Soccer Fans Getting More Coverage From ESPN Beginning This Summer

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Courtesy: ESPN/ESPNFC

ESPN is giving soccer fans an early Christmas gift this Summer.  What started mainly on the ESPNFC.com website has evolved into the first ever full length studio show dedicated to coverage of all things soccer.  ESPN FC on TV will air on ESPN daily on ESPN beginning Sunday, August 11th.  The announcement was made today at the company’s Upfront presentation in New York City.  The new show will take the place of ESPN FC Press Pass, which currently airs on ESPNEWS in the United States.    

The new program will be more than just a studio based show.  It will also incorporate the use of ESPNFC.com into the show via a variety of outlets including social media and ESPN’s industry-leading Stats & Information Group’s data visualization analysis, just to name a couple.  Digital versions of the show will be available online at http://www.ESPNFC.com

Scott Guglielmino spoke on the motivation to expand ESPN’s coverage of professional soccer, noting the increased attention that it is now getting around the world.  “Soccer’s popularity is at an all-time high in the United States as fans are now more familiar with the world’s top players, marquee clubs and national teams.  ESPN FC on TV continues our leadership role in coverage of the sport across all media,” he said.  “ESPN FC will inform, entertain and provide hard-hitting insight on the global sport of soccer,”  It will become ESPN’s signature program for soccer, bringing tremendous value to the company, our affiliates and the ad sales community looking to reach core and casual soccer fans in the United States.” 

Sunday editions of ESPN FC on TV will offer full wrap-ups of each week’s biggest games and looks forward to the coming week, too.  Weekday editions of the show will run for half an hour each day.  Fans can expect from ESPN FC on TV all the latest news and rumors from around the world of professional soccer.  Reporters, columnist, and bloggers from around the world will have all the latest from the Barclay’s Premiere League, UEFA Champion’s League, Spain’s La Liga, Major League Soccer, the U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team, and Mexican National Team.  It will also include interviews with the biggest names from around the professional soccer world, and previews of the biggest games from the FIFA World Cup qualifying matches, Manchester Derby, and even more.

To keep up with the latest soccer news from ESPN online, fans can “Like” the ESPN FC Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/ESPNFC and check in daily at the ESPN FC website, http://www.espnfc.com

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ESPN Releases 2013 MLS Broadcast Schedule, Details

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Courtesy: ESPN

Major League Soccer and ESPN are set to “kick” off their 18th season together.  The league’s 18th season on the ESPN family of networks is set to begin Sunday, March 3rd.  The new season’s premiere matchup pits the Portland Timbers against the New York Red Bulls from JELD-WEN Field in Portland, Oregon.  It will air live on ESPN2, ESPN 3D, and ESPN Deportes at 7:30pm EST.  The inter-conference competition will be the first of 20 regular season matches to be broadcast.  18 of those matches will be Sunday games, making it MLS’ most consistent broadcasting schedule on ESPN.  All 19 regular season matches will be broadcast in HD.  Twelve of those matches will air on ESPN2.  Seven will run on ESPN.  One extra match that is currently TBD will also run on ESPN2. 

 All matches broadcast on the ESPN family of networks will also be simulcast live on ESPN Deportes Radio.  Eight of the season’s matches will be broadcast on ESPN 3D, the world’s very first 24/7 all-sports 3D network.  Seven of those eight will be broadcast live.  It marks the first time that MLS soccer matches will be shown in 3D.  All regular season matches will also be available to fans online courtesy of WatchESPN.

Adrian Healey will offer play-by-play commentary.  Healey will be joined by analysts Taylor Twellman and Alexi Lalas in studio.  Reporter Monica Gonzales will handle English-language commentaries.  Richard Mendez and former New York/New Jersey (New York Red Bulls) striker Giovanni Savarese both return to call the matches in Spanish for ESPN Deportes.  Kenneth Garay, Elmer Polanco, and Diego Cora will be in the booth for ESPN Deportes Radio. 

MLS fans have a lot to look forward to this season.  Along with expanded coverage on television and online, ESPN will broadcast the only regular-season meeting of the New York Red Bulls and Los Angeles Galaxy.  That matchup is scheduled for Sunday, May 19th.  It will broadcast live from the Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey.  It’s just one of many big matches expected for this season.  To get a full schedule of games, just go online to http://espnfc.com/fixtures/_/league/usa.1/major-league-soccer?cc=5901.

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