Pick up the Bundesliga from GOL. Continue with the UCL and future World Cup coverage. They'll be more than fine.
FSC may fair better than GOLTV in terms of not getting dropped from packages based on the strength of the CL. However, there's really not that many good CL fixtures and they're all played at the same time on weekday afternoons. Not to mention DirectTV (others?) have UEFA with CL matches.
I think you may be over estimating the actual ratings power of the Bundesliga to fill that programming space?
I like Bundesliga and wish that it wasn't disappearing from US packages. But, it's clear from all the US soccer channels' programming that what drives the market is almost exclusively a few clubs with huge love/hate followings (aside from the growing presence of the EPL in general).
I hate this, but it seems a fact in all sports TV: the handful of most polarizing name brands are almost all that matters.
Outside of the EPL, I'd guess networks want Barca, Real, Juve, Inter and AC Milan and could almost care less about the rest.
Bayern probably comes close to fitting that profile but not nearly to the degree of those 5 above (which all command a lot of Hispanic viewers) in the US market. PSG and also Celtic (based on what I see from FOX's CL programming choices) are probably in this next level of somewhat desirable rights.
My point has nothing to do with quality of the leagues or clubs (for example: Napoli v Fiorentina is one of the more entertaining matchups in Europe of CL caliber sides this year but BeIN airs it in a slot after struggling AC Milan v Pescara and Inter v Atalanta.
Barca practice videos probably draw much better ratings than a top 5 matchup of Levante v Real Betis.
Hypothetically, I'm sure that almost all of this board would prefer to watch Shaktar v. Dortmund or Napoli v. Atletico but do you think there's any chance that it's aired by any network over a bigger club playing a sadly over matched opponent or even a benefit match against a side of retired stars?
I guess my point is simply that we, on this board, as different as some opinions may be, seem to have fairly similar tastes in being interested in younger, exciting, marginally "outsider" teams for their actual style of play.
However, I've yet to see evidence this really translates into the numbers networks are considering.
AS Roma, for example, couldn't better fit the bill for the type side everyone seems to desire:
1) extremely open attacking side filled with tons of exciting young talent that's behind only Barca, Real and Bayern in goals scored and playing closer matches than any of those
2) a great story in one of the best players to ever play the game having a fairy tale season in which he could well be the league's most valuable player at 36 after being reunited with his mentor when most had written him off
3) a legendary manager, who's continually managed lesser clubs due to the controversial stands he's taken for all that almost every poster here seems to hold dear in the game, getting his final shot at the big time
4+++) an American star player
And, I bet the ratings still aren't as good as AC Milan's. . . Maybe not even among the posters here.
This post was edited on 12/30 at 12:17 pm