Last weekend, Tottenham Hotspur defeated Juventus in their first match of the International Champions Cup, a surprisingly fun match that ended 3-2 to Spurs after Harry Kane plonked in a lob from the halfway line three minutes into extra time. It was especially fun because the match was carried in the United States on ESPN2.
Spurs are set to play fellow Premier League side Manchester United in their second and final ICC match tomorrow, in Shanghai, China. That’s the good news. The bad news is that the match will NOT be shown on broadcast TV in the USA, but on ESPN’s stand-alone premium streaming service, ESPN+. A subscription to ESPN+ isn’t that onerous — it’s $5/mo., billed monthly, and it’s actually a pretty good value for the money as it offers quite a bit of footy that’s not available otherwise. (And if you do sign up for a subscription, give a click on the referral link in the How to Watch section below and send a little referral cash towards Carty Free’s way.)
The even WORSE news is that it’s not on TV in England either — in fact, it’s only legally streamed in the UK via Manchester United’s in-house streaming service MUTV, which can be subscribed to for a $7.99/mo. fee.
It’s a bit of a mystery as to why a preseason match-up between one of the best Premier League clubs in England... and Manchester United... won’t be shown on TV — ESPN is showing SportsCenter, ESPN2 is rolling with Golic & Wingo sports talk show, while ESPN Classic will be showing a college football game from 1985. Whatever, big American conglomerate, we’ll just be over here in the corner seething with barely controlled rage.
As a reminder, please do not share links to illegal streams in the comments or you will be banned. Sorry, don’t shoot the messenger.
How to Watch
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Manchester United (International Champions Cup)
Date: Thursday, July 25, 2019
Time: 7:30 a.m. ET, 12:30 p.m. BST
Location: Hongkou Stadium, Shanghai, China
TV: Not Televised (USA/UK)
Streaming: ESPN+ ($, USA); MUTV (£, UK)
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