MLS Announces First Kick TV Schedule

MLS Announces First Kick TV Schedule

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On December 6, 2011
  • 2012 First Kick, 2012 MLS Season

Major League Soccer announced today the national TV schedule for First Kick, which includes the first match of the new NBC deal, the Montreal Impact’s debut, and a visit to the noisy cauldron that is JELD-WEN Field.

Some folks weren’t too thrilled to see FC Dallas host the first NBC game but given the opponent for it – New York – the attendance should be fine for Arlo White’s first broadcast. There is plenty of star power for that game in my mind.

What do you all make of these First Kick games?

Sat., March 10 – Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. Montreal Impact
6 p.m. ET on TSN and in French on RDS or RDS2 from BC Place

Sun., March 11 – FC Dallas vs. New York Red Bulls
3 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network, from Pizza Hut Park

Sun., March 11 – Chivas USA vs. Houston Dynamo
7 p.m. ET on Galavisión, from The Home Depot Center

Mon., March 12 – Portland Timbers vs. Philadelphia Union
9:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2, ESPN Deportes & ESPN3 from Jeld-Wen Field

  • baumer

    What’s interesting to me is the unveiling of Monday night football on ESPN2 going head to head with (the 2nd half of) MNF on ESPN. I am very curious if these monday night games will continue throughout the season replacing the Wed and Thurs ESPN matches of the last two seasons.

    • You do realize that this game is in March right? There is no MNF in March.

      • baumer

        I understand how my first post probably made it sound like the first kick game would be played opposite an NFL game upon review, however I was thinking more conceptually about the time slot. It seems like for the last two years MLS & ESPN have been trying to establish a weekly “event game” in the same vein as Monday Night Football. I think two years ago it was on Wednesdays and then last season it seemed more fluid back and forth between Thurs and Fri. I was getting at question as to whether they were looking to make the event game a Monday affair regularly and, if so, there is a good amount of overlap with MNF in the fall. And particularly given the new divisionally weighted league structure, that may be when some of the most compelling national broadcast would occur.

        • No, I honestly see this has an early in the season type of thing from ESPN and MLS. You’ll never, ever see a MLS game go head-to-head with a NFL game on a Monday night. I think once the next round of broadcast-rights get talked about that you’ll see a prime-time game on a weekly time slot come back again on ESPN. But I wouldn’t expect that anytime soon.