Fox Sports have extended their exclusive rights to the Serie A through 2012. Fox Soccer Channel, Fox Soccer Plus and Fox Sports en Español today announced the joint renewal of exclusive U.S. broadcast rights to Italy’s Serie A for the 2010/2011 and 2011/2012 seasons. This is a great announcement for Italian footbal because the Italian Serie A has fallen behind the Premiership and La Liga. Not only will this help promote the Serie A in America, but it will also help promote soccer in America.
Through this deal, Fox Soccer Channel will include up to three live matches each weekend in high definition, one on saturdays and two on sundays. Not only this, but Fox Soccer Channel will be showing midweek fixtures when scheduled, and all of these matches with extensive english coverage. Fox Soccer Plus have also gotten one exclusive Saturday and one exclusive Sunday English language window per week, in high definition. And finally Fox Sports en Español features exclusive Spanish language broadcasts of a minimum of three live matches each week during the Serie A.
With all this, Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Soccer Plus combined will air about 187 games in high definition per season, Fox Sports en Español also has access to 187 matches per season. All three networks will also retain the rights to weekly 30-minute Serie A preview and review shows. In addition, a selection of live and on-demand Serie A matches will be streamed each week through Fox Soccer Channel’s broadband video service Foxsoccer.tv. So thanks to Fox Sports, we’ll be seeing plenty of Serie A next season in glorious high definition where available.
This is a fantastic announcement which will hopefully boost fans of the Serie A in America, hopefully raising the profile of the league compared to La Liga and The Premiership. Fox have strategically done this right after the 2010 South Africa World Cup, many people will have just seen a fantastic display of soccer at the World Cup and will be craving for more. Hopefully all those people who saw the World Cup will also begin to pay more attention to Serie A and other leagues from around the world.