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Columbus Crew SC announces Broadcast Schedule for 2018

 

Black & Gold renew simulcast television arrangement and CD 102.5 radio partnership for 2018 campaign;

All television viewing households in Ohio’s capital city have the option to watch regionally televised Crew SC matches on local broadcast stations (CW Columbus, ABC-6, MyTV Columbus) & Spectrum Sports in Ohio

 

February 27, 2018

 

COLUMBUS – Columbus Crew SC today announced its 2018 broadcast schedule for the 34-match campaign that begins on Saturday, March 3. Crew SC has renewed its hybrid broadcast television partnership with Sinclair Broadcast Group operated stations as well as Spectrum Sports in Ohio for all 32 scheduled regionally televised Columbus Crew SC regular-season contests this year, with the Black & Gold’s remaining two regular-season matches to be televised nationally on FS1 and ESPN. Crew SC’s regionally televised matches will also be simulcast on BCSN2 for Buckeye Broadband subscribers in the Toledo and Sandusky, Ohio areas. Furthermore, Crew SC announced a one-year extension for radio broadcasts on local radio station CD 102.5 and the introduction of a Spanish-language radio broadcast distributed globally on ColumbusCrewSC.com.
In 2018, supporters have the option to view all regionally televised Crew SC matches in multiple ways. Regionally televised matches will be available on local broadcast channels (The CW Columbus, ABC-6, or MyTV Columbus 6.2) and Spectrum Sports in Ohio on channel 1311HD and channel 311 as well as channel 510 in Columbus and Northern Kentucky. The CW Columbus (WWHO-53) will be the flagship over-the-air station for Crew SC regionally televised matches and is expected to air 28 matches in 2018. Spectrum Sports in Ohio is the cable television home of Crew SC in Columbus and across the Spectrum Sports footprint in Ohio, Northern Kentucky and Western Pennsylvania. BCSN and BCSN2 are available on HD on channels 608 and 609 as well as on channel 109 in the Greater Toledo area.

 

2018 CREW SC BROADCAST SCHEDULE – http://crew.sc/1QA6BIg
All 900,000 television viewing households in Ohio’s capital city have the option to watch regionally televised Crew SC matches via local broadcast stations (ABC-6, CW Columbus, MyTV Columbus) or Spectrum Sports in Ohio. Outside Columbus, supporters within the Spectrum Sports footprint can access the action via Spectrum Sports in Ohio.

Columbus viewers will have access to all 32 regionally televised 2018 Crew SC matches via simulcast on Sinclair Broadcast Group operated channels, with 28 contests airing live and in HD on The CW Columbus. Crew SC is scheduled to make three appearances on the Columbus ABC affiliate (WSYX ABC-6) and one scheduled appearance on MyTV Columbus (ESYX-6.2).

Crew SC opens the 2018 campaign on the road against 2017 MLS Cup Champions Toronto FC on Saturday, March 3 (1:00 p.m. ET / ABC-6, Spectrum Sports, BCSN2, CD102.5 FM, English and Spanish radio stream available on ColumbusCrewSC.com). Post-match coverage is set to follow exclusively on Spectrum Sports in Ohio.

The partnership also sees the return of Neil Sika and Dwight Burgess to the Crew SC broadcast booth, with Sika on play-by-play and Burgess providing analysis. Sika is set to begin his 12th complete season with Columbus Crew SC after joining the club’s radio coverage full-time in 2007. Burgess, now the Head Soccer Coach at Wittenberg University, will return for his 23rd season on the microphone, bringing more than three decades of soccer-specific broadcast experience.

Spectrum Sports’ Marisa Contipelli will join ABC-6/FOX-28’s Clay Hall and ColumbusCrewSC.com’s Alex Stec on the broadcast team. Hall, who will once again provide sideline coverage for select matches, is the Sports Director of ABC-6 and FOX-28. He has covered Central Ohio sports for 23 years and helped ABC-6 and FOX-28 to be named Best Sports Operation in Ohio by the Associated Press on two occasions (2001, 2010). Contipelli is set to return to the broadcast and has worked as a Video Journalist, Associate Producer and Sideline Reporter for Spectrum Sports in Ohio since 2014 and also serves as the in-arena host for Ohio State University men’s basketball. Stec once again is set to provide sideline coverage for home matches in addition to continuing to provide content for ColumbusCrewSC.com. She joined Crew SC as the club’s Brand Journalist in 2015 from Fox Sports SportsTime Ohio and Fox Sports Ohio, where she worked as a Production Assistant and a Freelance Video Editor, respectively.

 

CD102.5 FM is also set to continue as the official English-language radio home of the Black & Gold for all 34 matches during the regular season. In addition to being able to access the English audio streams from the CD 102.5 broadcast calls of Sika and Burgess, supporters in 2018 can also listen to a new Spanish-language radio stream on ColumbusCrewSC.com, airing all 34 Columbus Crew SC regular-season matches during the 2018 campaign with Juan Valladares providing commentary and expanding the reach of the Spanish-language production worldwide. Valladares is entering his eighth season on Crew SC’s Spanish radio team, having re-joined the Black & Gold team in 2013 after serving as a sideline analyst during the 2009 and 2010 campaigns. He worked in radio from 1994-1996, providing coverage of professional soccer before becoming a co-anchor on Channel 25 TV in Honduras from 1995-2002. He worked for Radio America Deportiva from 2002-2008. Valladares joined the Azteca America broadcast team to work on “Passion de Futbol” as co-anchor in 2009 and assisted in coverage of CONCACAF Gold Cup coverage in 2009 and 2010 and FIFA World Cup Qualifiers nationwide from 2010-2013.

Website: ColumbusCrewSC.com | Twitter: @ColumbusCrewSC | Instagram: @ColumbusCrewSC | Hashtag: #CrewSC | Facebook.com/columbuscrewsc | Snapchat: ColumbusCrewSC | Google+: +columbuscrewsc | Stadium: MAPFRE Stadium | Training Facility: Crew SC Training Center at Obetz

ABOUT COLUMBUS CREW SC
Columbus Crew SC (Soccer Club) is the first club in Major League Soccer and in 2015, Crew SC was crowned MLS Eastern Conference Champions in the organization’s 20th season. Owned and operated by Precourt Sports Ventures (PSV), it won its first MLS Cup championship in 2008 and also won the 2002 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup as well as MLS Supporters’ Shield titles in 2004, 2008 and 2009. The 2018 campaign is the Black & Gold’s 20th season at historic MAPFRE Stadium – the first soccer-specific stadium in the United States. The club was purchased by PSV on July 29, 2013 as part of the privately held investment and management firm’s sports and entertainment business enterprise, and the club has qualified for the MLS Cup Playoffs in three of the four seasons since, including winning the Eastern Conference Championship in 2015.

ABOUT ABC-6, FOX-28 AND THE CW COLUMBUS

Sinclair Broadcast Group owns WSYX-TV ABC-6 and operates Cunningham-owned WTTE-TV FOX-28 by a Local Management Agreement and Manhan Media-owned WWHO-TV CW Columbus by a Shared Services Agreement.

 

ABOUT SPECTRUM SPORTS

Spectrum Sports in Ohio is the area’s home for local sports content and events including high school, Columbus Crew SC, and the Mid-American Conference games and programming. Spectrum Sports is available on channel 1311HD/311 across the state, as well as on channel 510 in the formerly Insight portions of the Columbus area and on channel 511HD/510 in the formerly Insight portions of Cincinnati metropolitan area in northern Kentucky. More information is available at www.myspectrumsports.com.

ABOUT BUCKEYE BROADBAND

Buckeye Broadband is the largest cable firm operating in the Toledo, Ohio area, with customers in Toledo and Sandusky, Ohio, and communities in Southeast Michigan. Founded in 1965, Buckeye is the oldest continuously-owned large-city cable system in the US. The company offers digital cable TV, high-speed Internet and residential phone in various a la carte and bundled service levels. Buckeye Broadband is a wholly owned subsidiary of Block Communications, Inc., headquartered in Toledo, Ohio.

 

ABOUT CD102.5 FM
CD102.5 FM started on August 21, 1990 and has been locally and independently owned and operated with the same format for the past 25 years. Known for its alternative rock music, it is one of the only independently owned alternative stations in the top 100 markets in the country. The station prides itself on supporting local music as well as putting on low-cost concerts that make live music accessible to everyone. It also emphasizes local non-profit and cultural events with a goal to raise awareness about the vibrant community of Columbus.

 

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