Legendary sportsradio station kicking off multi-year broadcast deal to bring soccer to New Yorkers beginning in 2015
The New York City Football Club announced today that beginning in 2015, games will be broadcast on WFAN 660 AM/ 101.9 FM, the first and most listened to sportsradio station in the nation. This multi-year partnership furthers the team’s mission to bring the love of football to as many residents of New York as possible.
WFAN is owned by CBS RADIO, and will be the first radio provider to broadcast Major League Soccer (MLS) in English in New York City.
“We’re thrilled to partner with a station as prestigious as WFAN,” said Ferran Soriano, CEO of New York City Football Club. “This is a huge opportunity for the team to bring football to all New Yorkers, right from the onset of our playing debut.”
The deal provides WFAN with rights to air all of New York City Football Club’s MLS matches, in addition to the option to air any friendly matches played during the multi-year partnership timeframe.
“As the nation’s leading sports radio station, we always look for ways to bring every type of sport to the New York area’s fans,” said Don Bouloukos, Senior Vice President/Market Manager, CBS RADIO New York. “Soccer is beloved across the world, and with the New York City Football Club coming to New York, it’s the perfect time to further ignite the passion soccer fans have and bring coverage and play-by-play of this new team to the Tri-State area listeners.”
The New York City Football Club is Major League Soccer’s 20th expansion club and will begin play in the 2015 season, becoming the first MLS club to call the 5 boroughs home. In addition to beginning play in 2015, the team will also be expanding its grassroots youth soccer program, “City Soccer in the Community” which has been active in New York City since 2010.
WFAN-AM/FM is the original and longest running sports station in the nation, celebrating its 26th anniversary this past July. With more listeners than any other station of its kind, The FAN provides audiences across the tri-state area with live and local programming 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and is home to award-winning personalities Mike Francesa, Boomer Esiason, Craig Carton, Joe Benigno, Evan Roberts and Steve Somers. The station is the flagship broadcast home for several area sports teams, including the New York Giants, New York Yankees, Brooklyn Nets, and New Jersey Devils. Listen to WFAN on-air, online at www.wfan.com and via the Radio.com app for a variety of mobile devices.