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MLS ON TSN Announces 2018 Regular Season Broadcast Schedule, Kicking Off March 3

– TSN is the exclusive English-language broadcaster of MLS, delivering an unmatched package of games including every Vancouver Whitecaps FC and Toronto FC match, 12 Montreal Impact matches, and a slate of marquee matchups featuring U.S.-based teams –

– The new MLS ON TSN season kicks off on opening weekend (March 3-4) with all three Canadian clubs’ season openers, featuring Columbus Crew @ Toronto FC, and an all-Canadian clash with Montreal Impact @ Vancouver Whitecaps FC –

– TSN is also the exclusive English-language broadcaster of the AUDI MLS CUP PLAYOFFS, 2018 MLS CUP, and the 2018 MLS ALL-STAR GAME –

– CTV airs live coverage of nine Saturday afternoon games featuring Canadian teams throughout the 2018 MLS season –

TORONTO (January 11, 2018) – As the exclusive English-language rights-holder of Major League Soccer (MLS), TSN today announced its 2018 MLS ON TSN regular season broadcast schedule. Headlined by 75 games featuring Canadian teams, including every match of defending MLS Cup champions Toronto FC, MLS ON TSN’s roster also includes every Vancouver Whitecaps FC match, 12 Montreal Impact matches, and a slate of marquee games featuring U.S.-based teams while CTV airs nine Saturday afternoon games featuring Canadian teams from mid-March until mid-May. TSN also delivers exclusive English-language coverage of the 2018 MLS ALL-STAR GAME Presented by Target and the AUDI MLS CUP PLAYOFFS, culminating with the 2018 MLS CUP, one of 60+ championship events that live on TSN (a complete regular season broadcast schedule is available here).

“With a 25% increase in viewership and an MLS Cup victory for Toronto FC, 2017 was another incredible year of growth for the MLS in Canada,” said Shawn Redmond, Vice-President of Content Strategy and Business Operations, TSN. “With a massive schedule featuring every Toronto FC and Vancouver Whitecaps FC game, a slate of Montreal Impact matches, and marquee properties including Friday Match Night, Canada Day Weekend, Rivalry Weeks, and Decision Day, we look forward to bringing another great season of MLS on TSN to our subscribers.”

The action begins on opening weekend as Toronto FC kick off their season as defending MLS Cup champions from BMO Field against Columbus Crew SC on Saturday, March 3, beginning at 12:30 p.m. ET on TSN with comprehensive coverage of Toronto FC’s championship ceremony. Additional schedule highlights include:

  • Comprehensive coverage of Toronto FC’s championship ceremony on Saturday, March 3
  • Opening weekend action continues as Vancouver Whitecaps FC begin their season at home versus Canadian rivals Montreal Impact on Sunday, March 4 at 6 p.m. ET on TSN
  • The FRIDAY MATCH NIGHT tradition returns to TSN, running from late March until early June, and showcasing at least one Canadian team in every game
  • Marquee rivalry games highlighted by live coverage of MLS Rivalry Week featuring Toronto FC vs. Montreal Impact and Vancouver Whitecaps FC taking on the San Jose Earthquakes on Aug. 25 at 8 p.m. ET
  • A Canada Day weekend triple threat of matchups beginning with Montreal Impact vs. Sporting Kansas City on Saturday, June 30 at 7 p.m. ET followed by a doubleheader on July 1 with Toronto FC vs. New York Red Bulls and Vancouver Whitecaps FC hosting the Colorado Rapids, beginning at 4:30 p.m. ET on TSN
  • An MLS DECISION DAY tripleheader featuring Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. Portland Timbers, Toronto FC vs. Atlanta United FC, and New England vs. Montreal, kicking off on Sunday, Oct. 28 at 4:30 p.m. ET across TSN

MLS ON TSN’s coverage is led by play-by-play commentator Luke Wileman and analysts Steven Caldwell and Kristian Jack. TSN soccer commentators Vic Rauter, Kelcey Brade, Terry Dunfield, Peter Schaad, Nick Dasovic, Greg Sutton, Andi Petrillo, and Nigel Reed will also handle broadcasting duties throughout the 2018 MLS season.

Fans can also tune in to live radio coverage of all Vancouver Whitecaps FC matches throughout the season on TSN Radio 1040 and 1410 Vancouver, and select live radio coverage of Toronto FC matches on TSN Radio 1050 Toronto. Live radio coverage is also available across Canada for live streaming via the TSN GO and iHeartRadio apps.

MLS ON TSN coverage is available live and on demand to TSN subscribers via TSN.ca/Live and the TSN GO app, where fans can also find comprehensive previews, analysis, and scores, along with analysis from Wilemen, Caldwell, and Jack, and columns from TSN soccer writer Gareth Wheeler.

Confirmed broadcast times for TSN’s slate of matches featuring U.S.-based teams will be added to the MLS ON TSN broadcast schedule in the coming weeks.

 

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MLS ON TSN Announces 2018 Regular Season Broadcast Schedule, Kicking Off March 3

– TSN is the exclusive English-language broadcaster of MLS, delivering an unmatched package of games including every Vancouver Whitecaps FC and Toronto FC match, 12 Montreal Impact matches, and a slate of marquee matchups featuring U.S.-based teams –

– The new MLS ON TSN season kicks off on opening weekend (March 3-4) with all three Canadian clubs’ season openers, featuring Columbus Crew @ Toronto FC, and an all-Canadian clash with Montreal Impact @ Vancouver Whitecaps FC –

– TSN is also the exclusive English-language broadcaster of the AUDI MLS CUP PLAYOFFS, 2018 MLS CUP, and the 2018 MLS ALL-STAR GAME –

– CTV airs live coverage of nine Saturday afternoon games featuring Canadian teams throughout the 2018 MLS season –

TORONTO (January 11, 2018) – As the exclusive English-language rights-holder of Major League Soccer (MLS), TSN today announced its 2018 MLS ON TSN regular season broadcast schedule. Headlined by 75 games featuring Canadian teams, including every match of defending MLS Cup champions Toronto FC, MLS ON TSN’s roster also includes every Vancouver Whitecaps FC match, 12 Montreal Impact matches, and a slate of marquee games featuring U.S.-based teams while CTV airs nine Saturday afternoon games featuring Canadian teams from mid-March until mid-May. TSN also delivers exclusive English-language coverage of the 2018 MLS ALL-STAR GAME Presented by Target and the AUDI MLS CUP PLAYOFFS, culminating with the 2018 MLS CUP, one of 60+ championship events that live on TSN (a complete regular season broadcast schedule is available here).

“With a 25% increase in viewership and an MLS Cup victory for Toronto FC, 2017 was another incredible year of growth for the MLS in Canada,” said Shawn Redmond, Vice-President of Content Strategy and Business Operations, TSN. “With a massive schedule featuring every Toronto FC and Vancouver Whitecaps FC game, a slate of Montreal Impact matches, and marquee properties including Friday Match Night, Canada Day Weekend, Rivalry Weeks, and Decision Day, we look forward to bringing another great season of MLS on TSN to our subscribers.”

The action begins on opening weekend as Toronto FC kick off their season as defending MLS Cup champions from BMO Field against Columbus Crew SC on Saturday, March 3, beginning at 12:30 p.m. ET on TSN with comprehensive coverage of Toronto FC’s championship ceremony. Additional schedule highlights include:

  • Comprehensive coverage of Toronto FC’s championship ceremony on Saturday, March 3
  • Opening weekend action continues as Vancouver Whitecaps FC begin their season at home versus Canadian rivals Montreal Impact on Sunday, March 4 at 6 p.m. ET on TSN
  • The FRIDAY MATCH NIGHT tradition returns to TSN, running from late March until early June, and showcasing at least one Canadian team in every game
  • Marquee rivalry games highlighted by live coverage of MLS Rivalry Week featuring Toronto FC vs. Montreal Impact and Vancouver Whitecaps FC taking on the San Jose Earthquakes on Aug. 25 at 8 p.m. ET
  • A Canada Day weekend triple threat of matchups beginning with Montreal Impact vs. Sporting Kansas City on Saturday, June 30 at 7 p.m. ET followed by a doubleheader on July 1 with Toronto FC vs. New York Red Bulls and Vancouver Whitecaps FC hosting the Colorado Rapids, beginning at 4:30 p.m. ET on TSN
  • An MLS DECISION DAY tripleheader featuring Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. Portland Timbers, Toronto FC vs. Atlanta United FC, and New England vs. Montreal, kicking off on Sunday, Oct. 28 at 4:30 p.m. ET across TSN

MLS ON TSN’s coverage is led by play-by-play commentator Luke Wileman and analysts Steven Caldwell and Kristian Jack. TSN soccer commentators Vic Rauter, Kelcey Brade, Terry Dunfield, Peter Schaad, Nick Dasovic, Greg Sutton, Andi Petrillo, and Nigel Reed will also handle broadcasting duties throughout the 2018 MLS season.

Fans can also tune in to live radio coverage of all Vancouver Whitecaps FC matches throughout the season on TSN Radio 1040 and 1410 Vancouver, and select live radio coverage of Toronto FC matches on TSN Radio 1050 Toronto. Live radio coverage is also available across Canada for live streaming via the TSN GO and iHeartRadio apps.

MLS ON TSN coverage is available live and on demand to TSN subscribers via TSN.ca/Live and the TSN GO app, where fans can also find comprehensive previews, analysis, and scores, along with analysis from Wilemen, Caldwell, and Jack, and columns from TSN soccer writer Gareth Wheeler.

Confirmed broadcast times for TSN’s slate of matches featuring U.S.-based teams will be added to the MLS ON TSN broadcast schedule in the coming weeks.

 

For more information

Christy Sullivan

christy.sullivan@bellmedia.ca

Zak Fairbrother

zak.fairbrother@bellmedia.ca

Hannah Carver

hannah.carver@bellmedia.ca

Soccer on TSN
TSN is the official English-language broadcaster of Major League Soccer (MLS) in Canada, with complete coverage of Toronto FC and Vancouver Whitecaps FC, a package of Montreal Impact matchups, marquee games featuring U.S.-based teams, plus the MLS ALL-STAR GAME PRESENTED BY TARGET, MLS DECISION DAY, and the complete AUDI MLS CUP PLAYOFFS, culminating with MLS CUP.

Through a multi-year broadcast rights agreement with UEFA, TSN and RDS are the primary Canadian broadcasters of the UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE and UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE. The agreement sees TSN broadcast more than 190 games, including up to 16 group stage games weekly, extensive coverage of the knockout phase, as well as the UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE FINAL and the UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL. RDS delivers live coverage of three of the best matches each week.

Bell Media’s CTV, TSN, and RDS own exclusive Canadian media rights to the FIFA World Cup™ package through to 2026, which includes the 2018 FIFA WORLD CUP RUSSIA™, 2022 FIFA WORLD CUP QATAR™, and the 2026 FIFA World Cup™, as well as a slate of additional FIFA tournaments.

TSN and RDS hold a multi-year broadcast agreement that gives the networks Canadian media rights to half of all games from the PREMIER LEAGUE.

About TSN
TSN is Canada’s Sports Leader and provides world-class content across its industry-leading platforms including five national television feeds, TSN.ca, TSN GO, and TSN Radio stations across the country. With a broad portfolio of multimedia sports assets, Champions Live Here as TSN delivers more championship events than any broadcaster in the country. The network’s deep and diverse roster of live sports programming includes the Grey Cup, IIHF World Junior Championship, Hockey Canada events, CFL, NFL, NBA, MLS, Toronto Maple Leafs, Ottawa Senators, Montreal Canadiens, Winnipeg Jets, Season of Champions Curling, FIFA World Cup, UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League, Premier League, Soccer Canada, CONCACAF Gold Cup and Champions League, MLB, Golf’s Majors, NASCAR, F1, Grand Slam Tennis, UFC, NCAA March Madness, and Skate Canada and Rugby Canada events. TSN is a division of Bell Media, which is part of BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company.

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