Three-year partnership includes game broadcasts, unprecedented coverage
HOUSTON, TX – The Houston Dynamo have entered into a multiyear partnership with Comcast SportsNet Houston (CSN) as its official Regional Sports Network, it was announced today.
The two sides have reached a three-year agreement that will make CSN the home for Dynamo Soccer from 2013 to 2015. CSN will air approximately 15 to 20 Dynamo games per season. In addition to games, CSN will produce Pregame Live and Postgame Live shows, a weekly in-season magazine show, a monthly off-season show, a pre-season preview, a post-season wrap up special, 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.”
“The Dynamo’s success in MLS has been matched by a devoted and enthusiastic fan base,” CSN President and General Manager Matt Hutchings said. “We’re pleased to add their matches to our lineup, as well as give fans unprecedented access to the team with our related programming.”
As part of their agreement, the Dynamo and CSN will partner with KPRC Local 2 (NBC) to air a select number of Dynamo games. A finalized broadcast schedule will be announced at a later date.
“We couldn’t be more pleased that CSN and the Houston Dynamo, two of our favorite partners, have signed a three-year agreement,” said KPRC Vice President and General Manager Jerry Martin. “We look forward to continuing to work closely with both of them throughout the length of this partnership and beyond.”
The Dynamo join the Astros and Rockets as the third major league franchise in Houston to be partnered with CSN.
The Dynamo will play a minimum of 41 games in 2013 between the MLS regular season, CONCACAF Champions League and the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. 40 of those games are scheduled to be on TV, and 18 of them will be nationally televised on ESPN2, NBC Sports Net, UniMás, or FOX Soccer Channel. Through this partnership, 21 games will be carried regionally between CSN and KPRC.
“From a media and broadcast perspective, the CSN commitment is unlike anything the Dynamo has experienced in our seven year history,” Canetti continued. “It is one of the best television deals in MLS and symbolizes the incredible growth and development of our club and League.”
The first Dynamo game broadcast on CSN is Saturday, March 23 when the Dynamo host the Vancouver Whitecaps at BBVA Compass Stadium at 7:30 p.m. The pre-season preview show will debut on Monday, February 25 at 6:30 p.m. The first weekly magazine show, called Dynamo Weekly, will debut on Thursday, March 7 at 4:00 p.m.
CSN’s broadcast region includes parts of Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and New Mexico. It is currently carried on Comcast Cable (channels 39/639 in the Houston area, 86/1688 in Houma, La Place and Shreveport, LA, and 269, 1687 in Little Rock, AR). It is also carried on EnTouch (channels 73/473 in the Houston area), Coastal Link (channels 31/131 in Brazoria County, TX), Phonoscope (channels 31/131 in the Houston area), and Consolidated Communications (channels 42/723 in the Houston area). The network is not limited to Comcast Cable customers. Fans that don’t have one of the TV providers listed above can call 1-800-4CSNHOUSTON or visit IWantCSNHouston.com to let their provider know they want the network.
The Dynamo open the 2013 season on Saturday, March 2 when they host D.C. United at BBVA Compass Stadium in a rematch of the 2012 Eastern Conference Championship. Tickets for that match are now available to the general public through www.houstondynamo.com/tickets or 713-276-GOAL.
Dynamo full-season ticket packages start at $400 and include 20 home games. To purchase your package or for more information on 2013 season tickets, call (713) 276-GOAL.
About the Houston Dynamo
The Houston Dynamo are a Major League Soccer club that has won two MLS Cup championships and four conference championships in its first seven seasons and qualified to represent the United States in international competition six times, including the 2013-14 CONCACAF Champions League. The team currently trains in the Methodist Champions’ Field at Houston Amateur Sports Park (HASP), the premier training facility in Southeast Texas, and plays at BBVA Compass Stadium in downtown Houston. For more information, log on to www.HoustonDynamo.com or call (713) 276-7500.
About Comcast SportsNet Houston
Comcast SportsNet Houston is a partnership between the Houston Astros, Houston Rockets, and the NBC Sports Group, and is the new television home of the Astros and Rockets. The network, which launched on October 1, 2012, is available in both standard and high definition to all local cable, satellite and telco TV providers in Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma and New Mexico. Broadcasts originate from a state-of-the-art, street-level studio in the Houston Pavilions. Comcast SportsNet Houston takes fans deeper inside the teams they love with comprehensive Astros and Rockets coverage as well as news and talk programming that matters to local viewers. The network is also the home to major college, high school and professional sports coverage from around the region.
NBC Sports Regional Networks, part of the NBC Sports Group, consists of 13 local networks that deliver more than 2,400 sporting events annually, along with breaking news and comprehensive analysis, to more than 50 million cable and satellite homes. The NBC Sports Regional Networks are: Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, Comcast SportsNet California, Comcast SportsNet Chicago, Comcast SportsNet Houston, Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, Comcast SportsNet New England, Comcast SportsNet Northwest, Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia, CSS and SNY. NBC Sports Regional Networks also manages NECN (New England Cable News), the nation’s largest regional news network, and The Comcast Network, based in Philadelphia and Washington, which delivers community-oriented programming. For more information, see ComcastSportsNet.com.