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NBC Sports deserves new Premier League rights deal

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In the next few weeks, the likes of FOX Sports, NBC Sports, and ESPN will be bidding for the rights starting from the 2016-2017 season. NBC Sports has held the rights for the past two seasons, before which FOX Sports held the rights. Currently, FOX carries the rights for the UEFA Champions League and Europa League, FA Cup, and Bundesliga games, among others.

NBC Sports deserves new Premier League rights deal

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In the next few weeks, the likes of FOX Sports, NBC Sports, and ESPN will be bidding for the rights starting from the 2016-2017 season. NBC Sports has held the rights for the past two seasons, before which FOX Sports held the rights. Currently, FOX carries the rights for the UEFA Champions League and Europa League, FA Cup, and Bundesliga games, among others.

Mauricio Pochettino hails retiring Brad Friedel

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Mauricio Pochettino has heaped praise on the retiring Brad Friedel, but the Tottenham head coach suggested there was unlikely to be a sentimental final appearance for the veteran goalkeeper.

After a career spanning three decades, the the American, who turns 44 on Monday, is at last calling time on his playing career, 17 years after first arriving in England.

Mauricio Pochettino hails retiring Brad Friedel

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Mauricio Pochettino has heaped praise on the retiring Brad Friedel, but the Tottenham head coach suggested there was unlikely to be a sentimental final appearance for the veteran goalkeeper.

After a career spanning three decades, the the American, who turns 44 on Monday, is at last calling time on his playing career, 17 years after first arriving in England.

Premier League Sunday, Gameweek 33: TV times and open thread

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

Manchester City vs West Ham, 8:30am, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra; Arlo White & Tim Howard
Aston Villa vs Liverpool FA Cup semi-final, 10am, FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports GO, commentators not announced
Newcastle vs Spurs, 11am, CNBC and NBC Sports Live Extra; Peter Drury & Danny Mills

SEE MORE

• Where to find Premier League Extra Timeand how to use NBC Sports Live Extra

• How to follow the English Premier League on US TV, Internet and radio

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

Premier League Sunday, Gameweek 33: TV times and open thread

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

Manchester City vs West Ham, 8:30am, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra; Arlo White & Tim Howard
Aston Villa vs Liverpool FA Cup semi-final, 10am, FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports GO, commentators not announced
Newcastle vs Spurs, 11am, CNBC and NBC Sports Live Extra; Peter Drury & Danny Mills

SEE MORE

• Where to find Premier League Extra Timeand how to use NBC Sports Live Extra

• How to follow the English Premier League on US TV, Internet and radio

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

Sportel America conference continues in grow in size and importance

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If you've ever wondered where and howTV networks strike many of the deals with the leagues and agencies thathandle the rights tosoccer and other sports, look no further than the Sportel conferences that are held around the world each year.

It's here that the major networks such as ESPN, FOX Sports, beIN SPORTS, NBC and many others sit down and meet face-to-face with leagues (or the agencies that represent them) such as the Premier League, Bundesliga, MLS, La Liga, NBA, MLB and others.

Sportel America conference continues in grow in size and importance

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If you've ever wondered where and howTV networks strike many of the deals with the leagues and agencies thathandle the rights tosoccer and other sports, look no further than the Sportel conferences that are held around the world each year.

It's here that the major networks such as ESPN, FOX Sports, beIN SPORTS, NBC and many others sit down and meet face-to-face with leagues (or the agencies that represent them) such as the Premier League, Bundesliga, MLS, La Liga, NBA, MLB and others.

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Where to find the World Cup qualifying preliminary draw on US TV and Internet

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The draw for the preliminary qualifying rounds of the 2018 FIFA World Cup will take place live from St Petersburg, Russia on US television and Internet.

The draw will determine the qualifying rounds for confederations around the world, including UEFA (Europe), CAF (Africa), CONCACAF (North America, Central America and the Caribbean) and other regions.

Where to find the World Cup qualifying preliminary draw on US TV and Internet

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The draw for the preliminary qualifying rounds of the 2018 FIFA World Cup will take place live from St Petersburg, Russia on US television and Internet.

The draw will determine the qualifying rounds for confederations around the world, including UEFA (Europe), CAF (Africa), CONCACAF (North America, Central America and the Caribbean) and other regions.

Freedom Kicks: USA, Women's World Cup, D.C. United, and US Open Cup links for Thursday, July 2, 2015

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Soccer? Go!

Who says that the summer is the slow season for soccer? There is madness all around!

Michael Bradley named as USA captain for the CONCACAF Gold Cup | FOX Sports: The passing of the torch has finally come, with Bradley taking over so Dempsey can focus on his "playing duties.

United States vs. Sweden 2015 World Cup TV/streaming, lineups, previews, and gamethread

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The U.S. women's national team seek three more points in their second group game, this time against Sweden.

If you've been watching this World Cup, you know it's been a pretty awesome tournament so far. These teams aren't letting down.

With one win in the bag, the USWNT look for another tonight against Sweden.

Tuesday Freedom Kicks: Brought to you by the USWNT

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A lot of stuff about the USWNT and the 2015 World Cup. But also: DCU stadium and FIFA goodness.

Ah, feel that? That's the feeling of a U.S. win. The USWNT took hold of the top spot in Group D last night with a 3-1 win over Australia. If you missed it, highlights are here, or there are plenty of recaps out there for you to read, including but not limited to: my match diary, this from Stars and Stripes FC, and this from Fox Sports.

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Sportsnet acquires Bundesliga TV rights in Canada

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Canadian media company Sportsnet has acquired the rights to broadcast the Bundesliga in Canada for the next 5 years.

In 2013, FOX Sports acquiredthe 2015-2020 Bundesliga TV rights for the USA and Canada.Since FOX doesn't have a presence in Canada, FOX Sports decided to sub-license the Canadian rights to Sportsnet, who will launch their coverage of the league in August for seasons 2015/16 through 2019/20.

Sportsnet acquires Bundesliga TV rights in Canada

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Canadian media company Sportsnet has acquired the rights to broadcast the Bundesliga in Canada for the next 5 years.

In 2013, FOX Sports acquiredthe 2015-2020 Bundesliga TV rights for the USA and Canada.Since FOX doesn't have a presence in Canada, FOX Sports decided to sub-license the Canadian rights to Sportsnet, who will launch their coverage of the league in August for seasons 2015/16 through 2019/20.

Japan-England Women’s World Cup semi-final scores 2.3 million viewers

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FOX Sports 1′s coverage of Japan against England in the Women's World Cup semi-final was viewed by 2.3 million people, and was the most-watched cable television program on Wednesday in the United States.

For a semi-final to be viewed by so many people and not involve the US, and not be shown on the over-the-air FOX network is extraordinary.

Japan-England Women’s World Cup semi-final scores 2.3 million viewers

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FOX Sports 1′s coverage of Japan against England in the Women's World Cup semi-final was viewed by 2.3 million people, and was the most-watched cable television program on Wednesday in the United States.

For a semi-final to be viewed by so many people and not involve the US, and not be shown on the over-the-air FOX network is extraordinary.

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World Soccer Talk Radio (7.23.15) Susie Schaaf interview about FOX’s Bundesliga coverage

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Listen to the latest episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring an interview with Susie Schaaf about FOX's TV coverage of the Bundesliga.

Schaaf, an expert on Bundesliga soccer and Bayern Munich, speaks to Nate Abaurrea and shares her concerns about the TV coverage plans from FOX Sports, how it's a smack in the face to fans of German soccer, what the coverage could have looked like, as well as her thoughts on the upcoming Bundesliga season and who can challenge Bayern for the title.

Listen to Matt Yoder from Awful Announcing from 9-10pm ET on World Soccer Talk Radio

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Tonight's World Soccer Talk Radio features an interview with Matt Yoder, managing editor at Awful Announcing.

Matt will be on the show to discuss what's going on at FOX Sports 1, why the network is buying so many TV rights to soccer, whether the AT&T U-Verse/FOX Sports dispute will be resolved anytime soon, and how FOX Sports 1 is doing as it tries to compete against ESPN.

Listen to Matt Yoder from Awful Announcing from 9-10pm ET on World Soccer Talk Radio

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Tonight's World Soccer Talk Radio features an interview with Matt Yoder, managing editor at Awful Announcing.

Matt will be on the show to discuss what's going on at FOX Sports 1, why the network is buying so many TV rights to soccer, whether the AT&T U-Verse/FOX Sports dispute will be resolved anytime soon, and how FOX Sports 1 is doing as it tries to compete against ESPN.

World Soccer Talk Radio (4.22.15) Janusz Michallik

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Download tonight's episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring host Nate Abaurrea and special guest Janusz Michallik.

Listen to the show via the player above or via this link.

If you enjoy the show, listen to it live every Monday through Friday between 9-10pm ET (6-7pm PT) via Sports Byline on the radio, the Sports Byline website, or the Tune-In app.

World Soccer Talk Radio (4.22.15) Janusz Michallik

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Download tonight's episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring host Nate Abaurrea and special guest Janusz Michallik.

Listen to the show via the player above or via this link.

If you enjoy the show, listen to it live every Monday through Friday between 9-10pm ET (6-7pm PT) via Sports Byline on the radio, the Sports Byline website, or the Tune-In app.

Listen to Janusz Michallik on World Soccer Talk Radio live from 9-10pm ET

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Tonight's World Soccer Talk Radio features an interview with Janusz Michallik.

Michallik is a former MLS and USMNT footballer who is now a commentator and analyst for FOX Sports, ESPN and others. He'll be on the show to review this week's UEFA Champions League matches, to preview tomorrow's UEFA Europa League matches and to talk US soccer.

Listen to Janusz Michallik on World Soccer Talk Radio live from 9-10pm ET

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Tonight's World Soccer Talk Radio features an interview with Janusz Michallik.

Michallik is a former MLS and USMNT footballer who is now a commentator and analyst for FOX Sports, ESPN and others. He'll be on the show to review this week's UEFA Champions League matches, to preview tomorrow's UEFA Europa League matches and to talk US soccer.

World Soccer Talk Radio (4.2.15) Janusz Michallik

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Download tonight's episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring host Nate Abaurrea and special guest Janusz Michallik.

Nate and Janusz discuss a variety of topics on tonight's show including:

•The legacy of Steven Gerrard at Liverpool,
•How MLS 1996 compares to MLS 2015,
•Walk down memory lane regarding some of the memorable MLS players from the early days of the league.

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USA vs Australia Women’s World Cup game: TV times and open thread

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The US Women's National Team has been waiting four years to get to play in another Women's World Cup match to try to avenge its loss from the 2011 Women's World Cup final when the team was defeated by Japan on penalty kicks after finishing the 90 minutes at 1-1.

Here are the TV times of this game and theJapan-Switzerland game that follows on FOX Sports 1.

FOX Sports 1 scores 806,000 viewers for USA-Mexico friendly

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Wednesday's friendly between USA and Mexico in San Antonio, Texas averaged 806,000 viewers and a 0.4 adults 18-49 rating on FOX Sports 1.

The English-language broadcast featured commentary duo John Strong and Alexi Lalas with a studio team that included Rob Stone, Stu Holden, Warren Barton and Eric Wynalda.

FOX Sports 1 scores 806,000 viewers for USA-Mexico friendly

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Wednesday's friendly between USA and Mexico in San Antonio, Texas averaged 806,000 viewers and a 0.4 adults 18-49 rating on FOX Sports 1.

The English-language broadcast featured commentary duo John Strong and Alexi Lalas with a studio team that included Rob Stone, Stu Holden, Warren Barton and Eric Wynalda.

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FOX Sports to debut features on all 24 Women’s World Cup teams across its networks

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FOX has announced plans to air more than 60 features covering the women and teams participating in the 2015 World Cup this summer in Canada. The features will be shown intermediately during the network's World Cup coverage on FOX, FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports 2, distributed throughout FOX's social media and will be available to on demand at FOXSports.

FOX Sports to debut features on all 24 Women’s World Cup teams across its networks

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FOX has announced plans to air more than 60 features covering the women and teams participating in the 2015 World Cup this summer in Canada. The features will be shown intermediately during the network's World Cup coverage on FOX, FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports 2, distributed throughout FOX's social media and will be available to on demand at FOXSports.

FOX Sports reveals set for Women’s World Cup in Vancouver [PHOTOS]

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After announcing the team that will be covering the U.S. Women's World Cup in Canada this summer, FOX announced that construction on their media headquarters in Vancouver began on May 13th and is set to wrap up on June 3rd. The brand new television studio will be constructed adjacent to the Vancouver Convention Centre in Jack Poole Plaza and will span over 7,500 square feet.

Dnipro vs Napoli & Fiorentina vs Sevilla Europa League semis 2nd leg: TV times and open thread

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

Fiorentina vs Sevilla, 3pm, FOX Sports 2 and FOX Soccer 2GO
Dnipro vs Napoli, 3pm, FOX Soccer Plus and FOX Soccer 2GO

MORE:

—Watch Champions League and Europa League matches on FOX Soccer 2GO.

Dnipro vs Napoli & Fiorentina vs Sevilla Europa League semis 2nd leg: TV times and open thread

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

Fiorentina vs Sevilla, 3pm, FOX Sports 2 and FOX Soccer 2GO
Dnipro vs Napoli, 3pm, FOX Soccer Plus and FOX Soccer 2GO

MORE:

—Watch Champions League and Europa League matches on FOX Soccer 2GO.

Sevilla vs Fiorentina and Napoli vs Dnipro, Europa League semis, 1st leg: TV times and open thread

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After two sensational UEFA Champions League semi-finals this week, the action continues with the two semi-finals in the Europa League featuring Sevilla against Fiorentina. If these games can be half as good as the Champions League, we're in for a treat.

If you haven't watched the Europa League this season, give it a chance.

Sevilla vs Fiorentina and Napoli vs Dnipro, Europa League semis, 1st leg: TV times and open thread

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After two sensational UEFA Champions League semi-finals this week, the action continues with the two semi-finals in the Europa League featuring Sevilla against Fiorentina. If these games can be half as good as the Champions League, we're in for a treat.

If you haven't watched the Europa League this season, give it a chance.

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.

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Match Preview: Philadelphia Union vs. New York Red Bulls

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I hope you enjoyed that last win.

Date: Sunday, May 24th, 5:00 PM EST

Place: Red Bull Arena, Harrison, New Jersey

TV: Fox Sports 1

Still on a high after handing DC United their second loss of the season, the Union will head up to Harrison in the hope of knocking off another regional rival.

USWNT vs. Ireland TV/streaming, previews, prediction, lineup, and gamethread

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The first of three send-off friendlies before the USWNT head to the World Cup.

Happy Mother's Day! Moms are pretty awesome, and speaking of awesome ladies, we've got ourselves a USWNT game today. (By the way, the USWNT includes three "soccer moms"—Christie Rampone, Shannon Boxx, and Amy Rodriguez.

Mexico striker Chicharito admits he’s frustrated at Real Madrid

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Javier Hernandez has voiced his disappointment over a lack of playing time at Real Madrid.

The Mexico international, nicknamed Chicharito, joined the European champions last summer on a season-long loan from Manchester United and has made just one Primera Division start since.

Real have an option to make the deal permanent at the end of the season but the 26-year-old forward is unlikely to remain at the Bernabeu stadium.