Baseball spoils Champions League coverage on FOX, bumping games to other channels

The Major League Baseball playoff between the Astros and Yankees has bumped the UEFA Champions League programming this week off FS1, which has ended up causing a domino-effect for soccer games that will cause confusion and havoc for many soccer fans in the United States.

Tuesday’s match between Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur was originally scheduled to be televised live on FS1, but due to the baseball game, the Champions League match has been bumped to FS2.

That means that the match previously scheduled for FS2 on Tuesday — Manchester City against Napoli — has now been bumped to the regional FOX Sports Net channels.

Worse yet, the Maribor-Liverpool game that was supposed to be on the regional FOX Sports Net channels across the United States will now be shown on FOX Soccer Plus.

Sadly, FOX Sports could have prevented all of this by broadcasting the Real Madrid-Spurs game as scheduled at 2:45pm ET on Tuesday (the Astros-Yankees game wasn’t scheduled to start until after 5pm ET, well after the Madrid-Spurs game would have ended) but instead, FOX Sports decided to air the MLB pre-game show instead.

For Wednesday’s UEFA Champions League games, there are no matches scheduled at 2:45pm ET on FS1 because of another MLB pre-game show, so that means we find Benfica-Manchester United only being available on TV via FOX Deportes, while Barcelona-Olympiakos is on FS2 and Bayern Munich-Celtic is on FOX Soccer Plus.

All programming is subject to change. The listings below are for the Eastern United States time zone.

Here are this week’s UEFA Champions League games on US TV and streaming:

 

Tuesday, October 17

Real Madrid vs. Spurs, 2:45pm, FOX Sports 2, FOX Deportes, DIRECTV NOW, Sling Blue and fubo Premier (7-day free trial)

Manchester City vs. Napoli, 2:45pm, FOX Sports Net, ESPN Deportes, DIRECTV NOW, Sling Blue and fubo Premier (7-day free trial)

Maribor vs. Liverpool, 2:45pm, FOX Soccer Plus and fubo Premier (7-day free trial)

APOEL vs. Dortmund, 2:45pm, FOX Soccer Match Pass, ESPN3 and Sling Orange (free trial)

Monaco vs. Besiktas, 2:45pm, FOX Soccer Match Pass, ESPN3 and Sling Orange (free trial)

Feyenoord vs. Shakhtar Donetsk, 2:45pm, FOX Soccer Match Pass, ESPN3 and Sling Orange (free trial)

Spartak Moscow vs. Sevilla, 2:45pm, FOX Soccer Match Pass, ESPN3 and Sling Orange (free trial)

RB Leipzig vs. Porto, 2:45pm, FOX Soccer Match Pass and Facebook Live

 

 

Wednesday, October 18

Qarabag vs. Atletico, Noon, FOX Soccer Plus, ESPN3, Sling Orange and fubo Premier (7-day free trial)

Barcelona vs. Olympiakos, 2:45pm, FOX Sports 2, ESPN Deportes, DIRECTV NOW, Sling Blue and fubo Premier (7-day free trial)

Benfica vs. Manchester United, 2:45pm, FOX Deportes, Facebook Live, DIRECTV NOW, Sling Blue and fubo Premier (7-day free trial)

Chelsea vs. Roma, 2:45pm, FOX Sports Net, ESPN3, Sling Orange and fubo Premier (7-day free trial)

Bayern Munich vs. Celtic, 2:45pm, FOX Soccer Plus, FOX Soccer Match Pass and fubo Premier (7-day free trial)

Juventus vs. Sporting CP, 2:45pm, FOX Soccer Match Pass, ESPN3 and Sling Orange (free trial)

Anderlecht vs. Paris Saint-Germain, 2:45pm, FOX Soccer Match Pass, ESPN3 and Sling Orange (free trial)

CSKA Moscow vs. Basel, 2:45pm, FOX Soccer Match Pass, ESPN3 and Sling Orange (free trial)

 

SEE MORE: Schedule of UEFA Champions League games on US TV and streaming