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.


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3 Responses to MLS on NBC Press Release

  1. Jim says:

    So in other words unless I want to spend over $700 a year for satellite I get to watch only 3 games all in October. Whoopy……

  2. bomber says:

    I thought this was a hockey related site.

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