nevzter wrote:I remember watching the Honduras qualifier on a grainy internet feed that cut in and out - saw Conor Casey score and I didn't know if the match I was watching was fiction or real life.
Clevelandmo wrote:If the US soccer fed has evidence that Guatemala had other competitive offers that would've avoided pay per veiw that's one thing. But if Guatemala just sold to the highest bidder I cant say I blame them. They're a small poor country that needs money to support their team. Is it not ESPN, Fox's, etc' own greed that prevented them from getting the rights? They didnt think they could make enough advertising money? Maybe I'm missing something but I have to assume someone here in the US has the money, but decided not to spend it because they decided the USA national team wasnt worth it.
I will gladly spend $30 and invite some friends over to watch the match. Well, not if it's on at 10 pm on a week day. I probably would not go to a bar and pay that much + drinks and food, though.
Who owns the rights to World Cup qualifying matches?
The worldwide television rights to each World Cup Qualifying match are initially the property of the hosting country. The host Federation, who often works with a third-party to commercialize these television rights, is the rights holder and can distribute the broadcast in various countries at its sole discretion. The Federation is under no obligation to sell the rights to a broadcaster in the United States. Since each country is responsible for the sale of the broadcast rights to its home matches, U.S. Soccer has no authority to compel the host Federation to sell the rights to a World Cup Qualifier to any broadcaster in the United States.
Why does the host Federation initially own the rights?
It is industry standard for the ownership of the worldwide television rights for World Cup qualifying matches to belong to the host Federation.
Why doesn’t U.S. Soccer and its broadcast partners purchase the rights?
With every National Team match, U.S. Soccer wants the television broadcast to reach the widest audience possible and always pursues every option available to purchase the rights in conjunction with our broadcast partners. Ultimately, the rights holder makes the final decision on whether they will sell the rights to a broadcaster in the United States.
What happened regarding the World Cup qualifying match between the U.S. and Guatemala on June 12?
In this case, Traffic Sports acquired the television rights for the match – in both English and Spanish – without any obligation to resell the English-language rights for this particular game to a third party, including the United States. U.S. Soccer and its broadcast partners had discussions with Traffic Sports to purchase the rights, but in the end Traffic Sports opted to distribute the match on pay-per-view in the United States. In order to make the match available to fans here in the U.S., Traffic Sports is utilizing the services of Integrated Sports Media to handle the distribution via pay-per-view.
jumpkutz wrote:FIFA has us ranked 34th and Guatemala 90th. We should be able to beat them in the parking lot at Caeser's Palace.
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