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This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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The remaining European Leagues get started this weekend with La Liga, Serie A, and the Bundesliga all seeing their first action of the new season, which leads to another Saturday of dawn til dusk soccer on your TV.

Bayern Munich's title defense kicks off Friday night against Bayer Leverkusen on FS1, which also broadcasts an MLS tilt between Portland Timbers and New York Red Bulls that night.

Footy On The Telly August 11 – 18

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This week, The Union are up against it - again. Also, the Supercopa de Espana, Supercoppa Italiana, DFB Pokal, Copa MX, UEFA Champions League and lots of fixtures.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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Another weekend, another busy slate of soccer on television.

MLS rolls on after the All Star game with the debut of the Video Assistant Referee system. The first competitive matches to use instant replay go down on Saturday night on MLS Live, but ESPN and FS1 have a trio of matches on TV this Sunday so you can check out how this system works.

What MP & Silva’s $4 billion TV deal could mean for lower leagues of American soccer

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On Monday, Sports Business Journal reported that Riccardo Silva on behalf of MP & Silva had approached MLS about a $4 billion broadcast rights deal spanning the years 2023-2032 if the league agreed to institute promotion and relegation. MLS has rejected the proposal according to SBJ. While we speculated yesterday that perhaps they would come back to the table, league sources have indicated to me that MLS and its marketing arm Soccer United Marketing (SUM) have a policy of not selling domestic broadcast rights to third parties.

MLS will hurt growth of US soccer by rejecting $4 billion TV offer and promotion/relegation

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If ever there needed to be evidence that MLS is completely entrenched in its single entity model for soccer, Monday’s revelation that it rejected a $4 billion TV deal from MP & Silva was it.

Imagine for a minute how an injection of $4 billion in cash could transform the United States into a powerhouse of soccer.

MLS will hurt growth of US soccer by rejecting $4 billion TV offer and promotion/relegation

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If ever there needed to be evidence that MLS is completely entrenched in its single entity model for soccer, Monday’s revelation that it rejected a $4 billion TV deal from MP & Silva was it.

Imagine for a minute how an injection of $4 billion in cash could transform the United States into a powerhouse of soccer.

MLS’ rejection of $4 billion TV offer from MP & Silva could be beginning of saga

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MLS has quietly rebuffed a $4 billion offer from MP & Silva that would have quadrupled the broadcast rights fee the league currently receives from its deals with FOX Sports, Univision and ESPN, according to a story in Sports Business Journal. The deal came with one catch, which was too much for MLS to absorb - the institution of a promotion/relegation system within the top two divisions of American soccer.

English Premier League

Footy On The Telly – August 18-25

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This week, The Union are ...(sigh)... well.... "Trusting The Process." Also, College Soccer, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, Copa Sudamerica, and lots of league fixtures

Turner to make 80% of Champions League available only via streaming paid-subscription service

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On the heels of NBC’s Premier League Pass and ESPN announcing its own paid streaming service, Turner Sports will launch a new, online paid-subscription service beginning in the summer of 2018 to broadcast the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League rights that it owns.

The net result to soccer fans is that more than 80% of the UEFA Champions League games will only be available via a paid subscription model

Turner’s rights deal for the Champions League and Europa League begins in August, 2018 and runs through 2021.

First impressions of NBC Sports Gold’s Premier League Pass service for soccer fans

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As a fan of one of “the other 14” clubs in the Premier League (the ones outside of The Big 6), NBC Sports Gold’s Premier League Pass service is a must-have by necessity if you want to watch every game that your club plays during the 2017/18 season. In all, the estimate is that more than 35% of many team’s games will be viewable only through Premier League Pass this season.

First impressions of NBC Sports Gold’s Premier League Pass service for soccer fans

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As a fan of one of “the other 14” clubs in the Premier League (the ones outside of The Big 6), NBC Sports Gold’s Premier League Pass service is a must-have by necessity if you want to watch every game that your club plays during the 2017/18 season. In all, the estimate is that more than 35% of many team’s games will be viewable only through Premier League Pass this season.

Schedule of UEFA Champions League playoff games on US TV and streaming

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This week’s UEFA Champions League playoff games are on US television and streaming, which include Hoffenheim versus Liverpool, Celtic against Astana, Napoli versus Nice and several other important matches.

The first legs will be played on August 15 and 16, and the second legs will be played on August 22 and 23.

Telemundo sending Andres Cantor to England for Premier League Spanish-language commentary

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Telemundo Deportes’ star commentator Andrés Cantor will be in England this weekend to commentate the Manchester United against West Ham United match for the Spanish-language broadcaster.

Cantor will be joined by co-commentator Manuel Sol to bring Spanish-language viewers in the United States the debut of Javier Hernandez for West Ham United.

Telemundo sending Andres Cantor to England for Premier League Spanish-language commentary

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Telemundo Deportes’ star commentator Andrés Cantor will be in England this weekend to commentate the Manchester United against West Ham United match for the Spanish-language broadcaster.

Cantor will be joined by co-commentator Manuel Sol to bring Spanish-language viewers in the United States the debut of Javier Hernandez for West Ham United.

What Premier League Pass includes for $50 per season to soccer fans in the US

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Subscriptions to NBC Sports’ Premier League Pass are now available at $50 per season. For soccer fans in the United States who are used to being able to stream all of the games during a Premier League season via the NBC Sports App, NBC Sports has decided to make 3-4 games per week only accessible via a paid subscription to Premier League Pass.

What Premier League Pass includes for $50 per season to soccer fans in the US

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Subscriptions to NBC Sports’ Premier League Pass are now available at $50 per season. For soccer fans in the United States who are used to being able to stream all of the games during a Premier League season via the NBC Sports App, NBC Sports has decided to make 3-4 games per week only accessible via a paid subscription to Premier League Pass.

NBC Sports US-based talent to broadcast Premier League live from England again

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The show just keeps on getting better.

For the opening weekend of the 2017/18 Premier League season, the US-based talent of NBC Sports will broadcast live from England yet again with Rebecca Lowe, Kyle Martino, Robbie Mustoe and Robbie Earle bringing you the world’s most popular sports league.

NBC Sports US-based talent to broadcast Premier League live from England again

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The show just keeps on getting better.

For the opening weekend of the 2017/18 Premier League season, the US-based talent of NBC Sports will broadcast live from England yet again with Rebecca Lowe, Kyle Martino, Robbie Mustoe and Robbie Earle bringing you the world’s most popular sports league.

NBC Sports App authentication comes to fuboTV streaming service

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Subscribers to fuboTV, the legal streaming service in the United States, can now use their fuboTV username and password to authenticate with the NBC Sports App to watch even more programming.

The long awaited news will come as perfect timing especially for soccer fans who are looking forward to the start of the new Premier League season, which kicks off on August 11.

NBC Sports App authentication comes to fuboTV streaming service

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Subscribers to fuboTV, the legal streaming service in the United States, can now use their fuboTV username and password to authenticate with the NBC Sports App to watch even more programming.

The long awaited news will come as perfect timing especially for soccer fans who are looking forward to the start of the new Premier League season, which kicks off on August 11.

Champions League

Univision Deportes poised to attract Champions League viewers turned off by Turner’s paywall

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In light of the announcement by Turner Sports where 80% of Champions League and Europa League games won’t be available on television beginning with the 2018/19 season, Univision Deportes is poised to attract English-language soccer fans who will watch games in Spanish to avoid having to pay the subscription fee to access Turner’s paid streaming service.

It’s going to cost more to watch soccer after Turner’s Champions League deal

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Turner Sports’ announcement on Thursday regarding how it’ll distribute the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League for the next seasons will have one major impact - it’s going to cost soccer fans more to watch the Beautiful Game than ever before.

In 2018, Turner Sports will launch a new online sports platform where about 80% of the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League games will be aired during the 2018-2019 competitions.

Fox Sports

Bundesliga games in Spanish-language moving from GolTV to Univision Deportes

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As the new Bundesliga kicks off this weekend, soccer fans in the United States will see a change regarding the Spanish-language coverage of the German top-flight league.

While FOX Deportes will continue to show games as they have done in the past, GolTV will no longer be broadcasting Bundesliga games.

Bundesliga games in Spanish-language moving from GolTV to Univision Deportes

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As the new Bundesliga kicks off this weekend, soccer fans in the United States will see a change regarding the Spanish-language coverage of the German top-flight league.

While FOX Deportes will continue to show games as they have done in the past, GolTV will no longer be broadcasting Bundesliga games.

FOX Sports’ Bundesliga TV schedule revealed for first month of new season

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FOX Sports will launch its television coverage of the 2017/18 season on FS1 on Friday, August 18 with a live broadcast of Bayern Munich against Bayer Leverkusen. The new season will be FOX’s third consecutive season of its five-year TV rights deal with Germany’s top-flight league.

Compared to the 2016/17 season on FOX Sports, the schedule from FOX Sports is very similar so far.

No Scottish Premiership TV deal in USA means games will be available only via club websites

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With the 2017/18 Scottish Premiership season scheduled to kick off on August 5, Scotland’s top-flight soccer league looks destined to miss out on television in the United States and only be available via streaming through paid subscriptions to each club website instead.

In previous years, a few of the Scottish Premiership games were available each week on FOX Soccer 2GO as well as being televised in the morning hours on FOX Soccer Plus.

FOX Sports reveals commentators and studio analysts for Gold Cup coverage

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FOX Sports has announced their broadcast team for the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup, which kicks off on Friday July 7.

The most important news is that Landon Donovan will return as a co-commentator to team up with John Strong and Stu Holden for the US Men’s National Team games. In the group stage, the US plays Panama, Martinique and Nicaragua.

FOX Sports reveals commentators and studio analysts for Gold Cup coverage

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FOX Sports has announced their broadcast team for the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup, which kicks off on Friday July 7.

The most important news is that Landon Donovan will return as a co-commentator to team up with John Strong and Stu Holden for the US Men’s National Team games. In the group stage, the US plays Panama, Martinique and Nicaragua.

fuboTV

fuboTV extends $19.99 per month special offer for cord cutters

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fuboTV’s summer special offer of $19.99/month for its fubo Premier streaming service has been extended until August 31.

Normally priced at $34.99/month, the special offer represents a discount of 40% and allows you to get fubo Premier for $19.99 for two months so you can save money and watch all of your favorite sports, news and entertainment channels without needing a cable or satellite TV subscription.

fuboTV extends $19.99 per month special offer for cord cutters

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fuboTV’s summer special offer of $19.99/month for its fubo Premier streaming service has been extended until August 31.

Normally priced at $34.99/month, the special offer represents a discount of 40% and allows you to get fubo Premier for $19.99 for two months so you can save money and watch all of your favorite sports, news and entertainment channels without needing a cable or satellite TV subscription.

DIRECTV NOW vs. Sling TV vs. fuboTV comparison of top streaming services

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Between DIRECTV NOW, Sling TV and fuboTV, which is the better streaming service for residents in the United States?

The short answer is it depends on you.

Each streaming service is different in many ways. Not every streaming service offers the same channels. Some offer DVR functionality, some do not.

DIRECTV NOW vs. Sling TV vs. fuboTV comparison of top streaming services

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Between DIRECTV NOW, Sling TV and fuboTV, which is the better streaming service for residents in the United States?

The short answer is it depends on you.

Each streaming service is different in many ways. Not every streaming service offers the same channels. Some offer DVR functionality, some do not.

COPA SUDAMERICANA

Footy On The Telly August 4-11

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This week, The Union are up against it - again. Also, the FA Community Shield, Copa Libertadores, Copa MX, some friendlies, a bunch of "Super Cups," UEFA Women's European Championship Final, England's League Cup, Copa Sudamericana, and the return of European league fixtures.

Footy On The Telly July 28 – August 4

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This week, The Union must win. Also, a slew of Friendlies, Pre-Season "Cups," UEFA Champions League, UEFA Women's European Championship, Copa Sudamericana, NWSL, and "El Classico").

Footy On The Telly

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This week, Footy never sleeps. The Union must win (twice), and USMNT must win. Also, a slew of Friendlies, Pre-Season "Cups," UEFA Champions League, UEFA Women's European Championship, Copa Sudamericana, NASL, NWSL, and South American League play (if you have the channels).

Footy On The Telly July 7 – 14

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This week, while MLS and the Union get a break, it's CONCACAF Gold Cup Time! Copa Sudamericana, UEFA Women's European Championship, NASL, NWSL and some Friendlies

Copa Libertadores and Copa Sudamericana action returns to US TV with FOX Deportes

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After a brief break, Copa Libertadores and Copa Sudamericana action returns to US TV this week with coverage on FOX Deportes as well as legal streaming providers.

Here’s the TV and streaming schedule for the month of July. All kickoff times are listed as Eastern United States:

Thursday, July 6

The Strongest vs.

Leagues: Championship

beIN SPORTS out and ESPN/BAMTech in for Championship TV rights

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EXCLUSIVE: In a stunning turn of events, BAMTech has acquired the US rights to the English Championship and EFL Cup, and has reached a separate agreement with ESPN to have the live and on-demand matches shown by the Worldwide Leader of Sports.

beIN SPORTS will not broadcast the 2017/18 Championship season, and has subsequently removed all of the opening EFL Championship weekend matches from their schedule.

beIN SPORTS out and ESPN/BAMTech in for Championship TV rights

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EXCLUSIVE: In a stunning turn of events, BAMTech has acquired the US rights to the English Championship and EFL Cup, and has reached a separate agreement with ESPN to have the live and on-demand matches shown by the Worldwide Leader of Sports.

beIN SPORTS will not broadcast the 2017/18 Championship season, and has subsequently removed all of the opening EFL Championship weekend matches from their schedule.

English Championship will remain on beIN SPORTS TV in US after contract renewed

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The 2017/18 Championship season will be televised in the United States on beIN SPORTS after the broadcaster renewed its contract with the English Football League (EFL).

The new season of England’s second division kicks off on Friday, August 4 with Sunderland against Derby County, which will be shown live on beIN SPORTS Connect and fuboTV.