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EDIT: Appears there is some uncertainty with the schedule for the final weekend of December. Firstly, Sportsnet has Spurs-Stoke listed as a Saturday game when it’s actually on Sunday. TSN didn’t have said game listed in their press release but do have it listed on their site (which would give them six games for the week instead of the normal five). Sportsnet is also missing Sunday completely from their schedule which would be Newcastle-Arsenal and Chelsea-Liverpool. Will try and find the correct information and update when possible.
Tuesday December 3
Crystal Palace vs. West Ham — 3pm TSN2
Wednesday December 4
Sunderland vs. Chelsea — 2:45pm Sportsnet East and Ontario
Southampton vs. Aston Villa — 2:45pm Sportsnet West and Pacific
Stoke City vs. Cardiff City — 2:45pm Sportsnet 360
Manchester United vs. Everton — 2:45pm TSN2
Liverpool vs. Norwich — 2:45pm TSN.ca
Arsenal vs. Hull City — 2:45pm TSN.ca
Swansea vs. Newcastle — 2:45pm TSN.ca
West Bromwich vs. Manchester City — 3pm Sportsnet One
Fulham vs. Tottenham — 3pm Sportsnet World
Saturday December 7
Manchester United vs. Newcastle — 7:45am Sportsnet
Liverpool vs. West Ham United — 10am Sportsnet
Stoke City vs. Chelsea — 10am SN World Online
West Bromwich vs. Norwich City — 10am Sportsnet World
Southampton vs. Man City — 10am TSN2
Crystal Palace vs. Cardiff — 10am TSN.ca
Sunderland vs. Tottenham — 12:30pm TSN2
Sunday December 8
Fulham vs. Aston Villa — 8:30am TSN2
Arsenal vs. Everton — 11am Sportsnet World
Monday December 9
Swansea vs. Hull — 3pm TSN
Saturday December 14
Man City vs. Arsenal — 7:45am TSN
Chelsea vs. Crystal Palace — 10am Sportsnet
Everton vs. Fulham — 10am Sportsnet World
Cardiff City vs. West Bromwich — 10am SN World Online
Newcastle vs. Southampton — 10am TSN
West Ham vs. Sunderland — 10am TSN2
Hull vs. Stoke — 12:30pm TSN2
Sunday December 15
Norwich City vs. Swansea City — 8:30am Sportsnet World
Aston Villa vs. Man United — 8:30am TSN2
Tottenham vs. Liverpool — 11am Sportsnet World
Saturday December 21
Liverpool vs. Cardiff City — 7:45am Sportsnet
West Bromwich vs. Hull City — 10am Sportsnet World
Stoke City vs. Aston Villa — 10am Sportsnet
Man United vs. West Ham — 10am TSN
Fulham vs. Man City — 10am TSN2
Sunderland vs. Norwich — 10am TSN.ca
Crystal Palace vs. Newcastle — 10am TSN.ca
Sunday December 22
Southampton vs. Tottenham — 8:30am Sportsnet World
Swansea vs. Everton — 11am TSN2
Monday December 23
Arsenal vs. Chelsea — 3pm Sportsnet
Thursday December 26
Hull City vs. Manchester United — 7:45am Sportsnet
West Ham United vs. Arsenal — 10am Sportsnet
Everton vs. Sunderland — 10am Sportsnet World
Aston Villa vs. Crystal Palace — 10am SN World Online
Newcastle vs. Stoke City — 10am SN World Online
Chelsea vs. Swansea — 10am TSN2
Tottenham vs. West Brom — 10am TSN.ca
Cardiff vs. Southampton — 10am TSN.ca
Norwich vs. Fulham — 10am TSN.ca
Man City vs. Liverpool — 12:30pm TSN2
Saturday December 28
West Ham vs. West Brom — 7:45am TSN2
Aston Villa vs. Swansea City — 10am SN World Online
Norwich vs. Man United — 10am TSN2
Man City vs. Crystal Palace — 10am TSN.ca
Hull vs. Fulham — 10am TSN.ca
Cardiff City vs. Sunderland — 12:30pm Sportsnet
Sunday December 29
Everton vs. Southampton — 8:30am TSN.ca
Tottenham vs. Stoke City — 10am TBD
Newcastle United vs. Arsenal — 10am TBD
Chelsea vs. Liverpool — 10am TBD
Saturday November 2
Newcastle vs. Chelsea — 8:45am Sportsnet
Stoke City vs. Southampton — 11am Sportsnet
Hull City vs. Sunderland — 11am Sportsnet World
Fulham vs. Manchester United — 11am TSN
Manchester City vs. Norwich — 11am TSN2
West Brom vs. Crystal Palace — 11am TSN.ca
West Ham vs. Aston Villa — 11am TSN.ca
Arsenal vs. Liverpool — 1:30pm Sportsnet
Sunday November 3
Everton vs. Tottenham — 8:30am TSN2
Cardiff City vs. Swansea — 11am Sportsnet World
Saturday November 9
Liverpool vs. Fulham — 10am Sportsnet
Crystal Palace vs. Everton — 10am Sportsnet World
Chelsea vs. West Brom — 10am TSN2
Aston Villa vs. Cardiff City — 10am TSN.ca
Southampton vs. Hull City — 10am TSN.ca
Norwich vs. West Ham — 12:30pm TSN2
Sunday November 10
Tottenham vs. Newcastle — 7am TSN
Sunderland vs. Manchester City — 9am Sportsnet
Manchester United vs. Arsenal — 11am Sportsnet
Swansea vs. Stoke City — 11am Sportsnet World
Saturday November 23
Everton vs. Liverpool — 7:45am Sportsnet
Newcastle vs. Norwich — 10am Sportsnet
Hull City vs. Crystal Palace — 10am Sportsnet World
Arsenal vs. Southampton — 10am TSN2
Fulham vs. Swansea — 10am TSN.ca
Stoke City vs. Sunderland — 10am TSN.ca
West Ham vs. Chelsea — 12:30pm TSN2
Sunday November 24
Manchester City vs. Tottenham — 8:30am TSN
Cardiff City vs. Manchester United — 11am Sportsnet World
Monday November 25
West Bromwich vs. Aston Villa — 3pm Sportsnet World
I’ll include the Saturday November 30 games with the December update, as it just makes sense to do so.
UPDATE: Sportsnet games confirmed for Tuesday, as well as one on GolTV.
With the addition of beIN Sport Canada streaming online for free (limited time only, see here for details), there is a plethora of options for Canadian football fans in the current round of 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying matches.
Sportsnet, Sportsnet World Online, GolTV and beIN Sport Play will cover qualifiers from Europe, CONCACAF, South America and Africa with numerous countries looking to secure their place alongside Brazil, Australia, Japan, USA, Iran, South Korea, Netherlands, Italy, Costa Rica and Argentina.
* May or may not be 40 games available, I was just going with a catchy title.
Friday October 11
Armenia vs. Bulgaria — 11am Sportsnet World
Croatia vs. Belgium — 12pm Sportsnet
Netherlands vs. Hungary — 1:30pm SN World Overflow | SN World Online
Bosnia-Herzegovina vs. Liechtenstein — 2pm SN World Overflow | SN World Online
England vs. Montenegro — 2:30pm Sportsnet
Germany vs. Republic of Ireland — 2:30pm Sportsnet One
Greece vs. Slovakia — 2:30pm Sportsnet World
Albania vs. Switzerland — 2:30pm SN 360 | SN World Overflow | SN World Online
Luxembourg vs. Russia — 2:30pm SN World Overflow | SN World Online
Andorra vs. Romania — 2:30pm SN World Overflow | SN World Online
Estonia vs. Turkey — 2:30pm SN World Overflow | SN World Online
Denmark vs. Italy — 2:45pm RAI International
Portugal vs. Israel — 3:40pm GolTV
Spain vs. Belarus — 4:30pm Sportsnet 360
Honduras vs. Costa Rica — 4:45pm beIN Sport Play
Venezuela vs. Paraguay — 4:45pm beIN Sport Play
Colombia vs. Chile — 4:45pm beIN Sport Play
Ecudaor vs. Uruguay — 4:45pm beIN Sport Play
Argentina vs. Peru — 7pm beIN Sport Play
Sweden vs. Austria — 7pm GolTV (TD)
Saturday October 12
Burkina Faso vs. Algeria — 11:45am beIN Sport Play
Ivory Coast vs. Senegal — 12:45pm beIN Sport Play
Sunday October 13
Ethiopia vs. Nigeria — 8:45am
Tunisia vs. Cameroon — 12:45pm
Tuesday October 15
Ghana vs. Egypt — 11:45am beIN Sport Play
Azerbaijan vs. Russia — 12:30pm Sportsnet
Greece vs. Liechtenstein — 12:30pm Sportsnet One
Lithuania vs. Bosnia-Herzegovina — 12:30pm Sportsnet 360
Portugal vs. Luxembourg — 12:30pm Sportsnet World
Hungary vs. Andorra — 2pm Sportsnet World Online
Switzerland vs. Slovenia — 2pm Sportsnet World Online
Romania vs. Estonia — 2pm Sportsnet World Online
Turkey vs. Netherlands — 2pm Sportsnet World Online
Bulgaria vs. Czech Republic — 2:15pm Sportsnet World Online
Serbia vs. Macedonia — 2:30pm Sportsnet World Online
Sweden vs. Germany — 2:40pm GolTV
Belgium vs. Wales — 2:45pm Sportsnet World Online
Italy vs. Armenia — 2:45pm Sportsnet World Online | RAI International
England vs. Poland — 3pm Sportsnet
Spain vs. Georgia — 3pm Sportsnet 360
France vs. Finland — 3pm Sportsnet World
Chile vs. Ecuador — 6:30pm beIN Sport Play
Uruguay vs. Argentina — 6:30pm beIN Sport Play
Paraguay vs. Colombia — 7:15pm beIN Sport Play
Panama vs. USA — 9:30pm beIN Sport Play
Jamaica vs. Honduras — 9:30pm beIN Sport Play
I missed the first week, and this weekend is the international break. Better late than never, here is the
EPL Premier League schedule for the rest of October.
Saturday October 19
Newcastle vs. Liverpool — 7:45am on Sportsnet
Chelsea vs. Cardiff City — 10am on Sportsnet
Swansea City vs. Sunderland — 10am on Sportsnet World
Stoke City vs. West Bromwich — 10am on Sportsnet World Online
Manchester United vs. Southampton — 10am on TSN
Arsenal vs. Norwich — 10am on TSN.ca
Everton vs. Hull City — 10am on TSN.ca
West Ham vs. Manchester City — 12:30pm on TSN
Sunday October 20
Aston Villa vs. Tottenham — 11am on Sportsnet World
Monday October 21
Crystal Palace vs. Fulham — 3pm on TSN
Saturday October 26
Crystal Palace vs. Arsenal — 7:45am on Sportsnet
Liverpool vs. West Bromwich — 10am on Sportsnet
Norwich City vs. Cardiff City — 10am on Sportsnet World
Manchester United vs. Stoke City — 10am on TSN
Aston Villa vs. Everton — 10am on TSN.ca
Southampton vs. Fulham — 12:30pm on TSN2
Sunday October 27
Sunderland vs. Newcastle — 9:30am on TSN2
Chelsea vs. Manchester City — 12pm on Sportsnet World
Tottenham vs. Hull City — 12pm on Sportsnet One
Swansea vs. West Ham — 12pm on TSN.ca
Good news and bad news friends… you can now watch beIN Sport broadcasts here in Canada in lovely HD.
The caveats: 1) you’ll only be able to watch online, and 2) this service is free, but only until the end of the year.
The Miami-based sports network has been despised by Canadians since the day they formed as we have been unable to watch popular soccer leagues such as La Liga and Serie A due to the networks inability to get carriage in Canada.
Much has been written about the failure of beIN to provide Canadians with an option to watch the many leagues that beIN have the right to — Serie A, La Liga, Ligue 1, nPower Championship, Capital One Cup, Copa del Rey and FIFA World Cup qualification games for certain CONCACAF and CONMEBOL, just to name a few.
Canada Soccer News published a fantastic article in August which revealed the CRTC has had zero communication from beIN in regards to getting their channel on Canadian televisions. World Soccer Talk interviewed a beIN deputy managing director just last month who said they were “working very hard” and that they need to find a sponsor to help deal with the very particular regulatory environment in Canada. Nearly every soccer post on this site has comments asking about what’s going on with beIN.
A few questions remain though. 1) Why are they only starting this service now and not once they realized it would take a considerable amount of time to get their network on the air? 2) How much are they going to charge for a subscription once the free trial ends January 6th?
To view the free live streaming, head to www.beinsportplay.ca to register and use the promo code ‘beINCanada’. Testing it this morning, the quality is fantastic on my TV, tablet and iPhone. Whether I want to give them my money after fucking soccer fans around for this long, and providing their oh so generous three month free trial period remains to be seen.
A huge installment of FIFA World Cup qualifiers on the schedule for tomorrow, both on television and online. All times are ET.
Russia vs. Luxembourg — 10am Sportsnet
Czech Republic vs. Armenia — 11:45am Sportsnet World
Georgia vs. France — 2:15pm SN World Online / 9:30pm Sportsnet World (TD)
England vs. Moldova — 2:30pm Sportsnet
Italy vs. Bulgaria — 2:30pm Sportsnet One
Serbia vs. Croatia — 2:30pm Sportsnet World
Scotland vs. Belgium — 2:30pm Sportsnet 360
Germany vs. Austria — 2:30pm SN World Online
Finland vs. Spain — 2:30pm SN World Online / 5:30pm Sportsnet World (TD)
Republic of Ireland vs. Sweden — 2:45pm GolTV
Northern Ireland vs. Portugal — 2:45pm SN World Online / 7:30pm Sportsnet World (TD)
Poland vs. Montenegro — 2:45pm SN World Online
Liechtenstein vs. Greece — 2:45pm SN World Online
This season Canadian soccer fans will see more live Premier League and Champions League matches than ever before. This is due to two different changes from a year ago. The first is a new Premier League contract with TSN and Sportsnet that will see each air 190 of the Premier League’s 380 matches. The other is Rogers’ acquisition of theScore and launch of Sportsnet 360, which will supplement Sportsnet’s Champions League coverage this year.
I’ll start with the Premier League. TSN and TSN2 will combine to show four matches most weekends, with an additional match on TSN.ca. The online streaming is free. Last season TSN only had one or two matches per weekend. TSN’s coverage kicks off Saturday morning at 9:30am Eastern with a preview show featuring Luke Wileman, Jason de Vos and Kristian Jack. Following it at 10am ET is Norwich City v. Everton. This weekend TSN also has a doubleheader Saturday morning and a match Monday afternoon. For these matches TSN will simulcast NBC’s broadcast. It features host Rebecca Lowe alongside analysts Robbie Earle and Robbie Mustoe. Until this season Lowe was a presenter for ESPN in Britain. Earle previously worked for ITV, while Mustoe worked at ESPN. Coverage kicks off at 8am ET on Sunday with Premier League Live, followed by Crystal Palace vs. Tottenham. Then at 11am it’s Chelsea vs. Hull City; NBC’s Arlo White and Lee Dixon will provide commentary for this match. On Monday TSN has Manchester City vs. Newcastle, beginning at 2:30pm ET with Premier League Live.
Sportsnet’s coverage begins with the first match of the season, Liverpool v. Stoke City at 7:30am ET. Sportsnet has a tripleheader on Saturday, also featuring Arsenal v. Aston Villa at 10am ET and Swansea City v. Manchester United at 12:30pm ET. Gerry Dobson and Craig Forrest return to Sportsnet’s studio show, along with newcomer Danny Dichio. Sportsnet will mostly show Saturday matches during the first six weeks of the seasons, with the exception of the Manchester Derby on September 22. Following Saturday coverage (at either noon or 2:30pm ET) Sportsnet will show Premier League Matchday, recapping the day’s matches and news.
Sportsnet World’s coverage of the Premier League is severely cut compared to last year. Only four Sunday matches in the first six weeks are exclusive to Sportsnet World this season. That compares to all 11 under the old contract. Sportsnet World will also show a Saturday 10am ET match every week, along with some Monday and midweek matches.
The Champions League playoff round starts on Tuesday with 20 teams fighting for the final 10 spots in the group stage. Sportsnet 360 will also Sportsnet to show up to four matches every Champions League matchday this season. This won’t happen this week because the regional channels have a Jays game on Tuesday and World has a Premier League game on Wednesday, but it is an exciting possibility for the future.
As for daily studio programs. TSN2 will carry the new ESPN show ESPN FC, weekdays at 5:30pm ET. Sportsnet’s Soccer Central (no longer Fox Soccer News) will continue despite Fox cutting its ties. However the show is no 30 minutes long, instead of 60.
However, for those who want to see La Liga, Serie A, Ligue 1 and Championship coverage on beIN Sports, not such great news for you. Writer John Molinaro reports that beIN is no closer to launching in Canada and they don’t plan to sub-license games until the channel does get approved and launch. So basically the same thing we’ve heard for the past year.
Enjoy the soccer everyone!
The 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup from Brazil kicks off tomorrow on CBC and Sportsnet World. The eight-team competition, featuring Brazil, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Nigeria, Spain, Tahiti and Uruguay is a precursor to next years FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Between the two networks, all games will be shown live culminating with the third place and championship game on June 30.
Veteran CBC sports broadcaster Scott Russell with host the coverage in-studio and will be joined by former Canadian women’s national team member Clare Rustad and former Canadian men’s national team member and Sportsnet host Craig Forrest to provide analysis. Brenda Irving will be on-site in Brazil providing reports.
CBC will screen five games of the group stage live, plus the third place and championship match. Sportsnet World will show live the non-CBC games, as well as encore screenings each night. Every game will also be available live online at cbcsports.ca. CBC will broadcast an hour-long documentary at 4:30pm ET before the final on Sunday, June 30 on the history of the Confederations Cup.
All matches will also be available on TLN Telelatino and TLN En Español, as well as in French on TVA Sports. Full schedule is below.
The top eight European under-21 teams will compete in Israel beginning tomorrow in the 2013 edition of the UEFA European Under-21 Championship. TSN and TSN2 will have have all 12 group stage games live, as well as the two semi-finals and the final on June 18.
The schedule and press release can be found below. One very interesting thing to note is that former The Score football host Kristian Jack has joined TSN for their coverage to provide in-depth analysis. Since Rogers took over The Score and ‘The Footy Show’ disappeared from the airwaves, KJ had all but vanished apart from his occasional blog post. With James Sharman joining Fox Soccer News/Soccer Central, I presumed KJ wouldn’t be far behind, but for whatever reason, that never materialized. A shame really, as in my opinion, Jack is the best football analysts on Canadian television.
Wednesday, June 5
Israel vs. Norway – 11:45 a.m. ET on TSN2
England vs. Italy – 2:15 p.m. ET on TSN
Thursday, June 6
Spain vs. Russia – 11:45 a.m. ET on TSN2
Netherlands vs. Germany – 2:15 p.m. ET on TSN
Saturday, June 8
England vs. Norway – 11:45 a.m. ET on TSN2
Italy vs. Israel – 2:15 p.m. ET on TSN
Sunday, June 9
Netherlands vs. Russia – 4 p.m. ET on TSN
Germany vs. Spain – 6 p.m. ET on TSN2
Tuesday, June 11
Israel vs. England – 11:45 a.m. ET on TSN
Norway vs. Italy – 11:45 a.m. ET on TSN2
Wednesday, June 12
Spain vs. Netherlands – 11:45 a.m. ET on TSN
Russia vs. Germany – 11:45 a.m. ET on TSN2
Saturday, June 15
Semifinal 1 – 11:15 a.m. ET on TSN2
Semifinal 2 – 2:15 p.m. ET on TSN2
Tuesday, June 18
Final – 11:45 a.m. ET on TSN
For some reason FIFA has decided to set an international date tomorrow as a bunch of teams will play
meaningless friendlies in preparation for the next round of 2014 World Cup qualifiers. Here is the Canadian TV schedule. Note that Sportnet has recently made a change, moving England v Brazil to Sportsnet ONE for some reason. Considering they are two of the most popular teams in the world, I really don’t understand it.
Here is the complete schedule. All times Eastern.
1:00pm, Spain vs. Uruguay (from Doha) – Sportsnet
2:30pm, England vs. Brazil (from London) – Sportsnet ONE (encore: 10pm)
2:30pm, Holland vs. Italy (from Amsterdam) – Sportsnet World
2:30pm, Sweden vs. Argentina (from Stockholm) – GolTV (encore: 11pm)
3:00pm, France vs. Germany (from Paris) – Sportsnet
4:30pm, Ireland vs. Poland (from Dublin) – GolTV
In the past 18 months most major soccer properties have changed hands or at the least reached a new broadcast contract with the incumbant broadcaster in Canada. With all of the moves, many are probably wondering who has what? And for how long. I hope this will clear things up a bit.
FIFA – CBC/Sportsnet through 2014; Bell Media (CTV/TSN/RDS) from 2015-2022
UEFA – TSN through Euro 2016
Champions League/Europa League – Sportsnet through 2014-15
Premier League – TSN/Sportsnet (50/50 split) from 2013-14 through 2015-16
Serie A – beIN Sports through 2014-15
La Liga – beIN Sports through 2014-15
Bundesliga – GolTV through 2014-15
Ligue 1 – beIN Sports through 2014-15
SPL – Sportsnet World (unknown term length)
Football League – beIN Sports (unknown term length)
FA Cup – Sportsnet though 2017-18
beIN Sports also has Coppa Italia, Copa del Ray (except the final) and Football League Cup. Sportsnet World also has DFB Pokal and the Charity Shield. GolTV also has the Copa del Ray Final and the German and Spanish Supercups.
beIN Sports is currently not available in Canada. It sounds like they are working on a deal with TLN that would bring their matches to Canadians.
I think that covers mostly everything. If anyone has any questions, feel free to ask.
The Barclays Premier League announced a new rights deal for Canada this afternoon. TSN and Sportsnet, the current broadcasters of England’s top domestic football league, will continue to broadcast all games to Canadians. The biggest difference in the new contract is TSN and Sportsnet will each get 50% of the matches. Over the past three years Sportsnet has broadcast most matches, with TSN sub-licensing around 50 per season.
In the new deals the Premiership has sold two seperate 190 match packages. Rogers bought one, which will see 190 games air on Sportsnet, Sportsnet World, Sportsnet ONE and Sportsnet World Plus. TSN bought the other package, with matches set to air on TSN, TSN2, RDS and RDS2. It is unclear at this time just how TSN and Sportsnet will divide the 380 matches. However, both Rogers and Bell will get equal selections based on timeslots and/or matchups.
The Canadian announcement comes a day after NBCUniversal revealed that they have picked up American broadcast rights beginning next fall. The new US deal sees an end to ESPN’s Premiership broadcasts, which have set the gold standard for soccer broadcasting in North America. NBC will broadcast all 380 league matches per season, marking the first time every game is shown live in America.
Steaming will play an important role in the new broadcast contracts. NBC will use online streaming service to offer around four Saturday 10am eastern kickoffs per week. TSN also has stated that TSN.ca is part of the plan to deliver games to Canadians. Sportsnet World’s streaming service and mobile TV platforms for both Bell and Rogers will also play a role. This really is the first time that online rights have been considered an essential, valuable part of a Premiership broadcast contract. In the past they were just an afterthought.
Here is a quote from Navaid Mansuri, Vice-President of Finance & Sports Programming, Sportsnet.
Sportsnet is proud to continue our strong partnership with the Premiere League, furthering our commitment to providing Canadians with unparalleled access to world class soccer content. The BPL is one of the world’s most prominent soccer leagues and this new agreement has positioned Sportsnet to continue our already unprecedented schedule of soccer programming across multiple platforms in the years to come.
And Shawn Redmond, Vice-President of Programming, TSN.
The Premier League is home to the world’s most popular teams and biggest stars in soccer. With a dedicated and growing fan base in Canada we are looking forward to giving fans even more Premier League coverage with more games on TSN than ever before. The BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE package is a perfect complement to our slate of world-class soccer programming.
It is also unclear if beIN Sport, which doesn’t yet have distribution in the Canadian market, launched a serious bid for the Canadian rights. beIN Sport, owned by Qatar Media, was expected to challenge the status quo in the British and American markets as well. As it turns out, their bids fizzled towards the end in both of those markets. New broadcasters did take over Premiership broadcasting, but it was British Telecom and NBC, not beIN Sport.
This deal is probably about as good as this was going to turn out for Canadians. Between TSN, TSN2, Sportsnet, Sportsnet ONE and Sportsnet World, it is possible to broadcast up to five games live at one time. The Premier League will use the following timeslots for matches over the next three seasons (all times Eastern and number of matches is approximate)
Saturday 7:45am – 28-30 matches
Saturday 10:00am – ~190 matches
Saturday 12:30pm – 28-30 matches
Sunday 8:30am – 32 matches
Sunday 11:00am – 33 matches
Monday 3:00pm – 18-20 matches
Usually a Premier League season consists 33 weekend rounds and 7 holiday/midweek rounds. The 33 weekend rounds will see around 140 matches played in unique timeslots. The other 190 matches played on the weekend will be on Saturday at 10:00am or Sunday at 10:00am (when a team plays in the Europa League the Thursday before).
Weekday rounds will account for the other 7 rounds, with a total of 70 matches. 12 of these matches are slated for television in the UK. Usually (when it’s not a holiday), the matches are split between Tuesday and Wednesday with consistant start times.
It is matchday 3 in the Champions League and Europa League this week. Here is the broadcast schedule for Canada.
Tuesday October 23
11:45am, Spartak Moscow v. Benfica – Sportsnet World
2:30pm, Manchester United v. Braga – Sportsnet (encore: 7pm, SN1)
2:30pm, Barcelona v. Celtic – Sportsnet ONE
2:30pm, Shakhtar Donetsk v. Chelsea – Sportsnet World
5:00pm, Lille v. Bayern Munich – Sportsnet World (delay)
Wednesday October 24
11:45am, Zenit v. Anderlecht – Sportsnet World
2:30pm, Dortmund v. Real Madrid – Sportsnet
2:30pm, Arsenal v. Schalke 04 – Sportsnet ONE
2:30pm, Ajax v. Manchester City – Sportsnet World
5:00pm, Malaga v. AC Milan – Sportsnet World (delay)
Thursday October 25
1:00pm, Maribor v. Tottenham – Sportsnet
1:00pm, Internazionale v. Partizan – Sportsnet ONE
1:00pm, Panathinaikos v. Lazio – Sportsnet World
3:00pm, Liverpool v. Anzhi – Sportsnet
3:00pm, Newcastle v. Brugge – Sportsnet World
3:00pm, Atletico Madrid v. Academia – Sportsnet ONE
5:30pm, Rubin Kazan v. Neftichi – Sportsnet World (delay)
7:30pm, Sparta Praha v. Shamona – Sportsnet World (delay)
A month has passed since Bein Sports launched in America. Because Bein owns Canadian rights to La Liga, Serie A, Ligue 1 and the Football League, non of these leagues are on Canadian TV. Yet. I haven’t really heard anything about these leagues airing in Canada anytime soon. A few weeks ago GolTV released this general, somewhat incorrect, response to fans’ concerns about La Liga on Canadian TV.
As you may be aware, there is still some uncertainty generally about La Liga’s international broadcast intentions for the upcoming season. This has been reported on extensively in the press. At this time, we continue to monitor the situation and the implications and opportunities as they apply to GOL TV Canada.
We understand and share your concern about La Liga rights in Canada, and will let you know of developments as they can be confirmed.
Now, in this release GolTV correlated two things that simply are not related: the lack of La Liga broadcasting in Canada and the domestic TV tensions between the major domestic broadcasters in Spain. I don’t want to say that they intentionally misled fans and viewers to confuse them; however, it is obvious they wanted to deflect attention from themselves the Spanish stations who Canadians wouldn’t contact.
Only now has GolTV Canada released a statement that accurately reflects the situation. Note that I have added information to this release in brackets to clarify it because there are certain things GolTV can’t say publicly.
We appreciate your concern with regards to La Liga game telecasts. We share it. We continue to talk to the rights holder (Bein Sports) about opportunities (a sub-licensing deal, most likely) which would see La Liga games return to air in the Canadian marketplace. The nature of those conversations are confidential, but we hope to have some news very soon. We ask for your patience as this situation is resolved.