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02-10-2014, 05:48 PM
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OT: TSN to air 90 MLS Games

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TORONTO (February 10, 2014) – As the home of soccer and the official broadcaster of Major League Soccer (MLS) in Canada, TSN today announced its 90-game national broadcast package that includes 65 games featuring at least one Canadian team – Montreal Impact, Toronto FC, or Vancouver Whitecaps FC (see attached or visit TSN.ca for a complete schedule).

New this season, TSN is set to deliver unprecedented access to Whitecaps FC as the network becomes the exclusive home of the team.

In total, TSN’s 90-game regular season broadcast schedule features:

All 34 Whitecaps FC matches
23 TFC matches
12 Impact matches
25 matches featuring U.S.-based teams
The network’s national broadcast package is complemented by exclusive Canadian coverage of the MLS CUP Playoffs, MLS CUP 2014, and the 2014 AT&T MLS ALL-STAR GAME from JELD-WEN Field in Portland, Ore.

MLS ON TSN’s coverage is led by acclaimed commentators Luke Wileman, Jason deVos, and Kristian Jack. Also handling MLS ON TSN broadcasting duties this season are Vic Rauter, Nigel Reed, and Greg Sutton.
More here; http://bellmediapr.ca/Network/TSN/Pr...dcast-Schedule

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Maybe TSN can lead the push to get MLS on the 'winter' schedule, since that's their empty season now.

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Why would MLS want to be on a winter schedule?

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The fall to spring schedule is standard in soccer and would put the summer transfer window, when most business is done, at the start of the season instead of the middle. While MLS has made huge strides in attracting talent, it's still tougher than it could be and being in line with most of world would help that. Teams don't want to sell players before MLS season starts, they want to buy/sell in their offseason. It also would make it so the season isn't playing through the summer international tournaments, times when players leave their teams and MLS is generally put on the back burner by soccer fans nation wide.

There's a lot of proposals that have been talked about, both by MLS and just speculated elsewhere, that see a 'winter' schedule as feasible. They could start the season in late July, 2 weeks or so following the World Cup, Gold Cup, Euro, etc, and then play until early-mid December. Then they'd go on break (winter break is common just about everywhere outside of England) for 6-8 weeks and resume after the Super Bowl. This schedule would also allow the playoffs to take place when it's warm and not against football season. MLS has a better shot competing in May against baseball and NHL and NBA Playoffs than it does in November-December.

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MLS is never moving to a winter calender. That is a topic discussed to death by fans.

Glad to see TSN investing in MLS. And I don't see much mention of TSN2 in that article, which is promising.

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That was March 22, 2013.

Any switch is going to make hellish schedules for teams in snowy places, of which there are plenty of in the league. I'm for it in general, but that's easy for me to say in a place that never gets snow...it's a whole different reality for Colorado, who basically would be unable to host a game for 5-6 months a year. Kansas City gets more snow than London, so it's not like the situation is the same. Sweden, Norway, Finland, etc. have a summer season as well...as did Russia until 2011. It would be interesting to hear how that transition went over from a fan of the league, though I know they have a 3 month Winter break (mid-December to mid-March) and the first season under this model saw the one Siberian team have their worst season in two decades leading to relegation (could have been a coincidence, just saying it happened).

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That was March 22, 2013.
A date on the current season schedule.

Let's remember that

1) That's an anomaly, not a rule for Denver. Snow in March there isn't very common.
2) An MLS game would've been stopped. They played through because screw these other CONCACAF countries who schedule games at 3pm when it's 110 out.

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I just don't think there is the need for MLS to move to a winter calender anymore. It was a problem in the past because MLS was very stupid, basically pretending that the World Cup wasn't even happening (going as far as scheduling MLS regular season games opposite USMNT games!), but the league has grown up immensely, even in just the last four years.

The league has done a great job recently of scheduling around international competition. The 2014 World Cup group stage runs from June 12 to 26; MLS has a grand total of one game scheduled during that time (Van-Mon on June 25).

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Can you imagine playing a game outside in Chicago tonite? Lol. No freaking way.

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Can you imagine playing a game outside in Chicago tonite? Lol. No freaking way.
Ya, any "winter break" would have to be at least 3 months, probably closer to 4. You couldn't call that a "winter break". The only possibility would be a South American style 'apertura/clausura'...which makes me think that the simplest solution, a summer schedule, is probably best.

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Credit to TSN for picking up the slack after losing the big NHL contract. The MLS is not the NHL but it's still a sport that has a lot of fans and should cover some of the loss from the NHL.

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A winter break just wouldn't work.

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They're apparently close to a August-May schedule.

http://prosoccertalk.nbcsports.com/2...gust-may-work/

If they had more teams in warmer climates in the East they could probably make it work much easier and give teams like San Jose, the LA teams, Houston, Dallas, the Cascadia teams, Denver and later Orlando and Miami home games during the winter. Obviously the Cascadia teams and Denver wouldn't be ideal conditions but average highs in each of those cities in the winter months are in the 40s, so definitely manageable.

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A winter schedule just seems really hard to pull off. Toronto, Montreal, NYC, Chicago, Boston, etc all get snow until ~early march, sometimes even later.

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A winter schedule just seems really hard to pull off. Toronto, Montreal, NYC, Chicago, Boston, etc all get snow until ~early march, sometimes even later.
When Formula 1 first came to Montreal in the 1970's, they had races in early October... until it started snowing during a race and they quickly moved it to June for the next year.

Some flurries aren't an issue for soccer, but it just illustrates how long the winter season is in Canada.

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So this is the booby prize when you lose the NHL contract. Dreger gonna be soccer inside now?

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Fox is the impetus for any winter schedule debate... they were said to offer some serious cash for a schedule shift. I don't understand why they'd do that, mind you. Even the league knows the optics are bad for that as long as most crowds are rather fairweather. In the distance, if the league can begin to afford retractable roofing in high-transit locations, don't discount the possibility. In my lifetime? Unlikely.

Hey, don't doubt that there were Portland stadium pictures on social media this week with the "so about that winter schedule" meme. Yet it'll probably be in the 50s in less than two weeks when the annual preseason tournament is played here.

Denver: I've been there during a Chinook where it gets to 60 in January. I've seen snow in June. The Timbers first game in MLS was March 17, 2011 in Denver, and it was in the upper 70s during the day and quite comfortable at night. I've also frozen my butt off in early October one year for soccer and went all too casual another year for the Avs. I also had an outhouse visit turn into a rodeo ride in July (fortunately, it had just been cleaned). Box of chocolates, that place.

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Fox is the impetus for any winter schedule debate... they were said to offer some serious cash for a schedule shift. I don't understand why they'd do that, mind you.
What's not to understand? They have baseball. They don't have NHL or NBA. Winter is where they need help most, they can't expect to get by with just Big East basketball.

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The schedule debate has been done to death, and it's just as likely the European elite leagues will switch to a summer schedule in the near future. The summer schedule has been a success thus far. I see no reason to change; it would be a huge alteration to the brand, and the reaction is not predictable (although rumors of a switch met with substantial fan backlash earlier this winter).

Regardless, getting about two-thirds of Canadian club matches on national television is a huge step up for MLS. It's unlikely to be ratings gold for TSN, but it's something they can promote and build an audience for, especially now that TFC looks to be a contender in the East.

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The schedule debate has been done to death, and it's just as likely the European elite leagues will switch to a summer schedule in the near future. The summer schedule has been a success thus far. I see no reason to change; it would be a huge alteration to the brand, and the reaction is not predictable (although rumors of a switch met with substantial fan backlash earlier this winter).

Regardless, getting about two-thirds of Canadian club matches on national television is a huge step up for MLS. It's unlikely to be ratings gold for TSN, but it's something they can promote and build an audience for, especially now that TFC looks to be a contender in the East.
Just as likely? The MLS is seriously considering a change. A Bayern Munich official wanting to change the European schedule has pretty much zero weight. Its no where near as likely.

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Agree with the above staement.In terms of intenational sports dont read North American press unless it is someone with yrs if immense knowledge.Soccer,Rugby,Formula 1,Cricket ect---

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It's obvious TSN will be hurting without NHL hockey. MLS won't help a great deal - especially since it doesn't cover their winter schedule. Winter time is time when most Canadians generally hibernate - and not having NHL games will hurt them.

There should be a lot of Canadians removing TSN from their Bell ExpressVu package. They'll feel the pain even more when the TV providers offer more flexible programming so we don't have to pay for stuff we don't want.

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MLS is not going to an August-May schedule. It would pretty much kill the league.

FWIW, here's a list of countries that play a summer schedule:
Australia
China
Sweden
Ireland
South Korea
Finland
Japan

Russia used to play a summer schedule, but now runs from July to May... with a three month break from December to March. At that point, you may as well use the Apetura/Clausura format.

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