Photo courtesy Isaiah J. Downing / Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC announced on Monday it had struck a new broadcast deal with the region’s local FOX and CW affiliate which will see FOX21 and SOCO CW become the new local home for all 17 home games of the Switchbacks’ 2018 USL regular season.
“The Switchbacks are extremely excited to partner with FOX21 & SOCO CW to be bringing the Colorado Springs, surrounding communities and its partners great professional soccer through TV and in-person,” said Switchbacks Executive VP James Ragain. “This is a great step for Colorado Springs in that a deal like this has never been done for professional sports in Colorado Springs.”
The Switchbacks’ partnership will bring the club’s fourth season in the USL to an even wider audience, and allow the club in turn to better serve its fans as the broadcast range of both FOX21 and SOCO CW will allow the club to reach an unprecedented number of fans throughout southern Colorado.
“At FOX21 and SOCO CW we are all about local and are pleased and proud to be partners with the Switchbacks FC,” said Steve Dant, Vice President and General Manager of FOX21 & SOCO CW. “Nearly all the home games will air on our CW station, SOCO CW. Check your TV listing for channel location.”
FOX21 News has provided news and weather information for southern Colorado since 2001. Broadcasting over an antenna located atop Cheyenne Mountain, FOX21 reaches Colorado Springs, Pueblo, and southern Colorado on over-the air channel 21, Comcast channel 3, DirecTV channel 21, and Dish Network channel 21. FOX21 produces nearly 38 hours of local newscasts every week, in addition to showing FOX network entertainment and sports programming.
The station shares a studio in southeastern Colorado Springs with sister station SOCO CW. Broadcasting over an antenna located atop Cheyenne Mountain, SOCO CW also reaches Colorado Springs, Pueblo, and southern Colorado on over-the-air channel 57, Comcast channel 7, DirecTV channel 57 and Dish Channel 57. In 2013, the FOX21 News team won the national Edward R. Murrow Award for Continuing Coverage for its coverage of the Waldo Canyon Fire.