Official: NASL, ESPN3 reach agreement to broadcast nearly all league matches

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As reported on EOS earlier this week, the North American Soccer League has reached an agreement to broadcast nearly every NASL match on ESPN’s streaming service, ESPN3.

The nationwide broadcast deal is the first of its kind for NASL, delivering a minimum of 120 league matches to homes in the U.S. and 75 different countries on the ESPN3, ESPN Play, and ESPN Player platforms.

“Working with ESPN, the Worldwide Leader in Sports, is going to be of great benefit to our fans, who will be able to watch the vast majority of our matches on ESPN3, ESPN Play, and ESPN Player this year,” said NASL Commissioner Bill Peterson in a league statement. “We have quickly developed a great relationship with ESPN, and we’re glad to be a part of their live coverage.”

According to the league release, eight NASL clubs, including the Atlanta Silverbacks, Carolina RailHawks, Fort Lauderdale Strikers, Indy Eleven, Jacksonville Armada FC, Minnesota United FC, San Antonio Scorpions, and Tampa Bay Rowdies, will feature “15 regular season home matches live on ESPN3 in the U.S., ESPN Play in Latin America, and ESPN Player in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.”

“We’re pleased to extend our relationship with the North American Soccer League,” said Scott Guglielmino, senior vice president of programming at ESPN.  “NASL on ESPN3, ESPN Play and ESPN Player will allow us to serve soccer fans both domestically and worldwide throughout the 2015 season.”

Due to previous broadcasting agreements, the New York Cosmos, Ottawa Fury FC, and FC Edmonton will not feature home games, but the majority of their road matches will be shown on ESPN3.  One World Sports will carry the Cosmos, while the Fury broadcast matches through their website. FC Edmonton will carry there home games on City TV Edmonton.

The 2015 NASL Spring Season kicks off on Saturday, April 4 with five matches – all of which can be seen live on ESPN3.

  • Brian

    so ESPN3 will have no Cosmos games?

    • Tim

      Only the Cosmos’s away games will be on ESPN3. All Cosmos’s home games will be aired on One World Sports.

  • Brian

    nvm saw that it’ll have their away games but how do other fans watch away games @ Hofstra? Seems odd.

  • This is a big deal for the league. For the second division increase its exposure – and potential revenue

  • Hunter3295

    This is huge news for soccer here in the states. I’m a proud Liverpool and Crew supporter so more soccer is always good news to me

  • Nick

    Its a solid move for the league. Free streaming for most games. Better than that **** they pulled last year

  • Joey

    I paid for NASL Live last year, as I don’t have One World Sports and don’t plan to purchase a premium tv subscription for it. This is very good news for the NASL as a whole and for the teams as well. More coverages means more viewers and more viewers, if played right by the NASL, means more value for your production and more revenue. You can expect your players to be more recognizable, you can sell more merchandise, you can charge more money for your advertising in stadiums, team can charge more their jersey spots, especially those who don’t have sponsors may have a better chance to get one now. I mean, the benefits are endless with more coverage. People will still have to tune into watch, but this makes it easier for them to do so and ESPN will help promote the programming to a certain degree.

    • RJ

      Did you know you can get OWS, BeIn Sports, BeIn Espanol & more through the Dishworld app for $10 a month? No more premium purchasing nonsense

  • Hydrahamster

    I was waiting for sonethingvlike this to happen. I may be a Sporting KC fan, but it’s not going to stop me from supporting Indy Eleven and Jacksonville Armada.

    • Hydrahamster

      I hate tiping on this tablet sometimes.

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