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WPWR / My 50 Named TV Partner of the Fire

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CHICAGO(Feb.25, 2014)The Chicago Fire Soccer Club announced Tuesday that WPWR My50 Chicago will onceagain be the official television broadcast partner of the Chicago Fire for the2014 season. WPWR My50 Chicago will coverage of the Men in Red beginning withthe team's visit to take on the Portland Timbers at Providence Park Field inPortland, Ore., on Sunday, March 16, at 2 p.m. CT. Last season was the firsttime that all Fire games were broadcast locally on one channel (My50), a trendthat the club is excited to continue for 2014.

"Weare pleased to continue our partnership with My50 Chicago as the ‘Home of theFire' for Chicago Fire matches throughout the 2014 season," said Fire COO AtulKhosla. "Returning to My50 Chicago is tremendous because we are able to offerour matches on a widely available local affiliate, and one that is nowrecognized as our television home."

Inaddition to the 26 matches available in HD on My50 Chicago, the Fire willappear on national broadcast partners NBC Sports Network (four games), ESPN(one game), ESPN2 (two games), Univision Deportes (one game) and UniMas (fivegames). Time Warner Cable SportsChannel is the "Wisconsin Television Home ofthe Chicago Fire" and will also carry 23 regionally telecast games in 2014.

"My50is proud to once again be the official ‘Home of the Fire' for the 2014 season,"said Dennis Welsh, Vice President and General Manager for My50. "The Fire is anelite MLS Club and we look forward to bringing Chicago viewers all the excitingaction as they race toward the playoffs. Partnering with the Fire is justanother example of My50's commitment to bringing local programming toChicago-area viewers."

Inaddition to the Fire returning to My50, the club is excited to welcome back twofamiliar faces to the broadcast booth, play-by-play announcer Dan Kelly who isreturning for his fifth season, and color analyst Kevin Egan who is back forhis second. There will be one new addition to the broadcast team in 2014 asBrooke Weisbrod will be introduced as the Club's new sideline reporter. Viewersmay notice that Fire broadcasts will also look a little different as the Clubis adding an official Fire-branded broadcast desk that can be used at differentlocations around Toyota Park throughout the year.

Khoslaadded, "The Club earned record-high viewership ratings on My50 last year and weare excited to build on that in 2014. The continuity of being on My50 and ourcore broadcast team, plus the addition of Brooke and other broadcastenhancements should set the stage for another great season."

Theentire Chicago Fire schedule, including all of its broadcasts on WPWR My50Chicago, can be found at http://www.chicago-fire.com/schedule.

TheFire host Opening Day at Toyota Park against the 2013 MLS Supporters' Shieldwinners New York Red Bulls on Sunday, March 23, at 2 p.m. CT. Chicago FireSeason Tickets are available by calling 1-888-MLS-Fire, via Ticketmasteror by heading to the club's official website at www.Chicago-Fire.com.

 ADDITIONALBROADCAST TEAM DETAILS:
DanKelly – Kelly returns for his fifth season as the official voice of the ChicagoFire Soccer Club. Prior to joining the  club as a play-by-play announcer,the St. Louis native called play-by-play for the NHL's Chicago Blackhawks onComcast SportsNet from 2006-2008. In addition, Kelly has done play-by-play forthe Columbus Blue Jackets, the Big Ten Network (including men's and women'scollege soccer for five years, as well as both mens and women's Big TenTournament, University of Denver men's hockey and for MLS games on HDNet. @DanKelly_21

KevinEgan – Egan is a television sports journalist from Dublin, Ireland, who hascovered soccer at the highest level. After working for RTE (Ireland's NationalBroadcaster) for five years, Egan moved to Chicago in 2009 and began workingfor the Big Ten Network. At BTN, Egan commentates on Big Ten soccer matches,while also presenting BTN Soccer Report, an online show covering the gamewithin Big Ten country. This is Egan's second season as color analyst for theFire. @Kev_Egan

BrookeWeisbrod – Weisbrod, who has made Chicago home since 2002, will make her firstappearance as the Fire's sideline reporter on May 3. Since 2003, Weisbrod hasracked up extensive experience in sports broadcasting with the ESPN, NBC SportsNetwork, The Big Ten Network, CBS Sports Network, and The Sporting News. Inaddition to her new role with the Fire, Brooke has joined WGN's "The Game" assports update anchor and is the color analyst for the WNBA's Chicago Sky. @BrookeWeisbrod

ABOUTWPWR My50

WPWRMy50 is part of the FOX Television Station group, one of the nation's largestowned-and-operated network broadcast groups, comprising 27 stations in 18markets and covering nearly 37.21% of U.S. television homes. This includessix duopolies in the top 10 markets: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago,Dallas, Washington, D.C. and Houston; as well as duopolies in Minneapolis,Phoenix and Orlando.

ABOUT CHICAGO FIRE SOCCER CLUB

The Chicago Fire Soccer Club is a premier franchise of MajorLeague Soccer (MLS).  We provide an engaging and authentic soccerexperience for the city of Chicago and for all of our supporters around theworld. The Fire enters its 17th season in 2014 looking tocontinue its winning legacy both on and off the pitch. The Club proudlyembodies the spirit and diversity of our sport, and since its inception in1997, the Fire have captured an MLS Cup in 1998, and remains the only MLS teamto have won the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup four times. The Fire's home venue isToyota Park, a world-class soccer stadium located minutes from downtown Chicagoin Bridgeview, Ill. For more information on the Fire and to purchase tickets,please visit the Club's official website at www.Chicago-Fire.com.

 

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