The day has finally come. Major League Soccer is set to be shown live on television in the UK on a weekly basis in a move that will help the league grow enormously.
ESPN’s Taylor Twellman revealed the news on Twitter today as he tweeted: “Big news here at the MLS broadcast meetings that Sky Sports will carry two games per week”.
MLS signed a huge TV deal for coverage in the United States last year and now live coverage is set to extend across the Atlantic to the UK.
Sky Sports are the country’s number one sports broadcaster and currently show live coverage of the Premier League, Champions League, English Football League, Scottish football, Spanish football and Dutch football’s Eredivisie action.
Showing two MLS games per week will seriously improve the number of MLS fans from abroad, and will show UK football lovers just how good a league MLS has become.
BT Sport are Sky Sports’ biggest rival and they showed any MLS action last year but the failure to cover live games on a regular basis halted any growth from across the pond.
Sky show three Premier League games per week so to have two MLS matches shows they are taking the league seriously.
Recently retired New York Red Bulls star Thierry Henry recently joined Sky Sports as a pundit and the Frenchman could offer analysis and insight if Sky have their own broadcast team in place.
it’s unclear what sort of times games will be shown on Sky Sports as some matches could start in the early hours of the morning. But that hasn’t stopped incredible numbers of people watching NFL action from here in the UK in recent years and MLS will hopefully garner the same support.
We’ll bring you more details when they are revealed by the league and/or by Sky Sports. But this is looking like a major breakthrough for MLS.
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