FC Edmonton, NASL to appear on GOL TV By Steven Sandor Posted on October 7, 2011 2 0 721 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter The seasons of both FC Edmonton and the Montreal Impact have concluded, but fans across Canada will get the chance to see them in action. The NASL announced Thursday that a new magazine show on the league will debut on GOL TV and GOL TV Canada this Friday. TEAM NASL will feature interviews and highlights from all eight teams in Division-2 — even though only four are still alive in NASL playoff action going into this weekend. The league and GOL TV have been working on some kind of broadcasting partnership through the season, and finally the material is getting to air as the NASL enters its playoff semifinals this weekend. So, there’s no shaking how peculiar the timing of the announcement. By the time fans see snippets, four of the teams featured have already packed up and gone home. Of course, this could pave the way for a larger partnership in the future. The USL ha a broadcast deal with Fox Soccer Channel, and the NASL has made no secret that it would like a broadcast dance partner. Right now, TEAM NASL will be a three-episode series; but it’s clear that GOL TV needs more content (and FC Edmonton would help with Canadian content for GOL TV on this side of the border). This past season, FC Edmonton home matches were repeated on Shaw TV on Saturday afternoons. But, because of financial and technical considerations, each of the eight NASL teams had broadcasts of varying quality this season — and, for a league-wide TV deal to be viable, it would need the broadcast standards and facilities in many of the NASL markets to improve. NOTE: As the colour commentator for FC Edmonton’s broadcasts on fcedmonton.com and TEAM 1260 radio, this was an initiative that I was aware of a couple of months ago. But, because I was involved with some of the filming of the FC Edmonton segments, I honoured my ethical obligation to the broadcast team. SCHEDULE, for both Canada and the U.S. Episode 1: Friday October 7th 6:30 PM EDT Re-airings: · Saturday 10/8 – 2 PM EDT · Wednesday 10/12 – 2 PM EDT · Thursday 10/13 – 4.30 PM EDT Episode 2: Friday October 21st Episode 3: Friday November 4th For updated schedule information about TEAM NASL and re-airings, please visit GOLTV or NASL.com.