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Bundesliga is excited and ready to help FOX Sports’ TV coverage beginning next season

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The 2015-16 Bundesliga season will be the first of a five-year deal to show the top flight German league on US television. The new rights holder, FOX Sports, hasn't released any details yet regarding its coverage plans, but World Soccer Talk recently sat down withDFL Sports Enterprises Managing Director Jörg Daubitzer to discuss howthe Bundesliga will help FOX, as well as what soccer fans can look forward to.

Bundesliga is excited and ready to help FOX Sports’ TV coverage beginning next season

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The 2015-16 Bundesliga season will be the first of a five-year deal to show the top flight German league on US television. The new rights holder, FOX Sports, hasn't released any details yet regarding its coverage plans, but World Soccer Talk recently sat down withDFL Sports Enterprises Managing Director Jörg Daubitzer to discuss howthe Bundesliga will help FOX, as well as what soccer fans can look forward to.

TV viewing numbers for soccer games on US television; March 16-22, 2015

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Looking at the viewing datafor soccer games shown on US television during the past week, these are sobering numbers. There'sa lot of insight that you can read into these numbers, such as:

• How much of an impact el Clasico has on beIN SPORTS' overall viewing figures,

•NBCSN's impressive 950,000 figure that tuned in to Liverpool against Manchester United — the third most-watched Premier League match ever on US cable,

• How little interest there is in Serie A,

• Even worse, how much little interest there is in the CONCACAF Champions League.

TV viewing numbers for soccer games on US television; March 16-22, 2015

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Looking at the viewing datafor soccer games shown on US television during the past week, these are sobering numbers. There'sa lot of insight that you can read into these numbers, such as:

• How much of an impact el Clasico has on beIN SPORTS' overall viewing figures,

•NBCSN's impressive 950,000 figure that tuned in to Liverpool against Manchester United — the third most-watched Premier League match ever on US cable,

• How little interest there is in Serie A,

• Even worse, how much little interest there is in the CONCACAF Champions League.

Bidding for La Liga US TV rights to begin shortly for 2015-18 deal

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Discussions will begin to take place this week to determine who will be the next rights holder in the United Statesfor La Liga,Spain's top flight soccer league.

The current US TV rights deal for La Liga expires at the end of the 2014/15 seasonin late May. Representatives from La Liga were in Miami last week to begin preliminary talks.

Bidding for La Liga US TV rights to begin shortly for 2015-18 deal

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Discussions will begin to take place this week to determine who will be the next rights holder in the United Statesfor La Liga,Spain's top flight soccer league.

The current US TV rights deal for La Liga expires at the end of the 2014/15 seasonin late May. Representatives from La Liga were in Miami last week to begin preliminary talks.

The dangers of FOX Sports putting too much emphasis on Premier League teams

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Although they may not admit it publicly, FOX Sports will be most disappointed that the English Premier League teams have been knocked out of the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League Round of 16 stages.

After all, for years,European tournament matches involving Premier League teams have often been showcased as "the main event" on FOX Sports 1 while "lesser important" teams from other leagues are often shown live on FOX Sports 2 or FOX Soccer Plus.

The dangers of FOX Sports putting too much emphasis on Premier League teams

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Although they may not admit it publicly, FOX Sports will be most disappointed that the English Premier League teams have been knocked out of the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League Round of 16 stages.

After all, for years,European tournament matches involving Premier League teams have often been showcased as "the main event" on FOX Sports 1 while "lesser important" teams from other leagues are often shown live on FOX Sports 2 or FOX Soccer Plus.

Play the Warren Barton drinking game

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For those times when you're bored and you end up watching the pre-game, half-time or post-match soccer analysis on FOX Sports, we have a solution to make their analysis more enjoyable —a drinking game.

For readers 21 and older, print out the Warren Barton bingo card below. And every time Warren Barton mentions one of his choice words, have a shot or drink of your favorite beverage.

Play the Warren Barton drinking game

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For those times when you're bored and you end up watching the pre-game, half-time or post-match soccer analysis on FOX Sports, we have a solution to make their analysis more enjoyable —a drinking game.

For readers 21 and older, print out the Warren Barton bingo card below. And every time Warren Barton mentions one of his choice words, have a shot or drink of your favorite beverage.

MLS TV viewing figures are in for opening weekend of games

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The TV viewing figures for the opening weekend of the 2015 MLS season are in. While they're not earth shattering, the numbers were positive for ESPN and UniMas but disappointing for FOX Sports.

An average viewing audience of 539,000 watched Orlando City against New York City on ESPN2 (from 4:30-7:15pm ET).

MLS TV viewing figures are in for opening weekend of games

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The TV viewing figures for the opening weekend of the 2015 MLS season are in. While they're not earth shattering, the numbers were positive for ESPN and UniMas but disappointing for FOX Sports.

An average viewing audience of 539,000 watched Orlando City against New York City on ESPN2 (from 4:30-7:15pm ET).

Highs and lows of MLS’ opening weekend TV coverage

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Major League Soccer couldn't have picked a better weekend to launch its 20th season after a boring, quiet and uneventful FA Cup weekend in England. Soccer fans were craving goals, and MLS dutifully supplied them with an average of 2.25 goals per game for the 4 nationally televised matches compared to an average of 0.

Highs and lows of MLS’ opening weekend TV coverage

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Major League Soccer couldn't have picked a better weekend to launch its 20th season after a boring, quiet and uneventful FA Cup weekend in England. Soccer fans were craving goals, and MLS dutifully supplied them with an average of 2.25 goals per game for the 4 nationally televised matches compared to an average of 0.

FOX Sports, ESPN and Univision announce MLS coverage plans for 2015 season

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The 2015 season of MLS will feature a brand-new TV deal with broadcasters FOX Sports, ESPN and Univision Deportes combining forces to provide soccer fans with regularly scheduled games throughout the season.

With new teams Orlando City and New York City FC on board, as well as new signings in the league including Kaka, Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard and more, 2015 promises to be the most exciting season in the league's history.

FOX Sports, ESPN and Univision announce MLS coverage plans for 2015 season

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The 2015 season of MLS will feature a brand-new TV deal with broadcasters FOX Sports, ESPN and Univision Deportes combining forces to provide soccer fans with regularly scheduled games throughout the season.

With new teams Orlando City and New York City FC on board, as well as new signings in the league including Kaka, Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard and more, 2015 promises to be the most exciting season in the league's history.

FOX Sports exec shows little understanding of US soccer history

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The same FOX Sports executive who hiredGus Johnson and tried to turn him into a soccer commentator, and who is arguably the most powerful soccer TV exec in the country given that FOX has the rights to the World Cup for the next 11 years, demonstrated this week how out of touch hisnetwork is with the sport of soccer in the United States.

FOX Sports exec shows little understanding of US soccer history

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The same FOX Sports executive who hiredGus Johnson and tried to turn him into a soccer commentator, and who is arguably the most powerful soccer TV exec in the country given that FOX has the rights to the World Cup for the next 11 years, demonstrated this week how out of touch hisnetwork is with the sport of soccer in the United States.

Which soccer streaming service is best for you? fubo, Sling, DishWorld, KlowdTV or FOX Soccer 2Go

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For years, soccer fans in the United States have demanded the opportunity to watch what you want, when you want and how you want it. Instead of being tied to contracts with satellite TV providers or stuck with cable, now soccer fans have more choices than ever before to watch the greatest soccer games from around the world streamed to our computers, TV sets, smartphones, set top boxes or tablets.

Which soccer streaming service is best for you? fubo, Sling, DishWorld, KlowdTV or FOX Soccer 2Go

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For years, soccer fans in the United States have demanded the opportunity to watch what you want, when you want and how you want it. Instead of being tied to contracts with satellite TV providers or stuck with cable, now soccer fans have more choices than ever before to watch the greatest soccer games from around the world streamed to our computers, TV sets, smartphones, set top boxes or tablets.

9 reasons why Premier League needs NBC for 2016-19 TV rights deal

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In the last year and a half, the Premier League has reached a new level of recognition and marketability in the United States. While to some it might appear this is simply part of a natural evolution toward more interest in the European club game, the reality is this push has come from the remarkable and unprecedented commitment that the NBC Sports Group has made toward aggressively promoting the Barclays Premier League.

9 reasons why Premier League needs NBC for 2016-19 TV rights deal

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In the last year and a half, the Premier League has reached a new level of recognition and marketability in the United States. While to some it might appear this is simply part of a natural evolution toward more interest in the European club game, the reality is this push has come from the remarkable and unprecedented commitment that the NBC Sports Group has made toward aggressively promoting the Barclays Premier League.

FOX scores biggest viewing audience ever for Champions League Round of 16 game

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FOX Sports scored its biggest viewing audience ever for a UEFA Champions League game on FOX Sports 1 when an average viewing audience of 779,000tuned in to watch Manchester City versus Barcelona match on Tuesday from 2:30pm-5pm ET.

The Manchester City 1-2 Barcelona game was the fifth most-watched sports event on cable on Tuesday, and achieved a 0.

FOX scores biggest viewing audience ever for Champions League Round of 16 game

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FOX Sports scored its biggest viewing audience ever for a UEFA Champions League game on FOX Sports 1 when an average viewing audience of 779,000tuned in to watch Manchester City versus Barcelona match on Tuesday from 2:30pm-5pm ET.

The Manchester City 1-2 Barcelona game was the fifth most-watched sports event on cable on Tuesday, and achieved a 0.

FOX Sports names Rob Stone as presenter of Women’s World Cup coverage

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First, let me congratulate Rob Stone who has been named the primetime presenter for this summer's FIFA Women's World Cup, which will be televised by FOX Sports.

Second, sometimes you can't make this stuff up, but did David Neal, executive producer for FOX Sports' FIFA Women's World Cup coverage call Rob Stone a "little traffic cop" in the official press release to announce the news?

FOX Sports names Rob Stone as presenter of Women’s World Cup coverage

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First, let me congratulate Rob Stone who has been named the primetime presenter for this summer's FIFA Women's World Cup, which will be televised by FOX Sports.

Second, sometimes you can't make this stuff up, but did David Neal, executive producer for FOX Sports' FIFA Women's World Cup coverage call Rob Stone a "little traffic cop" in the official press release to announce the news?

FOX Sports trying to get Ian Darke for its World Cup 2018 coverage, says report

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FOX Sports tried to hire Ian Darke to be one of its commentators for the FIFA World Cup 2018, according to a report in The Big Lead.

The Big Lead reports that several sources confirmed that FOX Sports tried to do a swap with ESPN to procure Darke for the World Cup 2018. The website reported that "Between May and the announcement of [Katie Nolan's] new show a couple weeks ago, multiple sources tell The Big Lead that Simmons' attempt to acquire Nolan sparked trade talks.

FOX Sports trying to get Ian Darke for its World Cup 2018 coverage, says report

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FOX Sports tried to hire Ian Darke to be one of its commentators for the FIFA World Cup 2018, according to a report in The Big Lead.

The Big Lead reports that several sources confirmed that FOX Sports tried to do a swap with ESPN to procure Darke for the World Cup 2018. The website reported that "Between May and the announcement of [Katie Nolan's] new show a couple weeks ago, multiple sources tell The Big Lead that Simmons' attempt to acquire Nolan sparked trade talks.

Major League Soccer

Why the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup isn’t “March Madness” yet

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Even if you haven't filled out your NCAA Tournament bracket (or five) yet, you are probably still aware that there's some big college basketball tournament about to explode onto several networks today. Colloquially it is known as "March Madness".

In recent years there have been articles written about the Lamar Hunt U.

Why the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup isn’t “March Madness” yet

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Even if you haven't filled out your NCAA Tournament bracket (or five) yet, you are probably still aware that there's some big college basketball tournament about to explode onto several networks today. Colloquially it is known as "March Madness".

In recent years there have been articles written about the Lamar Hunt U.

10 things we learned from MLS gameweek 2

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Here are the 10 things we learned from MLS gameweek 2:

1. A Little Joy For NYCFC

NYCFC's rollout was rough. It ranged from brutally mismanaged to the deliberately misleadingin the signing of Frank Lampard. The team still doesn't have a stadium plan, the New York Yankees are moaning about their use of Yankee Stadium, and what became painfully obvious over the last year was that MLS saw Manchester City's money, saw the New York City location, and rushed a franchise to debut before it was ready.

10 things we learned from MLS gameweek 2

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Here are the 10 things we learned from MLS gameweek 2:

1. A Little Joy For NYCFC

NYCFC's rollout was rough. It ranged from brutally mismanaged to the deliberately misleadingin the signing of Frank Lampard. The team still doesn't have a stadium plan, the New York Yankees are moaning about their use of Yankee Stadium, and what became painfully obvious over the last year was that MLS saw Manchester City's money, saw the New York City location, and rushed a franchise to debut before it was ready.

English Premier League

Europa League Round of 16 1st leg: TV schedule and open thread

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Here's today's TV schedule for viewers/readers in the United States:

Zenit vs Torino (Europa League), 2pm,FOX Soccer 2Go
Wolfsburg vs Inter Milan (Europa League), 3pm, FOX Sports 2,FOX Soccer 2Go& ESPN Deportes
Dnipro vs Ajax (Europa League), 3pm,FOX Soccer 2Go
Club Brugge vs Besiktas (Europa League), 3pm,FOX Soccer 2Go
Mexico vs Costa Rica (CONCACAF U17 Championship), 4:30pm,FOX Soccer 2 Go
Fiorentina vs Roma (Europa League), 5:05pm,FOX Soccer 2Go
Everton vs Dynamo Kiev (Europa League), 5:05pm, FOX Sports 2 &FOX Soccer 2Go
Villarreal vs Sevilla (Europa League), 5:05pm,FOX Soccer 2Go& ESPN Deportes
Napoli vs Dinamo Moscow (Europa League), 5:05pm,FOX Soccer 2Go

SEE ALSO:Read our UEFA Europa League preview.

Europa League Round of 16 1st leg: TV schedule and open thread

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Here's today's TV schedule for viewers/readers in the United States:

Zenit vs Torino (Europa League), 2pm,FOX Soccer 2Go
Wolfsburg vs Inter Milan (Europa League), 3pm, FOX Sports 2,FOX Soccer 2Go& ESPN Deportes
Dnipro vs Ajax (Europa League), 3pm,FOX Soccer 2Go
Club Brugge vs Besiktas (Europa League), 3pm,FOX Soccer 2Go
Mexico vs Costa Rica (CONCACAF U17 Championship), 4:30pm,FOX Soccer 2 Go
Fiorentina vs Roma (Europa League), 5:05pm,FOX Soccer 2Go
Everton vs Dynamo Kiev (Europa League), 5:05pm, FOX Sports 2 &FOX Soccer 2Go
Villarreal vs Sevilla (Europa League), 5:05pm,FOX Soccer 2Go& ESPN Deportes
Napoli vs Dinamo Moscow (Europa League), 5:05pm,FOX Soccer 2Go

SEE ALSO:Read our UEFA Europa League preview.

FA Cup Saturday, Quarter-finals and QPR-Spurs: TV times and open thread

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Here's today's TV schedule for viewers/readers in the United States:

Bradford vs Reading (FA Cup), 7:45am, FOX Sports 1 andFOX Soccer 2Go
QPR vs Spurs, 10am, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra
Aston Villa vs West Brom (FA Cup), 12:30pm, FOX Soccer Plus andFOX Soccer 2Go

Before, during or after today's matches, join the conversation in the comments section below with fellow soccer fans from around the world.

FA Cup Saturday, Quarter-finals and QPR-Spurs: TV times and open thread

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Here's today's TV schedule for viewers/readers in the United States:

Bradford vs Reading (FA Cup), 7:45am, FOX Sports 1 andFOX Soccer 2Go
QPR vs Spurs, 10am, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra
Aston Villa vs West Brom (FA Cup), 12:30pm, FOX Soccer Plus andFOX Soccer 2Go

Before, during or after today's matches, join the conversation in the comments section below with fellow soccer fans from around the world.

Arsenal vs Monaco and Leverkusen vs Atletico Madrid: TV times and open thread

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After two entertaining 2-1 matches in the UEFA Champions League yesterday, we have two more matches in store today with Arsenal hosting Monaco, while Atletico Madrid travels to Bayer Leverkusen.

Here's today's TV schedule for viewers/readers in the United States:

Arsenal vs Monaco, 2:45pm ET, FOX Sports 1 andFOX Soccer 2Go
Leverkusen vs Atletico Madrid, 2:45pm ET, FOX Sports 2andFOX Soccer 2Go

MORE:

—Get a free 7-day trial to FOX Soccer 2GO to watch Champions League and Europa League matches.

Arsenal vs Monaco and Leverkusen vs Atletico Madrid: TV times and open thread

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After two entertaining 2-1 matches in the UEFA Champions League yesterday, we have two more matches in store today with Arsenal hosting Monaco, while Atletico Madrid travels to Bayer Leverkusen.

Here's today's TV schedule for viewers/readers in the United States:

Arsenal vs Monaco, 2:45pm ET, FOX Sports 1 andFOX Soccer 2Go
Leverkusen vs Atletico Madrid, 2:45pm ET, FOX Sports 2andFOX Soccer 2Go

MORE:

—Get a free 7-day trial to FOX Soccer 2GO to watch Champions League and Europa League matches.

Start your 7-Day free trial to FOX Soccer 2GO

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FOX Sportsis offering a free 7-day trial to FOX Soccer 2GO so you can watch all of the UEFA Champions League and Europa League action and get a chance to give the streaming service a test drive.

With FOX Soccer 2GO, you don't need a TV subscription, so it's the perfect solution for soccer fans who (1) don't get FOX Soccer Plus or (2) are cord cutters.

Start your 7-Day free trial to FOX Soccer 2GO

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FOX Sportsis offering a free 7-day trial to FOX Soccer 2GO so you can watch all of the UEFA Champions League and Europa League action and get a chance to give the streaming service a test drive.

With FOX Soccer 2GO, you don't need a TV subscription, so it's the perfect solution for soccer fans who (1) don't get FOX Soccer Plus or (2) are cord cutters.