Author: Christopher Harris

Publisher of World Soccer Talk, Christopher Harris founded the site in 2005. 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 was born and raised in Wales, has lived in Florida since 1984, and supported Swansea City since 1979. Last but not least, he got engaged during half-time of a MLS game.

World Cup Final delivers 17 million viewers across FOX and Telemundo combined

The 2018 FIFA World Cup Final between France and Croatia averaged 17.2 million viewers across the FOX network and Telemundo combined including online viewership. Not reflected in the viewing number is the out-of-home viewership, which included huge numbers that watched the game in bars, restaurants and public watch parties across the United States. TV numbers alone, the France-Croatia final averaged 16.6 million viewers. While not an apples to apples comparison, the 2014 World Cup Final averaged 26.5 million viewers, but that game featured powerhouses Germany and Argentina who generate a lot more interest in the United States than France and ... Read more

Telemundo’s World Cup coverage reached 36 million TV viewers

After broadcasting 64 World Cup games live across Telemundo, Universo and NBCSN, Telemundo Deportes delivered an average of 2.026 million viewers per game and achieved several other noteworthy milestones. In total, Telemundo Deportes’ complete presentation of all 2018 World Cup matches reached 36.6 million TV viewers, exceeding the Spanish-language reach for the 2010 tournament by +13% (32.3 million), and coming within 1.3 million of the 2014 World Cup (37.9 million) – despite fewest Latin American countries since 2016. The Final match, a 4-2 win by France over Croatia, posted a Total Audience Delivery average of 5.45 million across Telemundo,, ... Read more

NBC brings back NBC Sports Gold for new Premier League season

For the 2018/19 season, NBC Sports will feature 150 games behind the NBC Sports Gold paywall, which means that there’ll be 230 games available on television. Last season, NBC Sports advertised they would feature 130 games via the NBC Sports Gold Premier League Pass paid subscription service, but due to the way the matches were scheduled, NBC Sports ended up showing 150 games on NBC Sports Gold. Having learned from last season, NBC Sports will again offer 150 exclusive Premier League games via NBC Sports Gold for $50. Those games aren’t available on television. While the big clubs such as ... Read more

Commentator schedule for World Cup semi-finals and final on FOX and Telemundo

You can add another mistake to FOX Sports’ long list of faux pas they’ve made before and during the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Their latest mistake is scheduling John Strong and Stu Holden as the commentators for both World Cup semifinals and the final. Nothing against Strong or Holden, but Derek Rae and Aly Wagner deserve to be calling the England-Croatia semifinal. The duo of Rae and Wagner have called every single England game during the World Cup, and they deserve to get the England semi-final. FOX’s decision to feature Strong and Holden for both of the semifinals and the ... Read more

World Cup TV ratings continue to exceed 4 million per game on US TV

The 2018 FIFA World Cup continues to average more than 4 million viewers for every game of the competition across English-language and Spanish-language television combined. From June 14 to July 3, the US World Cup viewership is averaging 4.17 million on television alone. That includes games from the Group Stage through to the end of the Round of 16 matches. In total, the games have generated more than 233 million viewers not including the millions who have streamed the games on smartphones and other digital devices. The 4.17 million average across 56 games is impressive considering that (1) that’s 56 ... Read more

NBC’s Premier League TV schedule for first 2 weeks of 2018/19 season

We have the preliminary schedule for the first two weeks of the 2018/19 Premier League season, which will be shown live across the NBC Sports networks in the United States. The new season will kick off with Manchester United against Leicester City on Friday, August 10 in a game that’ll be shown across NBCSN and legal streaming platforms. With the new season beginning at Old Trafford, it’ll be interesting to see how the Red Devils do in their first game given that they were a jekyll and hyde team last season. In other matches, we have several massive encounters in ... Read more

Schedule of World Cup commentators for quarterfinals on FOX and Telemundo

FOX Sports and Telemundo have announced their lineup of commentators for the crucial World Cup quarterfinals that will be played this Friday and Saturday. As no surprise, Derek Rae and Aly Wagner continue to announce England games and will be calling the Sweden-England quarterfinal on Saturday. The biggest matches are saved for the duo of John Strong and Stu Holden, who’ll be featured on the Brazil-Belgium and Russia-Croatia games. JP Dellacamera and Tony Meola will tackle the France-Uruguay game on Friday. Here are the commentator assignments (kick-off times listed are in the Eastern United States time zone): Friday, July 6 ... Read more

fuboTV launches 4K HDR coverage of World Cup

FuboTV has launched 4K HDR10 support in Beta, becoming the first sports-streaming platform to offer content in ultra-high definition and high dynamic range. Starting today, main broadcasts of World Cup 2018 matches on FOX and FS1 are available in 4K HDR10 with fuboTV on all Chromecast and Fire TV devices that support the format. fuboTV will also launch 4K HDR10 on Roku and Apple TV in the coming weeks. To view ultra-high definition and high dynamic range content, subscribers must have a 4K HDR-enabled television, HDMI 2.0/HDCP 2.2 compatible cable and run the fuboTV app on a streaming device that ... Read more