John Kerr has announced the schedule that features 19 regular season games, 11 of which will be played at the friendly confines of Koskinen Stadium. In addition, the ACC Network has announced its broadcast schedule, featuring two regular season games for the Blue Devils. The network will televise 28 ACC men's soccer games. Included in the telecasts will the innovative keeper cam technology.
Those games are also moving from the traditional Saturday afternoon time slot to Saturday night. ESPN's broadcasts will look and sound like Lifetime's, with the same announcers and production crew. Kate Markgraf and Angela Hucles will take turns filling in for her.
The only difference is that ESPNews games will kick off at eight minutes after air time instead of Lifetime's traditional This deal brings NWSL games back to the network for the first time since , the only prior season in the league's six-year history in which ESPN aired games.
The changes also raised a storm of chatter among fans and observers on social media about the potential for more NWSL coverage to move from Lifetime to ESPN in the future. So it's really just an extension of the same family.
Silverman said there won't be any changes this year. Duffy said Verizon's three-year deal expires after the season as does the Lifetime deal, by the way. She also noted that Verizon made "a significant investment" to get its rights, which the Inquirer and Daily News reported on at the time.
Duffy said it's worth the risk. While attendance may rise, TV viewership may be affected by games airing at the same time that other NWSL games are going on. That's a strategy that MLS has learned to avoid in recent years. Which strategy is better for the NWSL?
Silverman said the league is "trying to attract sports fans and soccer fans, not just female fans. That was intentional. Moving games to prime time gets them out of mid-summer's worst weather. Duffy said the nascent NWSL Players Association wasn't consulted on the kickoff time changes, but she acknowledged players' complaints about heat.
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