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raul-de-quesada.jpgWhile at NSCAA, EPL Talk interviewed Fox Soccer Channel Senior Vice President of Marketing and Communications and Creative Services Raul de Quesada. Here’s what we learned from Raul and other Fox representatives:

  • To find out which matches your local Fox Soccer Channel Viewing Party location will be showing, you’ll need to visit the pub’s website or call them directly. Not all of the matches will be viewing parties, but the ones that are will feature free giveaways and prizes.
  • Fox Soccer Channel hasn’t announced any California locations yet due to complex California State rules that say that free giveaways have to be valued at less than 50 cents. Bloody California!
  • The news we broke a few weeks ago about Fox Soccer Channel and Setanta Sports sharing coverage of the FA Cup beginning next week is a synergy, according to de Quesada. However, it won’t mean that FSC will stop showing pay-per-view matches. It’ll only mean there’ll be fewer of them on PPV.
  • No word on HD from Fox Soccer Channel, but one interesting note is that their studio in southern California is not wired for HD, so all of the shows they produce there cannot be HD until they upgrade.
  • While Fox Soccer Channel considers their relationship with Setanta Sports a “synergy,” Fox considers GolTV a competitor according to de Quesada.
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  1. Kartik

    January 24, 2008 at 1:58 pm

    Does FSW Canada show MLS or not? Or are MLS rights in Canada held by the CBC?

  2. Clynnnog

    January 23, 2008 at 11:56 am

    Interesting about the FSC/Setanta synergy. Here in Canada, we have Fox Sports World Canada a trainwreck of a channel that has no Premiership coverage. Instead we sometimes have International Fight League, Indoor Soccer, US college soccer, two inane round table sports talk shows etc. We do have lots of FA Cup games and Seria A on FSWC, but other than that it isn’t too good.

    As well, I believe our Setanta covers usually 8 premier league games/week (1 game/week is on Rogers Sportsnet and 1 game (Sunday @ 11h00 EST) is on the Score sports channel.

    I never realized that the Mexican GOL coverage was not the highest level.

  3. Stopping In

    January 23, 2008 at 9:25 am

    Of course FSC sees Setanta a synergy while they see GolTV as a competitor.

    Many on this page do not seem to understand the properties owned by FSC and often times offloaded onto Setanta are niche programming whose viewership is limited, and thus FSC can offset their losses on to Setanta a network that shows zero Western Hemisphere based programming.

    Now look at GOL TV. They have the 2nd division in Mexico which certainly garners some viewership. It’s not the Primera division in popularity but it has a following. GOL TV has Guatemala, Columbia, Peru and several other leagues that have an audience.

    FSC has MLS rights, but GOL TV has some very good MLS oriented original programming. Neither network has the Primera Division in Mexico which by a more than two to one margin is the most popular soccer league in the US in terms of television viewership. GOL TV also have La Liga, with two of the more popular club teams in America, while FSC depends on the Premier League.

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