Soccer Business Bits: Dan Flynn, NBC Goes Streaming & More

us-soccerThe Sports Business Journal offers this interview with Dan Flynn, the CEO and Secretary General of US Soccer.  Mr. Flynn is a sports business veteran who has previously worked on the sponsor side before coming to US Soccer 13 years ago.   He was also part of a NCAA title winning team back in 1973. With respect to partnership, Flynn notes the following: “We have five major partners activating at our World Cup qualifiers: Budweiser, Castrol, McDonald’s, Allstate and, of course, Nike, with our centennial kits. Sponsorship continues to grow as the game in this country has grown.”

The NBC Sports Network made a big announcement today regarding the streaming availability of their sports broadcasts.  From the official press release: “– NBC Sports Live Extra, the NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for digital, mobile and tablets, will begin live streaming NBC Sports Network live-event content to Cablevision, Comcast Xfinity TV, Suddenlink and Verizon FiOS customers via TV Everywhere beginning tonight. Additional cable, satellite and telco providers are expected to be added soon. The 2013 NBC Sports Network live-event programming roster includes the remainder of the NHL regular season, the Stanley Cup Playoffs and Final; Premier League and Major League Soccer matche; Formula One™ and IndyCar races; horse racing that surrounds the Triple Crown; and more.”

For MLS fans who already have access to the league’s “stream of the week” this provides another great outlet to catch soccer on the go.  Both of the MLS matches that the NBCSN will broadcast this weekend will also be available via NBC Sports Live Extra.   ESPN does not have a game this weekend.

One final note.  The Premier League will debut goal line technology next season .  How far behind is MLS.