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Gus Johnson is Just the Start of FOX Sports’ Soccer Issues

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Gus Johnson is the least of FOX Sports' issues with its soccer coverage. With just over one year to go before the network begins its broadcast of a worldwide soccer event — the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup — FOX Sports is more out of touch and disconnected from the average soccer fan in the United States than ever before.

Barcelona-Manchester City Sets Record For Most-Watched Soccer Game On FOX Sports 1

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Wednesday's UEFA Champions League broadcast of Barcelona against Manchester City set a record for the most-watched soccer game on FOX Sports 1 to date, with 420,000 viewers tuning in to see Barca win 2-1.

That compares to Tuesday's broadcast of Bayern Munich versus Arsenal, which was seen by 363,000 viewers on FOX Sports 1, which is the third most-watched Champions League game on FOX Sports 1 behind Manchester City vs Barcelona (395,000 viewers) on February 18.

FOX and ESPN Could Land 8-Year USMNT-MLS TV Deal For Half A Billion

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FOX and ESPN are close to securing a landmark 8-year deal to acquire US media rights to the US Men's National Team and Major League Soccer games, generating a whopping $560M in revenue between the two US soccer bodies, according to an industry publication.

The parties are in advanced negotiations, but a deal is expected to be signed and announced next week at the MLS Draft in Philadelphia.

Gus Johnson Has 2 ‘Pets’ That Are Plants Named Whittaker And Hector [VIDEO]

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FOX Sports lead soccer commentator Gus Johnson, who should be returning to the airwaves this year to announce soccer matches for FOX Sports 1, was asked an innocuous question last summer (we just uncovered the video), but the answer to the question was quite bizarre.

He was asked by FOX Sports about whether he had any pets.

FOX Confirms Renewal Of UEFA Champions League Rights In US For 2015-18

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FOX Sports today confirmed that it won the bid to renew the US media rights to the UEFA Champions League for seasons 2015-18.

The news regarding the renewal of the rights deal broke on December 6, but today's official announcement from FOX shines more light on the deal.

Some of the interesting revelations are:

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Soccer TV: Juventus – Lyon and Benfica – AZ

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Europa League quarterfinals on Fox Sports 1 with Juventus - Lyon and Fox Sports 2 with Benfica - AZ highlight the Thursday soccer TV schedule. Read More

Soccer TV: Chelsea – PSG and Borussia Dortmund – Real Madrid

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Chelsea - PSG is on Fox Sports 1 and Fox Sports 2 has Borussia Dortmund - Real Madrid on Tuesday's soccer TV schedule. Read More

Soccer TV: Lyon – Juventus and AZ – Benfica

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The Europa League quarterfinals are on the Thursday soccer TV schedule with Lyon - Juventus on Fox sports 1 and AZ - Benfica on Fox Sports 2. Read More

Soccer TV: Benfica – Spurs and Fiorentina – Juventus

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Benfica - Spurs and Fiorentina - Juventus in the Europa League round of 16 highlight the games on Thursday's soccer TV schedule in the USA. Read More

Soccer TV: Manchester United – Olympiakos and Borussia Dortmund – Zenit

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Manchester United - Olympiakos is on Fox Sports 1 and Borussia Dortmund - Zenit on Fox Sports 2 on Wednesday's soccer TV schedule. Read More

Soccer TV: Arsenal – Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid – AC Milan

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Arsenal - Bayern Munich on Fox Sports 1 and Atletico Madrid - AC Milan on Fox Soccer Plus on the soccer TV schedule for Tuesday. Read More

Soccer TV: Arsenal – Everton in the FA Cup and Seattle – Sporting KC this weekend

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Arsenal host Everton in the Sixth Round of the FA Cup on Fox Sports 1 and the 2014 MLS season starts on NBCSN with Seattle - Sporting KC. Read More

Champions League: Galatasaray – Chelsea and Schalke – Real Madrid

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Galatasaray - Chelsea on Fox Sports 1 and Schalke - Real Madrid on Fox Sports 2 in the Champions League highlight Wednesday's soccer on TV. Read More

Champions League: Zenit – Dortmund and Olympiakos – Manchester United

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Champions League Round of 16 games on Fox Sports 1: Zenit - Dortmund and Olympiakos - Manchester United on Tuesday's soccer TV. Read More

Manchester City – Chelsea and Arsenal – Liverpool in the FA Cup

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Manchester City - Chelsea on Saturday and Arsenal - Liverpool on Sunday in the Fifth Round of the FA Cup highlight the weekend soccer TV. Read More

Guarani – Universidad and Lanus – Caracas

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The Copa Libertadores First Stage continues on Fox Deportes with two second-leg games and Puebla plays in the Copa MX on Thursday. Read More

FA Cup Fourth Round on Fox, Schalke on GolTV

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Sunderland shift focus from the Capital One Cup to the FA Cup and Schalke 04 might get a player boost as we preview the weekend soccer TV. Read More

The FA Cup in England and the return of La Liga and Serie A

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It's the weekend soccer TV schedule with the FA Cup taking over in England and a big game for Michael Bradley's Roma against Juventus. Read More

Weekend Soccer TV: Club World Cup

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The 2013 Club World Cup concludes on Saturday and there are plenty of options from Europe's major leagues over the weekend. Read More

Wednesday’s Soccer TV: Club World Cup, Copa del Rey, Capital One Cup

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Wednesday's soccer TV schedule has options from the FIFA Club World Cup and domestic cups in Spain and England. Read More

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UEFA Europa League Quarter-Finals, 1st Leg: Open Thread

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Just as the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals were played this week, today's the chance for the eight teams left in the Europa League to make a mark in their first leg of the last 8.

Today's TV/Internet schedule for viewers in the United States is:

Lyon vs Juventus, 2:30pm ET, FOX Sports 1andFOX Soccer 2Go
Porto vs Sevilla, 2:30pm ET, FOX Sports 2andFOX Soccer 2Go
AZ Alkmaar vs Benfica, 2:30pm, ET, FOX Soccer PlusandFOX Soccer 2Go
Basel vs Valencia, 2:30pm ET,FOX Soccer 2Go

For viewers in the United States, the studio crew will be Rob Stone, Warren Barton, Brian McBride and Janusz Michallik.

Warren Barton Says That Gus Johnson Is One of the Best Soccer Commentators In The World

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FOX Sports soccer pundit Warren Barton says that Gus Johnson is one of the best soccer commentators in the world.

Johnson, who has only been commentating soccer games on TV for one year, is "as good as anybody in the world," according to Barton who was interviewed by The Big Lead. Here's what Barton said:

"I think Gus Johnson is as good as anybody in the world.

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The Dumbing Down Of Soccer Announcing By Gus Johnson and FOX Sports

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Last season, it was the Gus Johnson Experiment, with FOX Soccer throwing basketball announcer Gus Johnson into the deep end to announce several high-profile European soccer games for US television. The "car crash" was filled with numerous mistakes, with Johnson learning on the job as he fumbled his way through until the summer, where he raised his game for the commentary of Gold Cup games.

Gus Johnson To Commentate UEFA Champions League Game On April Fools’ Day

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Gus Johnson, "one of the best soccer commentators in the world" according to a FOX Sports pundit, is scheduled to make his return to the soccer airwaves on April 1 to announce the UEFA Champions League game between Bayern Munich and Manchester United. And no, it's not an April Fools' Day joke.

It's been over 8 months since Johnson has announced a soccer game on television, but FOX Sports will once again throw him in the deep end despite his very limited experience, this time for the high-profile UEFA Champions League quarter-final between Bayern and United, which will be shown live on FOX Sports 1 at 2:45pm ET on Tuesday.

Tottenham Hotspur vs Benfica, Porto vs Napoli, Juventus vs Fiorentina & More: Open Thread

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We've been so preoccupied with the release of the Blue With Envy eBook today that we almost forgot about the Europa League action, and there's plenty of it.

For THFC supporters, here's the TV/Internet schedule of today's matches:

Tottenham vs Benfica (Europa League), 4pm, FOX Sports 2 andFOX Soccer 2Go

Many of the other Europa League matches are on FOX Soccer 2Go, FOX Soccer Plus and ESPN3.

FA Cup Fifth Round, Sunday: Open Thread

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Here's today's TV schedule for soccer fans in the United States:

Everton vs Swansea (FA Cup), 8:30am, FOX Sports 1, FOX Deportes andFOX Soccer 2Go
Sheffield United vs Nottingham Forest (FA Cup), 10am,FOX Soccer 2Go
Arsenal vs Liverpool (FA Cup), 11am, FOX Sports 2, FOX Deportes 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 Fifth Round, Saturday: Open Thread

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Here's today's TV schedule for soccer fans in the United States:

Sunderland vs Southampton (FA Cup), 7:45am, FOX Sports 2, FOX Deportes andFOX Soccer 2Go
Cardiff vs Wigan (FA Cup), 10am, FOX Sports 2, FOX Deportes andFOX Soccer 2Go
Sheffield Wednesday vs Charlton (FA Cup), 10am,FOX Soccer 2Go
Manchester City vs Chelsea (FA Cup), 12:15pm, FOX Sports 2, FOX Deportes 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.

NBCSN’s ‘Transfer Deadline Day’ Program Failed to Live Up to Expectations

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NBCSN'sTransfer Deadline Day program that aired on the final night of the 2014 January transfer window was a poor substitute for the coverage we received from FOX Soccer in previous years when they simulcast the live feed from Sky Sports News.

FOX Soccer ended its agreement to show Sky Sports News on June 30, which meant that last August's final day of the transfer window was the first time in recent memory when the transfer deadline day wasn't televised live on US television.

FA Cup Fourth Round, Saturday: Open Thread

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In the middle of a hectic January transfer window, the clubs throughout England and Wales are switching gears and participating today in the FA Cup Fourth Round. Based on the fixtures below, there's the opportunity for quite a few upsets.

Here's today's TV schedule for soccer fans in the United States:

Bournemouth vs Liverpool (FA Cup), 7:45am, FOX Sports 1, FOX Deportes andFOX Soccer 2Go
Sunderland vs Kidderminster Harriers (FA Cup), 10am, FOX Sports 1, FOX Deportes andFOX Soccer 2Go
Bolton vs Cardiff City (FA Cup), 10am, FOX Sports 2 andFOX Soccer 2Go
Southend vs Hull City (FA Cup), 10am, FOX Soccer Plus andFOX Soccer 2Go
Stevenage vs Everton (FA Cup), 12:30pm, FOX Soccer Plus, FOX Deportes andFOX Soccer 2Go

Here's the complete schedule for the FA Cup Fourth Round.

Could ESPN Show Select Champions League Games As Result Of FOX-ESPN USMNT-MLS TV Deal?

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One of the possibilities of FOX and ESPN's expected acquisition of the joint TV rights to US Men's National Team and MLS for 2015-2022 is that it could allow ESPN to offer show some UEFA Champions League matches on its network or online as part of its deal with FOX.

A source to World Soccer Talk revealed that FOX discussed the possibility of sub-licensing some UEFA Champions League games to ESPN.

FOX’s FA Cup Soccer Coverage Still Pales In Comparison To Competition

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FOX had a mixed weekend covering the FA Cup, the first full-fledged weekend of soccer on the network's channels since the shutdown of FOX Soccer in September.

The wall-to-wall FA Cup coverage, that included FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports 2 and FOX over-the-air, included extensive highlights and studio shows.

If You Live In Miami and You Want to Watch Arsenal-Spurs On FOX Today, You’re Screwed

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Despite regularly having some of the best TV ratings in the country for soccer programming, as well as all the hype from David Beckham romancing investors and politicians in hopes of finding a stadium for his Miami MLS team, the City of Miami won't be televising the live FA Cup match between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur at Noon ET.

US TV/Internet Schedule Revealed For This Weekend’s FA Cup Third Round Games

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The third round of the FA Cup, the oldest soccer competition in the world, kicks off this weekend featuring several Premier League and Football League teams, with several of the key matches scheduled to be aired live on US television and/or Internet.

Founded in 1871, the FA Cup will be beamed around the world.

US TV/Internet Schedule Revealed For This Weekend’s FA Cup Third Round Games

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The third round of the FA Cup, the oldest soccer competition in the world, kicks off this weekend featuring several Premier League and Football League teams, with several of the key matches scheduled to be aired live on US television and/or Internet.

Founded in 1871, the FA Cup will be beamed around the world.

FOX Soccer Daily Temporarily Off The Air As Execs Evaluate Show, Says Source

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FOX Soccer Daily, FOX's daily soccer news show that launched August 19, has temporarily been taken off the air for 4-6 weeks so FOX executives can evaluate the format and talent in order to determine what changes are needed to improve the ratings, according to a World Soccer Talk source close to the show.

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Soccer Fans, Prevent Spoilers and Annoying Tickers With TickerBlocker

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We all love watching soccer, but many of you will agree that two of the most annoying aspects of watching the sport on television in the United States are 1) poor commentary by the play-by-play announcers, and/or 2) the tickers that run across the bottom of the screen.

But even if the soccer game features your favorite commentator, the experience can often be distracting when TV networks such as FOX Sports and ESPN run tickers across the bottom of the screen throughout the whole game.

NBC No Longer In The Running For MLS TV Rights, Says Report

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NBC Sports Group is no longer in the running to acquire the next round of MLS TV rights, which will begin with next season. According to a report tonight in Goal.com, sources are saying that the finishing touches are being made to the MLS rights deal, but NBC Sports is out.

The winning bidder of the MLS TV deal is expected to be announced next week at the MLS Draft.

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Interview With DishWorld (World Soccer Talk Special Episode)

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In previous years, we've kept you updated on the latest developments about how to watch soccer on television and the Internet by interviewing executives from FOX Soccer, Setanta Sports, ESPN, FOX Soccer 2Go, ITVN and others. With one of the biggest matches on the world soccer calendar just days away with el Clasico on Sunday, we thought it'd be timely to feature an interview with DishWorld Managing Editor Chris Bernier.

Is Fox Sports relegating the Europa League?

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Fox Sports 2 is the home of the 2013-14 Europa League, a network with nowhere near the availability of Fox Sports 1. Read More

List of US Sports Events That Would Clash With FOX’s Coverage of a 2022 Winter World Cup

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The comments of Jérôme Valcke, FIFA's General Secretary, about the potential timing of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar came as a shock to much of the world soccer community. But how specifically will a shift from summer to winter impact the United States in 2022?

If the World Cup 2022 is scheduled between November 15and December 15, the following traditional American sport events (just to name a few) will overlap with World Cup TV coverage by FOX Sports:

— Week 11-15 of the NFL regular season
— Several high-profile regional college football tivalries including Ohio State-Michigan, Florida-Florida State, Alabama-Auburn, UCLA-USC and Oregon-Oregon State
— The title games of every major college football conference including the SEC, ACC, PAC 12, Big 12 and Big 10
— Several early season college basketball tournaments that generally include almost every school with a national following
— The final NASCAR race of the season where the points title is determined, and
— Early NBA and NHL regular season games.