MLS Commissioner Don Garber believes the TV deal with NBC can attract more viewers to North American soccer.
With ESPN already a major player with Major League Soccer, Garber says the partnership which has been struck with the NBC will only prove to be a positive step for soccer in the USA and Canada.
“We are fortunate to have NBC as another network. [There is] the highlight show that will be hopefully something we can announce on the NBC Sports network sometime in the next year,” Garber said at the Philadelphia Union Supporters Summit.
“At the end of the day we have enough quality players so that it can be done. Cutting highlights, sending that highlight up [to ESPN], then the video goes up on the internet. Our players are better, our highlights are better. So I think it’s moving in the right direction.
“Frankly I’m not worried about the casual fan. I’m worried about the EPL fan. There were three or four million people watching every single World Cup match and we have three or four hundred thousand watching [some] MLS matches. That’s a big jump.”