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NASL might pose a threat to MLS on TV

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As I walked among supporters group members before the Orlando City against Portland game, which was televised live on FOX Sports 1 last weekend, I was quite surprised. From speakingwith fans, I learned many had opted to watch the previous night's North American Soccer League (NASL) matchup between Fort Lauderdale and Miami on beIN SPORTS instead ofpaying any attention to MLS games going on at the very same time.

NASL might pose a threat to MLS on TV

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As I walked among supporters group members before the Orlando City against Portland game, which was televised live on FOX Sports 1 last weekend, I was quite surprised. From speakingwith fans, I learned many had opted to watch the previous night's North American Soccer League (NASL) matchup between Fort Lauderdale and Miami on beIN SPORTS instead ofpaying any attention to MLS games going on at the very same time.

El Clasico scores 1.9 million viewers on beIN SPORTS and beIN SPORTS en Espanol

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The first el Clasico of 2016 between Barcelona and Real Madrid was watched by 1.9 million viewers in the United States between the beIN SPORTS and beIN SPORTS en Español networks. Of the 1.9 million total, 695,000 watched it on beIN SPORTS (English-language) while the remaining1,220,487 watched it on beIN SPORTS en Español (Spanish-language).

El Clasico scores 1.9 million viewers on beIN SPORTS and beIN SPORTS en Espanol

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The first el Clasico of 2016 between Barcelona and Real Madrid was watched by 1.9 million viewers in the United States between the beIN SPORTS and beIN SPORTS en Español networks. Of the 1.9 million total, 695,000 watched it on beIN SPORTS (English-language) while the remaining1,220,487 watched it on beIN SPORTS en Español (Spanish-language).

YipTV offers beIN SPORTS and 100+ international channels via streaming service

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With streaming services, instead of being tied down to the one local cable company that's available in your neighborhood, you can cut the cord and select from several streaming companies that each offer different channels to suit your needs. One streaming provider that I was recently made aware of is YipTV, which specializes in Spanish-language TV networks as well as offering beIN SPORTS and beIN SPORTS en Español.

YipTV offers beIN SPORTS and 100+ international channels via streaming service

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With streaming services, instead of being tied down to the one local cable company that's available in your neighborhood, you can cut the cord and select from several streaming companies that each offer different channels to suit your needs. One streaming provider that I was recently made aware of is YipTV, which specializes in Spanish-language TV networks as well as offering beIN SPORTS and beIN SPORTS en Español.

KlowdTV streaming service drops beIN SPORTS coverage

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In what can only be described as the worst possible timing, KlowdTV has informed its customers that it will no longer carry beIN SPORTS and beIN SPORTS en Español effective immediately.

KlowdTV CEO Bill O'Hara, in an e-mail to subscribers last night, said, "We regret to inform you that beIN SPORTS and beIN SPORTS en Espanol will no longer be available in our Sports and Tus Deportes packages as of 4/1/2016.

KlowdTV streaming service drops beIN SPORTS coverage

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In what can only be described as the worst possible timing, KlowdTV has informed its customers that it will no longer carry beIN SPORTS and beIN SPORTS en Español effective immediately.

KlowdTV CEO Bill O'Hara, in an e-mail to subscribers last night, said, "We regret to inform you that beIN SPORTS and beIN SPORTS en Espanol will no longer be available in our Sports and Tus Deportes packages as of 4/1/2016.

beIN SPORTS makes PPV U-turn; Decides to show Chile-Argentina on TV after all

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In a sudden U-turn, beIN SPORTShas announced that they are scrapping plans to show the Chile vs Argentina match on pay-per-view and will insteadshowthe matchliveon itstwo networks in the United States — beIN SPORTS and beIN SPORTS en Español.

The news comes after several providers including Comcast made the pay-per-view event available for purchase.

beIN SPORTS makes PPV U-turn; Decides to show Chile-Argentina on TV after all

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In a sudden U-turn, beIN SPORTShas announced that they are scrapping plans to show the Chile vs Argentina match on pay-per-view and will insteadshowthe matchliveon itstwo networks in the United States — beIN SPORTS and beIN SPORTS en Español.

The news comes after several providers including Comcast made the pay-per-view event available for purchase.

beIN SPORTS goes pay-per-view route for select CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifiers

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In what can only be seen as a step backwards in the evolution of soccer broadcasting in the United States, beIN SPORTSwill be offering some of the top CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifying matchups live only on a pay-per-view basis.

The new approach starts with the 5thRound of qualifiers, which kick off this Thursday, March 24with the top match between Chile and Argentina.

beIN SPORTS goes pay-per-view route for select CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifiers

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In what can only be seen as a step backwards in the evolution of soccer broadcasting in the United States, beIN SPORTSwill be offering some of the top CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifying matchups live only on a pay-per-view basis.

The new approach starts with the 5thRound of qualifiers, which kick off this Thursday, March 24with the top match between Chile and Argentina.

More than 1.8 million soccer fans in US watched El Clasico across beIN SPORTS networks

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Saturday's El Clasico between Real Madrid and Barcelona delivered an average of 1.8 total viewers across beIN SPORTS and beIN SPORTS en Español, according to Nielsen. A total of 1,106,137 watched the game on beIN SPORTS en Español, while 768,445 watched the game on the English-language beIN SPORTS network.

More than 1.8 million soccer fans in US watched El Clasico across beIN SPORTS networks

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Saturday's El Clasico between Real Madrid and Barcelona delivered an average of 1.8 total viewers across beIN SPORTS and beIN SPORTS en Español, according to Nielsen. A total of 1,106,137 watched the game on beIN SPORTS en Español, while 768,445 watched the game on the English-language beIN SPORTS network.

beIN SPORTS Connect streaming service relaunches with new soccer channels

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beIN SPORTS has launched a new redesign of its beIN SPORTS Connect streaming service, which includes the addition of new channels and an easier-to-use interface.

Most importantly, beIN SPORTS Connect now features the beIN SPORTS (English-language) and beIN SPORTS Español (Spanish-language) channels in its offerings as well as 9 other new channels.

beIN SPORTS Connect streaming service relaunches with new soccer channels

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beIN SPORTS has launched a new redesign of its beIN SPORTS Connect streaming service, which includes the addition of new channels and an easier-to-use interface.

Most importantly, beIN SPORTS Connect now features the beIN SPORTS (English-language) and beIN SPORTS Español (Spanish-language) channels in its offerings as well as 9 other new channels.

La Liga to play games on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve this December

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This December, beIN SPORTS will televise live La Liga games on Christmas Eve (December 24) and New Year's Eve (December 31) as a way to condense the season given that the Spanish league will end earlier than usual this season due to the Euro 2016 competition.

The Spanish Primera League typically takes a winter break, but with the Euro 2016 tournament kicking off on June 10 (and players required to have a break in between the end of their club season and an international tournament), La Liga had to find a creative way to squeeze all 38 gameweeks into the season.

La Liga to play games on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve this December

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This December, beIN SPORTS will televise live La Liga games on Christmas Eve (December 24) and New Year's Eve (December 31) as a way to condense the season given that the Spanish league will end earlier than usual this season due to the Euro 2016 competition.

The Spanish Primera League typically takes a winter break, but with the Euro 2016 tournament kicking off on June 10 (and players required to have a break in between the end of their club season and an international tournament), La Liga had to find a creative way to squeeze all 38 gameweeks into the season.

beIN SPORTS renews La Liga TV rights in US

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The 2015/16 season of La Liga will be televised live on beIN SPORTS and beIN SPORTS Español in the United States,a source has confirmed to World Soccer Talk.

The new season kicks off on Friday, August 21 when Malaga plays Sevilla at 2:30pm ET on beIN SPORTS Español. Barcelona and Real Madrid, among other teams, will be in action during the opening weekend.

beIN SPORTS renews La Liga TV rights in US

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The 2015/16 season of La Liga will be televised live on beIN SPORTS and beIN SPORTS Español in the United States,a source has confirmed to World Soccer Talk.

The new season kicks off on Friday, August 21 when Malaga plays Sevilla at 2:30pm ET on beIN SPORTS Español. Barcelona and Real Madrid, among other teams, will be in action during the opening weekend.

beIN SPORTS renews Serie A TV rights in US through 2018

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beIN SPORTS has renewed the US audiovisual rights to Serie A for seasons2015-16 through 2017/18, according toMP & Silva, the agency that manages and distributes the Serie A international rights.

The new rights acquisition means that the 2015/16 Serie A season will kick-off on Saturday, August 22 on beIN SPORTS for the fourth consecutive season.

beIN SPORTS renews Serie A TV rights in US through 2018

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beIN SPORTS has renewed the US audiovisual rights to Serie A for seasons2015-16 through 2017/18, according toMP & Silva, the agency that manages and distributes the Serie A international rights.

The new rights acquisition means that the 2015/16 Serie A season will kick-off on Saturday, August 22 on beIN SPORTS for the fourth consecutive season.

Why the Premier League’s 6-year TV rights option for US broadcasters could change everything

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The recent report by Sports Business Dailythat the Premier League has asked US broadcasters to bid on separate 3-year and 6-year options to try to acquire the rights to the Premier Leagueis bad news for soccer fans.

The Premier League has always sold its US rights packages in 3-year deals, but has added the opportunity for broadcasters— for the first-time ever— to enter6-year bids.

Why the Premier League’s 6-year TV rights option for US broadcasters could change everything

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The recent report by Sports Business Dailythat the Premier League has asked US broadcasters to bid on separate 3-year and 6-year options to try to acquire the rights to the Premier Leagueis bad news for soccer fans.

The Premier League has always sold its US rights packages in 3-year deals, but has added the opportunity for broadcasters— for the first-time ever— to enter6-year bids.

beIN SPORTS close to agreeing landmark La Liga TV rights deal in US

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beIN SPORTS isclose to agreeing a landmark TV rights deal to continue its coverage of La Liga to viewers in the United States, a source has revealed to World Soccer Talk.

The current TV rights deal with La Liga expired at the end of the 2014/15 La Liga season, a year in which wesaw Barcelona win the title after surpassing Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid in the race for the Spanish crown.

beIN SPORTS close to agreeing landmark La Liga TV rights deal in US

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beIN SPORTS isclose to agreeing a landmark TV rights deal to continue its coverage of La Liga to viewers in the United States, a source has revealed to World Soccer Talk.

The current TV rights deal with La Liga expired at the end of the 2014/15 La Liga season, a year in which wesaw Barcelona win the title after surpassing Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid in the race for the Spanish crown.

Review of beIN SPORTS’ Copa America coverage

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With so much attention focused on FOX's coverage of the Women's World Cupthis summer, it'simportant that we not neglect the hard work and great expense beIN SPORTS embarked onin its coverage of the 2015 Copa America, which resulted in 1.5 million tuning in for the final as well as millions more watching the games from the other rounds of thecompetition.

Review of beIN SPORTS’ Copa America coverage

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With so much attention focused on FOX's coverage of the Women's World Cupthis summer, it'simportant that we not neglect the hard work and great expense beIN SPORTS embarked onin its coverage of the 2015 Copa America, which resulted in 1.5 million tuning in for the final as well as millions more watching the games from the other rounds of thecompetition.

1.5 million tune in for Copa America final on beIN SPORTS

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A total of 1.5 million people tuned into beIN SPORTSfor the exciting Copa America final between Chile and Argentina on Saturday, July 4.

The match, which finished 0-0 in regular time, was taken into extra timefollowed by penalty kicks and was eventually won by the host nation, Chile, for the first time in tournament history.

1.5 million tune in for Copa America final on beIN SPORTS

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A total of 1.5 million people tuned into beIN SPORTSfor the exciting Copa America final between Chile and Argentina on Saturday, July 4.

The match, which finished 0-0 in regular time, was taken into extra timefollowed by penalty kicks and was eventually won by the host nation, Chile, for the first time in tournament history.

beIN SPORTS’ coverage of Copa America quarter-finals reaches 3.8 million

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beIN SPORTSreported that the network's coverage of the 2015 Copa America quarterfinals reached 3.8 million according to the most recent Nielsen Rating. Coverage of the Argentina v. Colombia on beIN SPORTS en Español was the highest rating sports broadcast in cable for that day (June 26).

This news comes after beIN SPORTS released their viewing numbers for the Copa America Group stage, whichreached almost 14 million viewers.

beIN SPORTS’ coverage of Copa America quarter-finals reaches 3.8 million

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beIN SPORTSreported that the network's coverage of the 2015 Copa America quarterfinals reached 3.8 million according to the most recent Nielsen Rating. Coverage of the Argentina v. Colombia on beIN SPORTS en Español was the highest rating sports broadcast in cable for that day (June 26).

This news comes after beIN SPORTS released their viewing numbers for the Copa America Group stage, whichreached almost 14 million viewers.

beIN SPORTS coverage of Copa America Group Stage draws close to 14 million viewers

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Now that the Group Stage of the 2015 Copa America is done, beIN SPORTS hasannounced that close to 14 million people in the United States tuned in to watch the 44th Copa tournament. Tenmillion people tuned into beINen Espańol coverage with close to 4 million watching the English coverage, according to the latest Nielsen Media Research.

English Premier League

Arsene Wenger vows to get January transfer business done early

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While Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is normally tight-lipped on potential incoming transfers most notably when he claimed to have never heard of Santi Cazorla only days before signing him from Malaga in 2012 the Frenchman has recently claimed that he will do his best to make signings as quickly as possible during the upcoming transfer period.

Arsene Wenger vows to get January transfer business done early

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While Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is normally tight-lipped on potential incoming transfers most notably when he claimed to have never heard of Santi Cazorla only days before signing him from Malaga in 2012 the Frenchman has recently claimed that he will do his best to make signings as quickly as possible during the upcoming transfer period.

FOX Sports signs Ian Joy from beIN SPORTS to boost its soccer coverage

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beIN SPORTS co-commentator and analyst Ian Joy is moving to FOX Sports to be a soccer host/analyst in Los Angeles, two sources have confirmed to World Soccer Talk.

A source revealed to World Soccer Talk that "beIN SPORTS has been fantastic" to Ian, but that Joy decided not to renew his contract and believes now is an ideal time to join FOX Sports given the recent acquisition haul of the World Cup, Women's World Cup and Bundesliga, as well as other properties.

FOX Sports signs Ian Joy from beIN SPORTS to boost its soccer coverage

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beIN SPORTS co-commentator and analyst Ian Joy is moving to FOX Sports to be a soccer host/analyst in Los Angeles, two sources have confirmed to World Soccer Talk.

A source revealed to World Soccer Talk that "beIN SPORTS has been fantastic" to Ian, but that Joy decided not to renew his contract and believes now is an ideal time to join FOX Sports given the recent acquisition haul of the World Cup, Women's World Cup and Bundesliga, as well as other properties.

Copa America

beIN SPORTS coverage of Copa America Group Stage draws close to 14 million viewers

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Now that the Group Stage of the 2015 Copa America is done, beIN SPORTS hasannounced that close to 14 million people in the United States tuned in to watch the 44th Copa tournament. Tenmillion people tuned into beINen Espańol coverage with close to 4 million watching the English coverage, according to the latest Nielsen Media Research.

beIN SPORTS to televise 2015 Copa America on US TV and Internet

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As the 2015 version of the Copa America begins on Thursday, with hosts Chile facing off against Ecuador, beIN SPORTS will be the go-to place to watch all of the action. The international television network is set to broadcast every single match of the tournament, as well as in depth analysis and opinions from contributors such as Ruud Gullit, Christian Vieri, Juan Pablo Angel, Andy Gray and Richards Keys, Francisco ‘Kikin' Fonseca, Sergio Goycochea, and Tony Meola.

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Soccer TV: Nicaragua vs USMNT

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The weekend soccer TV schedule has the conclusion of group B at the 2017 Gold Cup with the USMNT in action in Cleveland. There's also a prestige friendly at the same time on Saturday with the Galaxy hosting Manchester United.

Nicaragua vs USMNT at 7pm on Saturday on FXX. Yes, as everyone including the Fox broadcasters are pained to remind us, this game is on FXX.