Top 5 must-see soccer games on TV this weekend

Our selections this weekend are dominated by two divisions, with the fixture computers churning out fascinating contests in the Premier League and La Liga. In both, the champions face challenging away trips. Elsewhere in England, there’s a clash between two sides seeking to force their way into reckoning for a Champions League place, while the second selection from Spain is one of the country’s biggest tussles. All kick offs are in Eastern time, enjoy your weekend and enjoy the games.   Real Sociedad vs. Barcelona Saturday, December 14, 10 a.m. ET, beIN SPORTS, beIN SPORTS en Español, fuboTV, Sling Latino, ... Read more

EPL commentator assignments on NBC Sports, Gameweek 17

NBC Sports and the Premier League will welcome fans to this season’s second Premier League Mornings Live supporter event this weekend in Miami Beach. The festivities will kick off on Saturday, Dec. 14 at 7 a.m. ET at Miami’s historic Clevelander South Beach Hotel. The two-day fan festival will feature live action from nine Premier League fixtures across five match windows, culminating with the Arsenal v. Manchester City showdown on Sun., Dec. 15 at 11:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN and Telemundo. Third-place Manchester City fell 2-1 to Manchester United in the Manchester Derby last weekend, while Arsenal are coming off ... Read more

Most-watched soccer games on US TV for December 3-9, 2019

Last Saturday’s Manchester Derby on NBCSN and Telemundo averaged a combined 999,000 viewers, delivering both network’s largest audience for a Premier League match since Manchester City battled Liverpool in early November. Given it was televised on NBCSN and not the over-the-air NBC network, it was not surprisingly the least-watched Manchester Derby to be played on a weekend since September 10, 2016, and down 9% from 1.1 million viewers for the same fixture last season. Univision’s broadcasts of their three Liga MX Semifinal matches averaged 1.4 million viewers, down 17% from the semifinals of last year’s Apertura which featured a matchup ... Read more

FOX Sports has gone from soccer destination to bit-part player in less than a decade

FOX has lost an inordinate amount of soccer rights in a decade As this decade comes to a close, it’s clear that FOX Sports is losing its grip on being a major soccer broadcaster in the United States. Firstly, FOX is in its last season of broadcasting the Bundesliga before the rights head over to ESPN+. Despite enjoying one of the best seasons in years, the German league has been used as filler with many games relegated to FS2 and FOX Soccer Plus so that coverage of other sports are prioritized over it such as NASCAR qualifying races and college ... Read more

Next MLS TV rights deal could be make or break for U.S. league

An industry analyst estimates that the MLS expansion fees could increase from $200 million to as much as $600 million for teams 31 and 32 in order for team owners to try to recoup their investment in the league because the TV revenue numbers don’t work otherwise.  In an interview with Pro Soccer USA, industry analyst Corey Leff said that MLS owners are making less than $3 million a year from TV revenue based on the current TV deal that generates $90 million a year for the league for rights to MLS, USMNT and USWNT but that $90 million is ... Read more

FIFA Club World Cup TV schedule for viewers in United States

FIFA’s coverage of the 2019 Club World Cup will be televised across FS2 and FOX Deportes for viewers in the United States. Featuring participants Liverpool (European champions), Flamengo (Copa Libertadores champions), ES Tunis (African champions), Monterrey (CONCACAF champions), Al Hilal (Asian champions), Hienghène (Oceanic champions) and Al Sadd (host team), the tournament will give us our first introduction to many of the stadiums that will be hosting the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Scheduled for December 11 through December 21, all of the games will be televised live on FOX Deportes. On English-language TV, the games will be shown across FS2 ... Read more

Where to find Liverpool vs. Watford on US TV and streaming

If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Liverpool vs. Watford on US TV in the Premier League, you’ve come to the right place. For viewers in the US, Liverpool vs. Watford will be shown on TV and streaming (more details below). Match: Liverpool vs. Watford Kickoff: Saturday, 7:30am ET Looking to watch Liverpool vs. Watford online from your work, home or on the go? If you live in the USA, there are several options to catch all the action. We Recommend: US Only. Here are all of the details of where you can watch it on television ... Read more

Record buy Sanches keeps Lille on Champions League course

Paris (AFP) – Renato Sanches scored a spectacular late winner to give Lille a 2-1 victory over Montpellier on Friday as a fourth successive Ligue 1 triumph kept them on course for a Champions League spot. Portuguese international Sanches, his club’s most expensive buy when he signed for 20 million euros from Bayern Munich in the sumer, struck the decisive goal in the 84th minute. Jonathan Ikone had opened the scoring for Lille from the penalty spot just before the interval only for Andy Delort to level in the 74th minute from a rare Montpellier attack. Lille’s Kenyan international Victor ... Read more

3,000 police and security for rescheduled ‘Clasico’

Barcelona (AFP) – Some 3,000 police officers and private security agents will be deployed for the rescheduled ‘Clasico’ between Barcelona and Real Madrid next week, local officials said Friday, amid renewed fears of unrest around the fixture. Protestors from the Catalan separatist movement Democratic Tsunami have called for a “massive” protest outside Camp Nou, where Barca are due to play the match against Real in La Liga on December 18.  Spain’s most prestigious fixture was originally scheduled for October 26 but had to be postponed following a wave of pro-independence demonstrations in Barcelona which saw protesters hurl rocks at security ... Read more

RB Leipzig boss confirms Haaland talks

Berlin (AFP) – RB Leipzig coach Julian Nagelsmann confirmed Friday holding talks with Salzburg’s teen striker Erling Haaland, who Bundesliga rivals Borussia Dortmund are also reportedly chasing. “I tried to explain my idea of football to him in good English,” said Nagelsmann, whose side are second in the Bundesliga, a point behind leaders Borussia Moenchengladbach. “I think it was a good conversation, but there is nothing new to announce.” Leipzig and Salzburg are sister clubs, both backed by energy drinks giant Red Bull. Earlier this week, several German media outlets reported that the prolific 19-year-old Norway forward met with Dortmund ... Read more

Argentine Lavezzi retires after ‘amazing’ and lucrative career

Paris (AFP) – Argentine international forward Ezequiel Lavezzi confirmed on Friday that he was retiring from playing at the age of 34, ending “the most amazing phase life has given me.” Lavezzi played 51 times for Argentina and was in the starting lineup when they lost the 2014 World Cup final to Germany.  He played five seasons at Napoli and five at Paris Saint-Germain before finishing his career in Heibei Fortune in China where he was, when he arrived, the highest-paid player in the world.  Lavezzi made his last appearance for Heibei on November 27, scoring as the team lost ... Read more

Rooney admits frustration as he waits for Derby debut

London (AFP) – Wayne Rooney has admitted his frustration at being forced to wait until January to play for Championship side Derby. The former Manchester United and England captain is unable to make his debut for the Rams until January, after signing an 18-month contract following his departure from Major League Soccer side DC United. The visit of Barnsley to Pride Park on January 2 has been pencilled in for Rooney’s first appearance and he said he was ready. “It’s obviously frustrating training throughout the week and not being able to play,” the 34-year-old player-coach said on Friday. “Training the ... Read more