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.

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

fuboTV adds RAI Italia for more Serie A options for soccer fans in US

When it comes to Serie A matches with Italian commentators, RAI Italia is the way to go in the United States. And now the popular Italian-language TV channel is available to fuboTV subscribers. fuboTV has added RAI Italia as a separate add-on for $7.99/month giving subscribers access to select Serie A matches each week in Italian as well as plenty of other content. While ESPN broadcasts one match of the week on television in the United States while the rest of the games are available on ESPN+. RAI Italia offers more options. For example, this weekend there are three Serie ... Read more

First impressions of Champions League coverage on TNT and Univision Deportes

With the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League Group Stage kicking off this week, most soccer fans in the United States had their first taste of soccer coverage from TNT. Dominant Spanish-language TV broadcaster Univision Deportes also aired their first Champions League games including some of the more high-profile matches on the over-the-air Univision channel. But how did both broadcasters do during a week that we’ve been anticipating since we first broke the news that Turner Sports and Univision had acquired the rights? Let’s go through the highs and lows of week one: HIGHS 1. Univision’s excitement levels. Univision’s commentary for the ... Read more

Liverpool-PSG Champions League scores 1 million viewers across Univision and TNT

Liverpool’s late 3-2 win against Paris Saint-Germain in Tuesday’s exciting Champions League match averaged more than one million viewers in the United States across Univision, Univision Deportes Network and TNT. In fact, the Liverpool-PSG viewing number was the most-viewed Group Stage telecast in the U.S. in the history of the UEFA Champions League, regardless of language. Airing in the 2:51pm ET timeslot on Univision and Univision Deportes Network, the Spanish-language broadcast averaged 672,000 viewers. At the same time, the game averaged 330,000 viewers on TNT for a combined total of 1,002,000 viewers. Earlier on Tuesday, Barcelona’s 4-0 drubbing of PSV ... Read more

fuboTV demo: See the streaming service in action

It’s been over 18 months since the last time I’ve done a demo of the fuboTV streaming service, and a lot has changed since then. Improvements have been made to the streaming quality and reliability as well as to the look-and-feel of the app. What started out a soccer streaming service has now broadened into one of the best kept secrets of streaming in the United States. The sheer amount of quality channels they offer is seemingly endless. And they have, by far, the best soccer streaming options as well as, of course, plenty of other sports and entertainment and ... Read more

Univision Deportes to debut European soccer highlights show four days a week

Univision Deportes already has made Liga MX one of the most popular soccer leagues on television in the United States, but now the Spanish-language broadcaster is ready to dive head first into European soccer when it launches its coverage of the UEFA Champions League and Europa League group stages next week. The addition of the rights to the UEFA club competitions as well as the UEFA Nations League signals a shift in focus of Univision Deportes’ soccer coverage strategy. Not only will they have Liga MX, MLS and select Bundesliga games, but they’ll be broadcasting teams such as Barcelona, Liverpool, ... Read more

Biggest winners and losers from new UEFA Champions League TV coverage in U.S.

This season’s UEFA Champions League tournament will be the biggest change for soccer fans in the United States since the games moved from ESPN to FOX Sports in 2009. The big changes mean that there are some big winners and losers. Here’s our breakdown of who will win and lose based on the massive changes:   Biggest winners 1. UEFA. While there will be far fewer Champions League games on English-language television in the United States, the biggest winner will be UEFA courtesy of many games being televised on the over-the-air Univision channel. The network has an estimated national reach ... Read more

TNT and Univision herald big changes to UEFA Champions League coverage

With the US media rights for the UEFA Champions League having changed hands, we say goodbye to FOX Sports and ESPN Deportes’s coverage of the world’s greatest soccer club competition and hello to TNT and Univision Deportes who are preparing for their first-ever broadcasts of the UEFA Champions League group stage. But what can we expect to see? First, this season’s Champions League tournament features double-header games on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, so instead of all of the games kicking off at 2:45pm ET, we’ll have a set kicking off at 12:55pm ET followed by the second set beginning at 3pm ... Read more