The USL has reached an agreement with ESPN for the network to carry the league's 2016 championship game on its network and air 20 regular-season broadcasts on ESPN3, ESPN’s digital platform.
Coverage began Friday with the Pittsburgh Riverhounds-Orlando City B game. The league also announced the next five early-season matchups in the USL Game of the Week series.
“We are thrilled to announce our new collaboration with ESPN,” said USL president Jake Edwards
. “This relationship is another step forward for the League and its digital first
philosophy. We will be announcing an exciting broad based media and digital content strategy shortly that will meet and exceed the demands of our-ever growing supporter base while positioning our
clubs and the League for long-term success.” Michael Watts
and Juan Arango
will work the booth for the 2016 USL Games of the Week on ESPN3. 2016 USL Game of the Week Schedule: April 27 --
Louisville City vs. Pittsburgh Riverhounds, 7:30 p.m. ET May 6 –
Rochester Rhinos vs. Charleston Battery, 7:05 p.m. ET May 13 –
Colorado Springs Switchbacks vs. Portland Timbers 2, 9 p.m. ET May 25 –
San Antonio FC vs. Rio
Grande Valley Toros, 8:30 p.m. ET June 8 –
Sac Republic FC vs. Real Monarchs SLC, 11 p.m. ET
The 14 remaining regular-season games to be featured on the USL Game of the
Week will be determined as the season progresses.