beIN SPORTS is rolling out the red carpet for the opening weekend of Spain’s La Liga. Eight matches will be broadcast live on both beIN SPORTS channels:
Programming note: For viewers in the United States, this weekend’s La Liga games are being shown exclusively on beIN SPORTS, beIN SPORTS Espanol and DishWorld. Even if you don’t have a TV subscription to beIN SPORTS, you can access those channels via online streaming service DishWorld for $10/month. Read our review of DishWorld. And sign up for DishWorld via their website.
Saturday, August 23rd:
1:00pm ET Málaga v Athletic Bilbao
3:00pm ET Sevilla v Valencia
5:00pm ET Almería v Español
Sunday, August 24th:
1:00pm ET Éibar v Real Sociedad
3:00pm ET Barcelona v Elche
5:00pm ET Levante v Villarreal
Monday, August 25tth:
2:00pm ET Real Madrid v Córdoba
4:00pm ET Rayo Vallecano v Atlético Madrid
The two remaining matches will be shown on a delayed basis later in the week:
Granada v Deportivo La Coruña
beINSport-1/Wednesday @ 12:00pm ET
beINSport-ñ/Friday @ 11:00am ET
Celta de Vigo v Getafe
beINSport-ñ/Wednesday @ 11:00am ET
beINSport-1/Friday @ 12:00pm ET
Of course, the weekend really starts on Friday August 22, with the 2nd leg of the Spanish SuperCup, where Atletico Madrid host Real Madrid (1st leg: 1-1). Kickoff is 4:30pm ET with LIVE coverage on ESPN Deportes (English coverage on espn3.com).
In other broadcast news:
GOL-TV kicks off their final season of Bundesliga coverage with 5 live matches for the opening weekend:
Bayern München v VfL Wolfsburg (Friday, 2:30pm ET)
Hannover 96 v FC Schalke 04 (Saturday, 9:30am ET)
Borussia Dortmund v Bayer Leverkusen (Saturday, 12:30pm)
SC Paderborn v FSV Mainz (Sunday, 9:30am)
Borussia M’gladbach v VfB Stuttgart (Sunday, 11:30am)
SportsTV Americas has officially launched by Premium Sports for residential customers via broadband. The service has the rights to all of Portuguese 1st Division clubs except Benfica home matches (which will be available on GOL-TV on a delayed basis only).
Besides Primeira matches, the service will also cover Portuguese 2nd Division as well as domestic cup matches. The cost is $15 per month or $150 for the full season. The website is http://broadband.premiumsports.tv/. This weekend will feature 6 live matches from the Primeira.
Edward Perovic is the publisher of soccertvblog.com – a source for schedules and US TV information for major European Leagues and International competitions.