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How is NBC Doing?

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One of the biggest off-season stories was the start of the NBC/MLS relationship. To date, the broadcasts have been high quality, the announcers first rate and the ratings slightly better than expected. Most impressive has been promotional efforts of the Peacock. The NBC Sports Network has done an excellent job putting MLS in front of their NHL audience and during other telecasts.

Ex-Union TV Analyst Kyle Martino Officially Joins NBC'S MLS Broadcast Team

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The National Broadcasting Company (NBC) announced today, through a press release, the hiring of Kyle Martino as lead analyst for the television network's first season broadcast Major League Soccer (MLS) games.

"I am very excited to be joining a company with such a rich sports history," said Martino in the press release.

MLS Schedule Released

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In 2011, the MLS schedule was released in February. MLS fans eager for league news got a surprising gift on Thursday when the league released the entire 2012 schedule more than one month earlier than last year. For business junkies, the most interesting part of the release is probably the announcement of nationally telecast games.

Stories of the Year: Part Two

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Over the next couple of days (and in no particular order), we will present the top American soccer business stories of the year. Early next week we will conduct a vote to see which of the entrants you think is the winner. Yesterday we looked at the arrival of Portland and the re-birth of Kansas City.

The Rest

Musket Rounds: Simms, Boy Bands, World League Association, And More

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The New England Revolution now have a roster of 28 since signing Bjorn Runstrom yesterday. Elsewhere in soccer, Toronto drew Santos in the CCL last night, Football at Fenway was announced, and MLS has decided to join other premier world leagues in an initiative to promote cooperation. Read about all that and a UK Boy Band wearing Revs gear in today's Musket Rounds.

A Deeper Look at NBC and MLS

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On Wednesday afternoon NBC hosted a conference call to discuss its upcoming first year of Major League Soccer coverage. Footiebusiness contributor Dave Laidig was on the call and presents this summary of the event.

NBCSports starts their coverage this Sunday with FC Dallas and
NYRB , and previewed their coverage to the press on Wednesday.

Where does Bob Costas Fit on NBC Broadcasts of MLS?

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He may not have any role. He may not be asked to participate.

There is, though, a possibility that Bob Costas will have something to say for MLS broadcasts on NBC in 2012.

He'd probably look forward to the challenge.

Top five conclusions: Napoli 2-1 Manchester City (plus video highlights)

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1. You can buy and rotate an array of the world's most expensive attackers, but it's more effective to have three who link-up as well as Cavani, Hamsik and Lavezzi do. 2. Sky Sports might have stumbled upon a great late night football format during the match in which Ray Wilkins translates Mario Balotelli's Italian [.