NASL Announces Broadcast Partnership with BeIN Sports

BeIN SPORTS

by JAKE NUTTING

With less than three days before the start of the 2016 season, the North American Soccer League finally confirmed long-gestating rumors that it has partnered with beIN Sports.

This marks the first time the global network has inked a deal with a North American Soccer league. BeIN Sports holds the U.S broadcast rights to high-profile leagues like La Liga, Serie A and Ligue Un.

“We’re obviously very excited to announce our new partnership with beIN SPORTS,” said NASL Commissioner Bill Peterson. “Like the NASL, beIN SPORTS has quickly grown in importance and stature across North America. Our savvy pro soccer fans here in North America are watching beIN SPORTS on a regular basis, and now they’ll be able to watch exciting and competitive NASL action every week.”

The first NASL match set to air on the network is the first edition of the South Florida match up between the NASL heritage side Fort Lauderdale Strikers and expansion club Miami FC on Saturday, April 2 at 7 p.m. ET. In total, the broadcast deal will see 34 NASL matches carried on beIN’s airwaves in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico. One weekend match is slotted to air each week of the 29-week regular season, with five weeknight matches scheduled for the Fall Season.

Interesting to note: the New York Cosmos will not be featured on BeIn, likely due to their association with One World Sports.

“We are thrilled to amplify our global soccer coverage with the addition of the NASL, a league with a growing fan base in North America and some of the country’s most promising professional prospects,” said Yousef Al-Obaidly, Managing Director of beIN SPORTS. “This acquisition marks our commitment to providing viewers with access to the best sports leagues and events, both in the U.S. and abroad.”

Fans will also be able to view matches set for beIN through the network’s streaming platform, beIN Sports Connect, provided they have authentication through their cable or satellite provider.

With the announcement, beIN becomes the second official television broadcast partner of the burgeoning NASL. The league’s partnership with One World Sports continues on in 2016 and it will also see that network broadcast a weekly matches. No official announcement has been made yet, but it is widely expected that the NASL will also renew its deal with ESPN to stream matches through the network’s online platform, ESPN3. The two matches not exclusive to beIN or One World Sports for the league’s opening weekend have already been added to ESPN3’s upcoming schedule.

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  • Vlad

    Solid TV deal for the league.
    Great deal with Under Armour.
    They have time to figure out how to get Cosmos games on their new TV deal.
    Very exciting news.

    • Eric B

      But they already announced the schedule, and the Cosmos aren’t on it. Good for the league to understand that the NASL is bigger than any one team.

      Also, the ESPN3 deal is confirmed on the NASL’s website.

    • Soapy & Sal

      Until the league tv deal with beIN is better than what the Cosmos have with One World the national coverage will continue to exclude the Cosmos – unless the networks can negotiate to share rights to select games. Great exposure for the league, but just one small step in many to be financially viable. Hope they can continue to grow, but still minnows relative to MLS.

      • Gib

        One league is a minnow. The other a sardine. Not one getting us to promise land for a long long time.
        20 years of MLS and a few for new NASL. Nothing to show for it yet.
        Minnows and sardines.

      • Danwolf

        The NASL did it without using the USMNT and USWNT to get the deal done,

      • Anthony

        That has more to do with the fact the Cosmos owner is a principal investor and executive in One World Sports than it does about the economics of the deal.

  • John

    Good deal for NASL.
    They will now be on the radar for ratings so each week we can see how many people are watching, it will be very interesting.

  • Anthony

    Decent string of news for the NASL over the past couple days. Expansion to west coast time zone (an arbitrary requirement forced upon them by USSF) and now a deal to place games nationally on one of the biggest soccer stations on cable TV.

    edk1b

  • Gazza

    How much money is NASL getting for these TV deals?

    • Eric B

      Not sure about the beIn deal, but apparently they’re paying CBSSN to get on tv.

  • I think for fans on holiday of smaller clubs this is a great idea. But like the previous commenter said…it being only EPL seems limiting to what it could be. At the moment it needs improvement.

    I’d love to see AN MLS extension. I don’t live in a city of the club I support and would love to watch with one than one person.
    goo.gl/rGRWXv