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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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