CARSON, Calif. (Thursday, March 8, 2012) – The LA Galaxy announced today that the club along with Time Warner Cable Sports have reached a partnership with KDOC-TV and KWHY-TV to be the official English and Spanish language television broadcast networks of the Galaxy in 2012. A complete broadcast schedule, including all local and national broadcasts for both English and Spanish language television and radio can be found online at www.lagalaxy.com/schedule/broadcast.
With 15 of the club’s 34 regular season games being broadcast by one of the Major League Soccer’s English language national broadcast partners, ESPN and NBC Sports Network, KDOC-TV will broadcast a total of 18 Galaxy regular season games, starting with the 2012 regular season opener against Real Salt Lake this Saturday, March 10 at 7:30 p.m. In addition to the MLS regular season opener, KDOC-TV will also carry home games against Colorado, D.C. United, FC Dallas, Portland, San Jose, Toronto FC and Vancouver, as well as LA’s annual Fourth of July game against Philadelphia and the Galaxy’s home leg in the SuperClasico against Chivas USA on August 21. The network will also join the club on the road for games against Colorado, Real Salt Lake, Seattle, Vancouver and the expansion Montreal Impact.
“We’re thrilled to partner with Time Warner Cable Sports and the LA Galaxy,” said KDOC-TV President/General Manager John Manzi. “The MLS Cup champions are the premier club in MLS and the organization is committed to defending their championship in 2012. Galaxy games are a perfect fit with KDOC-TV’s mission to broadcast compelling local sports to L.A. television viewers”.
KDOC-TV will broadcast the first 18 of the Galaxy’s local broadcasts ahead of the launch of Time Warner Cable’s new Regional Sports Networks, which will debut in Fall 2012. The new Los Angeles-based Regional Sports Networks, which agreed to a 10-year broadcast agreement with the Galaxy in November 2011 will broadcast their first Galaxy game in English on Sunday, October 21 when the club travels north to face the rival San Jose Earthquakes in their final road game of the regular season.
Galaxy legend Cobi Jones will serve as the lead analyst for KDOC-TV’s coverage of the club. A two-time MLS Cup champion and one of the greatest players in club history, Jones played for the Galaxy from 1996-2007, helping them win five different championships. Jones remained with the club after retiring and served as an assistant coach for the club from 2008-2010. The most capped player in U.S. National Team history, Jones appeared in 164 games during his international career and played in the World Cup three times, twice helping the U.S. reach the knockout stages of the competition. He will be joined in the booth by Mark Rogondino, who returns for his seventh season as part of the Galaxy television broadcasts. A sideline reporter in 2006 and the lead analyst from 2007-11, Rogondino is in his first season as the club’s play-by-play voice.
“No single person is more synonymous with the LA Galaxy than Cobi Jones and we are thrilled to have him back in the Galaxy family,” said LA Galaxy COO, Chris McGowan. “Cobi is a voice that Galaxy fans everywhere will know and respect and to be able to pair him in the booth for our KDOC telecasts with a seasoned broadcasting professional such as Mark Rogondino, is a fantastic testament to the quality we are putting into these broadcasts.”
While KDOC-TV and Time Warner Cable Sports will handle the Galaxy’s regular season English language regional broadcasts in 2012, KWHY-TV will be the club’s Spanish language television home this year. The network will broadcast all 14 of the club’s regular season games that are not broadcast on national partners ESPN/ESPN Deportes, NBC Sports Network and Galavision. KWHY-TV will broadcast nine of the Galaxy’s home games this season, starting with the regular season opener against Real Salt Lake on Saturday, March 10, and five road games. KWHY-TV will carry the club’s home games against D.C. United, FC Dallas, Philadelphia, Portland, San Jose and Vancouver as well as road games against Colorado, Montreal, Real Salt Lake, Seattle and Vancouver. Time Warner Cable Sports’ Spanish language Regional Sports Network will begin broadcasting Galaxy games in 2013.
"Channel 22 is extremely excited to be working with Time Warner Cable Sports and the LA Galaxy," Channel 22 owner Alex Meruelo said. "Our mission is to cement the Channel 22 brand in the minds of viewers as the over the air destination for high quality programming and content, of which sports is one of the pillars. I am so looking forward to seeing Landon, David, Robbie & Edson on the pitch and on our air." LA Galaxy games will be part of the new and revamped programming lineup for 2012 that KWHY-TV Channel 22 is continuing to debut.
Adrian Garcia Marquez will be KWHY-TV’s play-by-play announcer and Francisco Pinto will serve as the lead analyst. A former Univision, ESPN Deportes, Telemundo, Fox and Fox Sports West employee, Garcia Marquez comes to the Galaxy having done play-by-play for some of the biggest franchises in U.S., including the Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Los Angeles Dodgers, Oakland A’s, San Diego Padres, San Diego Chargers and USC football. Pinto joins the Galaxy after more than a decade at Univision’s Los Angeles affiliate, KMEX-34, where he was a sports anchor for sevens years and later became a host on the stations’ morning newscast, Primera Edicion. A former soccer player in his native country of Chile, Pinto was the only TV reporter from Los Angeles in New England when the club won its first MLS Cup title in 2002. Both have covered the ultimate soccer tournament in the world, the FIFA World Cup, at various times during their careers, Garcia Marquez has even covered the 2004 Olympics in Athens.
“With Adrian Garcia Marquez and Francisco Pinto, the Galaxy have two of the finest and most respected sports broadcasters in the game today,” said McGowan. “Their credentials are unmatched in their field and they will provide a level of access an insight to the Galaxy telecasts on KWHY that is unrivaled. Spanish speaking Galaxy fans everywhere will immediately welcome the duo into their homes and we are ecstatic to have them as a part of the Galaxy family.”
The LA Galaxy will open the 2012 MLS season on Saturday, March 10 when they host Real Salt Lake at The Home Depot Center in MLS First Kick 2012, presented by Dick’s Sporting Goods. That game will kick off at 7:30 p.m. (PT) and tickets are on sale now starting at just $30. For more information about this game or to purchase tickets, please visit the club’s official website at www.lagalaxy.com.
About LA Galaxy
The reigning Supporters’ Shield winners and MLS Cup champions, the LA Galaxy are currently playing their 17th season in Major League Soccer. One of the original 10 clubs in MLS, the Galaxy were founded in June 1994 before playing their first-ever game in April 1996. Today they are one of 19 teams in the league. A three-time MLS Cup champion in addition to their two U.S. Open Cup trophies and their CONCACAF Champions Cup title, the Galaxy boast a roster that features many of the biggest domestic and foreign stars in the history of MLS. The club plays their home games at The Home Depot Center, a 27,000 seat stadium that opened in 2003 on the campus of California State University – Dominguez Hills in Carson, Calif. For more information about the club or to purchase tickets for any Galaxy home game, please call the 877-3GALAXY or visit the club’s official website www.lagalaxy.com.
About Time Warner Cable
Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC) is among the largest providers of video, high-speed data and voice services in the United States, connecting more than 14 million customers to entertainment, information and each other. Time Warner Cable Business Class offers data, video and voice services to businesses of all sizes, cell tower backhaul services to wireless carriers and, through its NaviSite subsidiary, managed and outsourced information technology solutions and cloud services. Time Warner Cable Media, the advertising arm of Time Warner Cable, offers national, regional and local companies innovative advertising solutions. More information about the services of Time Warner Cable is available at www.timewarnercable.com, www.twcbc.com, www.navisite.com, and www.twcmedia.com.
KDOC-TV (HD) Los Angeles is an independent- full power commercial television station reaching the entire Los Angeles television market of more than 5.6 million homes. KDOC’s schedule includes popular entertainment programs such as: Seinfeld, Frasier, ‘Til Death, America’s Funniest Videos, and Law and Order CI. The station is LA’s broadcast home of the Anaheim Ducks (NHL), Chivas USA (MLS), SEC College Football, and Big 12 College Basketball. KDOC-TV is watched by more than 3,000,000 unique viewers each week. The station is managed by Titan Broadcast Management. For more information about KDOC-TV, please visit www.kdoctv.net.
KWHY-TV Channel 22 The largest independent Spanish Language Television station in the Los Angeles DMA, KWHY-TV Channel 22 is committed to being a leader in the Spanish language communications industry. It has a long and rich history of serving the residents of the Los Angeles DMA with relevant news & entertainment for over 30 years. KWHY-TV Channel 22 is a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Meruelo Group. For more information about KWHY-TV Channel 22, please visit www.kwhy.com