European Soccer Season Culminates With Year’s Biggest Games

fox-sports-logoFA Cup Final & UEFA Champions League Final Air Live on FOX

Johnson & Wynalda Call Both Matches from Europe

Los Angeles – European soccer takes center stage at FOX Sports over the next fortnight with two of the biggest contests of the season, as the FA Cup and UEFA Champions League hold their highly anticipated finals. Both matches air live on FOX with renowned play-by-play announcer Gus Johnson and U.S. Soccer Hall of Famer Eric Wynalda calling the action.

In the FA Cup final, Barclays Premier League sides Arsenal and Hull City face off to determine the champion of the world’s oldest soccer competition and England’s main domestic cup tournament. Arsenal, with 10 FA Cup titles to its name, reaches the final after beating last year’s champion Wigan Athletic on penalty kicks, while Hull City makes its first-ever FA Cup Final appearance in the team’s 110-year history. The two clubs clash in true David and Goliath fashion at the legendary Wembley Stadium in London, live Saturday, May 17 on FOX, marking just the second time ever the final airs on U.S. broadcast television. Coverage begins at 11:30 AM ET, with Johnson and Wynalda taking over for the 12:00 PM ET kickoff.

The following Saturday, all eyes of the soccer world are on one game as the UEFA Champions League, the world’s most-watched elite club soccer competition, crowns its champion. Spanish powerhouses and crosstown rivals Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid square off in the final at Lisbon’s Stadium of Light for the world’s most coveted club prize, live on Saturday, May 24 on FOX at 2:00 PM ET. Completing two stunning semifinal victories, both Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid are riding significant momentum into Lisbon after knocking out last year’s champion Bayern Munich and English giant Chelsea, respectively. Coverage begins with the UEFA Champions League Preview Show on FOX Sports 1 at 1:00 PM ET, which relives the journey of the two remaining teams in the tournament, leading up to the grand all-Spanish finale. Johnson and Wynalda partner again from Lisbon, along with sideline reporter Georgie Thompson.

Rob Stone hosts pregame, halftime and postgame coverage of the FA Cup Final and the UEFA Champions League Final from the FOX Network Center in Los Angeles with analysts Warren Barton and Brian McBride. FOX Sports’ FA Cup Final coverage also welcomes guest analysts Stuart Holden and Vinnie Jones. Holden is a current midfielder for England’s Bolton Wanderers as well as the U.S. Men’s National Team, while Jones is a British actor and FA Cup legend, having won the tournament in 1988 as Wimbledon bested Liverpool in what was one of the largest upsets in FA Cup history. Former FIFA and CONCACAF Match Commissioner Dr. Joe Machnik pitches in to break down the teams and dissect controversial calls. Joining Stone, Barton and McBride for UEFA Champions League Final studio coverage is Tottenham’s star goalkeeper, American Brad Friedel.

The FOX Sports GO app live streams both finals to authenticated online, mobile and tablet devices. Fans can also follow minute-by-minute commentary via the @FOXSoccer and @FOXSoccerTrax Twitter accounts, using #FACuponFOX and #UCLonFOX.

The 2014 UEFA Champions League Final also airs live on FOX Deportes on Saturday, May 24 with coverage beginning at 2:00 PM ET. The network’s on-site commentary team includes John Laguna alongside analysts Mariano Trujillo and Daniel Brailovsky.

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E:60 World Cup Special Premieres May 13 at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN

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With less than a month until the start of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, ESPN’s primetime newsmagazine devotes an entire show to some of the biggest names and best stories in the beautiful game. Features will include a rare interview with Argentina’s superstar Lionel Messi, a profile of perhaps the greatest player of all-time Pelé as he travels across two continents, and the very personal backstory of US Men’s team captain Clint Dempsey. In addition, there will be an investigative pieceby Jeremy Schaap looking into preparations for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. Observers estimate that under current conditions, by 2022 over 4,000 workers will die in the effort to build Qatar’s World Cup infrastructure.

Clint Dempsey

When the 2014 World Cup gets underway in Brazil next month, the U.S. men face a difficult group draw and demanding travel schedule.  Their underdog hopes rest largely on the feet and head of 31-year-old captain Clint Dempsey.  But long odds are nothing new to Dempsey, who grew up in a trailer park in east Texas and was motivated at a young age by a family tragedy.  His career has carried him from the New England Revolution of Major League Soccer to Fulham and Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League and back to the MLS with the Seattle Sounders.  Along the way the right-footed midfielder scored 377 goals in 107 appearances and also played for the U.S. in the 2006 and 2010 World Cups.  E:60’s Jeremy Schaap tells the inspirational and determined story of Dempsey, who could become the first American to score in three straight World Cups.

Lionel Messi

Arguably the biggest sports star in the world is a soft-spoken 26-year-old Argentine soccer player who stands just over five and half feet tall.  Since Lionel Messi’s career began in 2005 with FC Barcelona his accomplishments have elevated him among the all-time greats. Between 2009 and 2012 he won a record four consecutive Ballon d’Or awards, which goes to the top player in the world.  In 2012 he set a record with 91 goals, breaking a 40-year-old mark.  Messi has won six La Liga championships with Barcelona as well as three Champions League titles.   Yet with all his accomplishments, one has escaped him — a World Cup title.  In both the 2006 and 2010 World Cup, Messi was part of a disappointed Argentine squad that exited in the quarterfinals.  Now, Messi’s reputation is on the line as the 2014 World Cup is about to start in Brazil.  E:60’s Jeremy Schaap was granted a rare interview with Messi to discuss a tournament that will go a long ways toward determining his place in history

Qatar

When FIFA awarded the 2022 World Cup to the oil-rich Arab emirate of Qatar, the decision provoked huge controversy. Not only do temperatures soar to 120 degrees in the summer, Qatar has few existing stadiums or infrastructure to host the world’s biggest sporting event.  In its bid, the tiny nation on the Persian Gulf pledged to spend an estimated 220 billion dollars to build air-conditioned new stadiums, a rail and metro system, and other infrastructure.  But it is the human costs of the first World Cup in the Middle East that is the focus of an E:60 investigation. An estimated 4,000 immigrant workers “will die before a ball is kicked off in 2022”, according to a watchdog for workers’ rights.

The richest country in the world per capita, Qatar recruits workers from some of the poorest countries in the world – Nepal, India, Pakistan, Bangledesh, Sri Lanka, and the Philippines.  The 1.4 million migrant workers make up 94 percent of the work force in a country with a population of two million.  E:60 traveled to Qatar to investigate the working and living conditions…and to Nepal, where coffins from Qatar arrive almost daily.

Pelé

As Brazil hosts the World Cup this summer, its most familiar and popular ambassador will be Edson Arantes do Nascimento — better known as Pele — the greatest player ever.  Brazil, with Pele, won the World Cup in 1958, 1962 and 1970. It’s been nearly four decades since his career, in which he scored 1283 goals in 1367 games, came to an end, yet he remains a global icon.  Now 73, Pele is feted on every continent he visits.  In an E:60 exclusive, Pele talks with Wayne Drehs about the hopes and concerns of his native Brazil as it tries to balance political controversy with futbol in this summer’s World Cup.

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ESPN Marks One Month from 2014 FIFA World Cup with Full Slate of Programming

FIFA-World-Cup-2014_Logo-espnPremiere of U.S. Soccer Series and E:60 World Cup Special Highlight Schedule

ESPN’s countdown to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil continues Monday, May 12 – the one-month mark from the tournament’s June 12 kickoff in Sao Paulo – with weeklong programming highlighted by the Tuesday, May 13, premiere of Inside: U.S. Soccer’s March to Braziland a one-hour E:60 World Cup special.

Inside, a six-episode documentary series from ESPN Films, will focus on the U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team as it prepares for the upcoming competition. The series, produced by Jonathan Hock and Roger Bennett, will provide a never-before-seen perspective from inside the training camp of the USMNT. Additional information.

Also Tuesday, at 8 p.m. on ESPN, E:60, ESPN’s primetime newsmagazine will devote a full show to the World Cup with:

In addition, two ESPN Deportes series will have new episodes.  Destino Fútbol, a 16-episode documentary series chronicling major story lines in the world of soccer, will continue with “La Escuela de los Sueños.” The episode will air Tuesday, May 13, at 7:30 p.m., with a focus on Santos FC, a soccer club in Phoenix that gives young victims of violence, immigrants and those without a clear path, an opportunity to dream beyond their reality.  The SportsCenter Primera Plana series will air Saturday, May 17, with an edition on Spain head coach Vicente del Bosque (6 p.m.) and a second on Honduras manager Luis F. Suárez (6:30 p.m.). Primera Plana highlights the stories, challenges and anticipation of some of the teams participating in the World Cup through the eyes of their head coaches.

Additional highlights:

  • Live friendly matches:

o    Germany vs. Poland, on Tuesday, May 13 (2:45 p.m., ESPN3)

o    Netherlands vs. Ecuador, on Saturday, May 17 (2:30 p.m., ESPN Deportes/ESPN3)

  • Beginning Monday, May 12, at 7 a.m., ESPN Classic will re-air 21 World Cup, World Cup Qualifying and friendly matches including the 1998 FIFA World Cup Final (Brazil vs. France), the 2006 FIFA World Cup Final (Italy vs. France) and the USA’s thrilling victory against Algeria in the 2010 FIFA World Cup group stage.
  • ESPN Classic will also re-air episodes of the 30 for 30: Soccer Stories.

Note: Schedule for ESPN Classic includes first airings only.  Additional airings are scheduled, including the week of May 26.

Date Time (ET) Program Network(s)
Mon, May 12 11 a.m. World Cup Qualifier (10/16/12)
Spain vs. France
ESPN Classic
  1 p.m. 1998 FIFA World Cup Final
Brazil vs. France
ESPN Classic
  3 p.m. World Cup Qualifier (03/22/13)
USA vs. Costa Rica
ESPN Classic
  5 p.m. World Cup Qualifier (03/26/13)
Mexico vs. USA
ESPN Classic
  7 p.m. World Cup Qualifier (06/11/13)
USA vs. Panama
ESPN Classic
  9 p.m. World Cup Qualifier (09/10/13)
USA vs. Mexico
ESPN Classic
  11 p.m. World Cup Qualifying Playoff (11/13/13)
Mexico vs. New Zealand
ESPN Classic
Tue, May 13 1 a.m. World Cup Qualifier (11/19/2013)
Sweden vs. Portugal
ESPN Classic
  3 a.m. World Cup Qualifying Playoff (11/20/13)
New Zealand vs. Mexico
ESPN Classic
  5 a.m. 30 for 30: Maradona ’86 & The Opposition ESPN Classic
  7 a.m. International Friendly (11/14/12)
Netherlands vs. Germany
ESPN Classic
  9 a.m. International Friendly (03/05/14)
Spain vs. Italy
ESPN Classic
  11 a.m. International Friendly (11/14/12)
Russia vs. USA
ESPN Classic
  1 p.m. International Friendly (03/05/14)
Ukraine vs. USA
ESPN Classic
  2:45 p.m. International Friendly (LIVE)
Germany vs. Poland
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  3 p.m. World Cup Qualifier (09/11/12) **
USA vs. Jamaica
ESPN Classic
  5 p.m. World Cup Qualifier (10/12/12) **
Russia vs. Portugal
ESPN Classic
  7 p.m. Inside: U.S. Soccer’s March to Brazil Episode 1 ESPN
  7:30 p.m. Destino Fútbol: La Escuela de los Sueños ESPN Deportes
  8 p.m. E:60 World Cup Special ESPN
  9 p.m. 2002 World Cup, Round of 16
USA vs. Mexico
ESPN Classic
Wed, May 14 5 a.m. 30 for 30: The Myth of Garrincha & Ceasefire Massacre ESPN Classic
Thu, May 15 5 a.m. 30 for 30: Mysteries of the Rimet Trophy & Barbosa: The Man Who Made Brazil Cry ESPN Classic
  7 a.m. 2010 FIFA World Cup, Group C
USA vs. Algeria
ESPN Classic
Fri, May 16 3 a.m. World Cup Qualifier (03/26/13)
France vs. Spain
ESPN Classic
  5 a.m. 30 for 30: Maradona ’86 & The Opposition ESPN Classic
  7:30 a.m. International Friendly (04/02/14)
USA vs. Mexico
ESPN Classic
  9:30 a.m. 1998 FIFA World Cup, Round of 16
Argentina vs. England
ESPN Classic
  4 p.m. 2006 FIFA World Cup Final
Italy vs. France
ESPN Classic
  9 p.m. 30 for 30: Hillsborough ESPN Classic
  11 p.m. 30 for 30: Maradona ’86 & The Opposition ESPN Classic
Sat, May 17 Noon Nine for IX: The ‘99ers ESPN Classic
  1 p.m. 30 for 30: The Two Escobars ESPN Classic
  2:30 p.m. International Friendly (LIVE)
Netherlands vs. Ecuador
ESPN Deportes / ESPN3
  4:30 p.m. Capitales de Fútbol: Brasil – Sao Paulo ESPN Deportes
  6 p.m. SportsCenter Primera Plana: Vicente del Bosque ESPN Deportes
  6:30 p.m. SportsCenter Primera Plana: Luis F. Suárez ESPN Deportes
  7 p.m. Capitales de Fútbol: Brasil – Rio de Janeiro ESPN Deportes
  7:30 p.m. Capitales de Fútbol: Brasil – San Salvador ESPN Deportes

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ESPN Extends Rights to MLS and U.S. National Teams

espn-logoEight-Year Agreement Includes FIFA World Cup Qualifying Matches; ESPN3 to Carry MLS Out-of-Market Matches

ESPN has reached a comprehensive multimedia agreement with Soccer United Marketing (SUM) for the rights to Major League Soccer and U.S. National Team matches through 2022, announced today by John Skipper, ESPN President and Co-chairman, Disney Media Networks, and Don Garber, Major League Soccer Commissioner and CEO of Soccer United Marketing.

The eight-year agreement, beginning in 2015, includes English-language rights for the United States National Teams’ FIFA World Cup qualifying matches (men and women) – up to 10 matches per year. ESPN2 will televise 34 regular-season matches as part of the “MLS Game of the Week” series on Sundays at 5 p.m. ET, six playoff MLS matches each year, and the MLS All Star game and the MLS Cup in alternating seasons. ESPN Deportes will also present 34 MLS regular-season and six playoff matches with Spanish-language commentators. As part of the agreement, Fox Sports will offer additional Major League Soccer and US Soccer National Teams’ content on its networks.

Additionally, ESPN3, the multiscreen sports network in more than 92 million homes, will have exclusive rights to carry Major League Soccer matches outside the home markets of participating teams. The out-of-market matches, a popular offering among MLS fans, is currently available only through the MLS Live and MLS Direct Kick packages. ESPN3’s out-of-market telecasts will exclude matches carried by the league’s other national TV partners – FOX Sports and Univision.

“ESPN remains firmly committed to world-class soccer and this agreement underscores our belief that this is an ascendant sports property,” said Skipper. “We are proud to continue our longstanding relationship with MLS and US Soccer, and the broad media rights we have acquired, including enhanced digital rights, will benefit all our platforms.”

Commissioner Garber said: “We are honored to partner with ESPN, FOX and Univision to form the most comprehensive U.S. media rights partnership in the history of soccer in our country.  The commitment from our television partners in terms of structure, length and magnitude is unprecedented, and these new partnerships are another strong indicator of the League’s continued growth and the overall fan interest in our sport.”

ESPN signed its first MLS agreement in 1994 – two years before the league’s debut in 1996 – and has been the primary national television network for Major League Soccer ever since.

Highlights of the agreement:

MLS:

  • ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN3 will televise 34 regular-season matches, up from 26
  • ESPN Deportes acquires the rights to carry all 34 ESPN/ESPN2 matches with Spanish-speaking commentators
  • ESPN3 acquires out-of-market rights to more than 200 MLS matches per season
  • ESPN International will have rights to carry all 34 ESPN2 “MLS Game of the Week” series
  • ESPN networks will televise six MLS playoff matches
  • ESPN will televise MLS All Star and MLS Cup in alternating years
  • Extensive media rights for all ESPN media platforms such as SportsCenter, ESPN FC on television and digital platforms, et al, including in-progress highlights
  • ESPN will partner with Soccer United Marketing to create new soccer events for fans

U.S. National Teams:

  • Up to 10 U.S. National Team matches each year featuring the men’s and women’s programs on an ESPN network, including home FIFA World Cup qualifying matches
  • International rights placing U.S. National Team matches on ESPN International networks
  • Extensive media rights for all ESPN media platforms such as SportsCenter, ESPN FC on television and digital platforms, etc.

ESPN and Soccer in the United States:

ESPN is committed to offering comprehensive coverage of the world’s premier soccer events in the United States.  ESPN is the English-language television home – and other languages, except Spanish – in the U.S. for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.  The media company is also the English- and Spanish-language home of the UEFA European Football Championship through 2016, and a collection of FIFA World Cup qualifying matches from UEFA nations – Spain, Germany, France and more.  ESPN’s multimedia platforms also provide extensive coverage of myriad top-tier international leagues and Major League Soccer in the U.S., as well as telecasts of the United States National Team and Mexican National Team matches, including the FIFA World Cup qualifying matches, international friendlies, and more.

Through ESPN FC, the company’s multi-language, multi-country and multi-platform soccer brand, ESPN offers fans a comprehensive coverage of soccer across the world. The brand’s digital hub, ESPNFC.com, is the no. 1 soccer-specific site in the U.S., and has expanded to include ESPN FC on TV, a daily global soccer news and information program.

About Soccer United Marketing

Founded in 2002, Soccer United Marketing (SUM) is the preeminent soccer business company in North America. SUM holds the exclusive rights to the most important soccer properties in the region, including: all commercial rights to Major League Soccer; the United States Soccer Federation; promotional and marketing rights to Mexican National Team games played in the United States, and the CONCACAF Gold Cup™. SUM also manages promotional and marketing rights in the United States for Mexico’s most popular sports team, Club Deportivo Guadalajara (Chivas).

SUM ‘s corporate portfolio also includes MLS Digital Properties, the only soccer advertising network of its kind, covering all facets of the sport in the U.S., and which allows advertisers to reach millions of soccer fans via online advertising and sponsorships campaigns. These global properties are represented by SUM’s slogan: One Sport. One Company.™ For more information, please visit www.SUMworld.com.

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Major League Soccer Returns to FOX Sports

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Groundbreaking Eight-Year, Multi-Platform Rights Agreement Spans 2015 – 2022

Establishes New SOCCER NIGHT IN AMERICA Prime-Time

Franchise, Sundays on FOX Sports 1

New York - FOX Sports has reached an eight-year, multi-platform media rights agreement with Major League Soccer (MLS).  The announcement was made by MLS Commissioner Don Garber and Eric Shanks, President, COO and Executive Producer of FOX Sports at a press conference held this afternoon in New York City.  MLS returns to FOX Sports after having previously televised the League’s games from 2003 to 2011.

The agreement kicks off with the 2015 season and extends through 2022.  It establishes an exclusive SOCCER NIGHT IN AMERICA franchise on Sundays in prime time (7:00-9:00 PM ET), with a minimum of 34 regular season games primarily on FOX Sports 1, featuring each U.S.-based club at least once per season.  FOX Sports 1 and ESPN divide MLS CUP PLAYOFFS matches (outside of two games televised by Univision), while the MLS CUP and AT&T MLS ALL-STAR GAME alternate each year between the two channels.

“This groundbreaking deal represents a giant leap forward in the exposure for, and the commitment to, soccer in the U.S.,” said Shanks.  “Not only are we making a significant financial commitment, but we also plan to mobilize FOX’s substantial promotional resources to raise awareness and grow the fan base for our nation’s premier soccer league and its national teams.”

“We are honored to partner with ESPN, FOX and Univision to form the most comprehensive U.S. media rights partnership in the history of soccer in our country,” said Commissioner Garber.  “The commitment from our television partners in terms of structure, length and magnitude is unprecedented, and these new partnerships are another strong indicator of the League’s continued growth and the overall fan interest in our sport.”

In addition, FOX Sports 1 splits the English-language U.S. Men’s National Team broadcast package of approximately 10 games per year and divides equally the schedule of Women’s National Team games with ESPN.

FOX Sports also obtains:

  • An equal split of all U.S. Soccer matches with ESPN.
  • Digital rights across all platforms and devices, including its FOX Sports GO mobile app and FOXSportsGO.com for desktops, for the games it televises.
  • Digital highlight rights for MLS’s out-of-market package via FOX Sports digital platforms.
  • Rights for FOX Sports Radio to broadcast MLS matches.
  • Opportunity to televise the MLS SuperDraft and other marquee MLS events.

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Broadcast Teams Announced For Premier League “Championship Sunday” – All 10 Games Live At 10 Am Et This Sunday On Networks of NBCUniversal

nbc-epl1Arlo White & Lee Dixon Call Manchester City v. West Ham United on NBC; Jon Champion & Graeme Le Saux Call Liverpool v. Newcastle on NBCSN

All Matches Available on NBC Sports Live Extra

*Please see below for updated programming information on Telemundo and mun2

Stamford, Conn. – May 9, 2014NBCUniversal presents the most extensive and comprehensive “Championship Sunday” programming plans ever in the U.S. with all 10 matches presented live simultaneously on 10 different NBCUniversal television networks this Sunday, May 11 at 10 a.m. ET. In addition, Spanish-language networks Telemundo and mun2 will each televise one match.

Lead Premier League play-by-play announcer Arlo White is joined by Lee Dixon at Etihad Stadium for NBC’s Manchester City v. West Ham United match, with Jon Champion and Graeme Le Saux on site at Anfield for Liverpool v. Newcastle on NBCSN.

NBCUniversal’s “Championship Sunday” coverage kicks off this Sunday, May 11 at 9 a.m. ET with an exclusive Premier League Live pregame show on CNBCfeaturingRebecca Lowe, Robbie Mustoe, Robbie Earle and Kyle Martino.

Following are the broadcast teams for Premier League “Championship Sunday” matches on Sunday, May 11th at 10 a.m. ET:

Home v. Away Network Commentators
Manchester City v. West Ham United NBC Arlo White, Lee Dixon
Liverpool v. Newcastle NBCSN Jon Champion, Graeme Le Saux
Tottenham Hotspur v. Aston Villa USA Steve Banyard, David Pleat
Cardiff City v. Chelsea CNBC Jonathan Beck, Tony Gale
Norwich City v. Arsenal MSNBC Joe Speight, Efan Ekoku
Hull City v. Everton Bravo Tony Jones, Dean Sturridge
Southampton v. Manchester United Syfy Gary Taphouse, Ray Houghton
Sunderland v. Swansea City Esquire Network Phil Blacker, Barry Horne
Fulham v. Crystal Palace E! Jon Driscoll, Bradley Allen
West Bromwich Albion v. Stoke City Oxygen Daniel Mann, Garry Birtles
Manchester City v. West Ham United Telemundo* Andres Cantor, Carlos Hermosillo
Liverpool v. Newcastle United mun2* Sammy Sadovnik, Manuel Sol

*Spanish-language telecast

In addition, all 10 Premier League games will be streamed on NBC Sports Live Extra, NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices and tablets (further details below).

Lowe, Mustoe, Earle and Martino will return following the matches for a special Goal Zone season wrap-up postgame show on NBC at 12 Noon ET.  NBCSN will simulcast Goal Zone. At 2 p.m. ET, NBCSN wraps up the day’s coverage with a special look back at the newly crowned champions’ path to the title on Premier League Live: The Champions.

A special one-hour Premier League Countdown: Championship Sunday preview show airs Saturday, May 10 at 5:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN featuring Lowe, Mustoe, Earle and Martino.

NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA COVERAGE

NBC Sports Live Extra — the NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets — will stream all 10 Premier League “Championship Sunday” matches. The vast majority of games will be live streamed via “TV Everywhere,” the media industry’s effort to make quality content available to authenticated customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms.

For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at NBCSports.com/liveextra. The NBC Sports Live Extra app for mobile devices and tablets is available at the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, and on select Android handset and tablet devices within Google Play. Matches airing on:

  • NBC will live stream to PCs, mobile devices and tablets through NBC Sports Live Extra;
  • The nine non-NBC matches will live stream exclusively through NBC Sports Live Extra via “TV Everywhere,” which is available on an authenticated basis to subscribers of participating MVPDs.

The interactive Premier League Game Finder can be accessed at http://www.nbcsports.com/ExtraTime.

To date, AT&T U-verse®, Bright House Networks, Cablevision’s Optimum, Comcast’s Xfinity TV, Cox, DIRECTV, Mediacom, Suddenlink, and Time Warner Cable have opted to carry the additional Premier League matches via the Premier League Extra Time package, and AT&T U-verse, Cablevision’s Optimum, Charter, Comcast’s Xfinity TV, Cox, DIRECTV, DISH, Suddenlink and Verizon FiOS will make all Premier League games available through TV Everywhere. Additionally, over 100 NCTC partners have either signed-on to the Premier League Extra Time package or have opted-in via TV Everywhere, including Blue Ridge Communications, Buckeye CableSystem, CenturyLink Prism, and RCN. In some cases, the Premier League Extra Time package will be available in select markets.

With “Championship Sunday,” NBC Sports Group concludes the most ambitious, extensive and comprehensive coverage of the Premier League available anywhere in the world with all 380 Premier League matches available live in the United States on the networks of NBCUniversal, on the Premier League Extra Time bonus TV package, and streamed live on NBC Sports Live Extra. In total, NBC Sports Group presented more than 1,600 hours of Premier League programming.

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Telemundo Acquires Exclusive U.S. Rights To The Home Games Of First Division Mexican Team Club Pachuca

Multi-Year Deal Grants Telemundo Rights to All Home Games of the Popular Mexican Team across All Platforms

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MIAMI – May 9, 2014 – Telemundo network announced today it acquired the exclusive media rights for the United States of all the home games of the Mexican first division soccer team Pachuca, beginning with the league’s Apertura tournament in June. As “The Official U.S. Network of Pachuca,” Telemundo will have the exclusive Spanish-language rights across all its platforms – broadcast, online and cable – to all of the pre-season, regular season and, if they qualify, the playoff home games of the popular team.  

“Pachuca is one of the most successful clubs of the Mexican league,” said Jorge Hidalgo, Executive Vice President of Sports at Telemundo. “This deal brings another winning team to our growing soccer portfolio that already includes the Liga MX current champion, Club León, the Barclays Premier League, and starting 2015, the FIFA World Cup®.”

Founded in 1901, Pachuca is the longest-lived and one of the most popular soccer clubs in the history of the Mexican league. It has won five national championships and four CONCACAF Champion’s Cups. In 2006, the team obtained the Copa Sudamericana, becoming the only Mexican club to have ever won a FIFA tournament outside its confederation. Telemundo also holds exclusive rights of all Liga MX matches played at home by Club León, the current league champion, as well as the U.S. broadcast and online rights in Spanish language to the biggest soccer tournament in the world, the FIFA World Cup®, across all platforms (except radio), 2015 through 2022.

New ESPN Series “Inside: U.S. Soccer’s March to Brazil” Premieres May 13

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On May 13, ESPN will premiere a new series, “Inside: U.S. Soccer’s March to Brazil,” focusing on the U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team as they prepare for the upcoming 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. The series, produced by Jonathan Hock and Roger Bennett, will provide a never-before-seen perspective from inside the training camp of the Men’s National Team as they prepare for the most anticipated sporting event in the world. Episodes will re-air multiple times on ESPN2 and will also air on both ESPN Deportes and ABC following their ESPN premieres.

The six-episode documentary series from ESPN Films, the production group behind 30 for 30, will air as follows (all times ET):

May 13, Tuesday, 7:00–8:00pm: Series premiere

May 21, Wednesday, 7:00–7:30pm: Episode 2

May 29, Thursday, 7:30-8:00pm: Episode 3

June 3, Thursday, 7:30-8:00pm: Episode 4

June 10, Tuesday, 8:30-9:30pm: Episode 5

June 11, Wednesday, 9:30-10:00pm: LIVE series finale – Epilogue

In the premiere, viewers will get to know various players from the team as well as head coach Jurgen Klinsmann, a World Cup champion as a player and former coach of the German National Team. The series will follow the coaches and players, including Clint Dempsey, Landon Donovan, Tim Howard and Michael Bradley, as they endure a demanding preparation camp and play three international matches before their departure for Sao Paulo.

ESPN Inc.’s 2014 FIFA World Cup in the United States

The 2014 FIFA World Cup will be ESPN’s eighth World Cup and most comprehensive presentation to date.  ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC will combine to air all 64 matches live and in high definition (June 12 – July 13, 2014), and WatchESPN will show all ESPN and ESPN2 games.  ESPN3, ESPN’s live multi-screen sports network available in more than 92 million homes, will present matches live in multiple languages (other than English and Spanish).

Additionally, ESPN studio programming including World Cup Tonight,ESPN FC, editions of SportsCenter, as well as the pre-game, halftime and post-game shows – and ESPN Deportes’ game-around-the-game programs will originate from the company’s production headquarters throughout the month at Clube dos Marimbás on the southern tip of the famed Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro.

ESPN garnered more than 40 industry awards, including three Sports Emmys, for its presentation of 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa – more accolades than any single event in the company’s history.

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ESPN Names Reporters for FIFA World Cup in Brazil

espn-logoFive Reporters: Jeremy Schaap, Julie Foudy, John Sutcliffe, Bob Woodruff and ESPN Brazil’s Rubens Pozzi

ESPN today announced the five television reporters – Julie Foudy, Jeremy Schaap, John Sutcliffe,Bob Woodruff and ESPN Brazil’s Rubens Pozzi – for its unprecedented coverage of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil this summer. The reporters will appear on ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC during pre-match, halftime and post-match shows, SportsCenter, ESPN FC, and FIFA World Cup-themed news and information programs, such as World Cup Tonight, throughout the month-long tournament.

Foudy, the former U.S. Women’s National Team player who covered the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, for espnW, ESPN and ABC News, will serve as general assignment reporter for those same outlets. Schaap, the seven-time Emmy award-winning journalist, will cover the United States Men’s National Team from training camp in mid-May through the completion of the World Cup.

ABC News anchor and award-winning reporter Woodruff, working primarily with ESPN’s World Cup production team in his first FIFA World Cup assignment, will cover cultural and social stories, focusing on the impact of the quadrennial event on South America’s most populous and largest economy.

Sutcliffe, ESPN’s Mexico-based journalist for soccer, football and golf majors, will continue his expert reporting on the Mexican National Team throughout the World Cup, with Brazilian journalist Pozzi, focusing primarily on the Brazilian National Team.

“Our reporter group is truly unparalleled for any sporting event. With Bob, Jeremy and Julie, we have three of the very finest reporters in the business,” said Jed Drake, ESPN Senior Vice President and Executive Producer. “Add John Sutcliffe and Rubens Pozzi, who will cover the Mexican National Team and Brazilian National Team, respectively, and we are more than ready to take on the important stories of this World Cup in Brazil that will need to be told.”

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Foudy, a former U.S. Women’s National Team captain and two-time FIFA Women’s World Cup champion, has transitioned from her playing career to one of sports television’s most respected commentators and reporters. A contributor for espnW, Foudy was lead match analyst for the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany, and she was part of ESPN’s FIFA World Cup team in South Africa in 2010. She reports access-driven features for ESPN news and information programs including SportsCenter and ABC News.

Pozzi, a veteran Brazilian sports journalist, joined ESPN Brazil in 2000 after working at regional and national sports media organizations in the country including Radio Parana, O Estado do Parana and TV Globo. At ESPN Brazil, he has covered major events such as the 2000 Sydney Olympics, The Masters (golf), X Games and the 2012 NBA Finals. Pozzi was a studio contributor during ESPN’s coverage of the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup in Brazil.

Schaap, a correspondent for ESPN’s Outside The Lines and primetime newsmagazine E:60, is covering his second-straight FIFA World Cup this summer and his fourth overall – 1994, 1998, 2010 and 2014. During South Africa 2010, he reported on the U.S. Men’s National Team throughout its run to the Round of 16, among other tournament events and news.

Sutcliffe, ESPN’s Mexico City-based reporter, appears on English and Spanish-language editions of SportsCenter. He is the sideline reporter for Mexican National Team matches on ESPN as well as Monday Night Football and golf majors on ESPN Deportes. Sutcliffe has covered the Mexican National Team in five FIFA World Cup tournaments.

Woodruff joined ABC News in 1996 and was named co-anchor of ABC World News Tonight in 2005. He was injured in 2006 by a roadside bomb while covering the war in Iraq. His first report on ABC News after the injury, “To Iraq and Back: Bob Woodruff Reports,” which chronicled his recovery from his traumatic brain injury was honored with a Peabody Award in 2008. Since then, Woodruff has travelled to cover international news events in North Korea where he reported on the nation’s long range missile launch, and in Japan, he covered the impact of the earthquake and tsunami that damaged nuclear reactors in the Oshika Peninsula. Woodruff is also a regular contributor to ESPN’s award-winning newsmagazine E:60.

ESPN Inc.’s 2014 FIFA World Cup in the United States

The 2014 FIFA World Cup will be ESPN’s eighth World Cup and most comprehensive presentation to date.  ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC will combine to air all 64 matches live and in high definition (June 12 – July 13). All ESPN and ESPN2 games will be available on WatchESPN, while ABC matches will be available on WATCH ABC. ESPN3, ESPN’s live multi-screen sports network available in more than 85 million homes, will present matches live in multiple languages (other than English and Spanish). In addition, ESPN Radio, the country’s largest sports radio network, will broadcast all World Cup matches live.

ESPN’s presentation of the 2014 FIFA World Cup will include comprehensive news and information coverage of the month-long soccer showcase with renowned journalists reporting on the tournament and the host country of Brazil. Additional English-language coverage of the quadrennial event will total more than 90 hours of original programming and will include SportsCenter at the World Cup,anightly World Cup Tonight program, ESPN FC World Cup Encore, a 30-minute pre-match show, halftime and post-match segments, as well as a World Cup-branded ESPN Films 30 for 30: Soccer Stories series, E:60 shows, and access-driven long-form storytelling features.

ESPN garnered more than 40 industry awards, including three Sports Emmys, for its presentation of 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa – more accolades than any single event in the company’s history.

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ABC News Coverage for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil

FIFA-World-Cup-2014_Logo-espnCross-Platform Reporting from Brazil begins Thursday, June 12

ABC News will work closely with ESPN to cover the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil beginning Thursday, June 12. Throughout the tournament ABC News will broadcast from ESPN’s studios at the Clube dos Marimbas on Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro to provide extensive coverage across all programs and platforms.

ABC News Anchor Bob Woodruff will report for ESPN across all platforms and will contribute to ABC News reports along with ESPN Correspondents Jeremy Schaap and Julie Foudy. ABC News Correspondent Paula Faris will report from Brazil on the tournament, athletes, breaking news and other highlights. In addition, ESPN’s World Cup features and interviews will air across ABC News programs, including “Good Morning America,” “World News” and “Nightline.”

ABC News Digital will provide updates of the tournament daily as well as offer users sharable content that will drive the conversation and appeal to fans and novices alike, including an interactive bracket challenge, quizzes and explainers that focus on the intersection of the tournament and pop culture. Users will also be able to tailor their own experiences based on their individual interests. In addition, ABC News Digital will serve up original digital videos from correspondents out in the field as they explore the culture in and around Brazil.

ABC News Radio will also deliver extensive coverage of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. ABC News correspondents will provide reports on newscasts and sportscasts to ABC News Radio affiliates and digital partners from Brazil throughout the tournament.  ABC NewsOne, the network’s affiliate news service, will provide reports for more than 200 ABC affiliates and clients.

ESPN and the 2014 FIFA World Cup

The 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil will be ESPN’s eighth World Cup and most comprehensive presentation to date. ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC will combine to air all 64 matches live and in high definition (June 12July 13). All ESPN and ESPN2 games will be available on WatchESPN, while ABC matches will be available on WATCH ABC. ESPN3, ESPN’s live multi-screen sports network available in more than 85 million homes, will present matches live in multiple languages (other than English and Spanish). ESPN’s presentation will also include comprehensive news and information coverage of the month-long soccer showcase with renowned journalists reporting on the tournament and the host country of Brazil. ESPN garnered more than 40 industry awards, including three Sports Emmys, for its presentation of 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa – more accolades than any single event in the company’s history.

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