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Archives: ESPN

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

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
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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

Random Thoughts

Posted on by Christopher Harris
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The only team to score against Italy this entire World Cup has been the United States, albeit as an own goal. Any guess what sporting event ESPN2 broadcasted today on their channel? Golf? Tennis? Soccer? No, it was a hot … Continue reading

ESPN Responds to Criticism

Posted on by Christopher Harris
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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

How Does Univision Compare?

Posted on by Christopher Harris
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While watching the Argentina against Mexico match, here are just a few of the differences I noticed between Univision’s coverage of the match versus ABC/ESPN: 1. The crowd volume on Univision is much louder. 2. You can hear the passion, … Continue reading

ABC and ESPN

Posted on by Christopher Harris
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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
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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

World Cup ratings surprise ABC & ESPN

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer
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ABC and ESPN’s ratings for World Cup have been excellent despite the cynics and obvious contempt of the soccer hating sports media in this country. The Czech Republic-USA match was the highest rated program thus far in 2006 on ESPN … Continue reading

Alternative to ABC/ESPN Commentary

Posted on by Christopher Harris
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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)

Waldo’s World

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer
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Eric Wynalda is a breath of fresh air on ESPN and ABC American soccer is still in its growth stages and throughout the evolution of our national team, ESPN and ABC have essentially employed yes men and rally around the … Continue reading

World Cup Coverage in America, Day 5

Posted on by Christopher Harris
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ABC/ESPN’s coverage was better today, probably because Dave O’Brien and Marcelo Balboa took the day off. JP Dellacamera did a fine job, as did the team of Adrian Healey and Tommy Smyth. Some points regarding today’s coverage: ESPN’s World Cup … Continue reading

Soccer America Drinks ABC/ESPN Kool-Aid

Posted on by Christopher Harris
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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
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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