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MLS – San Jose Earthquakes 2011 Season Broadcast Schedule

MLS – San Jose Earthquakes 2011 Season Broadcast Schedule

John Shrader will serve as the primary radio voice of the Earthquakes in 2011. PHOTO Chris Reiko

John Shrader will serve as the primary radio voice of the Earthquakes in 2011. PHOTO Chris Reiko

SAN JOSE, California The San Jose Earthquakes announced today that Comcast SportsNet (CSN) will again televise a minimum of 16 Earthquakes games in 2011 in High Definition. Ten games will air on Comcast SportsNet California, five games on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area and one on Comcast SportsNet Plus.

“We are proud to once again offer our games in High Definition on Comcast SportsNet,” said Earthquakes President David Kaval. “Comcast SportsNet has been a great partner the past three seasons and we are looking forward to another great season of Quakes soccer on their networks.”

The Quakes broadcast schedule begins on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area with their home opener against Real Salt Lake on Saturday, March 19. The game kicks off at 7:30 p.m. PT.

In addition to the 16 games on Comcast SportsNet, the Quakes also have four national television broadcasts to bring their total number of television broadcasts to 20. All matches will also be available on the MLS Direct Kick Package. Additional games may be added to the CSN schedule at a later date.

Comcast SportsNet California Vice President and General Manager Larry Eldridge added, “The Earthquakes have one of the most passionate, dedicated fan bases in the MLS and we are committed to presenting them with comprehensive and exciting Quakes coverage all season long.”

The partnership will also include appearances by Earthquakes players and coaches on Chronicle Live and coverage on both SportsNet Central and SportsNet Reports.

The broadcast booth will remain the same this year as long-time Northern California announcer Jim Kozimor will join John Shrader for all Quakes games, while Dan Dibley will serve as the sideline reporter.

Shrader, who has been the voice of the Earthquakes either on radio or television since 1996, maintains the color analyst role. In addition to his work on the broadcasts, he will also oversee the team’s radio broadcasts, write a blog on the team SJEarthquakes.com. He has been a broadcaster in the Bay Area for over 30 years. He currently teaches journalism and media at San Jose State University. Prior to his current duties, he spent 15 years at all-sports station KNBR 680 AM, where he hosted talk shows and covered the San Francisco 49ers. He has broadcast numerous events around the country, and spent time at two San Jose televisions stations, KNTV and KICU. For nearly a decade Shrader was the voice of San Jose State athletics. Shrader broadcast the 2002 & 2003 MLS All-Star Games and the 2002 and 2003 MLS Cup Finals on the radio.

Kozimor, a veteran sports broadcaster for over 20 years, begins his second season as the play-by-play announcer for all Quakes broadcasts. One of the most versatile announcers in the industry, he is the host of Raiders Postgame Live on Comcast SportsNet California. His play-by-play duties for Comcast SportsNet have included college basketball and football for the Pac-10 and WCC, high school football, Major League Lacrosse and World Team Tennis. He also called a number of California Cougars games of the Major Indoor Soccer League. Kozimor was the long-time television/radio broadcaster for the Sacramento Kings and Sacramento Monarchs. Before that, he was an announcer with the Philadelphia 76ers, Houston Rockets, Golden State Warriors and Detroit Pistons.

A 15-year veteran of local television and radio, Dibley will again be the sideline reporter for the San Jose Earthquakes on Comcast SportsNet California. He also appears as a featured sidekick during the Gary Radnich show on KNBR 680, which is simulcast on Comcast SportsNet California and now replayed weeknights at 11 p.m. as the Radnich Remix.  Additionally, he is the lead play-by-play voice for high school and college sports on Comcast Hometown Network. He spent 12 years as a physical education instructor and youth soccer coach in Marin County.

About Comcast Sports Group

Comcast Sports Group, part of the NBC Sports Group, operates 14 local networks that deliver 2,400 sporting events annually and breaking news and analysis to more than 50 million cable and satellite homes.  Comcast Sports Group’s sports 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, CSS and Comcast Sports Southwest. Comcast Sports Group also manages NECN (New England Cable News), 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.

Complete Broadcast Schedule

Date                                        Opponent                                         Time                   TV      

Saturday, March 19                 REAL SALT LAKE                        7:30 p.m.            CSNBA    

Saturday, March 26                 at FC Dallas                                     6:00 p.m.            TBD

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Saturday, April 2                      SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC             7:30 p.m.            CSN+ 

Saturday, April 9                      TORONTO FC                                7:30 p.m.            TBD

Saturday,April 16                at New York Red Bulls                     4:30 p.m.              TBD

Saturday,April 23                     CHIVAS USA                                 1:00p.m.           CSNCA/TELE

Saturday, April 30               at Philadelphia Union                       1:00 p.m.            TBD

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Wednesday, May 11               at Vancouver Whitecaps FC           7:00 p.m.            TBD

Saturday, May 14                    COLUMBUS CREW                        7:30 p.m.            CSNCA          

Saturday, May 21                    NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION      7:30 p.m.            CSNCA     

Saturday, May 28                    at Chicago Fire                                5:30 p.m.            CSNBA

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Saturday, June 4                     HOUSTON DYNAMO                      7:30 p.m.            CSNCA/GALA

Saturday, June 11                   at D.C. United                                  4:30 p.m.            TBD

Friday, June 17                       at Sporting Kansas City                   5:30 p.m.            FSC

Saturday, June 25                   LA GALAXY                                      8:00 p.m.            FSC    

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Saturday, July 2                      NEW YORK RED BULLS               7:30 p.m.            ESPN2

Wednesday, July 6                 at Chivas USA                                  7:30 p.m.            TBD

Saturday, July 9                      PHILADELPHIA UNION                    7:30 p.m.            CSNBA

Saturday, July 16                    at Columbus Crew                           4:30 p.m.            TBD

Wednesday, July 20               VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC      7:00 p.m.            CSNCA

Saturday, July 23                    at Real Salt Lake                              7:00 p.m.            CSNCA

Saturday, July 30                    D.C. UNITED                                   7:30 p.m.            CSNBA

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Wednesday, August 3            at New England Revolution              5:00 p.m.            TBD

Saturday, August 6                 PORTLAND TIMBERS                    7:30 p.m.            CSNCA

Saturday, August 13               COLORADO RAPIDS                     7:30 p.m.            CSNCA

Saturday, August 20               at LA Galaxy                                     7:30 p.m.            TBD

Saturday, August 27               at Toronto FC                                   4:00 p.m.            TBD

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Saturday, September 10         CHICAGO FIRE                               7:30 p.m.            CSNBA

Saturday, September 17         at Houston Dynamo                         5:30 p.m.            TBD

Wednesday, September 21    at Portland Timbers                         7:30 p.m.            TBD

Saturday, September 24         at Colorado Rapids                          6:00 p.m.            TBD

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Saturday, October 1               SPORTING KANSAS CITY              7:30 p.m.            CSNCA

Saturday, October 15             at Seattle Sounders FC                   7:30 p.m.            FSC

Saturday, October 22             FC DALLAS                                     7:30 p.m.            CSNCA

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All times Pacific. All times and dates are subject to change. Home games in all CAPS and BLUE

CSNCA = Comcast SportsNet California; CSNBA = Comcast SportsNet Bay Area; CSN+ = Comcast SportsNet Plus; FSC = FOX Soccer; TELE = Telefutura; GALA = Galavision

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