DC United Host Sporting Kansas City In Top-Tier Eastern Conference Match This Friday At 8 Pm ET on NBCSN

NBCSN_LogoNew York Red Bulls Host Houston Dynamo Saturday at 6 p.m. ET

San Jose Earthquakes Host Portland Timbers Saturday at 11 p.m. ET

STAMFORD, Conn. – October 1, 2014 – NBCSN’s coverage of Major League Soccer continues with three matches this weekend, beginning this Friday, Oct. 3, at 8 p.m. ET when Eastern Conference leaders DC United host last season’s MLS Cup champions Sporting Kansas City, third in the Eastern Conference, and U.S. Men’s National Team members Graham Zusi and Matt Besler.

On Saturday, Oct. 4, New York Red Bulls and current MLS-leading goal scorer Bradley Wright-Phillips (24 goals in 28 appearances), host the Houston Dynamo, who come off a 2-0 win over the Chicago Fire, at 6 p.m. ET. The New York Red Bulls will be looking to maintain a playoff spot in a tight Eastern Conference, as they sit in the last playoff spot entering the final month of regular season play.

NBC Sports Group’s lead MLS play-by-play announcer John Strong calls both DC United vs Sporting Kansas City and New York Red Bulls vs Houston Dynamo joined by former Jamaican National Team player Robbie Earle and host Russ Thaler.

MLS coverage on NBCSN continues Saturday at 11 p.m. ET when the San Jose Earthquakes and U.S. Men’s National Team forward Chris Wondolowski host the Portland Timbers and midfielder Diego Valeri.

CSN California’s Anthony Passarelli calls the match from Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., joined by former MLS player Brian Dunseth and CSN Houston reporter Sebastian Salazar.

NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA

NBCSN’s coverage of MLS this weekend 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.

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 air Premier League matches, as well as serve as the U.S. Spanish-language home for the FIFA World Cup from 2015 through 2022. In addition, NBC Sports Regional Networks provide exclusive live coverage of five MLS teams, including the Philadelphia Union, D.C. United, New England Revolution, Houston Dynamo and San Jose Earthquakes. 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’s 2014 Major League Soccer Regular-Season Schedule

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The 19th season of Major League Soccer on ESPN will begin Tuesday, May 27, at 7:45 p.m. ET on ESPN2 with the live telecast of MLS Cup champion Sporting Kansas City vs. New York Red Bulls from Sporting Park in Kansas City.

Highlights of 2014 MLS season on ESPN:

  • All 18 regular-season matches (17 on ESPN2, one on ESPN) will be carried on ESPN Deportes, ESPN Deportes Radio and available via WatchESPN;
  • 17 games involving at least one 2013 playoff club, four matches showcasing defending champion Sporting Kansas City;
  • The 2014 MLS All-Star Game in Portland will air Wednesday, Aug. 6, at 9:30 p.m. on ESPN2 and will showcase the MLS All-Stars vs. Bayern Munich, the Bundesliga’s 2013-2014 champions;
  • Two Cascadia Cup clashes between Seattle Sounders and Portland Timber (Sunday, July 13, and Sunday, Aug. 24);
  • Two I-95 Corridor rivalry matches: Philadelphia Union vs. New York Red Bulls (Wednesday, July 16) and New York Red Bulls vs. D.C. United (Wednesday, Sept. 10);
  • A West vs. East meeting between LA Galaxy and New York Red Bulls on Sunday, Sept. 28;
  • Portland Timbers vs. FC Dallas on the eve of the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the last match before the league’s two-week break for the group phase of the quadrennial tournament.

 

ESPN’s 2014 MLS Schedule

(Schedule Subject to Change)

Date Time (ET) Match Networks
Tue, May 27 7:45 p.m. Sporting Kansas City vs. New York Red Bulls ESPN2/ESPN Deportes
Wed, Jun 11 10 p.m. Portland Timbers vs. FC Dallas ESPN2/ESPN Deportes
Sun, Jul 6 3 p.m. Sporting Kansas City vs. Chicago Fire ESPN/ESPN Deportes
Sun, Jul 13 10 p.m. Seattle Sounders vs. Portland Timbers ESPN2/ESPN Deportes
Wed, Jul 16 7 p.m. Philadelphia Union vs. New York Red Bulls ESPN2/ESPN Deportes
Sat, Jul 19 6 p.m. Sporting Kansas City vs. LA Galaxy ESPN2/ESPN Deportes
Sat, Jul 26 10 p.m. Seattle Sounders vs. LA Galaxy ESPN2/ESPN Deportes
Wed, Jul 30 9 p.m. Real Salt Lake vs. New York Red Bulls ESPN2/ESPN Deportes
Wed, Aug 6 9:30 p.m. MLS All-Star Game:
MLS All-Stars vs. Bayern Munich
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Sun, Aug 10 10:30 p.m. Seattle Sounders vs. Houston Dynamo ESPN2/ESPN Deportes
Sun, Aug 24 5 p.m. Portland Timbers vs. Seattle Sounders ESPN2/ESPN Deportes
Sun, Sep 7 5 p.m. Portland Timbers vs. San Jose Earthquakes ESPN2/ESPN Deportes
Wed, Sep 10 8 p.m. New York Red Bulls vs. D.C. United ESPN2/ESPN Deportes
Sun, Sep 28 8:30 p.m. LA Galaxy vs. New York Red Bulls ESPN2/ESPN Deportes
Thu, Oct 2 8 p.m. Philadelphia Union vs. Chicago Fire ESPN2/ESPN Deportes
Sun, Oct 12 7 p.m. FC Dallas vs. LA Galaxy ESPN2/ESPN Deportes
Thu, Oct 16 8 p.m. Houston Dynamo vs. New England Revolution ESPN2/ESPN Deportes
Sun, Oct 19 8:30 p.m. LA Galaxy vs. Seattle Sounders ESPN2/ESPN Deportes
Sun, Oct 26 8:30 p.m. Sporting Kansas City vs. New York Red Bulls ESPN2/ESPN Deportes

 

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ESPN Extends Rights to MLS and U.S. National Teams

espn-logoEight-Year Agreement Includes FIFA World Cup Qualifying Matches; ESPN3 to Carry MLS Out-of-Market Matches

ESPN has reached a comprehensive multimedia agreement with Soccer United Marketing (SUM) for the rights to Major League Soccer and U.S. National Team matches through 2022, announced today by John Skipper, ESPN President and Co-chairman, Disney Media Networks, and Don Garber, Major League Soccer Commissioner and CEO of Soccer United Marketing.

The eight-year agreement, beginning in 2015, includes English-language rights for the United States National Teams’ FIFA World Cup qualifying matches (men and women) – up to 10 matches per year. ESPN2 will televise 34 regular-season matches as part of the “MLS Game of the Week” series on Sundays at 5 p.m. ET, six playoff MLS matches each year, and the MLS All Star game and the MLS Cup in alternating seasons. ESPN Deportes will also present 34 MLS regular-season and six playoff matches with Spanish-language commentators. As part of the agreement, Fox Sports will offer additional Major League Soccer and US Soccer National Teams’ content on its networks.

Additionally, ESPN3, the multiscreen sports network in more than 92 million homes, will have exclusive rights to carry Major League Soccer matches outside the home markets of participating teams. The out-of-market matches, a popular offering among MLS fans, is currently available only through the MLS Live and MLS Direct Kick packages. ESPN3’s out-of-market telecasts will exclude matches carried by the league’s other national TV partners – FOX Sports and Univision.

“ESPN remains firmly committed to world-class soccer and this agreement underscores our belief that this is an ascendant sports property,” said Skipper. “We are proud to continue our longstanding relationship with MLS and US Soccer, and the broad media rights we have acquired, including enhanced digital rights, will benefit all our platforms.”

Commissioner Garber said: “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.  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.”

ESPN signed its first MLS agreement in 1994 – two years before the league’s debut in 1996 – and has been the primary national television network for Major League Soccer ever since.

Highlights of the agreement:

MLS:

  • ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN3 will televise 34 regular-season matches, up from 26
  • ESPN Deportes acquires the rights to carry all 34 ESPN/ESPN2 matches with Spanish-speaking commentators
  • ESPN3 acquires out-of-market rights to more than 200 MLS matches per season
  • ESPN International will have rights to carry all 34 ESPN2 “MLS Game of the Week” series
  • ESPN networks will televise six MLS playoff matches
  • ESPN will televise MLS All Star and MLS Cup in alternating years
  • Extensive media rights for all ESPN media platforms such as SportsCenter, ESPN FC on television and digital platforms, et al, including in-progress highlights
  • ESPN will partner with Soccer United Marketing to create new soccer events for fans

U.S. National Teams:

  • Up to 10 U.S. National Team matches each year featuring the men’s and women’s programs on an ESPN network, including home FIFA World Cup qualifying matches
  • International rights placing U.S. National Team matches on ESPN International networks
  • Extensive media rights for all ESPN media platforms such as SportsCenter, ESPN FC on television and digital platforms, etc.

ESPN and Soccer in the United States:

ESPN is committed to offering comprehensive coverage of the world’s premier soccer events in the United States.  ESPN is the English-language television home – and other languages, except Spanish – in the U.S. for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.  The media company is also the English- and Spanish-language home of the UEFA European Football Championship through 2016, and a collection of FIFA World Cup qualifying matches from UEFA nations – Spain, Germany, France and more.  ESPN’s multimedia platforms also provide extensive coverage of myriad top-tier international leagues and Major League Soccer in the U.S., as well as telecasts of the United States National Team and Mexican National Team matches, including the FIFA World Cup qualifying matches, international friendlies, and more.

Through ESPN FC, the company’s multi-language, multi-country and multi-platform soccer brand, ESPN offers fans a comprehensive coverage of soccer across the world. The brand’s digital hub, ESPNFC.com, is the no. 1 soccer-specific site in the U.S., and has expanded to include ESPN FC on TV, a daily global soccer news and information program.

About Soccer United Marketing

Founded in 2002, Soccer United Marketing (SUM) is the preeminent soccer business company in North America. SUM holds the exclusive rights to the most important soccer properties in the region, including: all commercial rights to Major League Soccer; the United States Soccer Federation; promotional and marketing rights to Mexican National Team games played in the United States, and the CONCACAF Gold Cup™. SUM also manages promotional and marketing rights in the United States for Mexico’s most popular sports team, Club Deportivo Guadalajara (Chivas).

SUM ‘s corporate portfolio also includes MLS Digital Properties, the only soccer advertising network of its kind, covering all facets of the sport in the U.S., and which allows advertisers to reach millions of soccer fans via online advertising and sponsorships campaigns. These global properties are represented by SUM’s slogan: One Sport. One Company.™ For more information, please visit www.SUMworld.com.

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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.

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