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MLS – Chicago Fire Unveil Regional Broadcast Schedule

MLS – Chicago Fire Unveil Regional Broadcast Schedule

CHICAGO, IL (March 10, 2011) The Chicago Fire Soccer Club announced today that Comcast SportsNet (CSN) and WPWR My50 Chicago will return as the official broadcast partners of the Chicago Fire for the 2011 season. CSN and My50 will broadcast 24 Fire matches over the course of the MLS season with each of the club’s 34 matches being broadcast across multiple local and national programming platforms. CSN begins its coverage of the Fire for the Men in Red’s First Kick match against MLS Cup runners-up FC Dallas at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, Texas on Saturday, March 19 at 7:30 PM CT (CSN/TeleFutura). The duo that will call Fire matches on CSN and My50 will be announced at a later date.

“Comcast SportsNet and WPWR My50 Chicago have been tremendous broadcast partners for the Fire and we are happy to return to their airwaves for another season,” said Fire President Julian Posada. “CSN and My50 provide extensive coverage to the Fire’s MLS schedule and are an integral part in the growth and promotion of our club throughout the Chicagoland area.”

CSN, whose local television base reaches 4.7 million homes, will televise a minimum of 10 Fire matches on the regional sports network. My50, an affiliate of WFLD FOX Chicago, will broadcast a minimum of eight matches. The broadcast for the remaining six Fire matches are to be announced at a later date.

“We’re very pleased to bring back Chicago Fire soccer action to our viewers this season,” said Greg Bowman, Vice President of Programming for Comcast SportsNet Chicago. “With every game being presented in HD, along with numerous games being followed by a post-game show, Fire fans will have plenty to look forward to this MLS season starting March 19th.”

In addition, Comcast SportsNet’s website, CSNChicago.com, will also have the Fire covered 24/7 this season featuring game video/highlights in the “Fire” section on the site.  Plus, fans can look forward to additional blogs/feature articles throughout the 2011 MLS season and a Chicago-Fire.com RSS feed.

The Fire will first appear on My50 when the club hosts Opening Day at TOYOTA PARK against Sporting Kansas City on Saturday, March 26 at 3:00 PM CT (My50). Chicago Fire Season Tickets and single game tickets are available by calling 1-888-MLS-FIRE (657-3473), via Ticketmaster or by heading to the club’s official website at Chicago-Fire.com

The Men in Red will appear on national television 12 times throughout the season with national broadcast partners ESPN/ESPN Deportes (one game), ESPN2/ESPN Deportes (three games), Fox Soccer (one game) TeleFutura (four games) and Galavision (three games).

 

2011 CHICAGO FIRE BROADCAST SCHEDULE
# DATE OPPONENT H/A TIME (CT) LOCAL NATIONAL
1 Saturday, Mar 19 Dallas Away 7:30 CSN  
2 Saturday, Mar 26 Kansas City Home 3:00 MY50 TELEFUTURA
3 Saturday, Apr 9 Seattle Away 3:00 CSN  
4 Thursday, Apr 14 Portland Away 10:00   ESPN2
5 Sunday, Apr 17 LA Galaxy Home 3:00   TELEFUTURA
6 Saturday, Apr 23 Houston Home 7:30 CSN  
7 Saturday, Apr 30 Colorado Away 8:00 MY50  
8 Saturday, May 7 Vancouver Home 7:30 CSN  
9 Saturday, May 14 Toronto Away 6:00 CSN TSN2 (CANADA)
10 Saturday, May 21 Philadelphia Away 7:00   GALAVISION
11 Saturday, May 28 San Jose Home 7:30 CSN  
12 Saturday, Jun 4 Seattle Home 7:30 CSN  
13 Thursday, Jun 9 Kansas City Away 9:00   ESPN2
14 Sunday, Jun 12 Columbus Away 3:00 MY50  
15 Saturday, Jun 18 New England Away 6:30 CSN  
16 Wednesday, Jun 22 Real Salt Lake Home 7:30 MY50  
17 Sunday, Jun 26 New York Home 1:00   ESPN
18 Saturday, Jul 2 Chivas Away 9:00   GALAVISION
19 Saturday, Jul 9 LA Galaxy Away 9:30   FSC
20 Saturday, Jul 16 Portland Home 7:30 CSN  
21 Wednesday, Aug 3 Philadelphia Home 8:00 MY50  
22 Sunday, Aug 7 Vancouver Away 6:00   GALAVISION
23 Saturday, Aug 13 New York Away 6:30 MY50  
24 Thursday, Aug 18 DC Home 8:00   ESPN2
25 Sunday, Aug 21 Toronto Home 6:00 CSN  
26 Saturday, Aug 27 Colorado Home 7:30 MY50  
27 Saturday, Sep 10 San Jose Away 9:30 TBA  
28 Saturday, Sep 17 Chivas Home 3:00 TBA TELEFUTURA
29 Sunday, Sep 25 New England Home 3:00 MY50  
30 Wednesday, Sep 28 Real Salt Lake Away 8:00 TBA  
31 Saturday, Oct 1 Houston Away 3:00   TELEFUTURA
32 Wednesday, Oct 12 Dallas Home 7:30 TBA  
33 Saturday, Oct 15 DC Away 6:30 TBA  
34 Saturday, Oct 22 Columbus Home 7:30 TBA  

 ABOUT COMCAST SPORTSNET

Comcast Sports Group, part of the NBC Sports Group, operates 10 sports networks that cover more than 2,400 live sporting events annually and deliver comprehensive sports news and analysis to 50 million cable and satellite homes.  Comcast Sports Group’s networks are: Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, Comcast SportsNet California, Comcast SportsNet Chicago, Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, Comcast SportsNet New England, Comcast SportsNet Northwest, Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia, SNY, The Mtn. – Mountain West Sports Network, and CSS.  Comcast Sports Group also manages New England Cable News (NECN), the nation’s largest regional news network, and The Comcast Network, based in Philadelphia and Washington, which delivers community-oriented programming.  For more information, see ComcastSportsNet.com.    

ABOUT FOX CHICAGO

FOX Chicago is part of the Fox Television Station group, one of the nation’s largest owned-and-operated network broadcast groups, comprising 27 stations in 18 markets and covering nearly 37.21% of U.S. television homes. This includes six duopolies in the top 10 markets: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Washington, D.C. and Houston; as well as duopolies in Minneapolis, Phoenix and Orlando.

ABOUT CHICAGO FIRE SOCCER CLUB

The Chicago Fire Soccer Club was founded on October 8, 1997 as a Major League Soccer expansion team. The Fire won the MLS Cup in its inaugural season in 1998 and was crowned the champion of U.S. Soccer’s national tournament, the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, in 1998, 2000, 2003 and 2006. In June 2006, the Fire moved into its world-class home of TOYOTA PARK, located in Bridgeview, IL. For more information on the Chicago Fire, please visit the club’s official website at www.Chicago-Fire.com.

ABOUT TOYOTA PARK

Located 15 minutes from downtown Chicago and minutes from Midway airport off of I-55 on Harlem Avenue, TOYOTA PARK is the Midwest’s preeminent outdoor live entertainment and sporting facility. Opened in 2006, TOYOTA PARK not only serves as the home of the Chicago Fire, but also hosts a variety of sporting events, special events and concerts by national and international artists. In 2010, TOYOTA PARK hosted Jimmy Buffett and Phish, while welcoming back Eric Clapton and his Crossroads tour.

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