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CONCACAF Champions League begins with no games in English

CONCACAF Champions League

The 2016-17 CONCACAF Champions League season begins Tuesday, August 2 with no sign of English-language coverage in the United States. FOX Sports’ most recent contract for the CONCACAF Champions League ran from 2012-13 season to 2015-16. There are currently no listings for any matches on any of the FOX Sports channels or their streaming site FOX Soccer 2Go.

Keep in mind that CONCACAF are coming off a huge corruption scandal that saw the last two presidents of the Confederation – Jeffrey Webb and Alfredo Hawitt – arrested. In May 2016, Soccer United Marketing (SUM) was awarded exclusive sponsorship rights to CONCACAF events through 2021. They took over from Traffic Sports who were directly linked to the scandal. This may explain the delay in English-language rights being awarded. For this summer’s Copa America Centenario, SUM went with IMG for the TV distribution and will likely partner with them for CONCACAF Champions League rights as well. But with this year’s tournament only a day away, its very strange not seeing listings for the matches on any English-language network. The situation also brings up a big question, could FOX Sports lose the rights and we see another network become the home of the CCL?

Spanish-language rights are not in question as Univision signed a 10-year deal back in 2012 that sees them holding the rights to the CONCACAF Champions League all the way through the 2021-22 season. This means that US soccer fans will still be able to follow the MLS participants of this year’s tournament – Portland Timbers, Sporting KC, Vancouver Whitecaps, NY Red Bull & FC Dallas – on the Univision Networks as well as streamed live and on-demand via fuboTV and Sling TV.

Ed Perovic is the publisher of soccertvblog.com – a source for schedules and US TV information for major European Leagues and International competitions.

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6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. Bob

    August 23, 2016 at 9:55 pm

    My thinking is that another factor may be the almost total domination in this tournament by Mexican clubs. No US club has reached the semifinal round in the last three years.

    Only the Montreal Impact (who made the final in 2015) were able to shine through the gloom.

  2. Soccertvblog

    August 2, 2016 at 5:52 pm

    UPDATE – It seems that Facebook has made a deal with CONCACAF and will stream the matches for FREE. Check out https://www.facebook.com/concacafcom/.

    It’s still unknown if FOX or any other channels are still negotiating for the English-language rights nor is it known how the Facebook deal affects those possible negotiations.

  3. TheTruth

    August 1, 2016 at 10:37 pm

    Considering the commentators and coverage quality that FOX would probably provide, I don’t think anyone really cares. Univision it is.

    • GS

      August 2, 2016 at 11:25 am

      Honestly I have been watching almost all the Copa America games on Univision since the FOX Sports commentators were not good. I do not mind watching the Univision coverage at all. Would be nice if they did what they do with MLS games on Univison – offer English commentary via the SAP button.

      • CTBlues

        August 2, 2016 at 12:37 pm

        The English commentary via the SAP button on the Univision channels is terrible.

        • Jordan Ali

          August 22, 2016 at 12:36 am

          NBC sports should take it! It would make a HUGE difference
          Also they would make CONCACAF must see tv for sure unlike FOX or even ESPN . NBC sports know how to value a sport. Hopefully CONCACAF uses they’re brain and heart and understand that NBC sports will increase they’re value down the road.

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