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.

DISH drops the ball with decision not to renew Univision Deportes Network

DISH Network has dropped the ball by deciding not to renew their agreement with Univision Deportes Network, thereby eliminating several important soccer leagues from their programming. According to Univision, DISH’s Hispanic subscribers have lost access to more than 1,100 top soccer matches and major tournaments each year. As the number two most-watched sports network on DISH’s satellite service, this decision comes on top of DISH’s previous removal of Univision and its other networks and stations. Per Univision, DISH has “now gutted its Spanish-language offering, which until recently was a core part of its business.” A statement from Univision said that ... Read more

Boca-River Copa Libertadores final will be on Fanatiz and FOX Deportes

The most highly anticipated Copa Libertadores final of all time will be televised live on Fanatiz and FOX Deportes. Featuring Boca Juniors against River Plate, the final will be played over two legs on Sunday, November 11 and November 24. The first leg will be played at La Bombonera, home to one of the wildest atmospheres in the world for soccer games. The final then moves on to the Estadio Monumental, the same stadium that hosted the iconic 1978 World Cup final between Argentina and the Netherlands. For soccer fans in the United States, the good news is that both ... Read more

Barcelona-Real Madrid Clásico TV rating down 35% on beIN SPORTS

The October 28th Clásico between Barcelona and Real Madrid averaged more than half a million viewers in the United States on beIN SPORTS and beIN SPORTS en Español. Despite el Clásico not featuring Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo playing in the game for the first time in almost a decade, the match at the Nou Camp averaged 363,359 viewers on beIN SPORTS en Español as well as 181,000 viewers on the English-language beIN SPORTS for a combined average of 544,359 viewers. That viewership average was a sharp 35% decline from the December 2017 el Clásico that averaged 845,000 viewers. For ... Read more

DISH subscribers at risk of losing Univision Deportes Network, says broadcaster

DISH Network subscribers are at risk of losing Univision Deportes Network, says Univision. Currently, the Univision Deportes Network is the only Univision-related channel available to DISH Network subscribers after a carriage dispute since June 30 resulted in channels being removed from DISH that included Univision, UniMas and Galavision. While DISH Network subscribers have enjoyed watching Univision Deportes Network despite the carriage dispute, the availability of Univision Deportes Network on DISH is about to end unless an agreement is reached soon. That means no more Liga MX, Copa MX, UEFA Champions League, Europa League, Mexican national team games, MLS or Bundesliga ... Read more

Chelsea-Man United game to stream in 4K Ultra HD via fuboTV

Saturday’s Premier League match between Chelsea and Manchester United will be shown live in 4K Ultra HD via the streaming service fuboTV. While DIRECTV has been broadcasting select Premier League games in 4K, fuboTV is the first streaming provider to offer programming in 4K ultra high definition as well as being the first to stream Premier League games in 4K. Kicking off at 7:30am ET on Saturday, the highly anticipated game between Chelsea and Manchester United will be live from Stamford Bridge via NBCSN. And with it in 4K Ultra HD, it’ll make you feel like you’re actually there. fuboTV ... Read more

ESPN Deportes delivers authenticity and passion for soccer fans

When it comes to soccer coverage, the one word that’s synonymous with ESPN Deportes is authenticity. While the network doesn’t have as many soccer rights as some of its rivals, what it does have is expert analysis and commentary with an authentic feel. Much of that credit goes to the talent such as Mario Kempes, Fernando Palomo, Jorge Ramos and others, but it’s also pervasive throughout the entire organization whether they’re broadcasting Liga MX, Copa MX, Serie A, the Pan American Games or MLS. Recently, Kartik Krishnaiyer and I had a chance to sit down with ESPN Deportes to learn ... Read more

NBC Sports Gold launches free preview weekend for Premier League viewers

NBC Sports will launch a free preview of their Premier League Pass streaming service from NBC Sports Gold this weekend. Priced at $50 per year, this is the first time this season that NBC Sports Gold has offered a free preview, which will include all of the Premier League matches exclusive to NBC Sports Gold as well as the shoulder programming available from Premier League Productions. The free preview coincides with this Saturday’s Premier League Mornings Live fan fest in Washington DC. Last season, NBC Sports advertised they would feature 130 games via the NBC Sports Gold Premier League Pass ... Read more

ESPN acquires US rights to Coppa Italia and Italian Super Cup

ESPN has added the Coppa Italia and Italian Super Cup to its ever-growing list of soccer properties it has the rights to in the United States. According to SportsPro, “The duration of ESPN’s rights deal for the two cup competitions has not been announced, but it is likely to run from this season until 2020/21, in line with the Serie A rights deal.” With ESPN acquiring the rights to Serie A, Coppa Italia and the Italian Super Cup, it is now the home to Italian soccer in the United States. The only exception is RAI Italia, which broadcasts many of ... Read more