SALT LAKE CITY - RSL on KSL is now a reality, as Real Salt Lake today announced that Utah's NBC affiliate, KSL 5 Television, will air five of the team's inaugural season broadcasts in 2005. Play-by-play and color analyst talent will be announced on Tuesday.
The partnership kicks off on Saturday, April 2, at 6:30 p.m. MT, with a 30-minute pre-game show and Real Salt Lake's inaugural regular-season contest from the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, New Jersey, against the MetroStars. KSL follows up a week later by broadcasting from The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., as Real Salt Lake faces the Los Angeles Galaxy on Saturday, April 9, at 8:00 p.m. MT.
"The partnership between KSL and Real Salt Lake is truly a breakthrough," said RSL General Manager Steve Pastorino. "This deal represents the largest number of games on a network over-the-air affiliate in Major League Soccer's 10 year history, and the fact that an expansion organization put it together speaks volumes about the support of and interest in pro soccer in this area."
The complete RSL on KSL 5 TV schedule for 2005 follows:
|Date||Matchup||Broadcast time (MT)||TV info|
|Saturday, April 2||at MetroStars||7 p.m.||KSL (6:30 pregame)|
|Saturday, April 9||at Los Angeles Galaxy||8 p.m.||KSL|
|Saturday, July 16||at Kansas City Wizards||6:30 p.m.||KSL|
|Saturday, October 1||at Colorado Rapids||7 p.m.||KSL|
|Saturday, October 8||at San Jose Earthquakes||8 p.m.||KSL|
"This is a big opportunity for KSL 5 to join with Real Salt Lake and bring world-class Major League Soccer to the viewers of Utah on local broadcast TV. We think Real Salt Lake provides a unique opportunity to reach new viewers. Additionally, we look forward to covering all the Real soccer action every week on SportsBeat Saturday and Sunday." said Russ Crabb, Vice President of Programming and Production.
KSL 5 Television, an NBC affiliate owned by Bonneville International Corporation, is the dominant leader in news and entertainment programming in the Salt Lake City market. With a commitment to accurate and dependable news coverage and community involvement, KSL 5 reaches out to meet the needs of the viewer and citizens of the entire State of Utah. The largest news viewing audience is during its late local news, the KSL 5 Eyewitness News at 10. The ratings for the KSL 5 Eyewitness News at 10 are the largest of the day, and consistently dominate the local competition.
KSL 5 also boasts the number-one local sports highlight show - SportsBeat Saturday hosted by Rod Zundel and SportsBeat Sunday, a one-hour show hosted by former CNN sports anchor Tom Kirkland. The SportsBeat Sunday show will regularly feature extended Real Salt Lake segments each week at 10:30pm.
SINGLE-GAME TICKETS NOW ON SALE: Real Salt Lake single-game tickets for its inaugural 2005 season at Rice-Eccles Stadium went on sale Saturday both online and at the University of Utah Ticket Office, located at the Stadium's south end. Individual game prices are $14 for north goal, $18 for corner flag, $25 for premier east and $32 for VIP west. Tickets can be purchased by visiting the Utah Ticket Office at 451 South 1400 East, by logging onto www.utahtickets.com or by contacting the Ticket Office at (801) 581-UTIX.
Season ticket packages for RSL's inaugural 2005 season at Rice-Eccles Stadium are now on sale. The RSL 2005 season ticket package features 21 games, including all 16 MLS regular season games, four special bonus games and the highly-anticipated U.S.-Costa Rica World Cup Qualifier on June 4. Real Salt Lake's season ticket pricing consist of Youth (15 and younger) and Adult in four price levels. Prices for the 2005 season ticket packages are $200 adult ($180 youth) for the North Goal, $300 adult ($240 youth) for the Corner Flag, $400 ($320 youth) for East Sideline and $500 ($400 youth) for VIP seats. Tickets can be purchased by visiting the RSL Ticket Office at 515 South 700 East, #2R, SLC, UT 84102, by logging onto www.RealSaltLake.com or by contacting the Real Salt Lake Ticket Office at (866) 9-SOCCER.
ACCESS REAL: Real fans can now receive up-to-date information on the team by signing up for the RSL Weekly Newsletter at the fans section of RealSaltLake.com.