Thursday, May 16, 2013

FOX announces 2013 Survival Sunday Broadcast Plans

Last year FOX got many soccer fans hopes up by televising 6 games live on Survival Sunday on Fox Soccer, Fox Soccer Plus, FSN, FX, Speed, and Fuel. An additional three games were shown on the Fox Soccer 2 Go platform, with ESPN2 having the tenth and final game. This year soccer fans aren't as fortunate. Whether it's because the games won't be as suspenseful this year, or whether it's because ESPN and Fox lose Barclays to NBC Sports Network next season, only 4 games will be available live this season.

 ESPN2, FSN, Fox Soccer, and Fox Soccer Plus will each carry 1 game live. The others will be available on Foxsoccer.com and Fox Soccer 2 Go, though Fox Soccer and Fox Soccer Plus will air an additional 3 games delayed throughout the day. Here's the press release from FOX.

FOX SOCCER PRESENTS NINE LIVE MATCHES ON SUNDAY FOR FINALE OF BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE SEASON – 
Every year, on the final day of England’s Barclays Premier League season, all 20 teams from the world’s top domestic soccer competition play each other in a frantic 10-match race for financial survival, hardware and European honors. This year FSN, FOX Soccer, FOX Soccer Plus, along with digital platforms FOXSoccer.com and FOX Soccer 2Go, carry all nine matches live Sunday, May 19 (11:00 AM ET). Pre-match coverage begins at 10:30 AM ET on FOX Soccer with Tottenham taking on Sunderland. Spurs’ season comes down to this final match, with a must-need win at White Hart Lane, plus some help from other results, to give them the fourth-place finish and coveted Champions League berth. Simultaneously on FOX Soccer Plus, third-placed Chelsea faces Everton, who are still without a manager following former coach David Moyes replacing the retired Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford. Known to soccer fans as “relegation Sunday” and dubbed Survival Sunday by FOX, the final day of the Barclays Premier League season is filled with last-minute drama and passion for all the fans and teams involved.

That press release doesn't tell you much outside of all the games being available. However I believe people want to know what games they can see and when they can see them. Here's the full American broadcast schedule for Survival Sunday. This list only includes first airings.

10:30 AM (LIVE)- Newcastle United vs. Arsenal FC- ESPN2, ESPNDEP

10:30 AM- Survival Sunday Pregame Show- FSN, FOXSOC, FOXSOCP

10:50 AM (LIVE)- West Bromwich Albion vs. Manchester United FC- FSN, FOXDEP

10:50 AM (LIVE)- Tottenham vs. Sunderland- FOXSOC

10:50 AM (LIVE)- Chelsea vs. Everton- FOXSOCP

1 PM (same day Tape Delay)- Manchester City vs. Norwich City- FOXSOCP

3:30 PM (same day Tape Delay)- Southampton vs. Stoke City- FOXSOCP

6:30 PM (same day Tape Delay)- Liverpool vs. Queens Park Rangers- FOXSOC

The remaining 3 games- Swansea vs. Fulham, Wigan vs. Aston Villa, & West Ham vs. Reading will be available exclusively online through Fox Soccer 2 Go. I hope this helps you Barclays fans plan your Sunday morning.

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