TSN Becomes Official Broadcaster of MLS in Canada with Landmark Six-Year Deal

- TSN and TSN2 to broadcast 24 MLS games this season featuring Toronto FC and Vancouver Whitecaps FC - 

- National broadcast package includes 30 games per season from 2012 to 2016 with games featuring all Canadian teams including the new Montreal expansion team -

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TORONTO, Feb. 14 /CNW/ - TSN and Major League Soccer (MLS) announced today they have reached a six-year broadcast rights agreement making TSN the official broadcaster of MLS in Canada.  The national broadcast agreement begins this year and runs through to the 2016 season. It's the latest major acquisition for TSN, following the acquisitions earlier this month of the broadcast rights to EURO 2012 and 2016, along with the Tour de France. In addition to its partnership with MLS, TSN has long-term national partnerships in place with virtually all North American professional sporting leagues including the NHL, CFL, NFL, MLB and NBA.

Under the terms of the deal TSN and TSN2 will broadcast 24 MLS regular season matches this season featuring Canadian teams Toronto FC and/or Vancouver Whitecaps FC (see MLS broadcast schedule below). In future seasons, the networks will broadcast at least 30 games featuring the three Canadian teams - including the 2012 MLS expansion team, the Montreal Impact.

All MLS games on TSN and TSN2 will be broadcast in High Definition.

As the official broadcaster for MLS in Canada, TSN also acquires the broadcast rights for the MLS Cup, MLS CUP PLAYOFF games and the popular MLS ALL-STAR GAME, along with additional MLS games featuring non-Canadian teams.

French-language broadcasting rights in Canada belong to TSN's sister network RDS as part of the deal in anticipation of next year, when Montreal Impact join MLS as an expansion club.

"As seen with the success of Toronto FC and MLS's expansion to Vancouver and Montreal, there is an incredible appetite for professional soccer in Canada," said Stewart Johnston, President of TSN. "This is a long term partnership with MLS and we are looking forward to working with them not only to give fans 'best in class' game coverage but also to help build the profile of the league and grow the game of soccer across the country."

"We are very pleased to partner with TSN, the leading sports network in Canada," said Don Garber, MLS Commissioner.  "This announcement comes at an opportune time for MLS, as we enter a period of growth in Canada with the Vancouver Whitecaps joining the League this season and the Montreal Impact in 2012.  We look forward to building the sport together and creating an exciting multi-media platform for soccer fans throughout the country."

TSN's MLS coverage begins on Saturday, March 19 at 6:30 p.m. ET with live coverage of the first ever all-Canadian match in MLS history when the Vancouver Whitecaps FC play their first game against national rival Toronto FC. 

2011 MLS Broadcast Schedule

March    
  • Saturday, March 19
Toronto @ Vancouver 6:30 p.m. ET (TSN)
  • Saturday, March 26
Portland @ Toronto 2 p.m. ET (TSN)
April    
  • Saturday, April 2
Chivas @ Toronto 1 p.m. ET (TSN)
  • Wednesday, April 6
New England @ Vancouver 10 p.m. ET (TSN)
May    
  • Saturday, May 28
New York @ Vancouver 7 p.m. ET (TSN2)
June    
  • Saturday, June 4
Kansas City @Toronto 7 p.m. ET (TSN)
  • Saturday, June 11
Vancouver @ Seattle 10 p.m. ET (TSN2)
  • Wednesday, June 15
Toronto @ New England 8 p.m. ET (TSN)
  • Saturday, June 25
Vancouver @ Kansas City 8:30 p.m. ET (TSN)
  • Wednesday, June 29
Vancouver @ Toronto 7:30 p.m. ET (TSN)
July    
  • Wednesday, July 6
Toronto @ New York 8 p.m. ET (TSN)
  • Wednesday, July 6
Columbus @ Vancouver 10 p.m. ET (TSN)
  • Wednesday, July 20
Dallas @ Toronto 8 p.m. ET (TSN)
  • Wednesday, July 20
Vancouver @ San Jose 10 p.m. ET (TSN)
  • Wednesday, July 27
MLS All Star Game 8:30 p.m. ET ( TSN)
  • Saturday, July 30
Los Angeles @ Vancouver 7:30 p.m. ET (TSN)
August    
  • Saturday, Aug. 6
Toronto @ D.C. 7:30 p.m. ET (TSN)
  • Saturday, Aug. 20
Vancouver @ Portland 10 p.m. ET (TSN)
  • Saturday, Aug. 27
Houston @ Vancouver 7 p.m. ET (TSN2)
September    
  • Saturday, Sept. 17
Colorado @ Toronto 7:30 p.m. ET (TSN)
  • Saturday, Sept. 24
Seattle @ Vancouver 7:30 p.m. ET (TSN)
October    
  • Saturday, Oct. 1
New York @ Toronto 7:30 p.m. ET (TSN)
  • Sunday, Oct. 2
Portland @ Vancouver 4:30 p.m. ET (TSN2)
  • Saturday, Oct. 15
Toronto @ Philadelphia 4 p.m. ET (TSN)
  • Saturday, Oct. 22
New England @ Toronto 12:30 p.m. ET (TSN)

About TSN
TSN is Canada's Sports Leader and Canada's most-watched specialty network. Delivering more sports coverage in High Definition than any other network in Canada, TSN's comprehensive broadcast schedule features an exciting lineup of sports including NHL, IIHF, CFL, NFL, NBA, MLB, Season of Champions Curling, Golf's Majors, F1, NASCAR Sprint Cup, Grand Slam Tennis and Championship Boxing events. TSN properties include TSN2, TSN MOBILE and the industry leading sports website TSN.ca. Official broadcaster of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games and London 2012 Games of the Olympiad, TSN is a division of CTVglobemedia.

About Major League Soccer
Headquartered in New York City, Major League Soccer is the top-flight professional soccer league in the United States and Canada. MLS features many stars from the U.S., Canada, and around the world. Major League Soccer's 16th season, which will feature 18 clubs each playing 34 regular season matches, will kick off on Tuesday, March 15, 2011. Those clubs include Chicago Fire; Chivas USA; 2010 MLS Cup champion Colorado Rapids; Columbus Crew; D.C. United; FC Dallas; Houston Dynamo; LA Galaxy; New York Red Bulls; New England Revolution; Philadelphia Union; Real Salt Lake; San Jose Earthquakes; Seattle Sounders FC; Sporting Kansas City; Toronto FC; and, in their inaugural seasons, Portland Timbers and Vancouver Whitecaps. An expansion team in Montreal will debut in 2012. For more information about MLS, log on to the League's official website at  www.MLSsoccer.com.

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For further information:

Greg McIsaac, (w) 416.384.5180, (c) 416.458.3591, greg.mcisaac@ctv.ca
Will Kuhns, MLS Communications (212) 450-1206, will.kuhns@mlssoccer.com
Twitter: @TSN_PR


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