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Post by Swanhends Wed Jan 02, 2013 10:41 pm

This will be of interest to a lot of people here (including any and all traitors who claim to be from elsewhere :coffee:)

Here's where we stand: FOX owned the rights to EPL games since 1998 in North America. ESPN had been drawing awesome ratings (for the early-morning weekend time slot) for its sublicense of the EPL (80 matches/yr)

However, now NBC came out of nowhere to buy the EPL rights with a bid of around $83 million per year, more than 3x the $23 million per year that Fox has been paying.

So now FOX has lost rights for ALL live league games in North America: they already lost MLS (to NBC Sports), EPL (To NBC), Serie A (to BeIN Sports), and Ligue 1 (to BeIN) ...Fox is left with basically nothing in terms of league football

BeIN also purchased the rights to La Liga (winning them from GolTV)

Fox did however, win the English-language rights to the 2018 and 2022 World Cup and other FIFA events, beginning with the 2015 Women's World Cup in Canada, but it will soon be without its most popular soccer channel to promote them.

Apparently (this is news to me) Fox and ESPN actually launched a JOINT bid for the US media rights to the EPL for seasons 2013-16, (which, as I mentioned, they lost)...Now one of the unlikely winners here is the FA Cup. While FOX has left than six months remaining in its contract with the EPL, they DO have the US rights to the FA Cup through 2017-18. That provides them with some chances to continue broadcasting live English football games through 2018, when FOX has the rights to the FIFA World Cup. While the number of FA Cup matches is limited (from January through May when Premier League teams participate in the tournament), its at least SOMETHING to bolster its coverage of the UEFA Champions League and Europa League. With Fox only having five months of the Premier League remaining before NBC takes over, Fox has decided to boost its coverage of the FA Cup by moving two of its matches to the free-to-air FOX network

The first to be shown live this Saturday at Noon ET when West Ham United plays Manchester United in the third round of the FA Cup. The other is the FA Cup Final on May 11, 2013.

Summary:

Fox - FA Cup, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, FIFA World Cup 2018, FIFA World Cup 2022, CONCACAF Gold Cup, CONCACAF Champions League

BeIN - Serie A, La Liga, Ligue 1, USMNT World Cup 2014 Qualifiers

NBC - EPL, MLS

ESPN - 2014 FIFA World Cup, 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup, 2016 UEFA European Championship


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Post by RealGunner Wed Jan 02, 2013 10:45 pm

You have Fox don't you bhends ?
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Post by CBarca Wed Jan 02, 2013 10:46 pm

When does NBC start showing EPL?
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Post by Swanhends Wed Jan 02, 2013 10:49 pm

@RealGunner wrote:You have Fox don't you bhends ?

At school I get Fox Soccer, at my parents house I get NBC Sports

@CBarca they own the rights starting at the end of this season (May)

Edit: For clarity, FOX and NBC have multiple channels each. While FOX has owned the rights to EPL since 1998, they very (VERY) rarely have shown games on their free-to-air network TV channels, the games have been exclusively on Fox Soccer (a channel they own, which you usually have to pay extra for)

NBC will now own EPL rights, but it is unclear how many of the games will be televised on their free-to-air network channel, most games will likely by shown on NBC Sports (Which is usually included in most cable packages, unlike Fox Sports)

Everyone with a basic cable package gets ESPN

BeIN Sport is just like Fox Soccer, its a channel you have to pay extra to get
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Post by CBarca Wed Jan 02, 2013 10:54 pm

This is amazing :bow:

I don't have fox soccer but I do have NBC Sports. Not as much streaming :bow:

WTF am I going to do for World Cup 2018 and 2022 scratch ...I guess I'll find out, I'll be 21 and 25 years old, respectively.

Fox getting wrecked here :/
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Post by ronalessi Wed Jan 02, 2013 10:57 pm

No La Liga on TV in Canada since beIN purchased the North American rights. Pathetic. Laughing
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Post by Ganso Wed Jan 02, 2013 11:00 pm

Ronalessi,dat avatar ffs
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Post by RedOranje Wed Jan 02, 2013 11:02 pm

Annoyed that beIN has so many of the competitions' rights since it's not available with many of the cable providers. Also a bit pissed that NBC got the rights to the PL as they've been a bit... inconsistent in their MLS coverage, to say the least.
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Post by Rebaño Sagrado Wed Jan 02, 2013 11:04 pm

@Ganso wrote:Ronalessi,dat avatar ffs

Laughing

I miss gol tv Sad
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Post by McAgger Wed Jan 02, 2013 11:57 pm

YAAAAS NBC Sports :bow: :bow: Goodbye streaming
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Post by Swanhends Thu Jan 03, 2013 12:12 am

@CBarca wrote:This is amazing :bow:

I don't have fox soccer but I do have NBC Sports. Not as much streaming :bow:

WTF am I going to do for World Cup 2018 and 2022 scratch ...I guess I'll find out, I'll be 21 and 25 years old, respectively.

Fox getting wrecked here :/

2018 and 2022 still a long way away, but as things stand Fox would likely air games over all three of FOX, FX, and Fox Soccer
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Post by norton Thu Jan 03, 2013 1:27 am

I had to switch from Verizon FIOS to Comcast to get BEIN Sport and Serie A and La Liga. I can also watch Ligue 1, but I rarely do unless PSG is playing.

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Post by Swanhends Thu Jan 03, 2013 1:53 am

Fox getting wrecked is a good thing...They are a shit network and have no ambition

Also Rupert Murdoch is a c*nt of the highest order

Im excited for NBC Sports...ESPN desperately needs a serious competitor, and even though they've had some early bumps, NBC Sports is heading in the right direction
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Post by B-Mac Thu Jan 03, 2013 2:09 am

Sportsnet World is all I need in Canada and I get every EPL game, Champs League game, WC Qualifier, WC games, Euro qualifier, Euro game, some german cup games

and TSN covers the ESPN games, which every standard cable package gets

La Liga and Serie A should be coming soon with beIN but in canada the CRTC(broadcasting board) takes there sweet time with approving new channels etc.
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Post by FalcaoPunch Thu Jan 03, 2013 2:37 am

Ew. NBC.

The worst damn coverage of the Olympics. I can't wait to see what they do with this.
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Post by Swanhends Thu Jan 03, 2013 2:58 am

@FalcaoPunch wrote:Ew. NBC.

The worst damn coverage of the Olympics. I can't wait to see what they do with this.

loool agreed there...Hopefully Bob Costas doesn't get involved, and then everything will be alright

The one thing that I am very upset about here is the commentary though...

I have never liked Arlo White...Im convinced people think he is good because he is English

Meanwhile Ian Darke and Macca with ESPN are so damn awesome...now what are they going to do between May 2013 and WC 2014 Sad
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Post by Eman Thu Jan 03, 2013 2:58 am

B-Mac MUFC wrote:Sportsnet World is all I need in Canada and I get every EPL game, Champs League game, WC Qualifier, WC games, Euro qualifier, Euro game, some german cup games

and TSN covers the ESPN games, which every standard cable package gets

La Liga and Serie A should be coming soon with beIN but in canada the CRTC(broadcasting board) takes there sweet time with approving new channels etc.
Canada :bow:
Sportsnet World :bow:
Me ignoring how fecking expensive my subscription is :bow:
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Post by FalcaoPunch Thu Jan 03, 2013 3:15 am

Well I'm finally making the switch to Xfinity. Hopefully it's good.
I currently have Fios. But it's to pricey now and they show almost no games any more.
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Post by donttreadonred Thu Jan 03, 2013 4:50 am

I'm a little concerned abotu the switch from Fox to NBC. Fox has devoted a network to the sport, where NBC has only had spotty coverage of MLS, even after acquiring nearly exclusive rights.

I'm really hoping that NBC's bid is a strong sign of commitment to proper coverage and that the NBC Sports Network is heavily utilized in the same way Fox Soccer has been used here in the US. Where fox hasn't been great, they have been consistent and have offered a large lineup of the leagues they have the rights to.

NBC certainly has the resources to do far better than Fox, but their execution so far has been lacking. I'm hoping for drastic improvement as we approach the transition of rights.

As an aside, does anyone know what the fate of the Fox Soccer Channel will be?
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Post by RED Thu Jan 03, 2013 10:29 pm

B-Mac MUFC wrote:Sportsnet World is all I need in Canada and I get every EPL game, Champs League game, WC Qualifier, WC games, Euro qualifier, Euro game, some german cup games

and TSN covers the ESPN games, which every standard cable package gets

La Liga and Serie A should be coming soon with beIN but in canada the CRTC(broadcasting board) takes there sweet time with approving new channels etc.

You are so lucky to get every PL game.

I just cancelled my Sky after a month because I was still in a position where I had to stream Utd games. fck that.
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Post by Kuru Fri Jan 04, 2013 12:03 am

pffft. you guys need someone like Al-Jazeera Sports, a network that buys almost every league and cup competition known on earth (Except the PL). And actually shows every match with reruns! No more headaches.
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Post by Yeezus Fri Jan 04, 2013 5:02 am

@Rebaño Sagrado wrote:
@Ganso wrote:Ronalessi,dat avatar ffs

Laughing

I miss gol tv Sad

Tbf, GolTV never actually tried. They had Ray Hudson and Phil Schoen sitting in a brothel watching Spanish League matches ffs. Showed La Liga for 2011-2012, while airing a show with goal highlights from the 2009-2010 season :facepalm:

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Post by B-Mac Fri Jan 04, 2013 1:55 pm

@RED wrote:
B-Mac MUFC wrote:Sportsnet World is all I need in Canada and I get every EPL game, Champs League game, WC Qualifier, WC games, Euro qualifier, Euro game, some german cup games

and TSN covers the ESPN games, which every standard cable package gets

La Liga and Serie A should be coming soon with beIN but in canada the CRTC(broadcasting board) takes there sweet time with approving new channels etc.

You are so lucky to get every PL game.

I just cancelled my Sky after a month because I was still in a position where I had to stream Utd games. fck that.

ya it's not bad pay 17$ a month for it....you get like 12 HD channels that will have all the games on so u can choose what ever game u like. get FA cup games aswell, only thing it doesn't get is captial one cup
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Post by _LMG_10_ Fri Jan 04, 2013 6:40 pm

B-Mac MUFC wrote:
@RED wrote:
B-Mac MUFC wrote:Sportsnet World is all I need in Canada and I get every EPL game, Champs League game, WC Qualifier, WC games, Euro qualifier, Euro game, some german cup games

and TSN covers the ESPN games, which every standard cable package gets

La Liga and Serie A should be coming soon with beIN but in canada the CRTC(broadcasting board) takes there sweet time with approving new channels etc.

You are so lucky to get every PL game.

I just cancelled my Sky after a month because I was still in a position where I had to stream Utd games. fck that.

ya it's not bad pay 17$ a month for it....you get like 12 HD channels that will have all the games on so u can choose what ever game u like. get FA cup games aswell, only thing it doesn't get is captial one cup

Which provider are you with?

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Post by B-Mac Fri Jan 04, 2013 6:49 pm

@_LMG_10_ wrote:
B-Mac MUFC wrote:
@RED wrote:

You are so lucky to get every PL game.

I just cancelled my Sky after a month because I was still in a position where I had to stream Utd games. fck that.

ya it's not bad pay 17$ a month for it....you get like 12 HD channels that will have all the games on so u can choose what ever game u like. get FA cup games aswell, only thing it doesn't get is captial one cup

Which provider are you with?

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