In less than one week, our lives have been turned upside down by the coronavirus spreading around the globe. The threat of the virus spreading has meant the suspension of the vast majority of soccer leagues around the world. But with no live sports to broadcast, what are the leading soccer-related sports networks broadcasting instead?
Here’s the low-down of what you can expect on your favorite TV and streaming channels:
One of the benefits of NBC Sports having a partnership with Sky Sports is their ability to simulcast live coverage of sports news from the United Kingdom.
Earlier this week, NBCSN began extending their live coverage of Sky Sports News on weekdays to between four and six hours as a direct result of needing to fill their programming schedule. With many of the leagues and sporting competitions suspended, NBCSN has a lot more time to fill with live or on-demand programming. And Sky Sports News, being simulcast from the UK, is an ideal fit.
Whether Sky Sports News will have much news to talk about with the leagues and competitions being suspended is another matter entirely.
When NBCSN first started broadcasting Sky Sports News in 2019, the live UK news show was only on for one hour per day.
In addition to Sky Sports News expanding on NBCSN, the network has also lined up a lot of classic matches and other soccer-related programming every weekend.
Starting Friday, watch live soccer from Turkish SüperLig all weekend long beginning with Fenerbahçe versus Kayserispor followed by Besiktas versus Antalyaspor on Saturday, March 21 and closing out the weekend on Sunday, March 22 with Rizespor versus Galatasaray and Goztepe versus Trabzonspor.
Also, beginning earlier this week, beIN SPORTS and beIN SPORTS en Español will recap some of the most memorable moments of the 2019-20 season. Relive the action from the first two Copa Libertadores group stage matchdays and LaLiga’s most exciting matches of the season to date. The action continues with replays from the recent women’s soccer tournament, Tournoi de France, and LaLiga documentaries, among others. LaLiga documentaries highlight some of the stars and stories that have made it one of the best soccer leagues in the world.
Also catch live airings of studio show The Locker Room on beIN SPORTS en Español and beIN SPORTS digital show, Sports Burst, on Facebook Live and beIN SPORTS XTRA, the network’s free 24/7 English-language LIVE sports, news, analysis and highlights channel.
While ESPN continues to broadcast endless coverage of talking heads on SportsCenter, the ESPN+ arm of the self-proclaimed worldwide leader in sports has four appealing points for soccer fans.
First is their daily ESPN FC show that airs nightly on ESPN+ featuring discussion and analysis of the latest soccer news from around the world (and there’s plenty of it based on recent developments).
Second, ESPN+ will continue to stream games from the Australian A-League which will be played behind closed doors beginning this weekend. Third, ESPN+ will stream the 2020 Grand Final from the W-League in Australia featuring Melbourne against Sydney.
Fourth and finally, ESPN+ has several documentaries available on-demand including 30 for 30: Soccer Stories, which includes eight documentary films telling compelling narratives from around the international soccer landscape. Highlights include Hillsborough and Maradona 86. Plus ESPN+ has The 99’ers, a feature-film on the 99’ Women’s World Cup team. Reuniting key players from the squad and talking with current U.S. players as well, the film examines how women’s soccer – and women’s sports as a whole – has changed since that epic day at the Rose Bowl.
Fanatiz continues to broadcast live coverage of Real Madrid TV, Sevilla TV as well as live coverage from beIN SPORTS, beIN SPORTS en Español, TyC Sports and other channels.
At $7.99 per month, the legal streaming service still has a lot to offer including live matches from the Turkish Super Lig this weekend as well as an archive of many games available on-demand.
Last week, a FOX Sports PR spokesperson announced, “Out of an abundance of caution, we have made the decision to suspend production of our live FS1 daily studio shows through at least Friday, March 20.”
That caution has led to both FS1 and FS2 running nothing but reruns since last week. Plus, even with the rights the broadcaster has had for matches that were played, including home games for Club Tijuana and Santos Laguna in Liga MX, the broadcaster didn’t air those games and decided to show reruns instead.
So far for the past week and the coming days, FS1 and FS2 have been showing a variety of reruns including U20 CONCACAF women’s Olympic qualifying, 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup final between USA and Japan, Daytona 500, 2019 Women’s World Cup, the documentary about David Beckham as well as reruns of XFL, WWE, NASCAR and boxing.
FOX SOCCER MATCH PASS
FOX Soccer Match Pass has nothing listed on their live schedule of upcoming programming. Absolutely nothing.
Surprisingly, B/R Live has a lot of live and on-demand content to keep soccer fans entertained. In addition to having live feeds of LFC TV, MUTV, Arsenal TV and Spurs TV, the streaming platform also has classic Champions League matches available on-demand including a full replay of Liverpool’s incredible comeback against Barcelona in the 2019 UEFA Champions League semifinals.
TUDN and Telemundo Deportes
Both TUDN and Telemundo are producing original content from their studios including news, sports and analysis shows — as well as reruns.