Where to Find the World Cup on Cable TV

The biggest sporting event in the world—except maybe the summer Olympics—is set to begin, with the World Cup soccer tournament kicking off—literally—on June 14. Though the US Men’s National Team did not make it this go-round, there are still plenty of soccer crazy fans in the US who will want to watch, and you can do so with Spectrum cable TV. Whether you’re in the soccer crazed St. Louis area, especially in Fenton, MO near the Soccer Park, or a fan of Mexico just over the border in Texas, you’ll want to bookmark the schedule below to know when and where to find every game.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Russia vs. Saudi Arabia, 11 a.m., FOX, Telemundo

Friday, June 15, 2018

Egypt vs. Uruguay, 8 a.m., FS1, Telemundo

Morocco vs. Iran, 11 a.m., FOX, Telemundo

Portugal vs. Spain, 2 p.m, FOX, Telemundo

Saturday, June 16, 2018

France vs. Australia, 6 a.m., FS1, Telemundo

Argentina vs. Iceland, 9 a.m., FOX, Telemundo

Peru vs. Denmark, Noon, FS1, Telemundo

Croatia vs. Nigeria, 3 p.m., FS1, Telemundo

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Costa Rica vs. Serbia, 8 a.m., FOX, Telemundo

Germany vs. Mexico, 11 a.m., FS1, Telemundo

Brazil vs. Switzerland, 2 p.m., FS1, Telemundo

Monday, June 18, 2018

Sweden vs. South Korea, 8 a.m., FS1, Telemundo

Belgium vs. Panama, 11 a.m., FS1, Telemundo

Tunisia vs. England, 2 p.m., FS1, Telemundo

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Colombia vs. Japan, 8 a.m., FS1, Telemundo

Poland vs. Senegal, 11 a.m., FOX, Telemundo

Russia vs. Egypt, 2 p.m., FOX, Telemundo

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Portugal vs. Morocco, 8 a.m., FS1, Telemundo

Uruguay vs. Saudi Arabia, 11 a.m., FOX, Telemundo

Iran vs. Spain, 2 p.m., FOX, Telemundo

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Denmark vs. Australia, 8 a.m., FS1, Telemundo

France vs. Peru, 11 a.m., FOX, Telemundo

Argentina vs. Croatia, 2 p.m., FOX, Telemundo

Friday, June 22, 2018

Brazil vs. Costa Rica, 8 a.m., FS1, Telemundo

Nigeria vs. Iceland, 11 a.m., FOX, Telemundo

Serbia vs. Switzerland, 2 p.m., FOX, Telemundo

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Belgium vs. Tunisia, 8 a.m., FOX, Telemundo

South Korea vs. Mexico, 11 a.m., FOX, Telemundo

Germany vs. Sweden, 2 p.m., FOX, Telemundo

Sunday, June 24, 2018

England vs. Panama, 8 a.m., FS1, Telemundo

Japan vs. Senegal, 11 a.m., FOX, Telemundo

Poland vs. Colombia, 2 p.m., FOX, Telemundo

Monday, June 25, 2018

Uruguay vs. Russia, 10 a.m., FOX, Telemundo or Universo

Saudi Arabia vs. Egypt, 10 a.m., FS1, Telemundo or Universo

Iran vs. Portugal, 2 p.m., FOX, Telemundo or Universo

Spain vs. Morocco, 2 p.m., FS1, Telemundo or Universo

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Denmark vs. France, 10 a.m., FOX, Telemundo or Universo

Australia vs. Peru, 10 a.m., FS1, Telemundo or Universo

Nigeria vs. Argentina, 2 p.m., FOX, Telemundo or Universo

Iceland vs. Croatia, 2 p.m., FS1, Telemundo or Universo

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Mexico vs. Sweden, 10 a.m., FOX, Telemundo or Universo

South Korea vs. Germany, 10 a.m., FS1, Telemundo or Universo

Serbia vs. Brazil, 2 p.m., FOX, Telemundo or Universo

Switzerland vs. Costa Rica, 2 p.m., FS1, Telemundo or Universo

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Japan vs. Poland, 10 a.m., FS1, Telemundo or Universo

Senegal vs. Colombia, 10 a.m., FOX, Telemundo or Universo

Panama vs. Tunisia, 2 p.m., FS1, Telemundo or Universo

England vs. Belgium, 2 p.m., FOX, Telemundo or Universo

Round of 16

Saturday, June 30, 2018

TBD vs. TBD (Round of 16), 10 a.m., FOX, Telemundo

TBD vs. TBD (Round of 16), 2 p.m., FOX, Telemundo

Sunday, July 1

TBD vs. TBD (Round of 16), 10 a.m., FOX, Telemundo

TBD vs. TBD (Round of 16), 2 p.m., FOX, Telemundo

Monday, July 2

TBD vs. TBD (Round of 16), 10 a.m., FS1, Telemundo

TBD vs. TBD (Round of 16), 2 p.m., FOX, Telemundo

Tuesday, July 3

TBD vs. TBD (Round of 16), 10 a.m., FS1, Telemundo

TBD vs. TBD (Round of 16), 2 p.m., FOX, Telemundo

World Cup schedule quarterfinals

Friday, July 6

TBD vs. TBD (Quarterfinal), 10 a.m., FS1, Telemundo

TBD vs. TBD (Quarterfinal), 2 p.m., FS1, Telemundo

Saturday, July 7

TBD vs. TBD (Quarterfinal), 10 a.m., FOX, Telemundo

TBD vs. TBD (Quarterfinal), 2 p.m., FOX, Telemundo

World Cup schedule semifinals

Tuesday, July 10

TBD vs. TBD (Semifinal), 2 p.m., FOX, Telemundo

Wednesday, July 11

TBD vs. TBD (Semifinal), 2 p.m., FOX, Telemundo

Saturday, July 14, 2018

TBD vs. TBD (3rd place final), 10 a.m., FOX, Telemundo

Sunday, July 15, 2018

TBD vs. TBD (Final), 11 a.m., FOX, Telemundo

Enjoy the games!

Turner Sports Wins Champions League Cable TV Rights

The Champions League is the cream of the crop of European football (soccer), with the top teams from each country’s top league competing to see who the best team in Europe is. Turner Sports has won the English-language cable TV rights for the Champions League from Fox, who was the previous rights holder for both English and Spanish language TV rights. Univision will hold the Spanish language TV rights.

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Turner will pay $60 million a year for three years, beginning in fall 2018 and stretching through spring 2021.

Turner was somewhat of a surprise bidder, given that it has not aired any soccer coverage since the 1990 World Cup. The network will have to build an entire soccer operation essentially from scratch and will likely be looking outside the company for the new faces of its soccer coverage.

According to SBD, Fox’s bid for these rights was nowhere near what Turner offered. Fox has held Champions League rights since 2009 and has focused much attention on soccer coverage, with rights to the World Cup and MLS.

NBC, which owns rights to the English Premier League, reportedly submitted only a “token bid” for the Champions League.

Turner is becoming a major player in sports television once again, and expanding its audience to the younger crowd drawn more to soccer than the traditional American sports audience. Turner also holds rights to the NBA, MLB Playoffs, and March Madness.

ESPN Remains in the European Soccer Cable TV Arena

ESPN, the Disney-owned cable TV sports broadcasting powerhouse, will maintain its stranglehold over US English-language European soccer viewing with a new deal announced today locking up the rights to all UEFA national team competitions through the 2022 World Cup Qualification process.

Here are the details of the deal, via Awful Announcing:

ESPN and ESPN2: Will televise all 51 matches live (June-July 2020); Additional coverage will include pre-match, halftime and post-match programming, branded news and highlights shows on match days, unlimited re-air rights across all networks and media platforms, magazine programs, and more;

ESPN3: Will offer exclusive content from live events on television and alternate streams to complement big game on linear television. All matches, not including the alternate streams, will be available for replay;

ESPN Audio: English-language broadcast rights to 51 matches;

WatchESPN App: Will stream all matches and ancillary programming;

SportsCenter and ESPN FC: Extensive highlights rights on ESPN signature studio programs, including in-progress highlights;

ESPN.com: Extensive coverage via dedicated UEFA EURO 2020 sections featuring video highlights, news clips, reports, columns, blogging, match previews, player profiles and real-time data. Additionally, the digital sites have the option to create digital-exclusive programming;

ESPN Social: Rights clips and shareable content across ESPN FC handles on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, et al.

Fox Sports has the rights to the upcoming World Cups, and NBC Sports holds English Premier League rights, so with this move ESPN is remaining in the game when it comes to the world’s most popular sport, which is growing in interest in the United States as well.

Olympic Specialty Coverage on DIRECTV

If you’re tired of up-close-and-personal profiles and tons and tons of commercials, there’s a way to watch the Olympics the way you want to, on your TV, for soccer and basketball at least. On DIRECTV, NBC Sports has provided two specialty networks available on channels 205-1 and 205-2, with wall-to-wall coverage of soccer and basketball.

These specialty channels are showing every game live, in the men’s basketball tournament, the women’s basketball tournament, the women’s soccer tournament, and the men’s soccer tournament. When live games are not available, the channels show re-airings of previous games, so you can catch up on all the action you missed while away from your TV.

In addition, channel 205 on DIRECTV enables you to watch multiple channels of Olympic action at once, and toggle sound between different events. You can also move from the mix screen directly to a preferred event by using the arrow buttons on your remote to highlight the preferred channel and pressing the OK button to go right to the action.

In addition, you can stream any event live at NBCOlympics.com.

Copa America Cable TV Schedule

The Copa America soccer tournament has been a ratings hit for Fox Sports 1, with the match between the United States and Paraguay last Saturday setting a high water mark for soccer ratings on the channel. The quarterfinals are upcoming, with eight teams remaining, games starting today. Here is the schedule and TV listings (all times Eastern) for the Copa America Quarterfinal matches, via CBS Sports:

QUARTERFINALS
MATCH DATE LOCATION TIME TV
Match 25 Thu., June 16 USA vs. Ecuador CenturyLink Field 9:30 p.m. FS1
Match 26 Fri., June 17 Peru vs. Colombia MetLife Stadium 8:00 p.m. FS1
Match 27 Sat., June 18 Argentina vs. Venezuela Gillette Stadium 7:00 p.m. FX
Match 28 Sat., June 18 Mexico vs. Chile Levi’s Stadium 10:00 p.m. FX

FS1 airs on channel 219 on DIRECTV; FX is channel 248. Enjoy the games.

FS1 to Air FIFA Presidential Election on Cable TV

Fox Sports 1 (FS1), Fox’s attempt to compete with ESPN for 24 hour sports coverage on cable TV, will air extensive coverage of the FIFA Presidential Election on February 26, with six hours of programming dedicated to the event beginning at 3am EST, and additional preview programming the night before at 6pm EST.

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“This is an important news story with international repercussions, and as the primary home for televised soccer in the U.S., it’s our duty to cover it, and cover it well,” said David Nathanson, FOX Sports’ Head of Business Operations. “We look forward to working closely with FIFA and the incoming president as we gear up for the 2018 World Cup in Russia and beyond.”

FS1’s wall-to-wall coverage begins on Thursday, Feb. 25 with a one-hour pre-election special at 6:00 PM ET. Hosted by Rob Stone, the program features exclusive sit-down interviews with each of the five candidates, Prince Ali Al Hussein, Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa, Jerome Champagne, Gianni Infantino and Tokyo Sexwale, courtesy of FOX Sports soccer insider Grant Wahl and sister network Sky Sports in the U.K.

In the early morning hours on Friday in the U.S. (3:00-9:00 AM ET), Stone anchors more than six hours of live coverage from the FOX Network Center in Los Angeles as the process to elect a new FIFA president plays out. Analyst Alexi Lalas and contributor Mark Young join Stone in-studio, while Sky Sports’ Kate Abdo and Wahl provide the channel’s live coverage from the Hallenstadion in Zurich. Expanded coverage continues post 9:00 AM on FS2.

Election coverage is also live streamed via FOX Sports GO, FOX Soccer 2Go and online at FOXSportsGO.com. Viewers can also follow the commentary via social media on Facebook (facebook.com/foxsoccer) and Twitter (@FOXSoccer).

FS1 is channel 219 on DIRECTV, and is also available on all major cable TV providers.

Women’s World Cup Final Sets Ratings Record for Soccer in the US

Last Sunday’s soccer match between the United States and Japan, a rematch of the previous Women’s World Cup Final match in which Japan defeated the United States, set a ratings record for broadcast or cable TV for the sport in the United States, bringing a big victory for Fox and its coverage of the sport over the past month. The previous record for viewership for a soccer game in the USA was 18.2 million viewers, for last year’s men’s match in the World Cup between the United States and Portugal. The US Women’s National Team’s victory on Sunday far outpaced that, with more than 25 million English-language viewers.

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Nielsen estimates that Sunday’s game averaged a whopping 26.7 million viewers, with 25.4 million watching the English-language telecast on Fox and another 1.3 million checking out the Spanish-language airing on Telemundo. The total audience is larger than that for every NBA Finals basketball game since 2010 and every World Series baseball game since 2004.

The big tune-in for soccer on Sunday, along with a portion of the USA-Germany women’s soccer game on Tuesday, propelled Fox to an easy demo win for the week of June 29-July 5; the network drew about as many young-adult viewers as its two closest competitors (NBC and CBS) combined. Fox also scored a rare victory in total viewers (6.7 million).

The lesson here is that soccer can be a big moneymaker for broadcast and cable networks in the USA, as long as the US National Team—either men’s or women’s—is involved.