D.C. United and Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic today announced the extension of their longstanding partnership with a new three-year agreement, which begins with the ongoing 2013 Major League Soccer season. United and Comcast SportsNet, whose partnership began in 1996, also announced the Black-and-Red’s regional television schedule.
Comcast SportsNet broadcasts will be led by play-by-play announcer Dave Johnson and analyst John Harkes. The first game to air on Comcast SportsNet this year will be a rematch of the 2012 Eastern Conference finals against the Houston Dynamo on May 8 at 7:00 p.m. at RFK Stadium.
“Through this new contract, Comcast SportsNet continues to provide resources and effort necessary to best bring D.C. United matches into the homes of soccer fans throughout the region,” said D.C. United Chief Marketing Officer Doug Hicks. “Through game broadcasts, ancillary programming and news coverage, we appreciate the commitment shown by our partners and look forward to sharing a bright future with them.”
The regional television schedule, which includes nine home games, seven away games and 14 weekend games, closes with a match against 2012 MLS champion L.A. Galaxy on Sept. 15 at 5:00 p.m.
“United is a dynamic brand that delivers a tremendous amount of exciting content to our network’s lineup,” said Comcast SportsNet President Rebecca Schulte. “We are proud to continue in our longtime position as the official sports network of United and provide their passionate fans with the most comprehensive Black-and-Red coverage.”
As part of the long-term agreement, Comcast SportsNet will continue to serve as the official sports network of D.C. United and televise a minimum of 16 live games each season through 2015. The network will present pre- and post-game shows, D.C. United Central and D.C. United Postgame Live, surrounding select games, as well as other team-related programming. Comcast SportsNet will also continue to deliver comprehensive coverage of United on its news and digital media platforms.
Comcast SportsNet’s 16-game schedule compliments a national television schedule of 14 games across five networks throughout the 2013 Major League Soccer season. Any League match not available on television is available via the Direct Kick package, MLS Live, or the official Major League Soccer ap “MLS Matchday.”