CBS and Univision welcome Champions League return with more big games televised

With the UEFA Champions League returning to airwaves with the start of the knockout phase on Tuesday, February 16, viewers in the United States will have more options to watch games on television than before.

As always, every single game will be available via streaming options including CBS All Access (English-language) and fuboTV (Spanish-language), but this time, CBS Sports Network will broadcast four matches in the Round of 16 (Barcelona-PSG, Atletico Madrid-Chelsea, and two second-leg matches to be determined) plus both legs of the two semifinal matches. The final will be shown live on the over-the-air CBS broadcast network on May 29, 2021 at 3PM ET. Coverage of the final will begin at 2PM ET with CBS Sports’ pre-match studio show UEFA Champions League Today.

On Spanish-language television, Univision is going all-in on the Champions League with a live broadcast of Barcelona against Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday on both the over-the-air Univision network and TUDN, which will bring the game into a far greater number of homes than normal. Beyond that, Univision plans to televise every match from the Champions League Round of 16 across its networks UniMas, TUDN and Galavision (see latest schedule).

CBS’ studio coverage will be hosted by Kate Abdo, along with analysts Jamie Carragher, Roberto Martinez and Micah Richards. Peter Schmeichel and Alex Scott will provide analysis in studio and on-site.

Despite Neymar ruled out of Tuesday’s game due to injury, which will be a bigger blow to Univision’s viewing audience numbers, viewers will still have a lot to look forward to on TUDN. Univision’s exclusive Spanish-language coverage features former footballers Hristo Stoichkov and Iván Zamorano, as well as analysts including Alejandro Berry, Lindsay Casinelli, Tony Cherchi, Marc Crosas, José Hernández, Raúl Mendez, Adriana Monsalve and Hugo Salcedo. Calling the action will be veteran Champions League commentators Luis Omar Tapia, Diego Balado, as well as José Luis López Salido, Dani Nohra and Paco Villa with reporter Daniel Chanona delivering live updates and analysis on location from various stadiums across Europe.

Executives from CBS Sports, meanwhile, are especially excited about the roles that four young Americans will play in the Round of 16 featuring Barcelona’s Sergino Dest, RB Leipzig’s Tyler Adams, Juventus’ Weston McKennie, and Borussia Dortmund’s Gio Reyna.

 

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