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What’s the new NWSL TV deal mean for the Red Stars?

Our new Red Stars editor TJ Zaremba asked the team for clarification

Shaina Benhiyoun Photography

In a “landmark deal” for women’s soccer, the NWSL announced today that they have reached a three year TV/streaming rights deal with CBS Sports. For the 2020 season that means 87 games will be available on CBS, CBS Sports Network, CBS Sports All-Access and Twitch. For the Red Stars, that breaks down to 17 games on CBS All-Access and 5 games on Twitch.

We asked the Red Stars for clarification about what this deal means for the club’s local TV deal with NBC Sports Chicago, and it sounds like they’re still figuring out the details. Red Stars Communications and Marketing Coordinator Joe Azar emailed us this statement:

“Due to new rules and regulations part of the broader NWSL broadcast deal, the Red Stars are still investigating the best option for their local television distribution in Chicago and will release that information when available.”

For now, here is a breakdown of the Red Stars games on the CBS/Twitch platforms (all times are local time):

Saturday, April 18th – at North Carolina Courage – Twitch, 6pm

Saturday, April 25th – vs. Portland Thorns FC – Twitch, 6pm

Sunday, May 3rd – at OL Reign – CBS All-Access – 3pm

Saturday, May 9th – vs. Utah Royals FC – CBS All-Access – 7pm

Wednesday, May 13th – at Washington Spirit – CBS All-Access – 6.30pm

Sunday, May 17th – vs. Orlando Pride – CBS All-Access – 5pm

Saturday, May 30th – at Utah Royals FC – CBS All Access – 2.30pm

Saturday, June 13th – at Sky Blue FC – Twitch – 6pm

Sunday, June 21st – vs. Houston Dash – CBS All-Access – 5pm

Saturday, June 27th – vs. North Carolina Courage – CBS All-Access – 7pm

Friday, July 10th – at Houston Dash – CBS All-Access – 7.30pm

Saturday, July 18th – vs. Orlando Pride – CBS All-Access – 7pm

Sunday, August 2nd – at OL Reign – CBS All-Access – 6pm

Sunday, August 9th – at Portland Thorns FC – CBS All-Access – 9.30pm

Saturday, August 15th – vs. Washington Spirit – CBS All-Access – 7pm

Sunday, August 23rd – vs. Sky Blue FC – CBS All-Access – 5pm

Saturday, August 29th – at North Carolina Courage – CBS All Access – 6pm

Wednesday, September 2nd – vs. Portland Thorns FC – CBS All-Access – 7pm

Sunday, September 6th – vs. OL Reign – CBS All-Access – 5pm

Friday, September 25th – at Orlando Pride – CBS All-Access – 7pm

Wednesday, September 30th – at Utah Royals – CBS All-Access – 8.30pm

Sunday, October 4th – vs. Houston Dash – CBS All-Access – 5pm

Saturday, October 10th – at Washington Spirit – Twitch – 6pm

Saturday, October 17th – vs. Sky Blue FC – Twitch – 6pm