Friday, 18 November 2011

Top Bundesliga Match Relegated to Delayed Broadcast By Gol TV

It happens way too often in Canada.  The German Bundesliga top matches don't get the live broadcast they deserve.   While Gol TV caters to a Spanish audience, it has three live broadcasts in a row scheduled on Saturday.  This is during the same time period FC Bayern Muenchen meets Borussia Dortmund.

From GolTV's Facebook Page 
We are showing five live matches on Saturday. While Bayern Munich v. Borussia is left out of the live lineup due to a scheduling conflict, we will have a live Twitter cast and show the match in its entirety at 6 p.m. ET. Click the blog below for more details.
Five live matches on GOL TV Canada Saturday, along with a live Twitter cast of Bayern Munich v. Borussia Dortmund.

FC Bayern hosts Dortmund in the Allianz arena with kick off scheduled at 12:30 EST.   The game is not being broadcast until 6pm EST.   While Barcelona vs Zaragozsa  features FC Barca, it can hardly be described as important as the match between Bayern and Dortmund.

Bundesliga fans feel very left out. Bundesliga coverage actually dropped off late in the season as GolTV US cut back from two games a week, to just one most weeks to save money. If you as me, the Bundesliga is one of the most exciting European leagues to watch. There are full stadiums, loud crowds and lots of goals. Plus, it has now passed the Serie A to become the 3rd best football league in Europe. According to Statistics Canada 10.18% of Canadians consider their ethnic orgin to be German. That puts it only behind English, Scottish, French and Irish. On top of that Germany is a major economic hub in Europe. Canadian Sports Media Blog
We have a problem in general with Bundesliga broadcasts in Canada.  When the Bundesliga first appeared in Canada it was broadcast on FOX Sports, which then became the FOX Soccer Channel in the US.  The Bundesliga was gone until appeared on the scene.

Sportsnet East, West and World, does a pretty good job of broadcasting the Barclays Premier League, Champions League and selected international games.  Since the Bundesliga is so popular in Canada and the competition, in my opinion, is second to none, it would be nice if our multitude of sports channels gave it a little spot on Saturdays and Sundays.

The German National side rates among the top sides in the world.  The team is manned with players from both FC Bayern Muenchen and Borusssia Dortmund, among others.  The league doesn't have to take a backseat to the other European leagues.  Week after week it presents superb soccer.

The Bundesliga deserves a place among the top leagues in Europe and one of Canada's sports channels should carry it.  The league and the fans deserve it.


  1. I would have to definitely agree with you...I really enjoy my Europe soccer leagues...I sure hope some of our Canadian Sports Broadcasters would look into this and give us our well liked Bundesliga League Soccer.....Thank you for this latest undate. Well appreciated.

  2. You're very welcome. Appreciate your comment.