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Archives: ESPN

How Loyal Are You to Your Favorite Soccer TV and Internet Provider?

Posted on by Christopher Harris

You watch hours of top quality Premier League soccer each week on television, the Internet and sometimes mobile devices, but do you have an allegiance to any or all of the TV networks that provide the coverage to you? If … Continue reading

Why Soccer Has Made It In America

Posted on by Alexander Fairchild

“Made it in America,” a song released this past summer by Jay-Z and Kanye West, sums up where soccer stands in the United States. Soccer in this country has gone from a laughing stock to a sport of which the … Continue reading

How Much Is Your Cable Or Satellite Bill?

Posted on by Christopher Harris

In the past few weeks, I’ve been reading several comments from readers who are complaining how expensive it is to watch soccer on television. Of course, it’s all relative. Based on the quantity of games shown, it’s probably the best … Continue reading

Apple Interested In Bidding For Premier League UK TV Rights, Says Report

Posted on by Christopher Harris

Apple is interested in bidding for the UK TV rights to the Premier League, says a report in The Daily Mail. The Premier League’s live UK rights for 2010-13 raised £1.782bn when they were sold to Sky Sports and ESPN … Continue reading

Rob Stone Moves From ESPN to FOX Soccer To Become New Lead Studio Host

Posted on by Christopher Harris

FOX Soccer has a new face. Rob Stone, who began at ESPN in 1992 and returned to the network in 1997, will be the new lead studio host for FOX Soccer, as well as the face for soccer coverage on … Continue reading

U.S. Debut of ESPN Arena Features Virtual Wayne Rooney On-Screen

Posted on by Christopher Harris

httpv://youtu.be/KYvyRmicof4 Eagle-eyed viewers of ESPN2′s Manchester United against Wolves live coverage on Saturday will have noticed the US debut of ESPN Arena, the virtual soccer analysis system that dazzled viewers in the UK in October. Before the match kicked off, … Continue reading

The English Commentator Invasion Of American Soccer

Posted on by Earl Reed

Today, NBC confirmed reports that they have hired Arlo White as their primary play-by-play voice for their brand-new Major League Soccer and U.S. Soccer coverage. As many of you know, White has been the voice of Seattle Sounders FC, and … Continue reading

Why FOX’s World Cup TV Rights Deal is a Victory For the Premier League, Not MLS

Posted on by Christopher Harris

FOX winning the TV rights for the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cup tournaments is, in a strange way, a victory for the Premier League. FOX Soccer has built its soccer empire on the success it has achieved with U.S. … Continue reading

Shake-Up: Twellman To Replace Harkes At ESPN

Posted on by Earl Reed

In a move that releases a collective, “Hoorah!” from most American soccer fans I know, Grant Wahl reports over at SI.com that ESPN will not bring back John Harkes for color commentary in 2012. Harkes has been a consistent lightning rod … Continue reading

FOX and EPL Win Soccer TV Ratings War Against MLS and ESPN

Posted on by Christopher Harris

FOX’s taped broadcast of Chelsea against Liverpool drew an overnight TV rating that nearly doubled the rating for ESPN’s primetime MLS Cup on Sunday, according to a USA Today report. Chelsea against Liverpool got a 1.5 overnight, which translates to … Continue reading

What a Typical Saturday Looks Like For a European Soccer Fan in the U.S.

Posted on by Christopher Harris

If you want an idea of what a somewhat typical Saturday looks like for a soccer fan who lives in the United States and who follows European soccer, take a peek at the above image and click on it for … Continue reading

Premier League TV Viewing Audience Numbers In the United States, 2008-11

Posted on by Christopher Harris
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TV viewing audience numbers for Premier League matches on U.S. television have come a long in four years. From 19,000 viewers in 2008 for one game to more than 1.6 million for a recent Premier League match. Along the way, … Continue reading

A Television Guide To The MLS Cup Quarterfinals

Posted on by Earl Reed

 Tomorrow, the meat of the MLS Cup Playoffs begin, and we can look forward to seeing all of the matches televised. Some of us, that is. ESPN publicized their plans for the Quarterfinals today. ESPN2 will be airing both legs … Continue reading

ESPN2′s Coverage of Liverpool Against Man Utd Nets 456,000 Viewers

Posted on by Christopher Harris
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ESPN and FOX are not only competitive when it comes to bidding for World Cup TV rights. They’re also very competitive in the TV ratings game, namely the number of viewers watching Premier League matches on U.S. television. EPL Talk … Continue reading

Debut of ESPN Arena: A Jaw-dropping Virtual Soccer Analysis System On TV

Posted on by Christopher Harris

ESPN UK will today premiere a jaw-dropping virtual soccer analysis system named ESPN Arena during the Chelsea against Everton game (only on UK TV). The augmented reality system will allow ESPN pundits such as Kevin Keegan and Craig Burley to … Continue reading

Opinion: JP Dellacamera’s Loyalty To ESPN Was Never Returned

Posted on by Daniel Feuerstein
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The moment has finally come. After so many years of loyalty to ESPN, J.P. Dellacamera has been shown the door after the World Wide Leader in Sports refused to pick up his option and decided to go a different route. … Continue reading

How to Improve The MLS TV Playoff Experience

Posted on by Robert Hay

I want to begin by stating that I am a fan of the current MLS playoffs and in general I enjoy the way Major League Soccer organizes them.  Like all MLS fans, I have things I love and things I … Continue reading

Post-World Cup Exposes Weaknesses of US Soccer Commentators

Posted on by Christopher Harris
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The one thing that the preseason friendlies have revealed to me thus far is the enormous drop off in talent between the commentary teams that we were spoilt with during the World Cup to the B-level of talent we witnessed … Continue reading