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UPDATE: Several FOX Affiliates Decide Not To Show Arsenal-Spurs FA Cup Match Live On TV

UPDATED: Despite regularly having some of the best TV ratings in the country for soccer programming, as well as all the hype from David Beckham romancing investors and politicians in hopes of finding a stadium for his Miami MLS team, the City of Miami won’t be televising the live FA Cup match between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur at Noon ET.

The match, which is being shown live on the over-the-air FOX network across the United States, will not be seen by viewers in Miami because FOX affiliate WSVN has decided it’s better to show infomercials for the Hurricane Mop and Nutribullet.

Instead, WSVN will air the game on Sunday night from midnight to 2:30am ET.

Not only is Miami impacted, but there are reports of several other FOX affiliates around the country who have decided to show other programming.

According to @bubbaprog, here are the other FOX affiliates impacted around the country:

— Amarillo, TX FOX affiliate is airing an infomercial for “DermaWand”
— Augusta GA FOX affiliate is airing Pitt-NC State game instead of FA Cup.
— Chico, CA is airing something called “The Coolest Places On Earth”
— Clarksburg, WV Fox affiliate is airing “Friends.”
— WFXP in Erie PA is airing “Larry King Special Report.”
— Iowa City is airing something called “Middle.”
— Joplin, MO FOX affiliate is airing “Friends.”

This isn’t the first time that Miami’s WSVN has thumbed its nose at soccer coverage. In January 2013, WSVN — owned by Sunbeam Television — decided to air local programming instead of the West Ham United-Manchester United Third Round FA Cup game. However, WSVN showed the game live on its D2 station, but WSVN-D2 is not scheduled to show Arsenal-Spurs today. Plus, in January 2012, FOX affiliate WSVN aired religious programming instead of Chelsea against Manchester United.

If you do live in WSVN’s coverage area of Miami-Fort Lauderdale area, one alternative is to drive 60 miles north to West Palm Beach to find a bar that’s showing the game on FOX affiliate WFLX. Or you can $20 and watch the game live on FOX Soccer 2Go. Or you can watch the game on FOX Deportes with Spanish-language commentary.

Unfortunately, the issue with FOX affiliates not showing particular FA Cup games is not uncommon. For the 2013 FA Cup Final between Wigan and Manchester City, TV networks in Hartford and Indianapolis showed the game on delay, for example.

For soccer fans who live outside the Miami-Fort Lauderdale area, check your local listings to make sure that your local FOX affiliate is showing the game. Schedules are always subject to change.

Don’t forget that in addition to FA Cup rights, FOX also has US TV rights to World Cup 2018 and World Cup 2014 as well as the UEFA Champions League and other competitions. Whenever games are shown on the free-to-air FOX network, there’s always the risk that some of the affiliates won’t show games.

Meanwhile, someone should tell David Beckham that the team he supported as a kid is not being televised live on English-language television in the city he plans on investing in.

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  1. NashRambler

    January 7, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    Also, the match will be streamed live on via its Live Extra section or Mobile App.

  2. NashRambler

    January 6, 2014 at 10:28 am

    In contrast of the match being not aired on Saturday on the NBC affiliate in Albany, New York, you will see highlights on or on our Saturday Night and Sunday Morning Replays on the NBC Sports Network.

  3. NashRambler

    January 6, 2014 at 10:26 am

    It’s A Conflict between ACC Basketball and NBC Sports so in contrast, the match between Manchester and Swansea will not be seen on the NBC affiliate in Albany, New York on Saturday between 12:30 to 3:00 pm and after the ACC Game it will be a double-run of The Cosby Show starring Bill Cosby.

  4. NashRambler

    January 6, 2014 at 8:04 am

    Albany, New York NBC affiliate WNYT-TV will not show Saturday’s English Premier League Soccer Match between Manchester and Swansea at 12:30 pm because of ACC Basketball.

    • NashRambler

      January 6, 2014 at 10:18 am

      That’s a shame that the NBC affiliate will not show Manchester and Swansea, because it will be never aired, unless you will get the Saturday Night and Sunday Morning Replay on The NBC Sports Network.

  5. NashRambler

    January 5, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    The Fox affiliate in Nashville aired the match. I have to compliment the Fox Network broadcast of the Arsenal v Spurs match for not running the ticker at the bottom of the screen unlike the Fox Sports 1 FA Cup matches which all seemed to have the ticker.

    The other thing I appreciate about the Fox Network broadcast is that it was shown in letterbox format on Standard Definition TV which results in a much better picture quality. I am in a home with one HD set so I’m usually stuck watching soccer on one of our old SD sets. The EPL matches on NBC over-the-air are not letterbox which results in a really crappy picture quality on a SD set.

  6. James Cieloha

    January 4, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    I would rather see Ed Ansin have his stations bought by other broadcasters with NBC buying WSVN to turn into an NBC O&O station and connected with the Telemundo station with FOX buying WTVJ from NBC and turn it into an FOX O&O station and NBC also buy WHDH with it turning into an O&O station and FOX also buy WLVI with it turning into a MYNET affiliate with WSBK picking up the CW affiliation.

  7. FootySF

    January 4, 2014 at 4:12 pm

    Shameful decision by Fox affiliates.

    If you live in an area that didn’t show the match, be sure you are vocal on that station (and Fox) social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc) about it. Call the station and complain.

    Squeaky wheel and all that. They do it because they think no one will care. Show them their wrong.

    • FootySF

      January 4, 2014 at 4:14 pm

      er, they’re wrong. Amazing what a few pints will do to one’s spelling.

  8. Aaron Quevedo

    January 4, 2014 at 3:07 pm

    WJZY FOX46 in Charlotte, NC showed the match today, and to be honest, that’s really messed up that a local FOX station preempted a match over a stupid infomercial, or a movie. I pray that NBC would get the rights to the FA Cup as well.

    • Rick

      January 4, 2014 at 6:20 pm

      Refer to comment above I made previously, this happened on an affiliate NBC with a Premier League fixture the week of Thanksgiving. It’s a bit more complicated than people are making it out to be but these situations eventually fix themselves, especially with the high cost of broadcast rights to get sports exclusively. It is rare that they happen at all, but local stations are brought into line by the major networks one way or the other.

  9. dano328

    January 4, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    Strange how beIN Sport is Miami based and it’s a cosmopolitan city for the most part. All the footballers vacation there so as not to get noticed by WASP. But it’s a hub for Central America as well.

  10. Donaldinho

    January 4, 2014 at 2:57 pm

    Fox can’t keep relying on the whims of local affiliates for its soccer broadcasts. They should have aired the FA Cup match on Fox Sports 1 and aired college basketball on Fox. Local affiliates wouldn’t blackout the basketball game, soccer fans get their match, everybody wins.

    I really hope The Gaffer and other journalists start criticizing Fox for the stark drop-off in the quantity and quality of its FA Cup & UCL coverage this season. The elimination of Fox Soccer Channel has turned out to be awful for soccer fans, as Fox’s current stable of channels simply isn’t picking up the slack.

    • dano328

      January 4, 2014 at 3:04 pm

      NBC needs a daily show. I watched Fox Soccer News everyday and miss it. That half hour show that Fox does when convenient isn’t cutting it. Where is Bobby McMan?

  11. Cantona

    January 4, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    EX pat shield… VPN… ITV SPORT

    nuff said… dont bother with the jokers at Fox.. at least they the commentary team was solid.. but this is just temporary until their basketball announcer is free to ruin European footy in the USA.


  12. MM

    January 4, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    You can watch it on Fox Deportes if you get that channel.

  13. hanoverboxer

    January 4, 2014 at 11:57 am

    I didn’t know Fox had the World Cup this year, I thought it was ESPN. Well that’s cool, ‘cos I’ll be able to watch the World Cup on FoxSoccer2Go, since I don’t have a tv. Thanks for the info!

    • Rick

      January 4, 2014 at 12:10 pm

      Nope, still ESPN in 2014.

      • hanoverboxer

        January 4, 2014 at 12:11 pm

        Oh. Drats.

  14. Jim

    January 4, 2014 at 11:56 am


  15. Sam

    January 4, 2014 at 11:42 am


    I live in Palm Beach county and I would be able to see this game regularly, but today, I just happen to be visiting my family in Miami. I have effectively been screwed out of a humongous spurs game because of this horrible decision. The local network will be hearing from me. I cannot believe this. It’s mind boggling and disgusting and it’s ruined my day – I don’t know how anyone could succeed with soccer in a place that won’t show this game.

  16. Rick

    January 4, 2014 at 11:42 am

    Fox is not the only network this has happened to this year. The NBC affiliate in Shreveport-Bossier did the same thing in November around Thanksgiving with a Premier League game; ironic since the cable system in Shreveport is Comcast. The only relief was that the game was that it was available on Extra. This is not something abnormal but rare in American television that networks do this for any event. However, networks do take notice and punish the Networks that do it.

  17. Nature Guy

    January 4, 2014 at 10:41 am

    The local Fox affiliate in Tampa IS airing (free-to-air) the Arsenal v Spurs match at noon (ET.)

  18. Dean Stell

    January 4, 2014 at 10:35 am

    Sorry to hear that for folks living in some of these areas. What a weird relic this system of Networks + Local Affiliates is. I mean, it probably made sense when the system was designed in the 1950s or whenever, but it’s just been patched up every since. If you designed a TV deliver system from scratch in 2014, it would not include local affiliates.

    • sucka99

      January 5, 2014 at 2:29 pm

      As someone who hates it when scheduled events are preempted by local stations, I’ll be glad when the day comes that ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox are just another cable station. Come on Barry Diller!

  19. Len F

    January 4, 2014 at 10:23 am

    Another option is that FOX Soccer Plus is re-airing the match tonight at 10:30 pm ET.

    • Daniel Feuerstein

      January 4, 2014 at 1:51 pm

      That’s definitely not an option when you want to watch it live and available on Fox National.

  20. My Heart Is White

    January 4, 2014 at 10:16 am

    Can you watch it on live streaming sites? If so, just do that

  21. EPLNFL

    January 4, 2014 at 10:13 am

    Well giveN that it is going to get down to -20f here in Chicago you CAN NOT GET SCREWED LIVING IN MIAMI.

    • Flyvanescence

      January 4, 2014 at 10:18 am

      Thank you, sir. Ill take having to drive to a pub for Miami’s climate.

      work in a foot of snow yesterday kinda sucked.

      • EPLNFL

        January 4, 2014 at 2:34 pm

        Thank you for seeing my point. 🙂

    • Dean Stell

      January 4, 2014 at 10:33 am

      Good point. In Miami you always have the alternative entertainment of going outside. 🙂

  22. Kartik Krishnaiyer

    January 4, 2014 at 10:12 am

    Let’s hope Becks isn’t in town! Spurs his boyhood club, his son an Arsenal supporter (I think). Would sour him on the market surely!

  23. Gabe

    January 4, 2014 at 10:09 am

    Same situation in Houston… The local FOX26 is airing a movie… Miss Nobody…

    • dano328

      January 4, 2014 at 2:50 pm

      Tea Party types and other ultra conservatives are proud that the USA doesn’t conform to what they see as liberal globalization. Soccer is seen by some as a European influence. Remember Freedom Fries instead of French Fries? I would guess most of the owners of these TV stations are straight ticket Republicans. Glen Beck went on anti Soccer rants during the 2010 World Cup. I’m probably preaching to the choir here.

      • Mark Williamson

        January 5, 2014 at 8:24 am

        No you are not! I belong to the Tea Party and I LOVE the game and do not fear that football, yes football, is trying to influence our society. It is people like you that are just as bad as the Becks of this world that make mundane comments like this that cause divis

    • Gabe

      January 5, 2014 at 8:48 pm

      NB:Fox26 Houston actually aired the game they just didn’t make the change on the tv guide … Good thing that I programmed the DVR…

  24. sucka99

    January 4, 2014 at 9:51 am

    I always thought that non O&O affiliates   had to air network programming if given a 6 month advance. Maybe Fox was too late? Fox always seems to have this problem with affiliates not falling into line. Or running wall to wall weather coverage like KMSP.

    Maybe Fox should just stick to the cable channels when it comes to soccer.

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