MSG Networks, New York Red Bulls Sign Multi-Year TV Rights Extension

MSG Networks and Major League Soccer’s New York Red Bulls have agreed to a new multi-year extension ensuring that MSG Networks will continue as the regional television home of the Red Bulls.

Screen Shot 2014-03-07 at 10.50.51 AMMSG Networks, which has been the New York area television home of the Red Bulls (previously the Metro Stars) since 1996, will telecast 22 of the Red Bulls’ 34 regular season games this season, including pregame and postgame coverage. The Red Bulls’ season kicks off on Saturday, March 8 at 7:30 p.m. vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC. Coverage starts at 7:00 p.m. on MSG 2 with a 30-minute pregame show.

“The Red Bulls organization has been a great partner for 18 years and we are proud to continue that relationship,” said Daniel Ronayne, executive vice president and general manager, MSG Networks. “We look forward to providing New York soccer fans with exclusive local coverage of the Red Bulls.”

“We are delighted to have come to an agreement with MSG Networks,” said Red Bulls Chief Financial Officer Luis Miguel Garcia. “MSG’s brand is synonymous with New York sports and they have been a terrific partner for our club and the sport of soccer since the beginning of MLS. We believe the quality of their coverage is among the best in the League.”

This season marks MSG Networks’ Emmy Award-winning broadcaster Steve Cangialosi’s seventh season as the team’s play-by-play announcer and 13th season covering the Red Bulls, while former New York and Olympic goalkeeper Shep Messing starts his 14th season as game analyst. Host and sideline reporter Tina Cervasio will be back for her seventh season covering the Red Bulls.

New York’s remaining 12 regular season matches will be exclusively shown by MLS national partners ESPN Networks (two on ESPN, four on ESPN2) and the NBC Sports Group (five on NBCSN, one on NBC). In addition, UniMas and Univision will telecast four matches and one match, respectively, in Spanish (MSG Networks will telecast those games simultaneously in English).