List of MLS Cup broadcasters

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The following is a list of the television networks and announcers that have broadcast the MLS Cup.

2010s[edit]

Year Network Play-by-play Color commentator Sideline reporters Pregame host Pregame analysts
2013 ESPN Adrian Healey Taylor Twellman Monica Gonzalez Max Bretos Alexi Lalas, Kasey Keller and Alejandro Moreno
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2012 ESPN Adrian Healey Taylor Twellman Monica Gonzalez Max Bretos Alexi Lalas, Kasey Keller and Alejandro Moreno
TSN2
2011 ESPN Ian Darke John Harkes Rob Stone and Monica Gonzalez Max Bretos Alexi Lalas, Taylor Twellman and Alejandro Moreno
TSN2
2010 ESPN Ian Darke John Harkes Rob Stone Max Bretos Alexi Lalas and Steve McManaman
TSN2

2000s[edit]

Year Network Play-by-play Color commentator(s) Sideline reporters Pregame host Pregame analysts
2009 ESPN JP Dellacamera John Harkes Allen Hopkins and Rob Stone Rob Stone Julie Foudy and Alexi Lalas
GolTV Canada
2008 ABC JP Dellacamera John Harkes Allen Hopkins and Pedro Gomez Rob Stone Julie Foudy and Alexi Lalas
CBC Nigel Reed Jason DeVos Mitch Peacock Brenda Irving Jim Brennan
2007 ABC Dave O'Brien Eric Wynalda and Julie Foudy Allen Hopkins Rob Stone Julie Foudy
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2006 ABC Dave O'Brien Eric Wynalda and Bruce Arena Brandi Chastain Rob Stone
2005 ABC JP Dellacamera Eric Wynalda Brandi Chastain Rob Stone
2004 ABC JP Dellacamera Eric Wynalda Lorrie Fair Rob Stone
2003 ABC JP Dellacamera Marcelo Balboa Eric Wynalda Rob Stone
2002 ABC JP Dellacamera Ty Keough Rob Stone and Veronica Paysse Rob Stone Eric Wynalda
2001 ABC Jack Edwards Ty Keough Rob Stone
2000 ABC Jack Edwards Ty Keough Rob Stone Alexi Lalas
  • In August 2006, MLS and ESPN announced an eight-year contract spanning 2007–2014, giving the league its first rights-fee agreement worth $8 million annually.[1] This deal gave league a regular primetime slot on Thursdays, televised coverage of the first round of the MLS SuperDraft, and an expanded presence on other ESPN properties such as ESPN360 (now ESPN3) and Mobile ESPN. The agreement also placed each season’s opening match, All-Star Game, and MLS Cup on ABC. However after two years of low ratings, network executives decided to transfer all ABC games to ESPN. The MLS Cup had been broadcast on ABC each year from 1996 to 2008, but with ratings declining from 1.4 in 1996 and 1997 to 0.6 in 2008, the MLS Cup was moved to ESPN beginning in 2009.[2]

1990s[edit]

Year Network Play-by-play Color commentator(s) Sideline reporters Pregame host Pregame analysts
1999 ABC Phil Schoen Ty Keough Rob Stone John Harkes and Alexi Lalas
1998 ABC Phil Schoen Ty Keough Seamus Malin Rob Stone
1997 ABC Phil Schoen Ty Keough Rob Stone
1996 ABC Phil Schoen Ty Keough and Bill McDermott Roger Twibell Alexi Lalas
  • On March 15, 1994, Major League Soccer with ESPN and ABC Sports announced the league's first television rights deal without any players, coaches, or teams in place.[3] The three-year agreement committed 10 games on ESPN, 25 on ESPN2, and the MLS Cup on ABC. The deal gave MLS no rights fees but split advertising revenue between the league and networks.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ESPN, MLS Reach Eight-Year TV Deal That Includes Rights Fees". SportsBusiness Daily. August 7, 2006. Retrieved February 22, 2012. 
  2. ^ Sports Media Watch, Record Low Rating For 2010 MLS Cup, Nov 24, 2010, http://www.sportsmediawatch.com/2010/11/record-low-rating-for-2010-mls-cup/
  3. ^ "U.S. Pro League Moves Along By Signing a Television Deal". The New York Times. March 16, 1994. Retrieved February 22, 2012. 

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