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ESPN reaps benefits of FOX and NBC’s indifference to International Champions Cup TV rights

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A little over one year ago, it appeared that Relevent Sports’ Charlie Stillitano and Stephen Ross had overshot the runway. They had “gambled in overvaluing their product and had lost badly” went the narrative. While International Champions Cup executives wouldn’t confirm it, reports indicated that FOX Sports declined to renew its TV deal with ICC, and that NBC Sports wasn’t very interested in the property.

ESPN reaps benefits of FOX and NBC’s indifference to International Champions Cup TV rights

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A little over one year ago, it appeared that Relevent Sports’ Charlie Stillitano and Stephen Ross had overshot the runway. They had “gambled in overvaluing their product and had lost badly” went the narrative. While International Champions Cup executives wouldn’t confirm it, reports indicated that FOX Sports declined to renew its TV deal with ICC, and that NBC Sports wasn’t very interested in the property.

ESPN to televise 2017 International Champions Cup including Barcelona-Real Madrid game

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For viewers in the United States, the 2017 International Champions Cup will be televised live on ESPN and ESPN2, which will include the highly-anticipated game between Barcelona and Real Madrid on Saturday, July 29 - the first time ever el Clasico has been played in the United States.

Out of the 12 games in the 2017 International Champions Cup, eight of them will be shown live on ESPN.

ESPN to televise 2017 International Champions Cup including Barcelona-Real Madrid game

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For viewers in the United States, the 2017 International Champions Cup will be televised live on ESPN and ESPN2, which will include the highly-anticipated game between Barcelona and Real Madrid on Saturday, July 29 - the first time ever el Clasico has been played in the United States.

Out of the 12 games in the 2017 International Champions Cup, eight of them will be shown live on ESPN.

US broadcasters bid on UEFA Champions League TV rights for 2018-2021

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The bidding for the next round of US TV and streaming rights to the UEFA Champions League is close to being completed, a source revealed to World Soccer Talk.

Our source understands that the TV networks bidding for the rights to broadcast the UEFA Champions League in the United States from 2018 to 2021 are FOX Sports, ESPN, Turner Sports and NBC Sports.

Sling TV adds ESPN3 as separate channel to bolster soccer coverage

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Sling TV announced this week that it has added ESPN3 as a new channel to its long list of streaming networks.

Previously, ESPN3 was available to Sling TV customers but they had to log in to ESPN3 separately using the subscriber's Sling TV username and password. But now with the addition of ESPN3 as a completely separate channel that's built in to the list of Sling Orange channels available, it's easier than ever to access all of the ESPN3 soccer matches on Sling TV.

Sling TV adds ESPN3 as separate channel to bolster soccer coverage

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Sling TV announced this week that it has added ESPN3 as a new channel to its long list of streaming networks.

Previously, ESPN3 was available to Sling TV customers but they had to log in to ESPN3 separately using the subscriber's Sling TV username and password. But now with the addition of ESPN3 as a completely separate channel that's built in to the list of Sling Orange channels available, it's easier than ever to access all of the ESPN3 soccer matches on Sling TV.

Manchester United

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Scott has written to FourFourTwo about how United fans should learn the lesson of not falling in love with Mourinho from Chelsea fans.

Scott writes for ESPN about the criticism Paul Pogba is receiving.

The Guardian reports on Mourinho's criticism of the Premier League.

The Mirror reports on the FA fine for United failing to control their players.

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Scott reviewed the players against Rostov for ESPN.

Scott wrote for ESPN about how Zlatan's ban is Rashford's time to shine.

The Guardian talks about Suarez's cheating in Barcelona's incredible comeback.

The Telegraph claims Ibrahimovic has an offer from the MLS.

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Carrick: You never feel as though you’re good enough at United

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After 11 years at Manchester United, Michael Carrick has been given a testimonial at the club in the summer.

After three disappointing seasons with David Moyes and Louis van Gaal, Carrick has spoken to ESPN about the difference with Jose Mourinho.

The general feeling is that we are close and not too far away and the manager is a big part of it because of his approach, his mentality.

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Scott writes for ESPN about winning the cup and Ibrahimovic.

Scott has written for uMAXit about the value of Jesse Lingard.

The Mirror reports on how Ibrahimovic is missing out on money by not having a boot deal.

The Guardian reports on Wayne Rooney's potential return to Everton.

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Scott has written for ESPN about listening to Eric Cantona.

The Guardian reckons that Wayne Rooney is done despite not moving to China.

The Mirror reports on Chelsea target Franck Kessie's dream of joining United.

BBC Sport has Juan Mata's guide to Manchester.

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Scott writes for ESPN about whether Wayne Rooney should be regarded as a United legend.

The Daily Recordhas positive news on Marcos Rojo's injury.

The Guardian wonders what the future holds for Wayne Rooney.

The Mirror reports on Jose Mourinho's comments about Memphis Depay.

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Scott writes for uMAXit about Phil Jones' rising stock.

Scott writes for ESPN about Mourinho's recent behaviour.

The Mirror reports that Schweinsteiger is set to start against West Ham.

The Daily Record claims we're in for Neymar again.

Classic Shirts has Christmas stocking fillers at clearance prices.

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Scott writes for ESPN about the importance of beating Arsenal and what it would mean for Mourinho.

Scott writes for uMAXit about how it's probably time to sell Memphis.

The Guardian reports on our increasing debt thanks to Brexit.

The Mirror discusses our reduced Adidas deal if we don't qualify for the Champions League.

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Scott writes for ESPN about United signing Antoine Griezmann.

Scott writes for uMAXit about Paul Pogba coming good.

The Mirror reports on Ronaldo's old manager's regrets over playing him against United for Sporting.

The Guardian discusses the brilliant Premier League year 1996.

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Scott has written for ESPN about the players we should expect to see tonight.

The Mirror reports on Marcus Rashford's place in the England squad.

Squakwa looks at Owen Hargreaves' claims that Rooney could score four goals this evening.

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New York Red Bulls

Most-watched soccer games on US TV for February 28-March 6, 2017

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MLS Soccer Sunday made its return to ESPN and FS1 last week with both seeing big improvements over the first Soccer Sunday of 2016. Viewership on ESPN was up nearly 14% for Orlando-NYCFC when compared to last season’s Portland-Columbus rematch. FS1’s decision to air Atlanta’s opening match against the New York Red Bulls in primetime proved fruitful as the network saw viewership rise 40% from 267,000 in 2016 to 375,000 in 2017.

Some Soccer News for Oct 11, 2016

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It's Day 285 of 2016.


It took Belgium 8.1 seconds from kickoff to score against Gibraltar in UEFA World Cup qualifying. Christian Benteke got the goal. Belgium won 0-6.
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USA Mens National Team friendly:
-Tue Oct 11
USA v New Zealand - RFK Stadium, Washington DC - 7:00pm CT on on ESPN + UniMas

Here is the Roster for the Cuba game:
  • G: David Bingham - San Jose Earthquakes, Bill Hamid - DC United, William Yarbrough - Leon
  • D: Kellyn Acosta - Dallas, Matt Besler - Sporting Kansas City, Steve Birnbaum - DC United, Omar Gonzalez - Pachuca, Michael Orozco - Tijuana, Tim Parker - Vancouver Whitecaps, DeAndre Yedlin - Newcastle
  • M: Paul Arriola - Tijuana, Michael Bradley - Toronto, Lynden Gooch - Sunderland, Perry Kitchen - Heart Of Midlothian, Sacha Kljestan - New York Red Bulls, Danny Williams - Reading
  • F: Juan Agudelo - New England Revolution, Jozy Altidore - Toronto, Terrence Boyd - RB Leipzig, Julian Green - Bayern Munich, Jordan Morris - Seattle Sounders

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A preview of tonight's game.

Major League Soccer

Most-watched MLS teams on US TV during the 2016 season

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The 2016 Major League Soccer regular season saw 90 games made available on national television. ESPN led the way with 32 games broadcast across their networks, 28 featured on the primary channel. FOX Sports showed the equivalent of 31 matches with 5 on the FOX broadcast network while Univision aired 27 matches on their networks with a special California Clásico shown on the primary network.

2017 MLS TV schedule features plenty of changes to disrupt consistent TV windows

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Major League Soccer has announced TV coverage plans for the 2017 season, which will include plenty of changes thatwill disrupt the consistent television windows that fans have only recently become adjusted to after the 2016 season.

In the 2016 season, the vast majority of MLS games had consistent television windows where many Friday night games were on UniMas, Saturday games were on MLS Live and MLS Direct Kick and Sunday games featured an early afternoon match on ESPN followed by Sunday night games on FS1.

2017 MLS TV schedule features plenty of changes to disrupt consistent TV windows

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Major League Soccer has announced TV coverage plans for the 2017 season, which will include plenty of changes thatwill disrupt the consistent television windows that fans have only recently become adjusted to after the 2016 season.

In the 2016 season, the vast majority of MLS games had consistent television windows where many Friday night games were on UniMas, Saturday games were on MLS Live and MLS Direct Kick and Sunday games featured an early afternoon match on ESPN followed by Sunday night games on FS1.

Sounders 2017 schedule released

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The title defense starts on the road and ends with two home games against FC Dallas and the Rapids.

The 2017 MLS schedule pits a rematch of MLS Cup 2016 on Saturday May 6th at 1 PM (ESPN) when Seattle Sounders host Toronto FC. Seattle will be on national TV 12 times (ESPN 6 times, FS1 5 times, one time on FOX and none on UniMas) in 2017.

Major Link Soccer - Everyone Loves Pulisic

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As US qualifiers approach, everyone wants to talk about Pulisic and Dos a Cero.

Seattle

NBC's Pro Soccer Talk has made the only correct choice for MLS rookie of the year by selecting Jordan Morris.

The Sounders have done pretty well in the post season so far and have hopefully shed some playoff baggage.

MLS Cup odds: Sounders favored to advance

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ESPN gives Sounders as good of a chance as anyone to claim MLS Cup.

Make of it what you will, but the math is starting to really like the Seattle Sounders' chances. According to ESPN's Soccer Power Index projections, the Sounders are favorites against the Colorado Rapids and have a 27 percent chance to win the MLS Cup.

Most-watched soccer games on US TV for week of October 17-23, 2016

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Sunday's MLS "Decision Day" matchup between the Seattle Sounders and Real Salt Lake on ESPN delivered the network's worst rating of the season. It also managed to underperform all four MLS matches to air on ESPN2.

Since the start of the Summer Olympics in August, Major League Soccer on ESPN has seen a 41% drop in viewership, averaging only 203,636 viewers in the 11 matches since.

MLS games on ESPN see 25% increase in viewers compared to 2015

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Viewership of MLS games on ESPN during the 2016 regular season increased by 25% compared to 2015, according to research conducted by Sports TV Ratings and World Soccer Talk.

ESPN averaged 307,845 viewers per game (combining ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes) compared to 244,970 in 2015.

MLS definitely benefitted from ESPN, FOX Sports and Univision making a conscious effort to feature MLS games more prominently.

MLS playoff race registers two least-viewed games on ESPN for entire season

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The penultimate weekend of the 2016 MLS regular season this past weekend was the league's worst on ESPN.

Sunday's playoff race matches, which featured Portland Timbers vs. Colorado Rapids (178,000 viewers) and Montreal Impact against Toronto FC (161,000 viewers), were two of the lowest rated programs for the entire day on ESPN.

MLS Ticker: Diaz, Grabavoy, Sapong and more

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The bad news just got worse for FC Dallas.

FC Dallas star Mauro Diaz is reportedly facing up to 8 months out after surgery on Wednesday for his injury picked up over the weekend. (REPORT)

Portland Timbers midfielder Ned Grabavoy announced his retirement at the end of the season. Grabavoy made 301 appearances over 13 seasons and won two MLS cups and a U.

Brotherly Game Daily Links 9/27/16

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FIFA 17 releases today! Way to steal the links' thunder.

Philadelphia Union News

I'm Alejandro Bedoya, and I approve this Alejandro Bedoya goal
Alejandro Bedoya scored an awesome goal, and he wants you to know about it. He also wants you to vote for him for MLS Goal of the Week.

Copa del Mundo

Trezeguet y Camoranesi: con sello argentino

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Uno fue campeón del mundo con Francia en 1998; el otro festejó en 2006 con Italia. Dos amigos que compartieron vivencias en Juventus y volvieron al fútbol local tras levantar la Copa más preciada con otra camiseta.

Entrevista publicada en ESPN Magazine, en junio de 2014.
Por PABLO ARO GERALDES

Aunque el último título mundialista argentino se remonte a 1986, dos veces más la celebración se tiñó de celeste y blanco.

Todos los goles en las finales de la Copa del Mundo

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En el último siglo unas 15 mil millones de personas nacieron en este planeta. Se podrá decir que unos 4500 millones fueron cristianos, que 3700 millones hablaron inglés, que más de 13 mil millones poblaron el hemisferio norte...
Pero si hablamos de fútbol, solamente 57 personas marcaron al menos un gol en una final de una Copa del Mundo.

Fox Sports

Soccer Tuesday: Your Running Commentary

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The final round of the group stage in the UEFA Champions League highlights the action on Tuesday.

Group B is still up for grabs as Benfica hosts Napoli and Besiktas travels to Dynamo Kyiv. The former three teams are battling for the top two spots in the group as they are all separated by one point.

Most-watched soccer games on US TV for week of November 1-6, 2016

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Following decreased viewership for the Knockout Round of the MLS Playoffs, FOX Sports 1 saw a 25% decrease in viewership for the Conference Semifinals compared to last season. None of FOX Sports 1's matches managed to break the 200,000-viewer mark with the series between Supporter's Shield winners FC Dallas and sixth seed Seattle Sounders averaging only 147,000 viewers over both legs.

Colorado Rapids

Sounders Soccer is a clean sheet and a goal; that won’t change

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TL;DR version: You play to win the game

Heading to Commerce City, Colorado (1 PM, ESPN) the Seattle Sounders have a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference Finals. This is their best ever lead just a match away from the MLS Cup. Any result where they win or draw means that they advance. A loss by just one goal if they score at least one means that they advance.

Tim Howard will miss rest of season

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A source told ESPN FC that the goalkeeper's adductor injury might require surgery

UPDATE: Tim Howard will undergo season-ending surgery on his groin, meaning Zac MacMath assumes the Colorado Rapids' starting goalkeeper duties beginning with the Western Conference finals.

According to ESPN FC, a source close to US Soccer said that United States and Colorado Rapids goalkeeper Tim Howard will be out "months, not weeks" with the right adductor injury he suffered in the USA's match against Mexico on Friday.

The Rest

NASL announces broadcast deals with beIN Sports, ESPN 3

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Just several months ago, the NASL was all but dead. On Wednesday, the league announced a return to national television.

The NASL announced on Wednesday that the league will continue to broadcast matches on beIN Sports. Matches will be broadcast on beIN Sports and beIN Sports en Espanol throughout the 2017, following up on a broadcast deal that began with the 2016 campaign.

NASL 'Shootouts' Considered for World Cup 2026 Is a Sign of Changing Times

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ESPN's report on FIFA considering a change to how soccer may settle tie games for World Cup 2026 is a bit of a game-changer. The rules change would attempt to manage the additional groupings formed from the increase of 16 more countries competing.

Report says D.C. United has agreed to a new contract with Steve Birnbaum

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ESPN's Marc Stein says United will retain their USMNT defender for quite a while

Coming into the offseason, most D.C. United fans were concerned with the club's ability to secure a permanent transfer for Luciano Acosta. However, signing a long-term contract with USMNT defender Steve Birnbaum - the subject of repeated European interest in the past few months - was not far behind.

Sigi Schmid to join ESPN as studio analyst

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Schmid will be in the studio the next two weekends, but is still looking for a coaching job.

After his "mutual parting of ways" with the Sounders in July, former head coach Sigi Schmid has laid fairly low as he searches for the next step in his career. It seems he found that next step, even if it's a short-term one: as an in-studio analyst, first for ESPN's MLS coverage this weekend, and then for the league's streaming coverage of the last day of the regular season.