TV: Networks pull out all the stops for UEFA Champions League final

Saturday's UEFA Champions League final should be the first in which an American plays.

Both Chelsea (Christian Pulisic) and Manchester City (Zack Steffen) will have Americans on their game rosters. and the big question will be whether Pulisic starts, like he did when he scored against Real Madrid in the first leg of the semifinals, or come off the bench, like he did in the second leg when he assisted on Chelsea's insurance goal.

Saturday's game will air at 3 p.m. ET on CBS (streamed on Paramount+) and Univision (simulcast on TUDN).

CBS, which is broadcasting the final for the first time, will offer coverage from 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The pregame show, UEFA Champions League Today, will feature regulars Kate Abdo, Jamie Carragher, Roberto Martinez and Micah Richards in studio with appearances by former U.S. stars Clint Dempsey, Charlie Davies and Oguchi Onyewu.

Pregame coverage on Univision and TUDN will begin with “Futbol Central” at 1:30 p.m. Former UEFA Champions League winners Carles Puyol and Javier Zanetti will join “Futbol Central” as guest analysts.

Viewers. The record U.S. television audience for a Champions League final is 4.2 million for the 2011 final between Barcelona and Manchester United on Fox and Fox Deportes. It drew an English-language record 2.6 million on Fox.

In 2020, the final between Bayern Munich and Paris St. Germain averaged 2.05 million viewers on Univision, the most ever on Spanish-language television.

1 comment about "TV: Networks pull out all the stops for UEFA Champions League final".
  1. Ben Myers, May 29, 2021 at 7:08 p.m.

    Play-by-play coverage of the match on CBS was abysmal.  The two announcers were clueless.  But this did not distract from the action on the field.  There was no point in watching the pre-game blather.  Tuchel has reegineered Chelsea to make the best use of its superb overall team speed, going to a back three and rotating speedsters in and out of the lineup.  By contrast, Man City looked slow-footed, with only Foden showing bursts of speed, Sterling shut down cold, Mahrez nearly so, and Bernard Silva largely absent.

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