COLUMBUS, OH - JUNE 12: Diego Chaves #99 of the Chicago Fire attempts to retrieve the ball from Emmanuel Ekpo #17 of the Columbus Crew who is intent on speaking with the referee after a whistle on June 12, 2011 at Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. Chicago defeated Columbus 1-0 with a goal in the ninetieth minute of play. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
The Chicago Fire take on the Columbus Crew on Saturday night in an Eastern Conference MLS matchup.
The Chicago Fire and the Columbus Crew will meet on Saturday night, and both teams will be looking to push for better positioning in the Eastern Conference of the MLS. The two teams share a rivalry that puts some extra importance on the game -- and there will be busloads of Fire fans invading Crew Stadium on Saturday -- so the stakes are even higher.
If you couldn't make the commitment to see the game live as a part of the Firehouse East invasion, Nick Fedora of Hot Time in Old Town says this match is an important one to watch on TV (NBC 5), and he gives some good reasons why in his article on the important of generating TV revenue at the club level in the MLS:
How can the Fire cut through the enormous tide of Chicago sports coverage and capture the attention of the sporting public?
A solid television rating from Saturday's NBC 5 broadcast.
Finally reaching the vast majority of Chicagoland households on broadcast television instead of cable or satellite television, this is the opportunity to prove the Chicago Fire are worthy of more coverage in the local sports media. Television ratings speak louder than attendance or web traffic. Television ratings cultivate interest from sponsors that throw money at the networks for their highest rated shows. When networks have high rated shows, they want more of that show, or in this case, sport/team.
Here is the information you need to find Saturday's game on TV and radio:
Game time/date: Saturday, May 26, 6:00 p.m. CT
TV: NBC 5, Univision
For more on this game, stick with SB Nation Chicago. For more on the Fire visit Hot Time in Old Town and for more on the Crew, be sure to check out Massive Report. For more news and notes around MLS, check out SB Nation's soccer news hub.