FOX Sport’s increasing pursuit and commitment to the Bundesliga has seen them add a total of 8 new live matches to the FOX broadcast schedule in 2016. The games will run at times and dates that are still to be determined, but will air sometime during the period of January-May.
The addition of these live matches means that outside of the Women’s World Cup, this will be the first time that FOX has broadcasted more than six live soccer games from any one league on its main FOX channel.
The news comes as a cause for celebration among soccer fans and especially Bundesliga fans in the United States, who are seeing their favorite league and favorite teams receive the limelight on one America’s biggest sports stages. The new additions to the FOX schedule will dovetail with the 300+ games already being shown on FS1, FS2, FOX Sports GO, and the FOX Soccer 2 Go app.
The Bundesliga’s rise in popularity and level of play has seen them attract big-name players from overseas and currently with FOX, big-name broadcasters from overseas as well. Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez has recently made his move to the league along with stars like Sami Khedira and Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang. The German league also has a knack for producing some of the world’s top talent, as major European players like Robert Lewandowski, Mario Götze, and Kevin De Bruyne have made names for themselves in the Bundesliga.
It’s these top players and top teams that make Bundesliga the European heavyweight that they are and make FOX so interested in giving the league serious coverage. Marco Reus, Arjen Robben, Julian Draxler, and the multitude of other top-quality players in the league have severely escalated the level of play and made more German teams threats in both the Champions League and Europa League. As recently as 2013 the Champions League Final consisted of two Bundesliga clubs – Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund – in an all-German clash.
FOX’s expanding German soccer coverage has even yielded an English Bundesliga website where new and veteran fans alike can find all the coverage they need from FOX’s Germany-based team.
Now, on top of the 300+ Bundesliga matches receiving televised or streamed coverage by FOX, fans can watch their favorite teams play live on FOX’s main channel for the first time.