At the Sportel Conference in Miami last week, World Soccer Talk sat down with One World Sports’ Executive Vice President for Programming and Production Joel Feld to discuss the TV network’s contract to televise New York Cosmos games, as well as its other soccer programming.
In recent years, the Connecticut-based network has increased its rights portfolio, and currently has at least 3 or 4 live sporting events on every day of the week.
One World Sports has the broadcast rights in the United States to the AFC Asian Cup, AFC Champions League and the New York Cosmos. The network also broadcasts Chelsea TV, Bayern Munich TV and Arsenal TV. This includes match rebroadcasts and original commentary and content not available otherwise on US television.
“We think these (club TV shows) are really good programming for us. We love the storytelling of the games and the opportunity fans of those teams have to watch a game with a different set of announcers than what they get on NBC (or GOLTV) on the weekend.”
Feld discussed the exciting news about the June 2 New York Cosmos friendly against the Cuban national team, which will be televised live from Havana, Cuba. The NASL club will be the first American pro sports club to visit the Communist nation since the Baltimore Orioles in 1999.
The Cosmos matches this season, both home and away, will be broadcast on the network.
Today’s news that the NASL has signed a deal with ESPN does not impact the One World Sports/NY Cosmos deal, as the New York-based club has opted out of the NASL’s deal with ESPN. Announcers J.P. Dellacamara and Shep Messing will provide commentary for the Cosmos’ entire schedule during the 2015 NASL season, which begins on April 4. Regarding the combo of Dellacamera and Messing, Feld said, “We are excited, we really think our team comprises the premier soccer broadcasters in America.”
For cricket fans, One World Sports will continue to feature outstanding content as the official carrier of the England National Team in the United States. New Zealand, coming off a successful Cricket World Cup, will travel to England at the end of May and the matches will be broadcast live on One World Sports.
The growing interest in Asian soccer has benefited One World Sports. The AFC Champions League continues to generate new interest while the 2015 Asian Cup held in and won by Australia brought many new fans to the Asian game.
“Certainly we’d like to think the Asian Cup will give us a bump,” said Feld. “When we first came over to One World Sports, we saw the opportunity with the packaging of the Asian Champions League with the Asian Cup to bring it to an underserved audience. We made a huge commitment to cover the Asian Cup live, showing all 32 games live including games through the night.”
While the network’s portfolio of rights continues to grow, One World Sports — like other sports networks — faces distribution issues. Fortunately, DishWorld is one option for those who want access to the network where local TV providers don’t offer access to One World Sports. The service streams One World Sports and beIN SPORTS to computers, smartphones, tablets and Roku for $10/month.
Feld added that the network also recently launched an iOS app, which provides streaming and on-demand content, highlights and some special features.
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