Fox Sports North has signed a deal to become Minnesota United’s local TV home beginning at the start of the 2018 season. The Loons will share their new home with other Minnesota staples the Vikings, Twins, Timberwolves, Lynx, and Wild.
The multiyear deal will broadcast 32 of the 34 season games. The two remaining games are nationally broadcasted matchups against the Seattle Sounders (April 22; ESPN) and Sporting Kansas City (June 3; FS1).
The deal begins March 3 for Minnesota’s first game of the season against the San Jose Earthquakes.
Don’t fret though, Loons: last year’s broadcast squad of sideline analyst Jamie Watson and commentators Callum Williams and Kyndra de St. Aubin will be back in action this season. In fact, the deal will also include 30-minute pre- and postgame shows for even more Loons content to feast on.
MNUFC games were previously broadcasted on Fox subsidiary My29, WFTC-TV for customers in and around the Twin Cities. For many viewers outside the area, games were often only available with a subscription to MLS LIVE.
Broadcasting with Fox Sports North will open up the viewership to a much larger audience. The coverage will reach customers in two separate feeds: metro (Twin Cities and surrounding areas) and outstate (elsewhere in Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Western Wisconsin.
Games will also be simulcast on Fox Sports Wisconsin and streamed on Fox Sports Go with a cable subscription.
Minnesota United’s CEO Chris Wright spoke to WCCO Radio in Minneapolis on the evening of February 8 about the construction of Allianz Field and how the team is planning on a growth in season ticket purchase as the 2019 season nears. The new home of the Loons should promise to bring a significant amount of viewers to the team, even casual watchers, the ability to catch a majority, if not all of the games.