- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On June 3, 2010
- 9 Comments
- FSC, Versus
Just as I get plenty of emails leading up to the World Cup from folks trying to take advantage of the event in some way, Major League Soccer could be using the World Cup to their advantage when it comes to their TV deals.
Reports this morning suggest the league could be in talks with Comcast-owned network Versus to begin carrying their games instead of Fox Soccer Channel. The deal with FSC runs out at the end of the year and even though the talks are in their infancy this could be a good time for the league to make the switch.
The league is said to be impressed with how Versus has handled the NHL’s coverage on it’s network.
The league also could be just playing hardball with FSC. Getting another network to the table discussions could drive the renewal of their deal to a higher figure.
What do I think of a possible move to Versus? Honestly it could be time for the league to make a switch to a channel that has more viewers. Their numbers have dipped considerably on FSC and one could argue that the quality of the coverage on FSC has always been iffy at best. Either its the broadcasters calling the game that annoy fans or just the simple lack of quality coverage, MLS may have run its course on FSC.
Don’t get me wrong I love the concept of an all-soccer channel. I do. But at some points I get annoyed by it and how it broadcasts its games (this includes foreign games).
Do you think its time for the league to look elsewhere for their TV deal?