After two improbable comebacks during the second leg of the semifinals, both Premier League squads Liverpool and Tottenham will meet in the Champions League Final, on June 1 at p. Trailing entering the second leg, Liverpool defeated Barcelona aggregate on Tuesday, clinching their spot in the Final for the second straight year. On Wednesday, Tottenham completed a comeback for the ages of their own, trailing to Ajax in the second half of the second leg. A hat trick by Lucas Moura propelled the Spurs into the final, as Tottenham advanced on away goals following a tie on aggregate. That occurred during in tournament, where Manchester United defeated Chelsea on penalty kicks.
Turner, which recently bought Champions League broadcast rights starting with the season, has a similar money-grubbing plan, which will neuter Champions League coverage in the U.
On any given weekend, most of the matches that the majority of EPL fans would be most interested in watching will be found somewhere on TV. But what the company plans do with the rights may be even more surprising: Launch a stand-alone sports streaming service next year that will broadcast the vast majority of the games.
But starting next summer, more than 80 percent of the matches will only be available to fans who pay for the new subscription service — the latest move by a media organization to monetize unused parts of a multimillion-dollar sports rights deal.
Advertisement Turner, like NBC, will not let its over-the-top subscribers stream the matches they televise. During the group stages and early knockout rounds, then, subscribers will often miss out on the big, juicy matchups Turner deigns to televise unless they subscribe to yet another service like Sling, which will allow them to watch games on Turner TV stations on their desktops at work.
Nor will they be able to stream the later rounds of the knockout stages like the semifinals and the final. Thus, the over-the-top service has the appearance of being a good way for cord cutters to get the soccer they crave, but in reality is just another way to charge extra by compelling any serious fan to stump up for multiple services.
The two sides are a cut above their opponents in the group, Martinique and Cuba. Canada eased to a win over the former in their first match, while Mexico thrashed the latter
Through the Champions League group stage in the fall, Turner will televise four matches a week — two each on Tuesday and Wednesday, at 1 p. Eastern time.
Beginning with the knockout stage in February, Turner will televise two matches a week, one each on Tuesday and Wednesday. Advertisement Look at this horseshit!
By constraining access to all their matches so stringently, Turner is sure to fail to cater to the desires of a huge number of fans. Napoli game that will obviously be the better spectacle. Viewer choice is critical in the Champions League, and starting next season Turner will have nearly eliminated it entirely unless you pay their ransom.