The NASL and beIN Sports have announced a national broadcast television partnership with each other, making the North American Soccer League the first American professional league to team up with the global network.
NASL Commissioner Bill Peterson commented on the partnership:
We’re obviously very excited to announce our new partnership with beIN SPORTS. Like the NASL, beIN SPORTS has quickly grown in importance and stature across North America. Our savvy pro soccer fans here in North America are watching beIN SPORTS on a regular basis, and now they’ll be able to watch exciting and competitive NASL action every week.
BeIN sports plan on airing a minimum of 34 matches in the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico. In addition, every weekend of the 2016 season will feature one match live on the channel, resulting in 11 matches during the Spring Season and 18 in the Fall Season. Also, the sports network plans on showing five-weekday encounters during the season.
BeIN Sports managing director, Yousef Al-Obaidly commented on the new partnership:
We are thrilled to amplify our global soccer coverage with the addition of the NASL, a league with a growing fan base in North America and some of the country’s most promising professional prospects. This acquisition marks our commitment to providing viewers with access to the best sports leagues and events, both in the U.S. and abroad.
BeIN Sports will broadcast their first NASL match this weekend as the season kicks off with a match between the Fort Lauderdale Strikers and Miami FC at Lockhart Stadium. The match kicks off at 7 p.m. ET, which airs only a few hours after Saturday’s El Clasico.