News: CBS (and Univision) Wins Champs League Rights

Discussion in 'TV, Satellite & Radio' started by QPR Kevin H, Nov 8, 2019 at 2:08 PM.

  1. QPR Kevin H

    QPR Kevin H BigSoccer Supporter

    May 23, 2001
    Silver Spring, MD
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    Queens Park Rangers FC
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    United States
  2. beInSchwartz

    beInSchwartz Member

    Aug 20, 2012
    Club:
    ABC Natal
    Looks like what happened 3 years ago with a completely random channel getting the English rights. But without the cable staple of TNT. I had no idea I even had CBSSN on my YoutubeTV.
     
  3. Art Deco

    Art Deco Member

    Dec 10, 2009
    wonder if the full slate of games will be streaming on CBS All Access

    Edit: Now that I actually read the story, yes this will be the case
     
  4. QPR Kevin H

    QPR Kevin H BigSoccer Supporter

    May 23, 2001
    Silver Spring, MD
    Club:
    Queens Park Rangers FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    It is over-the-top so I would assume so. Honestly the only major changes here will probably be: four live CL matches a week on a smaller cable channel than TNT (CBSS), probably two EL matches Thursday back to cable and the final back on a main OTA network (which is probably a big UEFA preference).
     
  5. drt2k3

    drt2k3 Member

    Jul 1, 2005
    Wilmington, NC
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    Wilmington H.
    Wow.

    Makes sense though.

    That kills BR Live
     
  6. Cubanlix63

    Cubanlix63 Member

    AFC Ajax
    Feb 19, 2014
    Club:
    Manchester United FC
    So the CL rights is going to be a way for these tv channels to test their streaming services. I really wish it just went to NBC or ESPN. NBC because they are the only ones who have proven to be able to effectively handle Soccer tv rights. And with ESPN their coverage sucks but, it is very convenient when they have Soccer. .
     
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  7. Kryptonite

    Kryptonite Fancy Title Here

    Apr 10, 1999
    Columbus
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Nat'l Team:
    United States

    I don't think anything will be better than what Fox did with games on FS1, FS2 and FSN.
     
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  8. portugamerifinn

    portugamerifinn Member+

    Feb 22, 2005
    Bay Area / London
    This will be an improvement.

    CBS Sports is an actual sports channel that's well-established and carried by all the big TV service providers including streaming. I've had it non-stop for years whether I was with Dish or DirecTV or YouTubeTV and so on. If you don't watch college football/basketball it probably isn't on your radar, but it's there.

    We'll get a couple live Europa League matches every Thursday on TV - what a concept!

    Plus, CBS All-Access is a legit, existing OTT app, pouring money into original programming (Star Trek shows, Twilight Zone reboot, etc.). I assume it is and will be way better to use than the still terrible B/R Live app that was thrown together after Turner won the rights. It also only costs $5.99/mo. (or $9.99/mo. w/o commercials). Who knows the cost by 2021, but unlike B/R Live it has a much wider audience base than just American soccer fans, allowing it to charge less for more content.

    Unlike Turner winning the current rights, this is way less of a stab in the dark. CBS has covered sports for a long time, CBSSN has been on the air for 17 years as a full-time sports network, and All-Access is an established/successful OTT service.
     
  9. QPR Kevin H

    QPR Kevin H BigSoccer Supporter

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    Silver Spring, MD
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    Queens Park Rangers FC
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    United States
    #9 QPR Kevin H, Nov 8, 2019 at 3:22 PM
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    CBSSN is probably in about 25-30 million fewer homes than TNT. From a cable accessibility POV this isn't a win, but if people want to see the CL live on cable they'll get the right package for it (a lot of times its a package higher or with a sports pack, TNT is always about as basic as you can get). And if people don't want that tier they have a streaming or Spanish option.
     
  10. EvanJ

    EvanJ Member+

    Manchester United
    United States
    Mar 30, 2004
    Nassau County, NY
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    Manchester United FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I agree. I'd expect TNT, ESPN, and ESPN2 to be basic cable everywhere. CBSSN is in fewer households, and maybe comparable with Big Ten Network or Golf Channel. That's just a guess. CBSSN must be in more households than beIN. I would think the amount of people who get CBSSN and know what channel it is would be higher than the amount of people who get TNT, know what channel it is, know it shows it the UEFA Champions League, and know that the UEFA Champions League is for European soccer clubs. People scrolling through TNT on their guide could see "UEFA Champions League" without knowing or caring what it is, so that's why I added the end of my previous sentence.
     
  11. Dante

    Dante Moderator
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    Nov 19, 1998
    Binghamton, NY
    Club:
    Juventus FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Sweet, I have all 3 so no need to pay $3 to watch a CL game anymore.
     
  12. MLSinCleveland

    MLSinCleveland Member+

    Oct 12, 2006
    Cleveland, Ohio
    Club:
    Cleveland C. S.
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Does anyone know if CBS got the Europa League as well?
     
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  13. Statman

    Statman Member+

    May 25, 2006
    Los Angeles
    Club:
    Real Madrid
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Glad to hear that Univision will continue to have the rights to the Champions League.

    They show games on Galavision, Univision and TUDN. I just DVR up to six games and watch them when I get home. I don't even speak Spanish, but their broadcast is years ahead of the joke that is TNT.
     
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  14. portugamerifinn

    portugamerifinn Member+

    Feb 22, 2005
    Bay Area / London
    I don't see why it matters if CBS Sports is in as many households as TNT. The channel is readily available to those who want it and the coverage will be better on a sports network. And the CL Final will be on CBS, so it'll be plugged just like The Masters usually is throughout March Madness. That could be really big for viewership.

    As it is now, Champions League matches shown on TNT may be available to millions more viewers compared to CBSSN, but that expanded audience is the same one that TNT caters to by showing reruns of Charmed, Supernatural and Bones on Thursday instead of Europa League matches.

    Anyone who doesn't currently have CBS Sports Network has two years to figure out the best way to get it. YouTube TV, Hulu Live and Fubo all have it (as has PS Vue - RIP). Those who insist on paying out the ear for cable/satellite might already have it, or can pay a few extra bucks a month for the corresponding sports pack.

    I feel like we could have said the same thing about NBC back when it first won Premier League rights. I believe 2013/14 was the first PL season on NBC and back then NBC Sports wasn't as widely available as it is now, a newer channel, and had previously just shown stuff like Olympic sports, rugby, racing, etc.
     
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  15. nick p

    nick p Member

    Jul 11, 2009
    Baltimore Maryland
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    DC United
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    United States
    we know the decision is to help the CBS Sports Network get more traction in terms of carriage deals on different cable/satellite systems across the country
     
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  16. Redbullsnation2012

    May 26, 2010
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  17. Marius Tresor

    Marius Tresor Member

    Aug 1, 2014
    #17 Marius Tresor, Nov 9, 2019 at 2:00 AM
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    I think this is a pretty big deal. Has CBS ever broadcast international soccer since the 1974 World Cup? The World Cup has been on ABC (1970), CBS (1974), ABC/ESPN (1982) and (1994 - 2014), NBC/ESPN (1986), TBS/TNT (1990), and FOX/FS1 (2018) since I have been watching. And all of those networks have broadcast European soccer presently or in the last few years. But CBS is the only one of the Big 4 networks that has not shown any recent interest. Times have changed.
     
  18. socceraction

    socceraction Member+

    Oct 20, 2000
    No. For this cycle (2021/22 to 2023/24), UEFA is offering the Europa League separately - bundled with the new competition "Europa Conference League".

    The new competition will be played on Thursdays (like the Europa League). Apparently, UEFA have not gone deep enough in the barrel and scraped all of the crud found on the bottom so they introduced another competition. Personally, I hate the Thursday matches because they really interfere with domestic league play on weekends IMHO. But with UEFA, like FIFA and every other organizing committee, money talks...

    SA
     
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  19. Art Deco

    Art Deco Member

    Dec 10, 2009
    Basically it just splits the 64-team Europa League into two separate competitions, with a 32-team Europa League proper for teams from the top leagues and the 32-team conference league for teams from the smaller countries. Works for me, I can just ignore the conference league and concentrate on the better-known teams to watch.
     
  20. bigtw64

    bigtw64 Member+

    Aug 16, 2003
    florida
    Club:
    Birmingham City FC
    Nat'l Team:
    England
    CBSSN is the current TV home of noted soccer-hater Jim Rome. So I guess it would be "Jungle Karma" if his show gets bumped a couple of times a week for CL games
     
  21. Lovac1

    Lovac1 Member

    Jun 6, 2012
    It will be intresting to see if CBS goes after any other soccer properties. Sure, CL is nice, but it would be good to supplement it with something else. Not sure what else they could get, but CL alone won’t make a lot of money.
     
  22. QPR Kevin H

    QPR Kevin H BigSoccer Supporter

    May 23, 2001
    Silver Spring, MD
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    Queens Park Rangers FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    No one really makes money directly on European club soccer in US media (rights vs ads, ROI). But it does help long term with getting the attention of a younger audience. I think that's the whole game for CBS -- maybe get some more subscribers for CBSSN and lower the average age of CBS All Access subscribers.

    And it's not too hard to lower a CBS audience since the average is probably about 65 years old :D
     
  23. waltlantz

    waltlantz Member

    Jul 6, 2010
    Indeed, seems like a play to drive All Access subscriptions.

    To the Europa and Conference, I guess TNT can hold onto at least Europa. Conference is for smaller teams/countries to make much needed extra scratch.
     
  24. bigtw64

    bigtw64 Member+

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    florida
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    Birmingham City FC
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    England
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  25. IU Gooner

    IU Gooner Member+

    Feb 8, 2009
    Chicago
    Uh, no. NBCSN was originally OLN and then Versus. It's been around since 1995 and has had the NHL since 2005.
     

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