FOX goes all in on Bundesliga with 8 live games scheduled for FOX network in 2016

After struggling with poor TV viewing figures for live Bundesliga games so far this season, FOX Sports has decided to throw a “Hail Mary” and show 8 Bundesliga games live on the over-the-air FOX network in 2016.

The games will be shown from January through May in the second half of the 2015/16 Bundesliga season.

The bold move by FOX will hopefully resuscitate the viewing figures for Bundesliga games on US TV, which so far have averaged less than 50,000 viewers per live game on English-language television. The outlier was the Bayern Munich-Augsburg game from September 13, which generated 926,000 viewers when it was shown on tape delay on FOX on the opening weekend of the NFL season.

Whether the pressure to put the 8 games on the main FOX network is a result of disappointment from the Deutsche Fussball Liga or internal pressure within FOX to fix failing numbers, it’s unclear. But the bold move means that the Bundesliga will get more live games on the over-the-air network than any other soccer league FOX has broadcast before in the United States.

SEE MORE: Poor Bundesliga TV ratings illustrate a bigger problem for FOX Sports.

The TV schedule is as follows:

Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016
12:00 PM – 2:30 PM ET

Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016
12:00 PM – 2:30 PM ET

Saturday, March 19, 2016
1:00 PM – 3:30 PM ET

Saturday, April 2, 2016
12:00 PM – 2:30 PM ET

Saturday, April 9, 2016
12:00 PM – 2:30 PM ET

Saturday, April 16, 2016
12:00 PM – 2:30 PM ET

Saturday, May 7, 2016
9:00 AM – 11:30 AM ET

Saturday, May 14, 2016
9:00 AM – 11:30 AM ET

The DFL hasn’t yet announced which games will be played during those times. Unfortunately for FOX and the Bundesliga, the March 4th game between Dortmund and Bayern Munich won’t be on the over-the-air FOX network.

SEE MORE: View the Bundesliga TV schedule for viewers in the US.

The biggest challenge that FOX Sports has faced this season with the Bundesliga is that the schedule overlaps with the most-watched English-language soccer league in the United States, the Premier League, which is shown on NBC Sports. Most soccer fans respect the German league and have an interest in watching it, but when faced with a choice of watching a league that fans have invested themselves in for several years, the gap is too much to expect soccer fans to change their allegiances and to watch the Bundesliga instead.

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