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Archives: ESPN

Should British Commentators Be Hired on American TV?

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

On Monday, it was revealed by our sister site EPL Talk that the legendary Martin Tyler of Sky Sports will be joining ESPN for next summer’s World Cup as the lead announcer. While I have nothing personally against Tyler (In … Continue reading

The 2010 MLS Season: Fair To The World Cup & Balanced

Posted on by Brian Zygo

A common complaint about Major League Soccer is its failure or unwillingness to observe FIFA International breaks. As recently as this month we have seen MLS matches played at the same time as crucial World Cup Qualifiers involving the United … Continue reading

ESPN: “Significant Growth” For MLS on Deportes

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

ESPN is reporting its package of MLS matches on Spanish language ESPN Deportes has experienced “significant growth” for 2009. The package which features a Spanish language telecast of the MLS primetime match shown on ESPN2 in English has seen a … Continue reading

ESPN’s Premier League Opener a Missed Opportunity (Updated)

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

UPDATED: This weekend ESPN demonstrated why most American football fans should be pleased that the worldwide leader has acquired EPL and La Liga rights. The Saturday match, despite some hiccups between the studio tandem of Georgie Bingham and Robbie Mustoe, … Continue reading

Give Us Our Yanks!

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

Jason Davis of Match Fit USA is leading a collective effort of those of us in the blogosphere who cover and support the USMNT to take action to help ensure maximum exposure for the US-Mexico qualifying match at Azteca on … Continue reading

South Florida Paces ESPN’s Confederations Cup Final Numbers

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

Steve Goff of the Washington Post reports that the US-Brazil final on ESPN garnered a 2.7 overnight rating. (I had received a text message earlier in the day that the match had received a 2.8 rating) which is the highest … Continue reading

A Toast to the US Soccer Fan as We Await the Confederations Cup Final

Posted on by Brian Zygo

As both a fan and observer of American Soccer in general and the US Men’s National Team (USMNT) in particular, Confederations Cup 2009 has been a rollercoaster with amazing emotional highs and lows. As we all know, the US started … Continue reading

The ESPN Empire Strikes Back

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

On English language websites yesterday the big news surrounding ESPN is about the network acquiring Setanta’s package to air Premier League matches in the UK. But perhaps bigger news was made stateside as ESPN returned to showing regular European league … Continue reading

Champions League Final Ratings Up 30%: Anglophiles Weep

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

Well look at what happens when the American football loving public isn’t subjected to an all English final with the team missing from last year full of petulant whining children like their former coach. Wednesday’s final provided ESPN 300,000 more … Continue reading

The Collapse of ESPN’s Soccer Empire

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

The loss of Champions League rights for the United States is just the latest blow to ESPN’s once dominant position broadcasting Football in the United States. As we reported almost two weeks ago, FOX has wrestled the rights to the … Continue reading

If I Ran the MLS

Posted on by Brian Zygo

A couple weeks ago I was a guest on Mad About Futbol and the hosts asked me what I would do if I were the commissioner of the MLS. I kept my answer short and only touched on a couple … Continue reading

US-Mexico Smashes Viewership Records

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

The Revolution is being televised. Despite almost constant hostility from significant elements of the mainstream media (including basketball announcers on ESPN who it seem deliberately mispronounce the names of football teams and players during the lead into MLS or National … Continue reading

ESPN The Magazine just came out and in that cover we see none other than LA Laker star Kobe Bryant wearing the blaugrana colors.  Every time an athlete, actor, actress, or person in the media express either an interest or … Continue reading

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MLS Thursday is no more

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

  ESPN’s Primetime MLS Thursday games failed to attract the viewership hoped by the network. Today the network announced that it is shelving the Thursday Primetime package and will mix MLS games on multiple days during the week much as … Continue reading

Bianchi To Take Managerial Role At Boca?

Posted on by Juan Arango

According to Universofutbol.com, reigning Argentine champs Boca Juniors will retain coach Carlos Ischia and will hire former coach Carlos Bianchi in a managerial role as of January.