The deal covers 45 games. The majority of the games will be on cable, but NBC will broadcast two regular-season games and two playoff games as well as appearances by the U.S. men’s national team.
I’m not sure if todays announcement by NBC adds credence to the growth of soccer in the States or if it’s just media companies muscling each other for broadcast rights. Either way, it seems to be a win for Major League Soccer.
MLS Commissioner Don Garber told Sports Business Daily:
“I’ve watched with envy what NBC has done for the NHL,” he said. “We hope NBC can do for soccer what they’ve been able to do for hockey.”