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CBS and Univision welcome Champions League return

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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17 Comments

17 Comments

  1. cm asia

    February 15, 2021 at 9:28 pm

    Hi, Christopher. Thanks for the reply. And I get the desire for primetime ratings
    21:00 CET creates.
    But even staggering them one hour apart would make a for a better viewing experience.
    Cheers!

  2. cm asia

    February 15, 2021 at 2:19 am

    Christopher, I’ve searched, but cannot find an answer.

    Why on earth are all the round of 16 matches starting at the same time each day?

    This makes no sense at all.

    It makes sense in the final matches of group stages, but here? Why?

    • Christopher Harris

      February 15, 2021 at 8:19 pm

      CM Asia, while it’s not ideal (by any means) for the global audience, the reason why they’re doing the games at the same time is to try to get massive TV ratings in their respective countries for a match that is shown in primetime in Europe.

  3. Hans

    February 14, 2021 at 6:06 pm

    Paramount+ all the way for me as you can select which game you want to watch and if one game gets boring because the score is 5:0 in the first half you can switch to another that captures your interest. Can’t do that on a TV channel.

  4. Mercator

    February 14, 2021 at 12:28 pm

    Excellent. Would be good to get the quarters on CBSSN, but overall this is a big step in the right direction. Thank you CBS for putting EVERYTHING (even televised games) on Paramount+! It’s $30 bucks for the year of CL, every game and every Europa game as well, and much better studio commentary. Crazy to think this isn’t a massive improvement over Turner. In fact, it’s probably about as good as it can get, actually below the cost of a decent pirate stream.

  5. Jeff

    February 14, 2021 at 9:13 am

    My thoughts also, JP.

  6. JP

    February 14, 2021 at 7:34 am

    So CBSSN will only show a match on Tuesdays for the round of 16 (TBD if it’s Tue or Wed for 2nd leg).
    ZERO quarterfinal matches?
    Cannot see the rational for not showing at least one match per day, it’s not like CBSSN shows anything weekday afternoons that even the most diehard sports fans are tuning into.
    This is a step backwards from Turner for English language viewers. Sure Paramount+ may be better than B/R, and better studio analysis. But honestly the visibility for casual fans is lower than before. Casual soccer fans are not going to subscribe to a streaming service to watch.
    Most of us diehards will make do with TUDN on the days there’s nothing on English language TV as we’ve done since 2018.

  7. Daniel

    February 13, 2021 at 1:49 am

    Its just like TNT except better pre and post shows. Meet the new boss same as the old boss.

  8. Michael F

    February 12, 2021 at 11:26 pm

    Thank you Chris!

  9. Michael F

    February 12, 2021 at 3:22 pm

    Thanks Hans. I was just hoping they don’t provide a score update on the screen of the other match, as I watch one of them live. Maybe I should just play it safe and wait till both matches are over and then watch ‘em. I am on the east coast, so I would have the whole evening on same day of matches to do that.

    • Christopher Harris

      February 12, 2021 at 4:39 pm

      CBS (and presumably Univision too) will be giving updates of the other Champions League game while the match you’re watching is in progress, so you’d have to watch the game on mute and block any score updates in the top corners to prevent hearing or seeing spoilers.

  10. Hans

    February 11, 2021 at 11:06 pm

    During the group matches you picked the one you want to watch, if you didn’t like it you could switch to another game. Once the match finishes it depended on where in the stream of time your match ended. It your match ended 1st than automatically it was switched over to the next game still playing after a few seconds. When the last game finished you ended up in the studio with Kate and pundits and discussed all the matches. Replays were available shortly after the matches concluded. Lets say you watch the match you were really interested in live, than as soon as the ref blows the visit exit it and wait on the game selection page until the other game you want to watch becomes available as a replay.

  11. Michael F

    February 11, 2021 at 9:41 pm

    Can someone tell me if CBS All Access does score updates of the other live match in play while watching a live match?
    Round of 16 obviously does two matches in the same time slot, and I would like to watch both (one live, the other delayed on-demand) without spoilers.
    Thanks.

  12. rick

    February 11, 2021 at 5:00 pm

    Forgot to mention – a huge thanks to Univision also. This is a bonus for those that don’t have CBSSN.

  13. rick

    February 11, 2021 at 4:52 pm

    This is good news- majority of games can be accessed and the final will be on network tv.

    Thanks to CBS- this is a step in the right direction.

  14. David the Yank

    February 11, 2021 at 3:12 pm

    So (for English language) what we have from CBS are:

    Round of 16:
    2 of 8 first legs on CBSSN (barca-psg & Atletico-Chelsea)
    8 of 8 first legs on CBSAA
    2 of 8 2nd legs on CBSSN (TBD)
    8 of 8 2nd legs on Paramount+
    Will Golazo show air on CBSSN on the 4 afternoons when there is no live match?

    Quarterfinals:
    All 8 matches on Paramount +
    Any on CBSSN? Or Golazo show?

    Semifinals:
    All 4 matches simulcast on CBSSN & Paramount+

    Final:
    Presumably simulcast on CBS broadcast network (CBS-2 here in NYC) and Paramount+

    Can you fill in?
    Thanks!

    • Christopher Harris

      February 11, 2021 at 3:25 pm

      Golazo Show will be used for the rest of the season on Europa League Thursdays.

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