Soccer America Drinks ABC/ESPN Kool-Aid

Kool Aid Man2 244x255 Soccer America Drinks ABC/ESPN Kool AidThis World Cup is exposing two different camps in the US. On one side, you have the those broadcasters and media who are “in bed” with US Soccer, such as ABC, ESPN and Soccer America.

On the other side, you have those who are willing to say it like it is such as GolTV, EPL Talk, World Soccer Daily, The 2 G’s and others.

For example, this is what Ridge Mahoney from Soccer America magazine said in his article from this past Friday regarding World Cup coverage in the States:

“Any fan who gets all agitated about announcers while all 64 matches of the world’s greatest sporting event are being shown live without commercial breaks is way too wound up about secondary matters.”

Is he stupid? The commentary can make or break a game. And this World Cup we have plenty of choices such as Univision and Setanta to turn to. We shouldn’t be bowing to ABC and ignoring their glaring mistakes just because they’re showing the matches.

About Christopher Harris

Founder and publisher of World Soccer Talk, Christopher Harris is the managing editor of the site. He has been interviewed by The New York Times, The Guardian and several other publications. Plus he has made appearances on NPR, BBC World, CBC, BBC Five Live, talkSPORT and beIN SPORT. Harris, who has lived in Florida since 1984, has supported Swansea City since 1979. He's also an expert on soccer in South Florida, and got engaged during half-time of a MLS game. Harris launched EPL Talk in 2005, which was rebranded as World Soccer Talk in 2013. View all posts by Christopher Harris →
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One Response to Soccer America Drinks ABC/ESPN Kool-Aid

  1. The Tokyo Toffeeman says:

    It’s disheartening to note that the announcers issue is still being discussed in this forum and elsewhere several days into the tournament. Distracts and detracts from the World Cup. Ditto for here in Japan where the NHK chimpentators continue their uninformed non-stop chatter throughout the 90 mins of each game with the occasional pause to mis-identify players or quote their vital statistics or physical characteristics, but with none of the comedy value that you get over in the States! From now let’s try and just concentrate on the football – breaking news: Wayne Rooney has been told he can play in the remaining group stage games if he gets a Cortisone Injection. David Beckham responded, “If that fat tosser is having a new car, then so am I”

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