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July 16, 2007

The future of MLS coverage on British TV

Local_boy_made_good_2 I see that there has been a bit of interest in one-half of a showbiz couple, local boy made good, and part-time footballer David Beckham moving to play football in the U.S.

I'm not sure if the deals have been tied up for next season, but I wouldn't be surprised to see live MSL coverage on UK television, in much the same way that Paul Gascoine's move to Lazio helped prompt Channel 4 to start showing Football Italia. And springboarded the career of the erudite and puntastic James Richardson.

Just so you know what to expect, I caught a glimpse of MLS coverage on Premier Sport over here in Greece on Saturday, in a match between Houston and New York.

I instantly started supporting Houston, since New York are part of the Red Bull franchise that swallowed up the team that used to be SV Austria Salzburg SV Casino Salzburg SV W├╝stenrot Salzburg.

The most telling moment though was the infographics that went with the game.

They zoomed into Houstons's goalkeeper, and displayed his vital career stats:

Most memorable concert: Meatloaf

Who says MLS is just about show-business?

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You are right Meatloaf svcks just as much as houstank dynahoes.

Five are going to be doing a 30 minute gazzetta italia type show for the rest of the MSL season. I think it starts in a week or so.

The only comment I would make is that when they started showing Italian football, it was REAL football. I don't think any UK TV company will attract a large audience for the equivalent of Rochdale v Macclesfield!!!!!!!!!!

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