MLS on NBC Press Release

NEW YORK – January 5, 2012 –The NBC Sports Group today announced its plans for the 2012 MLS season, the first under the new three-year media rights partnership, by offering live coverage of 41 regular season matches, the most of any MLS broadcast partner, in addition to five MLS Cup playoff games.


NBC begins its live MLS coverage on Sunday, March 11 when FC Dallas host the New York Red Bulls on the new NBC Sports Network, which will air a total of 38 regular-season games this year. The defending MLS Cup champion LA Galaxy make seven appearances on NBC Sports Network, including a rematch of MLS Cup against the Houston Dynamo on May 26. The LA Galaxy’s first appearance is March 31 as they host the New England Revolution. MLS Cup runners-up Houston Dynamo also appear seven times including the unveiling of their new stadium, BBVA Compass Stadium, on May 12 as they host D.C. United.


NBC will broadcast three regular-season games: Portland Timbers vs. Seattle Sounders FC on Sept. 15, New York vs. Chicago Fire on Oct. 6, and Philadelphia Union vs. New York Red Bulls on Oct. 27 – the first game of a tripleheader on the last Saturday of the regular season that includes Chicago Fire vs. D.C. United and Portland Timbers vs. San Jose Earthquakes on NBC Sports Network. The three matches this season on NBC are the most regular-season MLS games on an English-language broadcast network since 2002.


Highlights of 2012 NBC Sports Group MLS Schedule:




NBC Sports Group broadcasts 41 games, most of any MLS broadcast partner in 2012;

Three games on NBC are the most regular-season MLS games on an English-language broadcast network since 2002;

Rematch of MLS Cup on May 26 – Houston Dynamo vs. LA Galaxy on NBC Sports Network;

Seven games featuring MLS Cup champions LA Galaxy;

Opening of BBVA Compass Stadium, the new home of the Houston Dynamo, on May 12 on NBC Sports Network.






Date Away Home Network


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


All games on NBC and NBC Sports Network will consist of pre-game and post-game coverage. The NBC Sports Group will expand upon the successful NBC SportsTalk platform with a Pro SoccerTalk blog that will start with MLS season.


Along with already-established MLS partnerships with five Comcast SportsNets (California, Chicago, Mid-Atlantic, New England and Philadelphia), this new media rights partnership provides the league with coverage across the NBC Sports Group’s unique four-tier portfolio of assets: broadcast network, national cable, regional sports networks and digital.


NBC/NBCSN 2012 MLS Schedule

All games are on NBC Sports Network except for the games on NBC, which will be noted.

Sunday, March 11
FC Dallas vs. New York

Sunday, March 18
Philadelphia vs. Colorado

Friday, March 23
Seattle vs. Houston

Friday, March 30
DC United vs. FC Dallas

Saturday, March 31
Los Angeles vs. New England

Saturday, April 14
Philadelphia vs. Columbus

Saturday, April 21
Toronto FC vs. Chicago

Saturday, April 28
New York vs. New England

Saturday, May 5
Seattle vs. Philadelphia

Saturday, May 12
Houston vs. DC United

Saturday, May 26
Houston vs. Los Angeles

Sunday, May 27
Sporting Kansas City vs. San Jose

Sunday, June 17
Chicago vs. New York

Sunday, June 24
New York vs. DC United

Friday, June 29
Sporting Kansas City vs. Chicago

Saturday, July 7
Seattle vs. Colorado

Saturday, July 14
Portland vs. Los Angeles

Wednesday, July 18
Seattle vs. Real Salt Lake

Saturday, July 28
FC Dallas vs. Los Angeles

Sunday, July 29
Philadelphia vs. New England

Friday, August 3
Houston vs. New York

Sunday, August 5
Portland vs. FC Dallas

Friday, August 10
New York vs. Houston

Wednesday, August 15
Columbus vs. Los Angeles

Sunday, August 19
DC United vs. Philadelphia

Friday, August 24
Philadelphia vs. Real Salt Lake

Sunday, August 26
Los Angeles vs. FC Dallas

Friday, August 31
Portland vs. Colorado

Sunday, September 2
San Jose vs. Chivas USA

Wednesday, September 5
Colorado vs. Portland

Friday, September 14
Sporting Kansas City vs. Houston

Saturday, September 15
Portland vs. Seattle (NBC)

Saturday, September 22
Real Salt Lake vs. Portland

Friday, September 28
Sporting Kansas City vs. Chicago

Saturday, September 29
Vancouver vs. Seattle

Saturday, October 6
New York vs. Chicago (NBC)
Los Angeles vs. Real Salt Lake

Saturday, October 20
Houston vs. Philadelphia

Saturday, October 27
Philadelphia vs. New York (NBC)
Chicago vs. DC United
6:30 Portland vs. San Jose


NBCSN Hits the ECAC On Friday Night Ice

ALBANY, N.Y. — The first college hockey game broadcast this season under the new NBC Sports Network umbrella will air Friday, Jan. 6 as Dartmouth visits Rensselaer at Houston Field House, in Troy N.Y.

Friday’s televised game between the Engineers and the Big Green will air live internationally on NBC

Sports Network (formerly Versus) at 7:30 p.m. with Dave Strader on the call and Ken Hodge providing color.

This will be the first of four ECAC Hockey games featured on NBC Sports Network this season and the first of two Engineers’ homes games to be shown as part of the network’s college hockey package. The other is

February 3 against Cornell from Houston Field House.

Additional regular-season highlights include Yale at Harvard on Jan. 27 and Yale hosting Dartmouth on Feb. 17.

The college hockey telecasts will be produced by the same Emmy Award-winning team that oversees all of the NHL games for the NBC Sports Group, led by Sam Flood, executive producer for NBC Sports.


Jan. 27 Yale at Harvard 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 3 Cornell at Rensselaer 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 17 Dartmouth at Yale 7:30 p.m.

Sharks/Cancuks Draws Average Audience on Opening Night for NBCSN

The NHL on the NBC Sports Network got off to a solid, if not spectacular beginning.

The network’s broadcast of the San Jose Sharks-Vancouver Canucks game, a rematch of the 2011 Western Conference Final, drew 267,000 viewers to the network. While the number is nothing necessarily to write home about, it is an improvement on prior games featuring the Sharks this season, which have drawn some of the network’s lowest audiences (12/13/11, SJ vs. COL – 193,000 viewers, 10/31/11 SJ vs. NYR – 169,000) this season.

The network’s final Monday broadcast as VERSUS – a Stars-Blues game seven days prior – drew the slightly higher 270,000 viewers. Meanwhile, the VERSUS network’s final hockey broadcast, period – a Rangers/Capitals game on Wednesday of last week – drew 327,000 viewers. Expect NBCSN’s numbers to tick up with more large-market tilts next week, including Red Wings/Blackhawks on Sunday and Penguins/Capitals on Wednesday.

(Source: @TVSportsratings)