Indy Eleven, WISH-TV agree to two-year broadcast deal

The Indy Eleven and local CW affiliate WISH-TV Channel 8 have agreed to a two-year deal that gives the station exclusive broadcasting rights for the team through the 2020 season.

The deal, terms of which were not disclosed, will see the WISH and its sister station WNDY-TV Channel 23 broadcast 20 games during the 2019 season, including the Eleven’s 17 home games at Lucas Oil Stadium and three road games.

WISH-TV has been a broadcasting partner of Indy Eleven since the team’s inaugural 2013 season.

The Nexstar Media Group-owned stations will split the schedule, with 13 broadcasts on WNDY—including the team’s home opener March 30 against the Hartford Athletic—and seven games on WISH-TV.

The games will be called by Greg Rakestraw, with Brad Hauter providing color analysis. The broadcasts will be produced by Indianapolis-based Tupelo Raycom for a fifth straight year.

Each game shown on the stations will also include a postgame show, sponsored by Honda.

News of the broadcast deal comes as Indy Eleven makes a push in the Indiana Statehouse to sell lawmakers on the idea of a new stadium and surrounding mixed-use development. The proposal is part of a sweeping funding bill for the Capital Improvement Board which also includes more money for the Pacers and an expansion of the Indiana Convention Center.

A full schedule of the team’s games can be found at IndyEleven.com.

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