02.11.2010 03:00 PM
Fox Broadcast First to Air European Soccer Final
UEFALOS ANGELES: Fox will become the first U.S. network to carry the European Champions League final. The match, originally scheduled to appear on FX, will be telecast live in HD on the broadcast network May 22 from Madrid. The over-the-air network has access to 115 million households versus around 95 million for FX.

“The event is Fox Sports’ first-ever soccer broadcast, and joins a select few major international soccer championships ever to receive broadcast television exposure in the U.S.,” the sports net said. “This season’s UEFA Champions League Final on May 22 is being held on a Saturday for the first time in its history with a 2:30 p.m. ET Fox on-air time and 2:45 p.m. ET match kick-off from Madrid’s Santiago Bernabéu Stadium.”

Fox Soccer Channel is in the first of a three-year agreement with the UEFA. Coverage began last August. League games have been carried on the soccer network, Fox Soccer Plus, FSN and Fox Sports en Español. Starting March 1, Fox Soccer Plus will offer up to 22 additional live matches per year. FSN has 16 matches queued up; and Fox Sports en Español distributes 110 total contests--live and delayed--in Spanish to its 14 million subscribers, Fox Sports said.
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Posted by: Deborah McAdams
Thu, 02-11-2010 08:58 PM Report Comment
Amazing: the biggest European club game of the year will be available for all Americans to watch. Football has arrived in America. Heck: MLS has average attendance on par w/ NHL and NBA. And MLS is 14 years young, a baby league. How about a Spanish final: Barcelona-Real Madrid...but, in reality, an English team will be there: Manchester United or Chelsea...
Posted by: Deborah McAdams
Thu, 02-11-2010 10:45 PM Report Comment
don't be so sure... english teams are actually in decline, you may not see it this year, but definitely next year. I'm predicting a barcelona - inter final. (yes i said inter milan, gasp)
Posted by: Deborah McAdams
Sun, 02-14-2010 11:03 PM Report Comment
An English team will make the final come May. I don't see Inter getting past Chelsea...the difference in quality is substantial, despite the good job Jose has done with the Italians...at any rate, the Champions League final live on Fox proper is a first. Can't wait!

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