MLS Soccer

Sounders extend local TV broadcast deals

Seattle Sounders FC extended its regional broadcast agreements with KCPQ (Fox, Channel 13) and KZJO (JOEtv) on Thursday after the first year of the partnership resulted in a 32-percent increase and the highest household ratings in Major League Soccer.

The multiyear agreement also includes a 30-minute pregame show, a postgame show expanded to 30 minutes, and other Sounders specials and segments.

“As a club, we are thrilled with the success of our local television broadcasts last year — the best in MLS — and have every intention of increasing those numbers in 2015,” owner Adrian Hanauer said through a club release.

Sounders games were carried on NBC affiliated KING-5 and KONG 6/16 over their first five seasons.

The club also reached a separate multi-year agreement with Root Sports, which will continue as the club’s out-of-market broadcast partner throughout the Northwest.

In the coming season, eight Sounders games will be shown on Fox with all other non-national telecasts on JOEtv. KIRO 97.3-FM will carry all radio broadcasts.

Ross Fletcher, Kasey Keller and Jackie Montgomery will provide game play-by-play, color and commentary. Meanwhile, former Sounders Steve Zakuani and Marcus Hahnemann will join returning Taylor Graham and Pete Fewing as rotating analysts.

More information and the full broadcast schedule is available at blog.thenewstribune.com/soccer.

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