Sporting Kansas City will be back on KSMO-TV this year and next after renewing its deal with team's local broadcast partner. As part of the deal, all 28 MLS matches that aren't part of a national broadcast will be carried live in high-definition.
Also as part of the agreement, the team's match against the Houston Dynamo on July 7 at Livestrong Sporting Park and the trip to face the Montreal Impact on Sept. 22 will be simulcast on KSMO's sister station and local CBS affiliate, KCTV-5.
“We’re pleased to continue our partnership with KSMO-TV to provide high-quality broadcasts that will showcase our club, our stadium and Major League Soccer,” Sporting Club CEO Robb Heineman said in a team press release. “We place a high value on ensuring all our matches are available across the Kansas City viewing area and KSMO-TV has shown a commitment to delivering the coverage that our passionate fanbase deserves.”
That's a fantastic deal for Sporting KC, as KSMO seems to be a good fit for the team. Having all of the games available in high-definition should be the benchmark for every MLS team. Getting two games (last year, KCTV-5 simulcast one game) on the local CBS affiliate is a step in a really positive direction. Maybe next year, you'll get four!
Play-by-play announcer Callum Williams and color-commentator Jake Yadrich will return to the booth for the 2012 season. Also, KSMO-TV will carry a 30-minute pre-game show prior to each Sporting Kansas City telecast (with the only exceptions being July 4 and Sept. 19, which will be streamed on SportingKC.com). The weekly 30-minute soccer show Off the Pitch will also return to its Sunday at 9:30 p.m. timeslot.KSMO-TV Channel Lineup
Broadcast: 62 (analog), 62.1 (digital)
Time Warner Cable: 10, 1010 (HD)
Comcast: 10, 237 (HD), 810 (HD)
AT U-Verse: 62, 1062 (HD)
DirecTV: 62, 951 (HD)
Dish Network: 62, 6382 (HD), 8434
Surewest: 10, 619 (HD)Sporting Kansas City's national broadcast schedule (including KCTV-5 games)
• Sunday, March 25: vs. FC Dallas, 6 p.m. Galavision (and KSMO-TV)
• Saturday, April 7: vs. Los Angeles, 3 p.m. ESPN/ESPN Deportes
• Sunday, May 27: vs. San Jose, 3:30 p.m. NBC Sports
• Friday, June 29: vs. Chicago, 7 p.m. NBC Sports
• Saturday, July 7: vs. Houston, 7 p.m. KCTV-5
• Sunday, Aug. 26: vs. New York, 8 p.m. ESPN2/ESPN Deportes
• Friday, Sept. 14: vs. Houston, 7:30 p.m. NBC Sports
• Saturday, Sept. 22: at Montreal, 12 p.m. KCTV-5
• Friday, Sept. 28: vs. Chicago, 7:30 p.m. NBC Sports