US Soccer president Gulati: English Premier League not good for local soccer

US Soccer president Sunil Gulati is unhappy with the money NBC paid for Premier League rights this season. Gulati is concerned with the growing presence of English football on US television.

US Soccer president Sunil Gulati is unhappy with the money NBC paid for Premier League rights this season.

Gulati is concerned with the growing presence of English football on US television.

He said at the Asian Soccerex: “Is the Premier League the best league in the world? Well, year on year it’s showing more games in the US – is that good or bad for US soccer and the development of the MLS. If you look at the amount of money that’s being spent on television rights outside of countries, it would be pretty hard to argue that’s good.

“It’s certainly good for the Premier League, but if you could just spend 5 per cent of that on your domestic league – and recently we’ve seen that we’ve actually edged out the Premier League for domestic rights in the US versus what NBC pays the Premier League.

“That’s a good thing in my view but it’s taken 19 years.”

 
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