Sources: NASL nears deal to televise ALL matches on ESPN3

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The New York Cosmos and Jacksonville Armada are the only current NASL teams with the capability to locally broadcast home and away games next season.

ESPN may change all of that.

According to sources within the NASL, the league is a breath away from expanding their presence on ESPN3; the sporting conglomerate’s online offering.

Last season, NASL and ESPN3 entered into an agreement to televise a single “NASL Game of the Week” on their internet platform. The success of that program, coupled with a league-wide initiative to push clubs to better their televised product, opened doors for a more robust discussion this season.

As it is explained, NASL will take advantage of the limited broadcast capabilities of the majority of league clubs, streaming all home offering to the masses throughout the 2015 campaign. This, of course, will be a compliment to the individual team’s current televised deals. Whether or not they will continue to feature a Game of the Week remains up in the air.

*EDIT: Minnesota United has also secured both home and away television outlets.


In more off-field news, the NASL announced the signing of former New York Times soccer beat writer, Jack Bell.

“We’re delighted to welcome Jack Bell to the NASL. As the league continues to grow in size and stature, we are committed to sharing the stories of our incredible players, coaches, fans, and owners,” said NASL Commissioner Bill Peterson in a league statement. “Jack has studied and reported on every aspect of soccer not only in this country, but also from a global perspective. With the NASL, he will focus on sharing the next great chapter in North American soccer.”

Bell comes to the league as its Senior Media Specialist. A 24-year veteran of the American soccer landscape, Bell covered the original NASL prior to his time at the Times. A fixture on the New York soccer scene, Bell is a nationally respected media figure who lends years of experience and connections to the fledgling league.

“In a strange way, my world has come full circle in soccer since I got my introduction to the professional game via the NASL and now I’m back with the reborn and revitalized league,” Bell said. “It’s an amazing feeling to be back where I’ve always wanted to be — in a working life in soccer. Nothing could make me happier.”

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  • Brian

    I believe Minnesota United fc also will be televising all home and away games.

  • Bill

    Minnesota United FC do not Televise Road games, only home games are on local TV. KSTC 45 broadcast only home games, not road games.

    • Bill

      I take that back. they now are tv road games. my bad. just saw the article on their website.

  • chepe pedos

    They need a national television deal

  • jw7

    NASL fans who are not in the the local NASL market area would also like to see the games. ESPN3 would be perfect. ESPN should have a larger share of the N American soccer market and the NASL will continue to grow. 3 MLS games a month will not be enough for local fans.

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