Can the United States get their first qualifier win over Jamaica in Kingston? Can the Reggae Boyz beat the Americans for the first time ever? We're going to find out tonight, you just might not see it. Such is the world we live in now when it coems to watching matches in the U.S.
The launch of BeIN Sport has thrown televised soccer for a bit of a loop. The network just launched last month and it already has the rights to a lot of the world's most sought after soccer, including La Liga and Serie A. But because they are so new, they are like most new networks and don't have carriage on all of the major cable and satellite providers. Well, in this care just cable providers because BeIN Sport is on DirecTV and DISH, but unless you have Comcast and want to watch the channel in Spanish, you are out of luck.
Among their list of TV rights is all away U.S. qualifiers, except for at Mexico. If you're an American and want to watch the U.S. play away in qualifying, but don't have satellite, you're out of luck. That includes tonight's trip to Kingston.
So what can you do? Well, you can call your cable provider and let them know that you want the channel so maybe they will carry it by next month when the U.S. travels to Antigua and Barbuda, but that won't get it done by tonight. Your best bet tonight is to head down to your nearest bar (might I suggest your local American Outlaws bar) or to a friend's house who has satellite.
But before you get all up in arms and blame BeIN Sport, remember that had they not bought the TV rights for this match it probably would have been on pay-per view. It looks like a great channel (their decision to hire Marcelo Balboa for tonight aside) and once it gets carriage, which is something all channels struggle for in the beginning, it should be a welcome addition to the U.S. soccer world. It just sucks right now.
Jamaica vs. United States
Match Date/Time: Friday, September 7 / 8:00 p.m. ET
Venue: Independence Park, Kingston, Jamaica
TV: BeIN Sport