Join Now  | 
Home About Contact Us Privacy & Security Advertise
Soccer America Daily Soccer World Daily Special Edition Around The Net Soccer Business Insider College Soccer Reporter Youth Soccer Reporter Soccer on TV Soccer America Classifieds Game Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalk Soccer America Confidential Youth Soccer Insider World Cup Watch
RSS Feeds Archives Manage Subscriptions Subscribe
Order Current Issue Subscribe Manage My Subscription Renew My Subscription Gift Subscription
My Account Join Now
Tournament Calendar Camps & Academies Soccer Glossary Classifieds
High ratings expected for Fox Champions League broadcast
May 20th, 2010 12:38AM
Subscribe to Soccer America Daily

MOST READ
TAGS:  television, uefa champions league

MOST COMMENTED

[TELEVISION WATCH] Saturday's European Champions League final on Fox could reach double the U.S. households that tuned in for last year's final on ESPN, according to Fox Sports chairman David Hill. The Inter Milan-Bayern Munich game airs at 2:30 pm ET. Last year's Barcelona win over Manchester United aired on a Wednesday afternoon.

Hill expects more than 2 million households to tune to the first U.S. network telecast of the Champions League final. Last year's final was seen by 1,066,000 homes on ESPN.

“We think that soccer ison the cusp right now,” Hill said. “This can be bigger than hockey in about a decade, and that’s no disrespect for hockey. Hockey works in its established markets and has trouble where it’s been transplanted to, especially Phoenix. And despite the success of the San Jose Sharks right now, I can hardly see the West Coast being a hotbed of hockey fanaticism with the Kings and the Ducks and the Sharks and whatever else.”

ESPN had held U.S. Champions League rights since 1994-95 until FSC took them over this season. FSC, with about 37 million homes, has a fraction of the 98 million-plus for ESPN and ESPN2.

Two English Premier League games, Chelsea-Arsenal and Manchester United-Arsenal, were the most watched games on FSC this season drawing  403,000 and 370,000 viewers, respectively.



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
Klinsmann: 'We have a lot of attacking options'    
Clint Dempsey and Gyasi Zardes, the USA's top two contributors in 2016 with seven goals and ...
USL Rewind: Kickers, FC Cincinnati claim playoff spots    
Two more Eastern Conference teams nailed down postseason berths last weekend. A 1-0 defeat of Orlando ...
MLS Power Rankings: Eastern leaders swap spots    
The FIFA break follows a crazy-busy week in MLS, with 16 league matches - including several ...
MLS: Quakes fire GM John Doyle, San Jose original    
John Doyle, San Jose Earthquakes general manager since the club returned to MLS in 2008, has ...
What They're Saying: Jurgen Klopp    
"I know nearly all the clubs, but I had no idea where they are. So if ...
NASL Rewind: Cosmos make a statement    
Defending champion New York Cosmos returned to first place with a 6-1 win over the Carolina ...
USMNT: Kljestan in, Brooks out    
Sacha Kljestan, who has not played for the USA since before the 2014 World Cup, was ...
What They're Saying: Mike Morris    
"That isn't the way we look at it, anyway. If any of that happens, great. But ...
Video Pick: D.C. United carves up Chicago D    
The eight nominees for Week 25 MLS Goal of the Week include one of D.C. United's ...
What They're Saying: Jason Kreis    
"The importance of the win has nothing to do with the opponent,. It wasn't about me, ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives