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Archives: ESPN

Top 5 Highlights of American Soccer in 2009

Posted on by Brian Zygo

As promised last week, here are my highlights from 2009 in American Soccer, in no particular order: U.S. National Team Beats Spain in Confederations Cup Semi-Finals: On June 24, 2009, in the Semi-Finals of the Confederations Cup, the U.S. National … Continue reading

La Liga US TV Listings for Jornada 16: Jan. 2 and Jan. 3

Posted on by Andy Pineda

As 2010 arrives through the doorstep, La Liga returns with a vengeance from the winter break that seemingly flew by so quickly.  As soon as these players finish their grapes and cava to ring in the new year, the focus … Continue reading

Ruud Gullit Hiring Shows ESPN’s Commitment to Doing it Right in 2010

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

ESPN’s coverage plans for the World Cup continue to get more detailed and exciting. Ruud Gullit, who is one of the most significant figures in Football over the past twenty five years, has been hired to provide commentary for the … Continue reading

La Liga US TV Listings for Jornada 14: Dec. 12 and Dec. 13

Posted on by Andy Pineda

The two late Saturday matches headline Round 14 of La Liga with the 150th edition of El Derbi Barceloní between local rivals FC Barcelona and Espanyol and a top-three clash with 3rd place Valencia hosting 2nd place Real Madrid.  Two … Continue reading

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