Anheuser-Busch Sports Productions, a broadcasting production wing of Anheuser-Busch Inc., announced yesterday it has bought the rights to Team America's remaining home games and will televise the soccer contests in 19 markets across the country.
They will not be shown in Washington, however, due to a North American Soccer League rule blacking out all home games. Team General Manager Beau Rogers said yesterday that negotiations are under way with a local station for telecasts of road games, and an announcement is expected "within a week."
WTTG-TV-5, which telecast Washington Diplomats games during 1979-81, is believed to be the station involved in the negotiations.
Anheuser-Busch, which produced the ESPN telecast of Team America's game with Dynamo Minsk in St. Louis May 25, has sold syndicated rights to stations in 11 cities, including St. Louis, Miami, Tampa and Denver. Cable networks in eight markets, including New York, Pittsburgh, Dallas, Phoenix, New England and Minnesota, will carry the games.
"We are very pleased with the response we got," said Ken Samul, a sports coordinator for Anheuser-Busch.
Veteran announcer Bob Carpenter will handle play-by-play on the telecasts, and Gordon Bradley, Team America's director of community development, will do the color. Samul also said two playoff games and the Soccer Bowl would be televised, regardless of whether Team America makes the playoffs.