COMMENTARY | The New York Cosmos aren't just returning to the pitch this summer. They'll also be making a return to national television in the United States.
Dave Martinez, who covers the New York soccer scene for Soccer By Ives, reported via his own website (Empire of Soccer) on Monday that One World Sports will carry all seven home games played by the Cosmos this season, starting on August 3 when New York host the Fort Lauderdale Strikers. Every one of those contests will be shown in high definition. It is not yet known if the station will carry any of the team's away matches.
According to the report, JP Dellacamera and Shep Messing will be the commentary crew for the Cosmos. Along with calling Europa League fixtures that were featured on FOX Soccer, Dellacamera is also the play-by-play man for Major League Soccer side Philadelphia Union. Messing, a goalkeeper for the Cosmos back in the 1970s, is the color analyst for all New York Red Bulls matches that air on MSG and MSG+.
That's not all. Martinez also confirmed that One World Sports will begin airing "Cosmos Classics," a series that will look back at the historic Cosmos teams of old, in July.
Both the Cosmos and Red Bulls will be in action on August 3, but the MLS outfit will be shown on NBC Sports on that Saturday evening. Two Cosmos' home fixtures, September 14 against Minnesota United and October 20 against FC Edmonton, do conflict with RBNY matches that are, as of the posting of this piece, scheduled to air locally in the NYC/NJ market on MSG. Martinez informed me that, while he had looked into the matter, he did not know what matches Messing would be calling on those two dates. Jonathan Tannenwald of Philly.com reported on Monday afternoon that Dellacamera will only be calling Cosmos matches when they do not interfere with his Union duties.
The Cosmos, who will be playing in the North American Soccer League in 2013, made news last week when the club announced that Emirates Airlines will be the team's official shirt sponsor. Emirates Air also serves as the shirt sponsor for noteworthy clubs such as Arsenal, Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid. That announcement came roughly two weeks after MLS broke the news that English Premier League side Manchester City had been awarded the league's 20th franchise, a team that will be named New York City Football Club.
One World Sports is the US TV home of the Asian Football Confederation Champions League, the Japan J-League, the Chinese Basketball Association, and other professional sports organizations from that region. The channel is currently only available via Dish Network, Optimum and Mediacom. One World Sports is also streamed live and for free on the station's official website. That option is available to individuals who are not customers of the three television providers mentioned in this paragraph.
One World Sports may be a far cry from TV giants such as ESPN and NBC, but that hardly makes this a non-story. The most recognized American soccer brand on the club level, one that is famous around the world, has a national TV deal in the US. Programming that highlights the team will also air on the station and via its Internet stream.
That's more love than the Red Bulls, part of this country's top-flight soccer league, get from their local TV partner.
Zac has been covering New York Red Bulls, Major League Soccer, Tottenham Hotspur, the USMNT and other soccer leagues for Yahoo! Sports since 2010.
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