NASL Inks Broadcast Rights Deal With ESPN, beIN Sports for 2017 Season
The NASL has inked a deal to bring back its two national broadcast partners, beIN SPORTS and ESPN, for the 2017 season. NASL games will be carried live on beIN SPORTS and beIN SPORTS En Español throughout the 2017 season, just as they were last year. ESPN3, ESPN’s live multi-screen network, will also be a live carrier of weekly NASL action. During the 2017 season, games that air on beIN SPORTS’ TV channels will also be available online to authenticated viewers via beIN SPORTS CONNECT, the network’s live streaming platform.
“We’re thrilled to continue our relationship with such an incredible pair of broadcast partners in 2017,” NASL Interim Commissioner Rishi Sehgal says. “beIN SPORTS has become a central destination for soccer fans, and we’re excited to have NASL included in its world-class programming lineup. ESPN3 has been a great NASL partner for quite some time now, and through feedback from our fans, we know how much they love using the network to watch games, whether at home or on the go.”
ESPN3 is accessible in the U.S. on computers, smartphones, tablets, and streaming devices through WatchESPN. For the games streaming live on ESPN3, Canadian viewers will be able to watch them live on NASL.com.
“Our fans should really enjoy our broadcast offerings this year,” Sehgal says. “beIN SPORTS will deliver a high-quality national TV broadcast on a weekly basis, and ESPN3 will continue to offer a great streaming option that can be accessed on a wide variety of devices.”
The NASL has made the entire Spring Season broadcast schedule available here, and plans on announcing the Fall Season lineup in the coming weeks.
San Francisco Deltas home games will air exclusively on Twitter as part of the club’s unique partnership with the San Francisco-based social network. The Deltas will become the first professional soccer club in North America to broadcast games live on Twitter.
Kicking off the 2017 beIN SPORTS slate will be a clash at Juan Ramón Loubriel Stadium in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The defending champion New York Cosmos will pay a visit to second-year club Puerto Rico FC on Saturday, March 25 at 7:30 p.m. ET. North Carolina FC and Miami FC will square off on ESPN3 that same night, also taking the field at 7:30 p.m. ET.