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Official: NASL expands ESPN agreement

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One day after Minnesota United announced that they'd be leaving the NASL for greener pastures in three years, the league had some news to cheer up fans who looked at yesterday's events as a portent of doom. The league has now expanded their partnership with ESPN, which will see the vast majority of their matches streamed live on ESPN3.

For the Atlanta Silverbacks, Carolina RailHawks, Fort Lauderdale Strikers, Indy Eleven, Jacksonville Armada FC, Minnesota United FC, San Antonio Scorpions, and Tampa Bay Rowdies, every one of their 15 home matches will be broadcast under the new agreement. FC Edmonton and Ottawa FC home matches will also be aired on ESPN3 for US viewers, while Canadian viewers will find feeds on City TV (Edmonton) and OttawaFuryFC.Com for those games.

That leaves just one club, the Cosmos, whose home matches will not be aired on ESPN3 this season. ONE World Sports continues to hold the rights for those matches, and provide a streaming service of their own.