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International Champions Cup

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.

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.

ESPN to televise 2017 International Champions Cup including Barcelona-Real Madrid game

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For viewers in the United States, the 2017 International Champions Cup will be televised live on ESPN and ESPN2, which will include the highly-anticipated game between Barcelona and Real Madrid on Saturday, July 29 - the first time ever el Clasico has been played in the United States.

Out of the 12 games in the 2017 International Champions Cup, eight of them will be shown live on ESPN.

ESPN to televise 2017 International Champions Cup including Barcelona-Real Madrid game

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For viewers in the United States, the 2017 International Champions Cup will be televised live on ESPN and ESPN2, which will include the highly-anticipated game between Barcelona and Real Madrid on Saturday, July 29 - the first time ever el Clasico has been played in the United States.

Out of the 12 games in the 2017 International Champions Cup, eight of them will be shown live on ESPN.

fuboTV

Speed tests between Sling TV, fuboTV, PlayStation Vue and DIRECTV NOW

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Ever wonder who would win a speed test between Sling TV, fuboTV, PS Vue and DIRECTV NOW?

Several of our readers have posted comments on our website asking for us to do a laboratory test to determine which of the legal streaming services is the fastest and most reliable.

While we haven’t had a chance to do so yet, we did stumble across a speed test on YouTube.

Speed tests between Sling TV, fuboTV, PlayStation Vue and DIRECTV NOW

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Ever wonder who would win a speed test between Sling TV, fuboTV, PS Vue and DIRECTV NOW?

Several of our readers have posted comments on our website asking for us to do a laboratory test to determine which of the legal streaming services is the fastest and most reliable.

While we haven’t had a chance to do so yet, we did stumble across a speed test on YouTube.

Comparison of fubo Latino, Sling TV and FOX Soccer 2GO soccer streaming services

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When it comes to deciding which legal soccer streaming service to sign up for, the number of choices available continues to increase. At the same time, the services are adding new networks and enhancing their features quite often. To help make the decision easier, we’ve created a comparison below between the leading low-cost legal soccer streaming services available in the United States.

Comparison of fubo Latino, Sling TV and FOX Soccer 2GO soccer streaming services

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When it comes to deciding which legal soccer streaming service to sign up for, the number of choices available continues to increase. At the same time, the services are adding new networks and enhancing their features quite often. To help make the decision easier, we’ve created a comparison below between the leading low-cost legal soccer streaming services available in the United States.

English Premier League

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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With their European conquest coming to an abrupt end earlier this week, Pep Guardiola and Manchester City now return their primary focus to the English Premier League for the remainder of the season.

Regaining their footing after crashing out of the UEFA Champions League's round of 16 won't be easy for City, however, as it will host a top-four tilt at Etihad Stadium on Saturday when Liverpool comes to visit.

NBC to feature Manchester City vs. Liverpool on over-the-air network

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The Premier League match between Manchester City and Liverpool on Sunday, March 19 will be televised live on the over-the-air NBC network in the United States.

The match, would could have big implications on the top four in English soccer, will kick off at 12:30pm ET. The reason for the late kickoff time is due to Daylight Savings Time.

NBC to feature Manchester City vs. Liverpool on over-the-air network

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The Premier League match between Manchester City and Liverpool on Sunday, March 19 will be televised live on the over-the-air NBC network in the United States.

The match, would could have big implications on the top four in English soccer, will kick off at 12:30pm ET. The reason for the late kickoff time is due to Daylight Savings Time.

How to watch Premier League games on fubo Premier

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With the launch of the beta of fubo Premier in February, the latest release of the legal streaming service for soccer fans in the United States, subscribers now can watch Premier League soccer from across NBCSN, CNBC, USA, NBC Universo and Telemundo.

The benefit of fubo Premier is that you can watch your favorite Premier League club via streaming, and no cable or satellite TV subscription is required.

How to watch Premier League games on fubo Premier

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With the launch of the beta of fubo Premier in February, the latest release of the legal streaming service for soccer fans in the United States, subscribers now can watch Premier League soccer from across NBCSN, CNBC, USA, NBC Universo and Telemundo.

The benefit of fubo Premier is that you can watch your favorite Premier League club via streaming, and no cable or satellite TV subscription is required.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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For two teams that were once at the heart of the title contention this season, staying in the top four is now the primary goal.

With both Liverpool and Arsenal reeling in league play, the two sides will meet at Anfield on Saturday, battling to hold on to a potential UEFA Champions League spot.

NBC Sports to debut West Bromwich Albion Behind The Badge series this weekend

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NBC Sports’ popular Behind The Badge documentary returns this weekend with the first of a four-part series about Premier League club West Bromwich Albion.

Previously, NBC Sports has featured Crystal Palace and Watford. Both were critically received and featured plenty of fly-on-the-wall footage to give soccer fans a unique perspective on what it’s like to work and play behind the scenes at a top-level soccer club.

NBC Sports to debut West Bromwich Albion Behind The Badge series this weekend

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NBC Sports’ popular Behind The Badge documentary returns this weekend with the first of a four-part series about Premier League club West Bromwich Albion.

Previously, NBC Sports has featured Crystal Palace and Watford. Both were critically received and featured plenty of fly-on-the-wall footage to give soccer fans a unique perspective on what it’s like to work and play behind the scenes at a top-level soccer club.

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.

satellite radio

Footy on the Telly, March 17 – 24

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Your weekly listings of live soccer on TV, online, and (sometimes) on satellite radio. Cheers and jeers have been heard from Footy on the Telly readers, and as a result we are trying a hybrid format. The limiting factor has been, and will continue to be, the time this editor [...]

Footy on the Telly – Feb. 24 – Mar. 3

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We're trying a new format hope you like it. Your weekly listings of live soccer on TV, online and on satellite radio. We tryto make these listings as accurate and complete as possible, but matches get cancelled, broadcasters change listings, we make mistakes, and so on. If you see [...]

Eleven Sports

Eleven Sports acquires distribution assets of One World Sports

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Eleven Sports today officially announced that it has acquired the distribution assets of One World Sports. By doing so, it marks the launch of the UK-based sports broadcaster into the United States.

It’s important to stress that Eleven Sports has acquired the programming of One World Sports, but not the One World Sports company itself.

Eleven Sports acquires distribution assets of One World Sports

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Eleven Sports today officially announced that it has acquired the distribution assets of One World Sports. By doing so, it marks the launch of the UK-based sports broadcaster into the United States.

It’s important to stress that Eleven Sports has acquired the programming of One World Sports, but not the One World Sports company itself.

One World Sports relaunches as Eleven Sports in potential takeover by UK sports network

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EXCLUSIVE - Viewers of One World Sports awoke Saturday morning to the channel being relaunched as Eleven Sports.

By all accounts, this is not merely a name change but has the looks of a complete takeover of the beleaguered network. Reminder, back in November of last year, One World Sports furloughed much of its staff.

Champions League

FOX Sports fakes soccer announcers being at Champions League games

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FOX Sports is faking their soccer announcers being at stadiums in England during UEFA Champions League broadcasts.

For the second Champions League gameweek in a row, the US broadcaster has gone to elaborate measures to trick viewers into thinking that their announcers are in the stadium when they are, in fact, in a studio in California.

FOX Sports fakes soccer announcers being at Champions League games

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FOX Sports is faking their soccer announcers being at stadiums in England during UEFA Champions League broadcasts.

For the second Champions League gameweek in a row, the US broadcaster has gone to elaborate measures to trick viewers into thinking that their announcers are in the stadium when they are, in fact, in a studio in California.

UEFA doubles Champions League TV rights revenue in $100 million/year deals

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While the past 12 months have been a turbulent time for UEFA, the European soccer organization has managed to double the amount of revenue it’ll generate for Champions League and Europa League coverage in the United States.

Under UEFA’s current deal with FOX Sports, the broadcaster pays approximately $52 million per year for the rights to show the games in both English and Spanish to viewers in the United States.

UEFA doubles Champions League TV rights revenue in $100 million/year deals

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While the past 12 months have been a turbulent time for UEFA, the European soccer organization has managed to double the amount of revenue it’ll generate for Champions League and Europa League coverage in the United States.

Under UEFA’s current deal with FOX Sports, the broadcaster pays approximately $52 million per year for the rights to show the games in both English and Spanish to viewers in the United States.

Turner Sports and Univision acquire UEFA Champions League TV rights in USA

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EXCLUSIVE: The US TV rights to the UEFA Champions League for seasons 2018 through 2021 have been acquired by Turner Sports and Univision in the United States, according to a World Soccer Talk source who is close to the situation.

FOX Sports, the current rights holder until the end of the 2017/18 season, lost the English-language TV rights to Turner Sports in a very competitive bidding process that included ESPN.

Turner Sports and Univision acquire UEFA Champions League TV rights in USA

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EXCLUSIVE: The US TV rights to the UEFA Champions League for seasons 2018 through 2021 have been acquired by Turner Sports and Univision in the United States, according to a World Soccer Talk source who is close to the situation.

FOX Sports, the current rights holder until the end of the 2017/18 season, lost the English-language TV rights to Turner Sports in a very competitive bidding process that included ESPN.

US broadcasters bid on UEFA Champions League TV rights for 2018-2021

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The bidding for the next round of US TV and streaming rights to the UEFA Champions League is close to being completed, a source revealed to World Soccer Talk.

Our source understands that the TV networks bidding for the rights to broadcast the UEFA Champions League in the United States from 2018 to 2021 are FOX Sports, ESPN, Turner Sports and NBC Sports.

North American Soccer League

Review of 2017 MLS opening weekend TV coverage

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The opening weekend of MLS featured two new clubs and a new stadium.

The action opened Friday night as Portland hosted new entrant Minnesota United FC, a team that has spent the last six seasons in the second-division NASL. FOX Sports was broadcasting the match and did a wonderful job of capturing the atmosphere in Portland, which is arguably the best in North America.

Review of 2017 MLS opening weekend TV coverage

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The opening weekend of MLS featured two new clubs and a new stadium.

The action opened Friday night as Portland hosted new entrant Minnesota United FC, a team that has spent the last six seasons in the second-division NASL. FOX Sports was broadcasting the match and did a wonderful job of capturing the atmosphere in Portland, which is arguably the best in North America.

beIN Sports

beIN SPORTS to debut new set for The Xtra, their daily sports show

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Beginning today, beIN SPORTS’ daily show The Xtra will feature a brand-new set.

Over the weekend, beIN SPORTS talent were testing out the new shots of what appears to be a completely new look to their TV broadcast. The Xtra airs Mondays through Friday at 7pm ET, and is hosted by Kevin Egan.

USA World Cup qualifier against Panama in March will be televised on beIN SPORTS

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The important US Men’s National Team World Cup qualifier against Panama in late March will be shown live on beIN SPORTS.

No announcement has been made about the Spanish-language broadcast, but the English-language broadcast of the Tuesday March 28, 2017 match will be on beIN SPORTS for viewers in the United States.

USA World Cup qualifier against Panama in March will be televised on beIN SPORTS

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The important US Men’s National Team World Cup qualifier against Panama in late March will be shown live on beIN SPORTS.

No announcement has been made about the Spanish-language broadcast, but the English-language broadcast of the Tuesday March 28, 2017 match will be on beIN SPORTS for viewers in the United States.

Leagues: Liga MX

2.4 million soccer fans watched Chivas-Club America Súper Clásico on Univision

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Last weekend’s Súper Clásico between Chivas and Club America was the most-watched soccer game on any network in 2017, averaging 2.4 million total viewers.

The 2.4 million number exceeded the 1.92 million number that watched the Super Clasico in September, 2017

The broadcast on Univision Deportes featured longtime rivals América and Chivas aired Saturday at 10:00 p.

2.4 million soccer fans watched Chivas-Club America Súper Clásico on Univision

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Last weekend’s Súper Clásico between Chivas and Club America was the most-watched soccer game on any network in 2017, averaging 2.4 million total viewers.

The 2.4 million number exceeded the 1.92 million number that watched the Super Clasico in September, 2017

The broadcast on Univision Deportes featured longtime rivals América and Chivas aired Saturday at 10:00 p.

The Rest

GolTV acquires US media rights to Portugal’s Primeira Liga for 2017/18 season

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EXCLUSIVE: GolTV has acquired the US media rights to Portugal’s Primeira Liga for the 2017/18 season, according to a World Soccer Talk source who is close to the situation.

The popular Portuguese league features historic teams such as Benfica, Sporting CP and Porto.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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Juventus may be running away with the Italian Serie A title this season, but they will have a chance for a little payback this weekend against the only club that has handed them multiple losses this season.

Massimiliano Allegri's men have been defeated just four times this season in league play, and one of themcame last October at the hands of AC Milan.

Telemundo announces coverage plans for 2017 Confederations Cup

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Telemundo Deportes will be the official Spanish-language broadcaster of the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup, which will be held in Russia this summer from June 17 to July 2.

According to Telemundo, the lineup will include close to 200 hours of programming on Telemundo and NBC Universo, complemented by extensive news and analysis on TelemundoDeportes.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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The first major trophy of the season in English soccer will be handed out this weekend when Manchester United and Southampton square off at Wembley Stadium in the EFL Cup final.

For Manchester United, the club will be chasing after a sixth title in this competition, with the most recent one coming in 2010, while the Saints are searching for their first cup title in over four decades.