Fox Renews UEFA Champions League Rights Through 2017-18

Last week, we learned that the European governing body for soccer, UEFA had decided to return to Fox after two rounds of bidding that failed to draw it’s desired price. Today, Fox has made it official that it has renewed its rights deal with UEFA for the Champions and Europa Leagues through the 2017-18 season. […]

REPORT: Fox Expected to Retain UEFA Champions League Through 2017-18

This coming from John Ourand at the Sports Business Daily, Fox is expected to retain the rights to the UEFA Champions League, the European soccer club championship. The surprising news is that ESPN which is losing the FIFA World Cup after next year and possibly MLS too, did not even submit a bid. On Tuesday […]

REPORT: NBC to Bid on UEFA Champions League Rights

This comes from Jonathan Tannenwald from and his excellent “The Goalkeeper” blog. He reports that NBC is planning to join the bidding for the UEFA Champions League. Fox is the current rightsholder first gaining the rights in 2009 and signing a new contract in 2010 that covers the current period from 2012-13 through 2014-15. […]

The Week Ahead in Sports Media, August 26 — September 1, 2013

We’ve survived the first full week of Fox Sports One and the premiere of new shows. We have another premiere this week, but this one on ESPN2. In addition, we get the first full week of college football as the new season begins in earnest on Thursday. Not only that, the U.S. Open gets underway […]

The Week Ahead in Sports Media, August 19 — 25, 2013

Once again, it’s another busy week. Lots of premieres of various studio programs begin this week as Fox Sports 1′s launch continues. In addition, there are plenty of live games as we speed towards the beginning of college football next week and the NFL in September. Let’s get started. TELEVISION We have a lot of […]

Fox Sports’ Live Schedule from August 16-21, 2013

I don’t have to tell you about this weekend for Fox Sports 1. We all know about it so no need to rehash everything. But the avalanche of e-mails from Fox regarding their programming, their on-air hires, their upcoming sports properties is getting overwhelming. I’m doing my best to cull through them and decide what […]

Fox to Air the UEFA Champions League Final on Saturday

As part of a busy Memorial Day Weekend, Fox has soccer, primetime baseball and NASCAR on Saturday and Sunday. The UEFA Champions League Final will kick things off as an all-German and Bundesliga contest between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund takes place at the venerable Wembley Stadium in London. Gus Johnson and Warren Barton will […]

What You’ll See on Fox Sports 1

So Fox Sports 1 has been officially announced? What’s next? The launch on Saturday, August 17 which will include a NASCAR Truck Series race and a UFC card. During the event that introduced US version of Fox Sports 1 to the world (let’s not forget the original Fox Sports 1 in Australia), we learned that […]

Gus Johnson To Call International Soccer For Fox

This coming into the Fang’s Bites inbox and a little bit of a surprise. First, we began hearing that Gus Johnson was calling MLS games over the past couple of years. And Deadspin has video of one of his games from last year.  Privately, I was thinking that Fox could utilize Gus on the World […]

What is Fox Sports 1? How Does It Affect You?

As we speed into the last quarter of 2012 and prepare for what’s ahead in 2013, there is one thing that is on the horizon for US sports fans and that is the expected appearance of a new all-sports cable channel. No, it’s not NBC Sports Network, although its trials and tribulations this fall will […]

A Few Tuesday Sports Media Thoughts

Time for some sports media thoughts. These have been percolating in my head all day Monday. It’s fine time to pour them out and have you peruse through them. As always, they’re in bullet form. Monday’s announcement from NFL Network regarding its new morning show could be a game changer for sports television. If “NFL […]

Since Fox Did Not Air The Champions League Anthem, I'll Present It To You

I was not able to see Fox’s coverage of the UEFA Champions League Final between Bayern Munich and Chelsea today. I watched it on replay on Fox Soccer. I was told by many people on Twitter that Fox Sports did not air the traditional Champions League Anthem, choosing to use its traditional NFL on Fox […]

Fox Airs UEFA Champions League Final: Bayern Munich vs. Chelsea

Tomorrow, Fox Sports airs the UEFA Champions League Final live from Munich, Germany. For the first time in CL history, a finalist gets to play in its home stadium as is the case with Bayern Munich. Both teams got to the final after beating various clubs from leagues all over Europe. Bayern Munich coming over […]

Some Wednesday Night Linkage

I’ll do some more linkage for you this evening. You’re owed it. Why not? Thomas O’Toole from USA Today reports that Laurie Fine, the wife of ex-Syracuse assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine, is suing ESPN for libel saying a report ruined her reputation. Barry Petchesky of Deadspin goes inside the lawsuit and notes that Fine […]

Finally Some Friday Megalinks

Let’s do some Friday megalinks. You’ve been owed some and I haven’t been able to do links for most of the week. Of course, you have the Weekend Viewing Picks which provide plenty of college sports, soccer, baseball and the NBA and NHL postseason action. Now let’s do your links. National Michael Hiestand of USA […]