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Rocco Commisso discusses NASL-USSF antitrust case and TV rights

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World Soccer Talk is the weekly soccer podcast on the topic of watching soccer on TV, online and apps.

In the NEW episode, number 52, Kartik Krishnaiyer and Christopher Harris cover a range of topics including:

• An exclusive candid interview with Rocco Commisso, the New York Cosmos chairman and owner, about the NASL antitrust case against the US Soccer Federation, as well as the tangled web of MLS/SUM/USSF TV rights,

• Our thoughts on FOX Sports’ coverage of the FIFA World Cup Draw,

• News about a new timeslot that’s being proposed for Premier League games and how that’ll impact viewers in the US,

• Observations about NBC’s Premier League Fan Festival, and more

• Plus feedback and questions from you in the Listener Mailbag section.

Rocco Commisso discusses NASL-USSF antitrust case and TV rights

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World Soccer Talk is the weekly soccer podcast on the topic of watching soccer on TV, online and apps.

In the NEW episode, number 52, Kartik Krishnaiyer and Christopher Harris cover a range of topics including:

• An exclusive candid interview with Rocco Commisso, the New York Cosmos chairman and owner, about the NASL antitrust case against the US Soccer Federation, as well as the tangled web of MLS/SUM/USSF TV rights,

• Our thoughts on FOX Sports’ coverage of the FIFA World Cup Draw,

• News about a new timeslot that’s being proposed for Premier League games and how that’ll impact viewers in the US,

• Observations about NBC’s Premier League Fan Festival, and more

• Plus feedback and questions from you in the Listener Mailbag section.

Real Salt Lake

Relocation frenzies, NASL club folds, and more: Thursday Freedom Kicks November 16 2017

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It was a bad day for #SavetheCrew and other fans of teams staying put

Good morning! There was a lot of soccer news yesterday so let's get to it.

Real Salt Lake team to replace FC Kansas City: What it means for the NWSL | FourFourTwo
In huge NWSL news, Real Salt Lake will replace FCKC in the upcoming NWSL season.

Around The Forest: Diego Valeri sets MLS record for consecutive goals

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Playoff probabilities are here, LA Galaxy growing their own food, NASL make last ditch attempt to make D2 and much more!

Portland:

#StatMan Three | Valeri puts his name in MLS record book | Portland Timbers
Playing a third consecutive road match, the Portland Timbers fell to Real Salt Lake, 2-1, Saturday night at Rio Tinto Stadium.

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San Francisco Deltas fold just days after winning NASL crown

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Just a few days after lifting the NASL trophy, the San Francisco Deltas have officially folded.

According to the Mercury News, the Deltas concluded operations on Wednesday after toppling the New York Cosmos, 2-0, in Sunday's NASL finale.

"It's hard to believe how far we've come in less than three years," Deltas founder Ricardo Geromel told the Mercury News.

Highlights: San Francisco Deltas 2, New York Cosmos 0

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Deltas beat Cosmos to lift NASL title

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The San Francisco Deltas face a grim future, but whatever happens to the club, the Deltas will be remembered for being crowned champions of the NASL in their first season.

Goals from Thomas Heinemann and Devon Sandoval lifted the Deltas to a 2-0 win against the defending NASL champion New York Cosmos in the league final, played in front of a sold-out crowd of 9,691 at Kezar Stadium in San Francisco on Sunday.

NASL Semifinal Rewind: Cosmos edge Miami FC, Deltas down North Carolina FC

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Four teams came into the NASL playoffs on Sunday night, knowing victories in their respective semifinal matches would book them a spot in the Championship Final next weekend.

In one matchup, the New York Cosmos faced the No. 1 seed, Miami FC, looking to book their third consecutive appearance in the final.

Soccer on TV

Footy On The Telly Nov. 10-17

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Special Road Trip Note For Advance Planners - US Open Cup, Round 3: 11/18 @8:00pm Lansdowne Bhoys FC (NY) vs Junior Lone Star U23s (PA) Tibbetts Brooke Park; Yonkers, N.Y. 11/19 @1:00om Christos FC (MD) vs. Phoenix Soccer Club (PA) Anne Arundel Community College; Arnold, Md. And now, back to our regularly scheduled Footy, coming to you at a couch near you:

Footy On The Telly November 3-10

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With Premier League, Bundesliga, MLS Cup Playoffs and even NASL Championship, you could watch great footy from dawn to midnight this Sunday. Also this week: the FA Cup, Copa MX, Copa Argentina, a dash of WC 2018 Qualifiers, some notable Friendlies including USWNT, and League fixtures elsewhere.

Footy on the Telly — October 27 – November 3

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It's a Week O'Cups: MLS Cup Playoffs, FIFA U-17 World Cup, the FA Cup, UEFA Championship and Europa Leagues, South America's Copa Libertadores and Copa Sudamericana, and lots of League fixtures elsewhere This week, watch for: 10/28 @7:30am Manchester United vs Tottenham Hotspur / fuboTV, NBCSports.com, NBCSN 10/28 @10:00am West [.

Footy on the telly: October 20-27

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It's a Week O'Cups: FIFA U-17 World Cup; England's League Cup; France's Coupe de la Ligue; Germany's DFB Pokal; South America's Copa Libertadores and Copa Sudamericana; the KNVB Beker; Spain's Copa del Rey. Also, a USWNT Friendly, and the Union's Grand Finale.

Footy On The Telly October 13-20

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Now that we don't have to worry about booking a trip to Russia anymore... We can watch UEFA Champions and Europa Leagues; the FIFA U-17 World Cup; a USWNT Friendly; all sorts of domestic and international league and college fixtures; and the Union as they play out the string, and player contracts, too.

Footy On The Telly October 6 – 13

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This week, it's World Cup Qualifying time again! Also, the U17 Club World Cup; second and third-tier league and college action; and the Union rest for the final Playoff (PLAYOFFS!???) stretch.

Footy On The Telly September 22-29

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This week, we can watch the WAFU Nations Cup action; UEFA Champions and Europa Leagues; a plethora of league and college action; and a double dose of the Union's ever-so crowd-pleasing Process.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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The international break is over, which means its time for a return to club soccer all over your television, computer, and phone screens this weekend.

The headliner takes place in England, where Manchester City will play host to Liverpool on Saturday in a clash of Premier League giants. Both teams are on seven points after unbeaten starts to the new campaign, and each know a loss could drop them even further behind red-hot Manchester United.

Footy On The Telly September 8 – 15

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This week, we can watch the UEFA Champions and Europa Leagues; the WAFU Nations Cup; Copas MX, Sudamericana, Libertadores and Argentina; England's League Cup; a USWNT Friendly; a ton of league and college action; and The Union's ever trustworthy Process.

Footy On The Telly September 1 – 8

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This week, USMNT and every other National Team in World Cup Qualifying action. Also, NASL, NWSL, Euro U-21 Qualifying, a smattering of action from the international pro leagues, College Soccer, And The Union get to Trust The Process while they rest.

Footy On The Telly – August 18-25

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This week, The Union are ...(sigh)... well.... "Trusting The Process." Also, College Soccer, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, Copa Sudamerica, and lots of league fixtures

Footy On The Telly August 11 – 18

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This week, The Union are up against it - again. Also, the Supercopa de Espana, Supercoppa Italiana, DFB Pokal, Copa MX, UEFA Champions League and lots of fixtures.

What MP & Silva’s $4 billion TV deal could mean for lower leagues of American soccer

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On Monday, Sports Business Journal reported that Riccardo Silva on behalf of MP & Silva had approached MLS about a $4 billion broadcast rights deal spanning the years 2023-2032 if the league agreed to institute promotion and relegation. MLS has rejected the proposal according to SBJ. While we speculated yesterday that perhaps they would come back to the table, league sources have indicated to me that MLS and its marketing arm Soccer United Marketing (SUM) have a policy of not selling domestic broadcast rights to third parties.

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Potential NE-based NASL Prospects Darken

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The prospects of a potential New England-based side playing second division soccer next year was dealt a severe blow after a U.S. District Court judge denied the NASL's request for mandatory injunction for second-division status.

The decision comes less than a month after Hartford and Boston were mentioned as markets rumored to be in the mix for NASL expansion in 2018.

Prelude to NASL Jump? BCFC Announces ‘New’ Partnership

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Earlier this month, rumors swirled about Boston City FC potentially moving up from NPSL to NASL next season. On Thursday, the club announced a significant partnership that may serve as a prelude to that jump to second-division soccer.

With plenty of buzz about which league they'll compete in next year, Boston City announced a corporate partnership with Boston-based New Balance, which will become the club's official outfitter and apparel supplier.

Report: Boston City, Hartford City Set Sights on NASL

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Could NASL soccer be headed to Boston and Hartford next summer?

According to a report by soctakes.com, Boston City FC and an unnamed team from Hartford – presumably fellow NPSL side Hartford City FC – are two of seven teams who have recently signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) to join NASL in for the 2018 season.

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Court denies NASL's request for preliminary injunction

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Judge Margo Brodie denied the NASL's request for a preliminary injunction suspending U.S. Soccer's denial of the league's second division sanctioning in a 43 page court decision this morning.

She felt that the league was "seeking to alter rather than maintain the status quo." See also didn't see USSF's professional league standards as inherently anti-competitive, as the NASL was asserting.

NASL makes case in court, preliminary injunction decision to later this week

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The NASL made its case in front of a federal judge today in Brooklyn, and, while there won't be an official word on a preliminary injunction until later in the week, we did learn a few things about the current state and the future of the league from the proceedings.

"We are thankful to have our day in Court to present our arguments before the Judge," NASL interim Commissioner Rishi Sehgal said in a statement.

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Plenty at stake at Tuesday's NASL injunction hearing

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The NASL's fight agaisnt their loss of Division 2 sanctioning comes to a head in Brooklyn as a federal judge will hear their case against U.S. Soccer.

The often counter-cultural minor league filed for injunctive relief against the U.S. Soccer Federation's September decision to deny their second division sanctioning application.

News roundup: NASL files lawsuit against U.S. Soccer

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U.S. Open Cup Final tonight, USWNT beats New Zealand, and the rest of the day's news.

NASL files antitrust lawsuit against U.S. Soccer

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After being declined Division II status, the NASL has taken action against U.S. Soccer.

The NASL announced that it has filed an antitrust lawsuit against the U.S. Soccer Federation. Per the league's press release, the complaint says that the USSF favors Major League Soccer, "the commercial business partner of the USSF," and the United Soccer League over the NASL, and therefore has "violated federal antitrust laws.

NASL's future in doubt after loss of D2 sanctioning

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The North American Soccer League is gearing up for another existential crisis.

After the league had a near brush with death last winter when two clubs left town for their rivals in the USL, two clubs closed up shop entirely, and one extremely high profile club nearly folded due to financial pressure, they get to go through the entire scare once again after the league's DII application was rejected by U.

USMNT draw Honduras in World Cup qualifying, NASL loses Division 2 status, and more: Freedom Kicks for September 6, 2017

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A wild day in San Pedro Sula for the Americans.

Happy Wednesday folks...have you calmed down from yesterday's World Cup qualifying matches? I certainly haven't, but let's jump into the news anyway:

USA 1-1 Honduras, recap: The U.S. does just enough to take a point | Stars & Stripes FC

The United States escape from San Pedro Sula with a point after a 1-1 draw in Honduras.

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NASL Week 17 Rewind:Miami FC closes Spring with win, Cosmos top Eddies and more

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The Spring Season has now come to a close.

After a long Spring Season with manysurprises and memorable moments, teams will now take areprieve as they prepare for the forthcoming Fall Season. Miami FC finished atop the table with an impressive 36 points, while PuertoRico FC finished in last place with only aquarter of those points with nine.

FC Cincinnati, Miami FC U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal rescheduled for August 2nd

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Fans of FC Cincinnati and Miami FC will need to wait a while longer for their much-anticipated U.S. Open Cup match.

The match, which was rained out on Wednesday night due to severe thunderstorms in the Miami area, has been rescheduled for August 2nd at 7:30 p.

The Rest

North Carolina FC departs NASL to join USL

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With the NASL season now officially complete, North Carolina FC has made a widely-reported move to the USL.

The club announced Thursday that it has moved to the USL with a move that is effective immediately. The move, according to the club, ensures the team will play in a league that "has a proven relationship with Major League Soccer and has experienced impressive growth in North America".

Some Soccer News for Oct 18, 2017

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It's Day 291 of 2017.


Front and center in Columbus:
Today's @DispatchAlerts front page. "A kick in the gut": #CrewSC pic.twitter.com/6bkeKYT8hJ — Andrew Erickson (@AEricksonCD) October 18, 2017

  • The latest from the Dispatch on a potential departure.

San Diego NASL franchise to be named 1904 FC

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We now know what to call the NASL's San Diego expansion franchise.

The club released a statement announcing their name as 1904 FC.

"A name inspired for and by the people of its representative city. A fellow supporter and most importantly, a San Diegan, suggested 1904, deriving from S, the 19th letter of the alphabet, paired with D, the 4th letter, making 1904 an iconic name for San Diego soccer.

Chaos: The Canadian Premier League, NASL, and USL

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Soccer Canada has approved the Canadian Premier League for play in 2018. NASL met Friday to try to appeal from U. S. Soccer's demoting them from division 2. The only certainty about the future of minor league professional soccer in North America is that it won't be the same in 2018.

News roundup: Pontius breaks through, no Almiron, NYCFC stadium bid, USSF drama, more

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Chris Pontius finally scores, Miguel Almiron will be out for Atlanta versus the Union, and a whole bunch of hubbub from the U.S. Soccer Federation.

One Game’s Profound Legacy

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On the 40th anniversary of Soccer Bowl '77 between the Seattle Sounders and New York Cosmos, its legacies, both both good and bad, live on.

Forty years on, it remains a remarkable match. Not only did it captivate American soccer's growing audience of the day and provide a fairytale finish for a global legend, Soccer Bowl '77 also cast the pathway, for better or worse, for a club and a country seeking to development a professional presence.

MLS Ticker: Matias Laba tears ACL, Nick Hagglund out 6-8 weeks and more

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The Vancouver Whitecaps suffered one of their most deflating losses of the season on Tuesday, as they learned midfielder Matias Laba will be out for the remainder of the season.

The Canadian club announced the 25-year-old Argentine is set to be away from the pitch until next spring, following an ACL tear in the midfielder's right knee suffered last Saturday at Gillette Stadium against the New England Revolution.