With the new D.C. United season coming, the team is in its second year of its partnership with Sinclair Broadcast Group. The flagship broadcast will be on WJLA and NewsChannel8 in Washington, DC, but the team will also be broadcast regionally.
The broadcast in Baltimore, Norfolk, and the Roanoke Valley area will remain the same as last year, broadcasting on the American Sports Network sub-channel of the Sinclair owned stations:
- In Baltimore, the game will be available over the air on channel 24.3, the American Sports Network subchannel of WUTB, Baltimore's MyNetworkTV station.
- In Norfolk, the game will be available over the air on channel 33.2, the ASN subchannel of WTVZ-DT, the MyNetworkTV affiliate.
- In Roanoke, WSET's ASN subchannel (13.2) will carry the game over the air.
However, broadcast is not yet secured in Richmond. WRLH, the Sinclair owned station in Richmond, has reformatted and technical issues prevent it from broadcasting ASN’s feed of D.C. United’s games. Sinclair is working to find another station with which to partner to broadcast D.C. United games in Richmond and those efforts are ongoing. when there is more information, we will let you know as soon as possible.
If you are not in an area with an over-the-air broadcast, you have two options. The first, and most well-known, is MLS Live. The blackout region, which is imposed by Sinclair and not by the team, will be the same as last year. Outside of that region, you can use MLS Live to watch United play.
The other option is brand new: Later today, D.C. United will announce that the audio from the TV broadcast of at least their first game will also be available through the CBS Radio app, so people who cannot watch the game for whatever reason can at least listen to it.
Finally, Dave Johnson, Devon McTavish, and Lindsay Simpson return as the broadcast crew; Johnson has called games for United since 1996 and is the longest-tenured broadcaster in the league. Behind the scenes, former Fox Sports MLS producer Jeff Strauss will be producing D.C. United’s broadcasts this season, so look for an even better product this year.