Idle Notes: NBC to Lose MLS Rights (Also: Phillies’ TV Deal; MLB/ESPN)

Posted by | January 11, 2014 at 3:32 PM

After just three years, NBC is done with Major League Soccer. In other news, the Phillies have agreed to a 25-year TV deal with Comcast, and the MLB season will start with Dodgers/Padres on Opening Night.

NBC to Part Ways With MLS

  • NBC Sports Group has pulled out of the bidding for Major League Soccer rights, Sports Business Daily reported Friday, ending its three-year relationship with MLS after the upcoming 2014 season. According to several reports, ESPN and Fox Sports are currently working on a joint bid for MLS TV rights. (Sports Business Daily)

Phillies, Comcast, Agree to 25-Year Deal

  • The Philadelphia Phillies earlier this month agreed to a 25-year television deal with Comcast SportsNet worth $100 million/year. Under the new deal, Phillies games will continue to air on CSN Philadelphia, with local NBC affiliate WCAU airing select games. The new deal kicks in with the 2016 season. (

Dodgers/Padres MLB’s Opening Night Game This Year

  • ESPN will televise Dodgers/Padres on MLB Opening Night March 30, the network announced earlier in the week. The following day, ESPN and ESPN2 are scheduled to combine for five Opening Day telecasts, including a tripleheader of Cubs/Pirates, Cardinals/Reds and Mariners/Angels on ESPN. (ESPN Media Zone)
  • Luis Roberto C. P

    is a real shame, I liked watching the MLS on NBC

    • JeffreyT419

      Just not nearly enough of people like you watching. MLS on television continues to struggle big-time, even with the surge of viewership of international matches and European leagues. I am beginning to wonder if MLS will ever connect on TV.