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FOX to broadcast less than half of UEFA Nations League games

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Out of the 53 UEFA Nations League games scheduled for September 21-27, FOX Sports are airing three on FS1, ten on FS2 and ten on FOX Soccer Plus. In total, that’s 23 out of 53. That means that FOX Sports is broadcasting less than half of the games.

Subsequently, in a deal reached last year, FOX Sports have sub-licensed the streaming rights to the games to fuboTV. With this in mind, fuboTV is streaming every single one of the 53 matches to viewers in the United States.

More games on streaming than cable and satellite

For fuboTV subscribers, that’s excellent news, offering every single game in English-language. FuboTV kicks off its coverage of the UEFA Nations League with Scotland facing Ukraine on Sep. 21.

However, it’s not just that FOX Sports are showing 43% of the games on their channels. It’s that the games selected for television coverage leave much to be desired. Yes, there are some big matches planned for FS1. FOX Sports 1 hosts Belgium and Wales on Sep. 22. But the following day, Italy battles England in a Euro 2020 Final rematch exclusive to fuboTV. England is in action again when it hosts Germany on Sep. 26 on FS1. Finally, the Netherlands takes on Belgium on fuboTV on the final day of matches.

On the other hand, many of the games on FS2 and FOX Soccer Plus feature less popular matchups such as Estonia vs Malta, Moldova versus Liechtenstein, Montenegro against Finland, Kazakhstan versus Belarus, and so on.

Meanwhile, streaming service fuboTV also gives viewers access to interactive product features. This means subscribers can see live stats and scores from other Nations League matches on the same screen as the game. Apple TV users can watch up to four of these matches at the same time, as well, by using fuboTV’s Multiview feature.

fuboTV’s coverage of every UEFA Nations League game is available to subscribers who have the Pro, Elite or Ultimate plans.

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FOX reveals UEFA Nations League talent

FOX Sports regulars John Strong and JP Dellacamera will be the main commentators for these matches on FS1. Former USMNT stars Stu Holden and Cobi Jones are the match analysts for the network.

The network’s on-air studio talent includes Alexi Lalas, Maurice Edu, and Clint Dempsey.  Former Premier League official Mark Clattenburg will also be available during FOX’s live coverage to help explain any controversial or interesting referee decisions.

The UEFA Nations League is a biennial tournament that includes senior men’s national teams throughout Europe.  UEFA, the sport’s governing body in the continent, implemented the tournament in 2018. UEFA designed the competition to replace otherwise insignificant friendly matches during international breaks.

Each UEFA Nations League tournament essentially takes about a full year to complete. The current version began earlier this summer. The final concludes the ‘league’ on June 18, 2023. Upcoming matches are in the matchday four and matchday five phase of the current campaign.

 

 

In addition to the above coverage, Italy-England and Wales-Poland will be available via pay-per-view. PPV matches can be found on iN Demand, DIRECTV and DISH.

Additional reporting by Christopher Harris

Photo credit: IMAGO / Pressefoto Baumann

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43 Comments

43 Comments

  1. Michelangelo (The90MinuteClub)

    September 25, 2022 at 12:29 pm

    How is Hungry-ITALIA not being shown on FS1, FS2, FSP, or ViX regular. What a disgrace showing England since their in the B league now. Hungry-ITALIA will be a match in which determines first place spot. Disgusting. FOX is messing up big time.

  2. Matt

    September 21, 2022 at 10:49 am

    This bears repeating and should propbably feature more prominently in the article: in addition to the Champions League, Europa League and Europa Conference League, Vix/Vix+ has the Spanish-language rights to the UEFA Nations League with all games available live on their platform.

    At $6.99 a month, highly recommended for those who understand Spanish or don’t need English commentary. Even better, if you’re a T-Mobile customer, look if you might be eligible for their 1 free year of Vix+ offer.

    It would be nice to see a real pushback against the Fox/Fubo racket, and even nicer, as some have mentioned, if the English-language rights to UEFA national teams games could one day return to ESPN/ESPN+ or be grabbed by Paramount+.

    To anwer @Darth_bill’s question, and that’s one fairly big caveat for people interested in Vix/Vix+, past experience has shown that match replays don’t stay posted very long (48 hours seem to be the norm).

    • Steve K

      September 22, 2022 at 1:59 pm

      All good points Matt, we should also mention ViX+ offers a 1 week free trial, which covers this Nations League round entirely at no cost. Subscribe through Apple, painless to unsubscribe and resubscribe anytime as needs demand. It has been mentioned elsewhere but worth repeating, there is often commentary in English available from UK radio for matches, so if you don’t happen to get FS1 you could watch Belgium Wales today on ViX+ while listening to the Talksport radio stream.

      • JP

        September 22, 2022 at 2:56 pm

        These are just glorified friendlies anyway and easy to ignore. Fox knows this, knows interest is minimal (especially in the Fall), knows they can offload to Fubo most and won’t care. They wanted the Euros, they just had to take this on too as a result but would never have bid for them as a stand alone.

        Probably the same reason they treat CONMEBOL WC qualifiers the same. Must’ve been ancillary to the Copa America rights which is what they wanted.

        • dave

          September 22, 2022 at 3:24 pm

          A decent percentage of people ditching cable switch to a streaming pay TV bundle. I believe fubo are trying to find hooks to drive this low hanging fruit to fubo rather than Hulu Live, YTTV, Sling, etc.
          .
          At one point, in-game wagering was proposed, but I think fubo are too late with that. Exclusive soccer seems to be another attempt. Not the worst idea – if you like soccer and do not care about Turner, fubo is a solid choice
          .
          As you note, exclusive fubo soccer is mostly of niche interest. fubo are cash challenged and likely cannot afford exclusivity on anything major. Fun to follow

      • John

        September 22, 2022 at 3:33 pm

        As it happens, I’ve had the FS1 coverage on tv while listening to the radio commentary from the BBC. Takes some adjustment for a second or two delay but way better than who Fox has calling it

  3. locofooty

    September 21, 2022 at 9:12 am

    Chris, did y’all forget to put the “+” on Vix for all those matches or are all those essentially available on free Vix as well?

    • Steve K

      September 21, 2022 at 1:25 pm

      I just checked, Croatia Denmark on Thursday and Germany Hungary on Friday will be free on ViX, all others will be on ViX+

  4. Mercator

    September 21, 2022 at 7:32 am

    Oh god what a terrible morning. I forgot its international break this week. Of course Belgium/Netherlands and Italy/England are on Fubo. Fox and Fubo can f*** right off unbelievable. Is there an email or phone for UEFA I can complain to, this is getting ridiculous.

    • UnitedFan 3478

      September 21, 2022 at 9:52 am

      CBS/Paramount+ better somehow get the rights from Fox

      • SteveInLA

        September 21, 2022 at 12:07 pm

        Paramount+ does have the worst streaming platform of all of them though. You can’t pause or rewind a live game, for example, and it takes them hours to render the a live game for replay. It’s like going back years as far as platform capability is concerned.

        Their idiot commentators do have the frustrating habit of “bringing updates” of scores in games that are being played contemporaneously, especially in the Champions League. We all have the capablity to look at a news feed, we don’t need a dinosaur commentator “hearing over the airwaves” or being proud to “bring you updates” as if they have exclusive access to news updates.

        Peacock is by far the best of the streaming platforms. You’ve got full control over pause/rewind and the replays are posted a short time after the live event concludes.

        • Nosferatu

          September 22, 2022 at 2:32 am

          Preach, brother!

        • John

          September 22, 2022 at 4:30 pm

          I actually appreciate updates of scores from simultaneous games during a tournament (which I guess Nations League is, technically). It only takes a few seconds, really.

  5. UnitedFan 3478

    September 20, 2022 at 10:38 pm

    The best TV rights news will be when UEFA terminates or buys back the rights from Fox. I don’t see it lasting until 2028. The best option is CBS/Paramount+, because they have the UEFA club competitions, therefore, they could promote the Euro/Nations League during the UCL, UEL, and UECL. I am seriously wondering if CBS/Paramount+ is getting the rights starting next year if UEFA will part ways with Fox/Fubo

    • Michael

      September 21, 2022 at 1:08 pm

      Fox paid and ton of money for the rights. There is not a snow ball change in hell that UEFA is going to give back that money…especially since this is the US and not their home base of Europe. Vix+ is cheap and easy alternate.

  6. SteveInLA

    September 20, 2022 at 6:03 pm

    I think the term “talent” when applied to Fox’s commentators, analysts and presenters is stretching the truth quite dramatically. They’re all terrible.

    • MarkB

      September 20, 2022 at 9:13 pm

      They’re no different than anyone else associated with fox, including “news”, “entertainment” ect. They’re nothing but third rate, talentless hacks designed to put $$$ in Murdoch’s pocket.

  7. RJ Hawkins

    September 18, 2022 at 5:13 pm

    What a miss by Fox. The CONMEBOL qualifiers seemed to be a test of the Fubo model and now here we are. Makes me miss the ol’ ESPN3 days.

  8. MarkB

    September 17, 2022 at 11:29 pm

    Actually not too bothered by this. I only watch Nations League if I don’t have anything better to do, and will only watch fox if I don’t have any other choice.

  9. Tony

    September 17, 2022 at 9:31 pm

    Lets face it , Fox just sucks

    • UnitedFan 3478

      September 20, 2022 at 10:42 pm

      UEFA needs to switch to CBS/Paramount+ for the national teams, they do such a good job with the clubs.

  10. Jasinho

    September 17, 2022 at 9:30 am

    UEFA seriously needs to reconsider its National Team contract with FOX and sell it to either Paramount or ESPN. Such a campaign worked for the Bundesliga so I don’t see why petitioning to UEFA wouldn’t work. Heck, if this starts soon enough, things could change in time for the beginning of the Euro qualifiers in February.

    Yes, I have FuboTV and Vix+ mainly for other reasons. However, a lot of people don’t want Fubo just for a set of International matches that happen a few times a year, therefore not reaching as many potential eyeballs as it could have.

    But it is well documented that FOX treats soccer like a Saturday morning cartoon while us real fans would place our beloved sport either higher or the same wavelength as American Football. I hope Fox can somehow prove us wrong at the next World Cup. I’m not holding my breath though.

  11. Bring Back Fox Soccer Plus and Setanta for $15.99 per month!

    September 17, 2022 at 9:28 am

    If FuboTV would ever get TNT and TBS back in their lineup, then I would easily switch from YouTubeTV. How can you say, “Come for the sports, stay for the entertainment.” if you don’t have 2 networks that showcase both sports and entertainment??? I guess I like the NBA on TNT too much that I’m willing to miss some UEFA Nations League matches as a result. It almost seems like once a streaming service loses a network, it never comes back. Bally Sports is another great example.

    • dave

      September 17, 2022 at 1:48 pm

      The extended lack of Turner on fubo surprises me also. A lot of high-profile sports are on TBS/TNT – NBA, NHL, March Madness, MLB, etc. The fubo CEO has claimed to have data that lack of Turner does not adversely impact fubo share; I am skeptical of that assertion
      .
      Many streaming services have small long-term gaps. fubo Latino has no Telemundo/Universo, Hulu Live lacks AMC and related, YTTV lacks A&E and related, etc. Perhaps it helps streaming companies maintain leverage, since they can point to willingness to say “no”

      • Michael

        September 21, 2022 at 1:10 pm

        A couple of years back Fubo had to choose to sign either Turner or add ESPN. They chose to add Disney Channels rather than keep Time Warner channels.

  12. David R

    September 16, 2022 at 11:36 pm

    Once again FOX screws-up it’s soccer coverage…and we soccer fans get screwed! Please spare me the BS of how great FUBO is. This is just just a very blatant marketing ploy to entice us to subscribe to it. More like arm twisting! What, at $69 a month? NO THANK YOU! Once again the suits have no regard for us soccer fans!

    • DiRT

      September 23, 2022 at 11:22 am

      Fubo Sports Network is free and on multiple platforms. https://www.fubosportsnetwork.com/

      • Christopher Harris

        September 23, 2022 at 11:25 am

        Fubo Sports Network has free programming available. But when fuboTV has games available to them exclusively, they put it on their “Fubo Sports Network” channels, which are not free.

        It’s confusing for consumers.

  13. jason

    September 16, 2022 at 10:07 pm

    This is one reason why I cancelled D+/E+/Hulu this week….Losing Uefa internationals.

    • Sean+Johansen

      September 22, 2022 at 10:39 am

      We did this yesterday

  14. Evan Jones

    September 16, 2022 at 7:32 pm

    There are two times when simultaneous games are listed on FS2. If one of them is shown delayed, that shouled be specified. Armenia vs.. Ukraine and Slovakia vs. Belarus are not on FS2 at any time that day.

  15. Bill

    September 16, 2022 at 5:54 pm

    oh well so much for watching the Nations League. What channel is on Sling Blue that is covering these matches? I see Sling Blue on several of these matches, sling blue only has FS1

    • Christopher Harris

      September 16, 2022 at 6:23 pm

      It’s on Sling Blue with the addition of the Sports Extra Blue add-on.

      • Azer

        September 21, 2022 at 12:51 am

        Hi Chris, Let’s put this into perspective. What would ESPN do if it didn’t have a streaming service, if ESPN+ didn’t exist? They’d do what Fox is doing and find a streaming partner like FuboTV. ESPN wouldn’t show the UEFA Nations League on TV because College Football is their bread & butter on all their channels. It’s the same with NASCAR, college football, basketball on FS1. I’m not defending Fox, but this is how they make a profit.

        • Christopher Harris

          September 21, 2022 at 10:24 am

          FOX Sports have their own streaming service, Tubi. But ESPN, CBS and NBC left FOX in the dust with ESPN+, Paramount+ and Peacock.

          • Cpcva

            September 21, 2022 at 9:37 pm

            Tubing is free however.

            • Cpcva

              September 21, 2022 at 9:38 pm

              Tubing is the correct word.

              • Cpcva

                September 21, 2022 at 9:38 pm

                Tubi.

  16. UnitedFan 3478

    September 16, 2022 at 4:13 pm

    ESPN did such a better job than this. UEFA needs to buy back the rights from Fox and sell them to ESPN.

  17. locofooty

    September 16, 2022 at 1:15 pm

    If we go by UCL coverage and how they’re showing every match, Vix+ should have all the Nations League matches available .

    • Eric T

      September 20, 2022 at 11:16 pm

      Fox sucks! They will never take soccer seriously

  18. KW

    September 16, 2022 at 12:12 pm

    And Vix plus for $6.99/month will also have all the games in Spanish language. Probably some will be free on Vix.

    • Darth_bill

      September 16, 2022 at 4:21 pm

      Do you know how long Vix keeps the games available to replay? I’m used to Paramount+ where you can watch things from years ago if you want to. ESPN drops them after a month. When vix was free, I didn’t see any kind of archive other than a few days to weeks.

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