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FOX Soccer Extends FA Cup, Community Shield and England TV Rights In USA

fox soccer logo1 FOX Soccer Extends FA Cup, Community Shield and England TV Rights In USA

Good news for English football fans in the United States. FOX Soccer has renewed exclusive media rights with The Football Association (FA), the governing body of soccer in England, for six more years through the 2017-18 soccer season.  The current agreement is through 2012.  The multi-platform deal grants FOX Soccer exclusive rights to all FA content in all languages for the United States and Caribbean territories, including the prestigious FA Cup tournament, the oldest soccer competition in the world, dating back to 1871.  England’s national team home qualifiers and friendlies are included in the agreement, as well as the Community Shield, the annual match-up between the winners of the FA Cup and the Champions of the Barclays Premier League.

“The Football Association is pleased to have reached an agreement with FOX Soccer to extend our partnership for a further six years, particularly as we had so much interest from other parties in the States,” said Stuart Turner, Group Commercial Director for The FA.  “The network has proven to be a destination for American viewers who want to see quality FA competitions.”

“We are proud to extend our longstanding partnership with The FA,” said David Nathanson, General Manager of FOX Soccer.  “The combination of the FA Cup, England National Team competitions and the Community Shield is one of the most diverse and valued rights packages in the business.  We’re thrilled we can deliver these staple events to our audience for years to come.”

In addition to all available FA Cup matches, the agreement includes highlight shows, official tournament draws and archival matches.  Exclusive media rights to England’s U21 team matches, qualifiers and friendlies are also included.

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5 Responses to FOX Soccer Extends FA Cup, Community Shield and England TV Rights In USA

  1. Tim says:

    With multiple parties interested, why is this a “good thing”? The product (pre-game, half-time, post-game) that ESPN puts out is much better.

    • The Gaffer says:

      It’s a good thing because ESPN doesn’t have the bandwidth to show more than 2 Premier League games a week. If ESPN won the rights to the FA Cup, Community Shield and England matches, they would be shown on ESPN3.com.

      ESPN’s pre-match, half-time and post-game shows are better than FOX. But don’t forget that FOX brings us the lionshare of games each season in the Champions League, Premier League and other leagues. ESPN is just sub-licensing the Premier League games from FOX itself.

      Cheers,
      The Gaffer

      • S04th says:

        I don’t know about bandwidth being the issue Gaffer. The requirements for the EPL I’m sure pale in comparison to their coverage of, say, NCAA Football. And for many of us who don’t get FoxSoccer, all the matches being on ESPN3 would be a godsend.

        How’s the licensing for Serie A work? Both ESPN and Fox seem to carry all the major matches (like the Rome derby this weekend). La Liga also seems about even between the two with ESPN getting some big 4 matches Fox apparently does not (like Real Madrid/Betis this weekend). Fox has Ligue 1 and UEFA but no Eredivise, Bundesliga or Super Liga (does ESPN license these from GolTV?).

        • The Gaffer says:

          Sorry, when I said bandwidth, I meant number of channels. On a typical Saturday when these English football games are played, the other ESPN networks are filled with college football and other programming.

          Best bet is to post Serie A-related questions to our sister site http://www.serieatalk.com

          Cheers,
          The Gaffer

  2. Guy says:

    Not surprising, really. I love what ESPN does with their soccer coverage, but have never felt they were committed in any broad sense to becoming “soccer central”. They seem perfectly content to let Fox do all the bidding and then pick up the games from them that suit their overall programming strategy. Don’t think that will ever change.

    Fox Soccer is our main channel, for better or worse, so we need to keep pressing them to improve their production. Some time before Armageddon would be nice.

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