Ten Hours of Major League Soccer Saturday on NBC

The NBC Sports will provide ten consecutive hours of coverage of Major League Soccer (MLS) this Saturday.

Coverage includes three complete games live and four games where the NBC Sports Network will provide “live look-ins”.  The seven games are the complete MLS schedule for Saturday.

Arlo White, Kyle Martino and Russ Thaler will anchor the day’s coverage, including the call of the first match of the day on NBC featuring D.C. United at the New York Red Bulls which kicks-off at 12:30p.m. ET.  They then head to the NBC Studios in New York to anchor the MLS Breakaway coverage later int he day.

The other games produced live on the NBC Sports Network will include Chicago at Kansas City at 3:00p.m. ET with JP Dellacamera, Robbie Earl and Rob Carlin at the mic and Seattle at Portland at 8:00p.m. ET with John Strong, Brian Dunseth and Jim Kozimor.

Here is a look at the day’s schedule of MLS action on NBC Sports:

Game Away Home Start Time Network
Game 1 D.C. New York 12:30 p.m. NBC
Game 2 Chicago Kansas City 3 p.m. NBCSN
Game 3 Toronto Montreal 4 p.m. NBCSN*
Game 4 New England Philadelphia 5 p.m. NBCSN*
Game 5 San Jose Columbus 5:30 p.m. NBCSN*
Game 6 Colorado Salt Lake 6 p.m. NBCSN*
Game 7 Portland Seattle 8 p.m. NBCSN


Soccer Action this Week on ESPN

ESPN has another comprehensive slate of soccer matches this week, capped off Sunday with the MLS Cup between the Los Angeles Galaxy and Houston Dynamo.  Here is the schedule:

Wed, Nov 28 2:40 p.m. Tottenham Hotspur vs. Liverpool ESPN3
2:40 p.m. Swansea City vs. West Bromwich Albion ESPN3
2:55 p.m. Manchester United vs. West Ham United ESPN2 / ESPN Deportes / WatchESPN
2:55 p.m. Wigan Athletic vs. Manchester City ESPN3
Sat, Dec 1 7:30 a.m. West Ham United vs. Chelsea ESPN2 / ESPN Deportes / WatchESPN
  4:30 p.m. MLS Cup 2012
Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Houston Dynamo
Mon, Dec 3 2:55 p.m. Newcastle United vs. Wigan Athletic ESPN2 / ESPN Deportes / WatchESPN

ESPN 2012 MLS Schedule

Not to be out done, ESPN has announced its slate of 21 MLS contests for the 2012 season.

Here is the entire slate:

Date Time (ET) Match Networks
Mon, March 12 9:30 p.m. Portland Timbers vs. Philadelphia Union ESPN2/ESPN3/ESPN Deportes
Sun,  March 25 4 p.m. New York Red Bulls vs. Colorado Rapids ESPN/ESPN3/ESPN Deportes
Sat, April 7 5 p.m. Sporting Kansas City vs. Los Angeles Galaxy ESPN2/ESPN3/ESPN Deportes
Sun, April 22 6 p.m. DC United vs. New York Red Bulls ESPN2/ESPN3/ESPN Deportes
Fri, May 4 11 p.m. Chivas USA vs. Chicago Fire ESPN Deportes
Sat, May 5 8 p.m. Los Angeles Galaxy vs. New York Red Bulls ESPN/ESPN3/ESPN Deportes
Sun, May 13 1:30 p.m. Philadelphia Union vs. New York Red Bulls ESPN2/ESPN3/ESPN Deportes
Sat, May 19 10:30 p.m. Chivas USA vs. Los Angeles Galaxy ESPN2/ESPN3/ESPN Deportes
Sat, June 16 5 p.m. Houston Dynamo vs. FC Dallas ESPN2/ESPN3/ESPN Deportes
Sun, June 24 5 p.m. Portland Timbers vs. Seattle Sounders ESPN/ESPN3/ESPN Deportes
Sat, June 30 10 p.m. San Jose Earthquakes vs. Los Angeles Galaxy ESPN2/ESPN3/ESPN Deportes
Sun, July 8 3 p.m. Chicago Fire vs. Los Angeles Galaxy ESPN/ESPN3/ESPN Deportes
Sun, July 15 4 p.m. New York Red Bulls vs. Seattle Sounders ESPN/ESPN3/ESPN Deportes
Sat, July 21 2:30 p.m. New York Red Bulls vs. Philadelphia Union ESPN/ESPN3/ESPN Deportes
Sun, Aug 5 10 p.m. Seattle Sounders vs. Los Angeles Galaxy ESPN2/ESPN3/ESPN Deportes
Sun, Aug 12 11 p.m. Chivas USA vs. Los Angeles Galaxy ESPN2/ESPN3/ESPN Deportes
Sun, Aug 26 9 p.m. Sporting Kansas City vs. New York Red Bulls ESPN2/ESPN3/ESPN Deportes
Thu, Sept 20 8 p.m. Philadelphia Union vs. DC United ESPN2/ESPN3/ESPN Deportes
Sun, Oct  7 9 p.m. Seattle Sounders vs. Portland Timbers ESPN/ESPN3/ESPN Deportes
Sun, Oct 21 9 p.m. Seattle Sounders vs. FC Dallas ESPN/ESPN3/ESPN Deportes
Sun, Oct 28 9 p.m. Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Seattle Sounders ESPN/ESPN3/ESPN Deportes

NBC Sports Unveils 2012 MLS Schedule

 signed a three year rights deal to cover Major League Soccer (MLS) beginning with the 2012 season.  Today NBC unveiled its slate of 41 games for the new year.  38 games will be telecast on the NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) while three games will air on NBC.  NBC will also air five MLS Cup playoff matches at the end of the year.

The first match will air March 11th as FC Dallas hosts the New York Red Bulls.  Here is the entire 2012 NBC Sports MLS schedule:

Sun. Mar. 11: New York, Dallas 3:00 PM (NBCSN)
Sun. Mar. 18: Colorado, Philadelphia 4:00 PM (NBCSN)
Fri. Mar. 23: Houston, Seattle 10:00 PM (NBCSN)
Fri. Mar. 30: Dallas D.C., United 7:30 PM (NBCSN)
Sat. Mar. 31: New England, LA Galaxy 11:00 PM (NBCSN)
Sat. Apr. 14: Columbus, Philadelphia 3:30 PM (NBCSN)
Sat. Apr. 21: Chicago, Toronto 3:30 PM (NBCSN)
Sat. Apr. 28: New England, New York 3:30 PM (NBCSN)
Sat. May 5: Philadelphia, Seattle 4:00 PM (NBCSN)
Sat. May 12: D.C. United, Houston 4:30 PM (NBCSN)
Sat. May 26: LA Galaxy, Houston 2:30 PM (NBCSN)
Sun. May 27: San Jose, Sporting KC 4:30 PM (NBCSN)
Sun. June 17: New York, Chicago 5:00 PM (NBCSN)
Sun. June 24: D.C. United, New York 7:00 PM (NBCSN)
Fri. June 29: Chicago, Sporting KC 8:00 PM (NBCSN)
Sat. July 7: Colorado, Seattle 11:00 PM (NBCSN)
Sat. July 14: LA Galaxy, Portland 11:00 PM (NBCSN)
Wed. July 18: Real Salt Lake, Seattle 11:00 PM (NBCSN)
Sat. July 28: LA Galaxy, Dallas 8:00 PM (NBCSN)
Sun. July 29: New England, Philadelphia 7:00 PM (NBCSN)
Fri. Aug. 3: New York, Houston 8:00 PM (NBCSN)
Sun. Aug. 5: Dallas, Portland 7:00 PM (NBCSN)
Fri. Aug. 10: Houston, New York 8:00 PM (NBCSN)
Wed. Aug. 15: LA Galaxy, Columbus 7:00 PM (NBCSN)
Sun. Aug. 19: Philadelphia, D.C. United 5:00 PM (NBCSN)
Fri. Aug. 24: Real Salt Lake, Philadelphia 7:30 PM (NBCSN)
Sun. Aug. 26: Dallas, LA Galaxy 7:00 PM (NBCSN)
Fri. Aug. 31: Colorado, Portland 10:30 PM (NBCSN)
Sun. Sept. 2: Chivas USA, San Jose 9:00 PM (NBCSN)
Wed. Sept. 5: Portland, Colorado 9:00 PM (NBCSN)
Fri. Sept. 14: Houston, Sporting KC 8:30 PM (NBCSN)
Sat. Sept. 15: Seattle, Portland 3:30 PM (NBC)
Sat. Sept. 22: Portland, Real Salt Lake 8:00 PM (NBCSN)
Fri. Sept. 28: Chicago, Sporting KC 8:30 PM (NBCSN)
Sat. Sept. 29: Seattle, Vancouver 9:00 PM (NBCSN)
Sat. Oct. 6: Chicago, New York 3:30 PM (NBC)
Sat. Oct. 6: Real Salt Lake, LA Galaxy 9:00 PM (NBCSN)
Sat. Oct. 20: Philadelphia, Houston 7:30 PM (NBCSN)
Sat. Oct. 27: New York, Philadelphia 1:30 PM (NBC)
Sat. Oct. 27: D.C. United, Chicago 4:00 PM (NBCSN)
Sat. Oct. 27: San Jose, Portland 6:30 PM (NBCSN)

NBC Names Arlo White Lead MLS/U.S. National Team Announcer

The NBC Sports Group today announced that Arlo White, former play-by-play voice for the Seattle Sounders, has been hired by the network to be its voice for the MLS and Team USA soccer matches on NBC and NBC Sports Network.

The network is scheduled to telecast 50 MLS games per season beginning in 2012 as well as four U.S. National Team matches a year.

“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 press release. “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.”

“It is a tremendous honor for me to join the NBC Sports Group, an organization that I have revered from afar for many years,” said White. “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.”

Photo courtesy MLS Rumors

Sports Media Weekly Podcast No. 67- Kenny Albert, Fox Sports

Even though one would think this would be a slow time in terms of sports media news, that’s not the case as we begin another edition of the Sports Media Weekly Podcast.

Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites and I start the show by talking about the new agreement between NBC Sports and Major League Soccer to carry MLS games beginning next year.  We also talk about the extension of ESPN’s agreement with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to continue to air the Indianapolis 500 on ABC through 2018.

We look at the impressive ratings numbers for Fox and ESPN on its coverage of Red Sox/Yankees and the discussion of East Coast Bias.

We also talk more about the growing number of NFL analysts at ESPN and the talent departures for the New England Sports Network.

Ken and I also look at the Fox NFL announcing line-up, a good lead-in to our guest, Fox Sports NFL and MLB announcer Kenny Albert.  Albert fills us in on the recent Fox NFL broadcasting boot camp, his comfort with analysts Daryl Johnston and Tony Siragusa, and his busy schedule covering all four major sports in a given year.

MLS & NBC Sports Group Reach Multi-Year Deal

NBC Sports Group and Major League Soccer (MLS) have negotiated a three-year media partnership deal which will begin in the 2012 MLS season.

Under the agreement, the network will televise 45 MLS games per season as well as 4 U.S. Men’s National Team matches. NBC will carry two regular season MLS matches, two MLS play-off matches, and two appearances by the U.S. National Team.  The NBC Sports Network (Versus) will televise 38regular season MLS matches, three MLS play-off matches, and 2 U.S. National Team matches.

“Everyone at the NBC Sports Group is thrilled to begin this partnership with Major League Soccer,” said NBC Sports Group Chairman Mark Lazarus in a press release. “MLS is a perfect fit for our new group, and we are uniquely positioned to help grow soccer in the United States with extensive coverage on NBC Sports Network, significant programming on the broadcast network and our growing digital platforms. Additionally, this agreement complements the partnerships that five of our regional sports networks have with their local MLS teams.”

“Our new partnership with the NBC Sports Group is a significant step forward for Major League Soccer and U.S. Soccer,” said MLS Commissioner and Soccer United Marketing CEO Don Garber. “The NBC Sports Group is world-renowned for its award-winning coverage, superb broadcast quality and promotional expertise. We are excited to be part of NBC’s ambitious plans for soccer, and look forward to reaching a considerable audience on multiple platforms.”

NBC will also provide pre, and post game shows for each match.  NBC Sports group also has exclusive digital rights for all matches it produces.