The Colorado Rapids will be featured a six times on Fox Soccer Channel, after MLS signed a one-year deal reportedly worth $8 million. (Photo by Nathan W. Armes/Getty Images)

Fox Soccer Channel Finalizes Deal With MLS, Reportedly Worth $6.25 Million A Year

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Fox Soccer Channel Finalizes Deal With MLS, Reportedly Worth $8 Million A Year

The long awaited deal between Fox Soccer Channel and MLS has been finalized with 31 regular-season matches airing on the cable channel, plus three more playoff games. The deal is for just one year, and a TV industry source said it was worth $6.25 million. Initial reports that the $8 million figure may not be entirely incorrect, but that apparently failed to take into account an agreement by MLS to buy "significant" advertising on FSC. That would still represent about $3.25 million more than they got last year, but considerably less than the $20 million MLS was supposedly seeking. Initial reports that Fox had offered $7 million annually to broadcast MLS games were called "incorrect" by the TV industry source.

"FOX Soccer has been a tremendous partner for MLS for many years and we are very happy that we have been able to extend the relationship," MLS President Mark Abbott said in a statement. "Through both its news coverage and its extensive schedule of MLS games, Fox Soccer allows MLS fans across the country to follow their club as well as their rivals."

The FSC broadcast schedule will kick off with a Week 1 match between the defending MLS Cup champion Colorado Rapids and the expansion Portland Timbers on March 19. The Rapids' six FSC appearances are the second most of any MLS team. The LA Galaxy will appear seven times on FSC. The Columbus Crew, who were the only MLS team who weren't scheduled for a national broadcast before this deal, will make two appearances on FSC.

Complete FSC Schedule
  • Saturday, March 19 Colorado Rapids vs. Portland Timbers 9 p.m.
  • Friday, March 25* Seattle Sounders FC vs. Houston Dynamo 10 p.m. (excl.)
  • April Friday, April 1* Columbus Crew vs. FC Dallas 7:30 p.m. (excl.)
  • Friday, April 8* FC Dallas vs. Colorado Rapids 9 p.m. (excl.)
  • Saturday, April 16 Toronto FC vs. D.C. United 7 p.m.
  • Friday, April 22* Colorado Rapids vs. Seattle Sounders FC 9:30 p.m. (excl.)
  • Saturday, April 23* LA Galaxy vs. Portland Timbers 11 p.m. (excl.)
  • Friday, April 29* Houston Dynamo vs. D.C. United 8:30 p.m. (excl.)
  • Friday, May 6* Portland Timbers vs. Philadelphia Union 10:30 p.m. (excl.)
  • Saturday, May 14 Real Salt Lake vs. Houston Dynamo 9 p.m.
  • Friday, June 3* LA Galaxy vs. D.C. United 11 p.m. (excl.)
  • Friday, June 10* New York Red Bulls vs. New England Revolution 8:30 p.m. (excl.)
  • Saturday, June 11 Seattle Sounders FC vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC 10 p.m.
  • Friday, June 17* Sporting Kansas City vs. San Jose Earthquakes 8:30 p.m. (excl.)
  • Saturday, June 25 San Jose Earthquakes vs. LA Galaxy 11 p.m. (excl.)
  • Saturday, July 2 D.C. United vs. Philadelphia Union 7 p.m. (excl.)
  • Saturday, July 9 LA Galaxy vs. Chicago Fire 10:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 16 Seattle Sounders FC vs. Colorado Rapids 4 p.m. (excl.)
  • Friday, July 29* Philadelphia Union vs. Colorado Rapids 7:30 p.m. (excl.)
  • Saturday, July 30 Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. LA Galaxy 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, August 5* Colorado Rapids vs. Columbus Crew 9:30 p.m. (excl.)
  • Saturday, August 13 Sporting Kansas City vs. LA Galaxy 8:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 20 Portland Timbers vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC 10 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 27 Chivas USA vs. Real Salt Lake 10:30 p.m. (excl.)
  • Friday, September 9* LA Galaxy vs. Colorado Rapids 11 p.m. (excl.)
  • Friday, September 16* Portland Timbers vs. New England Revolution 11 p.m. (excl.)
  • Friday, September 23* Sporting Kansas City vs. Philadelphia Union 8:30 p.m. (excl.)
  • Saturday, October 1* Toronto FC vs. New York Red Bulls 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 15 Seattle Sounders FC vs. San Jose Earthquakes 10:30 p.m. (excl.)
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