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Now It’s Official: Fox Soccer Has Won the Champions League Rights from ESPN

Posted By Brian Phillips On March 30, 2009 @ 8:24 pm In Uncategorized | 22 Comments

Both Fox Soccer and ESPN are finally confirming that Fox Soccer Channel has beaten ESPN to the American broadcast rights to the Champions League. Or…I guess you could say Fox Soccer is confirming it. ESPN has released an official statement, which was picked up by the AP, who also note that FSC hasn’t officially confirmed anything. However, the FSC website is running that same AP story, including the part about how FSC is refusing to comment. Weird, yes. But surely they wouldn’t include it on their own website if it weren’t true? And I guess it’s to be expected in a story that’s already seen the ruthless silencing of Jeremy St. Louis’s Twitter feed.

Anyway, if ESPN is making the announcement, it doesn’t really matter when the people at FSC decide to confirm it. All you who hated Tommy Smyth, prepare to live in the world your wish has made.

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