The final days of the 2022 MLS season are a bittersweet moment in the league’s history. It marks the final time that broadcast crews air MLS games across regional sports networks throughout the United States. That means a final time that fans of MLS teams can hear the familiar voices of announcers, analysts and sideline reporters.
The growth of MLS on TV
Since 1996 when the league launched, going to the stadiums to watch games was one thing. But growing a fandom would be much bigger than that. How would broadcasters get people to watch games across television?
First, ESPN stepped up to broadcast games nationally. The rest fell to local TV stations and regional sports networks. Those two carried the weight of MLS games, both home and away.
Games took place at traditional football stadiums like Giants Stadium, the Cotton Bowl, the Rose Bowl and Arrowhead Stadium. Regional broadcast crews for MLS were there the whole time as clubs moved into their own stadiums, with a few exceptions.
After years of watching your team in MLS, the passion and expertise of the talent came through the television sets. You grew up with these broadcasters. A memorable goal call or a catchphrase are burned inside the minds of MLS fans across the country.
A new era with Apple TV
When the new era of Apple TV begins on streaming in 2023, it will be interesting to see which broadcast teams make the jump from the regional sports networks to Apple. At the same time, will these new broadcast teams do their jobs at the stadiums or within a centralized location?
While we await MLS to answer the fundamental questions ahead of the 2023 season, let’s salute all the broadcast teams and broadcasting partners who have done an incredible job spending their weekends and midweek days calling the games, analyzing them for all of the fans, and having conversations with the written media.
Farewell to MLS regional broadcast crews
Bally Sports South/Southeast: Kevin Egan, Maurice Edu, Jillian Sakovits
KNVA, KBVO: Adrian Healey, Michael Lahoud
WSOC, WAXN: Eric Krakauer, Lloyd Sam, Katie Witham
WGN Sports: Arlo White, Tyler Terens, Tony Meola, Dan Kelly
WSTR: Tom Gelehrter, Kevin McCloskey
Altitude Sports: Richard Fleming, Marcelo Balboa
Bally Sports Ohio/Great Lakes: Dwight Burgess, Bill McDermott, Neil Sika, Jordan Angeli, Brett Hiltbrand
NBC Sports Washington: Dave Johnson, Tony Limarzi, Devin McTavish, Claudia Pagan
KTXA: Mark Followill, Owen Newkirk, Steve Davis, Sam Hale, Garrett Melcer
AT&T Sportsnet Southwest: Glenn Davis, Eddie Robinson, Daniela Rodriguez
Bally Sports KC, WMCI: Nate Bukaty, Jacob Peterson, Aly Trost
Spectrum Sportsnet: LA Joe Tutino, Cobi Jones, Nikki Kay
KCOP: Max Bretos, Angela Hucles, Warren Barton, Mariano Trujillo, Lori Lindsey, Heath Pearce, Rodolfo Landeros, Christopher Sullivan, Aly Wagner, Jordan Harvey, Mark Rogondino
WFOR, WBFS, WAXY: Andres Cordero, Chris Wittyngham, Ray Hudson, Kaylyn Kyle, Thomas Rongen
Bally Sports North: Callum Williams, Charlie Beattie, Kyndra de St. Aubin
TSN: Vic Rauter, Greg Sutton, Steven Caldwell
TVA Sports: Frederic Lord, Vincent Destouches, Nicolas Martineau
WZTV, WUXP, WNAB: Tony Husband, Jamie Watson
NBC SPORTS Boston, WBZ, WSBK: Brad Feldman, Charlie Davies, Naoko Funayama
NY RED BULLS:
MSG NETWORKS: Steve Cangialosi, Shep Messing, Michelle Gingras, Tina Cervasio
YES Network: Joe Tolleson, Ian Paul Joy
WRBW: Evan Weston, Miguel Gallardo, Gabrielle Amado
WPHL, WPVI, NBC Sports Philadelphia: J.P. Dellacamera, Danny Higginbotham, Tommy Smyth, Marisa Pilla
Root Sports Northwest, KPTV, KPDX: Christian Miles, Jake Sivin, Ross Smith, Liam Ridgewell
SALT LAKE CITY:
WMYU, KYUU, KHSV, KNSN: David James, Greg Wrubell, Bill Riley, Brain Dunseth
NBC SPORTS Bay Area/California: Anthony Passarelli, Chris Dangerfield, Danielle Slaton
KCPQ, KZJO: Keith Costigan, Kasey Keller, Steve Zakuani
TSN Channels: Luke Wileman, Steven Caldwell, Kevin Kilbane
TSN Channels: Peter Schaad, Blake Price, Paul Dolan, Shantelle Chand
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