Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Crew on ABC, MLS Returns to ESPN

Dust off your hardhat and get ready to fire up your Sony Trinitron TV - the Columbus Crew are going to host a nationally televised game on ABC on November 1st, 2020. This will effectively be a send-off for Crew Stadium as the team moves into her new home next year. 

MLS games on terrestrial television are a relatively rare thing. Usually, the only one fans get on ABC is the final, but even those stopped being regular there a decade ago. Only FOX, year in and year out, carry games. Even there, it's rare. Less than a handful each year.

MLS released the remainder of the league schedule yesterday. ESPN finally returns to host a couple of regular-season games for the first time since the summer bubble.

1 - ESPN Oct 11 Seattle / LAFC

2 - ABC Oct 25 LA's

3 - ESPN Oct 28 Portland  LAG

4 - ABC Nov 1 Crew v Philly

Outside of the Disney family of networks, FOX will host one more (along with FS1 having just a couple). Univision and TSN also have a few. All in all, however, MLS has been largely absent from the national TV landscape. No reason has been given, but it's likely due to the log jam of NBA, MLB, and College Football games.

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