Timbers, USL and Turner team up for video webcasts

TAMPA, Fla. – The Portland Timbers will be a part of a new partnership between United Soccer Leagues (USL) and Turner Broadcasting to provide exclusive online video streaming of Timbers and other USL First Division matches beginning in 2007, it was announced today. Matches will be available for viewing on the new broadband channel USL Live at www.usllive.com, launching in early April 2007.

“We are extremely excited to announce the launch of this initiative,” said USL executive vice president and chief operating officer Tim Holt. “Our previous forays into online broadcasting showed great potential, and we are confident that what Turner brings to this partnership will make USL Live a tremendous hit with our fans around the globe. This broadcast program will enable the most widespread exposure of USL soccer and, in particular, USL First Division soccer in the 20-year history of USL.”

USL Live is a new broadband experience that gives soccer fans the best seat in the house for the sport they enjoy. With full-screen video delivered right to the computer, USL Live provides front-row access to USL events whenever fans want—live or on-demand replay.

“The USL is doing a great job promoting the sport,” said Gavin Wilkinson, general manager and head coach of the Timbers. “The addition of USL Live allows supporters around the league to follow their clubs as if they were there in person.

“USL Live can also be a very useful tool. Coaches now have an opportunity to scout opponents and can plan accordingly for upcoming games.”

Fans can watch matches on a per-event basis or with a monthly all-event pass or season-long pass. Package pricing and a schedule of USL First Division matches on USL Live will be announced at a later date.

USL Live will utilize Turner’s expertise in operating and managing new media businesses for other sports properties including NASCAR.com, PGATour.com, PGA.com and ACCSelect.com.

The Timbers kick off the 2007 season April 21 against the Puerto Rico Islanders at PGE Park at 7 p.m. Season tickets and packages are still available. For more information, contact the Timbers ticket office at (503) 553-5555.

About United Soccer Leagues 
United Soccer Leagues, which recently celebrated its 20th anniversary, is the largest organization of elite-level soccer leagues in North America and the Caribbean. United Soccer Leagues is dedicated to growing the sport at the grassroots level in every community.

About Turner Broadcasting
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, is a major producer of news, entertainment and sports products around the world and the leading provider of programming for the basic cable industry.