MIAMI--(BUSINESS WIRE)--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
|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|
|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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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.
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.