MLS games to air on NBC networks starting in 2012

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NEW YORK (AP) -- Major League Soccer games will be televised by NBC's networks starting next season, doubling the number of homes that dozens of games will be available in.

The package currently on Fox Soccer Channel will move mainly to the NBC Sports Network, Versus' new name beginning Jan. 2. The cable channel will air 38 regular-season games, three playoff games and two U.S. men's national team matches each year.

NBC will broadcast two regular-season MLS games, two playoff games and two national team appearances under the three-year contract announced Wednesday.

MLS Commissioner Don Garber says "it shows our sport is ready for prime time."

The deal became possible after Comcast, Versus' parent company, officially took over NBCUniversal in January.

ESPN will continue to broadcast its package of MLS games.