In a move that underscores the rise to prominence of streaming in contrast to over-the-air TV, Real Salt Lake announced their matches will be streamed on KSL.com in 2018.
The streams will be available free through both the KSL TV app and KSL.com, and game replay functionality will be available.
The multi-year deal, announced by the club in conjunction with KSL and Deseret Digital Media, will include Real Salt Lake, Utah Royals and Real Monarchs matches. Deseret Digital Media is the digital entity that operates KSL.com, KSL Classifieds and other products.
“This is all about the fans, who can watch RSL on-the-go wherever they choose; people can now view in-Stadium replays on their devices at both our venues thanks to our Red Sky wi-fi upgrades, and always be connected around the clock to our club, our players and our coaches, 24/7 from the palm of their hands,” said RSL Owner Dell Loy Hansen, noting that KSL.com’s pacesetting marketplace section will also serve as a primary ticketing outlet for RSL and Utah Royals FC games at Rio Tinto Stadium as well as Real Monarchs matches at Zions Bank Stadium in Herriman. “Technology is rapidly developing, and we believe that KSL TV has created a best-in-class app experience for both live and on-demand content, which will deepen our fans’ accessibility and connection across the globe.”
The announcement also includes details about programming, including a weekly “RSL on KSL” show, which appears to be the future home of OnFrame, and a “Mike Petke Show” hosted by Brian Dunseth and involving ESPN 700’s Bill Riley and new RSL sideline reporter Rebecca Cade.
Matt Montgomery is an employee of Deseret Digital Media, one of the two companies with which RSL is partnering.