Thursday, January 5th, 2012


NBC Sports Network Coverage of 38 Regular-Season Matches Starts on March 11 with New York Red Bulls vs. FC Dallas; NBC To Broadcast 3 Matches NBC Sports Group to Present Five MLS Cup Playoff Games

NEW YORK – January 5, 2012 –The NBC Sports Group today announced its plans for the 2012 MLS season, the first under the new three-year media rights partnership, by offering live coverage of 41 regular season matches, the most of any MLS broadcast partner, in addition to five MLS Cup playoff games.

NBC begins its live MLS coverage on Sunday, March 11 when FC Dallas host the New York Red Bulls on the new NBC Sports Network, which will air a total of 38 regular-season games this year. The defending MLS Cup champion LA Galaxy make seven appearances on NBC Sports Network, including a rematch of MLS Cup against the Houston Dynamo on May 26. The LA Galaxy’s first appearance is March 31 as they host the New England Revolution. MLS Cup runners-up Houston Dynamo also appear seven times including the unveiling of their new stadium, BBVA Compass Stadium, on May 12 as they host D.C. United.


NBC will broadcast three regular-season games: Portland Timbers vs. Seattle Sounders FC on Sept. 15, New York vs. Chicago Fire on Oct. 6, and Philadelphia Union vs. New York Red Bulls on Oct. 27 – the first game of a tripleheader on the last Saturday of the regular season that includes Chicago Fire vs. D.C. United and Portland Timbers vs. San Jose Earthquakes on NBC Sports Network. The three matches this season on NBC are the most regular-season MLS games on an English-language broadcast network since 2002.


Highlights of 2012 NBC Sports Group MLS Schedule:


  • NBC Sports Group broadcasts 41 games, most of any MLS broadcast partner in 2012;
  • Three games on NBC are the most regular-season MLS games on an English-language broadcast network since 2002;
  • Rematch of MLS Cup on May 26 – Houston Dynamo vs. LA Galaxy on NBC Sports Network;
  • Seven games featuring MLS Cup champions LA Galaxy;
  • Opening of BBVA Compass Stadium, the new home of the Houston Dynamo, on May 12 on NBC Sports Network.



Date                            Away                          Home                          Times ET       Network

Sun. Mar. 11               New York                   Dallas                          3:00 PM          NBCSN

Sun. Mar. 18               Colorado                     Philadelphia                4:00 PM          NBCSN

Fri. Mar. 23                 Houston                      Seattle                         10:00 PM        NBCSN

Fri. Mar. 30                 Dallas                          D.C. United                7:30 PM          NBCSN

Sat. Mar. 31                New England              LA Galaxy                  11:00 PM        NBCSN

Sat. Apr. 14                 Columbus                    Philadelphia                3:30 PM          NBCSN

Sat. Apr. 21                 Chicago                       Toronto                       3:30 PM          NBCSN

Sat. Apr. 28                 New England              New York                   3:30 PM          NBCSN

Sat. May 5                   Philadelphia                Seattle                         4:00 PM          NBCSN

Sat. May 12                 D.C. United                Houston                      4:30 PM          NBCSN

Sat. May 26                 LA Galaxy                  Houston                      2:30 PM          NBCSN

Sun. May 27                San Jose                      Sporting KC                4:30 PM          NBCSN

Sun. June 17                New York                   Chicago                       5:00 PM          NBCSN

Sun. June 24                D.C. United                New York                   7:00 PM          NBCSN

Fri. June 29                 Chicago                       Sporting KC                8:00 PM          NBCSN

Sat. July 7                   Colorado                     Seattle                         11:00 PM        NBCSN

Sat. July 14                 LA Galaxy                  Portland                      11:00 PM        NBCSN

Wed. July 18               Real Salt Lake             Seattle                         11:00 PM        NBCSN

Sat. July 28                 LA Galaxy                  Dallas                          8:00 PM          NBCSN

Sun. July 29                New England              Philadelphia                7:00 PM          NBCSN

Fri. Aug. 3                   New York                   Houston                      8:00 PM          NBCSN

Sun. Aug. 5                 Dallas                          Portland                      7:00 PM          NBCSN

Fri. Aug. 10                 Houston                      New York                   8:00 PM          NBCSN

Wed. Aug. 15             LA Galaxy                  Columbus                    7:00 PM          NBCSN

Sun. Aug. 19               Philadelphia                D.C. United                5:00 PM          NBCSN

Fri. Aug. 24                 Real Salt Lake             Philadelphia                7:30 PM          NBCSN

Sun. Aug. 26               Dallas                          LA Galaxy                  7:00 PM          NBCSN

Fri. Aug. 31                 Colorado                     Portland                      10:30 PM        NBCSN

Sun. Sept. 2                 Chivas USA                San Jose                      9:00 PM          NBCSN

Wed. Sept. 5               Portland                      Colorado                     9:00 PM          NBCSN

Fri. Sept. 14                Houston                      Sporting KC                8:30 PM          NBCSN

Sat. Sept. 15                Seattle                         Portland                      3:30 PM          NBC

Sat. Sept. 22                Portland                      Real Salt Lake             8:00 PM          NBCSN

Fri. Sept. 28                Chicago                       Sporting KC                8:30 PM          NBCSN

Sat. Sept. 29                Seattle                         Vancouver                   9:00 PM          NBCSN

Sat. Oct. 6                   Chicago                       New York                   3:30 PM          NBC

Sat. Oct. 6                   Real Salt Lake             LA Galaxy                  9:00 PM          NBCSN

Sat. Oct. 20                 Philadelphia                Houston                      7:30 PM          NBCSN

Sat. Oct. 27                 New York                   Philadelphia                1:30 PM          NBC

Sat. Oct. 27                 D.C. United                Chicago                       4:00 PM          NBCSN

Sat. Oct. 27                 San Jose                      Portland                      6:30 PM          NBCSN


All games on NBC and NBC Sports Network will consist of pre-game and post-game coverage. The NBC Sports Group will expand upon the successful NBC SportsTalk platform with a Pro SoccerTalk blog that will start with MLS season.


Along with already-established MLS partnerships with five Comcast SportsNets (California, Chicago, Mid-Atlantic, New England and Philadelphia), this new media rights partnership provides the league with coverage across the NBC Sports Group’s unique four-tier portfolio of assets: broadcast network, national cable, regional sports networks and digital.