Real Salt Lake Sticking With Remote Broadcast For Road Matches
Real Salt Lake Chief Business Officer Andy Carroll said that the plan is still to keep the broadcast team of David James and Brian Dunseth "grounded for RSL road games" because of the cost savings, according to Alex Vejar of the SALT LAKE TRIBUNE. The savings "allow the team to allocate more money to players and also to invest in Dunseth, James, producer Kenneth Neal and sideline reporter Samantha Yarock, who does travel to all RSL road games." RSL last August stopped airing NWSL Utah Royals FC games live on KMYU-TV and stopped sending on-air personalities James and Dunseth on the road with RSL. At the time, Carroll said that those decisions were "made for financial reasons," after their previous broadcast partner, American Sports Network, folded in August '17. Afterward, the team had to "shell out for broadcasts." Carroll said the amount of money saved by having James and Dunseth call road games from a broadcast booth inside Rio Tinto Stadium was “somewhere in the mid-six figures" for an entire season. Carroll is "aware of the limitations to not having broadcasters on the road, but he feels the club has made significant investments to counteract those drawbacks." The Royals, after having live TV broadcasts cut before the end of last season, have "returned to KMYU for road games this season." That feed comes from the NWSL. But for home games, there is "no local television option" (SALT LAKE TRIBUNE, 5/7).