New York Red Bulls and MSG Networks Sign Multi-Year Television Rights Extension
The New York Red Bulls and MSG Networks and have agreed to a new multi-year extension ensuring that MSG Networks will continue as the regional television home of the Red Bulls.
MSG Networks, which has held the telecast rights to the team since 1996, will produce 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. the 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.”
MSG Networks’ Emmy Award-winning broadcaster Steve Cangialosi returns for his seventh season as the team’s play-by-play announcer and 13th covering the Red Bulls, while former goalkeeper Shep Messing starts his 14th season as an expert 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).
MSG Networks is the exclusive local television home of the New York Knicks, New York Rangers, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, Buffalo Sabres (Upstate New York only), New York Liberty and New York Red Bulls, and the official regional sports networks of the New York Giants. MSG Networks also telecasts over 135 live college basketball games and over 35 live college football games from top national conferences (ACC, SEC, Big 12, Big East), as well as horse racing, boxing and award-winning original programming. In 2013, MSG Networks received 18 New York Emmy Awards, including 16 for MSG and one each for MSG+ and MSG.com. MSG’s 85 Emmys over the past six years are more than any single network or station in the region during that time.
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The Madison Square Garden Company is a fully-integrated sports, media and entertainment business. The Company is comprised of three business segments: MSG Sports, MSG Media and MSG Entertainment, which are strategically aligned to work together to drive the Company's overall business, which is built on a foundation of iconic venues and compelling content that the company creates, produces, presents and/or distributes through its programming networks and other media assets. MSG Sports owns and operates the following sports franchises: the New York Knicks (NBA), the New York Rangers (NHL), the New York Liberty (WNBA), and the Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL). MSG Sports also features the presentation of a wide variety of live sporting events including professional boxing, college basketball, bull riding and tennis. MSG Media is a leader in production and content development for multiple distribution platforms, including content originating from the Company’s venues. MSG Media’s television networks consist of regional sports networks, MSG Network and MSG+, collectively referred to as MSG Networks; and Fuse, a national television network dedicated to music. MSG Networks also include high-definition channels, MSG HD and MSG+ HD, and Fuse includes its high-definition channel, Fuse HD. MSG Entertainment is one of the country's leaders in live entertainment. MSG Entertainment creates, produces and/or presents a variety of live productions, including the Radio City Christmas Spectacular featuring the Rockettes. MSG Entertainment also presents or hosts other live entertainment events such as concerts, family shows and special events in the Company’s diverse collection of venues. These venues consist of Madison Square Garden, The Theater at Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall, the Beacon Theatre, the Forum in Inglewood, CA, The Chicago Theatre, and the Wang Theatre in Boston, MA. More information is available at www.themadisonsquaregardencompany.com.