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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.

FOX Sports officially announces Bundesliga TV coverage plans

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The wait is finally over. FOX Sports has announced its coverage plans for the 2015/16 Bundesliga season, its first of a 5-year deal that FOX has signed with the top flight German league. After many fans of German soccer expressed … Continue reading

FOX Sports makes important changes to Bundesliga TV schedule

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Bundesliga fans, your voices have been heard. After German soccer fans expressed their disappointment on social media and this website regarding the original plans that FOX Sports had for its Bundesliga TV coverage, FOX Sports has made some changes. FOX is … Continue reading

FOX Sports signs Ian Joy from beIN SPORTS to boost its soccer coverage

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beIN SPORTS co-commentator and analyst Ian Joy is moving to FOX Sports to be a soccer host/analyst in Los Angeles, two sources have confirmed to World Soccer Talk. A source revealed to World Soccer Talk that “beIN SPORTS has been … Continue reading

Sportsnet acquires Bundesliga TV rights in Canada

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Canadian media company Sportsnet has acquired the rights to broadcast the Bundesliga in Canada for the next 5 years. In 2013, FOX Sports acquired the 2015-2020 Bundesliga TV rights for the USA and Canada. Since FOX doesn’t have a presence in Canada, FOX … Continue reading

FOX will show Bundesliga games on FOX Sports 2, FOX Soccer Plus & FOX Soccer 2Go

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FOX Sports’ exclusive coverage of the 2015/16 Bundesliga season will feature games that will be shown live across FOX Sports 2, FOX Soccer Plus and streaming service FOX Soccer 2GO. UPDATE: FOX SPORTS OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCES BUNDESLIGA TV COVERAGE PLANS. As of … Continue reading

Andrew Jennings calls for revolution to oust Sunil Gulati from US Soccer

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Investigative reporter Andrew Jennings has called for a revolution within American soccer to oust US Soccer Federation President Sunil Gulati and USSF CEO Dan Flynn from office. Jennings, who spoke in front of the US Senate panel hearing last Wednesday on … Continue reading

MLS unable to generate TV ratings boost from Women’s World Cup

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On a rare day last month when there were no Women’s World Cup or Copa America games played due to rest days in the tournaments, MLS had the perfect opportunity to ride the wave from the record Women’s World Cup and Copa … Continue reading

Premier League TV rights battle in US has begun

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The battle for Premier League TV rights in the United States for seasons 2016-2019 has begun. According to a World Soccer Talk source, the Premier League sent out invitation to tender letters during the first week of July. The interested … Continue reading

The reaction from US soccer media to US Senate hearing on corruption in soccer

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The timing of yesterday’s announcement that Giovani Dos Santos had officially signed for LA Galaxy was impeccable. Less than five minutes after the US Senate panel hearing on corruption in international soccer had ended, MLS’ LA Galaxy changed the conversation … Continue reading

beIN SPORTS close to agreeing landmark La Liga TV rights deal in US

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beIN SPORTS is close to agreeing a landmark TV rights deal to continue its coverage of La Liga to viewers in the United States, a source has revealed to World Soccer Talk. The current TV rights deal with La Liga expired … Continue reading

Review of beIN SPORTS’ Copa America coverage

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With so much attention focused on FOX’s coverage of the Women’s World Cup this summer, it’s important that we not neglect the hard work and great expense beIN SPORTS embarked on in its coverage of the 2015 Copa America, which resulted in 1.5 … Continue reading

NBC reveals Premier League TV schedule for August-September

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NBC has officially revealed the TV schedule for the opening two months of the 2015/16 Premier League season. During the first two months of the season, there are several massive matches scheduled including Manchester City vs Chelsea (on Sunday, August … Continue reading

USA-Japan Women’s World Cup Final smashes record for most watched soccer game in US history

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The numbers are in for FOX’s coverage of the 2015 Women’s World Cup final between the United States and Japan, and the viewing figure of 25.4 million means that it’s the most watched English-language broadcast ever of a soccer game on … Continue reading

Review of FOX’s Women’s World Cup coverage

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FOX’s first major tournament of its 12-year TV deal with FIFA has ended with a bang for the network. In its month-long coverage of the Women’s World Cup, FOX broke TV records and put on first-class coverage that will go a long way to … Continue reading

Happy 4th of July to all of our World Soccer Talk readers

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On behalf of the entire team at World Soccer Talk, we’d like to wish you a Happy Independence Day and we hope you have a wonderful weekend with your family and friends. While it’s a holiday for most people, we’ll … Continue reading

Premier League US TV schedule revealed for opening weeks of 2015/16 season

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Christmas has arrived early for fans of Premier League clubs as we now have our first indications of what the TV schedule will look like in the United States for the opening weeks of the 2015/16 season. With the Premier … Continue reading

Japan-England Women’s World Cup semi-final scores 2.3 million viewers

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FOX Sports 1′s coverage of Japan against England in the Women’s World Cup semi-final was viewed by 2.3 million people, and was the most-watched cable television program on Wednesday in the United States. For a semi-final to be viewed by … Continue reading

FOX adds Women’s World Cup Final programming and USWNT marathon

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This Sunday’s broadcast of the 2015 Women’s World Cup Final between USA and Japan will begin an hour earlier (at 5pm ET instead of 6pm). Kickoff time remains at 7pm ET on the over-the-air FOX network. In addition to an … Continue reading