Soccer Central’s Gerry Dobson Tweeted something interesting earlier this afternoon:
Last season Sportsnet only showed 21 MLS matchups, all involving the Vancouver Whitecaps. Assuming TSN shows 11-12 Whitecaps games again this season, that leaves about 22 games for Sportsnet. That leaves the question, where do the other 12 games come from? I replied to Gerry’s Tweet and received this response from Jim LaChapelle of Sportsnet’s public relations department.
The are two possibilities of where Sportsnet’s other 12 games will come from. The most likely, in my opinion, is that Sportsnet will show a few Montreal Impact games as part of its partnership with TVA Sports, who hold French-language rights for some 20 Impact games. The other, less likely, possibility is that Sportsnet will sub-lease Toronto FC games from GolTV Canada. Rogers will partially own GolTV Canada by the end of the year.
MLS on TSN… Luke Wileman has confirmed on Twitter that TSN will broadcast Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Montreal Impact on Saturday March 10 at 6pm ET and Montreal Impact vs. Chicago Fire on Saturday March 17 at 2pm ET. TSN will broadcast 30 games in 2012 featuring Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver. TSN will also broadcast numerous games from the 59 that ESPN2 and NBC Sports Network will combine to show in the United States. TSN will release their full MLS broadcast schedule later this month.
MLS on NBC… MLS Soccer returns to free TV in 2012 as NBC will broadcast three lives games. NBC’s broadcasts inlcude Portland Timbers vs. Seattle Sounders in a derby match on Saturday September 15, New York Red Bulls vs. Chicago Fire on Saturday October 6 and Philadelphia Union vs. New York Red Bulls on Saturday October 27.