Bell Media's TEAM Radio in Vancouver today announced a multi-year extension of its broadcast rights agreement with Vancouver Whitecaps FC of Major League Soccer (MLS). All games will be broadcast on TEAM 1410 and will feature extensive pre- and post-game coverage.
This extension complements Bell's multi-year partnership with Vancouver Whitecaps FC. As part of the partnership, TSN becomes the official Whitecaps FC broadcaster beginning this season and Bell extends its Premier Founding Partnership with the team, which includes Bell branding of all Whitecaps FC official men's and women's jerseys and kits.
TEAM Radio's Whitecaps FC coverage will be led by play-by-play announcer Peter Schaad, who is returning to the booth for a fourth consecutive season and his 13th year of covering the club. Joining Schaad in the broadcast booth for a third consecutive season is colour commentator David Norman, a former Whitecaps FC midfielder and Canadian international.
Throughout the season, Schaad will deliver news, insight, and behind-the-scenes content surrounding Whitecaps FC on TEAM 1040 and TEAMRadio.ca, with the station also delivering a daily MLS report and a weekly 30-minute show on Thursdays at 6 p.m. PT.
"We are very pleased to continue our long-standing partnership with TEAM Radio," said Rachel Lewis, Vancouver Whitecaps FC chief operating officer. "Since we announced our partnership in 2011 with the launch of our MLS franchise, we've seen fantastic content and programming that have informed and entertained sports fans across the province. We are excited to continue our relationship with TEAM Radio, and Bell Media as a whole, as we grow our sport collaboratively."
"As the official radio home of Whitecaps FC since their MLS debut, we know first-hand the significance of this team to Vancouver sports fans," said James Stuart, Regional Vice-President, Radio and Local Television, B.C, Bell Media. "This extension not only strengthens our partnership with the club over the long-term, it further cements TEAM Radio's position as the home of the best live coverage of the biggest sporting events for B.C. sports fans."
In addition to being the official home of Whitecaps FC, TEAM Radio is the exclusive English-language radio broadcaster the Vancouver Canucks and B.C. Lions. The station also features live coverage of TSN's slate of major sporting events, including the GREY CUP, IIHF WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP, FIFA 2015 WOMEN'S WORLD CUP, golf and tennis majors, and more. Fans can also listen to TEAM Radio for TSN's all-star roster of Insiders, experts, and analysts.