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Archives: ESPN

Wynalda and Donovan still at it.

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

During Sunday’s telecast of US-Ecuador ESPN’s Eric Wynalda made the statement that he felt Landon Donovan was shirking his responsibility to the national team by stating he would skip one of the major tournaments the US is playing this summer. … Continue reading

ESPN Tommy Smyth's Appearance on PBS

Posted on by Christopher Harris

It’s the weekend of the World Cup Final, and it’ll be interesting to see how the media in the United States reacts to The Big Game. So far, so good. While watching the Charlie Rose show Friday night on PBS, … Continue reading

ABC/ESPN Controversy Continues

Posted on by Christopher Harris

The controversy about ABC/ESPN’s coverage of the World Cup won’t stop. Here are two more examples: Courtesy of EPL Talk reader Griff from Japan, watch this actual sports news episode from ESPN’s “Pardon The Interruption” here. The Wall Street Journal … Continue reading

ESPN Responds to Criticism

Posted on by Christopher Harris

Tokyo Toffeeman, an EPL Talk reader from Japan, sent me this very interesting link about ESPN’s response to the criticism it has been receiving regarding its coverage of the World Cup. Read the piece here. Most newspapers typically have ombudsmen … Continue reading

ABC and ESPN

Posted on by Christopher Harris

I’m not sure which is worse. With ESPN partnering with ABC for the World Cup coverage in America, does this drag the ABC name through the mud? Or is the other way around?

ABC Drops Another Clanger

Posted on by Christopher Harris
2010 -- Dave O'Brien

I have to admit that ABC commentator Dave O’Brien’s work is improving as each match unfolds, but the man is as passionate as a dead fish. Perfect example was one of the key moments of today’s Germany against Sweden second-round … Continue reading

Alternative to ABC/ESPN Commentary

Posted on by Christopher Harris

The Sun newspaper from England is streaming the World Cup matches live via Internet audio (including the current Australia versus Brazil match). Just click on the link below: The Sun newspaper (England)

Soccer America Drinks ABC/ESPN Kool-Aid

Posted on by Christopher Harris

This World Cup is exposing two different camps in the US. On one side, you have the those broadcasters and media who are “in bed” with US Soccer, such as ABC, ESPN and Soccer America. On the other side, you … Continue reading

ABC/ESPN Coverage Does US No Favors

Posted on by Christopher Harris

It hasn’t been a good few days for the United States. While many die-hard soccer fans have had to wince at the weekend’s World Cup coverage from ABC, the situation was made worse today by ESPN’s sycophant World Cup Live … Continue reading

ABC: Another Big Co*k-Up

Posted on by Christopher Harris

ABC’s Day 2 World Cup coverage, I believe, was appalling. Sure, Marcelo Balboa misspoke and said “Michael Beckham” during the England match, but that was an unfortunate slip. But what I was more pissed off at was lead commentator Dave … Continue reading

Americans Get a Taste of ABC World Cup Programming

Posted on by Christopher Harris

If you blinked, you may have missed it, but this past weekend ABC showed two World Cup shows to get Americans excited about the World Cup. The first, “American Soccer’s Ten Greatest Moments,” might sound like a joke to most … Continue reading

ESPN Interested in Bidding for Premiership TV Rights

Posted on by Christopher Harris

Today is the deadline for the first round of bidding for the rights to the 2007-2013 Premiership TV season, and The Guardian newspaper reports that ESPN is interested in purchasing the overseas rights. In North America, ESPN already owns the … Continue reading

ESPN Nil, Fox Soccer Channel Two

Posted on by Christopher Harris
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It was June 9, 1993. Graham “The Turnip??? Taylor’s England team is defeated 2-0 by the US national side at Foxboro – just five months before Taylor was sacked by England. What sticks in my mind, though, is the inexcusable … Continue reading