed leagues, not help them. Also NASL doesn’t get any coverage, they have to pay to get their games on national platforms. The NASL continues to make terrible decisions on and off the field. Clubs are in terrible financial trouble, because their is no salary restriction. Which is why they are now charging to watch their games. Making fans pay to watch games, which use to be free, will not generate new fans. Which new fan is going to pay to watch a second division league? The NASL continuing to isolate itself from the first and 3rd tier, is not good for US Soccer, so please learn the history of the game in this country or STFU.

      • Anonymous

        The reason it failed you moron is that it’s never had the proper system in place with multiple tiers & pro/rel, so stop with the b.s you ignorant fool. Talking isolation, that seems to be MLS model, isolate or destroy lower level soccer in America, the partnership with USL is a disgrace, you have teams folding,or filing for bankruptcy protection, where is MLS helping USL ? so they stash a few players in USL to cover their asses with the stupid salary cap. MLS is McSoccer Franchise hell. Just wait, Chivas was only the start of the Franchise disaster, more coming on that front > NYCFC,Atlanta,Miami 2 or 3 of these will fall flat on their faces Guaranteed !

        • Oculus

          Th reason it failed you idiot, was leagues focusing on division one status, instead on shaping the pyramid. Lack of popularity, US Leagues fighting among themselves, over expansion & bad financial management cause the failures of the past US soccer leagues. None of these soccer leagues failed, due to a lack of a P/R system. As far as USL clubs Filing for bankruptcy protection, only one has. However just ask MLS RESERVES on twitter, how NASL teams are doing financially. Both NASL & USL Pro clubs struggle to turn a profit. Why? because lower tier soccer is not profitable. NASL answer to the problem, is forming split season’s & charging people to watch their games. USL Pro answer to the problem, is cutting cost by forming divisions & partnering with MLS. USL Pro receives better players and MLS benefits by having their young players getting minutes. The USL Pro model is a great way to develop players and is not even close to being a disgrace. NYCFC has already garnered more facebook followers then the Cosmos, while still a year away. Atlanta has a huge Latino population and changing demographics. Atlanta also has one of the biggest youth soccer development scenes in the country. While Miami has both a huge latino name and name to back the club.

          • Anonymous

            your a fucking tool, MLS is the reason the lower tiers don’t progress, they keep everything, no trickle down to help the lower tiers, USSF see Chivas. Miami, you wanna talk Miami oh boy lets see if it’s not Boca or River or some Colombian teams they really don’t give a crap. Your clueless & clearly are looking through MLS rose colored glasses & you obviously read & digest all the crap stories they put out on MLS.com

            • So MLS is 101 years old? Do you know how many soccer leagues have come and gone? Do you know MLS is the longest active league in US Soccers history? So was MLS responsible for past leagues failures as well? You said “if it’s not Boca or River or some Colombian teams they really don’t give a crap”. Do you know your same argument was used to why a team in toronto wouldn’t work? If you spend money, people will care. The Only tool is you, because you clearly have no idea about US Soccers history.

    • So MLS is 101 years old? Do you know how many soccer leagues have come and gone? Do you know MLS is the longest active league in US Soccers history? So was MLS responsible for past leagues failures as well? You said “if it’s not Boca or River or some Colombian teams they really don’t give a crap”. Do you know your same argument was used to why a team in toronto wouldn’t work? If you spend money, people will care. The Only tool is you, because you clearly have no idea about US Soccers history.

  • Oculus

    So MLS is 101 years old? Do you know how many soccer leagues have come and gone? Do you know MLS is the longest active league in US Soccers history? So was MLS responsible for past leagues failures as well? You said “if it’s not Boca or River or some Colombian teams they really don’t give a crap”. Do you know your same argument was used to why a team in toronto wouldn’t work? If you spend money, people will care. The Only tool is you, because you clearly have no idea about US Soccers history.


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