Memphis Americans tap local talent for broadcasts

SOUTHAVEN, Miss. – The Memphis Americans today announced the two-person team who will broadcast all home matches airing on YouTube during the inaugural season set to begin Dec. 26. Seasoned broadcast veterans Jeff Brightwell and Tim Van Horn will host a pregame discussion, in-game color and play-by-play commentary, and a post-game recap show featuring interviews with Coach Corey Adamson and key players.

Since 2003, Jeff Brightwell has been a part of the University of Memphis’ broadcast team as commentator for the men’s and women’s soccer teams. Over the years, the native Memphian has called a variety of sporting events for ESPN and CBS, as well, and serves as an announcer for the CrossFit Games annually. He also covers news and sports every weekday morning for News Talk 98.9 FM.

Lifelong Memphian Tim Van Horn has led Memphis 901 FC’s television broadcasts since the team was founded in 2018. He also contributes to University of Memphis Men's & Women's Soccer broadcasts on occasion. Landers Center visitors may remember Van Horn as the public address announcer for the late Mississippi RiverKings hockey team that played at the arena from 2000-2018. He is currently the morning drive host for The Mighty 990 AM & 107.9 FM.

“Bringing on two professionals who have such impressive resumes is going to take our broadcasts to the next level,” said Andrew Haines, Memphis Americans co-owner and president. “These two men know a great deal about the sport but have the ability to articulate what’s happening in a way that allows the novice to understand exactly what’s happening, too. That’s always the goal – make the broadcast enjoyable for those who know it all and those new to the game.”

Season tickets for the Memphis Americans inaugural season are on sale now at Single game tickets will be available Dec. 3. Each ticket includes access to all men’s and women’s matches set to begin in late December.

The Memphis Americans are a professional indoor soccer franchise with a men’s team and a women’s team competing in the National Indoor Soccer League. The team will make its home at Landers Center in Southaven, Mississippi. The Inaugural 2021-2022 season will begin in December, with the Americans playing 12 home games and 12 away games. Each home date will consist of a men’s and women’s doubleheader. For more information or to purchase season tickets, please visit

The National Indoor Soccer League was founded in January 2021 by a group of experienced sports team/league owners with over 40 years of ownership experience. NISL will kick off the 2021-2022 season on Dec. 26, 2021. The league will operate a men’s and women's division with each member team playing in both divisions. Each NISL game day will include a doubleheader, with fans being able to see both a women's match, as well as a men’s. For more information, please visit