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August 10, 2011 at 11:02 AM

MLS, NBC announce three-year TV deal, starting in 2012

nbcsports.jpgMLS and the NBC Sports Group announced Wednesday that they have agreed to a three-year television deal starting with the 2012 season. The partnership will see 45 MLS games and four U.S. men’s national team games broadcast every season.

NBC will broadcast two regular-season games, two playoffs games and two USMNT games. The rest will be on the NBC Sports Network (known currently as Versus, which is scheduled to be re-branded on Jan. 2, 2012). The broadcast will include pregame and postgame coverage.

Reports say the deal is worth $10 million a year.

“Our new partnership with the NBC Sports Group is a significant step forward for Major League Soccer and U.S. Soccer,” said MLS commissioner Don Garber in a news release. “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.”

What do you think of the deal?

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