Monday, popular 2013 MLS Cup Champion Sporting Kansas City announced that the Sporting KC Television Network will expand to eight affiliates for the team's 2014 season with a broadcast area that reaches fans in nine states across the Midwest, including Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Missouri, Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin and Minnesota.
Sporting KC's success in attracting the interest of TV viewers defies the discouraging broadcast statistics of MLS overall.
"The interest and demand for Sporting Kansas City matches continues to grow and we're pushing the bar to provide a broadcast network that will bring our club and our stadium into living rooms throughout the Midwest," said Chris Wyche, Sporting KC's Executive Vice President of Operations and Executive Producer of the Sporting KC Television Network.
"This will provide unprecedented brand exposure in the region and will showcase our games to our fans far and wide while delivering quality programming for our partners."
Beginning this Saturday with the team's MLS home opener, the Sporting Kansas City Television Network will produce 23 games in 2014 to air on the following affiliates:
KMCI (38 the Spot) - Carrying all 23 games as flagship station in Kansas City
WIBW - Carrying all 23 games in Topeka, Kan. market
KMTW - Carrying all 23 games in Wichita, Kan. market
Cox Channel (Oklahoma) - Carrying all 23 games in Oklahoma City, Okla. and Tulsa, Okla. markets
Cox Channel (Nebraska) - Carrying all 23 games in Omaha, Neb. market
MyUTV - Carrying all 23 games in Sioux Falls, S.D. market (four will air same day on tape delay)
MC22 - Carrying up to 20 games in markets across Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, Illinois, South Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin (five will air on tape delay in select markets)
KZOU - Carrying 16 games in Columbia, Mo. market
The Sporting Kansas City Television Network will feature the broadcast team of Callum Williams (play-by-play), Diego Gutierrez (commentator) and Jake Yadrich (sideline). On-site coverage for every home and away broadcast will feature 30-minute pre-game and 30-minute post-game shows.
The club's 11 MLS matches not available on the Sporting Kansas City Television Network in 2014 will be nationally televised on NBCSN (7), ESPN (2) or ESPN2 (2).