Comcast SportsNet New England will launch a New England Revolution postgame show following Saturday night’s game against the Chicago Fire.
Production for Revs Postgame Live will be handled by Comcast. Revolution games, which are shown on the regional channel, are produced by the Revolution’s ownership through Kraft Sports Productions. The two sides work together on game productions and will collaborate some with the postgame as well, according to Revolution play-by-play commentator and supervising producer Brad Feldman.
(For comparison, CSNNE also carries Celtics games and handles production for pregame, postgame, and the games themselves.)
The postgame show will run between the end of the game and be off the air at the top of the hour. In most cases, that will probably mean about a half-hour production. CSNNE’s schedule has blocked out between 9:30 and 10 p.m. for the show this Saturday.
CSNNE began broadcasting all Revolution games in 2010. Prior to that, the games had been split between Channel 38, and CSNNE and its predecessor, Fox Sports Net New England. The station has increased its Revolution-related content this year by making its bi-annual “State of the Revs’’ show bi-weekly, and by using Revolution players and officials for analysis throughout the 2014 World Cup.
Between 2008 and 2012, the Revolution held an online-only postgame show produced by Kraft Media. In June, the Revolution announced a postgame radio show on 1510 AM Yahoo! Sports. Revolution games are broadcast on the radio on 98.5 The Sports Hub.
Major League Soccer recently netted an eight-year, $720 million television deal for its national broadcast rights from ESPN, FOX, and Univision. That and other signs of MLS growth may have prompted Comcast launch its own postgame. CSNNE did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The postgame show will be hosted by CSNNE anchor Dalen Cuff and former Women’s World Cup winner Kristine Lilly. Feldman and his broadcast partner Paul Mariner will add postgame analysis.
Revs fans tuning in to Saturday’s debut program will probably hope for happier news than they’ve had lately. After a strong start to the season that saw the team in first place in the Eastern Conference, New England has dropped four straight MLS games, as well as its most recent game in the US Open Cup, an outside-the-league tournament.
Saturday’s show will mark the first of seven planned episodes this season. Not every game will get the postgame treatment, with one more episode scheduled in July, one in August, and two in September and October each. All seven episodes will air after home games with 7:30 start times.
The postgame schedule for the rest of the season:
July 12 vs. Chicago
July 30 vs. Colorado
Aug. 23 vs. Chivas USA
Sept. 3 vs. Kansas City
Sept. 13 vs. Montreal
Oct. 4 vs. Columbus
Oct. 25 vs. Toronto