PITTSBURGH (May 5, 2021) — Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC and WPNT-22, The Point, have reached a broadcasting agreement for the 2021 season, which once again will bring Hounds matches to the local airwaves across the Pittsburgh television market.
22 The Point will air 21 regular-season matches live during the season, beginning with the season opener Saturday, May 8 at 7:30 p.m. against the Tampa Bay Rowdies. The team’s next two matches, May 15 against Hartford Athletic and May 22 against Charlotte Independence in the home opener at Highmark Stadium, also are part of the package.
“We are pleased to team up once again with 22 The Point to ensure fans in the Pittsburgh area will be able to see the Hounds in what we expect to be an exciting USL season,” Riverhounds President Vic Gregovits said. “The Point has been a great partner to us with their coverage in the past, and we look forward to working with them to bring more Hounds content directly to our local fans.”
This will be the second consecutive season Hounds matches will be shown locally on 22 The Point, which aired 11 matches last year in the pandemic-shortened 2020 season. In addition to game broadcasts, 22 The Point will be the home for other Hounds-related programming, including the return of the Hounds Player Profiles series that debuted last season.
The televised games are Saturdays and Sundays through the season, and they include highlights such as the team’s first-ever meetings with Western Conference foes Austin Bold FC (June 6) and San Antonio FC (Sept. 4).
The run-in to the playoffs will be fully shown on 22 The Point, as well, as all five of the Hounds’ matches in October will be shown, culminating with the season finale Oct. 30 vs. Hartford.
The Hounds also have a nationally televised match on ESPN Deportes, June 15 against Indy Eleven, and all Hounds matches can be viewed as part of the USL’s streaming agreement on ESPN+.