Bob Rigby will be promoted from sideline reporter to color commentator, a source told the Brotherly Game. (Picture courtesy of philadelphiaunion.com)
The upcoming 2012 MLS season will be the third in the history of the Philadelphia Union, and it will also be the third straight year that the franchise will have a new color commentator. A source with knowledge of the situation informed the Brotherly Game that the Union will promote sideline reporter Bob Rigby to television color commentator.
Rigby, 60, spent last year as the sideline reporter for Union broadcasts. The former United States Men's National Team goalkeeper was part of a three-man Union broadcast team that also consisted of JP Dellacamera, a veteranAmerican play-by-play announcer, and Taylor Twellman, former New England Revolution great.
The source had no comment on whether or not the Union will replace Rigby at sideline reporter.
Kyle Martino was the first ever Union television analyst, but was not able to be a part of the broadcast team for a few games. The former USMNT player left to pursue a full time job with Fox Soccer Channel and was replaced by Twellman, who left this offseason for a full time analyst position with ESPN.
Comcast SportsNet, the Comcast Network and abc6 will broadcast 22 of the Union's 34 games this season, with the remaining 12 all on national television (NBC Sports Network, ESPN/ESPN2 or NBC).