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ESPN’s plan is to stream all FA Cup games on ESPN+

Say goodbye to the FA Cup on television in the United States. ESPN’s acquisition of the FA Cup rights in the US will feature all broadcasts streamed on ESPN+ with no plans to air any of the matches on television.

The agreement will bring 79 FA Cup matches – beginning with the First Round in November and running through the Final – exclusively to ESPN+.

While the news that The FA Cup has found a home in the United States after the previous deal ended with FOX Sports, it’s a surprise that ESPN didn’t decide to at least have the semifinals and final on US television. But it’s also a sign that the broadcaster is very confident that ESPN+ will be the go-to streaming platform for a majority of soccer fans. That will be a big change though for many soccer fans who have been accustomed to enjoying the giant killing matches on television.

Coverage of the 2018-19 FA Cup season on ESPN+ will kick off Saturday, Nov. 10, with First Round matches and concludes with the FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium in London on May 18, 2019.

Additional content will be featured across ESPN+ and other ESPN platforms, including FA Cup highlights shows following match days, FA Cup preview shows and live coverage of the FA Cup draws. Furthermore, the semifinals and final matches of the FA Youth Cup – contested by registered clubs featuring players under 18 years of age – will be carried live on ESPN+.

SEE MORE: Schedule of FA Cup games on US streaming

ESPN’s deal to acquire the FA Cup rights comes hot on the heels of the announcements that they’ve acquired the Eredivisie, Chinese Super League, A-League and Serie A.

“Acquiring the FA Cup – the oldest national football competition in the world – further demonstrates our commitment to making ESPN+ a must-have for soccer fans in the U.S.,” said Burke Magnus, Executive Vice President, Programming and Scheduling, ESPN. “With its storied tradition and world-class players and teams, FA Cup will be a signature property in ESPN+’s ever-expanding soccer portfolio.”

Tom Gracey, The FA’s Senior Broadcast Manager said: “The Emirates FA Cup remains the world’s most famous domestic cup competition, with unrivalled appeal both at home and abroad. Thanks to ESPN+, we are delighted that football fans throughout the U.S. will be able to enjoy premium coverage of the competition from the First Round, through to The Final.”

Hillary Mandel, SVP, North America, IMG Media, said: “ESPN is building an outstanding portfolio of top class football from around the world and, in the FA Cup, they have the world’s oldest and most prestigious club tournament. The competition is very special, featuring the minnows of the lower leagues against the likes of the Premier League elite, providing many giant-killings over the years as well as some great cup finals at Wembley. In ESPN, the FA has a great partner who will both showcase and maximize awareness of the competition for the US audience.”

The FA Cup, also called The Football Association Challenge Cup, is the annual knockout competition in English soccer. First played in the 1871-72 season, the competition is open to all registered – professional and non-professional – teams in England. This season (2018-19), more than 700 clubs will compete in the FA Cup.

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101 Comments

101 Comments

  1. Ben

    November 2, 2019 at 12:06 am

    FA Cup returns to ESPN+ with Round 1 fixtures starting November 8.

  2. Ben Voodoo

    December 17, 2018 at 1:43 pm

    FYI, ESPN+ plans to have EVERY TIE of the FA Cup 3rd round availiable for viewing next month.

  3. Paul

    September 4, 2018 at 10:03 am

    The match selected for the FA Cup First Qualifying Round on September 8 is Maltby Main vs Frickley Athletic, kick off 7:30a Eastern. The two teams where formed and are based in former mining areas and around 20 miles apart, so this is a local derby with the added interest of mining community rivalry. The game can be watched on BBC iPlayer or website using a VPN.

  4. Mccort912

    August 23, 2018 at 8:56 am

    Chris,

    Do you know if ESPN deportes or anyone else has picked up the Spanish rights to the FA cup?

  5. Paul

    August 19, 2018 at 10:31 pm

    If you have a VPN then there is always the BBC for FA Cup games and they are showing a match from each qualifying round as well. The qualifying began last weekend with the next round of matches on August 25.

    • theoranjeboy

      August 21, 2018 at 12:51 pm

      Paul, could you explain a bit more on this? How this works so we can have this as an option if anyone wants to go for this?

      • Paul

        August 21, 2018 at 1:55 pm

        Sure. You need a VPN so you can get a UK IP address. The selected game, and for the Preliminary Round on Saturday August 25 it is Prestwich Heys vs Radcliffe,, go to https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football and select the FA Cup tab. There should be a link on that page around kick off time, which is 07:30 Eastern. It will probably be a one camera broadcast but with full commentary

        Info on this match: Prestwich Heys play in the Northern Premier League Division One West (tier 8) and Radcliffe play in North West Counties League Division One North. (tier 10)..

        Hope this helps.

        • Paul

          August 21, 2018 at 2:10 pm

          A second option which I remembered after I posted my reply, also requires a VPN. If you have an Android device, you need to install BBC iPlayer and maybe BBC Media Player as well, I can’t remember if the media player was needed or not. Unless you are in the UK you might not be able to download these apps from Google play store so you might have to use Aptoide or Yalp instead. Set this up at least 24 hours before you need it in case there are problems or you need more information on setting it up.

          • Bobby

            August 21, 2018 at 4:10 pm

            is on-demand available for this??

            • Paul

              August 21, 2018 at 6:07 pm

              I’ve just checked and yes it is but only for 28 days after first broadcast. From the BBC Sports Football webpage, click search in the top right corner and type “fa cup” without the quotes. This gave me a list of programmes and articles and the game from the Extra Preliminary Round between Haverhill Rovers vs Haverhill Borough is listed. The game on August 25, Prestwich Heys vs Radcliffe will be listed soon after it’s completion, so around 3pm Eastern.

  6. David

    August 17, 2018 at 6:23 pm

    None of the streaming vs satellite debate seems to take account of the ever-increasing habit of ISPs to start capping the amount of data usage. Here in San Diego, Cox is my only choice for a high-speed connection and they recently introduced a monthly 1gb limit (which is minute if you do more than a tiny amount of downloading/streaming each month). For an extra $600 per year you can buy an unlimited amount of data with no cap, but this needs to be factored into the true cost of high quality, soccer streaming packages.

    • cm asia

      August 17, 2018 at 6:45 pm

      I have Cox in Vegas.
      All packages include 1 Terrabit per month, not 1 Gigabit.
      Guessing Cox SD has the same

      I’m streaming through a Roku an average of 4 – 5 hours a day and have never used more than 600GB in a month.

      Hope this helps.

  7. Shyvoodoo

    August 17, 2018 at 2:55 pm

    ESPN+ is gonna carry 79 games. Any idea how many games FOX carried a season? Had to be less than 79.

    • Peter305

      August 17, 2018 at 4:15 pm

      Fox may have carried as many games, but I think some of them were on Fox Soccer Plus which is an add on channel that DirecTV charges $14.99 a month for.

  8. Kyle

    August 17, 2018 at 1:54 pm

    I personally welcome this I would much rather be able to pay for the sports on tv I want rather than having to subscribe to cable and get a whole bunch of stuff I don’t watch. This is the consequence of Netflix and Hulu. If it wasn’t for sports I probably wouldn’t watch tv much at all. NBCSN and ESPN are what is propping up a dying business model.

    • The Bundler

      August 17, 2018 at 2:18 pm

      Problem is your preferred bundle is different than others. Sports lovers are a small percentage of cable and satellite subscribers. Most subscribers would drop ESPN and their local regional sports network in a heartbeat if that meant paying $5-10 less per month.

  9. dstorm

    August 16, 2018 at 4:44 pm

    I thought I read that ESPN+ was available for $50 per year or $5 per month. Was I mistaken on the $50 per year? I can’t find that option anywhere. Thanks.

    • Christopher Harris

      August 16, 2018 at 5:13 pm

      Sign up for the 7-day free trial at http://plus.espn.com/ and select the Annual/Yearly plan for the $50/year pricing.

      • dstorm

        August 20, 2018 at 1:28 pm

        Thanks Chris!

  10. somebody

    August 16, 2018 at 2:48 pm

    I just exchange a chat with a B/R Live rep and I have been told that the Champion League games will be recorded and wll be shown 24 hrs after the game!! Well, I mostly record the games since they are shown on weekday and midday so I can watch then when I get home in the evening without knowing the score. There is no way that I can wait 24 hrs! THen I found out the Univision Deportes will show all the games live and you can record them since this is a tv channel and not a streaming service.

    • David the Yank

      August 16, 2018 at 3:50 pm

      B/R (as proposed) is 100% going to be a disaster. They spoil all scores too! So there is NO WAY to watch the match later (2 hours or 24 hours) without seeing the score!

      • Christopher Harris

        August 16, 2018 at 4:25 pm

        We mentioned on today’s podcast that B/R is working on a fix to remove the scores of the games so there won’t be spoilers.

    • Yespage

      August 17, 2018 at 12:07 pm

      I presume that is that for broadcasted games, not the non-broadcasted games. I can understand a 24 hour window (or make it 12-hr to make it sound nicer) for broadcasted games, as they want people to need TNT.

      I don’t think these channel owners realize how much they are starting to be despised.

  11. FlatBackFour

    August 16, 2018 at 1:42 pm

    At what round will the FA Cup begin on ESPN+? They’re not showing “all FA Cup matches” because it’s already started (Extra Preliminary Round this past weekend) and nothing’s been on ESPN+.

  12. CTBlues

    August 16, 2018 at 1:32 pm

    Gaffer,
    Any word on if pubs will be able to use ESPN+ or is it going to be that grey area like NBC Sports Gold was?

    • Christopher Harris

      August 16, 2018 at 1:33 pm

      It’s a gray area for now.

  13. Juniper

    August 16, 2018 at 11:40 am

    If we bought a fire stick could we get ESPN + on it ? We don’t get this on our blu ray player.

    • Christopher Harris

      August 16, 2018 at 11:43 am

      Yes. With an Amazon Fire Stick, you can add the ESPN+ app and subscribe to it for $4.99/month through there.

      • Juniper

        August 16, 2018 at 11:51 am

        Thanks

    • Peter305

      August 16, 2018 at 12:58 pm

      It also works on Roku if you would prefer to use that rather than Fire Stick.

      SF

  14. Rick

    August 16, 2018 at 4:15 am

    4.99 is the teaser.
    Within a year the rate will be $10 a month.
    Soccer fans are losing out and less exposure to bring in new fans.
    Soccer belongs on network TV . The day that
    Fox Soccer Channel ended was how this all developed to where we are today.
    Going backwards not forward.

    • JP

      August 16, 2018 at 10:41 am

      It is getting convoluted now with some leagues/comps streaming only or hybrid streaming/TV like Serie A.

      Feel it would almost be better if each league sold their own type of League Pass service (like MLB, NBA, NHL) for $50 a year to Cable and Satellite services. If you want to watch PL, Serie A, La Liga, Bundesliga, UCL, EL, and maybe the cup competition for your favorite country (FA Cup, Coppa Italia, Copa Del Rey, etc) we’re looking at $350 a year tops for the most die hard of soccer fans, or just $30 a month.

      • Lovac

        August 16, 2018 at 2:55 pm

        Even MLB, NBA, and NHL are hybrid. If a game is nationally televised or in the local market, it will still be blacked out in the league pass.

        • JP

          August 16, 2018 at 3:27 pm

          True, but for this hypothetical there is no local market in the USA for the European leagues so blackouts wouldn’t apply. Same for national TV if this was the only source to watch the game. Leagues bypassing the networks and selling their games directly to the consumer.

    • Des

      August 16, 2018 at 11:16 am

      I agree. I did like it before when leagues and cup competitions were consolidated on 1 or 2 different networks. I enjoyed the Fox Soccer Channel before it turned into FXX. I suppose with more popularity and increasing TV rights fees, this is what its come to.

      • Edwin

        August 16, 2018 at 4:14 pm

        Yup I tweeted about this the leagues care about getting TV revenue that’s their bottom line fans are after thoughts. So EPL gets $167 mil yr deal with NBC you best believe NBC is going to find a way to recoup those rights to break even or get a solid ROI. Same goes with Serie A who basically doubled there US TV money with the 55 Mil per yr ESPN deal. You think they care that 75% percent of their games are going behind a paywall on a smaller platform? Nope they do care about having doubled there US Int’l rights fees tho. If BeIN in a moment of desperation offered La Liga $100 mil per yr over they’d take it. It’s all about money for these leagues it’s a business.

        • Yespage

          August 17, 2018 at 12:04 pm

          Pretty much. Long term planning about expanding exposure in order to better compete with the EPL is hardly a matter for them. SHOW ME THE MONEY!!!

    • Monte

      August 16, 2018 at 3:16 pm

      If all games are streaming, this is a good thing. I can drop my cable tv and go with just streaming sources like ESPN+ and B/R Live and save a lot of money not paying for a bunch of cable channel that I do not watch. All games streaming is GREAT!!!

    • Ritchie

      August 16, 2018 at 5:40 pm

      ESPN TV charges a carriage fee of $7. There’s no way Disney can justify raising the rate of ESPN+ above ESPN’s. ESPN+ should get more revenue by subscriber growth and not a rate increase. A significant portion of ESPN+’s programming was cannibalized from ESPN3 (which many of us already pay for).

  15. Jérémy

    August 16, 2018 at 1:02 am

    I understand that these rights going on streaming platforms and all is a bit annoying but it’s not only in USA that’s getting worse , everywhere in Europe it becomes out of control! Amazon prime has some exclusive PL games in England add to that sky sports and bt sports to get 100% of the PL , in France it’s becoming a mess ! Few years ago with 2 networks around 60 bucks a month we had 90% of the soccer that you could find on TV now you need at least 3 subscriptions ( above 80 bucks ) and the icing on the cake is the champions league right holder network is like a freaking eleven sports in USA ,Wich mean a pain to have access to it , starting 2020 a Spanish group will have the rights for the ligue 1 and wants 20 bucks a month , so 100 ish a month if you want have access in France to the best competitions , getting the same in USA is almost 10 times cheapers if you take the annual plan on ESPN+ on br live and on beinconnect and if you are ready to watch in Spanish the PL NBC universo and telemundo , soccer is getting more expensive everywhere cuz it’s the most popular sport ,

  16. Informed

    August 15, 2018 at 11:43 pm

    It’s painfully obvious quite a few people don’t want to pay for anything ever. You can never satisfy the moochers in the soccer community. Maybe they can get their parents to pay for s subscription?

  17. clueless

    August 15, 2018 at 7:17 pm

    So much whining when you we have so many choices, if $5 a month hurts you that much then you should stop watching soccer and read a book or take a class or get a second job. If you don’t want to pay out of principal then don’t, this outrage about greed and all this other stuff is nonsense, you’re not required to pay anyone.

    • Kid Icky

      August 16, 2018 at 1:48 am

      People pay more a week or even a day spending on a #4 at Mickey D’s or Burger King eating crappy food. And are happy to do so.

      You don’t want it, don’t pay… Simple.

  18. Des

    August 15, 2018 at 5:11 pm

    I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s getting worse for soccer fans in the US. We’ve been relegated to online streaming services for the most part. I stream a lot, but it sucks when the video quality is poor because internet speeds fluctuate too much. Yes, there is more choice, but to not have the final on the main ESPN channel, seems like a money grab to get their ESPN+ subscription numbers up.

    • Steve

      August 15, 2018 at 5:15 pm

      That’s the kicker, not having the semi finals or at least the finals of both the League Cup and FA Cup on regular TV.

      • Bobby

        August 15, 2018 at 10:55 pm

        I at least agree with this point

    • Rakesh

      August 16, 2018 at 9:26 am

      I don’t get it. Everybody is happy to have hulu, Netflix, or amazon video or whatnot but when it comes to other apps then they complain? ESPN+ is a great and stable service

      • Des

        August 16, 2018 at 11:26 am

        It’s different viewing sports live than watching on demand streaming. There’s the potential of a lot of buffering if the servers can’t accommodate a high volume of users watching simultaneously. The feed can also go from a perfect, crisp picture to blurry video all of a sudden. That’s my only gripe about it really.

  19. Peter305

    August 15, 2018 at 3:09 pm

    While it’s disappointing that there will be no FA Cup games on TV this isn’t such a bad deal for the price. The quality of the streaming on an iPad and on TV using Roku is entirely acceptable and at $5.29 (including taxes) the financial commitment isn’t so terrible.

    • Steve

      August 15, 2018 at 3:30 pm

      So we’ve gone from a great picture as part of the package we already pay for though cable or satellite to an “acceptable ” picture ie not as good as a direct feed, PLUS you have to pay even more for the pleasure of a worse feed.

      Whoever pulled this off will be getting a nice bonus.

      It’s not like they are even hiding it “Hey we’re going to charge you an extra fee for what you previously had and it’s going to be a worse picture OK”

      • clueless

        August 15, 2018 at 7:09 pm

        Where are you getting the idea that Cable and Satellite are a direct feed? You clearly have no idea what you’re talking about or how cable and satellite work.

      • Bobby

        August 15, 2018 at 10:54 pm

        Stop making up facts. There are MORE soccer options with online streaming than when we had TV contracts just last year. I rather put on China Super League for background noise than three straight days of a fantasy draft. Geez, how long can they stretch that damn thing, pick player be done already.

  20. TonyG

    August 15, 2018 at 3:01 pm

    I’m happy to see them do this and hope Nations League is also entirely on ESPN+. My main complaint about NBC Gold is not that I have to pay but that they divide the matches into different services. ESPN+ means I don’t need Sling Orange ($15 extra a mo.) but I still get FA Cup, most of Serie A, a lot of MLS, etc.. If I watch one match per week, that’s $1.25 each – not at all a bad deal (and indicative of B/R Live’s overpricing).

    • Bobby

      August 15, 2018 at 11:16 pm

      UEFA Nations League is on ESPN+. If you use the website and go into future dates you will see games listed.

      • somebody

        August 16, 2018 at 2:44 pm

        Who watch UEFA Nations?? You are not confusing it with the UEFA Champion league, are you?

  21. Anthony

    August 15, 2018 at 2:48 pm

    I’m now in the habit of putting on ESPN+ in the evening and watching what is available – ESPNFC, baseball, MLS, whatever. Technologically it is a great platform.

  22. Steve

    August 15, 2018 at 2:25 pm

    From the reactions of MOST people here and through social media and friends, all this is going to do is drive more and more people to the “dodgy/ illegal/bootleg” or whatever you wanna call them streams which are easily found on Reddit or Twitter.

    If you can find a free stream and all you have to do is click a little red X and it’s the same quality as paying, well people simply won’t pay. ESPN Plus for the Community shield was a fuzzy pic , out of focus at times and was buffering.

    To follow the Premier you pay for a satellite or cable subscription PLUS NBC Gold.
    To follow League and FA cup you need another subscription ESPN Plus
    and for the Champions League you need yet another TNT/ Bleacher subscription.

    It’s a joke.

    • clueless

      August 15, 2018 at 7:12 pm

      I watch ESPN + all the time, I have never had it buffer once, maybe you should upgrade your internet, modem or router maybe you seem to have crappy internet.

      • succa99

        August 17, 2018 at 2:30 am

        The only thing you probably can’t upgrade is your ISP.

    • CTBlues

      August 16, 2018 at 1:30 pm

      I watched the Community Shield on the ESPN app on my Roku and it was crystal clear.

  23. Bobby

    August 15, 2018 at 1:58 pm

    For many of you on this thread,
    I feel ESPN and many others NEED to find a media outlet to those many million who have cut the cord. ESPN+ is actually a great soccer package and for my taste, it’s only missing UCL. For $5/month it’s cheap!! I cut the cord and saved $200/month by not having cable. Seems the online route is how many of us are getting our TV and sticking with cable/satellite IS the dark ages. Online options, while fragmented, are providing us with MORE soccer than ever before.

    • Steve

      August 15, 2018 at 2:30 pm

      Steaming is NOT as good a quality picture, that’s a fact. What is the point of buying a 4k 70 inch TV when you have a poor feed, or it buffers, which it does.

      Too many factors can go wrong, what if your phone isn’t charged or your lap top, what if your Wifi is down or a little slow.

      Even the Champions league FB feed was off a little, the players have a slight “drag” on the screen as they run and so does the ball.

      Streaming will never compare to direct fee of cable or satellite. Get 5G or 6G and super super fast Wifi, then try it.

      • clueless

        August 15, 2018 at 7:11 pm

        How many of the channels on your cable or Satellite package are 4K? I can answer that for you………….not many. Once again Cable and Satellite are not direct feeds, you are really clueless if you think cable and Satellite have the best quality, an HD OTA antenna has a better feed than both.

        • Yespage

          August 15, 2018 at 10:18 pm

          I will say, I tried watching DC United v Portland with a 50 Mbps connection and it kept buffering. ESPN+ has been near flawless On Demand, but it couldn’t handle DC v Portland live.

        • Bobby

          August 15, 2018 at 10:46 pm

          I agree that ESPN+ is top class. Stream is NOTHING like the p2p or hacked sites. It’s official, its clean and seamless.

      • CTBlues

        August 16, 2018 at 1:28 pm

        Unless you live in one of those unfortunate areas the telcoms/Cable companies forgot about/refuse to upgade and are stuck with DSL your statement is valid other wise you should be able to get internet speeds that are fast enough to steam video at HD quality. FYI ESPN’s TV feed is 720p so your TV is upscaling it to 4k and will do the same to a live stream. Do you not have a charging cable for your laptop or phone because they tend to come with them when you buy them. OMG your wifi might not be working well I hope your not trying to watch a match on DirecTV or Dish during a thunder or snow storm.

      • Ben

        August 17, 2018 at 10:59 pm

        I run a 5g connection… NO problems

        • Yespage

          August 20, 2018 at 10:22 am

          I’m starting to think that the performance of ESPN+ might be related to the streaming device. On my older Roku it is awful. But the newer one, no problem at all.

  24. David

    August 15, 2018 at 1:44 pm

    For the Gaffer:

    Chris, I know I’ve raised this before, but for the life of me I don’t understand why ESPN don’t do a deal with DirecTV to make their ESPN+ platform available as an add-on subscription. If people are willing to pay $4.99 a month for a streaming option, wouldn’t they be able to charge, say $7.99 or even $8.99 to also make it available on TV?

    Do you have any inside knowledge as to where the problem would lie? Would the additional work for DirecTV just not be worth it even though they have the channel capacity, or is it ESPN trying to cut cable/satellite companies out of the loop?

    • Ritchie

      August 15, 2018 at 3:33 pm

      ESPN plus, like ESPN3, isn’t a linear channel but an inventory of televised games. What do you place on a linear channel if you have a Serie A Match up against a fa cup game in the same timeslot?

      • Guillermo Estrada

        August 15, 2018 at 9:00 pm

        In mexico they have ESPN ,ESPN 2, ESPN 3 and I believe ESPN + AS CHANNELS

        • NaBUru38

          August 16, 2018 at 9:58 am

          In Argentina there’s a fifth temporary feed, ESPN Extra.

          Sky Sports UK has 9 feeds, and SuperSport in Southern Africa has even more feeds.

        • Carlos

          October 31, 2019 at 5:53 pm

          Yes, Colombia as well

          • Alex

            November 1, 2019 at 5:32 pm

            Greedy ESPN forcing viewers to pay more
            Not a cent more, enough is enough.
            Go to a bar or plenty free streams on line.

      • succa99

        August 17, 2018 at 2:26 am

        DirecTV used to do this with Champions League, Europa League and MLS games in the high 400 channels.

    • Christopher Harris

      August 15, 2018 at 5:01 pm

      David, it’s an excellent question and I will ask it to ESPN when I have the opportunity. But I don’t see it happening anytime soon. They don’t want to see a blend of streaming only content available on a platform that has TV networks. It muddies the water.

      • JN

        August 15, 2018 at 11:43 pm

        While not as convenient for some, you can watch ESPN + on your TV with a wide variety of devices (Roku, Apple TV, Firestick, etc) so I would agree that a blend of content. It is up to the customer.

        Great talk on Grumpy Pundits, btw!

  25. fsquid

    August 15, 2018 at 1:19 pm

    I guess we should have been a bit more happy when FOX had it?

    • Des

      August 15, 2018 at 4:59 pm

      I was thinking the same thing!!! FOX was as bad I remember now. This is getting ridiculous. I was satisfied paying FOX’s online subscription when it had UEFA Champions League, Europa League, EPL, FA Cup, CCL and a few rugby competitions (which I never watched). I’m NOT paying for ESPN+ just for FA cup matches that are mostly second string teams anyway. I don’t care about Serie A, MLS, A-League or Chinese Super League.

    • succa99

      August 17, 2018 at 2:24 am

      Exactly. So much hate for Fox Sports/Soccer and deservedly so (remember Soccer Talk Live?? lol) but they put more games on TV than any other station and with re-runs later and shoulder programming.

  26. Ivan

    August 15, 2018 at 12:52 pm

    I told you, all the pay walls that Turner/ESPN/NBC are putting up are taking football viewership in the US back to the dark ages.

    I wonder what happens if the math doesn’t add up and the subscriptions they are banking on don’t materialize…and I sure hope that happens…

    This guy here won’t be subscribing to any online content from those greedy corporations…
    There are other ways to watch the games that I want to watch.

    • clueless

      August 15, 2018 at 7:21 pm

      So, England, Spain, Canada, Latin America all now have major leagues and competitions now streaming only…………….do you think they are in on some sort of anti football conspiracy also?

  27. Steve

    August 15, 2018 at 12:45 pm

    OMG……. we are going backwards. Steaming simply sucks compared to cable/satellite.

    • clueless

      August 15, 2018 at 7:20 pm

      LOL Going backwards???? Umm you know cable and satellite companies are bleeding subscribers right??? Why do you think Direct TV and Dish both started streaming services, as is Specture, as is Comcast, as is T Mobile or do you think they are clueless as well??? You know Movie and TV studios are increasingly making deals with streaming and not traditional companies right??? You should keep up with the times.

    • Shyvoodoo

      August 17, 2018 at 2:52 pm

      Thats subjective. If your network/ISP sucks then really its not the streaming.

  28. C

    August 15, 2018 at 12:40 pm

    they want your 4.99 a month they aren’t going to put it on regular tv.

    • Rakesh

      August 16, 2018 at 9:15 am

      makes sense. Everything is now on-demand, I don’t even have a cable subscription I watch everything exclusively on-demand, and so is a lot of the new millennials out there

  29. Ritchie

    August 15, 2018 at 12:35 pm

    Where does it say that ESPN is definitely not airing the final on linear TV? I find it hard to believe that if Liverpool and Man U we’re in the final, they wouldn’t find a channel to put it on. They aired the EFL cup final on TV last year. The Community Shield rights were granted tooo late to find a slot, probably.

    • Christopher Harris

      August 15, 2018 at 1:00 pm

      The information was confirmed by my ESPN source as well as mentioned in the press release.

    • Kartik Krishnaiyer

      August 16, 2018 at 5:30 am

      EFL Cup Final was BEFORE ESPN+ launched. More instructive is the Championship Playoff Final which included two realtively poplular sides in the US Fulham and Aston Villa. It was two months after ESPN+ launched so it was streamed there and not shown on linear TV.

      • David the Yank

        August 16, 2018 at 3:43 pm

        Right, but let’s see what happens if Liverpool play Man U!

      • Ritchie

        August 17, 2018 at 9:41 am

        Ah, I forgot about that. It was taken from WatchESPN and not ESPN+.

  30. Paul Hunt

    August 15, 2018 at 12:20 pm

    ESPN plus like those greedy bastards over at NBC can go fu@k themselves. I won’t pay you a cent more and won’t watch any advertising at all. Get lost you greedy f****

    • Yespage

      August 15, 2018 at 4:44 pm

      How many games are shown for the EPL on NBCSN? Their coverage is first rate. Just because they don’t give you every game doesn’t make them greedy bleeps!

      ESPN+ for FA Cup, that is a bit rough and I’d be more jaded if I wasn’t already getting ESPN+ for Stoke City coverage.

    • clueless

      August 15, 2018 at 7:14 pm

      LOL you know they are a company right and paid hundreds of millions for the premier league rights, you’re aware of that right? The job of NBC, ESPN, ,FOX etc………. is not to “grow the game” and make it free for all.

    • Rakesh

      August 16, 2018 at 9:13 am

      $4.99 is well worth the price. If you want to watch it on TV get a Roku, Apple TV or Amazon Firestick.

      • Shyvoodoo

        August 17, 2018 at 2:50 pm

        Exactly! I watch ESPN+ through an Android box and a Fire TV. NO problems!

  31. Bobby

    August 15, 2018 at 12:05 pm

    Is it possible for ESPN+ to purchase UCL matches and air them? I know they did this in past with Fox and some of these were in English. I don’t think B/R understands just what they have.

    • Brad

      August 15, 2018 at 12:31 pm

      The Fenerbahce vs. Benfica qualifying match from yesterday was on ESPN3, so hopefully that will also include other matches in the future (though I wouldn’t anticipate that once the group stages begin).

      • Christopher Harris

        August 15, 2018 at 1:00 pm

        Fenerbahce vs. Benfica was a one-off game. No more Champions League games will be on ESPN3 or ESPN Deportes unless a new arrangement is made (which I doubt will happen).

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