With the 2022 MLS season set to start this weekend, Nashville SC have announced their broadcast details for the year. From the press release:
Nashville Soccer Club announced today the signing of iHeartRADIO as the club’s new home for English radio, joining Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. and El Jefe 96.7FM, 105.3FM, and 810AM as official broadcast partners for the 2022 Major League Soccer season. A complete broadcast schedule can be found here.
Starting with Nashville SC’s season opener at Seattle Sounders FC on Sunday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. CT, iHeartRADIO will carry all regular season and postseason matches. Come Sunday, fans must download the free iHeartRADIO app and search “Nashville SC Radio”, or they can click www.NashvilleSC.com/Broadcast to listen to the call online.
Wes Boling and Eddie Carvacho will be the primary voices of the action, which will include 30-minute pregame and postgame shows. In addition, sideline reporter Kelly Glendenning will add color to the radio call on occasion. Fans will be able to enjoy ancillary programming throughout the season on the iHeartRADIO app, including The Backstage Show which will continue to feature Nashville SC coaches and players as well as spokespersons and pundits from across the league.
Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. returns as the club’s official flagship station providing local television coverage for all Nashville SC matches that are not broadcasted by a national network. Tony Husband, Jamie Watson and Kelly Glendenning return in 2022 to call all the action as it airs primarily on MyTV30 and is also streamed live on NashvilleSC.com/Stream. Similar to the radio coverage, all local television matches will feature 30-minute pregame and postgame shows.
El Jefe will bring Nashville SC’s action to all Spanish-speaking households in 2022 on all three of their stations: 96.7FM, 105.3FM, and 810AM. Alexis Martínez and Mánfred Villalobos will return for their third MLS season to call the action in Spanish.
MyTV30 will once again host the bulk of Nashville SC’s matches, with all matches streamed on Nashville SC’s website. In addition, they’ve moved away from terrestrial radio, with all the English language audio broadcasts available digitally on the iHeartRADIO app and the club website. ESPN 94.9 The Game had been the club’s radio partner for the past several years. El Jefe 96.7FM, 105.3FM, and 810AM will continue to carry matches in Spanish.
As has been the case since Nashville joined MLS, broadcast territories will continue to be an issue. With Atlanta United claiming most of East Tennessee, only the mid-state area is considered part of Nashville’s local broadcast region, forcing fans to look to alternative viewing options.
2022 is the last deal in the current MLS media deal. Commissioner Don Garber told media Tuesday that he expects a new league-wide deal to be announced in March, and is expected to solve some of the issues with local broadcast territories.