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CBS Sports make several changes to enhance UEFA Champions League coverage

CBS Sports are debuting several changes to enhance their coverage of the UEFA Champions League.

First up is that the pre-game coverage on CBS All Access for the 12:55PM ET kickoffs will be reduced from 60 to 30 minutes. The change is a direct result of analyzing the audience trends and looking at the best way to program [coverage] for the audience, according to an executive from CBS Sports.

While the pre-game for the early kickoffs will be trimmed by 30 minutes, the separate preview show on CBS Sports HQ will continue to begin at 11AM ET. Additionally, the pre-match coverage for the 3PM ET kickoffs on CBS All Access will now begin at 2PM ET. And in another change, it’ll be available on CBS Sports Network as well.

“It makes sense for us to extend the lead-in for the second set of games (the 3PM ET kickoffs),” explained Executive Vice President and General Manager at CBS Sports Digital Jeffrey Gertula. “There are a lot of games, storylines and interest, and then the ability to do live look-ins.

“After the games end [around 5PM ET], we’re going to expand the distribution of the post-game show to include CBS Sports Network.”

“We want to expose our coverage of the sport to more people,” added CBS Sports Senior Creative Director Pete Radovich. “From 2PM to 6PM, it’s a good four hour block for hardcore fans. They’re not going to miss a thing. And if you want to watch a game, every game is available on CBS All Access. But if you’re not on All Access, we want to provide the service and let people know that we’re proud of what we’re doing and we want to expose it to as many people as we can.”

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

One more change that viewers can expect this week is that Nico Cantor will commentate the Rennes-Chelsea game on Tuesday beginning at 12:55PM ET alongside co-commentator Matthew Upson. After the match ends, Cantor will move across the London studio to take his regular role as the presenter of The Golazo Show.


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  1. TheOriginalTom

    November 24, 2020 at 3:30 pm

    I’ve liked the CBS coverage, a shame most of the groups do not have much drama. Real Madrid the big exception

  2. Mercator

    November 24, 2020 at 2:27 pm

    “From 2PM to 6PM, it’s a good four hour block for hardcore fans [on CBS Sports]. They’re not going to miss a thing. And if you want to watch a game, every game is available on CBS All Access.”

    Thank you! Pay attention NBC, it’s not complicated. Just for this I give CBS top marks. However, being greedy, it should really be from 12:00ET to 6pm and should cover the 12:55 games on TV. And Europa league, it would be great to get the same on Thursdays, surely you could find a Arsenal/Spurs/Milan/Celtic/Roma/Napoli game on in each time slot. How many people really tune in to watch Jim Rome and Tiki Barber?

    I like the commentary and production and Carragher, Martinez and Richards. It’s at least as good as Gary Neville & co complaining endlessly about Man United on Sky. But Cantor is not good, not on this Chelsea game and not on the Golazo show. If you won’t show the 12:55 games at least give us a live score ticker on the show at 2pm at cut in when there are goals.

  3. cnl. onions

    November 24, 2020 at 1:09 pm

    Cantor on commentary for this Chelsea match was a bad call. Feels unprofessional and something he’s not used to doing. Gus Johnson-vibes and taking me completely out of watching the match. Please don’t fix things that aren’t broken.

  4. Brendan

    November 24, 2020 at 9:43 am

    I do the same thing BT Sport is first class on their 3 channels .From 12:30 pm to 6:30 pm .I Have TiVo Stream and the quality is excellent .

  5. Karlos

    November 23, 2020 at 9:37 pm

    Too bad NBC doesnt follow the same model with Peacock.

    If they make you pay at least provide access to all the games!

  6. USAJerry

    November 23, 2020 at 1:25 pm

    Adjustments do need to be made. I don’t even watch it and still won’t watch it. I watch European coverage on my IPTV. I can’t be insulted as far as the CBS studio coverage as it is nearing Turner/B/R Live sorts of ridiculousness.

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