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Local MLS television plans still need confirmation
by Paul Kennedy, February 28th, 2014 11:36PM

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[SOCCER ON THE AIR] With a week to go before the start of the 2014 MLS schedule, only 11 of the 16 MLS clubs based in the United States have confirmed local or regional television broadcast partners. For all the local television plans and broadcast teams.

CHICAGO. WPWR My50 Chicago will once again be the Fire's local television broadcast partner, carrying 26 games. In addition, Time Warner Cable SportsChannel is the Wisconsin television home of the Chicago Fire and will carry 23 games. Play-by-play announcer Dan Kelly is returning for his fifth season, and color analyst Kevin Egan is back for his second. Brooke Weisbrod joins them this season as the sideline reporter. (Schedule)

CHIVAS USA. No agreement for 2014 has been confirmed.

COLORADO. Altitude will broadcast 30 live matches (16 home and 14 away games). The Rapids’ broadcasts will feature returning veteran English broadcaster Richard Fleming on play-by-play duties and former U.S. World Cup defender Marcelo Balboa. Maya Starks will work as the sideline reporter. (Schedule)

COLUMBUS. No agreement for 2014 has been confirmed.

FC DALLAS. Time Warner Cable Sports (21 games) and TXA21 (6 games) will return as broadcast partners in 2014.
Last season’s popular play-by-play man, Mark Followill, will return to call most of the games, while Bob Sturm will handle play-by-play duties for the others. Former FC Dallas keeper Kevin Hartman will join the broadcast team as an analyst, along with Dante Washington and Steve Jolley. (Schedule)

D.C. UNITED. No agreement for 2014 has been confirmed.

HOUSTON. Comcast SportsNet Houston will air 27 games: 13 on the network’s primary feed and 14 on CSN Plus. The Dynamo has not announced the local talent team. (Schedule)

LA GALAXY. Time Warner Cable SportsNet (21 games) and Time Warner Cable Deportes (16 games) will return for their second season as local home of the Galaxy. Joe Tutino joins the Time Warner Cable SportsNet team and returns to the Galaxy TV booth in 2014 after spending the last 13 seasons as the radio voice of the Galaxy. Tutino will be joined in the booth by former Galaxy star Cobi Jones. Returning for Time Warner Cable Deportes are Samuel Jacobo, Martin Zuniga and Elmur Souza. (Schedule)
 
NEW ENGLAND. Now in its fifth season as the Revs' television home, Comcast SportsNet will broadcast up to 31 matches not broadcast nationally on NBCSN or ESPN. Play-by-play announcer Brad Feldman, who returns for his 14th season, and new game analyst Paul Mariner will have the call from the broadcast booth for most matches this season. (Schedule)

NEW YORK. No agreement for 2014 confirmed, though long-time partner MSG lists two games on MSG anmd one game on MSG2 in March.

PHILADELPHIA. Comcast SportsNet and the Comcast Network, now in their fourth season, will air 25 games; WPVI-TV/6abc, in its fifth season, will air three games. JP Dellacamera returns for his fifth season as the Union’s play-by-play man and will be joined by former Philadelphia KiXX goalkeeper Peter Pappas, who served as a pre-game and halftime host last year. (Schedule)

PORTLAND. ROOT SPORTS and KPTV FOX 12 will again air the regional and local television broadcasts, respectively, with select matches continuing to be televised in Spanish on estrellaTV. Play-by-play announcer Keith Bleyer will be joined by analyst and former Timbers defender Ross Smith. Robbie Earle, the Timbers original analyst and current NBC Sports Network announcer, will call a select number of broadcasts during the spring and early summer. (Schedule)

REAL SALT LAKE. All 27 games not on national television will be broadcast locally on ABC 4 (10 games) or CW30 (17 games). RSL has not announced the local talent team. (Schedule)

SAN JOSE. No agreement for 2014 confirmed.

SEATTLE. ROOT Sports will televise 11 matches live out of market and will re-air all 21 matches locally broadcast on Q-13 FOX and JoeTV. THIS-TV (KOMO2) will broadcast 12 matches live in Spanish. Ross Fletcher and Kasey Keller return for their third season as the Sounders FC broadcast team and will call all English-language television and radio broadcasts. Jaime Mendez and Hugo Alcaraz-Cuellar enter their sixth season on the Spanish broadcast. (Schedule)

SPORTING KC.  KMCI-TV (38 the Spot) will will carry all non-nationally televised regular-season matches. Kansas City original Diego Gutierrez will join the Sporting KC TV crew in 2014 as a commentator alongside Callum Williams (play-by-play) and Jake Yadrich (sideline). (Schedule)


1 comment
  1. I w Nowozeniuk
    commented on: March 1, 2014 at 12:35 p.m.
    First priority order of the day is to eliminate the two team announcing concept...one announcer can do it all and it will keep the focus on the game, not on the small talk that suffocates it. Time to get the 'baseball dialogue' out for good.


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