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NBC Sports Promotes MLS Coverage With TV Commercial

NBC Sports didn’t wait long to begin promoting its coverage of Major League Soccer.

The network has released its first video to promote its coverage. Based on the 20 second clip shown above, what are your thoughts? Is this a good sign? Do you think NBC will do a better job than FOX Soccer in presenting and promoting MLS? Share your opinions in the comments section below.

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75 Responses to NBC Sports Promotes MLS Coverage With TV Commercial

  1. Alistair says:

    Cool! They already are doing a good job promoting the league.

  2. Alan says:

    This is a good sign so far. Coming in March 2012? Starting really early. I bet they take it seriously.

  3. Daniel Feuerstein says:

    This is a great start to this brand new NBC partnership.

  4. Charles says:

    How could they be worse ?

    Put it on a station that LESS people subscribe to ?
    Put in worse announcers ?
    Put LESS effort into it ?

    I could go on and on. No one thinks they can or will be WORSE. Where is that FSC video promoting the league again ?
    Oh here it is :

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ngcl3qWYSFk

    • Robert says:

      It’s because MLS sucks Charles. Funny how MLS was relegated from a soccer channel. HAHAHAHAHAH

      • Sgc says:

        Pretty weak troll, since they were ‘relegated’ to a station with 3 times as many viewers.

        • tlas says:

          Actually, going from 39 million to 76 million is just a little less than 2x the former number, but that’s for the time being. That would certainly grow with more sports programming added to the channel. If they added NFL on Thursdays, then even faster.

          • Sgc says:

            That’s carry rate, but I seem to recall Vs., viewer numbers being more like 3x FSC’s highest (for US-Mexico).

      • kickit says:

        Sorry Robert but Faux Soccer Channel is relegated to a bourgeois Eurosnob channel that the causal American fan hates. You’re the reason some Americans hate soccer, you’re Eurosnob attitude. Take a look in the mirror pal.

      • SSReoirters says:

        I’m not going to do the silly “Eurosnob” meme that plagues very insecure “MLS OR NOTHING” people here, but this is one of the dumbest comments ever.

        It sure got downgraded from a premium channel to cable TV. It sure did.

        • Sgc says:

          Of course, some memes are true, and some posters like Robert are here to prove it.

          • Robert says:

            I love how all you MLS-boys forget that MLS was asking for $20M from FSC and look what happened?! FSC told MLS to pack sand. HAHAHAH RELEGATION

          • Kevin says:

            Yeah, going from a tiny niche cable network almost no one cares about, or gets, to one of the biggest television networks in the world is relegation. It’s also pretty clear that Versus is going to to be huge once NBC changes the name and challenges ESPN. MLS hit the jackpot. The sky is the limit. Even a total moron like you Bobby, can’t spin that.

            FSC is irrelevant. With NBC, MLS now has a chance to make soccer mainstream in America. Something not even the WC can do since Americans forget about it soon after it is over. The European clubs have zero chance of doing that since they are not American and have no connection to anything here.

            That was my serious reply. Since Robert is a hateful little troll my non-serious reply is for him to do the world a favor and jump off a bridge.

          • Alan says:

            Try not to feed the trolls. Besides, only someone with no life would troll a blog for a league he hates. Feel sorry for him for such pathetic behavior.

          • Robert says:

            Kev-o,

            IF FSC is irrelevant why did MLS offer the TV rights for $20M?

            If Euro Clubs have zero chance why are 70K+ packing stadiums over the past several summers?

            Soccer is mainstrem, MLS is not.

          • Tim says:

            Robert, Euro clubs pack stadiums because they are a unique sight and recognizable brands that have been around over several decades.

            As for the $20 million bluff, it was a good idea to measure FSC’s interest in a continuing relationship with SUM, which includes Mexico and USMNT. FOX doesn’t want to get fully invested, they just want to feed off of they sky sports scraps. They never want to go big and grab the World Cup. Afterall, FIFA recquires channels that broadcast the World Cup to show the domestic leagues as well.

            Perspective, you lack it.

      • Where’s Robert now that his precious soccer channel committed suicide.

  5. BamaMan says:

    Anyone that wants to see positive long term change in MLS (eventual loosening of the single entity structure, a higher salary cap, fall-spring scheduling, and one day promotion and relegation) should be pumped about this change. A million internet commenters whining about something isn’t going to change anything, but NBC is clearly making a legitimate investment in MLS product and, if they see changes that they think will make it a stronger product, they are going to push for them. MLS has taken their money; now, they’re going to have to accept their oversight to some extent.

    • Kevin says:

      NBC has no oversite over MLS. Nor do they want some Euro crap ideas. Nonsense! Stop making crap up.

      Don Garber has gone on record as wanting MLS to make huge strides in the next 5-10 years. That means greatly upping the salary cap to compete with the bigger leagues in Europe. That is a given. But that is the only thing. There will be no loosening of the single entity structure because it works! Fall-spring scheduling? No one wants that! We have too many cold weather markets. How the hell could you play in Colorado, Boston, New York, Philly, Columbus, KC, Portland, Seattle, DC, or Chicago? MLS is a summer based league. We are not Europe! A number of leagues around the world play spring-fall because of weather. We have too many sports going on the fall/winter. How would MLS compete?

      And pro/rel? Just stop! Why the hell would NBC want pro/rel? So they could potentially lose New York and LA as markets and gain Cary, NC or some other Mickey Mouse D2 town? Pro/rel is a nonstarter because it won’t work here. Only a complete moron(like Ted or his toady Dennis Justice) is sitting around and talking about pro/rel at his point. They want to destory American soccer. It will never happen in this country.

      We are freaking North America! Don’t try to make us Europe.

      • BamaMan says:

        My point was not that NBC is going to make any specific changes (although pro/rel would make great, great television and would be something never before seen in American pro sports), but that this is the first time MLS has gotten enough money from a TV contract that the company on the other end has some leverage over them. And NBC seems to be seriously approaching MLS as one of their major properties. Here’s hoping it will eventually lead to a network contract with regional coverage a la the NFL.

      • Alan says:

        Pro/rel just won’t work here yet, or ever. Fall-spring = the absolute stupidest idea ever proposed. There is not one good reason for this that can’t be solved without keeping soccer what it should be – a summer sport. It is meant to be played on nice green grass, not shoveled grass while it is snowing. The MLS can start and end the league at a different point if they need to so they don’t deal with conflicting sports or the international calendar. You can’t apply reasons why it worked in Russia to the United States. It is just flat out the worst idea for MLS ever.

        • BamaMan says:

          Why is it different in Russia again, Alan? It hasn’t worked there because they haven’t tried it yet. But, considering soccer lags far behind ice hockey and figure skating in popularity there and the Russian Super League currently draws less fans as a summer league than MLS does, it will be an interesting test case when they start this spring. As I’ve said before, if the facts show that it can work in Russia in worse weather than here against their most popular sport of ice hockey, it can work here.

          But that actually wasn’t even the point of my post. The point of my post wasn’t what I want (fall-spring and eventually pro/rel like the dozens of leagues which are more popular than MLS in much smaller markets), it was that NBC is likely going to push for some changes with MLS based on what they want for better television. My guess is that they won’t go back to the “let’s change soccer so Americans can understand it” well since the success of international soccer here has proven that Americans can and do understand it. My guess is that they will push for MLS to become a more competitive league globally and will push them to do things that draw in greater numbers of international soccer fans, including the all-important Latino market. Who knows what they may do. But make no mistake: NBC is going to assert themselves much more than FSC ever did in the decisions that MLS makes going forward. They’ve got that leverage now.

          • Alan says:

            I didn’t know TV networks could change league policy. Weird. As far as what is different between Russia and the US? Well, if more people turn out to watch a summer sport in horrible cold weather condition, that is one thing. Other than that, it is just a mentality that they prefer to attend events in the freezing cold on a regular basis and can deal with cancelled games on TV better than we do. Either way, it is stupid idea that only works at all in England and other places because they have less cancellations than we do and can rearrange them better than us. I can’t wait to see the MLS game of the week get cancelled on a repeated basis. I can’t wait to see attendance plummet and see empty seats on TV. Somehow I think MLS and NBC are smarter than that. Just because the rest of the world does something stupid doesn’t mean that we need to. Winter sports get played in the winter here. Summer sports get played in the summer here too.

            I was really commenting to Kevin anyways and what he said about winter scheduling, but this argument is just as stupid as it was weeks ago. Dumbest idea ever. Ask the average American to play soccer with you in winter and he will look at you like you are crazy. Ask him to go skiing, skating, or play an indoor sport and he won’t look at you like you a crazy person.

          • BamaMan says:

            If you don’t think TV networks change league policies all the time, you are crazy. Whose idea do you think the Super Bowl was? The NFL was by no means a fan of legitimizing a johnny-come-lately league by playing them in a championship game. Who moved the World Series from daytime to nighttime? Who thought up playing football games on Monday nights? League teams hated the idea of weeknight games when it was first floated. MLS is where the NFL was in the 1950-60s. They are still a baby compared to the big leagues and have up until this point depended mainly on gate money and expansion fees to survive. I’m guessing NBC isn’t advertising MLS during an NFL game 8 months before their coverage starts anticipating more of the same.

          • Charles says:

            Perfect. NBC will want more games for the playoffs and chance it to the THREE games series that they should be !

            BamaMan has given me the All Star game and now hope for this !

          • BamaMan says:

            I don’t think the 3-game playoff series is going to make a return in MLS. It was more or less a disaster last time they tried. More likely (IMHO), two-legged playoffs the whole way through including the final; that’s what they do in Mexico and in the Copa Libertadores and it works great. Again, they will be looking to simultaneously bring in soccer fans AND distinguish themselves from other major sports. Perhaps greater coverage of the US Open Cup and have that final as the big neutral site end-of-year sponsor-stroking event.

      • Alan says:

        Maybe we should petition the Olympic committee to move soccer to the 2014 Olympics since it is a winter sport. We can swap with Ice Hockey. Lol.

        • Tuttle says:

          We can swap with Ice Hockey.

          Or basketball!

          Oh… wait…

          (btw, America’s oldest active soccer league – and for many, many years our de facto 1st division – has played fall-spring since 1932… in New York. So let’s not go off half-cocked in defining what is American and what isn’t. Neither you nor I… and sure as shootin not MLS, get to decide that.)

          • Alan says:

            Basketball is played indoors. New York has mild winters compared to Toronto, Chicago, Columbus, etc. It is still the dumbest idea ever.

      • Alex says:

        if we had less people like Kevin I’m sure the rest of the world wouldn’t hate us.

        First of all Kevin you statement that single entity works is the biggest load of crap I have ever seen. It is a huge anti trust lawsuit just waiting to explode, probably around the next cba is due. It’s turning itself into a monopoly by having each owner conspire to set a fixed salary on every player, cherry pick successful clubs from the lower divisions which we need to sustain a club development system in America (but apparently its too mickey mouse for you. FYI mls is the definition of mickey mouse) and they basically operate outside the jurisdiction of ussf and FIFA. Even team owners ,especially ssfc, are against single entity because they put too much stress on profitable clubs to sustain the rest of the league. If this country has outlawed slavery, promotes ffree enterprise and competition and is against socialism how in the world is mls allowed to operate. NFL tried to implement single entity on so many occasions and they all failed. And frankly if NFL did have single entity American football wouldn’t be where it is today. Single entity worked up till now because it was created from the inside out but sooner or later its going to collapse. Single entity may have given mls some stability in the beginning but now are the shackles that are holding soccer back in America. Close your mouth Kevin your ignorance stinks.

        BTW the real key to mls survival is revenue sharing. Something that can exist magnificently without single entity

        • BamaMan says:

          Alex,
          I’m glad you brought up single entity and its antitrust implications. Not to turn this into a law class, but basically the NFL and MLB have been able to survive antitrust challenges by claiming to be separate entities under a single umbrella. Single entity does not meet that standard. If some wealthy soccer fans wanted to start a breakaway league, they’d actually have excellent standing to argue that MLS constitutes an illegal monopolization of division 1 soccer in the US. They’d have even better standing to do so if they operated their league according to FIFA standards and could also claim that not only did MLS have a monopoly but that it had a monopoly that hurt consumer choice. Any takers?

          • Alan says:

            I doubt we would mind if Japan wanted to have pro/rel for baseball in Japan. If it worked for them, then so be it. NOBODY is trying to impose the North American system on anyone in the world. If anything, it is the other way around. The North American system is so heavily imbedded in our sports culture that it CAN succeed. We are a country that is big enough to where a better youth system and a bigger MLS will improve the US National Team, our showing on the club level internationally, and our ability to export talent. I don’t understand why exporting talent is so looked down upon by the trolls either. Brazil and Argentina do it all the time, but they have a much stronger youth system to compensate for some of their best players going abroad. That is what we should focus on, not all of this other crap. Imagine us producing more Landon Donovans and Clint Dempseys and Tim Howards on a regular basis. THAT is what we can be the more popular soccer becomes at ALL levels, especially at the youth level. Pro/rel didn’t produce these guys.

          • BamaMan says:

            Alan,
            You’re right that pro/rel didn’t produce the best US players. It’s produced all the players all over the world who are better than US players. Outside of Australia, we are the only competitive country in the world refusing to develop a grassroots-sustaining soccer pyramid and, just like Australia, we have hit a wall when it comes to player development. Soccer in the US will never succeed at a major level so long as it is mainly pay-to-play at the youth level. MLS academies are great for those cities, but the fact is that, even with a specially FIFA exempted XXL MLS, that would be 32 or so cities, tops. What about the players in smaller markets outside those cities who can’t afford pay-to-play? They’ll never get a shot because smaller clubs can’t afford to take on charity cases. And smaller clubs can’t afford to take on charity cases because they’re legally prohibited from ever becoming big clubs (unless they pay a $100m expansion fee, of course).

          • Alan says:

            Soccer is MUCH more popular in other countries than the United States. Our problem is youth development, not pro/rel. You completely missed the point of what I wrote, or just overlooked it. The point is that we can produce MORE great soccer players by making what we already have even better. Having SmallTown Arkansas feel like they can make it to MLS is not going to grow youth soccer.

          • BamaMan says:

            I suppose we just fundamentally disagree. I think a big part of soccer’s success around the world is that anyone from any town, no matter how tiny, believes in the possibility, however remote, that they can make it to the big time. Until there are clubs for people to invest in outside the 20 or so MLS teams (let’s face it; FIFA is not going to grant the US a special exemption to grow beyond that), MLS will be a niche league followed by fans in the cities that have teams. There might be some great players that come out of those cities (to be more accurate, those suburbs as most MLS teams are in lily white suburbs of metro towns), but there’s going to a lot of talent left to die on the vine in small towns, inner cities, and the border region. Just remember: the only reason we know who Clint Dempsey is is because his sister died, which allowed his parents to afford for him to play travel soccer. It’s pretty ridiculous that the AYSO forces parents to make that choice.

          • Alan says:

            Small town nowhere will NEVER win a tier 1 title. They don’t have enough money to buy a championship like Man U does and Man City is trying to do. Most of these teams are broke. Salary caps are a good thing, but they should go up more than they do. Pro/rel is a stupid idea. It already exists, and it is called a post-season here. I would rather watch 30 or more clubs/franchises/whatever battle for a spot with teams that can win, than 20 clubs compete for a championship that only 2 or 3 teams can ever win, and the rest just care about not being financially punished for not being able to buy better players.

          • BamaMan says:

            Small town teams don’t have to win a title to feel invested in a league (although tiny West Bridgeford can of course claim back-to-back European Cup titles with Nottingham Forest). There are small-town teams in England or Brazil or Mexico that are never going to win a title but are nonetheless institutions in their communities. They also develop talent, some of which filters up to the big boys. In the US, if you are poor and a great soccer talent, you are likely never going to be discovered unless your high school has a legit men’s soccer program, and most don’t because of Title IX. Clint Dempsey’s story is particularly tragic, but it’s certainly not uncommon for talented players to have to give up soccer because it costs too much. The only way to combat that is for those teams to a) have a way to generate revenue outside of pay-for-play (i.e. playing in a lower division league) and b) have a way to make money off player development i.e. sell their best players to richer clubs. Single entity basically prohibits this. A salary cap would not.

          • Alan says:

            Pay to play at the youth level needs to change. Pro/rel is not necessary for that. People will become invested at the local level as soccer becomes popular. You can make soccer better, improve popularity, etc without pro/rel. It is already happening.

        • Alan says:

          So, because of Kevin’s view that single entity is a good thing, the world hates us?

          • Alex says:

            no, i dislike the whole “this is america the best country in the world and we do it our way” mentality. im a proud american but really, americans should learn to embrace something that isnt our own, and if we do we should learn not to twist it to accomodate it like NBA or NFL.

      • Andy says:

        actually, pro/rel is pretty much the only thing that will make MLS interesting. Pro/rel would absolutely work. Just look at Japan for a good example of how pro/rel has made soccer more popular in a country where it wasn’t even on the radar. It wouldn’t work tomorrow. It would take years to implement successfully…but it would work.

        and btw you would never lose LA or NY . That’s like saying the EPL could lose manchester or all the london teams. If you had pro/rel you would likely have 3 teams in LA, 3 in NY. You would have exciting city rivalries (local derbys)

        • Robert says:

          Pro/Rel works in every country in the world except the largest economy in the world.

        • BamaMan says:

          Andy,

          I’m glad you brought up Japan because the J-League is absolutely the model MLS should be following. They’ve gone from a total non-entity in the world of soccer to an extremely competitive international squad in a little over a decade and their league is the envy of the rest of Asia.

          • Alan says:

            What a rewrite of history to meet your agenda. Pro/rel had existed in Japan long before J-League. Before the J-League in 1992, Japan Soccer League existed. That league HAD pro/rel, but they were all amateur. They switched to a pro-league in 1992 and posted their highest-attendance (and STILL not surpassed) in 1994, when there was no pro/rel. The thing that was blamed for almost killing the league was rapid expansion and salaries that were too high for the lower attendances. J-League restructured in many ways to raise the attendance over time, not just pro-rel which had already been done before. What put soccer on the map was the fact that it turned pro. I would hardly say that 19,000 when there was no pro/rel in a country like Japan in not being “on the map”. Even their low of 10,000 before pro/rel is still good. Also, Japan is a MUCH smaller country that is not even the size of California. That makes a lot of difference.

          • BamaMan says:

            JSL was not a professional league. I’m sure we could dig into the history books and find an amateur US league somewhere that practiced pro/rel before MLS was introduced. What they did was irrelevant. How Japan built the J-League into an Asian powerhouse, however, is very relevant. As is their J-League 100 Year Vision, which puts the narrow, money-grubbing outlook of MLS to shame.

          • Alan says:

            J-League was still popular before pro/rel. Highest attendance was without pro/rel. Attendance at its lowest was still at over 10k before pro/rel was implemented.

        • Alan says:

          I have been ignoring all of the trolling going on, but are you saying that having 3 teams in LA and 3 in NY is actually good for the league? 2 is more than plenty. If you have 3 in each city, that leaves 14 for the rest of the country, assuming we stop at 20 teams.

          • Andy says:

            Alan,

            look at the EPL. You have 5 teams in London.

            if there were 3 teams in NY and 3 in LA that would mean there would be demand and support for 3. And yes that would be a very very good thing.

            right now there is certainly demand for 2 in each city.

          • Alan says:

            Smaller country, Apples and Oranges. A better example would be if California started their own league and has 3 teams in LA and 3 teams in San Jose. To compare England to the United States is foolish. The 20th biggest city in England is only 300,000 people. California’s 20th largest city is about 200,000 in size. The 20th biggest city in the US is 650,000. The cities in the United States are WAY more spread out. It would be much easier for a city halfway between LA and San Jose to support one of those 6 clubs than it is for a city to support another potentially bigger market because there are only 14 teams between all of the other teams in the US. California is the best example that I could think of since I don’t think you grasp how big the US is. It is like having 20 teams total in Europe with 3 in Paris and 3 in London.

          • Charles says:

            Alan, are you drunk ?
            What are you doing ?

            Taking a troll seriously. You have to be drunk.

            “5 teams in London, we should do that in the US that would be so much better….”

            Wow, please tell me you are drunk, or I will fear for your mental health.

          • Alan says:

            Not drunk, but I should be before trying to reason with these guys. They shouldn’t be talking to me though. They should be trying to invent excuses why the “mickey mouse” league is doing so well in the CCL this year so far…

        • Alex says:

          I, too, am glad you brought up the J-league. i dont want to start another pro/rel arguement (because even i agree pro rel, given USSF broken pyrmaid and MLS agenda to work outside USSF, wont work for a while. HOWEVER not for the reason most people say it wouldnt work) but J-league is living proof that pro/rel, free agency and independent clubs can work in a country struggling to make soccer number one. lets look at some facts.

          1.) japan had several soccer leagues established and some have folded.

          2.) Japan sports market is mostly dominated by Baseball, sumo and racing. soccer faces similar hurdles that it faces here in america

          3.) J-league was formed out of struggling clubs in 1993, around the same time MLS was formed with struggling franchises

          4.) a open club system allowed for clubs to grow financially and develop. by 1999 they already had established a healthy 2nd division. i believe both leagues have 18-20 clubs now. at that time even though MLS had the designated 1st division status, they were duking it out with USL for attention.

          5.) J-league clubs have won their regional confederation cup several times. their league is consistantly ranked in the top 20, MLS hasnt won a CCL trophy and our league isnt ranked even in the top fifty accordint to IFHSS rankings.

          the only thing J league got wrong is take away the relegation round robin playoff to see who got relegated and who got promoted in the end. bottom line i dont think pro/rel will work until USSF gets their act together but if that day does come this is the system that will work for MLS

          • Alan says:

            Pro/rel started in 1999, AFTER the current attendance record was set. Soccer leagues were already popular there, and they still dont beat baseball. Japan is a much smaller country where pro/rel is much more practical. They also don’t have a system that is embedded in their culture like we do. All of this pro/rel talk takes away from the real issues so fanboys can pretend they have EPL in America.

        • Tim says:

          Japan 145,925 sq mi
          USA 3,794,101 sq mi

          Now before you go on talking about Russia and China, please note that all of China’s 1st division teams (and more populated cities) are east of the middle of china, and Russia has only occasionally had teams east of Perm. Pro/Rel would have to be completely regional so the lower level clubs couldn’t go bust solely on travel expenses. Everyone quotes the old leagues in America, yet until the 1960′s America did not have a league that was coast to coast, and there was never really a out and out first division until the 60′s either. Most of the leagues were done regionally and they all competed in the Open Cup.

          • BamaMan says:

            Russia very smartly goes to a regional system at the 3rd level. There’s no reason why the USA could not eventually do this, too. You could even split the 2nd division into an eastern and western league and then subdivide it again until you get down to the state level at level 5 or so. At the least everything below the 2nd division would have to be regional and, if you are going to have conferences, you might as well have and East/West split in the 2nd division (East league champ replaces last place team in eastern conf. and so on).

            Russia is going to be very interesting to watch. Russia, as a summer league, actually draws a little less than MLS in attendance but we all know they are switching to the regular soccer calendar and making a push to improve their quality of play. I think even with the teams concentrated in the East, Russian travel issues are much worse than in the USA because a) it’s still a heck of a long way to travel (2K miles from Zenit to Tom Tomsk) and b) their transportation infrastructure is way, way behind ours. Like Japan, Australia, and us, they also have some very intense competition for sports fans. It will be interesting to see what they can do.

  6. SSReoirters says:

    The two times Toronto FC is involved in this commercial there’s a terrible foul committed by a TFC player and it appears a goal scored against us.

    We can’t even get positive stuff in commercials. :(

  7. Martha Focker says:

    F A N T A S T I C ! ! !

  8. Abram says:

    I’m most happy that the ad, while it does focus mostly around DPs, shows more than just people scoring goals. It’s a great 20 seconds showing a lot of the positives of the league. The best part of it is that it was shown during Sunday Night Football. Cross promotion is something that has always been lacking from Fox and ESPN, so it’s nice to see NBC doing it before they’re even airing games.

    Either way, I’ll be curious to see if NBC covers any of the MLS Cup Playoffs, at least as far as results go, on Versus or even during some NFL coverage on the big network.

    • Robin says:

      I should do some of the play-offs heck I would say do the final but I think that is ESPN’s thing. I am more interested if NBC news casters on the nighty news hour will cover soccer in there sports report. Here in New Jersey/New York we have NBC 4 Nightly News at 11 and the sports section is like this, 1) American Football, 2) Baseball or Basketball, 3) more American Football, 4) Hockey, 5) ends with… more American Football.

      They never cover soccer but now that NBC is showing soccer will they change

  9. tlas says:

    Promising. Very promising. It’s very interesting that NBC went with a gregorian chant motif, along with some heavy drumming, the kind you might hear at some MLS venues. I guess NBC thinks that attending MLS games is like a religious experience. The question is would it translate at all to the non-soccer crowd, since it aired during Sunday Night Football.

    Still, they’re trying to make me get anxious for eight months until they get to air their first MLS game, not even waiting for Fox to finish up their own contract. ;)

  10. nick says:

    More proof NBC will be a game changer for MLS.

  11. Earl Reed says:

    I’m not a fan of either of the big market teams, but come on. There are so many people in those markets, and the competition with other sports teams is stiff. I’d say give them the chance to put LA and NY in the spotlight.

    In my mind, the ultimate goal of this three year campaign is to grow the fanbase enough to approach all of the broadcast networks with a product that can support national television broadcasts on network television. If that means energizing the large markets, so be it.

  12. Alex says:

    Ima be neutral on this end. Robert I agree with your arguements before but if mls but the fact is more people have vs or soon to be NBC sports (even I have it) and since fsc is a premium channel only serious soccer fans pay for I’m sure NBC out weights fsc in terms of viewership because simply more people have NBC sports. That doesn’t mean I’m gonna glorify the contents of NBC sports. Apart from some low end college games, nhl and indy car, mls is going to be lined up with ufc cage fights, arena football, NBA development league, some generic version of WWE and slam ball. That line up is pathetic and in that sense it is a relegation from fsc which is a dedicated soccer channel. But I do agree what you said about fsc. To all the insecure mls fan boys if mls saw fsc irrelevant then why did they repeatedly beg fsc $20 million? They could have gone straight to NBC in the first place. And also this doesn’t mean the quality of mls is any better, I’m sure NBC wanted mls on board because of the atmosphere the game produces. They even said so themselves they were looking to promote soccer for its fast pace in a 21 century America. Also I’m sure they are anticipating the arrival of cosmos.

    • Robert says:

      Alex,

      Lets not forget that MLS is also shown on ESPN. Lets not forget that the MLS Cup was shown on ESPN and failed miserably.

      All it means by MLS moving to NBC Sports is that more people will be changing the channel like they do when its on FSC and ESPN and ESPN2.

  13. Charles says:

    I recieved Fox Soccer Plus free for one week. I tuned in last night.

    First of all, I knew the quality would stink. I had watched enough on the Fox Sports local channel to know it would. It didn’t disappoint.
    But the picture !?!? They record in high def because that is the way they show it on local Fox, but they show it in Low Def.
    It look worse than the over the air picture that I got in 1975. I am NOT exagerrating.

    They were feeding me cr@p for free and then telling me to buy it.
    I had a better chance of subscribing before watching it.

    $20 million ? I would have asked for $50 million to be on that station.

    • Robert says:

      spoken like a spoiled American. Most countries watch soccer on a 12” black and white screen if they are lucky.

      • BamaMan says:

        Most leagues that make money are shown in HD on PPV channel. And in most countries they watch those HD streams illegally over the internet.

      • Charles says:

        I did too, in 1975.
        I don’ t now and FSC is cr@p.

        I watched the UEFA post game highlights today.
        I seriously thought it was a parity at first. They had CANNED crowd noice for the highlights….seriously.

        It is a 10 out of 10 on the unintentional comedy scale.
        Why did none of you EuroIdiots tell me about this. It is golden.

        Did I say $50 million ? There is not enough money for MLS to go back to that.

        • Alan says:

          Hey Charles,

          I just watched your “mickey mouse” team from our “mickey mouse” league beat a Mexican side (last year’s CCL champs) in Mexico. Second mickey mouse team in a row to beat a Mexican side at home. When did MLS add pro/rel since they obviously can’t compete with Mexico without it? Regardless, congrats to your team.

          • Charles says:

            Revenge was VERY sweet after being up last year 2-0 and losing by allowing 3 goals in 5 minutes.
            I still think Monterrey is the better team for the record, but Seattle is right there, as is most of MLS, and I can hardly wait for the return game here. Revenge II.

            But the fact that the Sounder reserves can go down there and get a result against a VERY good team is nice.

            I really like where MLS is at right now.
            1) Great games against the Mexican teams in CCL. Sounders-Monterrey,SLC verus many teams last year, etc. I would hate for that to swing domination either way.
            2) Great MLS games that are not OVER attended. $22 season tickets isn’t cheap, but it isn’t Seahawks over the top
            3) The idiots haven’t arrived yet. Once guys like the trolls on this site start moving over, it will NOT be as good. Less % of guys that REALLY care is never good….except for making money.

            Have the Trolling Morons been right on anything ?
            Just one thing. A partial thing ?
            I mean this was a big part of most arguements against the ways of MLS. MLS teams will never compete coming from a parity, non pro/rel league.

            You knew it wasn’t true, because you watched the games, but these were guys who don’t watch MLS…they just troll.

  14. tlas says:

    I just saw the ad on Versus tonight, right during the dog show. Hmmm.

  15. JP Lawrence says:

    One thing that I’ve always appreciated about NBC is the gravitas that they bring to the sports they cover. The drama in soccer is much more like Olympic drama than NFL drama and I’d hope that their DNA as a network will bring this out.

  16. Ben says:

    Awesome news that the MLS will be on NBC in 2012, Montreal here we come! Attention there is supposed to be also the rebirth of the USFL so if that happened there will be competition for the MLS on NBC.

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