Maintaining its longstanding relationship with the New York Red Bulls, MSG Networks has reached a multiyear rights extension with the Major League Soccer franchise.
MSG Networks, which has been the New York area television home of the Red Bulls -- previously known as the Metro Stars -- since MLS’s inception in 1996, will telecast 22 of the club’s 34 regular-season matches this season, including pregame and postgame coverage.
Financial terms were not disclosed.
The Red Bulls kicks off their 2014 campaign on Saturday, March 8 at 7:30 p.m., when they visit the Vancouver Whitecaps FC. Coverage begins at 7 p.m. on MSG 2 with a 30-minute pregame show. Emmy Award-winning broadcaster Steve Cangialosi will mark his seventh season as the team’s play-by-play announcer and 13th season covering the squad, while former New York and Olympic goalkeeper Shep Messing starts his 14th season as game analyst. Host and sideline reporter Tina Cervasio will be back for her seventh season covering the Red Bulls.
New York’s remaining 12 regular season matches will be exclusively shown by MLS national partners ESPN Networks (two on ESPN, four on ESPN2) and the NBC Sports Group (five on NBCSN, one on NBC). In addition, UniMas and Univision will telecast four matches and one match, respectively, in Spanish (MSG Networks will telecast those games simultaneously in English).
“The Red Bulls organization has been a great partner for 18 years and we are proud to continue that relationship,” said Daniel Ronayne, executive vice president and general manager, MSG Networks. “We look forward to providing New York soccer fans with exclusive local coverage of the Red Bulls.”
Noted Red Bulls CFO Luis Miguel Garcia: “We are delighted to have come to an agreement with MSG Networks. MSG’s brand is synonymous with New York sports and they have been a terrific partner for our club and the sport of soccer since the beginning of MLS. We believe the quality of their coverage is among the best in the League.”
2014 NEW YORK RED BULLS
MSG NETWORKS TELECAST SCHEDU
Date Opponent Game Time Network
March Saturday 8 at Vancouver Whitecaps 7:30 PM MSG 2
Saturday 15 COLORADO RAPIDS 4:00 PM MSG
Sunday 23 at Chicago Fire 3:00 PM MSG/UniMas
Sunday 30 CHIVAS USA 3:00 PM MSG/UniMas
April Saturday 5 at Montreal Impact 4:00 PM MSG
Saturday 12 at D.C. United 7:00 PM MSG+
Wednesday 16 PHILADELPHIA UNION 7:30 PM MSG+
Wednesday 23 Houston DYNAMO 7:30 PM MSG
Saturday 26 at Columbus Crew 7:30 PM MSG
May Sunday 4 at FC Dallas 3:00 PM MSG/UniMas
Saturday 10 Chicago Fire 7:00 PM MSG
Saturday 17 at Toronto FC 4:30 PM MSG
Saturday 24 PORTLAND TIMBERS 7:00 PM MSG
Tuesday 27 at Sporting Kansas City 8:00 PM ESPN 2
June Sunday 8 at New England Revolution 5:00 PM MSG
Friday 27 TORONTO FC 8:00 PM MSG
July Friday 4 at Houston Dynamo 8:30 PM NBCSN
Saturday 12 COLUMBUS CREW 7:00 PM MSG
Wednesday 16 at Philadelphia Union 7:00 PM ESPN 2
Saturday 19 SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES 7:00 PM MSG
Wednesday 30 at Real Salt Lake 9:00 PM ESPN 2
August Saturday 2 NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION 7:00 PM MSG
Sunday 10 at Chicago Fire 8:00 PM MSG/Univision
Saturday 23 MONTREAL IMPACT 7:00 PM MSG
Sunday 31 at D.C. United 2:30 PM NBCSN
September Saturday 6 SPORTING KANSAS CITY 7:30 PM NBCSN
Wednesday 10 D.C. UNITED 8:00 PM ESPN 2
Saturday 13 at Philadelphia Union 3:00 PM NBCSN
Saturday 20 Seattle Sounders FC 2:30 PM NBC
Sunday 28 at Los Angeles Galaxy 8:30 PM ESPN
October Saturday 4 Houston DYNAMO 6:00 PM NBCSN
Saturday 11 TORONTO FC 7:00 PM MSG
Sunday 19 COLUMBUS CREW 3:00 PM MSG/UniMas
Sunday 26 at Sporting Kansas City 8:30 PM ESPN
Home matches in bold
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