Houston Dynamos agree new broadcasting deal
Comcast SportsNet Houston (CSN) has become the new official regional sports network of the Houston Dynamo Major League Soccer (MLS) outfit, reports SportsPro. The three-year agreement between the two parties makes CSN the new home for Dynamo's matches from 2013 until 2015. CSN will air around 15 to 20 games per season, as well as producing live pregame and postgame shows, a weekly in-season magazine show, a monthly offseason show, a preseason preview, a postseason review, and a behind-the-scenes documentary series.
"The key thing was finding a television partner who believes in the Dynamo and shares the passion and commitment for growing the game," said Dynamo president Chris Canetti.
"CSN is that partner and is demonstrating its commitment through high-quality match production and an array of in-depth programming that will be rich with content and fuel discussion about the team."
CSN president and general manager Matt Hutchings added: "The Dynamo's success in MLS has been matched by a devoted and enthusiastic fan base. We're pleased to add their matches to our line-up, as well as give fans unprecedented access to the team with our related programming."
An additional aspect of the deal will see Dynamo and CSN partner with KPRC Local 2 (NBC) to broadcast a selection of Dynamo matches. Overall, 21 games will be carried regionally between CSN and KPRC, with the exact broadcast schedule to be confirmed at a later date.
Dynamo's first game broadcast on CSN will be the team's home tie with the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday 23rd March, while the first weekly magazine show will air on Thursday 7th March following the Dynamo's opening 2013 game versus DC United on Saturday 2nd March.