What U.S. fans of English Soccer have been bracing for, and perhaps even fearing, for months has finally come to fruition.
The English Premier League is leaving FOX Soccer/FOX Soccer Plus at the conclusion of the 2012-13 season.
That is the bad news – but there is also good news.
EPL broadcasts are going to the NBC Sports Network as opposed to a start-up operation that had been rumored – or even worse, the rights going to Apple, which would had required subscribers to buy a special ‘Apple’ TV, among other things. Or in other words, selling one’s soul to the power of attorney of Steve Jobs.
Let’s analyze the ‘winners’, ‘losers,’ and how fans and ‘others’ shake out on the deal…
Winners: NBC Sports
As I have said before, a pro soccer league has finally made it mainstream in the United States. It just happens to be a competition that is played in the United Kingdom. Simply said, American sports fans want to see the best, and the EPL by far offers that over the North American-based MLS.