Category: FOX Sports

FOX acquires Olympic soccer qualifiers and CONCACAF Champions League

FOX Sports and Concacaf have agreed to an exclusive multi-year U.S. English-language rights deal, highlighted by the 2021 and 2023 Gold Cups as well as the Men’s and Women’s Olympic Qualifiers and Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League. “FOX Sports is excited to further its commitment to the sport of soccer through this new agreement with Concacaf,” said Mark Silverman, FOX Sports President, National Networks. “The U.S. Women’s National Team captivated a country with its World Cup victory last summer, and we’re honored to showcase this inspirational team once again as they begin their Olympic journey this week. Furthermore, we look forward ... Read more

FS2 removed from Sling Blue in blow to Bundesliga viewers

In its final season of coverage on FOX Sports, the Bundesliga will no longer be available on FS2 to Sling Blue subscribers. Instead, Sling TV customers will need to add the Sports Extra package at an additional $10 per month above and beyond their current service in order to get their fix of many German league matches. Earlier this week, we reported of another change for Sling TV subscribers with the removal of beIN SPORTS from the Best of Spanish TV package, which is one of the more popular add-ons for Sling TV customers wanting their soccer fix. The changes ... 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

Bundesliga unhappy with FOX Sports coverage of German league, says CEO

DFL CEO Christian Seifert is unhappy with FOX Soccer’s coverage of the German league, he admitted at the league’s headquarters in Frankfurt. Seifert, who has held the position of CEO since 2005, is responsible for operating the Bundesliga, and was very involved in the recent media deal that will see the Bundesliga heading to ESPN+ beginning in August, 2020. Even though the Bundesliga’s deal with FOX Sports doesn’t end until May 2020, Seifert didn’t hide his displeasure about the current rights-holder in the United States. “I must admit, I was a little bit disappointed with FOX Sports as a partner,” ... Read more

MLS has a TV ratings problem, and it’s named FOX Soccer

Major League Soccer has a TV ratings problem, and it’s named FOX Soccer. During the penultimate weekend of the regular season when teams are typically fighting to finish in the top 4 seeds in the playoffs, you would expect FOX Sports to generate impressive viewing numbers for two vital games featuring clubs that are based in the top two TV markets in the country. Instead, Sunday night’s double bill of New York Red Bulls versus DC United followed by Minnesota United against LAFC averaged just 81,500 fans on FS1. That’s despite FS1 being in 84 million households across the United ... Read more

Winners and losers of Bundesliga switching from FOX to ESPN+

The worst kept secret about the Bundesliga in the United States has now been officially confirmed. Beginning in the summer of 2020, ESPN+ will be the exclusive broadcaster of the German league in the United States. It means that the five-year grip that FOX Sports had on the United States is coming to an end. That news will be celebrated by most, but there will be some that may be saddened by the situation given that FOX Sports despite all of their inconsistencies did elevate the Bundesliga to a select number of games across free-to-air television. Due to FOX Sports ... Read more

Review of FOX’s Women’s World Cup TV coverage, opening weekend

FOX Sports’ second cycle as the US English-language FIFA rights holder has begun this summer with coverage of the FIFA Women’s World Cup as well as the FIFA Under-20 World Cup. Following last summer’s coverage of Russia 2018, FOX seems to have returned to a “back-to-basics” approach with Women’s World Cup. Studio Rob Stone, as a host, continues to be styled more for American sports. He began FOX’s month of live Women’s World Cup coverage with stand up at Eiffel Tower and interjected stand-up spots throughout the weekend. But Stone, for all his drawbacks, is smooth and an advocate for ... Read more

FOX and Telemundo announce Women’s World Cup TV coverage plans

The 2019 Women’s World Cup airs across the FOX Sports and Telemundo family of networks from June 7 to July 7, 2019. In English-language, FOX presents coverage live from Paris’ iconic Place du Trocadéro on its television and digital platforms. Legendary broadcaster JP Dellacamera and former U.S. Women’s National Team midfielder and two-time Olympic gold medalist Aly Wagner lead FOX Sports’ world-class broadcast team for the 2019 tournament. All 52 matches air live, including 22 on broadcast television – more than any FIFA Women’s World Cup ever – and 27 on FS1. In Spanish-language, all 52 matches will air live ... Read more