News Corp. may convert FOX Soccer into an entertainment network, according to a report by the LA Times.
Executives at News Corp., the parent company of FOX Soccer, are reportedly discussing the possibility of turning FOX Soccer into FX2 — a sister channel of FX. Then, the soccer rights that FOX Soccer has retained could be given to FOX Sports 1 where games from the Champions League and Europa League could be shown intermingled with the other sports programming that FOX has the rights to.
The LA Times editorializes that “[FOX Soccer] going ahead as a soccer-only channel is unlikely given that it recently lost the rights to the English Premiere [sic] League to Comcast’s NBC Sports Network.”
The newspaper report adds that the challenge for News Corp. will be to rebrand the soccer network as an entertainment network, which could face some opposition from cable and satellite TV providers.
The future of FOX Soccer has been up in the air ever since the network lost the US media rights to NBC for the Premier League, seasons 2013-2016. There have been rumors that FOX Soccer could morph into FOX Sports 2 or FOX Sports 3, but it still appears that News Corp. is trying to determine the best course of action. After the 2012-13 Premier League season ends in May, the only major soccer TV rights that FOX Soccer owns will be the UEFA Champions League, Europa League and FA Cup.
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