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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Union release 2013 television agreements

The Union released broadcast details for the 2013 season, and it’s more of the same in terms of the networks, though there are some changes in the broadcast booth.

The Union will continue with 6abc as its official broadcast partner, though it will televise just three games this season. The Comcast networks, CSN and TCN, will air 20 matches while the Live Well Network (I have no idea where on the dial that is and I watch a fair amount of TV) will air the April 6 match against Columbus.

There have been some substitutions as far as who’ll do the broadcasting, though. Revered play-by-play man JP Dellacamera returns, but his new color commentary partner will be former Union forward Alejandro Moreno. Moreno, who scored 52 goals in 272 MLS matches over 11 years, will replace Bob Rigby. The Venezuelan striker spent the 2010 season in Philadelphia, with which he scored two goals and seven assists.

“We are very excited about our expanding team of broadcast professionals and looking forward to what will be a new look and format to Union broadcasts,” Union CEO Nick Sakiewicz said. “We've listened to our viewers and have worked very hard in the offseason to provide the best possible viewing experience for Union fans.”

The studio pre- and post-game shows will be hosted by Tony Limazri, who will be joined by former Philadelphia Kixx goalkeeper Peter Pappas. Union Academy Director Iain Munro will make guest appearances on both.

The hit TV shot “State of the Union” will continue to air bi-weekly on Friday nights.

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