The six-month countdown to the FIFA Women’s World Cup to be held in Canada begins this weekend with the official draw live from Gatineau, Quebec. TSN and owner Bell Media signed a seven-year deal recently to broadcast all FIFA events beginning with next year’s Women’s World Cup.
Live from the Canadian Museum of History, TSN’s coverage begins at 12pm ET on Saturday on TSN1/3/4 following their 10am English Premier League coverage. The draw will also be streamed online via TSN GO and in French-language on RDS. Following the one-hour draw, TSN delivers 30 minutes of post-draw discussion and analysis at 1pm, including interviews with coaches, players and tournament ambassadors in Gatineau, among them Canada’s women’s national team coach John Herdman and captain Christine Sinclair.
James Duthie and Jennifer Hedger will host the coverage from Gatineau. They will have Jason deVos and Kara Lang beside them providing expert analysis and opinion.
Sunday afternoon TSN1/4/5 will have ESPN’s full coverage of the 2014 MLS Cup Final featuring the Los Angeles Galaxy taking on the New England Revolution from the StubHub Centre in California live from 3pm ET. The game was also be available online via TSN GO and on RDS2 for French-language viewers.
Commentator Adrian Healey, analyst Taylor Twellman and reporter Mónica Gónzalez will call the match with host Max Bretos, Alexi Lalas and Kasey Keller, providing pregame, halftime and post-game studio coverage from site. During MLS Cup 2014, ESPN will debut a graphic telestration system that tracks the movement of players in real-time. The visual graphic, created by ChryonHego, is displayed on-screen, either during live play or in a replay, spotlighting key players and enabling viewers a better grasp of the strategy and in-game spatial movements used by the teams. MLS commissioner Don Garber will be interviewed on the ESPN set at halftime also.
As usual, MLS will struggle to get casual viewers going up against the NFL, but really, what other choice do they have? If it’s not NFL on Sundays as ratings competition, it would be college football on Saturday.