It’s not known, though, whether CBS will carry the women’s Champions League. Historically, those rights have been sold by each game’s home team, except for the neutral-site final. UEFA won’t fully centralize the broadcast rights until next year. But since this year’s women’s Champions League is also ending with a single-site tournament, fans who enjoyed CBS’ coverage of the NWSL Challenge Cup hope the network will step up.
“We’re always discussing and exploring, but as of right now, we don’t hold those rights,” CBS Sports Digital executive vice president Jeff Gerttula said. “We’re discussing. I think there’s a lot of questions that we’re trying to answer right now — we’re seeing, one, if there’s a path, and two, if it makes sense given the timing.”
This much is certain: CBS cares more about soccer overall now than it ever has before. That includes McManus himself.