beIN SPORTS Adds Exclusive Coverage of North American Soccer League (NASL) to Programming Lineup

Network Announces 2016 NASL Match Schedule

MIAMI--()--beIN SPORTS today announced the acquisition of North American Soccer League (NASL) broadcasting rights for 2016 and 2017. The Network’s league coverage will kick off with the Fort Lauderdale Strikers hosting Miami FC at Lockhart Stadium on April 2, 2016. beIN SPORTS’ coverage of the NASL will be available on both beIN SPORTS and beIN SPORTS CONNECT, the Network’s streaming service.

“With our new partnership with NASL firmly in place, we’re betting big on North American programming rooted in a growing U.S. fan base,” said Yousef Al-Obaidly, Managing Director of beIN SPORTS. “Featuring some of the country’s top professional soccer talent, this acquisition represents the first time we hold the rights to a domestic soccer league, further showcasing our commitment to providing access to the best sports leagues and events, both here and abroad.”

The NASL is comprised of 12 teams in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico and uses a split-season schedule running from April to early November, with a four-week break in July.

“We're obviously very excited to announce our new partnership with beIN SPORTS,” said NASL Commissioner Bill Peterson. “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.”

The New York Cosmos enter the exciting 2016 season as defending champions, and will face additional competition as three new teams make their NASL debut this spring. New teams entering this season include the Oklahoma City-based Rayo OKC, owned by Spanish club Rayo Vallecano, as well as Miami FC, co-owned by Italian soccer legend Paolo Maldini. Puerto Rico FC, owned by NBA New York Knicks player, Carmelo Anthony, is also set to make its debut following the mid-season break.

Below please find the beIN SPORTS schedule for the NASL 2016 season. For the most up-to-date schedule of NASL matches, please visit: www.beinsports.com/us/tv-guide.

beIN SPORTS SCHEDULE

DATE   EVENT   WEEK
April 2   Fort Lauderdale Strikers vs. Miami FC   WEEK 1
April 9   Indy Eleven vs. Ottawa Fury FC   WEEK 2
April 15   Jacksonville Armada vs. Miami FC   WEEK 3
April 23   Tampa Bay Rowdies vs. Carolina RailHawks   WEEK 4
April 30   Rayo OKC vs. Indy Eleven   WEEK 5
May 4   Jacksonville Armada vs. FC Edmonton   WEEK 6
May 7   Jacksonville Armada vs. Rayo OKC   WEEK 6
May 14   Minnesota United vs. Jacksonville Armada   WEEK 7
May 21   Indy Eleven vs. Minnesota United   WEEK 8
May 28   Miami FC vs. FC Edmonton   WEEK 9
June 4   Carolina RailHawks vs. Jacksonville Armada   WEEK 10
June 11   Minnesota United vs. Miami FC   WEEK 11
BREAK
July 2   Tampa Bay Rowdies vs. Jacksonville Armada   WEEK 12
July 9   Indy Eleven vs. Minnesota United   WEEK 13
July 13   Rayo OKC vs. Puerto Rico FC   WEEK 14
July 16   Minnesota United vs. Indy Eleven   WEEK 14
July 23   Jacksonville Armada vs. Ottawa Fury FC   WEEK 15
July 27   Ottawa Fury FC vs. Carolina RailHawks   WEEK 16
July 30   Miami FC vs. Indy Eleven   WEEK 16
August 6   Tampa Bay Rowdies vs. Fort Lauderdale Strikers   WEEK 17
August 13   Carolina RailHawks vs. Puerto Rico FC   WEEK 18
August 20   Rayo OKC vs. Miami FC   WEEK 19
August 27   Miami FC vs. Minnesota United   WEEK 20
September 3   Minnesota United vs. Rayo OKC   WEEK 21
September 10   Fort Lauderdale Strikers vs. Indy Eleven   WEEK 22
September 17   Puerto Rico FC vs. Jacksonville Armada   WEEK 23
September 24   Jacksonville Armada vs. Rayo OKC   WEEK 24
September 28   Miami FC vs. Ottawa Fury FC   WEEK 25
September 30   Rayo OKC vs. Carolina RailHawks   WEEK 25
October 8   Carolina RailHawks vs. Fort Lauderdale Strikers   WEEK 26
October 12   Jacksonville Armada vs. Miami FC   WEEK 27
October 15   Indy Eleven vs. Carolina RailHawks   WEEK 27
October 22   Tampa Bay Rowdies vs. Ottawa Fury FC   WEEK 28
October 29   Puerto Rico FC vs. Carolina RailHawks   WEEK 29

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About beIN SPORTS USA

Launched in 2012, beIN SPORTS is the fastest growing international sports network in the U.S. and is offered on 9 of the largest 10 cable/satellite TV providers in the U.S., as well as other systems across the country. beIN SPORTS offers viewers premium sports content and entertainment across multiple platforms including TV channels beIN SPORTS and beIN SPORTS en Español and live streaming on beIN SPORTS CONNECT. A cornerstone of beIN SPORTS is its unrivaled live soccer coverage, which includes live matches from La Liga, Serie A, Ligue 1 and CONMEBOL/ CONCACAF/CAF World Cup Qualifiers, as well as news and in-depth analysis of all the top leagues from around the world. With beIN SPORTS CONNECT, authenticated subscribers can also enjoy all the exciting action from the two networks and stream live overflow matches offered in HD on your computer, tablet or smart phone. In addition to soccer, beIN SPORTS serves as a haven to fans of motorsports, tennis, rugby, volleyball and boxing, among others.

About NASL

The North American Soccer League is a professional soccer league established in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico. The NASL member clubs are: Carolina RailHawks, FC Edmonton, Fort Lauderdale Strikers, Indy Eleven, Jacksonville Armada FC, Miami FC, Minnesota United FC, New York Cosmos, Ottawa Fury FC, Puerto Rico FC, Rayo OKC, and Tampa Bay Rowdies. For more information on the NASL, visit www.NASL.com. Follow the NASL on Twitter and Instagram at @NASLOfficial and Facebook at http://www.Facebook.com/NASLFanPage.

Contacts

beIN SPORTS
Valerie Boldrin, 305-777-1900 ext. 6024
boldrinv@bein.net
or
Pinta for beIN SPORTS
Amanda Gadaleta, 212-367-9800 ext. 300
agadaleta@pintausa.com
or
NASL
Neal Malone, 646-832-3577
nmalone@nasl.com

Contacts

beIN SPORTS
Valerie Boldrin, 305-777-1900 ext. 6024
boldrinv@bein.net
or
Pinta for beIN SPORTS
Amanda Gadaleta, 212-367-9800 ext. 300
agadaleta@pintausa.com
or
NASL
Neal Malone, 646-832-3577
nmalone@nasl.com