Serie A and Bundesliga kick off this weekend
The last 2 big leagues in Europe kick off this weekend. Important news for Bundesliga fans is that based on the opening weekend TV fixtures, ESPN is OUT as partners for GOL-TV. Most likely tied in with GOL-TV’s loss of La Liga rights which it also shared with ESPN, GOL-TV has retained all 5 Bundesliga matches produced for international TV distribution this weekend. The move makes GOL-TV the exclusive home for English and Spanish language broadcasts of the Bundesliga – a necessity for a network in desparate need of programming after losing the rights to La Liga, Copa del Rey and Coppa Italia to newcomers BeInSports.
The Bundesliga schedule will allow for 5 live matches on most matchdays starting with the 2:30pm ET Friday kickoff; 1 of 5 matches being played at 9:30am Saturday; the late (12:30pm) Saturday match; and 2 matches scheduled for Sunday’s (9:30am & 11:30am).
This weekend sees a a unique 2:45pm (20:45 local) kickoff on Saturday making the GOL-TV lineup as follows (all times US eastern):
Friday, August 24th:
2:30pm Borussia Dortmund v Werder Bremen
Saturday, August 25th:
9:30am Greuther Furth v Bayern Munich
12:30pm Eintracht Frankfurt v Bayer Leverkusen
2:45pm VfB Stuttgart v Wolfsburg
Sunday, August 26th:
11:30am Hannover 96 v Schalke 04
Reminder that Dishnetwork is the exclusive home of MyGermanTV+ channel (formerly MyGermanSports) which has German-language coverage of the Bundesliga. Coverage on the previous MyGermanSports channel included all live matches with Saturday multi-kickoffs shown in “Konferenz-style” with coverage of all matches by rotating look-ins. This year’s coverage may be different and should resemble what is now the new GOL-TV schedule.
SERIE A has a new home in the US in BeInSportsUSA. This weekend, both matches that open the season on Saturday will be live on beInSports:
12:00pm Fiorentina v Udinese
2:45pm Juventus v Parma
Sunday’s matches have been relegated to delayed basis with Milan v Sampdoria and Palermo v Napoli airing in the evening time. Its pretty clear that Serie A coverage on BeInSports will be at the mercy of Real Madrid and Barcelona kickoffs as the two Spanish giants will have seniority over most if not all Serie A matches.
For full coverage of Italian Serie A action (albeit not in HD) it seems that RAI is the only solution. As I wrote the other day, it seems that the crisis was averted and RAI Int’l will continue being the home to live Serie A coverage but (in typical RAI fashion) their website and other sources are producing mixed messages. All signs point to regular coverage on RAI but I would wait for the weekend to confirm 100%. RAI Int’l is available on Dish and select cable systems.