Minnesota United announced a new TV deal on Friday morning that’ll link them to FOX9/MY29 for the 2016 season. The stations will broadcast all 32 games this season without tape delay. United’s Director of Public Relations Eric Durkee confirmed that this is a one year deal.
In the press release sent by the team, it’s confirmed that Chris Lidholm, Alan Willey, and Eric Nordquist will handle the commentary duties once again. In addition to game coverage, there will be a 30-minute pregame show for certain games, to add an analysis component.
“We are very pleased to begin our relationship with Fox 9/MY29 for the upcoming 2016 NASL season,” said Minnesota United President Nick Rogers in the press release. “Sports fans in Minnesota know to expect a great broadcast from Fox 9/MY29 and we are excited to be able to showcase our team and our brand on their network. This announcement is another step forward for us as a club and is fantastic news for our fans and our partners.”
It will be Lidholm’s 24th season broadcasting Minnesota pro soccer in some capacity, and Willey’s second. “I’m excited to be returning for my 24th year,” said Lidholm. “I’m happy I get to work alongside Alan, Eric, Brad, Sam and the talented crew again.”
This will move broadcasts from KSTC 45, and will possibly make the game accessible to a wider audience. The broadcast on Fox might also have a more polished look to it, as the broader channel family also covers weekly games in England, Major League Soccer, and Bundesliga. The deal also promises to showcase any postseason games Minnesota United may find themselves in, ending years of “will they/ won’t they” drama regarding airtime.