DC United TV Deal Is A Head Scratcher

DC United TV Deal Is A Head Scratcher

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On August 22, 2013
  • Soccer on TV

Every team in Major League Soccer has some kind of TV deal (unless you are Chivas USA but we’re not talking about them today). One team, D.C. United, had a very odd broadcast deal this season. Only a certain number of their games were to be broadcasted on Comcast Sports Network in D.C., and in fact, they have no more remaining games on their broadcast schedule for this season.

I bring it up because there is a rumor floating around that an online network will soon be broadcasting D.C. United games for free. While that sounds good on the surface, it makes me wonder why MLS would allow such a deal to go through seeing how it directly competes with their online broadcasting MLS Live.

Monumental Network, the online broadcast network owned by Ted Leonsis, sent out a tweet saying that they would have “major D.C. United news” this Friday. Another possibility that has been mentioned could be that Monumental has secured the rights to stream the US Open Cup final from GolTV.

More than likely this announcement will be for the ladder of the two items there. I don’t see MLS allowing an online network to openly broadcast games for free for one club like this, even if it is better than what the club has to offer at the moment.

Then again, they did use the term ‘major’ in their tweet. You know that major announcements in MLS mean.

  • Everett Will

    Monumental Network’s streaming rights could be limited to DCU’s home area like its deal for the Washington Mystics. MLS Live would then retain rights elsewhere.

    • Good to know. It just seemed odd that they’d be cool with something competing with their online streaming package. Even if it were only for a few games.