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TORONTO (February 10, 2014) – As the home of soccer and the official broadcaster of Major League Soccer (MLS) in Canada, TSN today announced its 90-game national broadcast package that includes 65 games featuring at least one Canadian team – Montreal Impact, Toronto FC, or Vancouver Whitecaps FC (see attached or visit TSN.ca for a complete schedule).
New this season, TSN is set to deliver unprecedented access to Whitecaps FC as the network becomes the exclusive home of the team.
In total, TSN’s 90-game regular season broadcast schedule features:
The network’s national broadcast package is complemented by exclusive Canadian coverage of the MLS CUP Playoffs, MLS CUP 2014, and the 2014 AT&T MLS ALL-STAR GAME from JELD-WEN Field in Portland, Ore.
MLS ON TSN’s coverage is led by acclaimed commentators Luke Wileman, Jason deVos, and Kristian Jack. Also handling MLS ON TSN broadcasting duties this season are Vic Rauter, Nigel Reed, and Greg Sutton.
PHOTO CAPTION: MLS ON TSN’s coverage is led by acclaimed commentators (left to right) Luke Wileman, Jason deVos, and Kristian Jack.
“TSN is proud to the official broadcaster of MLS and the exclusive home of Vancouver Whitecaps FC,” said Shawn Redmond, Vice-President of Programming and Marketing, TSN. “The anticipation for MLS has never been higher and we are excited to bring our fans more games than ever before. With the incredibly passionate Whitecaps fan base, the Impact coming off a playoff run, and franchise players like Jermain Defoe and Michael Bradley headlining TFC, we’re looking forward to the league’s biggest season yet.”
MLS ON TSN kicks off Saturday, March 8 at 7:30 p.m. ET with Whitecaps FC’s home opener at BC Place vs. New York Red Bulls.
Fans can watch the MLS debut of former Tottenham Hotspur F.C. striker Jermain Defoe live on TSN during TFC’s season opener against Seattle Sounders FC on Saturday, March 15 at 4:30 p.m. ET. The following week, TSN captures Defoe’s first game at BMO Field in Toronto during TFC’s home opener vs. D.C. United on Saturday, March 22 at 4:30 p.m. ET.
Throughout the season, TSN Radio stations across the country deliver extensive coverage of MLS. Live game coverage is also available on the following stations:
For news and analysis from around the league, fans can:
MLS on RDS
As the official French-language broadcaster of MLS in Canada, RDS will broadcast more than 30 games, highlighted by 13 matches featuring Montreal Impact – including the team’s home opener vs. Seattle Sounders FC at Olympic Stadium on Saturday, March 22 at 4:30 p.m. ET.
Once again, RDS’s MLS coverage will be led by play-by-play commentators Claudine Douville and Jean Gounelle, hosts Michel Y. Lacroix and François-Etienne Corbin, plus analyst Patrick Leduc.
Soccer on Bell Media
Along with TSN and RDS being the official broadcasters of MLS in Canada, Bell Media’s CTV, TSN, and RDS are home to EURO 2016 and the FIFA World Cup, beginning with the highly-anticipated FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015 in Canada and including the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ and 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™. TSN also holds a multi-year broadcast agreement with BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE that gives TSN the Canadian media rights to half of all games through to the 2015-2016 season.
TSN is Canada's Sports Leader and #1 specialty network. With a broad portfolio of multimedia sports assets, TSN delivers world-class content across industry-leading platforms including TSN2, TSN.ca, TSN Radio and TSN Mobile TV. Official broadcaster of the Grey Cup, IIHF World Junior Championship and FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015, TSN’s slate of live sports coverage includes NHL, CFL, NFL, NBA, MLS, Season of Champions Curling, UEFA Euro 2016, MLB, Barclays Premier League, Golf’s Majors, NASCAR Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Canadian Tire Series, F1, Grand Slam Tennis, NCAA March Madness, and Skate Canada events. TSN is a division of Bell Media, which is part of BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company.
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