Category: Soccer On TV

Chivas dropped by Univision from summer 2019 onwards, says source

Liga MX club Chivas will no longer be televised on Univision after the summer of 2019 when the current TV deal ends, according to a source that’s close to the deal. The news came as a surprise to CD Guadalajara. According to Chivas vice-president Amaury Vergara Zatarian, “I cannot officially say we won’t be renewing the contract with Univision or otherwise because the club has not received an official statement from the broadcaster regarding their interest to continue or cease this partnership. We currently have a great partnership with [Univision] and will continue to do so as long [as] possible ... Read more

FAQ on Bleacher Report Live, the new home of the UEFA Champions League online in USA

Q: What is Bleacher Report Live? A: Bleacher Report Live is a brand-new legal streaming service that will broadcast sports to consumers in the United States. Bleacher Report Live, or B/R Live, will be a subscription service (pricing to be announced). Q: Why should soccer fans be aware of it? A: Beginning with the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League and Europa League seasons, Turner Sports will be the exclusive rights holder to the competitions in the United States. With Turner Sports owning Bleacher Report (who they bought for a reported $175 million in 2012), Turner has decided to stream most of ... Read more

Schedule of soccer friendlies during international break on US TV and streaming

With the top soccer leagues from around the world taking a break until the end of the month, it’s time for the national teams to start preparing for this summer’s World Cup with a string of friendlies that will be played in all corners of the globe. In total, there are over 20 matches will be aired live on US television and/or streaming. On paper, some of the most highly-anticipated games include Russia-Brazil, Italy-Argentina, Germany-Spain, France-Colombia, Germany-Brazil, England-Italy, Spain-Argentina and Mexico-Croatia. Plus the USA will field a very young side against Paraguay in a match that should give several debuts ... Read more

FOX gears up for World Cup with films and ad campaign

FOX Sports is beginning to gear up for its coverage of 2018 FIFA World Cup with a series of films as well as a soon-to-be-released advertising campaign that will emphasize the most marketable stars in the United States featuring Messi, Neymar, Ronaldo and Chicharito. The advertising campaign, entitled The World Becomes The World Cup, is expected to be unveiled in early March. In addition to promoting its unprecedented coverage from Russia, which will include more than 350 hours of programming, FOX Sports plans to emphasize how it’ll feature the iconic players, the best teams in the world and most compelling ... Read more

Man City-Arsenal League Cup final delivers strong numbers for ESPN and ESPN Deportes

The 2018 League Cup final between Manchester City and Arsenal averaged 789,000 viewers across ESPN and ESPN Deportes, up 50 percent compared to the 526,000 viewers who watched the 2017 cup final on beIN SPORTS and beIN SPORTS En Espanol. In the 3-0 Manchester City FC victory over Arsenal FC at the historic Wembley Stadium on February 25, the match announcers for the ESPN broadcast were Mark Donaldson and Craig Burley. The English-language telecast delivered 672,000 average viewers on ESPN, nearly three times the audience for the final in 2017 (230,000 viewers). The game on ESPN Deportes delivered an average ... Read more

Eredivisie now available in USA via OZ streaming service

After a long and frustrating time of no Eredivisie games available to soccer fans in the United States, a legal streaming service named OZ is now making select games available. Whether you’re a supporter of PSV Eindhoven, Ajax, Feyenoord or any of the Dutch teams, you’ll be glad to know that the wait is finally over. In previous years, US rights to the Eredivisie have jumped around from Univision Deportes and ESPN3 to NGSN, GolTV and the FOX Soccer Channel. But thankfully a new home has been found. Based in Iceland, OZ streams select Eredivisie games. Plus the streaming service ... Read more

The future of soccer broadcasting is going to get expensive for consumers

In the next five years, we are certain to see more volatility in the way soccer is broadcast and delivered to US audiences. As the broadcast and media industry in the United States continues to evolve in order to adjust to new realities in terms of audiences, it’s likely that change will be a common theme for the next several years as well as adding more confusing for consumers as they try to watch their favorite club, league or tournament. It will undoubtedly also get more expensive to be a soccer fan in the United States due to these changes. ... Read more

IMG combining FA Cup TV rights with Serie A to try to force sale in USA, says source

With the current TV and streaming rights deals for both The FA Cup and Serie A expiring at the end of this season in the United States, media broker IMG is having such a difficult time trying to sell the FA Cup rights that they’re now offering the FA Cup and Serie A rights together to try to land a deal, according to a World Soccer Talk source. In April 2017, we reported that representatives from The FA had met with FOX Sports, NBC Sports and ESPN to present what the TV and streaming rights would include for the 2018/19 ... Read more