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.

4.9 million watch Tigres-Monterrey Liga MX final on Univision

It wasn’t as great as the record-breaking 6 million combined total that watched the 2016 Liga MX Apertura Final, but the 2017 final still produced impressive numbers for Univision Deportes. For the two legs of the final combined, the 2017 Liga MX Apertura final between Monterrey and Tigres totaled 4.9 million viewers. In the first leg of the game on Thursday night, Tigres-Monterrey played to a 1-1 draw on a rain-soaked night, which was watched by 2.3 million viewers across Univision and Univision Deportes combined. The second leg of the final averaged 2.4 million viewers as they witnessed Tigres winning ... Read more

Man Utd-Man City viewership beats MLS Cup final by 18%

Sunday’s Manchester derby that aired on NBCSN and Telemundo averaged 1.4 million viewers, which was 18% greater than the viewership for the 2017 MLS Cup final that aired on ESPN, UniMas and Univision Deportes. Manchester City won the match 2-1 in an impressive performance at Old Trafford to continue their unbeaten streak to 14 matches in the Premier League. With anticipation reaching a fever pitch for the Manchester United-Manchester City game, the game averaged 902,000 viewers on NBCSN. Plus, the derby averaged 495,000 viewers on Telemundo for a combined total of 1,397,000 viewers. The 902,000 viewing number means it’s the ... Read more

2017 MLS Cup final viewership drops 43% across ESPN and Univision Deportes

The 2017 MLS Cup final between Toronto FC and Seattle Sounders averaged 1.1 million viewers across ESPN, UniMas and Univision Deportes combined, which is a 43% drop compared to last year’s final. On the English-language ESPN broadcast, the match averaged 803,000 viewers. Meanwhile, the game averaged 304,000 viewers on UniMas and Univision Deportes. In isolation, the 1,143,000 viewing number is understandable given the competition for eyeballs as many sports fans were watching a college football game instead. Plus this year’s final was not on network television like it was last year when the game was on the FOX over-the-air network. ... Read more

Arsenal-Manchester United game surpasses 1 million viewers on NBC and Universo

One of the most entertaining soccer games of the 2017/18 season was rewarded with more than 1 million viewers on US television, according to the latest Nielsen numbers. The match between Arsenal and Manchester United aired on Saturday, December 2 from 12:30-2:30pm ET on NBC and Universo. The game averaged 1.07 million viewers. For the NBC network broadcast, 1.017 million tuned in. Plus, 56,000 watched the Spanish-language broadcast of the game on Universo. For viewers in the United States, the English-language broadcast featured commentators Arlo White, Lee Dixon and Graeme Le Saux. The million plus viewers for the game represents ... Read more

World Cup TV coverage FAQ: Answering questions about Russia 2018 TV schedule

For soccer fans in the United States, we’ve compiled all of the details about the World Cup TV schedule and World Cup TV coverage in one place. Plus we’ve answered several questions from you, the readers, so you have all of the information you need at your fingertips. World Cup TV coverage FAQ:   Q: Who will be showing World Cup 2018 for viewers in the United States? A: FOX Sports has the exclusive English-language rights to World Cup 2018, while Telemundo has the exclusive Spanish-language rights to World Cup 2018.   Q: How many games will be televised live ... Read more

Telemundo Deportes reveals more World Cup TV coverage details

Ahead of Friday’s FIFA World Cup Draw that will be televised live on Telemundo and Universo beginning at 9:30am ET, Telemundo Deportes has announced more details regarding its coverage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. With the network having the exclusive Spanish-language TV rights in the United States, Telemundo Deportes will televise 56 of the 64 World Cup games on Telemundo, which is available as an over-the-air channel as well as on many cable and satellite providers. Of the eight matches that Telemundo Deportes will not be showing on the Telemundo channel, those games will be shown live on Universo ... Read more

Referee Mark Clattenburg joins NBC Sports to boost its Premier League coverage

Referee Mark Clattenburg has joined NBC Sports as a new studio analyst in the network’s coverage of the Premier League, World Soccer Talk has learned. According to a NBC Sports spokesman, “[Clattenburg] will join us periodically throughout the season.” Clattenburg made his NBC Sports debut appearance on Friday’s pre-match coverage of the West Ham United versus Leicester City game. With his strong Geordie accent, he made an immediate impact providing viewers with rare insight into how referees prepare for games. The Englishman also shared his analysis regarding a few different controversial refereeing decisions from the past several weeks of the ... Read more

Watch Taylor Twellman’s short-sighted defense of MLS TV ratings [VIDEO]

In a recent speech at The Future of Soccer symposium, ESPN analyst and co-commentator Taylor Twellman went on a rant by using select metrics to defend his case that MLS TV viewing numbers aren’t as bad as everyone makes them out to be. If you take Twellman’s words in isolation (see video below), you would walk away believing that MLS TV viewing numbers are in the same ballpark as those for the Premier League. But by using select numbers from one game (the Columbus Crew-New York City FC match that had 424,000 viewers, which was more than a Stoke-Southampton game), ... Read more