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FOX Sports’ irresponsible programming change leaves Man United fans in the lurch

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By showing a rescheduled NASCAR race on Sunday morning on FOX Sports 1, the programming change caused plenty of consternation among soccer fans in the United States this weekend who wanted to watch the Manchester United FA Cup game against Blackburn Rovers.

Originally scheduled to air at 11:15am ET on Sunday, the Blackburn-Manchester United game was bumped to FS2 to make way for NASCAR on FS1.

FOX Sports’ irresponsible programming change leaves Man United fans in the lurch

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By showing a rescheduled NASCAR race on Sunday morning on FOX Sports 1, the programming change caused plenty of consternation among soccer fans in the United States this weekend who wanted to watch the Manchester United FA Cup game against Blackburn Rovers.

Originally scheduled to air at 11:15am ET on Sunday, the Blackburn-Manchester United game was bumped to FS2 to make way for NASCAR on FS1.

Copa Libertadores schedule in US for 3rd Preliminary Round (Feb 15-23, 2017)

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The Copa Libertadores, South America’s top club competition, enters its 3rd Preliminary Round this week. FOX Sports hold the English and Spanish-language rights in the US and have shown the matches from the previous 2 Preliminary Rounds exclusively on their streaming service FOX Soccer 2GO.

Copa Libertadores schedule in US for 3rd Preliminary Round (Feb 15-23, 2017)

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The Copa Libertadores, South America’s top club competition, enters its 3rd Preliminary Round this week. FOX Sports hold the English and Spanish-language rights in the US and have shown the matches from the previous 2 Preliminary Rounds exclusively on their streaming service FOX Soccer 2GO.

List of soccer leagues and competitions featured on fuboTV

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The new and improved fuboTV now features the most comprehensive offering of soccer programming available via legal streaming in the United States. With the addition of FOX Sports and NBC Sports to its portfolio, fuboTV offers a huge amount of soccer-related channels in addition to entertainment, news and other networks.

List of soccer leagues and competitions featured on fuboTV

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The new and improved fuboTV now features the most comprehensive offering of soccer programming available via legal streaming in the United States. With the addition of FOX Sports and NBC Sports to its portfolio, fuboTV offers a huge amount of soccer-related channels in addition to entertainment, news and other networks.

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.

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First look at fubo Premier, the new streaming service from fuboTV [VIDEO]

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We’ve taken a first look at fubo Premier, the new streaming service from fuboTV, to give you a quick preview of what you can expect from the package that features NBC Sports, FOX Sports, beIN SPORTS, Univision, FOX Soccer Plus and a ton of other sports, entertainment and news channels.

By subscribing to the re-launched fuboTV product for the introductory price of $34.

First look at fubo Premier, the new streaming service from fuboTV [VIDEO]

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We’ve taken a first look at fubo Premier, the new streaming service from fuboTV, to give you a quick preview of what you can expect from the package that features NBC Sports, FOX Sports, beIN SPORTS, Univision, FOX Soccer Plus and a ton of other sports, entertainment and news channels.

By subscribing to the re-launched fuboTV product for the introductory price of $34.

fuboTV FAQ: Learn about fuboTV’s new product that includes NBC and FOX networks

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With the release of fuboTV’s new streaming product in the United States, the legal streaming platform has morphed from a soccer-specific platform to a well-rounded sports, entertainment and news streaming service.

With over 45 premium networks and 30+ regional sports channels, fuboTV offers a cost-effective service that will entice many consumers to cut the cord and save money each month.

fuboTV FAQ: Learn about fuboTV’s new product that includes NBC and FOX networks

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With the release of fuboTV’s new streaming product in the United States, the legal streaming platform has morphed from a soccer-specific platform to a well-rounded sports, entertainment and news streaming service.

With over 45 premium networks and 30+ regional sports channels, fuboTV offers a cost-effective service that will entice many consumers to cut the cord and save money each month.

fuboTV launches NBC and FOX channels to offer comprehensive sports streaming service

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After visiting the fuboTV website, we just noticed that they’ve launched their new streaming product in beta.

While the official announcement regarding the launch is expected soon, fans of Premier League clubs and world soccer can get a head start on all of the new channels and programming that are now available to soccer fans in the United States.

fuboTV launches NBC and FOX channels to offer comprehensive sports streaming service

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After visiting the fuboTV website, we just noticed that they’ve launched their new streaming product in beta.

While the official announcement regarding the launch is expected soon, fans of Premier League clubs and world soccer can get a head start on all of the new channels and programming that are now available to soccer fans in the United States.

How to watch the Premier League on NBC network with a HD indoor TV antenna

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If you're a subscriber to Sling TV, DIRECTV NOW or the soon-to-be relaunched fuboTV, one of the biggest complaints is that you're not able to watch the Premier League games on the NBC over-the-air network TV.

The same applies to the over-the-air FOX network. Both the NBC and FOX networks are only available in select cities (approximately 12 nationwide).

How to watch the Premier League on NBC network with a HD indoor TV antenna

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If you're a subscriber to Sling TV, DIRECTV NOW or the soon-to-be relaunched fuboTV, one of the biggest complaints is that you're not able to watch the Premier League games on the NBC over-the-air network TV.

The same applies to the over-the-air FOX network. Both the NBC and FOX networks are only available in select cities (approximately 12 nationwide).

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Landon Donovan to return to FOX Sports booth for USA vs. Jamaica friendly

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Landon Donovan, who wasa critically-acclaimed hit for his co-commentary during the 2016 Copa America Centenario on FOX Sports, will return to the network this Friday when he steps into the booth to provide co-commentary alongside Stu Holden and lead announcer John Strong.

The trio of Donovan, Holden and Strong will announce the USA versus Jamaica international friendly on FS1 beginning at 7pm ET Friday.

Landon Donovan to return to FOX Sports booth for USA vs. Jamaica friendly

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Landon Donovan, who wasa critically-acclaimed hit for his co-commentary during the 2016 Copa America Centenario on FOX Sports, will return to the network this Friday when he steps into the booth to provide co-commentary alongside Stu Holden and lead announcer John Strong.

The trio of Donovan, Holden and Strong will announce the USA versus Jamaica international friendly on FS1 beginning at 7pm ET Friday.

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Most-watched MLS teams on US TV during the 2016 season

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The 2016 Major League Soccer regular season saw 90 games made available on national television. ESPN led the way with 32 games broadcast across their networks, 28 featured on the primary channel. FOX Sports showed the equivalent of 31 matches with 5 on the FOX broadcast network while Univision aired 27 matches on their networks with a special California Clásico shown on the primary network.

Bundesliga on FOX Sports suffers worst Friday viewing number since September

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Bayern Munich's game last Friday against Freiburg was the least-viewed Friday afternoon Bundesliga game on FOX Sports since September, 2016.

The opening game of the second half of the 2016/17 Bundesliga season after the winter break was watched by an audience of just 54,000 people.

The last time a Friday afternoon Bundesliga game got a worse viewing number was the September 16, 2016 game between Koln and Freiburg.

Bundesliga on FOX Sports suffers worst Friday viewing number since September

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Bayern Munich's game last Friday against Freiburg was the least-viewed Friday afternoon Bundesliga game on FOX Sports since September, 2016.

The opening game of the second half of the 2016/17 Bundesliga season after the winter break was watched by an audience of just 54,000 people.

The last time a Friday afternoon Bundesliga game got a worse viewing number was the September 16, 2016 game between Koln and Freiburg.

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.

UEFA Champions League

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.

Leagues: Europa League

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.

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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.