GolTV and DFL Renew Agreement for Bundesliga North American Broadcasting Rights

01312012_interview_juanarango_header

GolTV will not only be televising Friday’s Ruckrunde opener between Borussia Monchengladbach and FC Bayern Munich (at 2:30 pm ET), but will be televising the Bundesliga in the United States and Canada through June, 2015.

GolTV is the world’s only live all-soccer bilingual television network.   Last fall the Miami-based broadcaster renewed its agreement with DFL Sports Enterprises.  “GolTV has held the exclusive TV rights to the Bundesliga since 2006,” said Enzo Francescoli,  founder and CEO of GolTV.  “Year after year, the Bundesliga has delivered some of GolTV’s top ratings, and we expect this trend to continue.”

DFL Sports Enterprises is a 100% subsidiary of the DFL Deutsche Fussball Liga.  DFL officially represents all 36 football clubs of the German League Association and is the pivotal element in German professional football.  The DFL  is responsible for match operations as well as for the organization and marketing of both Bundesliga and 2. Bundesliga.

“We selected GolTV because of its large and loyal viewership,” said Joerg Daubitzer, Managing Director of DFL Sports Enterprises.  “Our partnership with GolTV ensures that the Bundesliga maintains high exposure in these top markets with matches as well as special programming such as ‘Hallo Bundesliga’ and the DFL-produced ‘Bundesliga Magazine.’ ”

GolTV commentator Phil Schoen is the host of ‘Hallo Bundesliga’ and was kind enough to do two interviews with the Bundesliga Fanatic more than a year ago when we were in our infancy and GolTV commentator Juan Arango is a friend of the Fanatic’s and the OGN.

The Fanatic is happy that GolTV will be bringing North American audiences several Bundesliga matches per week for the next three and half seasons in glorious HD.  With more Bundesliga clubs earning more Champions League berths,  young German stars like Marco Reus and Manuel Neuer signing new contracts to stay in the Bundesliga and the German national team touted to do well in the 2012 Euros, this a great time to be a fan of German football.

The following two tabs change content below.

Gerry Wittmann

Gerry is the founder of the Bundesliga Fanatic. Besides loving German football, he also enjoys the NBA, collecting jerseys and LPs, his pets and wishes he had more time for fishing, bicycling and learning the bass guitar.

Comments

comments

5 comments

  • Really bad news, as they have cut down the number of games for Canadian viewers to just one (and often enough are not showing the highlight game anyways). Why? Looks like they make money by sub-selling the games to ESPN rather than showing them on their own network, at least not in Canada. Isn’t anyone at DFL noticing this? Or at least put pressure on them for the full package, including 60 minutes of Hallo Bundesliga, rather than just half of it. It would be also great, if they could release their schedule a bit earlier, but again, this might cost them… Bottom line: they handle contracts, but don’t serve the subscribers in Canada well.

    • GolTV does sublicense Bundesliga matches to ESPN3/ESPN Deportes each week. They actually take turns picking the games each entity wants to broadcast on a weekly basis. I’m disappointed by GolTV only televising one Bundesliga match the last two weeks…..usually they do two and occasionally 3 fixtures on a weekend. I’ll try to find out more for our readers.

  • Awesome! I always love it when I’m able to catch Hallo Bundesliga or Bundesliga Magazine on there, even though the segments in there can be viewed from the Bundesliga website. I just wish they broadcast more matches than the current 1 or 2 Bundesliga matches they show weekly… maybe they’ll realise this when Germany wins the Euros this year 😉

  • Fantastic news! We follow Bundesliga and are happy every time we can see the games, especially live! Thanks to all that are making it possible!

  • YAY!!! good news, since i have GOLtv 😀