CBS Sports growing into Champions League coverage with American stars as added bonus

In its first full season of UEFA Champions League coverage, CBS Sports are making big strides, winning over new fans and are fortunate to be in the right place at the right time — especially considering the Round of 16 knockout phase that begins this week.

“In the first two days — Tuesday and Wednesday — we have four games, and in each one of those, we could see an American,” CBS Sports’ Coordinating Producer of UEFA Pete Radovich told World Soccer Talk. “We have Sergiño Dest (Barcelona), Tyler Adams (RB Leipzig), Gio Reyna (Dortmund) and Weston McKennie (Juventus).

“It’s always a theme for us. We’re very excited about getting into European football right when the American impact is at its highest.

“Beyond that, since we’re talking about Americans, Nico Cantor and Aaron West will be sprinkled throughout [our coverage] too. Not just with Nico on The Golazo Show, but also with opportunities for interviews with [star players]. We’re working on getting our young American voices to connect with these global iconic European football stars.”

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

Radovich was asked about the possibility of broadcasting games on-site in Europe this season.

“The home run would be on-site for the final,” said Radovich. “For us, to be thinking about things like that right now or in the immediate future, is not realistic. So, we’re realistically looking more at the semifinals and final as far as a timeline for finally being on-site.

“That would be fantastic especially with the final being on CBS, and giving the final that big feel that it deserves. If we’re allowed to be there, one million percent we will be there. It’s not going to be whether or not we want to make that investment or whether or not we want to go through the trouble. If they let us in the stadium, we will be there. That’s guaranteed.”

Looking ahead to Thursday’s action in the Europa League, CBS Sports will broadcast a whiparound show as well as making every game available via streaming service CBS All Access.

“Europa League is perfect for [The Golazo Show],” said Executive Vice President and General Manager at CBS Sports Digital Jeffrey Gertula. “Europa League rounds 32 and 16 are going to have The Golazo Show, and they’re going to go practically all day. We’ll have the early matches, pre-game, late matches and post-game. That’ll be available on CBS Sports Network as well as CBS All Access/Paramount+.”

 

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