Major League Soccer Returns to FOX Sports

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Groundbreaking Eight-Year, Multi-Platform Rights Agreement Spans 2015 – 2022

Establishes New SOCCER NIGHT IN AMERICA Prime-Time

Franchise, Sundays on FOX Sports 1

New York – FOX Sports has reached an eight-year, multi-platform media rights agreement with Major League Soccer (MLS).  The announcement was made by MLS Commissioner Don Garber and Eric Shanks, President, COO and Executive Producer of FOX Sports at a press conference held this afternoon in New York City.  MLS returns to FOX Sports after having previously televised the League’s games from 2003 to 2011.

The agreement kicks off with the 2015 season and extends through 2022.  It establishes an exclusive SOCCER NIGHT IN AMERICA franchise on Sundays in prime time (7:00-9:00 PM ET), with a minimum of 34 regular season games primarily on FOX Sports 1, featuring each U.S.-based club at least once per season.  FOX Sports 1 and ESPN divide MLS CUP PLAYOFFS matches (outside of two games televised by Univision), while the MLS CUP and AT&T MLS ALL-STAR GAME alternate each year between the two channels.

“This groundbreaking deal represents a giant leap forward in the exposure for, and the commitment to, soccer in the U.S.,” said Shanks.  “Not only are we making a significant financial commitment, but we also plan to mobilize FOX’s substantial promotional resources to raise awareness and grow the fan base for our nation’s premier soccer league and its national teams.”

“We are honored to partner with ESPN, FOX and Univision to form the most comprehensive U.S. media rights partnership in the history of soccer in our country,” said Commissioner Garber.  “The commitment from our television partners in terms of structure, length and magnitude is unprecedented, and these new partnerships are another strong indicator of the League’s continued growth and the overall fan interest in our sport.”

In addition, FOX Sports 1 splits the English-language U.S. Men’s National Team broadcast package of approximately 10 games per year and divides equally the schedule of Women’s National Team games with ESPN.

FOX Sports also obtains:

  • An equal split of all U.S. Soccer matches with ESPN.
  • Digital rights across all platforms and devices, including its FOX Sports GO mobile app and FOXSportsGO.com for desktops, for the games it televises.
  • Digital highlight rights for MLS’s out-of-market package via FOX Sports digital platforms.
  • Rights for FOX Sports Radio to broadcast MLS matches.
  • Opportunity to televise the MLS SuperDraft and other marquee MLS events.

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Eastern Conference’s Top Two Teams Meet As Sporting Kansas City Host Columbus Crew Sunday At 4 P.M. ET On NBCSN

NBCSN_LogoStamford, Conn. – April 30, 2014 NBCSN’s Major League Soccer coverage this weekend features last season’s MLS Cup champion Sporting Kansas City hosting Columbus Crew on Sunday at 4 p.m. ET.

Sunday’s match is the first of the season between the Eastern Conference’s top two teams, first-place Columbus and second-place Sporting Kansas City. Sporting, led by U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder Graham Zusi and defender Matt Besler, have beaten Columbus in their last 3 regular season matches.

COMMENTATORS: NBC Sports Group’s lead play-by-play announcer John Strong calls the match joined former U.S. National Team midfielder Kyle Martino. Comcast SportsNet New England and NBCSN analyst Dalen Cuff hosts studio coverage.

Strong on Sporting Kansas City vs. Columbus Crew: “Columbus shocked everyone by winning their first three games under new coach Gregg Berhalter, and in Federico Higuain Columbus possess one of the best playmakers in MLS. Sporting Kansas City are the defending champions of course, and in Graham Zusi and Matt Besler have two players who are not only key to a repeat title, but might be key for the United States in the World Cup next month.”

MLS ON NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA

NBCSN’s coverage of Sporting Kansas City vs. Columbus Crew will be streamed on NBC Sports Live Extra, NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices and tablets via “TV Everywhere,” the media industry’s effort to make quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms.

For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at NBCSports.com/liveextra. The NBC Sports Live Extra app for mobile devices and tablets is available at the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, and on select Android handset and tablet devices within Google Play.

NBCSN will live stream to PCs, mobile devices and tablets through NBC Sports Live Extra, and to the digital platforms of participating cable, satellite, and telco services, via “TV Everywhere,” which is available on an authenticated basis to subscribers of participating MVPDs.

About NBC Sports Group’s Soccer Coverage

NBC Sports Group’s networks and platforms are leading destinations for soccer fans in the U.S. Its soccer portfolio includes Major League Soccer (MLS), U.S. Men’s and Women’s National Team matches, the men’s and women’s Olympic soccer tournaments, and the Premier League. NBCUniversal, via the NBC Sports Group, is the home for all 380 Premier League matches, as well as comprehensive shoulder programming. NBCUniversal’s Telemundo and mun2 also provide comprehensive Spanish-language soccer coverage. Both channels will air Premier League matches, as well as serve as the U.S. Spanish-language home for the FIFA World Cup from 2015 through 2022. Online, ProSoccerTalk on NBCSports.com provides comprehensive coverage of the sport, from the Premier League to MLS to the U.S. National Team and other key international soccer stories.

For more information about NBC Sports Group shows and properties, including press releases, photos, talent and executive bios and headshots, please visit www.NBCSportsGroupPressBox.com.

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Chicago Fire Host New England Revolution Saturday At 4 P.M. ET on NBCSN

NBCSN_LogoStamford, Conn. – April 16, 2014 – NBCSN’s Major League Soccer coverage this weekend features the Chicago Fire hosting the New England Revolution on Saturday at 4 p.m. ET, immediately following NBCSN’s Premier League coverage.

The Revolution and Fire meet for the first time in the MLS regular season on Saturday. The two teams last met in September when Chicago’s Alex scored the game-winning goal in the 86th minute of play to put the Fire ahead 3-2. Chicago are led by last season’s MLS MVP Mike Magee, while New England look to maintain momentum coming off a 2-0 win against the Houston Dynamo.

COMMENTATORS: NBC Sports Group’s lead play-by-play announcer John Strong calls the match joined by former MLS defender Robbie Russell (Real Salt Lake, D.C. United) and Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia announcer Danny Pommells, both making their NBCSN debuts.

Strong on Chicago Fire vs. New England Revolution: “This is a matchup of two teams that will be fighting each other all season long for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Chicago are still trying to get their engine running under new coach Frank Yallop, but reigning MVP Mike Magee is a player who always needs an eye kept on him. New England have roared to life recently with two wins out of three, and in an emotional week for everyone around Boston, will be looking to bring home a big win on the road.”

MLS ON NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA

NBCSN’s coverage of Chicago Fire vs. New England Revolution will be streamed on NBC Sports Live Extra, NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices and tablets via “TV Everywhere,” the media industry’s effort to make quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms.

For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at NBCSports.com/liveextra. The NBC Sports Live Extra app for mobile devices and tablets is available at the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, and on select Android handset and tablet devices within Google Play.

NBCSN will live stream to PCs, mobile devices and tablets through NBC Sports Live Extra, and to the digital platforms of participating cable, satellite, and telco services, via “TV Everywhere,” which is available on an authenticated basis to subscribers of participating MVPDs.

About NBC Sports Group’s Soccer Coverage

NBC Sports Group’s networks and platforms are leading destinations for soccer fans in the U.S. Its soccer portfolio includes Major League Soccer (MLS), U.S. Men’s and Women’s National Team matches, the men’s and women’s Olympic soccer tournaments, and the Premier League. NBCUniversal, via the NBC Sports Group, is the home for all 380 Premier League matches, as well as comprehensive shoulder programming. NBCUniversal’s Telemundo and mun2 also provide comprehensive Spanish-language soccer coverage. Both channels will air Premier League matches, as well as serve as the U.S. Spanish-language home for the FIFA World Cup from 2015 through 2022. Online, ProSoccerTalk on NBCSports.com provides comprehensive coverage of the sport, from the Premier League to MLS to the U.S. National Team and other key international soccer stories.

For more information about NBC Sports Group shows and properties, including press releases, photos, talent and executive bios and headshots, please visit www.NBCSportsGroupPressBox.com.

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SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC HOST TORONTO FC SATURDAY AT 4 P.M. ET ON NBCSN

NBCSN_Logo“This has to be one of the most hyped-up and most-anticipated early season matches in MLS history.” – John Strong

Seattle-Sporting Kansas City MLS Opener Best Ever on NBCSN following Premier League Lead-In

Seattle vs. Defending MLS Cup Champion Sporting Kansas City Ranks as NBCSN’s Third-Most Watched MLS Match behind Only 2 Games with London Olympics Lead-Ins

Stamford, Conn. – March 12, 2014 – NBC Sports Network’s Major League Soccer coverage this weekend features Toronto FC in their season debut against Seattle Sounders FC (1-0-0, 3 pts.) at 4 p.m. ET on NBCSN, immediately following Premier League coverage.

Toronto debuts U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder Michael Bradley, former Tottenham Hotspur forward Jermain Defoe, Brazilian National Team goalkeeper Julio Cesar, Brazilian striker Gilberto and 2011 MLS MVP and Canadian National Team player Dwayne De Rosario against Sounders and U.S. Men’s National Team captain Clint Dempsey, who come off a 1-0 victory over defending champion Sporting Kansas City in the season opener.

Last week, bolstered by a lead-in and in-telecast promotion from the Chelsea-Tottenham top-tier Premier League match, the MLS season opener between Seattle and Sporting Kansas City on Saturday registered 330,000 viewers, ranking as NBCSN’s best MLS opener, up 208% from the ’13 opener and nearly tripling the 2013 season average MLS on NBCSN audience. Sounders-Sporting was also up 49% from the ’13 MLS opener on ESPN2 (Portland-New York, 3/3/13, 221,000 viewers).

In addition, the Seattle-Sporting Kansas City match is the third most-watched MLS game ever on NBCSN trailing only a pair of primetime matches which had 2012 London Olympics lead-ins (Dallas-Portland, 8/5/12, 405,000 viewers; Los Angeles-Dallas, 7/28/12, 392,000 viewers).

COMMENTATORS: NBC Sports Group’s lead play-by-play announcer John Strong will call the match and will be joined by former U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder Kyle Martino and host Russ Thaler at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Wash.

Strong on Seattle Sounders FC v. Toronto FC: “This has to be one of the most hyped-up and most-anticipated early season matches in MLS history. I’m not sure what more you could ask for in March as two of the biggest stars of the U.S. National Team face-off alongside two highly anticipated debuts by European stars in front of another massive Seattle crowd. We have had this game circled on our calendars for weeks.”

MLS ON NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA

NBCSN’s coverage of Sounders v. Toronto will be streamed on NBC Sports Live Extra, NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices and tablets via “TV Everywhere,” the media industry’s effort to make quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms.

For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at NBCSports.com/liveextra. The NBC Sports Live Extra app for mobile devices and tablets is available at the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, and on select Android handset and tablet devices within Google Play.

NBCSN will live stream to PCs, mobile devices and tablets through NBC Sports Live Extra, and to the digital platforms of participating cable, satellite, and telco services, via “TV Everywhere,” which is available on an authenticated basis to subscribers of participating MVPDs.

About NBC Sports Group’s Soccer Coverage

NBC Sports Group’s networks and platforms are leading destinations for soccer fans in the U.S. Its soccer portfolio includes Major League Soccer (MLS), U.S. Men’s and Women’s National Team matches, the men’s and women’s Olympic soccer tournaments, and the Premier League. NBCUniversal, via the NBC Sports Group, is the home for all 380 Premier League matches, as well as comprehensive shoulder programming. NBCUniversal’s Telemundo and mun2 also provide comprehensive Spanish-language soccer coverage. Both channels will air Premier League matches, as well as serve as the U.S. Spanish-language home for the FIFA World Cup from 2015 through 2022. Online, ProSoccerTalk on NBCSports.com provides comprehensive coverage of the sport, from the Premier League to MLS to the U.S. National Team and other key international soccer stories.

For more information about NBC Sports Group shows and properties, including press releases, photos, talent and executive bios and headshots, please visit www.NBCSportsGroupPressBox.com.

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SiriusXM and Major League Soccer Team Up to Offer Live Coverage of 2014 Season

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SiriusXM listeners nationwide get “MLS Game of the Week,”

plus extensive coverage of MLS Cup Playoffs

Seattle Sounders FC v. Toronto FC airs Saturday on SiriusXM FC, channel 94

NEW YORK – March 13, 2014 – SiriusXM FC, SiriusXM’s exclusive 24/7 soccer channel, will offer live nationwide radio coverage of the 2014 Major League Soccer season, featuring a live “MLS Game of the Week” broadcast throughout the regular season plus coverage of the MLS Cup Playoffs, it was announced today by SiriusXM and Major League Soccer.

This week’s matchup will feature Seattle Sounders FC v. Toronto FC on Saturday, March 15 with pre-game coverage starting at 4:00 pm ET/1:00 pm PT on SiriusXM FC (channel 94).  SiriusXM began carrying select MLS games on the service in 2012.  This will be the most extensive schedule aired by the satellite radio provider to date.

SiriusXM’s coverage will include a live broadcast of the 2014 AT&T MLS All-Star Game on August 6, featuring the MLS All-Stars hosting German powerhouse and reigning European Champion FC Bayern Munich at Providence Park in Portland, OR.

SiriusXM will also offer extensive coverage of the 2014 MLS Cup Playoffs, including MLS Cup, MLS’ championship game.

“Major League Soccer continues to grow in popularity and we’re excited to expand our coverage to deliver more MLS games than ever before to our listeners across the country,” said Steve Cohen, SiriusXM’s SVP of Sports Programming.  “Soccer fans are among the most passionate fans in sports and SiriusXM FC offers those fans a level of access to their sport that few other media outlets do.”

In addition to live play-by-play, SiriusXM FC will air MLSsoccer.com’s Extra Time Radio show, covering the world of Major League Soccer and featuring guests from around the soccer scene.

“We have received extremely positive feedback from our fans about our games being on SiriusXM FC,” said Larry Tiscornia, vice president of broadcasting for MLS. “Our fans want to be connected with their Clubs and the League at all times and this is another amazing avenue for that access – from regular season games, the AT&T MLS All-Star Game, MLS Cup Playoffs, MLS Cup and ExtraTime Radio, this partnership helps them enjoy our content throughout the season.”

SiriusXM FC (channel 94) airs 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and offers the most comprehensive soccer coverage available in radio.  In addition to Major League Soccer matches, SiriusXM listeners get live play-by-play from the Barclays Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and Ligue 1, UEFA Champions League, FA Cup, Capital One Cup and the UEFA Europa League.

Complementing the game coverage on the channel is a daily lineup of soccer talk shows hosted by an expert cast of former players, coaches, executives and journalists including John Harkes, Tony Meola, Ray Hudson, Charlie Stillitano, Neil Barnett, Roger Bennett, Michael Davies and entertainer Kevin Flynn.  For more info on SiriusXM FC visit www.SiriusXM.com/FC.  Follow the channel on Twitter @SiriusXMFC.

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NBC Sports Group Kicks Off 2014 MLS Regular-Season Coverage This Saturday At 3 P.M. ET On NBCSN

NBCSN_Logo2014 MLS Season Premiere Features 2013 MLS Cup Champion Sporting Kansas City and Seattle Sounders FC

Stamford, Conn. – March 4, 2014 – NBC Sports Group kicks off the 2014 MLS regular-season with 2013 MLS Cup Champion Sporting Kansas City against Seattle Sounders FC on Saturday, March 8, at 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN, immediately following Premier League coverage. 2013 MLS Cup MVP Aurelien Collin and Sporting Kansas City look to defend their title in the season opener against the Sounders and Nigerian forward Obafemi Martins, who has scored 103 professional goals in 316 appearances in some of Europe’s top leagues.

COMMENTATORS: NBC Sports Group’s lead play-by-play announcer John Strong will call the match and will be joined by former U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder Kyle Martino and host Russ Thaler.

Strong on Seattle Sounders FC v. Sporting Kansas City: “This has the potential to be a watershed year for soccer in America, and the hype surrounding the MLS opener from fans and journalists alike is so much fun to be a part of. We couldn’t start the year a better way: with champions Sporting Kansas City facing off with Seattle and the biggest home crowd in the league. And, with four potential U.S. World Cup starters on the field, it’ll be something else.”

For NBC Sports Group’s 2014 MLS schedule, click here.

MLS ON NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA

NBCSN’s coverage of Sounders v. Sporting will be streamed on NBC Sports Live Extra, NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices and tablets via “TV Everywhere,” the media industry’s effort to make quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms.

For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at NBCSports.com/liveextra. The NBC Sports Live Extra app for mobile devices and tablets is available at the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, and on select Android handset and tablet devices within Google Play.

NBCSN will live stream to PCs, mobile devices and tablets through NBC Sports Live Extra, and to the digital platforms of participating cable, satellite, and telco services, via “TV Everywhere,” which is available on an authenticated basis to subscribers of participating MVPDs.

About NBC Sports Group’s Soccer Coverage

NBC Sports Group’s networks and platforms are leading destinations for soccer fans in the U.S. Its soccer portfolio includes Major League Soccer (MLS), U.S. Men’s and Women’s National Team matches, the men’s and women’s Olympic soccer tournaments, and the Premier League. NBCUniversal, via the NBC Sports Group, is the home for all 380 Premier League matches, as well as comprehensive shoulder programming. NBCUniversal’s Telemundo and mun2 also provide comprehensive Spanish-language soccer coverage. Both channels will air Premier League matches, as well as serve as the U.S. Spanish-language home for the FIFA World Cup from 2015 through 2022. Online, ProSoccerTalk on NBCSports.com provides comprehensive coverage of the sport, from the Premier League to MLS to the U.S. National Team and other key international soccer stories.

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NBCSN To Air Portland-Seattle MLS Cup Playoff Conference Semifinals Thursday At 11 P.M. ET

nbc-mlsTimbers Look to Continue First-Ever Post-Season Run

Stamford, Conn. – November 5, 2013 – NBC Sports Group’s MLS Cup Playoffs coverage continues with the second leg of the Western Conference Semifinals between the Portland Timbers and Seattle Sounders Thursday at 11 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

The top-seeded Western Conference Portland Timbers host the three-time Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Champions Seattle Sounders FC at Jeld-Wen Field in Portland, Ore. The Timbers lead the two-game series after a 2-1 win over the rival Sounders in the first leg of the semifinals. It was the Timbers’ first-ever MLS Cup Playoff game.

The Conference Semifinals are a two-game series with home-and-away games and an aggregate-goal format. The team that scores the most goals in the home-and-away series advances to the Conference Finals.

COMMENTATORS: NBC Sports Group’s lead soccer play-by-play announcer Arlo White will call Portland-Seattle on Thursday. White will be joined by former U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder and analyst Kyle Martino and host Russ Thaler.

NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA

NBC Sports Live Extra — NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets — will stream NBCSN’s coverage of Portland v. Seattle coverage will be available via “TV Everywhere,” the media industry’s effort to make quality content available to authenticated customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms.

For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at NBCSports.com/liveextra. The NBC Sports Live Extra app for mobile devices and tablets is available at the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, and on select Android handset and tablet devices within Google Play.

NBCSN will live stream to PCs, mobile devices and tablets through NBC Sports Live Extra, and to the digital platforms of participating cable, satellite, and telco services, via “TV Everywhere,” which is available on an authenticated basis to subscribers of participating MVPDs.

About NBC Sports Group’s Soccer Coverage

NBC Sports Group’s networks and platforms are leading destinations for soccer fans in the U.S. Its soccer portfolio includes Major League Soccer (MLS), U.S. Men’s and Women’s National Team matches, the men’s and women’s Olympic soccer tournaments, and the Premier League. NBCUniversal, via the NBC Sports Group, is the home for all 380 Premier League matches, as well as comprehensive shoulder programming. NBCUniversal’s Telemundo and mun2 also provide comprehensive Spanish-language soccer coverage. Both channels will air Premier League matches, as well as serve as the U.S. Spanish-language home for the FIFA World Cup from 2015 through 2022. Online, ProSoccerTalk on NBCSports.com provides comprehensive coverage of the sport, from the Premier League to MLS to the U.S. National Team and other key international soccer stories.

For more information about NBC Sports Group shows and properties, including press releases, photos, talent and executive bios and headshots, please visit www.NBCSportsGroupPressBox.com.

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ESPN and the MLS Cup Playoffs 2013

mlsTwo-Time Defending Champion LA Galaxy and Real Salt Lake Series Begins November 3

The ESPN networks – ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Deportes and WatchESPN – will combine to air five matches from the MLS Cup Playoffs 2013, beginning Sunday, Nov. 3, at 9 p.m. ET – and concluding with the MLS Cup on Saturday, Dec. 7 – with a live presentation of the first leg of the Western Conference Semifinal series between Landon Donovan and the Los Angeles Galaxy and Nick Rimando and Real Salt Lake on ESPN and WatchESPN.  Play-by-play commentator Adrian Healey, analyst Taylor Twellman and sideline reporter Monica Gonzalez will call the match with Alexi Lalas providing studio commentary from site.

ESPN FC, ESPN2’s daily soccer television studio news and information program, will cover the MLS Cup Playoffs including on-site analysis from every ESPN game with Twellman and Lalas.  In addition, former MLS coaches Steve Nicol and Paul Mariner and former players Alejandro Moreno and Kasey Keller will provide analysis throughout the playoffs.  ESPN FC airs weekdays at 5:30 p.m. and Sundays at midnight (9 p.m. PT).

The Galaxy are the two-time defending MLS champions, and have the opportunity to make history, as no team has won three straight MLS Cup titles.  Real Salt Lake is making its sixth consecutive playoff appearance, the longest active streak in the league.

Date Time (ET) Match Network(s)
Sun, Nov 3 9 p.m. Western Conference Semifinal Leg 1
LA Galaxy vs. Real Salt Lake
ESPN, ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN
Thu, Nov 7 9 p.m. Western Conference Semifinal Leg 2
Real Salt Lake vs. LA Galaxy
ESPN2, ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN
Sun, Nov 10 9 p.m. Western Conference Championship Leg 1 ESPN, ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN
Sun, Nov 24 9 p.m. Western Conference Championship Leg 2 ESPN, ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN
Sat, Dec 7 4 p.m. MLS Cup ESPN, WatchESPN

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NBC Sports Group To Air Three MLS Cup Playoff Conference Semifinal Matches This Weekend

nbc-mlsNBCSN to Air Doubleheader Saturday Featuring New England Revolution v. Sporting Kansas City at 8 p.m. ET, Followed by  Seattle or Colorado v. Portland at 10 p.m. ET

NBC to Air Eastern Conference Semifinal Game Sunday as the New York Red Bulls Face Houston or Montreal at 3:30 p.m. ET

Stamford, Conn. – October 30, 2013 – NBC Sports Group presents three MLS Cup Playoff Conference Semifinal matches this weekend. Conference Semifinals coverage begins Saturday on NBCSN at 8 p.m. ET as the New England Revolution host Sporting Kansas City in the first game of a two-game series, followed by the Portland Timbers traveling to face the winner of the Western Conference Knockout Round (Seattle Sounders FC or Colorado Rapids) at 10 p.m. ET. Coverage continues on NBC Sunday at 3:30 p.m. ET when the New York Red Bulls take on the winner of the Eastern Conference Knockout Round (Houston Dynamo or Montreal Impact).

The Conference Semifinals are a two-game series with home-and-away games and an aggregate-goal format. The team that scores the most goals in the home-and-away series advances to the Conference Finals.

COMMENTATORS: NBC Sports Group’s lead soccer play-by-play announcer Arlo White will call NBCSN’s second match on Saturday and NBC’s match on Sunday. White will be joined by former U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder and analyst Kyle Martino and host Russ Thaler.

For the New England Revolution-Sporting Kansas City match, NBCSN will simulcast the local feed from ComcastSportsNet New England, an NBC Sports Regional Network. The Revolution-Sporting KC game is subject to local blackouts.

NBC SPORTS GROUP’S MLS CUP PLAYOFF COVERAGE THIS WEEK:

Date Time (ET) Home v. Away Network
Wed., Oct. 30 10:30 p.m. Seattle v. Colorado NBCSN
Thurs., Oct. 31 8:30 p.m. Houston v. Montreal NBCSN
Sat., Nov. 2 8 p.m. New England v. Kansas City NBCSN
Sat., Nov. 2 10 p.m. Seattle OR Colorado v. Portland NBCSN
Sun., Nov. 3 3:30 p.m. Houston OR Montreal v. New York NBC

NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA

NBC Sports Live Extra — NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets — will stream NBCSN’s coverage of Seattle or Colorado v. Portland and NBC’s coverage of Houston or Montreal v. New York. NBCSN coverage will be available via “TV Everywhere,” the media industry’s effort to make quality content available to authenticated customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms.

For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at NBCSports.com/liveextra. The NBC Sports Live Extra app for mobile devices and tablets is available at the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, and on select Android handset and tablet devices within Google Play.

Coverage airing on NBC will live stream to PCs, mobile devices and tablets through NBC Sports Live Extra. NBCSN will live stream to PCs, mobile devices and tablets through NBC Sports Live Extra, and to the digital platforms of participating cable, satellite, and telco services, via “TV Everywhere,” which is available on an authenticated basis to subscribers of participating MVPDs.

About NBC Sports Group’s Soccer Coverage

NBC Sports Group’s networks and platforms are leading destinations for soccer fans in the U.S. Its soccer portfolio includes Major League Soccer (MLS), U.S. Men’s and Women’s National Team matches, the men’s and women’s Olympic soccer tournaments, and the Premier League. NBCUniversal, via the NBC Sports Group, is the home for all 380 Premier League matches, as well as comprehensive shoulder programming. NBCUniversal’s Telemundo and mun2 also provide comprehensive Spanish-language soccer coverage. Both channels will air Premier League matches, as well as serve as the U.S. Spanish-language home for the FIFA World Cup from 2015 through 2022. Online, ProSoccerTalk on NBCSports.com provides comprehensive coverage of the sport, from the Premier League to MLS to the U.S. National Team and other key international soccer stories.

For more information about NBC Sports Group shows and properties, including press releases, photos, talent and executive bios and headshots, please visit www.NBCSportsGroupPressBox.com.

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SiriusXM to Offer Extensive Coverage of Major League Soccer Playoffs

siriusxmListeners nationwide get live play-by-play on SiriusXM FC, channel 94

NEW YORK – October 24, 2013 – Sirius XM Radio (NASDAQ: SIRI) will offer subscribers nationwide extensive coverage of the 2013 Major League Soccer Playoffs, it was announced today by SiriusXM and Major League Soccer.

Starting with the opening round games on October 30 and 31, and through the MLS Cup title game on December 7, soccer fans will have access to live play-by-play of matches on SiriusXM’s dedicated soccer channel, SiriusXM FC (channel 94).  For the schedule of the MLS Playoff games airing on SiriusXM visit www.siriusxm.com/fc after the regular season concludes.

In addition to live play-by-play, SiriusXM FC will air MLSsoccer.com’s Extra Time Radio show, covering the world of Major League Soccer and featuring guests from around the soccer scene with hosts Greg Lalas and Nick Firchau.

SiriusXM FC offers listeners a mix of soccer talk and play-by-play 365 days a year.  In addition to Major League Soccer matches, the channel also carries play-by-play from the Barclays Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and Ligue 1, UEFA Champions League, FA Cup, Capital One Cup and the UEFA Europa League.   Listeners also get a daily lineup of soccer talk shows hosted by an expert cast of former players, coaches, executives and journalists from the U.S. and Europe.

For more info on SiriusXM FC visit www.siriusxm.com/FC. Follow the channel on Twitter @SiriusXMFC.

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