ESPN’s Serie A TV debut will feature 2 familiar commentators on Sunday

< !DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> Sunday’s Serie A debut on ESPNEWS will feature two very familiar voices to soccer fans in the United States. With the anticipation building for the Torino-Roma game that’ll kick off at noon on Sunday on ESPNEWS, ESPN will feature Mark Donaldson as commentator and Matteo Bonetti as co-commentator. Donaldson has been commentating matches for ESPN since 2010, and has called Serie A matches for several years for the company’s international networks. Most recently, Donaldson has been commentating games from the International Champions Cup as well as several high-profile friendlies that aired across the ESPN networks. Bonetti will be a very familiar voice to the fans who have watched Serie A on beIN SPORTS for years. He’s an authority on Serie A. He grew up in Milan and watched many of the club’s greatest players that had a tremendous influence on his life. More recently, he’s been one of the most
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TV not included in ESPN’s plan to stream all FA Cup games on ESPN+

< !DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> Say goodbye to the FA Cup on television in the United States. ESPN’s acquisition of the FA Cup rights in the US will feature all broadcasts streamed on ESPN+ with no plans to air any of the matches on television. The agreement will bring 79 FA Cup matches – beginning with the First Round in November and running through the Final – exclusively to ESPN+. While the news that The FA Cup has found a home in the United States after the previous deal ended with FOX Sports, it’s a surprise that ESPN didn’t decide to at least have the semifinals and final on US television. But it’s also a sign that the broadcaster is very confident that ESPN+ will be the go-to streaming platform for a majority of soccer fans. That will be a big change though for many soccer fans who have been accustomed to enjoying the giant Continue reading "TV not included in ESPN’s plan to stream all FA Cup games on ESPN+"

ESPN+ acquires FA Cup rights for U.S. market, source confirms

< !DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> ESPN has acquired the US media rights to the FA Cup for the 2018/19 to 2020/21 seasons, a source confirmed to World Soccer Talk today. As part of the rights deal, select FA Cup games will be streamed via the ESPN+ paid subscription service. The FA Cup rights were part of the deal that included the rights to Serie A, a story that we first reported in February after there was little interest in the FA Cup rights at the time. All that changed on July 10 when Cristiano Ronaldo joined Juventus, thus spiking interest in the rights to Serie A and, by extension, the FA Cup. In the end, ESPN paid approximately $55 million/year in a 3-year deal for the rights to broadcast Serie A and FA Cup as well as Eredivisie, Chinese Super League and A-League in the United States. SEE MORE: Schedule of FA Cup games on Continue reading "ESPN+ acquires FA Cup rights for U.S. market, source confirms"

beIN SPORTS channels return to Verizon Fios in time for new soccer seasons

< !DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> The wait is over for Verizon Fios customers who subscribe to beIN SPORTS and beIN SPORTS en Español. The two sports channels that feature LaLiga, Ligue 1 and the Turkish Super Lig are now back on Verizon Fios after a carriage dispute was resolved on Friday evening. For soccer fans, the timing couldn’t be better as the new season of Ligue 1 returns to action this weekend, while the new LaLiga season is scheduled to kick off on Friday, August 17. The agonizing 9-day blackout of beIN SPORTS on Verizon Fios was due to a disagreement between Verizon and beIN SPORTS about subscriber fees. SEE MORE: Schedule of LaLiga games on US TV and streaming In an e-mail to Verizon Fios customers on Friday, the message read “We are very pleased to announce that we have reached an agreement with beIN Sports, which also owns beIN Sports En Espanol. . “We Continue reading "beIN SPORTS channels return to Verizon Fios in time for new soccer seasons"

ESPN+ acquires Eredivisie, A-League and Chinese Super League rights

Just in time for the new Eredivisie season, ESPN+ has acquired the streaming rights to the Dutch league in the United States. On top of that, ESPN+ has also acquired the rights to the Australian A-League and Chinese Super League. The rights deal comes in the same week that ESPN+ acquired the rights to Serie A. In total, ESPN+ now offers (for $4.99/month): • English Championship
• Serie A
• Eredivisie
• USL
• UEFA Nations League
• Chinese Super League, and
• MLS out-of-market games. ESPN+ carry up to 140 Hyundai A-League matches from October through to May and at least 17 Westfield W-League matches which will be streamed from October through to February. SEE MORE: Schedule of Eredivisie games on US streaming

Univision to air twice as many Champions League games on TV than TNT

< !DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> Univision has announced their coverage plans for the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League that will include 97 games shown live on television, which compares to Turner’s 46 games that’ll air on TNT. The substantial number of games to be aired on TV by Univision also carries over to the Europa League. Beginning in September, Univision Deportes will air more than 70 Europa League games live on UDN, UniMás and Galavisión compared to just one Europa League game on TNT (the final). Beginning with the play-off round August 21-22 and 28-29, Univision Deportes will carry 137 Champions League matches live across its platforms, 97 of which will air on its linear networks – Univision, Univision Deportes Network (UDN), UniMás and Galavisión. The remaining matches will be available on UnivisionDeportes.com, the Univision Deportes app and fuboTV. Univision Deportes’ coverage will feature a stellar team of sportscasters, including UEFA Champions League winner and Continue reading "Univision to air twice as many Champions League games on TV than TNT"

Stu Holden and Tim Howard join Turner’s Champions League as studio analysts

< !DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> Former Premier League footballers Stu Holden and Tim Howard have joined Turner Sports’ coverage of the UEFA Champions League as studio analysts, the broadcaster announced today. Turner Sports will simultaneously utilize two fully-integrated studios – in Atlanta and Los Angeles – throughout its coverage of the UEFA Champions League. Howard, a current MLS player, will contribute to UEFA Champions League studio coverage on Wednesdays, with Holden regularly appearing on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. They will join previously announced host Kate Abdo and Steve Nash, along with additional commentators and special guests, throughout the season. Additionally, Fernando Perez, a former MLB player with media experience as a MLB Network contributor and Vice correspondent, will be on site for B/R Football at select matches throughout the season, delivering a firsthand account of the unique atmospheres that surround the world’s game. Howard, a veteran U.S. Men’s National Team goalkeeper and current member of Continue reading "Stu Holden and Tim Howard join Turner’s Champions League as studio analysts"

NBC Sports Gold launches Premier League streaming for pubs, restaurants and bars

< !DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> NBC Sports has launched a version of their Premier League Pass streaming service for pubs, bars, restaurants and other commercial properties in the United States for $199/season. This season’s Premier League Pass guarantees 150 live Premier League matches (with at least four matches per Premier League club) and a suite of shoulder programming. Both the commercial establishment-version and public-version of the passes are powered by Playmaker Media, and will stream coverage live and on-demand via desktop, mobile, tablets, and connected TV devices. Commercial establishments can register their interest in the NBC Sports Gold Premier League Pass via the sign-up page. The $199/season price is for one stream to be shown on one screen. Streaming across multiple screens requires multiple accounts. Launched in time for the start of the 2018/19 Premier League season, NBC Sports Gold will present four live matches this weekend: Bournemouth v. Cardiff City; Fulham vs. Crystal Palace Continue reading "NBC Sports Gold launches Premier League streaming for pubs, restaurants and bars"

Verizon Fios removes beIN SPORTS from its programming

< !DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> In the space of 24 hours, beIN SPORTS has been removed from Comcast Xfinity and Verizon Fios in carriage disputes between the TV providers and US-based sports network that broadcasts LaLiga, Ligue 1 and Turkish Super Lig. beIN SPORTS was given a deadline of midnight on Wednesday to reach a deal with Verizon Fios, but as of Thursday morning, beIN SPORTS has been removed from Fios. According to Verizon Fios, “We have given beIN SPORTS a reasonable offer that is in line with the marketplace to continue providing their channels to you. Unfortunately, they have rejected our offer, and demanded a significant increase to the fees we pay for their channels.” World Soccer Talk reached out to a beIN SPORTS spokesperson for comment on Wednesday. We’re awaiting a response. With the new seasons around the corner, the timing couldn’t be worse for beIN SPORTS. Ligue 1 kicks off on Continue reading "Verizon Fios removes beIN SPORTS from its programming"

Chelsea-Man City Community Shield match finds a home in U.S.

< !DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> EXCLUSIVE: After a huge amount of anticipation about who will broadcast this Sunday’s FA Community Shield between Chelsea and Manchester City, a decision has finally been reached. In the United States, you’ll be able to watch Chelsea against Manchester City exclusively on the ESPN+ streaming service. The paid subscription service is available for $4.99 per month. New users to ESPN+ can watch the game with for free as part of the service’s 7-day trial. No TV broadcast will be available. Featuring the Premier League champion against the winner of the FA Cup, Sunday’s matchup between Manchester City and Chelsea will be the 96th FA Community Shield, and is traditionally seen as heralding the start of a new soccer season in England. The match will be beamed live from Wembley Stadium in London to viewers worldwide. The match will kick off at 10am ET on Sunday, August 5. SEE MORE: Continue reading "Chelsea-Man City Community Shield match finds a home in U.S."

Miami needs International Champions Cup more than MLS

< !DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> When it comes to soccer, the International Champions Cup takes the crown as the preeminent club soccer game that’s played on U.S. soil every year. The tournament has become the annual spectacle featuring matches between the world’s biggest clubs. Every summer, the International Champions Cup completely overshadows the MLS All-Star Game. This year, for example, take your pick from last Saturday’s North West Derby between Manchester United-Liverpool played in front of 101,254 fans in Michigan, or Tuesday night’s Real Madrid-Manchester United match attended by 64,141 supporters in Miami. Speaking of Miami, David Beckham has been trying to launch a MLS team since 2014. In that time, not a single ball has been kicked nor a brick has been laid by MLS. But with the International Champions Cup, Miami has hosted Manchester United-Liverpool (2014), el Clásico Miami between Barcelona-Real Madrid (2017), Bayern Munich-Manchester City (2014) and Real Madrid-Manchester United (2018) Continue reading "Miami needs International Champions Cup more than MLS"

Comcast Xfinity removes beIN SPORTS ahead of new soccer seasons

< !DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> Subscribers to beIN SPORTS and beIN SPORTS en Español will no longer be able to access those channels on Comcast Xfinity due to a dispute between both parties. According to a statement by beIN SPORTS, “This announcement comes four months after beIN SPORTS was forced to file a carriage complaint against Comcast due to violating program carriage rules and the non-discrimination condition attached with the FCC’s approval of its purchase of NBCUniversal. The network took legal action to ensure beIN SPORTS content is made available to the largest possible audience of fans, in line with the position of other major sports networks. beIN has expressed concern that this action is in retaliation for exercising its right to file with the FCC.” Per Comcast, the dispute is about carriage fees. In a message on the beIN SPORTS channel carried by Comcast, it reads “Have you heard about a disagreement between
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Big changes for soccer viewing options for 2018/19 season

< !DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> If you’re a soccer fan living in the United States, the next month will be one of the most confusing times for you when you start trying to figure out what channels or streaming platforms are broadcasting your favorite soccer league or competition. Never before have there been so many changes in such a short amount of time. Here are just a few big ones to mention: • The UEFA Champions League has a brand-new rights-holder in the United States. Bye-bye FOX Sports.
• Same with the Europa League.
• Serie A is also changing hands from beIN SPORTS to a yet unannounced broadcaster.
• FOX’s coverage of the FA Cup and Community Shield has also come to an end. To make sense of all of the changes, we’ve taken the last few weeks to compile an exhaustive list of who has which leagues and competitions in the United States. See below. Read our
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NBC Sports heading to England to bring Premier League to you live, on location

< !DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> NBC Sports has announced more coverage details for their opening weekend of the 2018/19 Premier League season, which will include their talent being on-site in England to bring you closer to the action. From Thursday, August 9 to Sunday, August 12, the entire NBC Sports crew will be together on-location in England. The coverage will move across three days from four different grounds throughout Britain, featuring on-site studios for pre-match, halftime and post-game shows as well as pitch-side locations just a few feet from the playing field. Coverage begins on Thursday, August 9, with a special three-hour Premier League Live: Transfer Deadline Day show live from Old Trafford at 11 a.m. ET on NBCSN. The program will surround the end of the summer transfer window, which closes at Noon ET that Thursday, as the team analyzes all 20 clubs’ transfer activity. In addition, the program will preview the 2018-19 Continue reading "NBC Sports heading to England to bring Premier League to you live, on location"

B/R Live reveals pricing and plans for Champions League and Europa League coverage

< !DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> Turner Sports has announced pricing details and more coverage plans for its B/R Live streaming service, which will be broadcasting every single game of the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League and Europa League competitions to viewers in the United States. The pricing plans range from individual matches ($2.99 per game), a monthly subscription ($9.99) or an annual plan ($79.99). With a subscription to the streaming service, you’ll have access to more than 340 live Champions League and Europa League games per season including everything from the Group Stage (beginning in September) through to the finals (in late May and early June). B/R Live also streams select matches from the Scottish Premiership, Belgium Jupiler League, Polish Cup and Swiss Cup. Bleacher Report Live is available online, as well as by downloading the B/R Live app through iTunes or Google Play, and/or via Apple TV, the Roku platform and Continue reading "B/R Live reveals pricing and plans for Champions League and Europa League coverage"

Bayern Munich and Manchester City still have a long way to go in United States

< !DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> On paper, Manchester City and Bayern Munich are two of the biggest clubs in club soccer. One is a reigning Premier League champion as well as one of the most exciting, attacking teams on the planet. The other is the biggest and most successful club in Germany. In reality, neither club is heavily supported in the United States. Their fanbases are dwarfed by bigger clubs in the United States such as Barcelona, Real Madrid, Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea, Spurs, Arsenal and others. That’s not an indictment on City or Bayern. It’s just that it takes decades to grow a fanbase to be anywhere near the numbers of the seven aforementioned teams. A good example of the work that City and Bayern need to do was evidenced at the International Champions Cup game featuring the two teams in Miami on Saturday night. In front of an attendance of 29,195 — an Continue reading "Bayern Munich and Manchester City still have a long way to go in United States"

FS1’s first Liga MX game in English will be Xolos vs. Chivas

< !DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> FOX Sports will broadcast their very first Liga MX game in English this Saturday night when Club Tijuana meets Chivas de Guadalajara in a game that will be shown live across FS1. As first reported by World Soccer Talk in May, FOX Sports acquired the English-language and Spanish-language rights to the Club Tijuana home games in Liga MX and Copa MX. With the new season of Liga MX scheduled to launch this Friday, the timing couldn’t be better for FOX given that the American broadcaster has lost the rights to the UEFA Champions League, Europa League and FA Cup. With Liga MX having a track record of generating the most-watched soccer club games on US television, this should help boost FOX’s viewing numbers. However, as of press time, FOX Sports hasn’t been publicizing that they will broadcast Saturday’s game at all. But we have confirmed that the match will indeed
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World Cup Final delivers 17 million viewers across FOX and Telemundo combined

< !DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> The 2018 FIFA World Cup Final between France and Croatia averaged 17.2 million viewers across the FOX network and Telemundo combined including online viewership. Not reflected in the viewing number is the out-of-home viewership, which included huge numbers that watched the game in bars, restaurants and public watch parties across the United States. TV numbers alone, the France-Croatia final averaged 16.6 million viewers. While not an apples to apples comparison, the 2014 World Cup Final averaged 26.5 million viewers, but that game featured powerhouses Germany and Argentina who generate a lot more interest in the United States than France and Croatia. Overall on television, the 2018 FIFA World Cup on the FOX and Telemundo networks averaged 4.6 million viewers per game. Compared to the previous tournaments, the 2014 World Cup averaged approximately 8.1 million viewers combined on the ESPN and Univision networks. For the 2018 Continue reading "World Cup Final delivers 17 million viewers across FOX and Telemundo combined"

Telemundo’s World Cup coverage reached 36 million TV viewers

< !DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> After broadcasting 64 World Cup games live across Telemundo, Universo and NBCSN, Telemundo Deportes delivered an average of 2.026 million viewers per game and achieved several other noteworthy milestones. In total, Telemundo Deportes’ complete presentation of all 2018 World Cup matches reached 36.6 million TV viewers, exceeding the Spanish-language reach for the 2010 tournament by +13% (32.3 million), and coming within 1.3 million of the 2014 World Cup (37.9 million) – despite fewest Latin American countries since 2016. The Final match, a 4-2 win by France over Croatia, posted a Total Audience Delivery average of 5.45 million across Telemundo, TelemundoDeportes.com, and the Telemundo En Vivo and NBC Sports apps, and a TV-only viewership average 5.32 million viewers. Hispanics make up 18% of the U.S. population, and yet Telemundo Deportes makes up 41% of the average World Cup viewership (average split for Continue reading "Telemundo’s World Cup coverage reached 36 million TV viewers"

NBC increases Premier League games on NBC Sports Gold for new season

< !DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> For the 2018/19 season, NBC Sports will put more games behind the NBC Sports Gold paywall, which means fewer games available on television and more that are available exclusively through the $50 per season paid-service. With the new Premier League season scheduled to launch on August 10, sports fans that follow the Premier League will find that the number of games exclusive to NBC Sports Gold will increase by 15% from 130 to 150 per season. Plus, there’ll be an increase in the minimum number of games streamed per club from three to four per season. While the three to four number is likely for big clubs such as Manchester City, Chelsea, Manchester United, Liverpool, Spurs and Arsenal, many of the supporters of other Premier League clubs will find that more than 50% of their games will be streamed exclusively via NBC Sports Gold, as we saw last season. With Continue reading "NBC increases Premier League games on NBC Sports Gold for new season"