The biggest competition in Europe is getting a facelift for American viewers. Turner Broadcasting purchased the English speaking TV rights and will take over from Fox Sports beginning this season. So what does that mean for us?
Today, Bleacher Report Live released details for how the broadcasts will be covered. That article from World Soccer Talk goes into great detail regarding the coverage if you’re curious, but these are the main points:
1. All Champions League and Europa League matches are available through their streaming service, B/R Live ($3/match, $10/month, $80/year - the subscription also gets you access to some Scottish and Belgian league games as well as Polish and Swiss cup games). You can view this service online or on Roku, Google Play, Apple TV, or Amazon Fire TV.
2. For their Champions League coverage, there will only be one match available per viewing window per matchday on TNT (i.e. if there is a game at 1:00 and a game at 3:00, there would be two matches shown on that day). The final will also be shown on TNT. No UEFA matches will be shown on TBS or TruTV.
3. There will be no Europa League matches available on TNT until the Europa League Final.
4. The matches will be broadcast with the world coverage. We will no longer get Americans such as Stu Holden or Alexi Lalas calling the games.
Unfortunately this will make it a bit more difficult (read: expensive) to see the highest club level of the sport. The nice thing is if you only want to see the occasional match, you can pay for an individual match. Many soccer fans in this country have lamented Fox’s soccer coverage, but at least they provided access to way more games than this on their main networks FS1 and FS2.
The US could have many players featuring in these competitions this season. This season, Christian Pulisic and Borussia Dortmund have already qualified for the Champions League group stage. Similarly, Weston McKennie may feature for Schalke 04 in the Champions League group stage. Timothy Weah and Paris St-Germain qualified for the Champions League group stage. Ethan Horvath and Club Brugge also qualified for the Champions League group stage. Keaton Parks and Benfica have Champions League qualifiers starting next week. Bill Hamid and FC Midtjylland have already been playing in Champions League qualifiers. Romain Gall and Malmö have also already been playing Champions League qualifiers.
In Europa League, Timmy Chandler and Eintracht Frankfurt made the group stage. Jordan Siebatcheu and Stade Rennais will also take part in the group stage. Kenny Saief and RSC Anderlecht also will play in the group stage. FC Nordsjaelland have already been playing Europa League qualifiers and Jonathan Amon likely would have been involved if he had been healthy. Maccabi Tel Aviv and striker Aaron Schoenfeld have also already been playing Europa League qualifiers.
Hit the comments section to discuss what you think about the changes to the coverage for the coming season.