ROGERS SPORTSNET IS THE NEW HOME FOR VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC

The network will air 21 matches, more than any other broadcaster in Canada

TORONTO, March 3 /CNW/ - Rogers Sportsnet has scored a new three-year agreement with Vancouver Whitecaps FC.

Sportsnet will broadcast 21 Vancouver matches this season, more than any other network in Canada.  The schedule kicks off with the club's first Major League Soccer road match on Saturday, March 26, when Whitecaps FC battle Philadelphia Union at PPL Park.  

In 2012 and 2013, the Whitecaps FC matches on Sportsnet will increase to 24 per season.  For the 2011 campaign, Rogers Sportsnet Pacific and Rogers Sportsnet ONE will broadcast 20 of the 21 games, all in high definition.  City TV Vancouver will broadcast the only other match on June 4th. Some of the matches will also be seen on the other Sportsnet channels.  Broadcast talent will be announced shortly

"We understand the passion that exists in Canada for soccer," said Scott Moore, President, Broadcasting, Rogers Media.  "We're happy to usher in a new era of the Whitecaps, as they start their quest for the MLS title. This package solidifies our position as the sports leader in British Columbia."

"We are delighted to have Rogers Sportsnet as Official Regional Broadcaster for our inaugural season in Major League Soccer," said Paul Barber, chief executive officer, Whitecaps FC. "Since its inception, Sportsnet has shown an ongoing commitment to soccer, and in particular, Canadian soccer. From their coverage of the Canadian men's national team to the Nutrilite Canadian Championship and Major League Soccer, we look forward to working with Sportsnet to provide top coverage for all our fans." This season represents Whitecaps FC's first in MLS.  The team was founded in 1974 and, in 1979, the club won the North American Soccer League Soccer Bowl championship.   From 1987 to 1992, as a member of the Canadian Soccer League, Vancouver won four straight CSL titles.  Since 2004, Whitecaps FC have won two United Soccer Leagues First Division championships and two USL W-League championships.

For the full broadcast schedule, please see below:

DATE HOME AWAY SNET EAST (ET) SNET ONT. (ET) SNET WEST (MT) SNET PACIFIC (PT) SNET ONE (ET) CityTV Van (PT)
26-Mar-11 Philadelphia Vancouver         4:00 PM  
2-Apr-11 Vancouver Kansas City       4:00 PM    
10-Apr-11 Houston Vancouver 7:00 PM 7:00 PM 5:00 PM 4:00 PM    
16-Apr-11 Vancouver Chivas USA 7:00 PM 7:00 PM 5:00 PM 4:00 PM    
23-Apr-11 Vancouver Dallas 7:00 PM 7:00 PM 5:00 PM 4:00 PM    
30-Apr-11 Columbus Vancouver         7:30 PM  
7-May-11 Chicago Vancouver       5:30 PM    
11-May-11 Vancouver San Jose         10:00 PM  
14-May-11 New England Vancouver       4:30 PM    
1-Jun-11 Chivas USA Vancouver         10:30 PM   
4-Jun-11 Salt Lake Vancouver           9:00 PM
18-Jun-11 Vancouver Philadelphia       7:00 PM    
9-Jul-11 Colorado Vancouver         9:00 PM  
16-Jul-11 Vancouver Salt Lake         4:00 PM  
7-Aug-11 Vancouver Chicago       4:00 PM    
13-Aug-11 DC United Vancouver       4:30 PM    
10-Sep-11 New York Vancouver       4:30 PM    
17-Sep-11 Los Angeles Vancouver       7:30 PM    
12-Oct-11 Vancouver DC United         10:00 PM  
15-Oct-11 Dallas Vancouver         8:30 PM  
22-Oct-11 Vancouver Colorado         7:00 PM  

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For further information:

Adam Auckbaraullee, Communications Officer
adam.auckbaraullee@sportsnet.rogers.com
416-764-6368

Dave Rashford, Director of Communications and On-Air Promotions
dave.rashford@sportsnet.rogers.com
416 -764-6361  

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