Fox Broadcast First to Air European Soccer Final
LOS 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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