Soccer Business Bits: FOX Broadcasts, MLS Good Deeds & More

FOX is continuing its series of broadcast EPL matches this weekend with the Liverpool/Chelsea game. The game will be broadcast on Fox Soccer re-broadcast on FOX either before or after NFL football.  According to the press release, “CNN talk show host Piers Morgan is slated to join the studio team, providing commentary and analysis for the Chelsea vs. Liverpool match, live on FOX Soccer Sunday, November 20 at 11:00 am ET, with an encore on FOX.”  The release also notes that more than 1.6 million viewers watched the last FOX broadcast re-air of the EPL.  This series of games will culminate with a live broadcast on FOX as part of Super Bowl Sunday.  Soccer fans have extra interest in these games now that FOX is locked into the World Cup in 2018 and 2022.

We have long championed the league and team charitable efforts on this site.  MLS W.O.R.K.S does great stuff in the community and is gearing up as part of the MLS Cup festivities.  According to the league’s press release, “MLS W.O.R.K.S. will partner with Starlight Children’s Foundation and visit Children’s Hospital Los Angeles for the placement of two Starlight Fun Center™ mobile entertainment units… Former Galaxy stars and MLS Cup winners Cobi Jones and Chris Klein will be joined by LA Galaxy mascot Cozmo to play games and participate in activities with the kids prior to the dedication ceremony. Patients will have a special opportunity to get autographs and take pictures with the Philip F. Anschutz championship trophy. A select number of tickets to Sunday’s match will be provided for Starlight families.”

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  1. I’ve been curious as to what that 1.6 million viewers for a replay of a game actually means. Can anyone tell me what the average rating is for FOX for a non football broadcast in that timeslot? I would expect it to be greater than whatever 1.6 million viewers translates into as a rating. Not sure that it is a sign of success.

    2018 is a long time from now. Could really care less how Fox handles a replay of an EPL game in 2011.

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