EPL coverage continued this weekend on the networks of NBC despite the Olympic games from Sochi. Fans scrambling to find the Premier League on the usual channel like NBCSN were initially disappointed. However, the games were moved to the USA Network and to the main broadcast channel for NBC. It will be interesting to see how aggressively NBC uses the Olympics to promote its EPL telecasts and the sport of soccer. Even though the relationship with MLS is presumed to be ending after this year, there is still a full season of matches to broadcast, promote and sell. For those who chose the online route, the games were also available over the internet during weekend.
Elsewhere, the newly minted Houston Dash have signed a five year jersey deal with BBVA Compass Bank to serve as the jersey sponsor for the team. The Dash are set to begin their first season in 2014, and remarkably, they have a jersey sponsor before their MLS cousins. The Houston Dynamo ownership group also owns the Dash. Per the official press release, “[t]he Dash are the first expansion club in the NWSL, joining the eight original members that launched the league in 2013. The NWSL is supported by the Canadian Soccer Association, Federation of Mexican Football and the United States Soccer Federation.”
Finally, a former Portland Timber has sued the team, claiming that the failure to file a proper concussion protocol caused him to suffer permanent injuries and retire from soccer. According to Oregon Live, lawsuit lists the Portland Timbers, Sports Medicine Oregon, orthopedic surgeon Jonathan Greenleaf, Timbers head athletic trainer Nik Wald and psychologist James Bryan as defendants.” As this case matures, we will follow it in more detail and report here.
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