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Where to Watch England v Croatia

three lions Where to Watch England v Croatia
England’s biggest match since the 2006 World Cup quarter-final is today when the Three Lions take on Croatia at Wembley (kickoff is 3pm ET). Becks and Robbo have reportedly been dropped to the bench to be replaced by Wright-Phillips and Carson.

The anticipation for this match is reaching a fever pitch.

Yet in the United States, you’ll be hard pressed to find that many people who will be able to watch the game.

That’s because of the arrangement made between Setanta Sports and Fox Soccer Channel. In their agreement, the match will be available in two ways. Setanta Sports will be showing the match at select pubs and restaurants throughout the United States via closed-circuit TV. To find what pubs are showing the match live, use the Setanta Sports pub finder. Note that the pubs will charge a cover to get in to see the match (usually $10-$20).

The other option is to watch the match – thanks to Fox Soccer Channel – on pay-per-view. The cost will be approximately $25 but is determined by your local cable service.

The challenge is that Setanta Sports has two sets of customers to try to keep happy: the pub owners and the soccer fans. Unless it’s a friendly or a World Cup or Euro 2008 tournament, we here in the States are unable to watch England matches live on TV unless we’re willing to fork out $10-$20 to watch the match at a pub or $25 to watch it at home. For the most part, England is not worth that kind of money.

Isn’t it time though that Setanta and Fox Soccer Channel get rid of this draconian arrangement and show it on their channels? We can watch football on the Internet. We can watch a ton of 24/7 soccer networks. We’re able to even watch it on our mobile phones. But if it’s a competitive match involving England, we have to fork out between $20 and $25 for the privilege to watch it and then go through the hassles of driving to a local pub or watching it on pay-per-view.

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Founder and publisher of World Soccer Talk, Christopher Harris is the managing editor of the site. He has been interviewed by The New York Times, The Guardian and several other publications. Plus he has made appearances on NPR, BBC World, CBC, BBC Five Live, talkSPORT and beIN SPORT. Harris, who has lived in Florida since 1984, has supported Swansea City since 1979. He's also an expert on soccer in South Florida, and got engaged during half-time of a MLS game. Harris launched EPL Talk in 2005, which was rebranded as World Soccer Talk in 2013.
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3 Responses to Where to Watch England v Croatia

  1. eplnfl says:

    It’s nice the two are working together for the soccer fans better interest.Like there will be a large audience today just before the Thanksgiving holiday in the US. If they knew their market they simply would have put the game on FSC. Gaf, maybe they should hire you as a expert.

  2. Eric PZ says:

    The only reason they have the game on PPV is cuz they can make a few extra bucks. They know there’s hundreds (thousands?) of people willing to fork out the money. If it were on FSC or Setanta, I’d watch it. I already pay enough to get those channels. As it’s on PPV, I’ll check the result at 5.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I cannot believe FSC cannot find a way to show this. They show the lousy US team that can’t even beat Guatemala and don’t show England, who BTW have far more interest here in the states even among Americans than does the lousy sub standard US team. Speaking of which, why can’t the US go out and schedule someone difficult and compete in real events instead of thew rigged Gold Cup?

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