Fans (and broadcasters) of MLS had reason to worry that the 2015 season – the league’s 20th – wouldn’t go ahead beginning this weekend due to the players not yet signing a new collective bargaining agreement with team owners. Relief came late last night though with the MLS officially announcing a new CBA and Friday night’s season opening game set to go ahead as scheduled.
TSN and Sportsnet will have full coverage of Toronto FC and Vancouver Whitecaps while TSN will broadcast select Montreal Impact matches. On the French-language side, TVA Sports and RDS will cover the Impact, while RDS has select Toronto FC and Whitecaps games.
TSN has rights to all-American matchups as well as the MLS playoffs and all-star game. Disappointingly, TSN is only showing the late game as part of the triple-header this Sunday due to the Brier finals. Each week thereafter, ESPN and Fox Sports in the U.S. broadcast a double-header every Sunday afternoon/evening and based on the schedule has TSN released so far, there seems to be little to no coverage of these games with only seven weeks of the season having both games broadcasted. So much for five feeds. I highly recommend MLS Live if you’re looking to view non-Canadian games, only $75 for the season.
TSN will be home to 23 TFC games this season with the other 11 featured on Sportsnet. TSN’s main commentating team will be Luke Wileman and Jason deVos in the booth with Kristian Jack reporting from the sidelines. Vic Rauter, Nigel Reed, Greg Sutton, and Kara Lang will also contribute to the telecast during the season. A majority of TSN’s games will be broadcast across the four main TSN feeds (TSN1/3/4/5), though a couple will be on TSN2 or a couple of the four regional feeds. All but one of Sportsnet’s 11 broadcasts will be on SN360 and features Gerry Dobson and Paul Dolan commentating. RDS will cover 12 regular season games.
TSN has exclusive national coverage of the Whitecaps’ season with 11 matches on TSN2 and the remaining majority on either TSN1 or all four feeds. Luke Wileman and Jason deVos will once again call the majority of Whitecaps matches on TSN with support on the sideline from Perry Solkowski. On the radio side, Peter Schaad and David Norman will have the call on TSN Radio 1410 Vancouver. RDS will broadcast 13 regular season games.
TVA Sports will show 21 games this season across their two networks while RDS picks up 13 games. TVA broadcasts will be Frédéric Lord calling the action while on RDS, Claudine Douville returns for the play-by-play with Jean Gounelle providing colour. Michel Y. Lacroix and François-Etienne Corbin will split duties as hosts, and analysts Patrick Leduc and Olivier Brett will round up the team. TSN will have 13 English-language broadcasts.
For individual games for each team, please visit the schedule linked below:
— Dan | @SportsOnCdnTV