MLS signs three-year deal with NBC

Major League Soccer and the NBC Sports Group year contract that calls for 45 MLS games and four U.S. men's national team matches to be televised live each year, starting in 2012.

The games will be shown live across both NBC and NBC Sports Network each year. This marks the first rights deal for the newly-named cable channel that will be re-branded from Versus in January.

NBC will broadcast two regular-season MLS games, two playoff matches and two appearances by the U.S. each year, marking the first time four MLS games will be broadcast on English-language network television since 2002.

The NBC Sports Network will televise 38 regular-season games, three playoff games and two U.S. matches. All telecasts on NBC and NBC Sports Network will consist of pre-game and post-game coverage.