You Heard The Promos, Now Hear CBS Basketball Announcers Show Just How Much They Care About Champions League

I spent a fair amount of time over the past month watching a sport other than soccer. The men’s and women’s NCAA basketball tournaments returned from a year hiatus and produced thrilling competitions, with the Stanford women and Baylor men claiming the titles. Soccer fans who watched the tourneys will have noticed two things: The repeated use of FIFA songs in commercials/promos and basketball announcers pretending to know what they’re talking about while plugging the Champions League on Paramount+. 

CBSSN Airing Documentary On 2020 NWSL Challenge Cup Ahead Of 2021 Edition

Last summer, National Women’s Soccer League was the first major pro team sports organization in America to return to play during the Covid-19 pandemic. The 2020 NWSL Challenge Cup became a blueprint other leagues followed to safely return to play, and CBSViacom has created a one-hour special to commemorate the groundbreaking tournament. Here’s everything you need to know about how to watch NWSL Challenge Cup 2021 and the documentary on the 2020 competition.

NBCSN Really Wanted Pulisic To Aggravate His Hamstring Injury In The Worst Way

Christian Pulisic’s latest injury setback is frustrating. It’s frustrating for Chelsea fans who want to see him recapture the form he showcased throughout “Project Restart.” It’s frustrating for USMNT fans who simply want to see him play week in, week out. And it’s supremely frustrating for Pulisic, a 22-year-old with clear leadership qualities who’s sacrificed everything in the singular pursuit of playing for one of the world's biggest clubs.

Trevor Noah Playing FIFA Against Ted Lasso (Yes, The Character) Was Pure Bliss

In my opinion, there was no more beloved character in 2020 than Ted Lasso. During a difficult year, his eponymous show on Apple TV+ was a joy to watch. The first season had everything you could want from a series during a global pandemic: laughter, heart and soccer. 

But Ted Lasso met his match on Friday, and that was another of 2020’s biggest stars: Trevor Noah. 

Serie A Moves To CBS Sports After $221 Million Deal

MILAN - CBS Sports has secured exclusive rights to screen Serie A matches in the United States for the next three seasons, Italy's top flight soccer league and the U.S. TV group said in a joint statement on Thursday.

Besides 380 league matches per season, the deal also includes some Italian Cup matches and the one-off national Super Cup Final, they added.

A source familiar with the matter said CBS Sports will pay some $200 million to screen the Serie A games over the 2021-2024 period, and $21 million for the Italian Cup.

Pelé Documentary Kicks Up Questions On Race, Violence And Democracy In Brazil

A recent Netflix documentary about the legendary Brazilian soccer player Edson Arantes do Nascimento, known as Pelé, tells a compelling story of the athlete’s rise to fame from 1950 to 1974. The 99-minute documentary, which includes interviews with the 80-year-old Pelé, shows Pelé’s spectacular life against the backdrop of Brazil’s politics. But the film fails to address deeper questions of race and class.

Here’s Everything You Need To Know About How To Watch Concacaf Men’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament

The Concacaf Men’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament is finally happening, albeit a year late. Jalisco, Mexico, will host 15 games over two weeks to determine the region’s two berths to this summer’s Tokyo Olympics. Here’s everything you need to know about how to watch Concacaf Olympic qualifying, including Fox’s unprecedented coverage plans. 

Abby Wambach Challenges Usain Bolt In Remake Of Gatorade’s “I Can Do Better” Ad

In a remake of Gatorade’s iconic 1997 commercial that pitted Michael Jordan against Mia Hamm, USWNT legend Abby Wambach challenges eight-time Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt in the new Gatorade Zero campaign “I Can Do Better”. 

The two stars face off in a number of sports and physical activities, and there’s also a brief cameo from both Jordan and Hamm at the end. 

Some Interesting Notes About This Past Weekend’s Soccer TV Ratings

On Saturday, ABC broadcast a Bundesliga match for the first time ever. Gone are the days of hoping you can find the Bundesliga on tape delay a day or two later as major broadcasters are giving the beautiful game the attention it deserves in the U.S., and not just for major Premier League matches. Now that the soccer TV ratings are out for the past weekend, we wanted to point out a few interesting facts about the viewership.

Soccer Journalist Somehow OK After Wall Falls On Him On Live TV

Soccer journalist Carlos Orduz said he’s escaped any major injuries after a terrifying incident while broadcasting on ESPN Colombia earlier this week. As Orduz and six others were on live TV, a wall of the set collapsed, falling on Orduz and crushing him into the desk.

Here’s the video, which we show to you because we know Orduz was not badly injured.

Carlos Orduz Set Collapse