MLS In Talks With Versus

MLS In Talks With Versus

  • 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?

  • FCBeast

    It would be a nice addition for those with DirecTV since FSC isn't broadcast in HD, but Versus is.

  • indyfan

    COOL because FSC SUCKS!!!

  • Nice work, Drew! It is cool to see you in your writer mode.

  • Media Man

    Nielsen 2010 to-date

    Versus HHPT: #42; 0.379; 248,000
    FSC HHPT: #72; 0.088; 32,000

    Versus HHTD: #63; 0.127; 83,000
    FSC HHTD: #70; 0.073; 27,000

  • This doesn't shock me at all. Fox hasn't been thrilled with MLS's ratings since the new contract began. I think FSC has already told them to take a hike.

    Now MLS needs to start buttering up ESPN. It is my belief that ESPN has put an out clause in their MLS contract whereby the can get out of it after this season if they so choose. Considering the ratings have declined since last season, along with the uptick in their ratings of European Club football, they may rip it up (or have MLS pay for the time).

    For MLS's sake, I hope they can find partners who will promote the product.

  • Cannon Girl

    Yes!!

  • Guest

    Unfortunately, Versus makes more sense than FSC. It has more viewers, and more importantly it is in HD for Comcast and DirecTV subscribers. I agree this move makes the most sense, but it's unfortunate because FSC has been so important to growing soccer in the USA over the past 10 years.

  • Cannon Girl

    Yes!!

  • Guest

    Unfortunately, Versus makes more sense than FSC. It has more viewers, and more importantly it is in HD for Comcast and DirecTV subscribers. I agree this move makes the most sense, but it's unfortunate because FSC has been so important to growing soccer in the USA over the past 10 years.