NBC Sports Group has tapped Arlo White to serve as the play-by-play voice for its coverage of Major League Soccer.
White, who has done play-by-play for the domestic soccer circuit's Seattle Sounders FC on TV and radio the past two seasons, will kick off his national duties with NBC Sports Network on March 11.
A native of England, White previously spent nine years with BBC Radio Sport in England where he was part of the BBC Radio 5-Liveannouncing team for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. White also served as a host on BBC Radio 5 Live and hosted the station's flagship Premier League Football show, Saturday 5 Live Sport, as well as the Monday Night Club, alongside BBC football commentator John Motson.
NBC Sports Group in August acquired a national MLS package for the 2012-2013-2014 seasons. The deal, valued at upward of $30 million, calls for NBC Sports Network (nee Versus) to air 41 MLS matches -- 38 during the regular season, three in the playoffs -- plus a pair of men's national team affairs, annually. For its part, NBC will air two matches apiece from MLS's regular- and post-season, as well as two men's national team games each year. The latter contests will mark the first time four MLS matches will be broadcast on English-language network television since 2002.
"Arlo is one of the top voices calling soccer today in the U.S., and we are very excited to have him be the lead play-by-play announcer to launch our new agreement with Major League Soccer," said Sam Flood, executive producer, NBC Sports and NBC Sports Network, in a statement. "I also want to sincerely thank the Seattle Sounders FC ownership for making Arlo available, so he can be the MLS voice for the NBC Sports Group to a national audience."
Noted White: "It is a tremendous honor for me to join the NBC Sports Group, an organization that I have revered from afar for many years. I am extremely passionate about the future of Major League Soccer, and this partnership with NBC will provide a huge boost for the sport in the United States. I am very proud to have been called up to play a major role in it.
"I am indebted to the Seattle Sounders FC and the club's wonderful fans," he continued. "Joe Roth and Adrian Hanauer provided me with an opportunity for which I will always be grateful. It was a privilege to serve as the voice of the Sounders, and I thank the supporters for giving me such a warm welcome."