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Alexi Lalas and Taylor Twellman illustrate stark contrast in their analysis of USA’s World Cup disaster

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In the wake of the disastrous World Cup qualifying campaign that culminated in a 2-1 loss Tuesday night against Trinidad and Tobago, it was surprising to see the differing approaches from the two most high-profile analysts of the US Men’s National Team. In one corner, you had FOX Sports Alexi Lalas, guardian of the status quo and US Soccer system.

Alexi Lalas and Taylor Twellman illustrate stark contrast in their analysis of USA’s World Cup disaster

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In the wake of the disastrous World Cup qualifying campaign that culminated in a 2-1 loss Tuesday night against Trinidad and Tobago, it was surprising to see the differing approaches from the two most high-profile analysts of the US Men’s National Team. In one corner, you had FOX Sports Alexi Lalas, guardian of the status quo and US Soccer system.

FOX Sports suffers $200 million hangover after US fails to qualify for World Cup

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The worst nightmare has come true for FOX Sports’ coverage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The United States has failed to qualify for the tournament for the first time in 32 years.

Earlier this year, FOX Sports President Eric Shanks joked that if the US Men’s National Team didn’t qualify for the 2018 World Cup “that would [be] like $200 million flushed down the toilet [for FOX Sports].

FOX Sports suffers $200 million hangover after US fails to qualify for World Cup

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The worst nightmare has come true for FOX Sports’ coverage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The United States has failed to qualify for the tournament for the first time in 32 years.

Earlier this year, FOX Sports President Eric Shanks joked that if the US Men’s National Team didn’t qualify for the 2018 World Cup “that would [be] like $200 million flushed down the toilet [for FOX Sports].

Facebook is paying FOX Sports to stream UEFA Champions League games

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After streaming four English-language UEFA Champions League games on Facebook Live this month, World Soccer Talk has learned that Facebook is paying FOX Sports to stream the games.

So far this month, FOX Sports has streamed four Champions League games exclusively online and has prevented them being shown live on television.

Facebook is paying FOX Sports to stream UEFA Champions League games

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After streaming four English-language UEFA Champions League games on Facebook Live this month, World Soccer Talk has learned that Facebook is paying FOX Sports to stream the games.

So far this month, FOX Sports has streamed four Champions League games exclusively online and has prevented them being shown live on television.

FOX Sports to air more than 32 World Cup games on FOX network

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FOX Sports revealed today that it will air more than half of the 2018 World Cup games on the over-the-air FOX network.

During an invitation-only presentation to media in New York City Tuesday night, FOX Sports announced that more than 32 of the 64 World Cup matches will be on the FOX over-the-air network, which will make the 2018 FIFA World Cup the most accessible ever to viewers in the United States.

FOX Sports to air more than 32 World Cup games on FOX network

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FOX Sports revealed today that it will air more than half of the 2018 World Cup games on the over-the-air FOX network.

During an invitation-only presentation to media in New York City Tuesday night, FOX Sports announced that more than 32 of the 64 World Cup matches will be on the FOX over-the-air network, which will make the 2018 FIFA World Cup the most accessible ever to viewers in the United States.

fuboTV expands FOX over-the-air access to cover 59% of households nationwide

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fuboTV has expanded the number of over-the-air FOX channels it can stream to cover 59% of households across the United States including 17 of the top 20 areas.

That means that if your city is listed below, you’ll be able to watch all of the national programming offered by the over-the-air FOX channel, which includes the UEFA Champions League final, World Cup 2018, select MLS games, World Cup 2022 and World Cup 2026.

fuboTV expands FOX over-the-air access to cover 59% of households nationwide

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fuboTV has expanded the number of over-the-air FOX channels it can stream to cover 59% of households across the United States including 17 of the top 20 areas.

That means that if your city is listed below, you’ll be able to watch all of the national programming offered by the over-the-air FOX channel, which includes the UEFA Champions League final, World Cup 2018, select MLS games, World Cup 2022 and World Cup 2026.

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.

English Premier League

Footy On The Telly October 13-20

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Now that we don't have to worry about booking a trip to Russia anymore... We can watch UEFA Champions and Europa Leagues; the FIFA U-17 World Cup; a USWNT Friendly; all sorts of domestic and international league and college fixtures; and the Union as they play out the string, and player contracts, too.

Derek Rae joins NBC Sports to boost its Premier League TV coverage

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In a period of dark and depressing news for soccer fans in the United States, the best news this week is that Derek Rae has been signed by NBC Sports to be a match commentator.

Rae’s debut for NBC Sports will be the Liverpool-Manchester United match, which will be televised live in the United States on NBCSN at 7:30am ET on Saturday.

Derek Rae joins NBC Sports to boost its Premier League TV coverage

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In a period of dark and depressing news for soccer fans in the United States, the best news this week is that Derek Rae has been signed by NBC Sports to be a match commentator.

Rae’s debut for NBC Sports will be the Liverpool-Manchester United match, which will be televised live in the United States on NBCSN at 7:30am ET on Saturday.

NBC Sports Gold subscribers receive apology after Premier League Pass outages

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NBC Sports has issued an apology to subscribers of their NBC Sports Gold service after the debacle that occurred Saturday, which resulted in a major online outage at the same time that Manchester United played away against Southampton.

“We apologize for the disruptions and inconvenience, and appreciate your understanding as we continue to look for new ways to bring you the best sports content in the world,” NBC Sports wrote in an e-mail to NBC Sports Gold subscribers.

NBC Sports Gold subscribers receive apology after Premier League Pass outages

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NBC Sports has issued an apology to subscribers of their NBC Sports Gold service after the debacle that occurred Saturday, which resulted in a major online outage at the same time that Manchester United played away against Southampton.

“We apologize for the disruptions and inconvenience, and appreciate your understanding as we continue to look for new ways to bring you the best sports content in the world,” NBC Sports wrote in an e-mail to NBC Sports Gold subscribers.

Footy On The Telly September 22-29

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This week, we can watch the WAFU Nations Cup action; UEFA Champions and Europa Leagues; a plethora of league and college action; and a double dose of the Union's ever-so crowd-pleasing Process.

Footy On The Telly September 15 – 22

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This week, we can watch the US OPEN CUP on Wednesday. Other watchables include WAFU Nations Cup action; Copas Sudamericana and Libertadores; England's League Cup; 2 USWNT Friendlies; a surfeit of league and college action; and The Union's ever Sisyphean Process on ESPN.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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The international break is over, which means its time for a return to club soccer all over your television, computer, and phone screens this weekend.

The headliner takes place in England, where Manchester City will play host to Liverpool on Saturday in a clash of Premier League giants. Both teams are on seven points after unbeaten starts to the new campaign, and each know a loss could drop them even further behind red-hot Manchester United.

Footy On The Telly September 8 – 15

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This week, we can watch the UEFA Champions and Europa Leagues; the WAFU Nations Cup; Copas MX, Sudamericana, Libertadores and Argentina; England's League Cup; a USWNT Friendly; a ton of league and college action; and The Union's ever trustworthy Process.

ESPN3 to stream League One matches to viewers in United States this weekend

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With no Championship matches scheduled this weekend due to the international break, ESPN3 has decided to stream several matches from League One instead.

It’s incredibly rare for viewers in the United States to see any matches from League One, so to have three available from the third tier of English football will be a treat.

ESPN3 to stream League One matches to viewers in United States this weekend

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With no Championship matches scheduled this weekend due to the international break, ESPN3 has decided to stream several matches from League One instead.

It’s incredibly rare for viewers in the United States to see any matches from League One, so to have three available from the third tier of English football will be a treat.

Footy On The Telly August 25 – September 1 READY TO PUBLISH ON FRIDAY 8/25

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This week, The Union are ...(sigh)... well.... Trusting The Process, Again. Also, World Cup Qualifying, College Soccer, Copa MX, and lots of league fixtures

Premier League Pass faces first major test this weekend with Spurs game behind paywall

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NBC Sports’ Premier League Pass faces its first major test this weekend when 50% of the EPL games will be on the paid streaming service including Sunday’s match between Tottenham and Burnley.

The first big test the service, which is part of NBC Sports Gold, will face is how many Spurs supporters in the United States will decide to pay for it ($50 per season) and how many will decide to stream it illegally through other means.

Premier League Pass faces first major test this weekend with Spurs game behind paywall

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NBC Sports’ Premier League Pass faces its first major test this weekend when 50% of the EPL games will be on the paid streaming service including Sunday’s match between Tottenham and Burnley.

The first big test the service, which is part of NBC Sports Gold, will face is how many Spurs supporters in the United States will decide to pay for it ($50 per season) and how many will decide to stream it illegally through other means.

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.

World Cup qualifying

Footy On The Telly October 6 – 13

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This week, it's World Cup Qualifying time again! Also, the U17 Club World Cup; second and third-tier league and college action; and the Union rest for the final Playoff (PLAYOFFS!???) stretch.

This Week's Soccer on TV

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It may be an international break, but there's still a lot of exciting soccer to watch this week.

The later stages of World Cup Qualifying take center stage and the highlight matches are in South America. Brazil is the only CONMEBOL team with a guaranteed place in Russia, and with three and a half more spots up for grabs the competition is fierce.

Footy On The Telly September 1 – 8

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This week, USMNT and every other National Team in World Cup Qualifying action. Also, NASL, NWSL, Euro U-21 Qualifying, a smattering of action from the international pro leagues, College Soccer, And The Union get to Trust The Process while they rest.

Telemundo

NBC Universal and Telemundo submit joint bid for Mexico national team TV rights in US

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NBCUniversal/Telemundo and América Móvil jointly submitted on Thursday to the Mexican Football Federation bids for the Mexico National Team media rights, one for the United States, and the other for the rest of the world, for two World Cup cycles. The bids include rights to all men’s and women’s Mexico National Team divisions.

NBC Universal and Telemundo submit joint bid for Mexico national team TV rights in US

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NBCUniversal/Telemundo and América Móvil jointly submitted on Thursday to the Mexican Football Federation bids for the Mexico National Team media rights, one for the United States, and the other for the rest of the world, for two World Cup cycles. The bids include rights to all men’s and women’s Mexico National Team divisions.

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Boca Juniors and River Plate matches now available in US via new streaming service

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For the first time in a long time, Argentina Superliga matches featuring Boca Juniors and River Plate will be available legally for viewing in the United States.

A new streaming service called Fanatiz is now offering soccer fans around the world matches from Argentina, Chile, Peru and Mexico.

Boca Juniors and River Plate matches now available in US via new streaming service

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For the first time in a long time, Argentina Superliga matches featuring Boca Juniors and River Plate will be available legally for viewing in the United States.

A new streaming service called Fanatiz is now offering soccer fans around the world matches from Argentina, Chile, Peru and Mexico.

Major League Soccer

This Week's Soccer on TV

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The big boys of Europe get started in earnest this week after a Monday night domestic appetizer.

The UEFA Champions League group stage kicks off on Tuesday night with a set of eight matches highlighted by Barcelona taking on Juventus in a clash of long standing European giants.

The Europa League takes center stage on Thursday as the lesser of Europe's continental competitions pits large clubs against smaller foes.

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.

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.

The Rest

Critical US-Trinidad and Tobago World Cup qualifier to air on beIN SPORTS

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October’s critical World Cup qualifier between the US Men’s National Team and Trinidad-and-Tobago will be streamed live on beIN SPORTS and Universo on Tuesday, October 10, World Soccer Talk has learned.

In the final match of their World Cup qualification process, the game could end up being a do-or-die match that will determine whether the USA team qualifies for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.