ESPN is giving soccer fans an early Christmas gift this Summer. What started mainly on the ESPNFC.com website has evolved into the first ever full length studio show dedicated to coverage of all things soccer. ESPN FC on TV will air on ESPN daily on ESPN beginning Sunday, August 11th. The announcement was made today at the company’s Upfront presentation in New York City. The new show will take the place of ESPN FC Press Pass, which currently airs on ESPNEWS in the United States.
The new program will be more than just a studio based show. It will also incorporate the use of ESPNFC.com into the show via a variety of outlets including social media and ESPN’s industry-leading Stats & Information Group’s data visualization analysis, just to name a couple. Digital versions of the show will be available online at http://www.ESPNFC.com.
Scott Guglielmino spoke on the motivation to expand ESPN’s coverage of professional soccer, noting the increased attention that it is now getting around the world. “Soccer’s popularity is at an all-time high in the United States as fans are now more familiar with the world’s top players, marquee clubs and national teams. ESPN FC on TV continues our leadership role in coverage of the sport across all media,” he said. “ESPN FC will inform, entertain and provide hard-hitting insight on the global sport of soccer,” It will become ESPN’s signature program for soccer, bringing tremendous value to the company, our affiliates and the ad sales community looking to reach core and casual soccer fans in the United States.”
Sunday editions of ESPN FC on TV will offer full wrap-ups of each week’s biggest games and looks forward to the coming week, too. Weekday editions of the show will run for half an hour each day. Fans can expect from ESPN FC on TV all the latest news and rumors from around the world of professional soccer. Reporters, columnist, and bloggers from around the world will have all the latest from the Barclay’s Premiere League, UEFA Champion’s League, Spain’s La Liga, Major League Soccer, the U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team, and Mexican National Team. It will also include interviews with the biggest names from around the professional soccer world, and previews of the biggest games from the FIFA World Cup qualifying matches, Manchester Derby, and even more.
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