The NWSL and ESPN have agreed to a one-year broadcast deal, featuring six games televised on ESPN2 (three regular-season games, all three playoff games) and three regular-season games streamed online at ESPN3.
Reign FC’s July 30 away game against the Houston Dash and Aug. 17 away game against rival Portland Thorns FC will be among those streamed on ESPN3.
First-place Seattle can get on TV, of course, by getting into the playoffs.
Here are some quotes from the news release:
“We are very excited to announce our new agreement with ESPN. In the midst of our second season, we are striving to provide our fans with improved access to our league matches and airing our games on ESPN2 and ESPN3 will give us a broader platform to expose fans to the amazing caliber of women’s soccer in the NWSL. We also hope to create new fans who will appreciate the amazing athletes and personalities in our league.” — Cheryl Bailey, NWSL Executive Director.
“This agreement with the NWSL represents ESPN’s continued commitment to soccer and to top level women’s sports. We are excited to showcase this new league and feature some of the best female soccer players in the world leading in to the 2015 FIFA World Cup.” — Scott Guglielmino, ESPN Senior Vice President, Programming and Acquisitions.
Here is the broadcast schedule:
|Date||Home Team||Away Team||Time (PT)||TV|
|Sunday, July 20, 2014||Portland Thorns FC||Boston Breakers||2:00 p.m.||ESPN2|
|Wednesday, July 30, 2014||Houston Dash||Seattle Reign FC||6:00 p.m.||ESPN3|
|Sunday, August 03, 2014||Portland Thorns FC||Houston Dash||7:00 p.m.||ESPN2|
|Saturday, August 09, 2014||Houston Dash||Sky Blue FC||6:00 p.m.||ESPN3|
|Wednesday, August 13, 2014||Western New York Flash||Sky Blue FC||4:00 p.m.||ESPN2|
|Sunday, August 17, 2014||Portland Thorns FC||Seattle Reign FC||2:00 p.m.||ESPN3|
|Saturday, August 23, 2014||Semifinal||–||10:00 a.m.||ESPN2|
|Sunday, August 24, 2014||Semifinal||–||TBD||ESPN2|
|Sunday, August 31, 2014||Championship||–||12:00 p.m.||ESPN2|