KMYU adds 2 more RSL broadcasts, Monarchs get TV slate

April 23rd, 2015 | by Sean Walker

It’s no secret that Real Salt Lake broadcasts have improved the ratings of KUTV’s affiliate KMYU since signing a contract before the season opener.

The broadcast company expanded on its initial deal Thursday.

KMYU will air two more RSL matches, both airing on UniMas on Friday nights, to its slate of regular-season matches on local television this season. The station added the May 1 home match against San Jose and the annual Pioneer Day match against Sporting Kansas City to its slate of games.

In addition, the broadcast outlet will also air the remaining Real Monarchs home matches — including this weekend’s game against L.A. Galaxy II, setting up a five-hour local soccer window on KMYU with RSL-New England at 5 p.m. MT at Monarchs-L.A. II at 8 p.m. MT.

“As mentioned in January, we are elated at the alignment of our teams, our brand, our sport with KMYU and KUTV,” said RSL Owner Dell Loy Hansen in a statement. “The symbiotic relationship and the manner in which we work cooperatively will certainly deliver not just for both properties, but for sports and soccer fans across the region.”

KMYU’s local soccer allotment during the 2015 season now extends to 130 hours of air time for gameday broadcasts.

“We have always recognized the value of RSL’s passionate fan base, and seeing that translate to viewership for KMYU so early in the partnership has been exciting,” said Kent Crawford, General Manager of KMYU and KUTV News, in a statement. “RSL is a great community asset to the state of Utah, and having the Monarchs extend the very strong Real brand provides entertaining content, along with giving our viewers a glimpse of the club’s up-and-coming talent pipeline.”

Sean Walker

Sean Walker

Salt City FC editor-in-chief Sean Walker has been covering soccer at all levels since 2007. He began his career in Las Vegas, and has since written for publications from the Intermountain West to Central New York, where he attended graduate school in 2012. Currently, Sean covers Real Salt Lake and Major League Soccer for A struggling Evertonian by birth, Sean follows European soccer through the blue lens of the Toffees, and has strong feelings toward the UEFA Europa League.

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