Year 2 of Real Salt Lake's local TV deal with sister stations KTVX-Channel 4 and KUCW-Channel 30 looks almost exactly like Year 1. Which is a good thing for RSL fans.
"We have a big commitment to it," said KTVX/KUCW vice president/general manager Richard Doutre Jones. "This partnership is very important to us and we intend to enhance it and do more with it."
The stations changed hands in December, but the new owners, Nexstar Broadcasting, and the new management are showing the same level of commitment to the local Major League Soccer team 31 matches, all in high definition; at least 28 live; 21 on Channel 30; 10 on Channel 4.
The other three regular-season MLS games will air on the NBC Sports Network. KTVX/KUCW and RSL are in talks about possibly telecasting U.S. Open Cup matches.
"It just demonstrates their commitment to local programming and RSL," said Trey Fitz-Gerald, RSL's vice president of broadcasting and communications.
Each game will either be preceded by a 30-minute pregame show or followed by a 30-minute postgame show mostly postgame shows. For most matches, Bill Riley will continue as the play-by-play voice of RSL, with Brian Dunseth doing the analysis. As was the case a year ago, RSL will share telecast feeds with some opposing teams and split the on-air crew.
Three games are currently scheduled to air tape-delayed on Channel 30, but alternatives including possibly airing the games live on digital Channel 4.2 in addition to the tape-delays on Channel 30 are under discussion.
And the TV stations and RSL are in talks about a weekly show that could include a coach's show and match highlights.
"We're working on an additional local program which might not just highlight Real Salt Lake, but other types of sports for the fans of that genre," Jones said.
RSL 2013 TV schedule
Sunday, March 2 @San Jose, 8 p.m. Ch. 30
Saturday, March 9 @D.C., 5 p.m., Ch. 4
Saturday, March 16 Colorado, 4 p.m., Ch. 4
Saturday, March 23 @Dallas, 6:30 p.m., Ch. 4
Saturday, March 30 Seattle, 7 p.m., Ch. 30
Saturday, April 6 @Colorado, 5:30 p.m., NBCSN
Saturday, April 13 @Vancouver, 2 p.m., Ch. 4
Saturday, April 20 Chivas, 7 p.m., Ch. 30
Saturday, April 27 L.A. Galaxy , 7 p.m., Ch. 30
Saturday, May 4 Vancouver, 7 p.m., Ch. 30
Wednesday, May 8 @New England, 9 p.m. (tape-delayed), Ch. 30
Saturday, May 11 @Montreal, noon, Ch. 30
Sunday, May 19 @Chivas USA, 8:30 p.m., Ch. 30
Saturday, May 25 Chicago, 7 p.m., Ch. 30
Saturday, June 1 San Jose, 7:30 p.m., Ch. 4
Saturday, June 8 Los Angeles, 7:30 p.m., Ch. 4
Saturday, June 22 Seattle, 7:30 p.m., Ch. 4
Saturday, June 29 @ Toronto. 11 a.m., Ch. 30
Wednesday, July 3 Philadelphia, 9 p.m. (tape-delated), Ch. 30 (TD 9:00)
Saturday, July 13 @Dallas, 7 p.m., Ch. 30
Saturday, July 20 Kansas City, 8 p.m. Ch. 30
Saturday, July 27 @New York, 5 p.m., Ch. 4
Saturday, Aug. 3 @Colorado, 7 p.m., Ch. 4
Saturday, Aug. 10 Houston, 7:30 p.m., Ch. 30
Saturday, Aug. 17 @Los Angeles, 8:30 p.m., Ch. 4
Wednesday, Aug. 21 @Portland 9 p.m., Ch. 30
Saturday, Aug. 24 Columbus, 7:30 p.m., Ch. 30
Friday, Aug. 30 Portland, 8 p.m., NBCSN
Friday, Sept. 13 @Seattle, 8 p.m., NBCSN
Saturday, Sept. 21 San Jose, 7 p.m., Ch. 30
Saturday, Sept. 28 @Vancouver, 5 p.m., Ch. 30
Saturday, Oct. 5 Dallas, 7 p.m., Ch. 30
Saturday, Oct. 19 @Portland, 8:30 p.m.,Ch. 30
Wednesday, Oct. 23 Chivas USA, 9 p.m. (tape-delayed), Ch. 30