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Jaime Moreno's farewell match with D.C. United next week will not be televised

Jaime Moreno will conclude his D.C. United career Oct. 23 against Toronto FC at RFK Stadium, a final bow after 14 seasons with the club, 132 regular season goals, four MLS Cup titles and a portfolio of memories that would fill the National Archives. Few, if any, Washington pro athletes has enjoyed such a long, productive and endearing stay.

But Moreno's final appearance, and the tributes that will precede it, won't appear on standard TV. Only fans who subscribe to Direct Kick, the league's pay package available on cable and satellite as well as online, will be able to watch. (GolTV in Canada will also carry the game.)

Comcast SportsNet owns the local rights for United but also the Stanley Cup-contending Washington Capitals, who have become a ratings gem in recent years. (United's numbers are no match.) Had United or Moreno announced in the spring that this would be the Bolivian forward's final season, CSN probably would have set aside the club's finale as part of its 15-game coverage plan. But the decision didn't come until late summer, and by that time, CSN had locked itself into the Capitals' Oct. 23 home game against the Atlanta Thrashers.

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There are alternate outlets, such as CSN Plus, which was utilized last weekend when United and the Capitals played simultaneously. But CSN Plus is available only when a pre-existing conflict must be addressed, such as last week, a station spokesman said. The Plus outlet is not necessarily a supplemental forum, and there is a complex procedure to move programming there. So CSN couldn't simply, for instance, drop coverage of this Saturday's match at Chicago and pick up next week's game instead and show it on Plus.

United could take the initiative and pursue live coverage on an independent station, but the club would need permission from the rights' holder (CSN), purchase the time slot and cover production expenses.

While most United supporters were probably planning to attend the match anyway, the absence of TV coverage prevents casual sports fans in the area -- those channel-surfing or who tune in to D.C. teams when an event transcending the game occurs -- from seeing a local legend in the black-and-red uniform one final time.

By Steve Goff  | October 13, 2010; 3:01 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. United, TV  | Tags:  D.C. United  
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.. and hopefully they'll read this and get off their asses and get a ticket :-)

It sure would be nice if CSN still shows up and tapes all the pre-game and post-game festivities (if there indeed are any) and shows them later on a special edition of SportsNite or something, but you should really be in the stadium to see it live first.

Posted by: dcufan | October 13, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Comcast Sportsnet continues their innovative "Blackout" campaign. Remember to wear your t-shirts.

CSN could easily get this game on their network if they cared to do so. Will Chang and Kevin Payne should be able to make it happen, too. If they care.

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | October 13, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Whatever happened to CSN+?

Posted by: mbyrd28 | October 13, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

...Check that. I saw the answer after the jump.

Posted by: mbyrd28 | October 13, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

The team is bleeding money this season so where are they going to get the funds for a special tv broadcast? No offense to Jaime but these are the times we live in. Better to make people buy tix and help the bottom line so the team can continue.

Posted by: goaldigger | October 13, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Haven't those casual fans had 14 years to go see and appreciate Jaime Moreno? If they don't by now, I don't know what one more game broadcast is going to do in the long run.

Posted by: very_clever_username | October 13, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

You will not be able to stay home, brother.
You will not be able to plug in, turn on, and cop out.
You will not be able to lose yourself on skag, and skip out for beer during commercials,
because the revolution will not be televised.

aaanyway, if there's TFC coverage, it will be on If not, get the Freedom's people to cover it. Their entire crew (video board and webcast) consists of six people.

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | October 13, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully Alex Prus won't be the ref...

Posted by: Tweaked | October 13, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

You will not be able to stay home, brother.
You will not be able to plug in, turn on and cop out.
You will not be able to lose yourself on skag and skip,
Skip out for beer during commercials,
Because the revolution will not be televised.

Posted by: EdTheRed | October 13, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Aw man, beaten to the GSH by the Godfather...

Posted by: EdTheRed | October 13, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: Reignking | October 13, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

That's just not right...

Posted by: soccerman | October 13, 2010 4:00 PM | Report abuse

For those of us who follow DCU, living outside DC metro, it is disappointing the game will not televised. I would so love to see Jamie's last DCU game. We don't know if we will see him play again, but it will not be in a DCU uniform.

Posted by: tyobrien1 | October 13, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

This is what you get playing in MLS. The league is low profile because the sport is low profile in this country. Still.

But Jaime is the man. He will be missed by those who know.

Posted by: Matte | October 13, 2010 4:34 PM | Report abuse

CSN and CSN+
Oct 23 - 7:00pm
NHL: Atlanta Thrashers @ Capitals (HD) (L-HD)
College Football: Texas A&M @ Kansas (CSN+)

We could be saying goodbye to Jaime and United next Saturday - so I'll be there.

Posted by: Kev29 | October 13, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

GSH? Is that the band opening for Justin Bieber?

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | October 13, 2010 4:57 PM | Report abuse

I think GSH was the name of an early Smashing Pumpkins album.

Posted by: Reignking | October 13, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

tyobrien1 The game will be on MLSnet so you can dial it up online (pay to view) or find a bar with MLS package.


Posted by: goaldigger | October 13, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

i think comcrap owns either my20 or the old Channel 50...not sure if that ight be a possibility. At least have a side-by-side action going during the pre-game ceremony or a speech given by Jaime.

Posted by: godpere | October 13, 2010 5:35 PM | Report abuse

GSH is on the sleeves of the Chicago Bears.

Posted by: neil_g | October 13, 2010 6:09 PM | Report abuse

It Takes More... from the fans to watch a DC United game.

...effort from the front office to strike a credible media package next season.



Posted by: jayrockers | October 13, 2010 6:32 PM | Report abuse

I don't see why they can't just tape it and show it later. It's not like the result really matters anyway.

Posted by: fedssocr | October 13, 2010 6:53 PM | Report abuse

@tyobrien and everyone else outside the DCU area. You can check out all the possible video in the world on Jaime all month long on and their facebook page. They have had a video or article up every day this month as a tribute and will have a camera following Jaime during the game and do a recap piece of his final game. So if you live in DC then you should be there LIVE but there is for those that don't and everyone who wants to see a bunch of cool features on Jaime before and after the game.

Posted by: I-95Exit43 | October 13, 2010 7:55 PM | Report abuse

"The United's numbers are no match [for the Caps ratings]"

Or for the Caps demographics for that matter...

Should be a fun game as long as it's not rainy, with the Skins on the road I'm hoping to make it to good old RFK.

(The Smashing Pumpkins first album was Gish.)

Posted by: PowerBoater69 | October 13, 2010 8:55 PM | Report abuse

Ah! There's the PowerTroller. I wondered what happened to him.

Posted by: christopher_a_metzler | October 13, 2010 9:06 PM | Report abuse

Im going to be out of town next weekend, so I went to pay my last respects to #99 last weekend, except I got there 20 minutes late... pretty bummed I won't get to see his final game at all now.

Posted by: VTUnited | October 13, 2010 9:54 PM | Report abuse

Those that miss the match can check out Jaime at a local all-you-can-eat buffet near you.

Posted by: Hoost | October 13, 2010 10:00 PM | Report abuse

For fans of the Capitals, Wizards and especially the Redskins, CSN goes above and beyond. For fans of United and other local teams, CSN retreats into legalisms and preexisting agreements.

That is why CSN didn't show any Mystics postseason games, why CSN didn't clear FSN's Freedom playoff telecast live and now why CSN won't show Jaime Moreno's farewell.

The D.C. United of 2010 is simply a timespace filler for Comcast SportsNet, filler that runs out this Saturday.

Posted by: evwill | October 13, 2010 10:02 PM | Report abuse

I remember his first match in RFK with Bolivia when he toasted Agoos down the right sideline on a 70 yard run and scored a fantastic goal. I had season tickets the first 4 seasons of MLS right amongst the jumping fanatics (now I'm far away in Wyoming). From the way the stands shook I always thought there would be a catastrophic collapse. I guess it's still holding up.

Posted by: paj18 | October 13, 2010 10:06 PM | Report abuse

Asking again, . . . .

When was Jamie's first home match for United?

Posted by: Curious99 | October 13, 2010 10:38 PM | Report abuse

I've still got an open invitation out there for SI loyalists who might want to share a pint in lot 8 on the 23rd. Not going unless I can get to the stadium in time to truly rock the tailgate...

Posted by: DadRyan | October 14, 2010 12:47 AM | Report abuse

That's a shame to finally see him retire; nice to see that a soft-pitching southpaw could make such a long career. I guess that will leave Tim Wakefield as the oldest man in MLB next year.

Posted by: mr_bill_10 | October 14, 2010 3:16 AM | Report abuse

..what a shame, especially, since Oct 23 will probably be the last DC United match at RFK (..just sayin')

Posted by: cidcamp70 | October 14, 2010 7:33 AM | Report abuse

I'll bet you 5 bucks you're wrong about that cidcamp70. Just sayin'.

Posted by: DadRyan | October 14, 2010 10:29 AM | Report abuse

I'll be there to cheer for a true legend!!
I would hope that Comcast could tape for a replay later (maybe Sunday night)? Please?

Posted by: patrick18 | October 14, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Why is everyone surprised that Comcast has jerked us around for the Chicago game? They have done it all season. It is shown at 11PM on Cox Cable. We ought to negotiate for another subscriber.

Posted by: VirginiaFan | October 14, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Jaime's MLS debut was at Tampa on August 7, 1996 when he scored on a header from Raul and Marco (first look at the Golden Triangle) in the 4th minute. His home debut was 8/18 vs LA. he was on the team sheet for the 8/4 game at home vs KC, but did not see the field.

Posted by: lgm6986 | October 14, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse

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