Soccer Almanac: The explosion of soccer on TV
Once it was "Game of the Week" – now soccer's all over the tube
NEW YORK — This may be an apocryphal comment made by European visitors and remembered by American soccer fans always looking for the silver lining, but there’s a significant symbolism to it:
You can watch more live soccer on TV here than in Europe.
It’s probably true. Today, US audiences have their choice of three soccer-specific channels, a regular presence on the ESPN networks and four Spanish-language channels that regularly show live matches. Then there are the various satellite channels, such as RAI (Italy), TV5Monde (France), TV Globo Internacional (Brazil) and that glorious section of DirectTV dedicated to the beautiful game
Plus, starting in 2012, NBC and the new NBC Sports Network will join the party when they begin broadcasting MLS and US national team games.
In a typical week these days, a US-based soccer fan gets to choose from upwards of 50 live matches on cable TV alone (i.e., not on satellite).http://www.mlssoccer.com/soccer-almanac/news/article/2011/08/24/soccer-almanac-explosion-soccer-tv