Later this afternoon, the Dynamo will announce another partnership that will contribute to the most comprehensive broadcast coverage of the team since inception. Mega TV (channel 55), a Conroe based Spanish language station, will air seven regular season games in 2013.
The move will complete the Dynamo broadcasting deal for the upcoming season. With the deal, the final product will see the best and most complete coverage of Dynamo soccer since the club arrived in Houston.
The specific games that will be covered under this latest deal will be announced later today, but all seven matches will be road games.
In January, the Dynamo announced their deal for English language radio coverage with Gow Media on Yahoo Sports Radio 1560 (AM) and ESPN 97.5 (FM). In addition to game broadcasts, the deal calls for a 30-minute pregame and postgame show, along with a 1-hour call in show with Glenn Davis during home matches.
Two weeks later, the Spanish language radio partner was announced. Houston continued their strong relationship with Liberman Broadcasting to air the games on La Ranchera (850 AM). Select games will be air on 101.7 FM (Baila), and the weekly show "La Hora del Dynamo" will continue to be on Monday's from 6-7 p.m.
On January, 30th the news hit that the Dynamo have begun a relationship with Comcast SportsNet Houston for the next three years. The English TV deal will not only air 15 games (7 home, 8 away) in 2013, but CSN Houston will add multiple features on the Dynamo that will highlight the club like never before. CSN will have a 30 minute pregame and postgame show, a weekly show, a monthly offseason show, preseason and postseason coverage, and a documentary series. As part of the deal, KRPC Local 2 will build on their outstanding Dynamo coverage by airing seven games in 2013.
The Dynamo will play a minimum of 41 games this year between the MLS regular season, CONCACAF Champions League and the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. 40 of those games are scheduled to be on TV, and 18 of them will be nationally televised on ESPN2, NBC Sports Net, UniMás, or FOX Soccer Channel. Through this partnership, 21 games will be carried regionally between CSN and KPRC.
The announcement later this afternoon will complete the 2013 broadcast partnerships for the Dynamo and clearly sets a new standard for soccer coverage in Houston.
Based on the well rounded coverage for television and radio in both English and Spanish, it's clear the Dynamo are headed towards a new high in terms of media coverage.
The Dynamo have positioned themselves to receive roughly 600 hours of on air coverage - with 239 hours of television and 366 hours of radio coverage.
Over the last few years, the Dynamo have attempted to get more and more on air coverage and break into the main stream view of sports in Houston. While there are still challenges and huddles to clear, like the distribution of CSN Houston, it's clear the latest advancements are a giant leap in the right direction. With such a diverse fanbase and in such a diverse city, both English and Spanish demands are clearly a priority for the club.
As I've mentioned before, distribution issues will be solved at some point, but it's the long term growth that fans have to keep in mind. To date, no one has offered as much quality production as the latest partnerships will provide. In some way or form, all of the Dynamo games will be available for fans to see or hear.
Give us your thoughts on the Dynamo growth in mainstream media and how 2013 compares to years past.