FOX Soccer’s Days Are Numbered With Upcoming Launch of FXX On Sept. 2

fox soccer logo FOX Soccers Days Are Numbered With Upcoming Launch of FXX On Sept. 2

It looks inevitable that FOX Soccer will shut down later this year.

At a presentation this morning, FX executives announced the launch of their new sister channel dubbed FXX, which will premiere on September 2. Despite contrary reports in some media outlets this morning, there has been no confirmation that FOX Soccer will become FXX even though it appears likely that it’ll happen.

“The launch of FXX this September was announced this morning, but we have nothing to announce today about FOX Soccer,” said a FOX Sports spokesperson.

FXX will focus on comedy alongside sister channels FX and FXM (FX movies). FX says their FXX network will be available in 74 million homes and will feature TV shows such as “It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia” and “The League.”

According to the Los Angeles Times, “FX was mum on how it will be able to launch in so many homes, but News Corp. executives have been telling pay-TV distributors that it is considering converting [FOX Soccer] into FXX.”

There are still several questions to answer. FOX Soccer is currently in approximately half of the 74 million homes that FXX touted this morning. Plus, even when FOX Soccer does formally close its doors, the question remains regarding what the future for FOX Soccer Plus will be, and whether FOX Soccer 2Go will morph into FOX Sports GO.

FOX Soccer is still alive but on life support. It’s too early to say “RIP FOX Soccer” until the future of the network is officially confirmed.

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26 Responses to FOX Soccer’s Days Are Numbered With Upcoming Launch of FXX On Sept. 2

  1. Terry says:

    As a FiOS consumer, all the channels switches upset me a bit because Verizon is slow to adapt to quick market changes (e.g., Bein Sports). Verizon is great when the changes are well-planned ahead of time (e.g., MLB Network, NFL Network). Who knows if Verizon will keep Speed when it converts to Fox Sports 1 and has UEFA CL next season?

    • Andrew Beck says:

      If you have Speed I’m pretty sure you’ll get Fox Sports 1. The negotiations between Fox and the cable operators are going to be Fox trying to get their new channels moved into lower tier packages and thus into more homes.

    • Les says:

      Bein Sports is on FIOS now. I was surprised to see it added last week. It’s something like Channel 598.

      • SpH says:

        Is this everywhere? I have FiOS and I live in Philly – I have been watching to see if BeIN was going to show up. Now I want to hustle home and check this out.

        Is it in HD?

        • Tayo says:

          It should be available in philly now. I am in Maryland and its live here. You have to be on the Ultimate package to get it. And yes it is in HD, they also have Bein en espanyol in HD too but you have to be on the la connexion pacakage

  2. Mufc77 says:

    Good riddance to FSC you only have yourselves to blame. Ill be canceling my sports package containing FSC right after the final whistle of the FA cup.

    I can’t wait to see what NBC brings to the table next season.

    • Andrew Beck says:

      Before you cancel, you might want to see what tier they put Fox Sports 1 on. Unless you don’t care about next years FA Cup and Champions League.

      • Mufc77 says:

        That’s what pubs are for.

        • Kobashi says:

          For me 10 dollars a month for the Sports Pack added to my cable bill is more cost effective than going to a pub to watch a game. At the pub I will for sure drink 2 to 4 pints and get some food. A year of the Sports Pack would be 120 dollars which is 5 to 6 trips to the pub at 20 to 25 dollars a pop each time out if I’m getting grub and beers.

          Of course YMMV! :)

    • Yespage says:

      Themselves to blame? I guess that is true, that they lost a bid, but that is about all they did that is to be blamed for. It isn’t as if Fox had the rights stripped from them.

      • Mufc77 says:

        Yeah and if they hadn’t of made the ridiculous Gus Johnson decision maybe id have kept the channel for the FA cup and champions league games.

  3. Fsquid says:

    DirectV has already moved Fox Soccer out of its sports pack in anticipation of the switch.

  4. Terry says:

    So with Fox Soccer about to shut down, where will the FA Cup, Champions League and Europa League games be shown?

    Will Fox Socer Plus also shut down?

    • Yespage says:

      Fox has said Fox Sports I will show that programming. If you read the article, you’d see that the future of FS+ is entirely unknown.

      Clearly losing the EPL hurts keeping that channel alive.

    • The Gaffer says:

      FOX Sports 1 (to launch in August) will show FA Cup, Champions League and Europa League as their schedule allows. No clue about FSP right now.

      Cheers,
      The Gaffer

      • Andrew Beck says:

        Naming their channel Fox Sports 1 makes it very likely that there’s going to be a Fox Sports 2. FSP seems like the logical channel to convert to that.

  5. Cantona says:

    Face it Fox Soccer is Dead. Fox1 will have a multitude of other sports for its network… Bottom line: less football. I doubt we will see as many FA Cup matches again until the rights change hands. Be prepared for football to be a very low priority for Fox1, back are the days when a Champions League quarter final will be pre-empted for a baseball press conference. This decision was made at the same time they wanted to Americanize European football with Gus Johnson. And for Fox’s soccer a part they brought this upon themselves.. Not upping the bid.. As the incumbent they could have matches NBC but they didn’t. They won’t be missed since the Johnson fiasco I forced myself to view important matches via “other means”.. And things aren’t that bad out there…. So good riddance Fox Soccer.

    Cantona—

    • He's Livid says:

      Fox Soccer brought the EPL to American audiences for many years when no other broadcaster would touch it. They deserve credit for their foresight. And, it has been successful for them overall. Why do you think NBC would overbid by millions to grab the rights? Fox simply could not commit that many dollars to continue, it was beyond their budget.

    • john marzan says:

      I’M okay with gus commenting on games. This is probably his last chance to do EPL before fox loses the rights to NBC.

  6. Matt says:

    so Rob Stone leaves ESPN and within 1-2 years he will probably be doing the same thing he was doing at ESPN, hosting college football games, and probably not even on the cable FOX network :D

    • He's Livid says:

      Stone has a long term contract with Fox Sports. Regardless of what happens with Fox Soccer, he still gets paid. Fox will still be broadcasting soccer for the next couple of years and I’m sure they’ll find something for him to do.

  7. Eplnfl says:

    I feel this is less then bad news than it sounds. With Fox Sports 1 and Fox Sports 2 most likely to follow it really does not change much in style. Soccer program will be strong on the new Fox Sports 1 and likely to increase along with other world sports like rugby once we see Fox Sports 2. We all felt for many years that FSC was not a first rate production now we will see a first rate production from Fox and should all ultimately be much happier in the long run. Additionally with NBC and other players in the soccer market we will have more soccer and in better quality then ever before. ESPN for those who are to focused on Europe has committed at least in the short turn to the Mexican League.

    Lets move beyond branding and look at substance and realize soccer fans are even better served.

    • Cantona says:

      The football lineup will get diluted by other sports on Fox1.. We will never see the plethora of FA Cup matches or Europa league or Champions league games we have these past couple of years. My hope is Directv still is involved and broadcasts them… But the FA Cup won’t be the same… I expect some of these games going back to PPV.

      Cantona—

  8. Dave says:

    Fox presently has the rights to Scottish Premier League and it’s possible they might continue and expand their SPL coverage. Fox has to have at least 1 or 2 European leagues to attract soccer fans for their CL, EL and FA Cup coverage. With Gol TV almost gone Fox might pick up Bundesliga soccer. That would be a big pickup. ESPN presently shows Dutch soccer so it might be that ESPN could sublicense some Dutch games to Fox. Lots of ways for Fox to still remain viable as a soccer network.

    • The Gaffer says:

      Dave, FOX Soccer is going to come to an end as early as this summer. GolTV has Bundesliga rights until 2015. FOX has announced that the CL, EL and FA Cup will be shown on FOX Sports 1 (to launch in August). The SPL rights will probably disappear or someone else will pick them up.

      Cheers,
      The Gaffer

  9. TJ says:

    Apparently Fox Soccer Plus is staying.

    http://www.multichannel.com/cable-tv-conventions/qa-fox-sports-1-execs-gear-rollout/143862

    MCN: Soccer: When does Fox Soccer go dark?
    ES: While a lot has been speculated and reported as fact, we haven’t made any announcements about Fox Soccer. Fox Soccer Plus will continue to feature a wide assortment of terrific soccer and rugby matches from UEFA Euro 2016 and 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers, CONCACAF Champions League, Gold Cup, Women’s U17 and U20 tournaments; FA Cup; Hyundai A-League; International Challenge Cup; NWSL; UEFA Europa League; 10 different international rugby tournaments and leagues; plus a variety of related highlight, magazine and original programs.

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