ESPN to broadcast League Cup final between Man City and Arsenal on US TV

< !DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> The 2017/18 League Cup final between Arsenal and Manchester City has been moved to the ESPN flagship network in a big boost for soccer fans in the United States. The match, will be shown live from Wembley Stadium in England, was originally scheduled to air only on ESPN Deportes. But now that ESPN has decided to elevate the game to its major network, it means that the League Cup final will be available on both ESPN and ESPN Deportes. This year’s League Cup final, which is also known as the Carabao Cup, will be televised live on Sunday, February 25 at 11:30am ET. In previous rounds when select League Cup games were shown on ESPN2, the commentators for ESPN were Mark Donaldson and Craig Burley. No news yet who ESPN will select to announce the game. Manchester City defeated Bristol City over two legs in the semi-final to reach Wembley,
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ESPN could be go-to network for World Cup analysis instead of rights holder FOX Sports

< !DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> For immediate analysis on TV after the FIFA World Cup Draw wrapped up on December 1, soccer fans in the United States had several choices to choose from. For most of them, the easiest way was to continue watching the coverage on FOX Sports 1. However, the viewers “voted” by watching the analysis on a completely different network — one that doesn’t even have the rights to the FIFA 2018 World Cup. The World Cup Draw wrap-up show on ESPN2 was watched by more viewers than the Draw itself on FS1. And importantly, ESPN2’s broadcast doubled the viewership from FS1’s post draw analysis show. On FOX, besides the commentary regarding “under-the radar” players by Landon Donovan and Alexi Lalas (both of whom ironically picked guys from Liverpool who are nowhere near under the radar for the average Premier League viewer), nothing of real cutting-edge insight was discussed. In contrast, the ESPNFC
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MLS audience jumps 38% for MLS Cup Playoffs across ESPN and ESPN2

< !DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> Buoyed by the increased interest in watching MLS games because of the Columbus Crew controversy, ESPN’s audience for the 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs is up 38 percent entering this weekend’s MLS Cup Final. The seven playoff matches on ESPN and ESPN2 to date have delivered an average audience of 343,000 viewers, according to Nielsen, up from 249,000 viewers for the six playoff matches in 2016. It is ESPN’s most-viewed MLS Cup Playoffs since 2014 (344,000 viewers). Five of the seven matches on ESPN networks were the most-viewed MLS Cup Playoff games on national television in 2017, led by first leg of the Eastern Conference Championship – Columbus Crew SC vs. New York City FC – on Tuesday, Oct. 31. That match averaged 426,000 viewers. Additionally, the 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs on ESPN/ESPN2 in 2017 have delivered significant increases across key demos: · Viewership in the coveted men 18-34 demo is
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beIN SPORTS out and ESPN/BAMTech in for Championship TV rights, says source

< !DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> EXCLUSIVE: In a stunning turn of events, beIN SPORTS has removed all of the opening EFL Championship weekend matches from their schedule, and it appears that ESPN/BAMTech is the frontrunner to acquire the rights in the United States. According to a spokesperson for beIN SPORTS, the source confirmed that “beIN SPORTS USA no longer holds the rights to the EFL Championship or Carabao Cup.” The Carabao Cup is the new sponsor’s name for the League Cup, also known as EFL Cup. At the same time, a World Soccer Talk source confirmed that ESPN/BAMTech is close to acquiring the rights to the EFL Championship and EFL Cup. The 2017/18 Championship season begins Friday, August 4. The confusion arose last week when beIN SPORTS confirmed they were planning on broadcasting the opening weekend of the Championship across both television and their beIN SPORTS Connect streaming platform. But according to beIN SPORTS
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beIN SPORTS out and ESPN/BAMTech in for Championship TV rights, says source

< !DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> EXCLUSIVE: In a stunning turn of events, beIN SPORTS has removed all of the opening EFL Championship weekend matches from their schedule, and it appears that ESPN/BAMTech is the frontrunner to acquire the rights in the United States. According to a spokesperson for beIN SPORTS, the source confirmed that “beIN SPORTS USA no longer holds the rights to the EFL Championship or Carabao Cup.” The Carabao Cup is the new sponsor’s name for the League Cup, also known as EFL Cup. At the same time, a World Soccer Talk source confirmed that ESPN/BAMTech is close to acquiring the rights to the EFL Championship and EFL Cup. The 2017/18 Championship season begins Friday, August 4. The confusion arose last week when beIN SPORTS confirmed they were planning on broadcasting the opening weekend of the Championship across both television and their beIN SPORTS Connect streaming platform. But according to beIN SPORTS
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ESPN scores 1.7 million viewers for el Clásico Miami between Barcelona and Real Madrid

< !DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> ESPN’s live coverage of the first el Clásico to be played on US soil between Barcelona and Real Madrid delivered 1.7 million viewers last Saturday. The match, billed as el Clásico Miami and part of the 2017 International Champions Cup, was shown live across ESPN in English and ESPN 2/ESPN Deportes in Spanish. With an audience of 836,000, the Real Madrid–FC Barcelona match is the most watched non-U.S. international friendly match ever on ESPN – topping the previous high, an international match between Mexico and Argentina on September 8, 2015, seen by 724,000 viewers. It’s also the most-watched soccer match telecast on ESPN networks since last summer’s UEFA EURO 2016 in France. The Spanish-language telecast on ESPN Deportes and ESPN2 averaged 692,000 Hispanic viewers. With more than 1.7 million viewers, the Barcelona-Real Madrid match was the most-watched English-language soccer broadcast of the weekend. More than 600,000 tuned Continue reading "ESPN scores 1.7 million viewers for el Clásico Miami between Barcelona and Real Madrid"