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Archives: ESPN

Time for MLS and ESPN to Make Changes Together

Posted on by Mitch Howard

In early August of 2006, it was announced that ESPN had paid for the rights to broadcast MLS.  At the announcement, officials from both sides agreed that ESPN would brand MLS with all the glory that its broadcasting style conveys to U.S. sports … Continue reading

MLS on ESPN/ABC Continues to Underwhelm

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

Part of the problem Major League Soccer has on television is undoubtedly the amateur nature in which the Disney family network has treated the league for years. We’ve had shows come and go like MLS Extra Time, and MLS Soccer … Continue reading

MLS on ESPN Continues to Underwhelm

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

Part of the problem Major League Soccer has on television is undoubtedly the amateur nature in which the Disney family network has treated the league for years. We’ve had shows come and go like MLS Extra Time, and MLS Soccer … Continue reading

At The Turn: Who Needs to Win

Posted on by Mike

To use a golf analogy, the teams in the group stage of the Champions League make the turn today and tomorrow with the completion of the first three games of the group stage. And while it’s early, for some teams, … Continue reading

ESPN Promotes La Liga Coverage With Video

Posted on by Christopher Harris

Here’s a video to get in the mood for the upcoming La Liga season that’ll begin on August 30, 2008. It’s created by ESPN and airs on the ESPN International station in Australia/New Zealand and parts the Caribbean, Central and … Continue reading

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Quick Hits: News From Baltimore

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

What I’m hearing around the NCSAA Convention: The US will play a friendly in Spain right before the European Championships. Spain needs all the work they can get after a rough qualifying group. J.P. Dellacamara will be paired with John … Continue reading

Ideas for Improving ESPN’s MLS and US Soccer Coverage

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

ESPN under the stewardship of George Bodenheimer has shown more of an interest in Soccer than ever before. Bodenheimer who directs sports for ABC, and all the ESPN family of networks has admitted he’s the latest in the long line … Continue reading

ESPN Debuting Blanco Cam Tonight

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

ESPN 2 bombed with Beckham Cam, because the combination of injuries and poor supporting play doomed David Beckham’ s short stint in MLS. But tonight ESPN 2 is debuting a “Blanco Cam” to follow Cuauhtemoc Blanco’s every move on the … Continue reading

“Blanco Cam” Debuts Tonight on ESPN 2

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

ESPN 2 bombed with Beckham Cam, because the combination of injuries and poor supporting play doomed David Beckham’ s short stint in MLS. But tonight ESPN 2 is debuting a “Blanco Cam” to follow Cuauhtemoc Blanco’s every move on the … Continue reading

Beckham Debut Causes Ratings Jump

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

Last night’s DC United-LA Galaxy match attracted a 0.8 rating on ESPN2 the highest rated MLS regular season game of the season and more than twice the normal rating for ESPN’s Thursday Night MLS package.

US-Brazil moved to ESPN

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

Realizing the national buzz growing around the US U-20 team, ESPN executives have wisely made the decision to move tonight’s massive US-Brazil match to ESPN from ESPN U. The match will also be availible on ESPN 360 and ESPN HD.

US Game Tonight Moved to ESPN

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

Realizing the national buzz growing around the US U-20 team, ESPN executives have wisely made the decision to move tonight’s massive US-Brazil match to ESPN from ESPN U. The match will also be availible on ESPN 360 and ESPN HD.

ESPN Expands Coverage of Champions League Final

Posted on by Christopher Harris

I just interviewed soccer commentator JP Dellacamera this evening for this Sunday’s episode of the EPL Talk Podcast. Dellacamera talked Champions League (as well as other topics), but he also revealed that he’ll be in ESPN’s studios in Bristol next … Continue reading

Memo to ESPN: Keep Tommy Smyth on the MLS telecasts!

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

ESPN’s typical amateurish MLS telecast gained some new life tonight as Tommy Smyth joined Eric Wynalda and Rob Stone on the call of New England-Columbus. Smyth’s presence in the booth made an otherwise unwatchable midweek game between two teams who … Continue reading

Tommy Smyth Talks Champions League

Posted on by Christopher Harris

This Sunday’s edition of the EPL Talk Podcast will feature an interview with ESPN’s Tommy Smyth. The Irish co-commentator discusses next week’s Champions League matches and analyzes how much of an impact managers have on matches. Especially when you consider … Continue reading

Thoughts on TV coverage of MLS Week One

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

Eric Wynalda’s suspension by ESPN for ABC’s Saturday telecast was nothing short of criminal. What ESPN lacks throughout its sports programming is strong witty opinions. Just consider the way ESPN’s signature voices analyze their respective sports: Dick Vitale will never … Continue reading

Will MLS First Kick on ABC feature Eric Wynalda?

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

Rumors are abound that Eric Wynalda has been suspended for ABC’s telecast of MLS First Kick later today. If Wynalda has in fact been suspended it is a bad sign as to ESPN’s commitment to objective and critical analysis by … Continue reading

Wynalda vs Donovan Cold War Continues

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

By now I am sure everyone has heard about Eric Wynalda’s comments towards noted Soccer hater and general sports trash monger Jim Rome. What had escaped me during the ordeal was Wynalda’s comments towards Landon Donovan that follows up nicely … Continue reading