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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.

FOX Sports hires Kate Abdo as soccer studio presenter

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FOX Sports has hired Kate Abdo as studio presenter for its soccer coverage, a source has revealed to World Soccer Talk.

Abdo, who previously worked for FOX Sports as a guest host during the network's coverage of the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, will join the network's coverage of soccer and is expected to play a pivotal role in FOX Sports' coverage of the World Cup, Confederations Cup and other tournaments.

Spurs-West Ham on NBC face off against FOX’s Dortmund-Bayern Munich on Saturday

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The Bundesliga's biggest game of the season will be televised on the over-the-air FOX network this Saturday, but Borussia Dortmund against Bayern Munich will face stiff competition against Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United, which will kick off at the same time on the over-the-air NBC network.

Spurs-West Ham on NBC face off against FOX’s Dortmund-Bayern Munich on Saturday

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The Bundesliga's biggest game of the season will be televised on the over-the-air FOX network this Saturday, but Borussia Dortmund against Bayern Munich will face stiff competition against Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United, which will kick off at the same time on the over-the-air NBC network.

FOX Sports acquires Gold Cup TV rights to 2017 and 2019 tournaments

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FOX Sports has acquired the English-language TV rights to the 2017 and 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup tournaments, the network announced today.

The 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup, which will be played in the United States in July 2017, will feature the United States and Mexico as the two automatically qualified nations.

FOX Sports acquires Gold Cup TV rights to 2017 and 2019 tournaments

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FOX Sports has acquired the English-language TV rights to the 2017 and 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup tournaments, the network announced today.

The 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup, which will be played in the United States in July 2017, will feature the United States and Mexico as the two automatically qualified nations.

John Strong and Stu Holden to commentate USA-Mexico game on FS1

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FOX Sports has announced that John Strong and Stu Holden will announce Friday's USA vs. Mexico game, which will air live on FS1 and Sling Blue beginning at 8pm ET.

Rob Stone hosts pregame, halftime and postgame studio coverage live from a field-level set at MAPFRE Stadium, where the United States has dominated the previous four qualifiers against El Tri, all by scores of 2-0, inspiring the rally cry, "Dos a Cero.

John Strong and Stu Holden to commentate USA-Mexico game on FS1

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FOX Sports has announced that John Strong and Stu Holden will announce Friday's USA vs. Mexico game, which will air live on FS1 and Sling Blue beginning at 8pm ET.

Rob Stone hosts pregame, halftime and postgame studio coverage live from a field-level set at MAPFRE Stadium, where the United States has dominated the previous four qualifiers against El Tri, all by scores of 2-0, inspiring the rally cry, "Dos a Cero.

Dortmund vs. Bayern Munich to air on over-the-air FOX network

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The upcoming match between the Bundesliga's two biggest teams, Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich, will be televised live in the United States on the over-the-air FOX broadcast network on Saturday, November 19 at Noon ET.

By broadcasting the game on over-the-air television, FOX is making sure that the game can get the biggest viewing audience possible for a match that is often the highlight of the season.

Dortmund vs. Bayern Munich to air on over-the-air FOX network

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The upcoming match between the Bundesliga's two biggest teams, Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich, will be televised live in the United States on the over-the-air FOX broadcast network on Saturday, November 19 at Noon ET.

By broadcasting the game on over-the-air television, FOX is making sure that the game can get the biggest viewing audience possible for a match that is often the highlight of the season.

FOX broadcast network to air Bremen vs. Leverkusen game featuring Chicharito

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FOX will air the game between Werder Bremen and Bayer Leverkusen live on over-the-air network television on Saturday, October 15.

The match, which will feature Javier Hernandez (aka Chicharito), will pit sixth-place Leverkusen against 15th-place Werder Bremen. With the game being televised live on big FOX, the executives from FOX Sports and the Bundesliga will be hoping for impressive viewing numbers to boost the German league.

FOX broadcast network to air Bremen vs. Leverkusen game featuring Chicharito

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FOX will air the game between Werder Bremen and Bayer Leverkusen live on over-the-air network television on Saturday, October 15.

The match, which will feature Javier Hernandez (aka Chicharito), will pit sixth-place Leverkusen against 15th-place Werder Bremen. With the game being televised live on big FOX, the executives from FOX Sports and the Bundesliga will be hoping for impressive viewing numbers to boost the German league.

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Most-watched soccer games on US TV for January 2-9, 2017

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Univision's coverage of the first round of the Liga MX Clasura averaged 883,000 viewers, up 16% from 760,000 in the opening round of the 2016 Apertura. Viewership peaked Saturday night with the most-viewed soccer match last week as nearly 1.6 million tuned into Univision's coverage of the match between Chivas and Pumas.

Dortmund vs. Bayern Munich game scores more than 400,000 viewers on FOX

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Saturday's broadcast of the Bundesliga's biggest game of the season between Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich was watched by more than 400,000 people on the FOX over-the-air broadcast network.

The exact number, 426,000, represents a significant improvement over the 248,000 people that watched Borussia Monchengladbach versus Bayer Leverkusen in August, which was also televised on the over-the-air FOX network.

Dortmund vs. Bayern Munich game scores more than 400,000 viewers on FOX

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Saturday's broadcast of the Bundesliga's biggest game of the season between Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich was watched by more than 400,000 people on the FOX over-the-air broadcast network.

The exact number, 426,000, represents a significant improvement over the 248,000 people that watched Borussia Monchengladbach versus Bayer Leverkusen in August, which was also televised on the over-the-air FOX network.

USA-Mexico nets 5.3 million viewers on FS1 and Univision for World Cup qualifier

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Friday's broadcast of the USA against Mexico World Cup qualification game on FS1 and Univision was watched by an audience of 5.3 million, according to Sports TV Ratings.

During Friday's pre-match coverage on FOX Sports 1, analyst Alexi Lalas proclaimed that the game was the biggest match the USA faced since the World Cup 2014 Round of 16 game versus Belgium.

USA-Mexico nets 5.3 million viewers on FS1 and Univision for World Cup qualifier

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Friday's broadcast of the USA against Mexico World Cup qualification game on FS1 and Univision was watched by an audience of 5.3 million, according to Sports TV Ratings.

During Friday's pre-match coverage on FOX Sports 1, analyst Alexi Lalas proclaimed that the game was the biggest match the USA faced since the World Cup 2014 Round of 16 game versus Belgium.

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.

MLS Knockout Round viewership down 10% on TV

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Viewership for the four MLS Knockout round playoff matches were down 10% from 2015 despite some matches expanding to include national English language coverage.

Last season's four knockout round matches averaged 329,250 viewers shown exclusively via national TV on UniMás and Univision Deportes.

MLS Knockout Round viewership down 10% on TV

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Viewership for the four MLS Knockout round playoff matches were down 10% from 2015 despite some matches expanding to include national English language coverage.

Last season's four knockout round matches averaged 329,250 viewers shown exclusively via national TV on UniMás and Univision Deportes.

FOX Sports’ MLS viewing numbers increased 37% in 2016 compared to last year

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FOX Sports' coverage of MLS during the 2016 regular season saw a 37% increase compared to viewing figures for the top-flight American soccer league last year.

In total for 2016, FOX Sports averaged 270,258 viewers per game when combining numbers for FOX, FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes. That compares to the viewing average of 196,545 from the 2015 MLS season on FOX Sports.

FOX Sports’ MLS viewing numbers increased 37% in 2016 compared to last year

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FOX Sports' coverage of MLS during the 2016 regular season saw a 37% increase compared to viewing figures for the top-flight American soccer league last year.

In total for 2016, FOX Sports averaged 270,258 viewers per game when combining numbers for FOX, FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes. That compares to the viewing average of 196,545 from the 2015 MLS season on FOX Sports.

Viewing numbers for soccer games on US TV for week of Sept. 27-Oct. 3, 2016

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Saturday afternoon's Bundesliga clash between Borussia Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen on FOX Sports 2 and Fox Deportes delivered the league's highest cable viewership so far this season. No doubt thanks in part to the lack of a Premier League match airing in the same time slot. It was also the highest viewed Bundesliga match on FOX Sports 2, beating almost every game carried on FOX Sports 1 so far with the exception being the Friday afternoon match on September 9 between Bayern Munich and Schalke, another game that faced no Premier League competition.

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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.

Soccer Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

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Eight Champions League matches highlight a full slate of soccer on Wednesday.

Tottenham will host Bayer Leverkusen in the marquee games after both teams drew, 0-0, in Germany in the first meeting. Christian Pulisic and Borussia Dortmund will try to keep pace in Group Fby defeating Sporting CP, and Leicester City will attempt to maintain its perfect record in the group stage.

Where to find Arsenal vs. Ludogorets on US TV and streaming

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If you're trying to find out how you can watch Arsenal vs. Ludogorets, you've come to the right place.

Due to Barcelona-Manchester City being shown on FOX Sports 1 in the United States, the Arsenal-Ludogorets game will be shown live on FOX Sports 2 for viewers in the United States. While that's great news if you have FS2, many soccer fans in the United States either don't get FS2 or their FS2 is in SD, not HD.

Where to find Arsenal vs. Ludogorets on US TV and streaming

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If you're trying to find out how you can watch Arsenal vs. Ludogorets, you've come to the right place.

Due to Barcelona-Manchester City being shown on FOX Sports 1 in the United States, the Arsenal-Ludogorets game will be shown live on FOX Sports 2 for viewers in the United States. While that's great news if you have FS2, many soccer fans in the United States either don't get FS2 or their FS2 is in SD, not HD.

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Schedule of Europa League games on US TV/streaming for November 3, 2016

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Matchday 4 of the UEFA Europa League kicks off today with more than 20 games being shown live across US TV and streaming.

The two headline games are Fenerbahce vs. Manchester United as well as Southampton versus Inter Milan. Plus, underdogs Dundalk are in action against Zenit St. Petersburg, as well as Ajax against Celta Vigo and many more.

Schedule of Europa League games on US TV/streaming for November 3, 2016

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Matchday 4 of the UEFA Europa League kicks off today with more than 20 games being shown live across US TV and streaming.

The two headline games are Fenerbahce vs. Manchester United as well as Southampton versus Inter Milan. Plus, underdogs Dundalk are in action against Zenit St. Petersburg, as well as Ajax against Celta Vigo and many more.

FOX Sports to feature 8 FA Cup matches from 1st Round this weekend

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The English FA Cup has been called the "Greatest Domestic Cup Competition in the World" for good reason. While casual fans usually don't start paying attention until the 3rd Round when Championship and Premier League teams join the fray, die-hard fans recognize the excitement the early rounds can bring.

FOX Sports to feature 8 FA Cup matches from 1st Round this weekend

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The English FA Cup has been called the "Greatest Domestic Cup Competition in the World" for good reason. While casual fans usually don't start paying attention until the 3rd Round when Championship and Premier League teams join the fray, die-hard fans recognize the excitement the early rounds can bring.

FOX Soccer 2GO free trial returns in time for Champions League games

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Just in time for the return of the UEFA Champions League, FOX Sports is now offering a 14-day trial to FOX Soccer 2GO, its online service that streams every single Champions League and Europa League game to your computer, smartphone or tablet.

With so many games to choose from, soccer fans can sign up for the free 14-day trial to watch any of the games for the next 2 weeks from the Champions League, Europa League, Bundesliga, Scottish Premiership, FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup and Copa Sudamericana and MLS.

FOX Soccer 2GO free trial returns in time for Champions League games

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Just in time for the return of the UEFA Champions League, FOX Sports is now offering a 14-day trial to FOX Soccer 2GO, its online service that streams every single Champions League and Europa League game to your computer, smartphone or tablet.

With so many games to choose from, soccer fans can sign up for the free 14-day trial to watch any of the games for the next 2 weeks from the Champions League, Europa League, Bundesliga, Scottish Premiership, FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup and Copa Sudamericana and MLS.

Champions League game schedule for US TV and streaming this week

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It's another busy week of UEFA Champions League matches. And for soccer fans in the United States, the good news is that many of the matches are on ESPN3. Plus, there are amateur golf games knocking the Champions League off FOX Sports 1 this week.

For matchday 2 of the UEFA Champions League, the matches involving the two biggest teams in Spain are featured on FOX Sports 1 (Dortmund vs.

Champions League game schedule for US TV and streaming this week

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It's another busy week of UEFA Champions League matches. And for soccer fans in the United States, the good news is that many of the matches are on ESPN3. Plus, there are amateur golf games knocking the Champions League off FOX Sports 1 this week.

For matchday 2 of the UEFA Champions League, the matches involving the two biggest teams in Spain are featured on FOX Sports 1 (Dortmund vs.

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Where to find Dortmund vs. Schalke on US TV and streaming

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If you're trying to find out how you can watch Dortmund vs. Schalke, you've come to the right place.

The Ruhr Derby between Borussia Dortmund vs. Schalke is one of the greatest derbies in world soccer. In the United States, the match will be shown live on FOX Sports 2. If your TV provider doesn't offer FOX Sports 2 (or if it's not in HD), you can watch the game for free with a 7-day trial to Sling Blue.

Where to find Dortmund vs. Schalke on US TV and streaming

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If you're trying to find out how you can watch Dortmund vs. Schalke, you've come to the right place.

The Ruhr Derby between Borussia Dortmund vs. Schalke is one of the greatest derbies in world soccer. In the United States, the match will be shown live on FOX Sports 2. If your TV provider doesn't offer FOX Sports 2 (or if it's not in HD), you can watch the game for free with a 7-day trial to Sling Blue.

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Sporting Sign New TV Deal

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After spending the last three years showing games on KMCI-TV, Sporting Kansas City will have a new broadcast home in 2017. The KC Star is reporting that Sporting is on the verge of signing a multi-year partnership with Fox Sports Kansas City to broadcast non-national Sporting KC games.

The new deal will have it's pluses and minuses for the club and it's fans.

FOX Sports sends MLS studio show to Seattle for Western Conference Championships

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Studio show to be live at CenturyLink Field

As if you weren't counting down the days, tomorrow November 22nd, your Sounders FC are set to host the Colorado Rapids with kickoff set for 7:00 PM. FOX Sports is sending a studio show team to Seattle to cover the highly-anticipated match. Commentator Rob Stone will host studio coverage along with former MLS defender Alexi Lalas live from CLink.