The 2016/17 season of the Championship kicks off in England this weekend, and beIN SPORTS has you covered as the exclusive rightsholder. In total, four games this weekend will be shown live across the beIN SPORTS networks.
While the opening weekend has 4 Championship matches, expect the number of televised games to decrease from the third gameweek onwards as other leagues around Europe will get priority on beIN SPORTS and beIN SPORTS Español (Ligue Un, La Liga, Serie A, etc). Due to conflicting schedules with other beIN SPORTS properties, the matches often get “demoted” to beIN SPORTS Connect (beIN’s streaming service). Luckily, many more platforms are including access to beIN SPORTS Connect to make the matches more widely available including fuboTV, which provides access to beIN SPORTS Connect even if your TV provider doesn’t.
The Sky Bet Championship features a grueling 46 rounds throughout its season in addition to playoffs. The league features some of the oldest football clubs in the world and numerous talented players within its lineup, each possessing a unique opportunity to eventually land a coveted spot within the Premier League and the riches that accompanies it. The Final is commonly known as the Richest Prize in Sports as the team reaching the EPL will have an increase in revenue of approximately over $150 million per year.
Here’s the schedule for the opening two gameweeks of the 2016/17 Championship season:
Friday, August 5
Saturday, August 6
Sunday, August 7
Wednesday, August 10
Thursday, August 11
Friday, August 12
Brighton vs. Nottingham Forest, 2:45pm, beIN SPORTS Connect and fuboTV (free trial)
Saturday, August 13
If you’re wondering about League 1 and League 2 in England, the rights are owned by beIN SPORTS but no coverage of the leagues is made available until the playoffs at the end of the season. The League 1 and League 2 playoff finals for the past 3 seasons have been shown on beIN SPORTS Connect.
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