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Baseball spoils Champions League coverage on FOX

The Major League Baseball playoff between the Astros and Yankees has bumped the UEFA Champions League programming this week off FS1, which has ended up causing a domino-effect for soccer games that will cause confusion and havoc for many soccer fans in the United States.

Tuesday’s match between Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur was originally scheduled to be televised live on FS1, but due to the baseball game, the Champions League match has been bumped to FS2.

That means that the match previously scheduled for FS2 on Tuesday — Manchester City against Napoli — has now been bumped to the regional FOX Sports Net channels.

Worse yet, the Maribor-Liverpool game that was supposed to be on the regional FOX Sports Net channels across the United States will now be shown on FOX Soccer Plus.

Sadly, FOX Sports could have prevented all of this by broadcasting the Real Madrid-Spurs game as scheduled at 2:45pm ET on Tuesday (the Astros-Yankees game wasn’t scheduled to start until after 5pm ET, well after the Madrid-Spurs game would have ended) but instead, FOX Sports decided to air the MLB pre-game show instead.

For Wednesday’s UEFA Champions League games, there are no matches scheduled at 2:45pm ET on FS1 because of another MLB pre-game show, so that means we find Benfica-Manchester United only being available on TV via FOX Deportes, while Barcelona-Olympiakos is on FS2 and Bayern Munich-Celtic is on FOX Soccer Plus.

All programming is subject to change. The listings below are for the Eastern United States time zone.

Here are this week’s UEFA Champions League games on US TV and streaming:


Tuesday, October 17

Real Madrid vs. Spurs, 2:45pm, FOX Sports 2, FOX Deportes, DIRECTV NOW, Sling Blue and fubo Premier (7-day free trial)

Manchester City vs. Napoli, 2:45pm, FOX Sports Net, ESPN Deportes, DIRECTV NOW, Sling Blue and fubo Premier (7-day free trial)

Maribor vs. Liverpool, 2:45pm, FOX Soccer Plus and fubo Premier (7-day free trial)

APOEL vs. Dortmund, 2:45pm, FOX Soccer Match Pass, ESPN3 and Sling Orange (free trial)

Monaco vs. Besiktas, 2:45pm, FOX Soccer Match Pass, ESPN3 and Sling Orange (free trial)

Feyenoord vs. Shakhtar Donetsk, 2:45pm, FOX Soccer Match Pass, ESPN3 and Sling Orange (free trial)

Spartak Moscow vs. Sevilla, 2:45pm, FOX Soccer Match Pass, ESPN3 and Sling Orange (free trial)

RB Leipzig vs. Porto, 2:45pm, FOX Soccer Match Pass and Facebook Live



Wednesday, October 18

Qarabag vs. Atletico, Noon, FOX Soccer Plus, ESPN3, Sling Orange and fubo Premier (7-day free trial)

Barcelona vs. Olympiakos, 2:45pm, FOX Sports 2, ESPN Deportes, DIRECTV NOW, Sling Blue and fubo Premier (7-day free trial)

Benfica vs. Manchester United, 2:45pm, FOX Deportes, Facebook Live, DIRECTV NOW, Sling Blue and fubo Premier (7-day free trial)

Chelsea vs. Roma, 2:45pm, FOX Sports Net, ESPN3, Sling Orange and fubo Premier (7-day free trial)

Bayern Munich vs. Celtic, 2:45pm, FOX Soccer Plus, FOX Soccer Match Pass and fubo Premier (7-day free trial)

Juventus vs. Sporting CP, 2:45pm, FOX Soccer Match Pass, ESPN3 and Sling Orange (free trial)

Anderlecht vs. Paris Saint-Germain, 2:45pm, FOX Soccer Match Pass, ESPN3 and Sling Orange (free trial)

CSKA Moscow vs. Basel, 2:45pm, FOX Soccer Match Pass, ESPN3 and Sling Orange (free trial)


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  1. Evan

    October 18, 2017 at 5:27 pm

    I remember when LCS games were on FOX, before FS1 was around.
    Why didn’t they just put the LCS on FOX? Then all this mumbo jumbo could be avoided because FS1 would be available.

  2. TonyG

    October 17, 2017 at 10:40 am

    As a Gooner, I’ll probably watch the basketball game (Spurs/Real? Bleh! That’s where I root for the post). I did notice that BVB’s CL match is listed on WatchESPN for some reason (proof again that I don’t understand how rights work).

  3. Eddie

    October 17, 2017 at 12:58 am

    What’s really odd about this article is that TBS is airing the NLCS game at 9:00 tomorrow against the NBA Opening games at 8:00 and 10:30 on its sister network TNT. That means it actually would have benefitted Turner Sports, Major League Baseball, the National Basketball Association, and FOX Sports for FOX to air the UCL games as scheduled on FS1 and then air the primetime baseball game. (Turner, which owns TBS and TNT, wouldn’t have to cannibalize it’s own ratings; the MLB and NBA would each minimize competition against one of their most valuable properties, and FOX would be able to air the UEFA Champions League as scheduled).

    • cm asia

      October 17, 2017 at 11:20 pm

      Hi, Eddie.

      All good arguments, except…

      MLB wants 5:00 and 9:00 windows for the 2 games Tuesday and Wednesday.

      The only way they can do that is ALCS @ 5:00EDT from NY and NLCS @ 9:00 EDT (8:00CDT in Chicago). They can’t start a game at 9:00 in New York.

      Also, that gets them some prime time on the east coast for the Yankees and some prime time on the west coast for the Dodgers. And all prime time in Chicago.

      If you look at the start times of the ALDS and ALCS, Houston has only been an afterthought

      • cm asia

        October 18, 2017 at 1:07 am

        BTW, I’m not defending FS1’s decision to have a one hour MLB pre-game show.

        A 2:45 EDT start of CL would end before 4:45, allowing for a 20 minute MLB pregame, with CL post-game on FS2 0r RSN’s.

        As others have said, the FOX suits have determined there is more money with a 60 minute MLB pre-game.

        • Oliver Tse

          October 18, 2017 at 3:06 am

          The UEFA CL is a LAME DUCK at FOX.

          By bumping it to FS2, FOX can save money by having only 2 pundits instead of 3 in the studio, as FS2-only pre-match shows are done from the “newsroom” set with a 3-person desk instead of the “spaceship” set with 4-person (and sometimes 5-person) desk.

  4. Paulie B

    October 16, 2017 at 7:28 pm

    NESN changed their listing from Liverpool to the Man City match. No irony there.

    • David K.

      October 18, 2017 at 9:46 am

      Yes! So disappointed to come home to a dvr match that is for the wrong team. NESN shows a ton of Liverpool stuff and shows from LFC TV. Would love to know what happened!

  5. Daniel

    October 16, 2017 at 2:26 pm

    its just going to be worse when turner takes over

  6. Ross Wilkers

    October 16, 2017 at 10:22 am

    Could see the same thing next year when Turner takes over the coverage. They hold some postseason baseball rights also.

    • Eddie

      October 16, 2017 at 11:39 am

      I’m not sure how turner will handle for next year during next year coverage mlb postseason during UEFA soccer on turner.

    • CTBlues

      October 16, 2017 at 2:24 pm

      Isn’t Turner using TruTV for the Champions League next year? Turner shows MLB on TBS because that used to be the Braves broadcast channel before it got a national broadcast deal with the MLB.

      • Oliver Tse

        October 16, 2017 at 2:33 pm

        Turner will only use truTV for UEFA CL from Group Stage through Quarterfinal. Major League Baseball (on TBS, with overflow on TNT) will have no effect on CL.

        Most viewers will watch UEFA CL on Univision Deportes Network, UniMas, and Deportes App. Univision will hire its own announcers and studio talent while Turner will use World Feed announcers (I continue to project Turner’s studio talent to be Kate Riley and Carlos Bocanegra.)

  7. Saints Fan

    October 16, 2017 at 9:05 am

    Why the shock-horror story?
    Baseball is more popular in the USA than Soccer. Especially post-season baseball.
    If you support a team who plays in the Champions League you probably see 99% of your teams games on TV anyway. In the USA. I’d say that is a pretty damn good deal.

  8. Eddie

    October 15, 2017 at 8:11 pm

    that was mess coverge and they could put onn fx and fxx and i hope turner will do same thing about next year postseason coverge for next year on tv on turner.

  9. The Auditor

    October 15, 2017 at 7:45 pm

    People can adjust. It’s not big deal. Fans of every single one of the entities who would watch this are already well versed in this multi platform approach.

  10. Frill Artist

    October 15, 2017 at 7:44 pm

    The fact that Madrid vs Tottenham gets pushed aside for a baseball pre-game show shows you football still has a LONG, LONG, LONG way to go in this country. My God.

    • MAHLUF

      October 16, 2017 at 9:56 am

      All it shows is that more people will watch an MLB Pregame than the Champions League match. It’s simple numbers and the executives who make these decisions know it.

      It’s the same reason that you see NASCAR Pregames preempting Goal Zones on most Sunday’s after PL matches on NBCSN. More eyes = more money.

      These networks are in the business of making money – not making soccer fans happy.

      • Frill Artist

        October 16, 2017 at 3:26 pm

        Yes, I know that. I’m simply saying how much football still has to grow.

  11. R.O

    October 15, 2017 at 7:37 pm

    The real issue is that hardly any Cable providers carry FS2. I’ve tried to get Comcast to carry FS2 in my region since Fox Soccer was shut down (2013) Comcast refuses. I’ve sent e-mails, letter and made phone calls. I pay to have the Sports & Entertainment package they Comcast won’t even add FS2 to that.
    I just hope Fox doesn’t port over any of the World Cup games onto FS2. I don’t understand why Fox doesn’t use FXX, they only show non first run movies.

    • Boss

      October 16, 2017 at 8:23 am

      Cable bundling and the entire TV Sports landscape is as corrupt as a DC politician! Comcast will not add FS2 for political reasons… Left Wing globalist Comcast owns NBC and has scaled back the EPL coverage too while charging for those games they have removed… The elite want to control our information, what we think and what we say…

      • NaBUru38

        October 16, 2017 at 1:54 pm

        I had never heard that soccer was right wing.

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