Nashville SC selected for two nationally-televised USL games

The USL Championship has released its game-of-the-week schedule, and Nashville SC will appear twice.

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Presumably the quality will be higher on ESPN than on, uh, “Montreal Impact guy’s iPhone”

NSC’s May 8 home game against the Tampa Bay Rowdies will air nationally on ESPN2, while the game at Birmingham Legion two weeks later will air on ESPNews. Both are Wednesday contests.

The “this travel-able game is on a Wednesday and also on national TV” seems to further underscore that the league really doesn’t want to encourage Nashville fans to take one of their few reasonable roadtrips on the year, but it is what it is. I would imagine there’ll still be a small but strong contingent in the Magic City May 22.

The full TV schedule is here:

March 20 – New Mexico United vs. Tulsa Roughnecks FC, 9 p.m. ET, ESPN3

April 10 – Memphis 901 FC vs. ATL UTD 2, 8 p.m. ET, ESPNews

April 17 – Austin Bold FC vs. Phoenix Rising FC, 8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN3

April 30 – Louisville City FC vs. Memphis 901 FC, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN3

May 8 – Nashville SC vs. Tampa Bay Rowdies, 8 p.m. ET, ESPN2

May 22 – Birmingham Legion FC vs. Nashville SC, 8 p.m. ET, ESPNews

June 5 – New Mexico United vs. OKC Energy FC, 9 p.m. ET, ESPNews

June 18 – Reno 1868 FC vs. Phoenix Rising FC, 10:30 p.m. ET, ESPN3

June 26 – San Antonio FC vs. El Paso Locomotive FC, 8:30 p.m. ET, ESPNews

July 3 – Sacramento Republic FC vs. Fresno FC, 11 p.m. ET, ESPN3

July 12 – Real Monarchs SLC vs. Tacoma Defiance, 10 p.m. ET, ESPN3

July 17 – North Carolina FC vs. Loudoun United FC, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN3

July 24 – Orange County SC vs. Reno 1868 FC, 4 p.m. ET, ESPN3

July 31 – New Mexico United vs. El Paso Locomotive FC, 9 p.m. ET, ESPN3

Aug. 7 – Sacramento Republic FC vs. Las Vegas Lights FC, 11 p.m. ET, ESPNews

Aug. 21 – North Carolina FC vs. Tampa Bay Rowdies, 7 p.m. ET, ESPNews

Aug. 30 – Louisville City FC vs. Indy Eleven, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN3

Sept. 11 – Las Vegas Lights FC vs. Phoenix Rising FC, 10:30 p.m. ET, ESPN3

Sept. 18 – Saint Louis FC vs. New York Red Bulls II, 8 p.m. ET, ESPN3

Oct. 2 – El Paso Locomotive FC vs. Fresno FC, 9 p.m. ET, ESPN3

Oct. 9 – Hartford Athletic vs. Birmingham Legion FC, 8 p.m. ET, ESPNews

Oct. 19/20 – To Be Decided, ESPN3

The standard broadcast schedule will apply for the remainder of games, with ESPN+ nationally and local coverage provided by myTV30.

Nashville’s home matches against Indy Eleven and Tampa Bay Rowdies were on the ESPN family of networks last year. Both resulted in losses, with a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Indy, and a 2-1 loss to Tampa Bay thanks to a late own-goal by NSC defender London Woodberry.

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