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New York, Columbus and San Jose ink TV deals
March 6th, 2014 10:08PM
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[SOCCER ON THE AIR] Three more MLS clubs announced local TV deals as the New York Red Bulls signed a multi-year extension to return to MSG Networks, their local carrier since MLS's first season in 1996, the Columbus Crew reached a new multi-year agreement with Time Warner Cable SportsChannel, and the San Jose Earthquakes will return on Comcast SportsNet with a new crew in the booth. The only teams without announced local TV deals: Chivas USA and D.C. United.

NEW YORK. MSG Networks will produce 22 Red Bulls regular-season games, including pregame and postgame coverage. Steve Cangialosi returns for his seventh season as the team’s play-by-play announcer and 13th covering the Red Bulls, while former goalkeeper Shep Messing starts his 14th season as analyst. Host and sideline reporter Tina Cervasio will be back for her seventh season covering the Red Bulls. (Schedule)

COLUMBUS. The Crew deal with Time Warner Cable SportsChannel includes enhanced pre- and post-game coverage for all Crew matches as Time Warner Cable SportsChannel becomes the dedicated home for all but one regular-season contest (the May 4 match at Sporting Kansas City on NBCSN). Back for his 19th season as the voice of the Columbus Crew, Dwight Burgess will be the play-by-play commentator and joined by partner Chris Doran, back for his second season as a television analyst. Rounding out the Crew’s talent staff is Ashleigh Ignelzi, who returns for her sixth year on the sideline. (Schedule)

SAN JOSE. The San Jose Earthquakes and Comcast SportsNet announced their slate of 27 local broadcasts. Comcast SportsNet will have a new team in the booth this year as Anthony Passarelli and Chris Dangerfield move to the television side after broadcasting the last two seasons on radio. Meanwhile, KNBR morning show co-host, Kate Scott, will return for her second season as the sideline reporter. (Schedule)

Other deals ...

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)


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