Why NBC Sports Will Lose the Premier League in 2016
Why NBC Sports Will Lose the Premier League in 2016

Last week during “upfronts,” those giant press conferences where television networks pimp their new programming to advertisers, ESPN president John Skipper was asked whether his network would bid on the next Premier League contract, which would begin in 2016. “We’ll be interested in it,” Skipper told the press. “We love […]

Why NBC Wants You To Subscribe To Cable To Watch The Premier League
Why NBC Wants You To Subscribe To Cable To Watch The Premier League

Philip Badger’s plea to NBC Sports Network to let Premier League fans pay for NBC Sports Live Extra separately covers a few of the reasons why the online service will be available only to cable subscribers, but it ignores some key facets of cable TV economics that play a role […]

Why Everton Will Risk Losing Steven Pienaar
Why Everton Will Risk Losing Steven Pienaar

Despite being in the last year of his contract and being the only Everton player not to sign a long-term deal in recent weeks, Steven Pienaar will apparently remain at Goodison Park for at least one more season. The club can continue contract talks with Pienaar until January, at which […]

Roy Hodgson Has Nothing to Apologize For
Roy Hodgson Has Nothing to Apologize For

The powers that be in the Premier League tend to get all uptight when a club manager suggests that he’s going to rest his starters for whatever reason. This is somehow an affront to the integrity of the competition and unfair to the other clubs fighting to avoid relegation or […]

Is This Aston Villa Song the Worst Football Song Ever Recorded?
Is This Aston Villa Song the Worst Football Song Ever Recorded?

There are many English football fans who like World In Motion, New Order’s 1990 World Cup song. I am not one of those people, but I don’t think the song is an sort of embarrassment to that group. Compared to this, however, World In Motion might as well be the […]

Arteta, Everton Suffer From Tim Duncan Syndrome
Arteta, Everton Suffer From Tim Duncan Syndrome

When Tim Duncan was a senior at Wake Forest University, his teammates often utilized a very basic strategy: 1.) get the ball to Duncan, and 2.) watch him play. A 7-footer can only do so much on a basketball court, however, and the lack of real help from Duncan’s teammates […]

The Conundrum of the Green and Gold Protests at Manchester United
The Conundrum of the Green and Gold Protests at Manchester United

The video below, which was spotted by our pals at 101 Great Goals, was taken at Old Trafford during Manchester United’s 4-0 win over Hull City last weekend. In the video, we can see many United supporters sporting green and gold — the colors of Newton Heath FC, which was […]

Where Might Craig Bellamy Land in January?
Where Might Craig Bellamy Land in January?

It should be plainly obvious to any football fan with half a brain that Craig Bellamy is looking at the front door. From the moment that his fellow Welshman Mark Hughes was sacked at Manchester City, reports emerged that Bellamy was preparing to hand in a transfer request. Just days […]

Is Roy Hodgson Playing With Scared Money?
Is Roy Hodgson Playing With Scared Money?

While Fulham needs a win in Basel today to advance to the knockout stage of the Europa League, Roy Hodgson doesn’t seem to think this is a must-win game for his club. He told reporters on Monday that he planned to run out the reserves for this match, saying that […]

The Europa League is Not the End of the World for Liverpool
The Europa League is Not the End of the World for Liverpool

It can’t be much fun to be a football fan in the city of Liverpool these days. With Sunday’s Merseyside Derby approaching, the red side has fallen out of the Champions League and is slipping from its Top Four perch, while the blue side is so decimated by injuries that […]

Carlos Tevez Proves His Worth to Man City
Carlos Tevez Proves His Worth to Man City

When football pundits discuss Carlos Tevez, they often talk about his “work rate” and his “eye for the ball.” At times, though, the words “work rate” can morph into a backhanded compliment — as if those pundits are really saying, “He’s rubbish as a goal scorer, but boy, he sure […]

David James and Fabio Capello: The Biggest NFL Fans in England
David James and Fabio Capello: The Biggest NFL Fans in England

Those of you living in America probably couldn’t stop hearing about last weekend’s big National Football League game in London, the third such contest in three years, in which the New England Patriots tonked Malcolm Glazer’s hapless Tampa Bay Buccaneers — who have cut costs to the bone this season, […]

Hold That Tiger: Altidore Sparks Hull Win
Hold That Tiger: Altidore Sparks Hull Win

Hull City manager had to wait three weeks to get young American striker Jozy Altidore into the lineup. Once he did, Tigers supporters had to wait only 28 seconds for him to have an impact. With his first touch in the 61st minute, Altidore posted up in front of Bolton […]

ESPN’s EPL Coverage At Its Best When It Stays Out of the Way
ESPN’s EPL Coverage At Its Best When It Stays Out of the Way

When ESPN won the rights to show Premier League matches in the U.S., the biggest worry for most football fans in America was that the “Worldwide Leader” would somehow ruin the presentation of the game with subpar announcers and other bells and whistles that often make MLS matches annoying to […]

New Look Man City Shows Great Attacking Flair, Comical Defending
New Look Man City Shows Great Attacking Flair, Comical Defending

For as many times as Richard Dunne and Shay Given collided today, you might have guessed that they had never played together before in their lives. Dunne’s defensive woes today nearly overshadowed the lightning-quick start to Manchester City’s season. In the third minute, Emmanuel Adebayor served up a through ball […]

Altidore to Join Hull City on One-Year Loan
Altidore to Join Hull City on One-Year Loan

American striker Jozy Altidore has confirmed that he will be playing for Hull City this season, and that a press conference to announce the deal will take place on Thursday afternoon. ESPN is reporting that move is not a transfer, but rather a one-year loan designed to get Altidore more […]

Altidore: “England Early in the Morning”
Altidore: “England Early in the Morning”

Jozy Altidore seems to be handling this Twitter thing a little better than Darren Bent. While Bent tossed his toys out of the pram in 140 characters or less, the teenage American striker calmly tweeted to his followers: England early in the morning so im going to get some sleep […]