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Real Salt Lake announces new TV deal

Published: Tuesday, Jan. 24 2012 1:15 p.m. MST

SANDY — Real Salt Lake and KTVX, Utah's ABC affiliate, announced today a new, multi-year broadcast partnership that will see KTVX ABC4 air 10 live RSL contests during the 2012 season, while the KTVX-operated KUCW — known as CW30 — will carry the remaining 20 non-national regional broadcasts. The RSL-KTVX partnership guarantees that all 34 of RSL's regular-season games will be aired on a local or national broadcast partner, on either free, over-the-air television or via the new national NBC Sports Network (formerly known as Versus).

"KTVX and KUCW provide the perfect fit for Real Salt Lake and Rio Tinto Stadium as we move into another new era in our organization's growth," said RSL president Bill Manning, noting that the team's regional games remain on free, over-the-air television, as they have since its inception in 2005. "KTVX's commitment to live, local content and their recognition of our relevance as a team on the field and a business entity off of it has everyone — fans, ownership, players and others — excited for this long-term partnership."

For the first time ever, each of Real Salt Lake's 30 regional games will air in high-definition, while ABC4 and CW30 offer channel location consistency, regardless of the platform by which the fragmented Utah DMA consumes its television — over the air, cable or satellite. Virtually all of the elements contained in each two-and-a-half-hour Real Salt Lake broadcast will be available locally — including features, game highlights, interviews with key personalities and full-game re-broadcasts — on Comcast Video-on-Demand, as will numerous RSL-related content produced by the ABC4 news and sports teams.

REAL SALT LAKE 2012 BROADCAST SCHEDULE

Day Date Matchup air (MT) TV

Sat. March 10 @ Los Angeles Galaxy 8:00 ABC4

SAT. MARCH 17 NEW YORK RED BULLS 6:30 ABC4

SAT. MARCH 24 CHIVAS USA 7:00 CW30

Sat. March 31 @ Portland Timbers 8:00 ABC4

WED. APRIL 4 MONTREAL IMPACT 7:00 CW30

SAT. APRIL 7 COLORADO RAPIDS 7:00 CW30

Sat. April 14 @ Sporting Kansas City 6:00 ABC4

Sat. April 21 @ San Jose Earthquakes 8:30 CW30

Wed. April 25 @ FC Dallas 6:30 CW30

SAT. APRIL 28 TORONTO FC 7:00 CW30

SAT. MAY 5 N.E. REVOLUTION 7:00 CW30

Wed. May 9 @ Chicago Fire 6:30 CW30

Sat. May 12 @ Seattle Sounders FC 8:00 ABC4

SAT. MAY 26 FC DALLAS 6:30 CW30

Sat. June 16 @ Chivas USA 8:00 ABC4

WED. JUNE 20 LOS ANGELES GALAXY 7:00 CW30

SAT. JUNE 23 SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES 7:00 CW30

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