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ESPN3 to Stream NASL Match of the Week

NASL Match of the Week

photo via NASL’s website.

On April 11th the North American Soccer League announced that ESPN3 will stream a “Match of the Week” during all 27 weeks of the NASL Spring and Fall seasons. Recently the NASL launched a live subscription service costing $4.99 per month or $29.99 for a season pass. Allowing fans a chance to see every match of the 2014 season live. However, the launch of NASL Live lead many to speculate on the impact that discontinuing free access to the league would have on the growth of it’s fan base. This partnership with ESPN should alleviate most of those concerns as it extends NASL’s exposure beyond that of their 2013 partnership with Ustream.

The inaugural “Match of the Week” will feature the debut of Indy Eleven taking on the Carolina RailHawks at a sold out Carroll Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana. NASL Commissioner Bill Peterson said “We are delighted to create a national footprint for our live coverage and to again work with ESPN3”. ESPN3 televised the 2013 NASL Soccer Bowl between the Atlanta Silverbacks and New York Cosmos.

The new partnership allows ESPN flexible scheduling to provide fans with the best matchup each week. The NASL, the Division II league in the American soccer pyramid uses a split season model similar to many Central American leagues. Which consists of two competitions, Spring and Fall. The Spring Season kicks off Saturday April 12th and concludes Sunday June 8th, featuring a mere nine game schedule due to the 2014 World Cup. The Fall Season kicks off Saturday July 12th and concludes Sunday November 2nd, featuring a balanced eighteen game schedule.

ESPN3 is an online streaming service provided by ESPN that delivers live and on demand sports events via WatchESPN.com and the WatchESPN app. ESPN3 is available to more than 92 million homes in the U.S. who receive their high-speed internet or cable TV subscription from an affiliated service provider. It is also available to roughly 21 million U.S. college students and U.S. based military personnel via educational and military broadband networks at no cost.

Stephen Kirkpatrick is a writer for StoppageTimeSoccer. Follow him on Twitter @sgkirkpatrick

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