SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Sports) - SANDY, UTAH (Tuesday, February 5, 2013) – Real Salt Lake and KTVX, Utah’s ABC affiliate, today announced details concerning its broadcast partnership that will see KTVX ABC4 air 10 live RSL contests during the 2013 Major League Soccer campaign, while CW30 will carry the remaining 21 non-national regional broadcasts. The RSL-KTVX partnership guarantees that all 34 of the Utah side’s regular-season affairs will be aired on a local or national broadcast partner, on either free, over-the-air television or via the NBC Sports Network.
Real Salt Lake’s CW30 slate kicks off with the team’s 2013 MLS opener on Sunday, March 9, when the Claret-and-Cobalt will travel to Buck Shaw Stadium on the Santa Clara University campus near San Jose to face the Defending 2012 MLS Supporters Shield champion Earthquakes. Pre-game coverage starts at 7:30 p.m. MT, with RSL hoping for a repeat of season-opening victories at San Jose in 2010 and 2011.
"A year ago, KTVX and KUCW helped us deliver the second-highest local ratings in Major League Soccer," said RSL President Bill Manning, noting that the team's regional games remain on free, over-the-air television, as they have since its inception in 2005. "As we move into the second year of a multi-year partnership, we look forward to deepening the connection between our growing fan base and KTVX's commitment to live, local content.”
For the second consecutive year, each of Real Salt Lake’s 31 regional games will air in high-definition, while ABC4 and CW30 offer channel location consistency, regardless of the platform by which the fragmented Utah DMA consumes its television – over the air, cable or satellite. Virtually all of the elements contained in each two-and-a-half hour Real Salt Lake broadcast will be available locally – including features, game highlights, interviews with key personalities and full-game re-broadcasts – on either the RealSaltLake.com or ABC4.com websites or on Comcast Video-on-Demand, as will numerous RSL-related content produced by the ABC4 news and sports teams.
“ABC4 and CW30 will continue to focus an increasing amount of our local and News programming on the interests of Utah and it’s residents”, said Richard Doutre’ Jones, named by Nexstar Broadcast Group as Vice President and General Manager of KTVX and KUCW on January 7, 2013. “Live sports represent the most compelling content available on television; watching drama unfold over the course of two hours is the ultimate reality show. Real Salt Lake’s championship-winning brand of soccer provides tremendous interest and significant relevance to Utah audiences, and we are thrilled to be the long-term partner of RSL and ESPN 700 as we look forward to another terrific season”
Of the 10 regular-season games airing on ABC4, six will emanate from the road, kicking off with a Week Two trip to RFK Stadium to face D.C. United on March 9 and continuing on March 23 at FC Dallas and April 13 at Vancouver. Following a July 27 trip to New York to face former RSL men Jamison Olave and Fabian Espindola, ABC4 closes out its Summer with a pair of critical Western Conference road trips: August 3 at Rocky Mountain Cup rival Colorado and August 17 at two-time defending MLS Cup champion Los Angeles Galaxy.
KTVX ABC 4 will also air a quartet of games from Rio Tinto Stadium, including the March 16 home opener against Colorado, as RSL pursues its seventh consecutive Subaru Rocky Mountain Cup. ABC 4 will also showcase the Sandy venue when RSL hosts Western Conference powers San Jose, Los Angeles and Seattle throughout the month of June.
CW30 will carry a mix of 21 total games, including 12 home and nine away, throughout the length of the season, starting on March 3 at San Jose and closing with the 2013 regular-season finale on October 23 against Chivas USA at Rio Tinto Stadium. Highlighting the CW30 road schedule is RSL’s first-ever visit to Stade Saputo in Montreal on Saturday, May 11, with an early kickoff at 12:00 noon MT. Saturday, June 29 will see an even earlier kickoff for RSL, at 11:00 a.m. MT from Toronto, the earliest game in the club’s nine-year history.