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FOX Soccer’s Kyle Martino Joins NBC Sports Network: No Great Loss

Kyle Martino STL FOX Soccers Kyle Martino Joins NBC Sports Network: No Great Loss

The entry of NBC Sports Network into the coverage of soccer has resulted in a few changes in the landscape. Today, the Associated Press reported that Kyle Martino is joining NBC Sports as their lead analyst for Major League Soccer coverage.

This follows after ESPN announced late last week that Kasey Keller has joined their team as an analyst. Robbie Earle, meanwhile, will be a pre-game, half-time and post-game pundit for NBC Sports.

FOX Soccer’s loss of Kyle Martino isn’t much of a blow. Martino was a lightweight pundit who wasn’t remarkable in his analysis of the Premier League when given the opportunity to share his input. Plus, Martino will probably be best remembered for his role as the host of the ill-fated Soccer Talk Live show, which was absolutely awful.

We’ll have to wait and see what happens to the cast and crew on FOX Soccer’s Goals On Sunday program. Typically a combination of Rob Stone, Warren Barton, Eric Wynalda, Keith Costigan and Kyle Martino would take turns. But now that Martino is out of FOX, it may be better for FOX Soccer to not hire any additional pundits at this time, since they have an abundance of talking heads.

What do you think? Did Kyle Martino have any redeeming qualities about him that FOX Soccer will miss? Share your opinions in the comments section below.


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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.
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