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1.4 million+ watched Chelsea-Man United and Arsenal-Reading on NBC and FOX last Saturday

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The viewing numbers are in for the broadcasts by NBC and FOX over-the-air networks for last Saturday's simultaneous live coverage of Chelsea's Premier League game against Manchester United and Arsenal versus Reading in the FA Cup semi-final.

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1.4 million+ watched Chelsea-Man United and Arsenal-Reading on NBC and FOX last Saturday

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The viewing numbers are in for the broadcasts by NBC and FOX over-the-air networks for last Saturday's simultaneous live coverage of Chelsea's Premier League game against Manchester United and Arsenal versus Reading in the FA Cup semi-final.

NBC's live broadcast of Chelsea against Manchester United netted 1.

How the Premier League could split US TV Packages for 2016-19

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Sports Business Daily reported on Tuesday that the Premier League is considering splitting packages for the next round US TV rights, which will run from 2016 to 2019. This would follow the precedent set by the league in other major markets such as the UK. The Premier League has experienced a surge of popularity in the American market since 2010.

How the Premier League could split US TV Packages for 2016-19

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Sports Business Daily reported on Tuesday that the Premier League is considering splitting packages for the next round US TV rights, which will run from 2016 to 2019. This would follow the precedent set by the league in other major markets such as the UK. The Premier League has experienced a surge of popularity in the American market since 2010.

Who do you think will win the Premier League US TV rights for 2016-19?

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In May or June of this year, the bidding for the 2016-19 Premier League TV rights is expected to begin with FOX Sports, ESPN and NBC Sports readyto begin a bidding war to determine who willacquire the rights to the world's most popular sports league.

Despite NBC raising the baron soccer coverage in the United States and growing the average Premier League viewing audience by 10% compared to last year, nothing is guaranteed.

Who do you think will win the Premier League US TV rights for 2016-19?

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In May or June of this year, the bidding for the 2016-19 Premier League TV rights is expected to begin with FOX Sports, ESPN and NBC Sports readyto begin a bidding war to determine who willacquire the rights to the world's most popular sports league.

Despite NBC raising the baron soccer coverage in the United States and growing the average Premier League viewing audience by 10% compared to last year, nothing is guaranteed.

FOX Sports and ESPN won’t submit a joint bid for Premier League US TV rights, says report

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FOX Sports and ESPN will not submita joint bid for the Premier League US TV rights this summer for the 2016-19 cycle, according to a report today in SportsBusiness Daily.

The TV networks expected to bid for the prestigious Premier League rights are incumbent NBC Sports, FOX Sports and ESPN, while beIN SPORTS could be interested in bidding.

FOX Sports and ESPN won’t submit a joint bid for Premier League US TV rights, says report

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FOX Sports and ESPN will not submita joint bid for the Premier League US TV rights this summer for the 2016-19 cycle, according to a report today in SportsBusiness Daily.

The TV networks expected to bid for the prestigious Premier League rights are incumbent NBC Sports, FOX Sports and ESPN, while beIN SPORTS could be interested in bidding.

FOX Sports 1 and AT&T U-Verse standoff drags on; Soccer fans get screwed

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FOX Sports 1 and TV provider AT&T U-Verse are 7 weeksinto a standoff that has caused viewers to miss out on many live sporting events, including the first 6 weeks of MLS games,and United States vs. Mexico friendlyon Wednesday night (even though parent company AT&T sponsored the game on FS1).

FOX Sports 1 and AT&T U-Verse standoff drags on; Soccer fans get screwed

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FOX Sports 1 and TV provider AT&T U-Verse are 7 weeksinto a standoff that has caused viewers to miss out on many live sporting events, including the first 6 weeks of MLS games,and United States vs. Mexico friendlyon Wednesday night (even though parent company AT&T sponsored the game on FS1).

FOX and NBC to broadcast English soccer games on Saturday on free-to-air networks

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If ever you wanted an indication at how English soccer is becoming more popular in the United States, this Saturday will be a perfect example as both free-to-air networks FOX and NBC will broadcast live matches at the same time. NBC will feature the Premier League game between Chelsea against Manchester United, while FOX will broadcast the FA Cup semi-final involving Arsenal and Reading, live from Wembley Stadium in London.

FOX and NBC to broadcast English soccer games on Saturday on free-to-air networks

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If ever you wanted an indication at how English soccer is becoming more popular in the United States, this Saturday will be a perfect example as both free-to-air networks FOX and NBC will broadcast live matches at the same time. NBC will feature the Premier League game between Chelsea against Manchester United, while FOX will broadcast the FA Cup semi-final involving Arsenal and Reading, live from Wembley Stadium in London.

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.

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Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid and Monaco vs Juventus: TV times and open thread

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Yesterday's UEFA Champions League semi-finals started off with a bang, but by halftime, the fates of Paris Saint-Germain and Porto were already determined with matches that involved one-way traffic for both Barcelona and Bayern Munich.

Today's matches promise to be more nervy affairs than 6-1 or 2-0 spectacles.

Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid and Monaco vs Juventus: TV times and open thread

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Yesterday's UEFA Champions League semi-finals started off with a bang, but by halftime, the fates of Paris Saint-Germain and Porto were already determined with matches that involved one-way traffic for both Barcelona and Bayern Munich.

Today's matches promise to be more nervy affairs than 6-1 or 2-0 spectacles.

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.

Major League Soccer

Soccer Morning (4.20.15) Kyle McCarthy and Kris Heneage

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Today's episode of Soccer Morning features news about a major announcement from Soccer Morning, as well as interviews with Kyle McCarthy and Kris Heneage.

Hosted by Jason Davis and produced by Trevor Hayward, Soccer Morning features interviews with prominent journalists, players and coaches in addition to taking listener calls.

Soccer Morning (4.20.15) Kyle McCarthy and Kris Heneage

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Today's episode of Soccer Morning features news about a major announcement from Soccer Morning, as well as interviews with Kyle McCarthy and Kris Heneage.

Hosted by Jason Davis and produced by Trevor Hayward, Soccer Morning features interviews with prominent journalists, players and coaches in addition to taking listener calls.

Listen to Soccer Morning with Kyle McCarthy and Jeff Kassouf from 10-11:15am ET

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Today's episode of Soccer Morning features interviews with guests Kyle McCarthy and Jeff Kassouf.

Hosted by Jason Davis and produced by Trevor Hayward, Soccer Morning features interviews with prominent journalists, players and coaches in addition to taking listener calls.

Jason kicks off today's show with FOX Soccer's Kyle McCarthy as they look back at the weekend's Major League Soccer headlines.

Listen to Soccer Morning with Kyle McCarthy and Jeff Kassouf from 10-11:15am ET

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Today's episode of Soccer Morning features interviews with guests Kyle McCarthy and Jeff Kassouf.

Hosted by Jason Davis and produced by Trevor Hayward, Soccer Morning features interviews with prominent journalists, players and coaches in addition to taking listener calls.

Jason kicks off today's show with FOX Soccer's Kyle McCarthy as they look back at the weekend's Major League Soccer headlines.

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.

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Could Amazon be a surprise contender for Premier League bidding rights in US?

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As many have written, the bidding for the Premier League rights in the United States will be intense. With NBC growing the property to incredible heights and the popularity of the sport skyrocketing, the next rounding of bidding could lead to ESPN, NBC, and Fox "splashing" a lot of cash for the league rights.

Could Amazon be a surprise contender for Premier League bidding rights in US?

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As many have written, the bidding for the Premier League rights in the United States will be intense. With NBC growing the property to incredible heights and the popularity of the sport skyrocketing, the next rounding of bidding could lead to ESPN, NBC, and Fox "splashing" a lot of cash for the league rights.