The Chicago Red Stars announced a partnerhip with NBC Sports Chicago today that will air all 23 of the Red Stars matches in 2019.
In a media press release, Red Stars owner Arnim Whisler said, “we are very pleased to join the NBC Sports Chicago programming line-up this season and that pro women’s sports will be on television and easy to find.”
NWSL is a 9 team league with talks of expansion going on for years now. Through that time, FC Kansas City relocated to Utah and Boston Breakers have ceased operations. With a team like Sky Blue FC playing in New Jersey, the Red Stars are one of the few teams operating in a sports saturated city.
“Our fans will now have full coverage of the Chicago Red Stars games in this great World Cup year. This is an exciting development in the right direction for our club," says Whisler.
During the off season, and a day before releasing the league schedule - NWSL announced an end to their broadcast partnership with a + e networks - who had previously featured games on the Lifetime channel. A decision that has left many wondering about the state of the league and it's lack of a broader broadcast partner. Games are currently available to watch via stream on Yahoo Sports.
Elevating the game.— Chicago Red Stars (@chiredstarsPR) April 14, 2019
The 2019 home kit.#MKOT pic.twitter.com/W4LekRYMiT
This Chicago broadcast news comes shortly after an epic kit reveal from the club and just before their home opener. The Red Stars home opener is this weekend against Portland Thorns FC and is a double header with the Chicago Fire, who are taking on the Colorado Rapids.
Fire kickoff at 12pm noon and the Red Stars are scheduled to begin at 2:30 pm CT.