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CBS to unveil live Champions League whiparound ‘Golazo Show’

CBS Sports have thrown out the “rule book” when it comes to broadcasting the UEFA Champions League on U.S. television. Instead of airing one featured match during the 3-5PM ET time window, CBS Sports are launching ‘The Golazo Show,’ a live whiparound show on CBS Sports Network and CBS All Access that’ll replace the traditional featured TV game but will include all of the goals and incidents from the live matches as they happen.

All of the games are available individually with the full 90 minutes live and on-demand via CBS All Access. But for soccer fans who want to stay abreast of all of the games, ‘The Golazo Show’ will bring everything to you in a broadcast that’ll be produced by CBS Sports from London, featuring some of the same talent that debuted in August and some additional new talent.

When the 3PM ET kickoff begins on ‘The Golazo Show,’ the match coverage will begin with either Clive Tyldesley or Peter Drury calling one of the major games in that timeslot. As goals or major incidents in other matches happen, the broadcast will switch to show that coverage so you don’t miss a single goal.

Soccer fans will get the option to choose what they want. All of the games are available with a 7-day free trial to CBS All Access. Or you can watch ‘The Golazo Show’ on CBS Sports Network and CBS All Access.

Being a disruptor in the world of soccer broadcasting is nothing new for CBS Sports in the short time that they’ve aired the UEFA Champions League, Europa League and NWSL. With wall-to-wall coverage across CBS Sports HQ, CBS All Access and games on CBS Sports Network, CBS Sports are continuing to evolve their offerings. ‘The Golazo Show’ is just one part of CBS Sports’ eight hours of live coverage across multiple platforms for each UEFA Champions League Group Stage matchday. CBS Sports Network and CBS All Access will also air ‘The Golazo Pre-Match Show,’ beginning each matchday at 2:30 PM, ET to recap the two early games and set the stage for the remaining six matches.

CBS Sports HQ, the 24/7 streaming sports news network, will bookend CBS Sports’ UEFA Champions League live coverage, starting at 11 AM, ET and capping the day with a post-match show at 6 PM, ET.

With six games being played simultaneously during the 3-5PM ET timeslot on each matchday, it’s always difficult to pick which one game to feature on television. Having a whiparound show offers an ideal way to indulge in all of the games particularly when there are several concurrent matches that feature U.S. dominant storylines.

“A topic that comes up in every pre-production meeting are the Americans [playing in the Champions League],” said Pete Radovich, CBS Sports’ Coordinating Producer of UEFA, who spoke exclusively to World Soccer Talk. “We got this property at absolutely the perfect time in terms of the American presence in the Champions League. The first day of Champions League on matchday one is going to shatter the record for Americans playing in the Champions League if what we think happens between Juventus and Weston McKennie, and Chelsea [Christian Pulisic] and Dortmund [Gio Reyna] and Barcelona [Sergiño Dest and Konrad de la Fuente] and RB Leipzig [Tyler Adams].

“That’s something that will continue to be a theme through our coverage and something that we’re really, really excited about.”

SEE MORE: Schedule of UEFA Champions League games on US TV and streaming

In previous years, several broadcasters have tried whiparound shows for soccer including NBC Sports (when they had the rights to MLS), TUDN (who broadcast the popular Zona Futbol show around Champions League and Europa League games in Spanish), as well as FOX Sports who had a whiparound show that aired on the now defunct FOX Soccer Match Pass. Until now, no English-language broadcaster has done this type of whiparound show on U.S. television with the UEFA Champions League.

Asked about the strategy behind this decision, CBS Sports Digital EVP & GM Jeff Gerttula went into more detail.

“The goal of the [UEFA Champions League and Europa League] rights is to drive CBS All Access subscriptions. Everything is in CBS All Access, and that’s critical to the positioning that we have for this property which is that if you want to see every game, bonus coverage and additional features, you can subscribe. That’s the strategy in a nutshell.

“We want to be good to our consumers. We feel that [‘The Golazo Show’] will be very special. People can see everything, but our hope is that people will sign up for CBS All Access. That’s our business model around the event.”

While ‘The Golazo Show’ won’t be available for the Europa League games, the first week of 2020/21 UEFA Champions League coverage features several tantalizing games including Chelsea-Sevilla, Lazio-Dortmund, PSG-Man United, Bayern Munich-Atletico Madrid, Inter-Gladbach, Man City-Porto, Ajax-Liverpool. If just a few of those games live up to their promises, then ‘The Golazo Show’ promises to be a real treat.

SEE MORE: Where to watch UEFA Champions League and Europa League on US TV and streaming

Here’s the timeline for the 8 hours of live coverage every matchday:

11AM ET – UEFA Champions League Pre-Match Coverage (CBS Sports HQ and CBS All Access)

Noon ET – UEFA Champions League Today (CBS All Access)

12:55PM ET – Two UEFA Champions League Live Matches (CBS All Access)

2:30PM ET – The Golazo Pre-Match Show (CBS Sports Network and CBS All Access)

2:45PM ET – UEFA Champions League Today (CBS All Access)

3PM ET – Six UEFA Champions League live matches (CBS All Access)

3PM ET – ‘The Golazo Show’ (CBS Sports Network and CBS All Access)

5PM ET – UEFA Champions League Post-Match Show (CBS All Access)

6PM ET – UEFA Champions League Post-Match Coverage (CBS Sports HQ)

 

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60 Comments

60 Comments

  1. Turfit

    October 21, 2020 at 11:35 am

    Ed, I agree 1000% with your comment!!!
    I don’t speak spanish but the flow of Zonafutbol seems a lot smoother and done a lot better.

  2. Ed Poon

    October 21, 2020 at 10:56 am

    Anyone else feel that the Galazo show commentating was not great? Way too much mindless chatter rather than just setting up situation and turning over to match commentators. It seemed closer to the TBS content (which was awful) rather than the CBS content from the summer (which was awesome). I know it’s a work in progress, but need to step up…

  3. SteveK

    October 21, 2020 at 10:22 am

    Travis, you didn’t mention what computer or OS you were using, but one thing you might try is a different browser. I was watching one stream on the big HDTV via an Apple TV and wanted the Golazo stream on a side screen, a Thunderbolt Display connected to a retina MacBook Pro on 10.14.6 in Safari 13.0.4 and I noticed the same thing you described…clicked on Golazo and it wouldn’t start, so I tested it on my aTV and it started fine, disconnected my display and tried Golazo again on just the rMBP and again it wouldn’t start. Tried a single game live feed and started right up. Reconnected the display, moved a browser window over there, retried Golazo and still nothing. Refreshed and this time got their equivalent of the spinning gears which went on for a minute or two and then it finally snapped into Golazo and was fine the rest of the afternoon. Not entirely analogous to your situation especially if you are not using Safari but I wanted you to know that it wasn’t entirely smooth for someone else using a computer. In my case I have so many extensions and content blockers running on my laptop to defeat trackers and ads that it can take some time to configure things just so so they work with a VPN, the BBC or streaming sites through browsers, etc. Best to stay calm and try to eliminate or alter one variable at a time.

  4. Travis

    October 20, 2020 at 8:29 pm

    Yes obviously there are ways to watch Champions League matches live even without CBS All Access but I want to do things the right way.

    (please see question posed above. Thank you.)

  5. Travis

    October 20, 2020 at 8:19 pm

    So I can watch the matches that were live earlier today now that they are on demand as Match Replays but obviously I want to watch them when they are live.

    It’s my Birthday next week (yes the same as Bill Gates lol) so it kinda sucks that I couldn’t watch the live matches today.

    Quoting my comment earlier today in the hope that people can help me with this. Thank you all so much in advance. (and yes I cleared my History Cookies and Cache earlier when trying to view those live matches but that didn’t work. Also waiting to hear back from CBS troubleshooting.)

    “Folks please help me out. I can watch everything else on CBS All Access. Just not the Champions League live matches. Why would that be?

    Live matches on CBS All Access were working perfectly fine as recently as the Champions League playoff matches played at the end of September.

    I’ve made no changes to the laptop. Just did a System Restore and live matches still don’t work.

    Everything else on CBS All Access (including Champions League Match Replays (on demand) work fine.

    Chris can you please ask CBS to ensure that their live matches play in ALL formats and on ALL browsers please? Thank you.”

  6. rajvosa

    October 20, 2020 at 5:59 pm

    One thing is for sure: there is no TV or streaming coverage that will satisfy majority of US soccer fans. “The Golazo show” will need improvement and more easy interaction between presenters but, as concept by itself, is not far away from “NFL RedZone”.

  7. Will

    October 20, 2020 at 5:08 pm

    I’m so glad the games are on 60 FPS . Anyone else notice this ??

  8. Travis

    October 20, 2020 at 4:55 pm

    Folks please help me out. I can watch everything else on CBS All Access. Just not the Champions League live matches. Why would that be?

    Live matches on CBS All Access were working perfectly fine as recently as the Champions League playoff matches played at the end of September.

    I’ve made no changes to the laptop. Just did a System Restore and live matches still don’t work.

    Everything else on CBS All Access (including Champions League Match Replays (on demand) work fine.

    Chris can you please ask CBS to ensure that their live matches play on ALL formats and ALL browsers please? Thank you.

  9. disco george

    October 20, 2020 at 3:21 pm

    Working well so far on iOS for the actual matches — I like the menu across the top, and that you can just scroll down to choose your match.

    The Golazo Show is okay so far. I feel a little sensory overload, but it is nice to be able to see some of the action from the less high-profile matches.

  10. Ritchie

    October 20, 2020 at 3:11 pm

    Nevermind…apparently my DVR had me stuck 10 minutes in the past. They are actually showing game action but there’s still too much talking. Ross Dyer did this much better on Fox Multimatch.

  11. Ritchie

    October 20, 2020 at 3:05 pm

    This Golazo show is crap. Fox Multimatch just zipped round from match to match; this monstrosity seems to have a lot of talking unless they awkwardly transition to a goal highlight.

  12. Edward

    October 20, 2020 at 2:59 pm

    Would be great if you were able to find out who are assigned to commentate each match.
    CBS All Access app seems to struggle where to put the pre-match show, not all the match feeds gets it. One has to go to the first one on the list before switching to the match you want to watch

  13. Travis

    October 20, 2020 at 2:49 pm

    This is so strange. I can watch the on demand “Match Replays” just fine but can’t watch the live matches. This only started today. Played perfectly in the past and made no changes to laptop. Must be a CBS glitch and I’m sure other CBS All Access customers using laptops to access the CBS All Access website to play live matches are experiencing the same thing.

  14. Travis

    October 20, 2020 at 2:27 pm

    I take it you’re watching on an app, Chris? I’m not. Trying to watch them live matches on CBS All Access website on laptop. They worked perfectly before (last season’s Champions League tournament).

    I’ve made no changes whatsoever to laptop.

    Anyone else watching CBS All Access on laptop please help me out here.

    Thank you so much.

  15. Travis

    October 20, 2020 at 2:07 pm

    The Champions League games aren’t playing at all on the CBS All Access website. What’s going on Chris.

    • Christopher Harris

      October 20, 2020 at 2:16 pm

      I’m watching Zenit-Bruges and Kyiv-Juventus now on CBS All Access, live.

      You may need to exit out of the app and go back in to find what you’re looking for.

  16. Wouter

    October 20, 2020 at 1:13 pm

    Still no live matches. This is an extremely big fail on the part of CBS. They also misrepresented the fact that their prematch coverage show is exclusive to CBS All Access and independent of CBS Sports HQ. “Eight hour Champions League coverage every matchday”. Yeah right.

    • Christopher Harris

      October 20, 2020 at 2:18 pm

      Pre-match coverage started at CBS Sports HQ at 11am ET with Ian Joy, Luis Garcia and DaMarcus Beasley.

      The pre-match coverage that’s exclusive to CBS All Access started at Noon ET with Jamie Carragher, Roberto Martinez, Micah Richards and Kate Abdo.

  17. Travis

    October 20, 2020 at 12:58 pm

    Newbie glitches from CBS. The 6:55 games have started and they’re not playing at all on CBS All Access.

  18. Travis

    October 20, 2020 at 12:09 pm

    Hmm. “The coverage from London that begins at Noon ET” is still only available on CBS Sports HQ. Just an FYI for everyone.

    • Christopher Harris

      October 20, 2020 at 2:19 pm

      You must have missed it because it began at Noon ET on CBS All Access.

  19. Travis

    October 20, 2020 at 11:57 am

    Gotcha. Thank you kindly Chris. (This wasn’t specified in the press release. It just says “CBS All Access”. People can access CBS Sports HQ independently of CBS All Access.)

    Details, as we can see, are very important. Thanks again.

  20. Travis

    October 20, 2020 at 11:20 am

    I’m a whiz at finding these things so the fact that I can’t find it means that other people can’t find it too. Your invaluable help would be very much appreciated Chris. Thank you so much.

  21. Travis

    October 20, 2020 at 11:11 am

    Chris the “the 8 hours of live coverage every matchday” is supposed to have already started but I don’t see a link on the CBS All Access website. How do we access the “11am ET UEFA Champions League Pre-Match Coverage” online on the CBS All Access website per what you shared of their programming per your sources (described by you above)? Thank you kindly Chris.

    • Christopher Harris

      October 20, 2020 at 11:38 am

      It’s on CBS All Access under ‘Live TV.’ It’s ‘CBS Sports HQ.’ That’s the coverage that starts at 11AM ET. The coverage from London begins at Noon ET.

  22. Travis

    October 20, 2020 at 11:08 am

    Chris how do we access the “11am ET UEFA Champions League Pre-Match Coverage” online on the CBS All Access website per what you shared of their programming per your sources? Thank you kindly Chris.

  23. Travis

    October 20, 2020 at 12:34 am

    Chris I am a loyal long time CBS All Access customer. Please ask CBS to have on demand Prematch shows featuring Kate Abdo et al included in the UCL Specials (they have Postmatch shows there and it would reward loyal long time CBS All Access customers like me to have the on demand Prematch shows too.)

    Thank you Chris. You are truly wonderful and a credit to your profession.

  24. Patrick

    October 19, 2020 at 1:28 pm

    Interesting that the new innovation in broadcasting football on TV is to not actually put any full matches on TV. Bold strategy CBS.

  25. Jeff

    October 18, 2020 at 11:46 am

    Chris thank you for asking them and getting back to me. I frankly do not understand their strategy but it is what it is.

  26. Gonzalo

    October 15, 2020 at 3:24 pm

    Have you tried the Univision Roku app? I don’t know if TUDN XTRA is available on the Univision app, but I’ve seen TUDN on it before.

  27. Jeff

    October 15, 2020 at 2:16 pm

    Look forward to hearing what TUDN has to say.

  28. Karl

    October 15, 2020 at 12:26 pm

    I love this idea and I credit CBS for understanding that they can add feeds like this on the streaming service (unlike ESPN+ and Peacock). I’m interested in the note about the growing contingent of Americans in the UCL and what that will mean for coverage. Maybe someday there will be a USMNT-centric feed where people who complain about pro-US coverage don’t need to watch but it’s an option for those who want it. Basically all of the Americans are going to be playing at the same time in the group stage this year.

  29. Jeff

    October 15, 2020 at 12:09 pm

    I will ask again. Does any one know why TUDN still does not have a ROKU app for TUDN XTRA?

    • Christopher Harris

      October 15, 2020 at 1:07 pm

      I’m interviewing them later this week. I’ll ask. The best alternative is fuboTV which has all of the TUDNxtra channels integrated into the app, and is available on Roku.

    • Christopher Harris

      October 18, 2020 at 9:30 am

      Jeff, I asked Univision/TUDN your question. The executive said that the business model of TUDNxtra is meant to be an offering that’s available to TV and streaming providers and isn’t intended to be a service that’s available on platforms such as Roku, Amazon Prime, etc.

  30. Scott

    October 15, 2020 at 7:31 am

    Will the games be available for replay when I get home from work @500 central time?

    • Christopher Harris

      October 15, 2020 at 10:56 am

      The games end around 4PM CT, so they’re added as soon as they can – usually within a couple of hours after the matches end.

  31. John G.

    October 15, 2020 at 1:17 am

    If all one has is an extended middle finger, everyone’s business decisions are going to look like… an extended middle finger. I hope extending their middle finger in front of all of us makes these people happy… it certainly doesn’t serve as communication… we can predict how they feel about everything without their participation… or facilitate camaraderie. They should find a cozy nook where they can share pirated streams and cheat codes and commiserate that the world isn’t arranged for the aid and comfort of deadbeats.

  32. eddie

    October 14, 2020 at 1:09 pm

    Chris, im not sure if they can do that or not? is this a plan or not?

    For an example of games on tv on October 20( this just for example coverage)
    that they should air 3 games on tv at 3 pm and 2 games on tv at 12:55 pm instead of both networks simulcast just UEFA Europa League on Thursday.
    Unimas and TUDN, Galavision
    Zenit St Petersburg vs. Brugge (Champions League Group Stage), 12:55 pm,
    Dynamo Kyiv vs. Juventus (Champions League Group Stage), 12:55 pm,

    The other 3 games on tv TUDN, Unimas, and Galavision
    Chelsea vs. Sevilla (Champions League Group Stage), 3 pm or Lazio vs. Dortmund (Champions League Group Stage)
    Barcelona vs. Ferencvaros (Champions League Group Stage), 3 pm
    PSG vs. Man United (Champions League Group Stage), 3 pm

    Other games 3 games TUDNxtra

  33. Michael

    October 14, 2020 at 12:02 pm

    Chris. Where I live we Unimas, Univision, & Telemundo free and over the air. The TUDN matches are simulcast on Unimas & Univision. I have AT&T U-Basic ($19.00) + Paquete Espanol ($15) that give mes Galavisions and Tudn (the other stations for UCL). In addition I get EPL (Universo & Telemundo), ESPN Deportes (NFL, NBA, MLB, UFC, Bundesliga, Serie A, MLS), Fox Deportes (MLS, MLB), CNN Espanol (All of the TBS MLB Playoffs). I switched from FuboTV which was over $70 every month. Now I have Basic $34 + ESPN+ (Free with the Hulu/Disney+ bundle) $12.99, and Sling Latino Annual $5 / month (beIN, beIN Espanol, La Liga TV, beIN Connect) for all La Liga. I really loved FuboTV, but I am saving $25 a month from sling, and over $75 over what it would be if I got all the “English” versions with AT&T. $52 of everything is to much to pass up and I don’t even have to get CBS All Access. If I weren’t such a La Liga fan, I could drop that to $45.

  34. Eddie

    October 14, 2020 at 10:12 am

    Why TUDN simulcast to both network instead of one channel every time TUDN shares with Univision channels.

  35. Azer

    October 14, 2020 at 9:58 am

    TUDN is on standard cable in many markets, like CNN or CNBC for example. I don’t have to pay for a Spanish package to get it. If you have TUDN you can access TUDNxtra free of charge with your log in, that is my point. CBSSN won’t allow you to do that unless you pay for CBS all access.

  36. Jeff

    October 14, 2020 at 9:41 am

    Is TUDN ever going to have a ROKU app? Do not understand why they still do not have one.

  37. eddie

    October 14, 2020 at 8:52 am

    What the plan for TUDN to put the games for the 2020-2021 schedule of the group stage example?
    instead, put both channels at the same game Unimas and TUDN. which I don’t know why both channels put simulcast together instead of 2 games on tv at 3 pm there should put 3 games on tv. (3 pm for example)
    12:55 pm Galavison and Unimas/TUDN.
    3 pm Galavison, Unimas, and TUDN .

  38. Rich

    October 14, 2020 at 7:38 am

    Azer: TUDN having the UCL games has been covered extensively here over the years. Nothing has changed on that front so there is nothing new to report.

    CBSSN is on basic cable fir some of us, so it is just as accessible as TUDN. This is a big deal if you want to avoid another OTT subscription.

  39. David K.

    October 14, 2020 at 5:55 am

    How do you access TUDN, Unitas, Galveston, and TUDNxtra free of charge? I agree with you about watching the games in Spanish. I do mind. However, when I look at options for access I can only find them through paying for a traditional cable service or something like Fubo.

    • Christopher Harris

      October 14, 2020 at 7:32 am

      Only Univision is available free of charge as it’s an over-the-air channel in most markets in the United States. All of the other channels are paid channels available through cable, satellite or paid streaming services.

  40. Azer

    October 14, 2020 at 12:57 am

    Today CBS Sports gave the middle finger to Champions League & Europa League fans in the USA. Listen people, the Univision family of networks TUDN, Galavision, UniMas & it’s streaming service TUDNxtra will offer every game free of charge. This is something WST will rarely tell you.
    Who cares if it’s in a different language? I don’t. CBS is worse than Turner Sports. CBS can take the Golazo Show and shove it.

  41. Travis

    October 14, 2020 at 12:51 am

    Chris I am a loyal long time CBS All Access customer. Please ask CBS All Access to have on demand Prematch shows featuring Kate Abdo et al included in the UCL Specials (they have Postmatch shows there and it would reward loyal long time CBS All Access customers like me to have the on demand Prematch shows too.

    Thank you Chris. You are truly wonderful and a credit to your profession.

  42. Joedon

    October 13, 2020 at 10:55 pm

    It’s certainly better than what we had before, but I feel it’s a show the provides for way more ads, and the short attention span sport crowd will be happier. Nobody does soccer presentations better than any outlet overseas.

  43. jstrummer

    October 13, 2020 at 8:41 pm

    Have drifted from Champions League in recent years, too may one-sided matches and an over-abundance of league matches to choose from. This Golazo show is likely to bring me back in the fold and seeing that I now have Zona Futbol I’ll give that a try for Europa League.

  44. Jeff

    October 13, 2020 at 7:17 pm

    @Rick: The Premier League does produce a whiparound show (Goal Rush) which is available to international broadcasters like NBC. It’s not airing a lot at the moment because there haven’t been many simultaneous games played but it does exist.

    In regards to ‘Golazo’, the goals show BT Sport in the UK have aired since they’ve gained the rights demonstrates that a whiparound show can be a great product if it’s done right. However, I don’t like that it’s coming at the expense of CBS deciding not to air games live on TV. I just can’t get past how if say NBC or ESPN did something similar, this website (and many commenters) would be up-in-arms about it but because it’s CBS, there’s nothing but praise

  45. Rich

    October 13, 2020 at 6:52 pm

    The EPL has “Goal Rush” which serves the same purpose. NBC gold had it and I assume peacock will too once the matches go back to a normal schedule.

  46. KL

    October 13, 2020 at 3:44 pm

    I hope ESPN takes notice and adds something like this for all their soccer coverage on appropriate days on ESPN+. Like maybe the show, for Saturdays, focus on the Bundesliga and Serie A in the morning and in the afternoon/evening focus on MLS.

  47. rick

    October 13, 2020 at 3:25 pm

    The Golazo Show is a great idea- thanks to CBS.
    Maybe NBC should learn from this and get rid of Peacock- EPL needs it’s own whiparound show and should be on either NBCSN or NBC.

  48. KL

    October 13, 2020 at 2:54 pm

    Yes I needed this😄

  49. JP

    October 13, 2020 at 2:41 pm

    Fantastic news! Like NFL Redzone for UCL.

    Now no need to bother with CBS All Access either, which would only really be necessary for group stage when all the matches can’t be on CBSSN. For the knockout rounds that issue is largely gone, not as many overlapping matches.

  50. Ritchie

    October 13, 2020 at 2:17 pm

    Bravo. Your soccer media coverage is second to none!

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