Meil Morris is reporting that ONE World Sports has stepped in to help fill the void created by the departure of Traffic. The Carolina RailHawks ownership group had poured money into the league as it looked to aggressively expanded, but as the league has cut all ties with Traffic, it looks as if the television network may have stepped in to replace them.
According to Morris, the network has entered into an agreement to air all Wednesday night matches, and to produce a weekly highlights show:
Strong indications that @naslofficial has entered league-wide TV deal with @ONEWorldSports for Wed. evening matches and weekly hi-lite show.— Neil Morris (@ByNeilMorris) July 3, 2015
.@FTLStrikers at @RailHawksFC on 7/8, @JaxArmadaFC at @MNUnitedFC on 7/15, etc already on @ONEWorldSports TV sch. http://t.co/drfCTbbn5S— Neil Morris (@ByNeilMorris) July 3, 2015
.@naslofficial Wed. match(es) still listed on @ESPN3 schedule, for now.— Neil Morris (@ByNeilMorris) July 3, 2015
If accurate, this would be a nice boost for the NASL, who could certainly do with more television coverage as well as the income from it. I'd hope, however, that the league continues to air matches on ESPN 3, as it's an awfully convenient platform for much of the national fanbase.
I'm sure we'll hear an official announcement on this soon, one way or the other.