Exciting Developments at EPL Talk

Sports News - April 25, 2010

The close of the Premier League season is less than two short weeks away. The World Cup, meanwhile, is almost here. Just 43 days away. So I thought it’d be a great time to update you on some exciting developments here at EPL Talk as well as to see if you’re interested in participating in a couple of very exciting projects.

First, the release of the Patrick Barclay Interview on EPL Talk last week has been a runaway hit. So far, we’ve had more than 19,000 views on YouTube for the first part of the series alone. If you haven’t watched it yet, or seen all five episodes, it’s definitely required viewing and you can watch it in HD now. The beauty of the video is that it’s a fantastic example of Laurence McKenna’s work for EPL Talk. You’re probably familiar with Laurence as the English bloke on the EPL Talk Podcast weekend and midweek review shows. And the good news is that Laurence plans on developing more video content between now and the World Cup and during the tournament.

Second, we’re looking for EPL Talk readers who are interested in participating in a fun video project this summer. If you have a video camera, webcam or can take video on your phone, listen up. We’re interested in having soccer fans from around the world capture the experience of watching the World Cup. It could be video of you and your mates celebrating a World Cup in your local pub. Or video of you at home watching games. You name it. The best videos that are sent in will be featured on the EPL Talk Facebook page. If you’re interested in participating, send an e-mail to video[at]epltalk[dot]com for more information.

Third, with the World Cup around the corner, if you’re interested in writing for EPL Talk be sure to visit our get published page for more information. Or, if you’re interested in working as an intern for EPL Talk and you want to experience what it’s like to be on the inside of one of the top soccer blogs in the world during the excitement of a World Cup (as well as learning tons of helpful information about writing, search engine optimization, maintaining sites, etc), please e-mail intern[at]epltalk[dot]com for more details.

Fourth, be sure to listen to two shows that recently interviewed me. The first is the very talented Stoke City Etc. Podcast where I discuss how popular the Premier League is in America, what has attracted many of us to watching Stoke City matches as well as some background on EPL Talk. The second is a new podcast from US soccer writer Daniel Feuerstein. Entitled Feuerstein’s Fire, I’m interviewed on the show where I talk about how soccer on US television has changed from the 1986 World Cup to the 2010 tournament, as well as my views on ESPN not naming any American lead TV commentators for their coverage in South Africa.

Fifth, we’re really excited about the massive plans we have for World Cup 2010 coverage. In the next couple of weeks, we’ll be announcing our World Cup coverage plans as well as a couple of major surprises that will definitely appeal to soccer fans worldwide. I can’t let the cat out of the bag right now, but I know you’ll really love the news as soon as we reveal it. In the meantime, please continue returning to EPL Talk, follow EPL Talk on Twitter, friend EPL Talk on Facebook, subscribe to the EPL Talk Podcast and download the free EPL Talk iPhone app.

Sixth and finally, kudos to Richard Farley for his excellent and consistent work on the EPL Talk Podcast. Not only is the caliber of guests improving that he has on the show (for example, Billy Beane on today’s episode), but the quality of the dialogue and production qualities are better than ever before. I trust that you’ve been enjoying the podcast, released daily, and stay tuned for exciting news on that front too.

Thanks for taking time out of your day to read the latest update. In the meantime, feel free to post any comments below of how we can improve or contact me directly at thegaffer[at]epltalk[dot]com

5 thoughts on “Exciting Developments at EPL Talk”

  1. Gaffer, good to hear things are on the ups at epltalk. I subscribe to a certain WFD podcast which I enjoy very much. That being said, a couple of weeks ago one of the shows’ hosts indirectly referred to this website/outlet as boring and dry. I disagree. I listen to the podcast everyday and am particularly fond of the weekend and mid-week review shows (except for Mr. Krishnar (sp?) who has a little too much Manchester bias and, not to be rude, always sounds like he is about to-or has just finished- taking a bite of a sandwich. He can stay though). The commentary is more sober, more focused and covers more of what I want to know about the EPL fixtures each week than even WFD from time to time. The interviews are quality and I like that many of them are self-reflective on the role of commentators and journalists in the realm of football. I listen to both of these podcasts at work, where I’m headed now, but I always listen to this one first.
    Keep the podcasts coming. Farley’s a good host.
    Last thing, last week during Spurs ransacking of Arsenal then Chelsea, I think the commentators missed the mark as to the form and value of Huerelho Gomes to Spurs. Gomes is World Class. You offered criticisms which I might have agreed with last year, but this year he has been solid in the box, punching, handling crosses… It’s reflected in Redknapp’s comments and in the way the defense interacts with him on the pitch. I think Spurs defense has improved largely due to the confidence that they’ve been able to place in Gomes and his performances. Would love to hear any feedback on that, but I guess it’s old news now.
    That is all.

    1. Gary, thanks for the feedback. If he thinks the EPL Talk Podcast is “boring and dry,” I take that as a compliment. We’re not trying to be entertaining. We’re trying to be intellectually stimulating — more along the lines of NPR and BBC rather than an entertainment show.

      Gomes has been a revelation this season and has firmed up the back line. In our EPL Talk Podcast interview with Billy Beane today, the Oakland A’s GM also takes favorably about Gomes.

      Thanks for your support.

      The Gaffer

    2. Thanks, Gary. It’s always good to get feedback, good of bad.

      Re: WFD, as The Gaffer alludes, different sorts. There’s room in the world for all of us. I imagine (both shows as well as all the other good product out there) are just trying to put out a good product and have fun doing so.

      Hopefully, listening to both is making your footballing world more enjoyable. That’s what it’s all about.

  2. Agree w/ both of you. The difference b/w you and WFD is the same as b/w news and entertainment. Having both is nice.
    For WFD, I will say that they keep me up on football worldwide, they pull a few good interviews everyday and the banter between the two is enjoyable. Worth the subscription and I’m tapdancing on the poverty line.
    Anyway, keep up the news then. Thanks for the response.

  3. Having been around here pretty much from the start of things the development of the family of sites and multiple platforms to deliver content from has been amazing.

    From the Gaffer’s early podcasts, the old forum, the blog, MLS Talk, video pods, on and on the EPL Talk family has set the standard for intelligent discussion of the Worlds game. Chris has allowed us to be more than passive players but has realized that his audience has talents that could and should be heard. He gives each of us the chance to be part of the site as his World Cup plans show. What is now a tradition of great podcasting is being continued by Richard. What a great interview with Billy Beane.

    Chris and Kartik helped me to become a better fan of my local team and Chris allowing me to publish game reports or other pieces has increased my enjoyment of the game that I go out and see. Take advantage of the opportunity this site gives and submit a piece or video or game report.

    I’ve been able to meet up online and stay friends with JS and TT and have had the chance to visit in person with Kartik and Paul of Atlanta Pompey fame. I could never have expected a website do such things.

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