Over the past several weeks we've heard rumors of the North American Soccer League seeking a new television partner, to provide national television coverage for the 2016 NASL season. On Tuesday, we heard the first official announcement on the matter, bringing an old friend back into the fold.
ONE World Sports began airing a weekly Game of the Week in the second half of the 2015 season, an arrangement that will continue throughout the 2016 campaign. They'll also be continuing to produce their weekly highlights show, NASL This Week, hosted by Tina Cervasio and Ed Cohen.
For the NASL Spring Season, the OWS broadcast will be shown on Saturday night, while that match will switch to Wednesdays beginning with the fall campaign. That arrangement would still leave plenty of room for another broadcaster, such as beIN or CBS, to step in with additional coverage this spring, or to wait until the fall season, when weekend matches are again available.
The full Game of the Week schedule is as follows:
Saturday, April 2: Indy at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m. ET
Saturday, April 9: Carolina at OKC, 8 p.m. ET
Saturday, April 16: New York at Indy, 7:30 p.m. ET
Saturday, April 23: New York at Minnesota, 8 p.m. ET
Saturday, April 30: Tampa Bay at Fort Lauderdale, 7 p.m. ET
Saturday, May 7: New York at Miami, 8 p.m. ET
Saturday, May 14: Miami at Carolina, 7:30 p.m. ET
Saturday, May 21: Fort Lauderdale at OKC, 8 p.m. ET
Saturday, May 28: OKC at New York, 7 p.m. ET
Saturday, June 4: New York at Fort Lauderdale, 7 p.m. ET
Saturday, June 11: Tampa Bay at Jacksonville, 7 p.m. ET
Because of ONE's deal with the New York Cosmos, this schedule is very Cosmos-heavy. Every single non-Sunday match the reigning champions play will be shown in the Game of the Week broasdcast, while all of the club's Sunday matches will be shown live as well.
Interestingly, every single American-based NASL club gets shown on Game of the Week at least once, while the two sides from Canada don't get a single Saturday night showcase. Only two clubs will be limited to a single appearance on Game of the Week, Minnesota United and Jacksonville Armada FC, with every other club airing on ONE at least twice.
This probably won't be the only announcement on television coverage in the next several days, so stay tuned for more.