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FOX Sports needs to select Aly Wagner to co-commentate World Cup 2018 games

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Here at World Soccer Talk, we will continue to take the lead by identifying the new generation of candidates for soccer television commentary positions on major national television networks in the United States, with particular emphasis on English-language broadcasts.

In March 2013, we identified John Strong as the best home-grown English-language soccer play-by-play commentator and we voiced our opinion to FOX Sports President and COO Eric Shanks, who had assigned Gus Johnson to the number one soccer play-by-play position instead.

FOX Sports needs to select Aly Wagner to co-commentate World Cup 2018 games

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Here at World Soccer Talk, we will continue to take the lead by identifying the new generation of candidates for soccer television commentary positions on major national television networks in the United States, with particular emphasis on English-language broadcasts.

In March 2013, we identified John Strong as the best home-grown English-language soccer play-by-play commentator and we voiced our opinion to FOX Sports President and COO Eric Shanks, who had assigned Gus Johnson to the number one soccer play-by-play position instead.

FOX to broadcast final day of Bundesliga season across FOX, FS1, FS2 and FOX Soccer Plus

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FOX Sports will broadcast the final day of the 2016/17 Bundesliga season live across the FOX network, FS1, FS2 and FOX Soccer Plus.

The “all in” coverage of the Bundesliga will include the game between Bayern Munich and Freiburg on the over-the-air FOX network, as well as the relegation battle between Hamburg and Wolfsburg on FS1, while Dortmund-Werder Bremen will be on FOX Soccer Plus and, lastly, all of the other games will be shown on FS2 via the MultiMatch 90 format.

FOX to broadcast final day of Bundesliga season across FOX, FS1, FS2 and FOX Soccer Plus

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FOX Sports will broadcast the final day of the 2016/17 Bundesliga season live across the FOX network, FS1, FS2 and FOX Soccer Plus.

The “all in” coverage of the Bundesliga will include the game between Bayern Munich and Freiburg on the over-the-air FOX network, as well as the relegation battle between Hamburg and Wolfsburg on FS1, while Dortmund-Werder Bremen will be on FOX Soccer Plus and, lastly, all of the other games will be shown on FS2 via the MultiMatch 90 format.

Why Jermaine Jones could become the next great American soccer TV studio pundit

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Here at World Soccer Talk, we have taken the lead in identifying the next generation of television broadcasters who will be “driving the bandwagon” by connecting with new viewers in their own unique ways to continue to grow the American soccer community.

Why Jermaine Jones could become the next great American soccer TV studio pundit

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Photo credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Here at World Soccer Talk, we have taken the lead in identifying the next generation of television broadcasters who will be “driving the bandwagon” by connecting with new viewers in their own unique ways to continue to grow the American soccer community.

Final two Bundesliga matchdays to be featured on FS2 with MultiMatch 90

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The final two matchdays of the 2016/17 Bundesliga season will be featured live on FOX Sports 2. All of the games will be included in the MultiMatch 90 whiparound show, which will be hosted by Ross Dyer.

If you haven’t watched MultiMatch 90 before on FOX Soccer Plus or FOX Soccer 2GO, the way it works is that Dyer will start broadcasting one of the Bundesliga matches but will then switch coverage back and forth between any of the nine Bundesliga matches that are being played from 9:30-11:30am.

How to access FOX Sports Go via fuboTV

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fubo Premier subscribers can now use their login credentials to access FOX Sports GO, the streaming app, which is a big deal for sports fans in the United States.

You may be wondering why it’s big news. After all, fubo Premier subscribers already have access to FS1, FS2, FOX Sports Net, FOX Soccer Plus and FOX (in select cities), which encompasses the vast majority of sports programming that the FOX networks feature.

How to access FOX Sports Go via fuboTV

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fubo Premier subscribers can now use their login credentials to access FOX Sports GO, the streaming app, which is a big deal for sports fans in the United States.

You may be wondering why it’s big news. After all, fubo Premier subscribers already have access to FS1, FS2, FOX Sports Net, FOX Soccer Plus and FOX (in select cities), which encompasses the vast majority of sports programming that the FOX networks feature.

DIRECTV NOW adds access to NBC Sports and FOX Sports GO apps

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Legal streaming service DIRECTV NOW offers subscribers access to several apps that will be of interest to sports fans, adding tons of additional programming that otherwise are not available.

Of particular interest to soccer fans is the fact that DIRECTV NOW offers access to NBC Sports App, FOX Sports GO, Telemundo Now and WatchESPN at no extra charge.

DIRECTV NOW adds access to NBC Sports and FOX Sports GO apps

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Legal streaming service DIRECTV NOW offers subscribers access to several apps that will be of interest to sports fans, adding tons of additional programming that otherwise are not available.

Of particular interest to soccer fans is the fact that DIRECTV NOW offers access to NBC Sports App, FOX Sports GO, Telemundo Now and WatchESPN at no extra charge.

FA Cup TV rights up in the air in the United States amidst IMG confusion

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In the United States, the future of the FA Cup on television and streaming is up in the air with a lot of concerns about where the world’s oldest soccer competition will land after FOX Sports’ rights deal ends in May 2018.

Representatives from The FA met with the leading US sports networks in the fall to present what the TV and streaming rights would include for the 2018/19 season onwards.

FA Cup TV rights up in the air in the United States amidst IMG confusion

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In the United States, the future of the FA Cup on television and streaming is up in the air with a lot of concerns about where the world’s oldest soccer competition will land after FOX Sports’ rights deal ends in May 2018.

Representatives from The FA met with the leading US sports networks in the fall to present what the TV and streaming rights would include for the 2018/19 season onwards.

FOX network to broadcast 2017 UEFA Champions League final on June 3

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FOX Sports will broadcast the final of the 2016/17 UEFA Champions League live on the over-the-air FOX network on Saturday, June 3.

The match will feature two of the following teams: Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid, AS Monaco and Juventus. The four teams are competing in the two-leg semi-finals to try to advance to the final, which will be played in Cardiff, Wales.

FOX to broadcast Chelsea-Arsenal FA Cup Final followed by Seattle-Portland derby

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The FA Cup final between Chelsea and Arsenal will be shown live to viewers in the United States on the FOX network on Saturday, May 27.

The highly-anticipated match will feature a London derby played at Wembley Stadium to determine who will win the 136th FA Cup final. The live coverage of the London derby will be followed by the Pacific North West derby between Seattle and Portland Timbers, which will also be shown on the over-the-air FOX network.

FOX to broadcast Chelsea-Arsenal FA Cup Final followed by Seattle-Portland derby

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The FA Cup final between Chelsea and Arsenal will be shown live to viewers in the United States on the FOX network on Saturday, May 27.

The highly-anticipated match will feature a London derby played at Wembley Stadium to determine who will win the 136th FA Cup final. The live coverage of the London derby will be followed by the Pacific North West derby between Seattle and Portland Timbers, which will also be shown on the over-the-air FOX network.

Chelsea-Spurs FA Cup semi-final to be televised live on FOX over-the-air network

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The highly anticipated FA Cup semi-final between Chelsea and Spurs will be televised live on the over-the-air FOX network on Saturday, April 22.

For soccer fans in the United States, that’ll guarantee that the game will get into as many TV households as possible as the two London clubs fight it out for a chance to play in the final against the winner of Arsenal against Manchester City.

Chelsea-Spurs FA Cup semi-final to be televised live on FOX over-the-air network

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The highly anticipated FA Cup semi-final between Chelsea and Spurs will be televised live on the over-the-air FOX network on Saturday, April 22.

For soccer fans in the United States, that’ll guarantee that the game will get into as many TV households as possible as the two London clubs fight it out for a chance to play in the final against the winner of Arsenal against Manchester City.

Bayer Leverkusen against Bayern Munich to be televised on FOX network on April 15

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Bayern Munich’s game away to Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday, April 15 will be televised live on the over-the-air FOX network in the United States.

As of writing, Bayern Munich is running away with the title after creating a 13-point lead atop the Bundesliga table. Bayer Leverkusen, meanwhile, are an incredible 33 points behind the league leaders.

Bayer Leverkusen against Bayern Munich to be televised on FOX network on April 15

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Bayern Munich’s game away to Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday, April 15 will be televised live on the over-the-air FOX network in the United States.

As of writing, Bayern Munich is running away with the title after creating a 13-point lead atop the Bundesliga table. Bayer Leverkusen, meanwhile, are an incredible 33 points behind the league leaders.

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.

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FOX Soccer 2GO becomes FOX Soccer Match Pass

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FOX Sports has rebranded their paid streaming service FOX Soccer 2GO to FOX Soccer Match Pass.

The more unique name for the streaming service will help avoid confusion with the free (but authentication required) streaming service named FOX Sports GO.

FOX Soccer Match Pass is currently in beta, and more details regarding the service should be released in the coming days.

USA at Mexico, World Cup Qualifying: TV Schedule, News, Highlights

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At 5:30 PM FS1, Univision and UDN are showing the biggest game in CONCACAF this year.

With Bruce Arena in charge the United States is attempting to overcome a 2-40-7 record in Mexico. They have never won a World Cup Qualifier on the road against El Tri.

Expect several lineup changes.

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Seattle-Portland MLS game on FOX averaged 554,000 viewers

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The first Cascadia Cup of the 2017 MLS season between Seattle Sounders and Portland Timbers averaged 554,000 viewers on the FOX network and FOX Deportes combined on Saturday, May 27.

With a scheduled kick-off time of 3:10pm ET, the match immediately followed the 2016/17 FA Cup final between Arsenal and Chelsea.

Seattle-Portland MLS game on FOX averaged 554,000 viewers

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The first Cascadia Cup of the 2017 MLS season between Seattle Sounders and Portland Timbers averaged 554,000 viewers on the FOX network and FOX Deportes combined on Saturday, May 27.

With a scheduled kick-off time of 3:10pm ET, the match immediately followed the 2016/17 FA Cup final between Arsenal and Chelsea.

Most-watched soccer games on US TV for May 1-7, 2017

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Real Madrid’s 2-0 defeat against Atlético Madrid in the first leg of the Champions League Semi Finals drew 779,000 viewers on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes, falling short of the 858,000 that tuned in for Real Madrid and Bayern Munich’s matchup in the previous round and falling in as the second most-watched Champions League match on FOX Sports’ networks this season.

Most-watched soccer games on US TV for May 1-7, 2017

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Real Madrid’s 2-0 defeat against Atlético Madrid in the first leg of the Champions League Semi Finals drew 779,000 viewers on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes, falling short of the 858,000 that tuned in for Real Madrid and Bayern Munich’s matchup in the previous round and falling in as the second most-watched Champions League match on FOX Sports’ networks this season.

Crystal Palace-Leicester viewing number beats Orlando-LA Galaxy MLS game on FOX

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The viewing number for MLS’ first over-the-air broadcast on English-language television in 2017 is in, and the news isn’t good.

In previous years, whenever Premier League TV ratings in the United States have beaten MLS viewing numbers for games played during the same weekend, MLS apologists have insisted it was due to Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal or another big Premier League club being featured.

Crystal Palace-Leicester viewing number beats Orlando-LA Galaxy MLS game on FOX

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The viewing number for MLS’ first over-the-air broadcast on English-language television in 2017 is in, and the news isn’t good.

In previous years, whenever Premier League TV ratings in the United States have beaten MLS viewing numbers for games played during the same weekend, MLS apologists have insisted it was due to Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal or another big Premier League club being featured.

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Final two Bundesliga matchdays to be featured on FS2 with MultiMatch 90

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The final two matchdays of the 2016/17 Bundesliga season will be featured live on FOX Sports 2. All of the games will be included in the MultiMatch 90 whiparound show, which will be hosted by Ross Dyer.

If you haven’t watched MultiMatch 90 before on FOX Soccer Plus or FOX Soccer 2GO, the way it works is that Dyer will start broadcasting one of the Bundesliga matches but will then switch coverage back and forth between any of the nine Bundesliga matches that are being played from 9:30-11:30am.

Jens Lehmann to appear as special guest on Bundesliga games this weekend

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Arsenal and Germany legend Jens Lehmann will appear as a special guest on three Bundesliga matches televised by FOX Sports this weekend.

The first will be Friday, April 7 for the FOX Deportes broadcast of Eintracht Frankfurt against Werder Bremen (from 2pm ET). Then on Saturday, he’ll appear on the Bayern Munich against Borussia Dortmund broadcast on FS1 (from Noon ET).

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fuboTV adds Chelsea TV for Blues fans in the United States

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Chelsea fans in the United States can now access their club’s official Chelsea TV channel via a subscription to fuboTV, the legal streaming solution that also offers NBC Sports, FOX Sports and beIN SPORTS.

Until recently, the only place you could find Chelsea TV was on the network formerly known as One World Sports.

fuboTV adds Chelsea TV for Blues fans in the United States

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Chelsea fans in the United States can now access their club’s official Chelsea TV channel via a subscription to fuboTV, the legal streaming solution that also offers NBC Sports, FOX Sports and beIN SPORTS.

Until recently, the only place you could find Chelsea TV was on the network formerly known as One World Sports.

fuboTV expands DVR functionality to include NBC and FOX channels

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fuboTV has expanded its DVR functionality to include all of the NBC Sports and FOX Sports channels.

The current list of channels on fuboTV that allow you to DVR programming now includes NBCSN, NBC (in select cities), CNBC, USA, beIN SPORTS, beIN SPORTS en Español, FS1, FS2, FOX Soccer Plus, FOX Deportes, FOX Sports Net (regional channels), TyC Sports, NBA TV, Universo, Big Ten Network, Univision, Univision Deportes, UniMas, Eleven Sports and many other channels.

Sportel continues to be where sports rights business gets done in the Americas

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SportelAmerica is the leading conference in the Americas where buyers and sellers of sports TV and streaming rights meet to get business done.

In the recent Sportel convention in Miami this month, all of the key players were in attendance to network with buyers and sellers. For example, when it comes to soccer rights, just some of the companies at the show in downtown Miami included the Premier League, FOX Sports, Bundesliga, beIN SPORTS, La Liga, Univision Deportes, Ligue Un, Sling TV, MLS, ESPN, Turner Sports and IMG.

Sportel continues to be where sports rights business gets done in the Americas

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SportelAmerica is the leading conference in the Americas where buyers and sellers of sports TV and streaming rights meet to get business done.

In the recent Sportel convention in Miami this month, all of the key players were in attendance to network with buyers and sellers. For example, when it comes to soccer rights, just some of the companies at the show in downtown Miami included the Premier League, FOX Sports, Bundesliga, beIN SPORTS, La Liga, Univision Deportes, Ligue Un, Sling TV, MLS, ESPN, Turner Sports and IMG.

Is FOX Sports losing the European soccer audience?: World Soccer Talk Podcast

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World Soccer Talk is the weekly soccer podcast from Kartik Krishnaiyer and Christopher Harris on the topic of watching soccer on TV, online and apps.

In the NEW episode, number 19, we cover a range of topics including:

• Whether FOX Sports is losing the European soccer audience now that their UEFA Champions League rights are going away?

Is FOX Sports losing the European soccer audience?: World Soccer Talk Podcast

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World Soccer Talk is the weekly soccer podcast from Kartik Krishnaiyer and Christopher Harris on the topic of watching soccer on TV, online and apps.

In the NEW episode, number 19, we cover a range of topics including:

• Whether FOX Sports is losing the European soccer audience now that their UEFA Champions League rights are going away?

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Turner Sports and FOX Sports acquire Argentine Primera Division rights, says report

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Turner Sports and FOX Sports have teamed up in South America to acquire the rights to the Primera Division, according to a report by Reuters.

Media in Argentina is reporting that FOX Sports Latin America and Turner Broadcasting System Latin America will pay $206 million per year for the rights to the league over a period of five years.

Turner Sports and FOX Sports acquire Argentine Primera Division rights, says report

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Turner Sports and FOX Sports have teamed up in South America to acquire the rights to the Primera Division, according to a report by Reuters.

Media in Argentina is reporting that FOX Sports Latin America and Turner Broadcasting System Latin America will pay $206 million per year for the rights to the league over a period of five years.