U-20s on the U
The ESPN family, which holds the English-language U.S. TV rights to all FIFA events, has decided to show the entire Under-20 World Cup in Canada this summer -- but you might have to work a bit to find it. Expect an official announcement this week.
Every U.S. first-round match -- as well as several other group games, all the second-round matches, quarterfinals, semifinals and championship -- will be shown on ESPNU, the two-year-old outlet devoted to college sports. The other matches will be available on ESPN360.com, a broadband service. ESPN2 will replay the July 22 championship game from Toronto on tape delay that night.
The U.S. group schedule on ESPNU:
June 30 vs. South Korea from Montreal, 4:45 p.m. live
July 3 vs. Poland from Montreal, 4:45 p.m. live
July 6 vs. Brazil from Ottawa, 7:30 p.m. live
ESPNU is available in only 10 million households (ESPN 94.3 million, ESPN2 93.9, ESPN Classic 65, ESPNews 58.7). Home satellite subscribers should have access, as well.
If anyone knows specifics of Spanish-language TV coverage, please share it here! I believe Univision has the rights.
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