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FOX Sports decides to show Dortmund-Bayern on FX


FOX Sports has made a last-minute U-turn and has decided to broadcast the biggest Bundesliga game of the season between Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich on FX.

Originally, FOX Sports announced on Tuesday that the high-profile game would only be shown on FOX Soccer Plus, the sports network that very few soccer fans in the United States have access to. But after an editorial published on World Soccer Talk on Wednesday questioned why FOX wasn’t showing the game live on its other FOX networks, the executives at FOX Sports decided to make a last minute U-turn and will feature the game both on FX and FOX Soccer Plus.

FX is in 92 million homes in the United States.

In addition to being featured live on FX and FOX Soccer Plus, the game will also be shown live on Saturday at 12:30pm ET on FOX Sports GO, FOX Soccer 2GO and FX Now. The match features the teams placed first and second in the league, and after Bayern Munich’s midweek loss, Dortmund has an excellent opportunity to close the gap with the Bundesliga powerhouse.

SEE MORE: Updated schedule of Bundesliga games on US TV and live streaming

FOX Sports originally planned on showing the game only on FOX Soccer Plus because FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports Net have basketball games scheduled at that time, while FOX Sports 2 has NASCAR. Why the network didn’t decide to take advantage of its relationship with other FOX networks to showcase the game is puzzling given that the network has done that before with the Premier League.

Thankfully, FOX ultimately made the correct decision to feature the game on FX. Credit has to go to the outraged fans who expressed their anger and disappointment with FOX Sports when the original news was announced. It shows that networks do sometimes listen to their subscribers. But you also have to wonder how much pressure, if any, the Bundesliga may have placed on the network given FOX’s poor original decision.

With today’s decision, soccer fans can now look forward to what should be an excellent game between Dortmund and Bayern Munich, which will be commentated by Derek Rae and Owen Hargreaves. FX has the following channel assignments on national video providers: AT&T U-verse – 129 (SD) & 1129 (HD); DIRECTV – 248; DISH Network – 136; Verizon FiOS – 53 (SD) & 553 (HD).

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  1. Chris

    March 8, 2016 at 1:51 pm

    Once again, another classic failure of Fox’s soccer coverage… why on earth should it take a misfit of fans complaining on social media to get Fox to make one decent decision on broadcasting soccer? This is just another case of Fox Sports dropping the ball (or potentially dropping in this case).

    • R.O

      March 9, 2016 at 4:14 pm

      Chris, Yup, and now look at upcoming Europa League games. Not showing any on FS1. No Dortmund vs Tottenham (on FS2, which most people don’t get). No Liverpool vs ManUnited (FS2. See previous note)

      One of these games should be shown on FS1. What’s their excuse? NASCAR? Oh, it’s College Basketball.

      I miss goltv or even Fox Soccer. To bad beinSports didn’t get the Europa League game rights.

  2. Blue Lou

    March 5, 2016 at 7:51 pm

    Don’t dislocate your shoulder patting yourself on the back for getting this game moved, Chris.

  3. R.O

    March 5, 2016 at 1:32 pm

    Who ever the credit goes to (WS Talk, followers and/or Bundesliga) thank you. Also I’m glad Fox is using the English commentators, especially since it’s Derek Rae and not the Fox American commentators. I’ve always enjoyed listening to Rae.

  4. Pat

    March 4, 2016 at 5:53 pm

    This seasons broadcast has been so awful since fox took over. I have Comcast so I don’t get fs2 so there goes 50% of my chances to watch. Then fox decides to cut out multiple games the past few months. Did you think you could replicate the epls success on nbc without effort or advertising? I miss the outdated coverage from Goltv. At least they cared. And if you argue that no one wants to watch soccer on the weekend, you’re dead wrong. I can go to almost any party or family function now and strike up a conversation about the epl. Couldn’t do that 2 years ago.

  5. CTBlues

    March 4, 2016 at 12:10 pm

    And with the little notice Fox won’t be able to advertise that the game is on FX an is banking on people channel surfing or that normally watch FX on Saturday afternoon.

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