Major League Soccer is looking to grow its fan base. Beginning in 2012, the league looks to invade people’s homes in prime time. The MLS reached a deal to air 38 regular season games, three playoff games two U.S. men’s national team matches on the NBC Sports Network, formerly known as Versus. NBC will broadcast two regular season games, two playoff games and two men’s national team matches under the new contract. ESPN will continue its broadcast of the MLS and World Cup.

NBC and Versus helped hockey’s ratings boost…and this is a step in the right direction for the MLS. It’ll be fun to see whether or not this helps the sport gain more national attention and increase popularity significantly.

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