by Paul Kennedy
CBS Sports will launch a 24-hour soccer digital network, the CBS Sports Golazo Network, on April 11.
CBS Sports has entered the U.S. soccer broadcasting in a big way with its coverage of the UEFA Champions League, the NWSL, Italy's Serie A and Concacaf national team competitions, among others.
The CBS Sports Golazo Network will air on CBS Sports digital platforms, Paramount+ and Pluto TV.
“The launch of the CBS Sports Golazo Network demonstrates the continued evolution of our industry-leading soccer coverage as we build on the incredible momentum we have created the past three years delivering authentic, informative, engaging and entertaining content across multiple platforms,” said Sean McManus, chairman of CBS Sports. “Led by our best-in-class studio shows and announcers, more than 2,400 live soccer matches a year and now a dedicated soccer streaming network, CBS Sports is the ultimate destination for soccer fans.”
The anchor show will be Morning Footy, airing weekdays at 7-9 a.m. ET. The host will be Susannah Collins along with former USMNT forward Charlie Davies, analyst Nico Cantor, host of the Golazo Show, the UEFA Champions League whiparound show, and “The Cooligans” comedian Alexis Guerreros. The show's reporter will be Jenny Chiu.
The Golazo Network will also feature live matches from CBS Sports' soccer properties it began airing in 2020, but it believes fans will watch more, including pre- and post-match coverage, magazine shows, films from Paramount+’s soccer documentary collection and original programming.
“Interest in soccer has never been stronger," said Jeff Gerttula, executive vice president, digital, of CBS Sports and CBS News and Stations. "By launching a first-of-its-kind streaming network in the U.S. dedicated to soccer globally, CBS Sports Golazo Network provides a tremendous growth opportunity by delivering unprecedented, round-the-clock coverage for passionate soccer fans."
He said the the new soccer network will capitalize on CBS Sports' existing soccer properties by building free audiences around CBS Sports and Pluto TV platforms while driving new subscribers and enhancing the sports experience for Paramount+.
CBS Sports soccer properties:
National Women's Soccer League
Concacaf Nations League
UEFA Champions League
UEFA Europa League
UEFA Europa Conference League
Italian Serie A
Scottish Professional Football League
English Barclays Women’s Super League
Campeonato Brasileirão Série A
Argentina Liga Profesional de Fútbol
AFC Champions League.