Has Fox Soccer Been a Successful Specialty Channel? - Page 2
As time has passed Fox Soccer has worked out its kinks but there is still certainly room for improvement and growth. High Definition broadcasts are already offered by Dish Network, DirecTV, Verizon FIOS, and Comcast.
Additionally, those who simply can’t get enough soccer can subscribe to foxsoccer.tv for additional coverage, on-demand access, and the ability to watch on a number of devices including the iPad.
Is that worth the $19.99 price tag? In my opinion, no, but you can’t knock the hustle. Fox Soccer posted huge numbers recently for Tottenham’s 2-1 victory over Arsenal on October 2nd. The live coverage received a .5 coverage area Nielsen rating from the 301,000 viewers. Not too shabby, and who knows where the ceiling is considering the fact that the rest of the world eats, sleeps, and breathes soccer. Granted I may be slightly biased as the first thing that pops into my mind as I drift to sleep is a vision of Landon Donovan lifting up the World Cup with the rest of the USMNT.
However soccer’s stock is on the rise as factions of hardcore MLS fans pop up and more Americans are exposed to the sport. Fox Soccer won’t be as household of a name as ESPN but it will be fun to watch it grow and even more entertaining to reap the rewards.