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TV coverage plans for opening weekend of Championship season

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The 2016/17 season of the Championship kicks off in England this weekend, and beIN SPORTS has you covered as the exclusive rightsholder. In total, four games this weekend will be shown live across the beIN SPORTS networks.

While the opening weekend has 4 Championship matches, expect the number of televised games to decrease from the third gameweek onwards as other leagues around Europe will get priority on beIN SPORTS and beIN SPORTS Español (Ligue Un, La Liga, Serie A, etc). Due to conflicting schedules with other beIN SPORTS properties, the matches often get “demoted” to beIN SPORTS Connect (beIN’s streaming service). Luckily, many more platforms are including access to beIN SPORTS Connect to make the matches more widely available including fuboTV, which provides access to beIN SPORTS Connect even if your TV provider doesn’t.

The Sky Bet Championship features a grueling 46 rounds throughout its season in addition to playoffs. The league features some of the oldest football clubs in the world and numerous talented players within its lineup, each possessing a unique opportunity to eventually land a coveted spot within the Premier League and the riches that accompanies it. The Final is commonly known as the Richest Prize in Sports as the team reaching the EPL will have an increase in revenue of approximately over $150 million per year.

Here’s the schedule for the opening two gameweeks of the 2016/17 Championship season:

Friday, August 5

Fulham vs. Newcastle United, 2:45pm, beIN SPORTS, beIN SPORTS en Español, beIN SPORTS Connect, Sling TV and fuboTV (free trial)

Saturday, August 6

Nottingham Forest vs. Burton Albion, 10am, beIN SPORTS, beIN SPORTS en Español, beIN SPORTS Connect (in Spanish), Sling TV and fuboTV (free trial)

Sunday, August 7

QPR vs. Leeds United, 7am, beIN SPORTS, beIN SPORTS en Español, beIN SPORTS Connect, Sling TV and fuboTV (free trial)

Sheffield Wednesday vs. Aston Villa, 11:30am, beIN SPORTS, beIN SPORTS en Español, beIN SPORTS Connect, Sling TV and fuboTV (free trial)

Wednesday, August 10

Luton vs. Aston Villa (EFL Cup), 2:45pm, beIN SPORTS, beIN SPORTS Connect, Sling TV and fuboTV (free trial)

Fleetwood Town vs. Leeds United (EFL Cup), 2:45pm, beIN SPORTS en Español, beIN SPORTS Connect, Sling TV and fuboTV (free trial)

Thursday, August 11

Bristol Rovers vs. Cardiff City (EFL Cup), 2:45pm, beIN SPORTS, beIN SPORTS en Español, beIN SPORTS Connect, Sling TV and fuboTV (free trial)

Friday, August 12

Brighton vs. Nottingham Forest, 2:45pm, beIN SPORTS Connect and fuboTV (free trial)

Saturday, August 13

Wigan vs. Blackburn, 10am, beIN SPORTS, beIN SPORTS en Español, beIN SPORTS Connect, Sling TV and fuboTV (free trial)

Norwich vs. Sheffield Wednesday, 12:30pm, beIN SPORTS, beIN SPORTS Connect, Sling TV and fuboTV (free trial)

SEE MORE: Schedule of Championship games on US TV and streaming for entire season

 

If you’re wondering about League 1 and League 2 in England, the rights are owned by beIN SPORTS but no coverage of the leagues is made available until the playoffs at the end of the season. The League 1 and League 2 playoff finals for the past 3 seasons have been shown on beIN SPORTS Connect.

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