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NASL appears to be first casualty on beIN SPORTS


The addition of college football to beIN SPORTS’ programming means that Saturday night NASL games appear to be the first casualty of the newly acquired rights deal.

Despite being originally scheduled to appear on beIN SPORTS, tonight’s game between Minnesota United and Rayo OKC and next Saturday’s match between Fort Lauderdale Strikers and Indy Eleven have both been moved from beIN SPORTS to beIN SPORTS en Español. The Spanish-language beIN SPORTS en Español network is in 7 million fewer homes than the English-language beIN SPORTS network.

According to a beIN SPORTS spokesperson, “Tonight’s NASL game will be available live at 8pm ET on beIN SPORTS en Español with the SAP option as well as live on beIN SPORTS CONNECT in the language of choice. Later, at 11:30pm ET we will once again re-air the game between Minnesota United and Rayo OKC on beIN SPORTS.”

While beIN SPORTS hasn’t published their soccer TV schedules for mid-September through until the end of the NASL Fall Season, they will be broadcasting college football games practically every Saturday night from now through the end of November “on beIN SPORTS and beIN SPORTS Connect.” Those games clash with Saturday night broadcasts of NASL games that are scheduled through the end of October.

SEE MORE: Schedule of NASL games on US TV and streaming

No official announcement has been made regarding the scheduling of the NASL games, but it appears likely that the vast majority of the Saturday night broadcasts will be kicked to the curb and will end up on beIN SPORTS Connect and beIN SPORTS en Español instead.

The difficulty with SAP on beIN SPORTS en Español is that every TV provider has a different set of directions, which can make it a complicated procedure to get it working. beIN SPORTS Connect may be the best solution to watch and listen to an English-language broadcast of the games, but only a select number of TV providers make beIN SPORTS Connect available (fuboTV offers beIN SPORTS Connect without requiring a TV subscription).

Still, in what has been a challenging season for NASL off the field (combined with this week’s news that One World Sports is no longer on DISH network or Sling TV), these developments are disappointing news for soccer fans who have grown accustomed to watching the league on beIN SPORTS.

The network has given the second division league a chance. However, the average viewing audience for NASL games on beIN SPORTS for the 2016 season is only 6.652.

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  1. The Wizard

    September 4, 2016 at 10:57 pm

    Bad move by beIN Sports. There are already numerous viewing options for the college football junkies … unfortunately Conference USA is near the bottom of Division I and contains teams with limited followings and from small college towns. Few people beyond those who actually attend the home games really care about Middle Tennessee State, Western Kentucky, Florida Atlantic, Southern Mississippi, etc.

    • Trevor

      September 5, 2016 at 5:04 pm

      Yet, they will seem much higher ratings than what NASL games were getting. 6,000 people watching these games is as low as you can go. These college games will do 10x that.

  2. cliff

    September 4, 2016 at 7:16 pm

    Carrying NASL was clearly a stop gap measure, a way to fill dead air during the summer months. when major European leagues came back the lameness of this league was clearly evident even for the soccer novice. Still in all to align itself with a vastly inferior collegiate football league was a foolish move when so many better college football choices are available to any viewer who can access beIN on their TV carrier. beIN should stay with what it does best, soccer & filled in those slow summer months with replays of classic match ups from the top European leagues as well as orginally produced documentaries on great games, great players (realizing how expensive this might be but it’s not my money!).

  3. TheTruth

    September 4, 2016 at 8:10 am

    They added football because they want to become a full on sports channel. Not saying that is good, but that is the plan.

  4. Jeff Winters

    September 4, 2016 at 12:27 am

    Why haven’t they picked up beach volleyball or footvolley? I see both on tv already. That network is clueless airing college football.

  5. Ivan

    September 4, 2016 at 12:11 am

    Even with the miniscule ratings of NASL, it is praise worthy that they are giving platform for the league.

    Them picking up the ‘egg-throw in between commercial breaks’ spectacle is an epic fail for BeIN, especially as it is at the expense of football.

    I don’t get BEIN en espanol, and not many people do.

    BEIN have the tv rights to way too many football leagues and not enough platforms to put them on. And now, they’ve picked college egg throw in between commercial breaks…stupid.

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