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.

Soccer is key part of Telemundo’s dominance on Spanish-language TV

Since 2016 when NBC Universal promoted executive Ray Warren to President of Telemundo Deportes, the Spanish-language channel has embarked on a major effort fueled by soccer to elevate the public profile of the network. While Telemundo Deportes also covers other sports, soccer is at the heart of the network’s coverage. After Warren was promoted to the leadership role, Telemundo’s first challenge was to broadcast the 2018 FIFA World Cup. After an incredibly successful tournament for the broadcaster even without the United States competing in the competition, Telemundo then mid-tournament announced the network had acquired the Spanish-language rights to the 2019 ... Read more

Univision Deportes breaks several Champions League records in debut TV season

For UEFA, the best possible move that could have happened in the United States during the past 12 months is moving television coverage of the UEFA Champions League in Spanish-language to Univision Deportes. At the same time, the worst decision Turner Sports could have made when acquiring the UEFA Champions League rights was not to also buy the Spanish-language rights, thereby giving Univision Deportes a huge opportunity to win over a new audience, which must have had a big impact on fewer than expected subscribers to the B/R Live streaming platform launched by Turner. The domination by Univision Deportes in ... Read more

USWNT-Chile hits 6.2 million viewers on Telemundo and FOX combined

Sunday’s triumphant 3-0 win by the USA women’s team hit 6.2 million viewers across Telemundo and FOX combined, breaking records for both the English-language and Spanish-language broadcasters. In total, 6,241,000 viewers watched the USWNT win with goals by Julie Ertz and a brace by Carli Lloyd. On Spanish-language broadcaster Telemundo, the match scored a Total Audience Delivery (TAD) average of 833,000 viewers across Telemundo, Telemundo Deportes website, the Telemundo Deportes En Vivo app, and the NBC Sports app, becoming the second most-watched Women’s World Cup match in Spanish-language history, behind Telemundo’s record-setting broadcast of the 2015 Final (USA vs. Japan, ... Read more

5.3 million watch USA-Chile Women’s World Cup triumph on FOX

USA’s 3-0 win against Chile on the over-the-air FOX network on Sunday averaged 5.3 million viewers to become the most-watched FIFA Women’s World Cup Group Stage match ever on U.S. television. Benefitting from a more favorable Noon to 2PM ET weekend timeslot, the game beat last week’s 2.72 million viewers who watched the USA-Thailand game on the over-the-air FOX channel in addition to 444,000 viewers who tuned in on Telemundo. Online, the U.S. victory is the second-most streamed FIFA Women’s World Cup match ever, with an average-minute audience of more than 84,000. As of press time, the viewing number from ... Read more

Schedule of Gold Cup commentators on Univision Deportes, Group Stage

With the CONCACAF Gold Cup already in progress, the competition will begin to heat up this week as the US Men’s National Team, Jamaica and Panama play their first games, as well as seeing the highly-anticipated game on Wednesday between Mexico and Canada. We’ve been able to get the list of commentators for the games on Univision Deportes for the Group Stage (see below). According to Univision Deportes, they’ll deliver nearly 200 hours of live Gold Cup coverage on its linear networks throughout the tournament, with members of its talent on site at all 17 tournament venues across the U.S., ... Read more

Schedule of Gold Cup commentators on FOX Sports, Group Stage

FOX Sports have announced their lineup of commentators for the Group Stage of 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup, which will be televised across FS1 and FS2 from June 15 to June 26. With the Women’s World Cup and Copa America being played on the same days as the Gold Cup, FOX Sports faces a significant challenge to attract viewers to a tournament that is the weakest link of the three. However, the competition is important for teams such as the United States, Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama and Canada as they try to elevate their status in the region. In deciding which ... Read more

USA-Thailand Women’s World Cup game scores 2.7 million viewers on FOX

While the USA’s 13-0 win against Thailand was an emphatic one on Tuesday, the viewership on over-the-air FOX was disappointing compared to the US’s first game in the 2015 Women’s World Cup. Viewership for USA-Thailand dropped 18% compared to the USA’s first 2015 Women’s World Cup game against Australia. In 2015, 3.31 million viewers tuned in to watch USA-Australia on FS1 compared to 2.72 million viewers on the over-the-air FOX channel on Tuesday. The biggest reason for the 18% drop? The kickoff time. During the 2015 Women’s World Cup held in Canada, most of the games were scheduled during the ... Read more

Women’s World Cup opening weekend posts impressive TV ratings

From the opening weekend of the 2019 Women’s World Cup, both FOX Sports and Telemundo posted impressive TV ratings including 1.48 million viewers for the England-Scotland World Cup game on over-the-air FOX, which trumped the 1 million viewers who watched the friendly between the US Men’s National Team and Venezuela immediately afterwards. After three days of the tournament, England’s win against Scotland on Sunday was Telemundo’s most-watched game of the tournament with a Total Audience Delivery average of 472,000 viewers across Telemundo,, the Telemundo Deportes En Vivo app, and the NBC Sports app. Through the seven matches that aired ... Read more