This is shaping up to be a massive news day, and the BP World HQ are all a-scramble. In addition to the news out of Montreal and from England, the Jurgen Klinsmann Era gets under way tonight, there is movement on the Freddy Adu front (more on that later), and there’s this: Major League Soccer and NBC Sports announced a three-year contract, starting with the 2012 MLS season, to broadcast MLS games on NBC and NBC Sports Network.
(The NBC Sports Network is Versus, re-branded, so if you have Versus, you have NBCSN).
The deal will put 45 MLS games and four U.S. men’s national team matches on NBC and NBC Sports Network each season. (ESPN will continue to broadcast its MLS Game of the Week until 2014.)
Here’s the commish:
“Our new partnership with the NBC Sports Group is a significant step forward for Major League Soccer and U.S. Soccer. The NBC Sports Group is world-renowned for its award-winning coverage, superb broadcast quality, and promotional expertise. We are excited to be part of NBC’s ambitious plans for soccer, and look forward to reaching a considerable audience on multiple platforms.”