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La Liga US TV Listings for Jornada 10: Nov. 7 and Nov. 8

La Liga 2009-10With the confusing TV schedules for La Liga in the United States every week, it is quite difficult to figure out who is playing when and on what channel.  Every Friday, I will lay out the TV schedule so that every fan of La Liga has a place to go to see when and where their favorite team will play.  Here is the schedule for Jornada 10 of La Liga:

The times listed are Eastern Standard Time (EST) and include the pregame pleasantries, although sometimes the matches on the DIRECTV La Liga specific channels may not go to match coverage until right before kickoff.

Nov. 7

Tenerife vs. Málaga – 11:45 AM on DIRECTV channel 456

Getafe vs. Deportivo La Coruña – 11:55 AM on ESPN Deportes/ESPN 360

Barcelona vs. Mallorca – 1:55 PM on GOL TV

Atlético Madrid vs. Real Madrid – 3:55 PM on ESPN Deportes/ESPN 360

Nov. 8

Sporting Gijón vs. Espanyol – 10:45 AM on DIRECTV channel 457

Racing Santander vs. Athletic Bilbao – 10:45 AM on DIRECTV channel 456

Almería vs. Osasuna – 10:55 AM on GOL TV

Valencia vs. Real Zaragoza – 12:55 PM on ESPN2/ESPN Deportes/ESPN 360

Sevilla vs. Villarreal – 2:55 PM on GOL TV

Sorry for those Real Valladolid and Xerez supporters, their match against each other will not be shown on US TV.

As an extra aside, GOL TV and ESPN will also show second legs of the Copa del Rey Round of 32 in the mid-week, including Alcorcón’s bid to complete the shock of Real Madrid.  Here are those fixtures:

Copa del Rey

Real Madrid vs. Alcorcón – Tuesday, November 10 at 1:55 PM on GOL TV (Real Madrid 0-4 Alcorcón after the first leg)

Barcelona vs. Cultural Leonesa – Tuesday, November 10 at 3:55 on ESPN Deportes/ESPN 360 (Barcelona 2-0 Cultural Leonesa afther the first leg)

Athletic Bilbao vs. Rayo Vallecano – Wednesday, November 11 at 2:55 PM on GOL TV (Athletic Bilbao 0-2 Rayo Vallecano after the first leg)

Almería vs. Hércules – Thursday, November 12 at 2:55 on GOL TV (Almería 1-2 Hércules after the first leg)

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  1. Andy Pineda

    November 7, 2009 at 12:51 pm

    Jeff, for your first couple of questions, ESPN and GOL TV alternate showing Real Madrid and Barcelona every round. This weekend, Real will be on the ESPN family of networks whereas Barcelona will be on GOL TV. The next slot of games, which will be two weeks from now due to the international break next week, will have Barcelona on some form of ESPN and Real Madrid on GOL TV.

    As for your last question, timing is everything. Any Saturday matches that ESPN shows will not be on ESPN or ESPN2 at least through the beginning of January because of college football. After college football, college basketball takes the stage, and that may or may not interfere with the La Liga matches on ESPN through mid-March. The Sunday matches to which ESPN has rights are a different story. They do show these on ESPN/ESPN2 a vast majority of the time, but sometimes, other programming takes precedence. ESPN2 will show the Valencia – Real Zaragoza match at 12:55 PM EST on Sunday, so there are efforts by ESPN to show these games on their two main channels.

    A final point. GOL TV and ESPN are at the mercy of the schedule set by the LFP, the governing body of La Liga. If Real Madrid and Barcelona play on the same day, GOL TV and ESPN splits the two teams, and if this day is a Saturday, the ESPN game will be on ESPN Deportes/ESPN 360 and not on ESPN/ESPN2 because of college football now or college basketball later in the season. Such is the case today where Barcelona plays at 2:00 PM EST and Real Madrid plays at 4:00 EST. It’s GOL TV’s week to have Barcelona and ESPN to have Real Madrid, so for those who don’t have ESPN Deportes or ESPN 360, all I can say is to watch the highlights on La Liga 360 at 9:00 on GOL TV. It is unfortunate and obviously not ideal, but it’s better than nothing. Sorry about your situation, but I hope this helps in answering your questions.

    • Jeff

      November 8, 2009 at 8:25 am

      Thank you for the explanation Andy. The problem is I don’t think GOL TV and ESPN are swapping the Real Madrid and Barcelona matches every other week. It seems like every week Real Madrid is on ESPN Deportes/ESPN 360 and Barcelona is on Gol TV. But maybe I’m wrong. That is just what I noticed. Any chance you could interview someone from GOL TV again and find out why we can’t get both of these great teams on US TV in English every week as it has been for past years?

  2. Jeff

    November 7, 2009 at 11:14 am

    Thank you for this information. But the La Liga US TV schedule this year has been really disappointing. Why are the Real Madrid games only shown on ESPN Deportes and 360? This is ridiculous. What is going on with Gol TV? Do they not have the rights to Real Madrid games this season? And why wouldn’t ESPN put their games on ESPN1 or 2?

  3. texanspaniard

    November 6, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    Thanks a ton! This kind of info is incredibly helpful!

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    November 6, 2009 at 12:26 pm

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  5. Hattrick

    November 6, 2009 at 8:59 am

    Thank you!

  6. Efrain

    November 6, 2009 at 8:50 am

    Thanks for the info. Very helpful to us Liga fans!

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