, March 7, 2000

Fox Sports Net Announces 2000 Chicago Fire Schedule

Eleven Big Road Games, Plus the April 15 Home Opener among Highlights!

(CHICAGO)
– The Chicago Fire and FOX Sports Net are back together for a third-straight season of exciting Major League Soccer action. Led by team captain Peter Nowak, along with veteran standouts Ante Razov, Zach Thornton and rookie sensation DeMarcus Beasley, the Fire look to capture its second MLS Cup championship in 2000. FOX Sports Net – the local home of the Fire – will be there all season long with 12 regular season contests, the most Fire games covered by any local or national network.


FOX Sports Net kicks off the 2000 Fire season on Saturday, March 25 at 7:30 PM on FSN+, when the Fire travel to face Western Conference rival, the Kansas City Wizards. On Saturday, April 15 at 7:00 PM, FOX Sports Net will also carry the regular season home opener live from Soldier Field, as the Fire host the Miami Fusion. FOX Sports Net’s Fire announce team of Brian Davis and Kenny Stern call the action all season long.


“The Fire have been a proven winner during their first two seasons in the MLS and this year looks to be no different,” said James J. Corno, FOX Sports Net Chicago’s Senior Vice President/General Manager. “Soccer fans can be assured that we will deliver the finest coverage of the Fire’s quest for another MLS Cup title.”


Additional highlights from this season’s Fire schedule on FOX Sports Net include two road match-ups against Eastern Conference contender Columbus Crew (Apr. 1 & Sept. 9), a key match-up against three-time MLS Cup champion D.C. United (Apr. 8), a possible Western Conference Finals preview against the Los Angeles Galaxy (June 21) and a pair of games against the up-and-coming Colorado Rapids (July 4 & July 22).


FOX Sports Net is a service of National Sports Partners, a 50/50 joint venture between Cablevision’s Rainbow Media Holdings, Inc., and News Corp.’s FOX Entertainment Group. Equally owned by Rainbow Media Holdings, Inc. and FOX Entertainment Group, FOX Sports Net now reaches more than 68 million homes nationwide.


Rainbow Sports, a division of Cablevision’s Rainbow Media Holdings, Inc., has dedicated itself to “Home Team” fans for more than 20 years. Rainbow Sports incorporates all of Rainbow Media’s sports assets, including its 50 percent ownership of FOX Sports Net and FOX Sports National Advertising, majority ownership of Madison Square Garden Properties, and the ownership and management of FOX Sports Net regional networks in six of the nation’s largest markets – Chicago, New York, New England, Florida, Ohio and San Francisco.


2000 CHICAGO FIRE SCHEDULE ON FOX SPORTS NET

REGULAR SEASON

1. Sat., 3/25 @ Kansas City Wizards 7:30 PM FSN+
2. Sat., 4/1 Columbus Crew 6:30 PM
3. Sat., 4/8 @ D.C. United 6:30 PM
4. Sat., 4/15 vs Miami Fusion (Home Opener) 7:00 PM
5. Sat., 4/22 @ New England Revolution 6:30 PM
6. Sat., 5/6 @ Miami Fusion 6:30 PM
7. Sat., 5/27 @ NY/NJ Metrostars 6:30 PM
8. Sat., 6/10 @ Miami Fusion 6:30 PM
9. Wed., 6/21 @ Los Angeles Galaxy 9:30 PM
10. Tue., 7/4 @ Colorado Rapids 8:00 PM
11. Sat., 7/22 @ Colorado Rapids 8:00 PM
12. Sat., 9/9 @ Columbus Crew 6:30 PM


Schedule subject to change
All times are Central Time

PLEASE NOTE: Through a cooperative agreement with CLTV, inner market cable operators are given the opportunity to place FSN+ games on CLTV. Cable operators who do not carry CLTV will place FSN+ telecasts on a to-be-determined channel. FOX Sports Net Viewers can call the 24-hour, toll-free 1-877-655-PLUS customer service line for FSN+ channel locations in their area.

Contact:

Jeff Nuich
FOX Sports Chicago
312-396-9800

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