Idle Notes: News Corp. May Replace Fox Soccer (Also: “Catholic 7″/FOX, NBC Studio)


Like corporate sibling Speed Channel, Fox Soccer could be on the way out. In other news, Fox Sports has made a $500 million bid for rights to the “Catholic 7″ conference, and NBC Sports will debut a new studio on NHL coverage this weekend.

  • Fox Soccer Could Be Replaced By General Entertainment Network: The Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday that News Corporation is in preliminary discussions to convert Fox Soccer into a general entertainment network. Fox Soccer has been weakened over the past two years by losing both Major League Soccer and the English Premier League, providing a likely rationale for such a move. With News Corp. planning to convert Speed Channel into the 24-hour general sports network Fox Sports 1, any “remaining Fox Soccer fare could easily find [a]home” on the new channel. (The Los Angeles Times)
  • FOX Offers More than $40M/Year For Catholic 7: Fox Sports has submitted a 12-year, $500 million bid for television rights to the new “Catholic 7″ college basketball conference, ESPN reported earlier this month. Under the proposed deal, most of the games would air on Fox Sports 1 (currently Speed Channel), with other games sub-licensed to competing networks. (
  • NBC to Debut New Studio During NHL Coverage: NBC Sports will debut a new Connecticut-based studio during Saturday’s NHL coverage. The studio, which was officially announced in October 2011, had its debut moved up from February to accommodate the end of the NHL owners’ lockout. While most of the NBC Sports Group will relocate to the new studio, the “Football Night in America” NFL pregame show will remain in New York. (