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beIN Sports
Logo of the network starting January 1, 2017
CountryUnited States
Broadcast areaUnited States
NetworkbeIN SPORTS
HeadquartersMiami, Florida (administrative)
Mexico City, Mexico (production)
Programming
Language(s)English
Spanish
Ownership
OwnerbeIN Media Group
Key peopleNasser Al-Khelaifi (Chairman) Yousef Al-Obaidly (CEO)
Sister channels
History
LaunchedAugust 16, 2012
Links
Websitewww.beinsports.com/us/
Availability
Streaming media
FuboTVLive Stream
Sling TVInternet Protocol television
VidgoInternet Protocol television
beIN SPORTS ConnectOTT

beIN Sports USA is a pay television sports network which primarily airs top level soccer, featuring exclusive coverage of Ligue 1, along with content from other leagues in Europe. In addition, BeIN Sports airs matches from such sports as rugby, auto racing, handball, motorcycle racing, tennis, and volleyball. A companion network, beIN Sports en Español, carries simulcasts or a different schedule of events primarily in Spanish, with both networks offering secondary Spanish or English commentary via the second audio program option. It is a subsidiary of the Qatari-based BeIN Media Group.

History

BeIN Sports USA launched on the satellite provider DirecTV on August 16, 2012, coinciding with the start of the European soccer leagues 2012–13 season. beIN launched on the satellite Dish network the following day before being added to cable giant Comcast on September 6, 2012. Verizon FiOS added BeIN Sports in March 2013.

In 2016, BeIN Sports reached a deal with Conference USA to carry select football, basketball, baseball, and softball games, This agreement ended after the 2018-19 season and was not renewed. Also in 2016, BeIN Sports began showing matches from the North American Soccer League.

In August 2018, several major television providers dropped the network, including AT&T (both DirecTV and U-verse), Verizon Fios, and Xfinity.[1]

In October 2018, the WTA Tour returned its broadcast rights back to Tennis Channel. Its contract with BeIN (as part of a wider international deal) was criticized by fans for limiting the reach of its events, citing inconsistent and intermittent scheduling due to conflicts with international soccer, and decreasing carriage.[2][3][4][5]

In 2019, BeIN Sports launched BeIN Sports Xtra, a 24/7 live stream extension of the BeIN Sports brand that allows fans to view select games for free and airs other sports related programs, such as highlights; it also has a complementary service in Spanish, beIN Sports Xtra en Español (beIN Sports Xtra ñ).[6] The service is available on FuboTV, Sling TV, Pluto TV, The Roku Channel, Vizio, Redbox, Samsung TV Plus, Fanatiz, Klowd TV, Xumo, and is available through over-the-air television stations in select markets.[7]

Based on numbers from Nielsen, Variety ranked beIN Sports as the lowest-rated broadcast or cable network in the United States in 2021 based on total viewers, with a 40% decline year-over-year.[8]

Programming

Current

European soccer

South American soccer

African soccer

Handball

Professional wrestling

Motorsports

Combat sports

Former

European soccer

Basketball

Motorsports

Tennis

Gaelic games

Commentators

Effective January 22, 2024, beIN Sports USA/Canada talent in English and Spanish are based at MEDIAPRO Mexico studio in Mexico City, Mexico unless otherwise indicated below. Most talent who were based at MEDIAPRO US studio in Miami, Florida, USA were released as of January 31, 2024.[14]

Studio Host

English:

Spanish:

Play-by-Play

English:

Spanish:

Color Commentators

Spanish:

List of BeIN Sports Xtra affiliates

City Station[25] Virtual
channel
Owner Notes

Arizona[edit]

Phoenix KPDF-CD 41.6 HC2 Holdings

California[edit]

Bakersfield KXBF-LD 14.4 HC2 Holdings
Fresno KPTN-LD 12.5 HC2 Holdings
Los Angeles KHIZ-LD 39.1 HC2 Holdings
Van Nuys KSKJ-CD 45.5 HC2 Holdings
San Diego KSKT-CD 43.1 HC2 Holdings
San Luis Obispo KSBO-CD 42.3 HC2 Holdings

Colorado[edit]

Denver KRDH-LD 5.3 HC2 Holdings

Connecticut[edit]

Hartford WTXX-LD 34.2 HC2 Holdings

Florida[edit]

Clearwater (Tampa) WXAX-CD 26.6 HC2 Holdings
Jacksonville WKBJ-LD 20.4 HC2 Holdings
Westgate (Miami) W16CC-D 16.5 HC2 Holdings

Georgia[edit]

Atlanta WDWW-LD 28.6 HC2 Holdings

Illinois[edit]

Chicago WPVN-CD 24.2 HC2 Holdings

Indiana[edit]

Evansville WEIN-LD 40.1 HC2 Holdings

Iowa[edit]

Des Moines KAJR-LD 36.7 HC2 Holdings

Louisiana[edit]

New Orleans WTNO-CD 22.4 HC2 Holdings

Michigan[edit]

Detroit WUDL-LD 19.6 HC2 Holdings
Midland WFFC-LD 17.6 HC2 Holdings

Missouri[edit]

St. Louis KPTN-LD 7.7 HC2 Holdings

Nevada[edit]

Las Vegas KHDF-CD 19.3 HC2 Holdings
Las Vegas K36NE-D 43.6 HC2 Holdings

New Mexico[edit]

Santa Fe KQDF-LD 25.4 HC2 Holdings

New York[edit]

New York City WNYN-LD 39.1 TVC NY LICENSE LLC
New York City WKOB-LD 42.2 HC2 Holdings

North Carolina[edit]

Charlotte/Lumberton WHEH-LD 41.5 HC2 Holdings
Wilmington WQDH-LD 49.5 HC2 Holdings

Ohio[edit]

Cleveland WQDI-LD 20.3 HC2 Holdings
Columbus WDEM-CD 17.2 HC2 Holdings

Pennsylvania[edit]

Philadelphia WPSJ-CD 8.4 HC2 Holdings

Puerto Rico[edit]

San Juan W20EJ-D 26.6 HC2 Holdings
Mayaguez WOST 14.5
W27DZ-D
Quebradillas WWKQ-LD

South Carolina[edit]

Charleston WBSE-LD 20.5 HC2 Holdings

Tennessee[edit]

Memphis W15EA-D 42.5 HC2 Holdings

Texas[edit]

Austin KVAT-LD 17.6 HC2 Holdings
Corpus Christi K32OC-D 29.6 HC2 Holdings
Dallas KNAV-LD 22.5 HC2 Holdings
San Antonio KVDF-CD 31.2 HC2 Holdings
Tyler KKPD-LD 30.4 HC2 Holdings

Utah[edit]

Salt Lake City KPNZ 24.3 Tri-State Christian Television

Virginia[edit]

Richmond WFWG-LD 30.5 HC2 Holdings

Wisconsin[edit]

Madison WZCK-LD 8.7 DTV America

References

  1. ^ Lafayette, Jon (August 29, 2018). "AT&T Drops beIN Sports From Channel Lineup". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved April 3, 2019.
  2. ^ Rothenberg, Ben (January 11, 2017). "Looking to Watch Women's Tennis? For Now, Good Luck". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved April 3, 2019.
  3. ^ "WTA signs TV deal with BeIN". SportsPro Media. May 17, 2016. Retrieved April 3, 2019.
  4. ^ "Tennis Channel Acquires Rights To 46 Overseas WTA Tournaments". www.sportsbusinessdaily.com. October 2, 2018. Retrieved April 3, 2019.
  5. ^ Rothenberg, Ben (October 1, 2018). "New Deal Brings More Women's Tennis to Tennis Channel". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved April 3, 2019.
  6. ^ Harris, Christopher (November 21, 2019). "beIN SPORTS launches free streaming channel beIN SPORTS Xtra". World Soccer Talk. Retrieved March 25, 2021.
  7. ^ "BeIN SPORTS Xtra Providers". BeIN SPORTS Xtra. Retrieved March 25, 2021.
  8. ^ "Most-Watched Television Networks: Ranking 2021's Winners and Losers". Variety. December 30, 2021. Retrieved May 25, 2022.
  9. ^ "BeIN SPORTS lands FIM Speedway GP rights in international deal". May 3, 2022.
  10. ^ December 2023, Global sports channel beIN SPORTS to broadcast “Best of BYB” episodes in US and Canada, as well as live BYB events beginning with BYB 18 on June 25, 2023 live from London’s Indigo at the O2, and additional bare knuckle fighting events slated for August, September, October and. "BYB Extreme Bare Knuckle Fighting Series on beIN SPORTS". beIN SPORTS. Retrieved June 28, 2023.((cite web)): CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link) CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
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