Thursday, July 27, 2006

New TV Deal?

According to the Columbus Dispatch, Garber & Co. will be announcing a new TV deal next week, most likely at the All Star Game. Here is the text -

"Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber was in Columbus this week on his annual tour of league franchises. He said a new television deal for the league should be announced next week.

"ABC, ESPN, Univision, Fox, HDNet," Garber said. "It’s going to be a game-changer, in terms of respect for our game." "

If they are getting a new deal, why the change with FSC this season? Part of the negotiations? If they can get about 2 MLS matches a week on ESPN2 and maybe 2 matches a week on FSC, as well as any CONCACAF Champions League matches (if this ever happens, announcement at All Star game perhaps?) then I will be a very happy MLS fan.

Please hope that this is not just smoke and mirrors from Garber & Co.


Blogger The Manly Ferry said...

Dang me. 2 games a week on two networks. You've got high hopes. Then again, why not aim high?

Given where things are, I'd be happy with 2 games total between the two networks, plus the CONCACAF Champions Cup stuff. Oh, and in honor of aiming high, decent coverage of the Open Cup...oh yeah, and a reliable playoff broadcast schedule. If the league has ever enjoyed this last touch, I can't recall it.

12:36 PM  
Blogger Brian said...

I actually figure that if the Champions League gets started next year, we will see that on FSC and maybe one MLS match a week there.

On ESPN, we will get maybe 1 MLS match every Saturday during the season, instead of a random smattering of matches, and maybe, a random week day match on top. That might be it.

12:41 PM  

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