WISH Extends Soccer Carriage Through 2022 Season
The Indy Eleven of the United Soccer League and Circle City Broadcasting’s CW affiliate WISH signed a two-year extension of their broadcast agreement, ensuring fans will have an over-the-air option to watch Indy Eleven contests through the 2022 USL Championship campaign.
Fans of Indiana’s Team will be able to watch 20 games during the 2021 season between WISH and co-owned WNDY (MNT), the club’s official broadcast partners since its inaugural season in 2014. This year’s local broadcast schedule will be released by the club in conjunction with the announcement of the full 2021 USL Championship schedule in the coming weeks.
As has been the case across Indy Eleven’s first seven seasons, WISH-WNDY will continue to air every home contest, which this year will include 16 regular season games. Four additional away contests will also be shown.
“Indy Eleven is thrilled to continue the premier local broadcast partnership in the USL Championship with WISH-TV and MyINDY-TV 23,” said Greg Stremlaw, Indy Eleven president-CEO. “Knowing where to find your team’s TV broadcast is of paramount importance to any sports fan, and we are fortunate to have the consistency, quality, and support that the WISH-TV family provides for the next two seasons.”
“WISH-TV and MyINDY-TV 23 are proud to have been the home of Indy Eleven soccer since the start,” said DuJuan McCoy, owner, president and CEO of Circle City Broadcasting. “We’re pleased to continue our partnership for the eighth season in a row, and look forward to another exciting season with Indy Eleven. We are further excited to continue bringing professional USL Championship soccer to the homes of Central Indiana viewers as part of our local sports lineup.”
Another pair of Indy Eleven “originals” — the on-air duo of play-by-play man Greg Rakestraw and color analyst Brad Hauter — are also set to return for an eighth season together in the broadcast booth. In addition, Tupelo Raycom – A Gray Television Co., will handle game day broadcast production for a seventh consecutive year.
In addition to the two-hour game window, every Indy Eleven broadcast on WISH and WNDY 23 will be followed by the Honda Post-game Show, a wrapup of the evening’s action featuring highlights and interviews with personalities from the Team.