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.

Interview with Pierre Moossa, coordinating producer for NBC Sports’ coverage of Premier League

Editor’s note: Here’s a transcript of a recent conversation we had with Pierre Moossa, coordinating producer for NBC Sports Group’s coverage of the Premier League. The audio of the interview can be found on the World Soccer Talk Podcast. Christopher Harris: The first question I have, which is a pretty open-ended question, is what will be different and what will be better the season than in previous years? Pierre Moossa: I would start off with saying we spent a lot of time last season building up different avenues for Premier League fans to consume the Premier League. Big focus on ... Read more

LaLiga extends US TV rights with beIN SPORTS through 2024

beIN SPORTS has renewed US media TV rights to LaLiga through 2024, according to several sources who confirmed the details to World Soccer Talk. It means that the home of LaLiga in the United States will continue to be on beIN SPORTS (in English) and beIN SPORTS en Español (in Spanish) through May 2024 for what is arguably the best soccer league in the world. beIN SPORTS originally acquired the rights to LaLiga in 2012, and then renewed the rights in 2015 through 2020. With LaLiga in the final year of its current rights deal with beIN SPORTS that was ... Read more

NBC embarks on tighter relationship with Sky Sports to enhance Premier League coverage

NBC Sports will be hoping that seven is their lucky number as the broadcaster enters its seventh consecutive season of Premier League coverage this weekend in the United States. During those seven years, the American-based broadcaster has evolved its coverage every single season since the debut 2013/14 year. This upcoming season features several major changes to keep broadcasts fresh and to potentially increase viewing audience figures. A large part of the changes are a result of the Comcast acquisition of Sky TV, which has created a closer synergy between the two broadcasters who are now sister companies. This season, we ... Read more

NBC remove EPL replays from NBC Sports App to coerce fans into paying for NBC Sports Gold

If you’re used to watching Premier League matches on-demand via the NBC Sports App, that option will no longer be available beginning with the 2019/20 season according to a NBC Sports spokesperson. World Soccer Talk has learned that full match replays will only be available online to NBC Sports Gold subscribers, thus forcing NBCSN subscribers to pay an additional $64.99 per season for the right to access games on-demand digitally that were available last season at no extra cost. This is coupled with the change that full-match replays will only be available after 9PM ET on matchdays to NBC Sports ... Read more

Record 29.5 million watched Women’s World Cup, Gold Cup and Copa America finals in USA

Sunday will go down in history as the day that the United States Women’s National Team won a record fourth Women’s World Cup. But while the US women captured much of the limelight this past weekend, the biggest winner on Sunday was the sport of soccer as more than 29 million viewers tuned in to watch the finals of the Women’s World Cup, Gold Cup and Copa America as well as a midseason MLS game. The viewership numbers on Sunday featured: • USA-Netherlands (Women’s World Cup Final) 15.87 million (FOX and Telemundo) • Brazil-Peru (Copa America Final) 3.1 million (Telemundo) • USA-Mexico (Gold ... Read more

USA-Mexico Gold Cup Final scores 8.7 million viewers on FS1 and Univision combined

CONCACAF’s 2019 edition of the Gold Cup Final between Mexico and the United States averaged 8.78 million viewers across Univision and FS1 on Sunday night. The final averaged 5.9 million on Univision, making it the most-watched men’s soccer match of 2019 on any network. It outperformed last year’s men’s France-Croatia World Cup final (7/15/18) on Telemundo as well as out-delivering Sunday’s Copa America and Women’s World Cup finals combined on Telemundo. On FS1, FOX Sports announced that the Mexico-USA game was the most-watched non-World Cup soccer telecast ever on FS1. More than 3 million viewers watched the final on FS1 ... Read more

NBC makes big changes to NBC Sports Gold Premier League packages

Beginning with the 2019/20 season, NBC Sports are making changes to its Premier League streaming service with the launch of a new tier as well as a combination of enhancements, new programming and a price increase to its flagship NBC Sports Gold product. Fans of Premier League clubs will need to pay attention to the changes as they’re a massive development to what soccer fans have been accustomed to with the NBC Sports Gold service. NBC Sports has launched a brand-new Premier League MatchDay Pass option, which is available for $39.99/season. The service will only allow subscribers to access the ... Read more

15.8 million watched Women’s World Cup Final on US television and streaming

USA’s exciting 2-0 win against Netherlands in the 2019 Women’s World Cup Final generated a viewing audience of 15.87 million across English-language and Spanish-language television and streaming in the United States. On the over-the-air FOX network and FOX streaming sites, the final delivered 14,271,000 viewers, making it the most-watched soccer match on English-language television in the U.S. since the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup final. On Spanish-language Telemundo and its streaming services, the game delivered a Total Audience Delivery average of 1.6 million viewers ranking as the most-watched FIFA Women’s World Cup match in Spanish-language history, surpassing by 22% the ... Read more