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Archives: ESPN

Highs and lows of MLS’ opening weekend TV coverage

Posted on by Christopher Harris
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Major League Soccer couldn’t have picked a better weekend to launch its 20th season after a boring, quiet and uneventful FA Cup weekend in England. Soccer fans were craving goals, and MLS dutifully supplied them with an average of 2.25 … Continue reading

MLS and TV networks need to make most of this second chance; By Simon Evans

Posted on by Simon Evans
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So after all the strike threats, tough talking and marathon negotiations, Major League Soccer’s 20th season will kick off on time this weekend – and the new campaign is in many ways marks a second chance for the league. With … Continue reading

FOX Sports, ESPN and Univision announce MLS coverage plans for 2015 season

Posted on by Christopher Harris
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The 2015 season of MLS will feature a brand-new TV deal with broadcasters FOX Sports, ESPN and Univision Deportes combining forces to provide soccer fans with regularly scheduled games throughout the season. With new teams Orlando City and New York … Continue reading

9 reasons why the Premier League needs NBC for 2016-19 TV rights deal

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer
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In the last year and a half, the Premier League has reached a new level of recognition and marketability in the United States. While to some it might appear this is simply part of a natural evolution toward more interest … Continue reading

FOX Sports trying to get Ian Darke for its World Cup 2018 coverage, says report

Posted on by Christopher Harris
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FOX Sports tried to hire Ian Darke to be one of its commentators for the FIFA World Cup 2018, according to a report in The Big Lead. The Big Lead reports that several sources confirmed that FOX Sports tried to … Continue reading

ESPN and Univision confirm FIFA excluded them from World Cup 2026 bidding

Posted on by Christopher Harris
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ESPN and Univision have officially confirmed what World Soccer Talk revealed earlier today that neither TV network had been notified that the FIFA TV rights for 2023-2026 (including FIFA World Cup 2026) were being handed to FOX Sports and Telemundo instead … Continue reading

Delays in MLS’s streaming partnership with ESPN leads to further disappointment

Posted on by Earl Reed
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When MLS announced the new television carriage deal, one of the most promising aspects was the out-of-market streaming rights. ESPN insisted on procuring those rights, with reported plans to deliver via the ESPN3/WatchESPN platform. This would have been a welcome … Continue reading

Cord Cutter Soccer Fans Will Be Able to Get ESPN Soon Without a TV Subscription

Posted on by Christopher Harris
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In excellent news for cord cutters, soccer fans will soon be able to get ESPN programming as a streaming service without needing a TV subscription. For a subscription of $20 per month, customers will be able to receive ESPN, ESPN2, … Continue reading

FOX Sports Announce Coverage For The 2015 Women’s World Cup

Posted on by Jacquelyn Brazzale
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The 2015 Women’s World Cup will feature many firsts. The first time a senior tournament will be played on turf, the first time an expanded field of 24 teams will play in Canada and the first time in 11 years … Continue reading

Soccer Analyst Alexi Lalas Joins FOX Sports From ESPN

Posted on by Christopher Harris
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Alexi Lalas, the soccer analyst that people either love or hate, will make his FOX Sports debut in January after leaving ESPN at the end of this month. As we reported in October (along with Awful Announcing), Lalas joins host … Continue reading

MLS TV Coverage in 2015: Will FOX and ESPN Be Able to Match NBC’s Perfectionism?

Posted on by Abe Asher
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NBC broadcasted their final MLS game, the second leg of the Eastern Conference Final between the New York Red Bulls and New England Revolution. It was a fittingly great game for a network that raised the bar of MLS coverage … Continue reading

2014 MLS Cup Viewing Figures Increase By 91% on ESPN and 31% on UniMas

Posted on by Christopher Harris
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The number of people who watched the 2014 MLS Cup on ESPN increased by 91% compared to last year’s MLS Cup. An average viewing audience of 964,000 tuned in to watch LA Galaxy defeat New England Revolution 2-1 in the 120 … Continue reading

2014 MLS Cup Sees Increase In Viewership On ESPN

Posted on by Christopher Harris
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The 2014 MLS Cup delivered a 0.6 overnight HH US rating on ESPN, which is an increase compared to the overnight numbers for the 2013 MLS Cup. It’s important to note that the 2013 MLS Cup was the least-watched MLS Cup ever with a … Continue reading

Seattle Sounders Against LA Galaxy MLS Playoff Breaks 500K Audience Barrier

Posted on by Christopher Harris
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Sunday night’s MLS Playoff between Seattle Sounders and LA Galaxy, which was televised on ESPN beginning at 9:20pm ET, broke the 500,000 barrier. The game delivered a 0.3 HH US rating and was watched by an average audience size of 573,000 … Continue reading

Cameron Joins NBCSN, McBride Leaving FOX, ESPN Renews Twellman Contract & FOX Announces WWC Draw Details

Posted on by Christopher Harris
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It’s been a busy week in the world of soccer broadcasting in the United States with several important announcements that will impact the viewing experience Stateside. Geoff Cameron Joins NBCSN U.S. Men’s National Team and Stoke City defender Geoff Cameron … Continue reading

A Comprehensive Guide To English Soccer TV Commentators and Co-Commentators

Posted on by Chris Moore
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One of the often-overlooked reasons why the Premier League is the world’s most popular sports league is the expertise of the commentators. Whether it’s the commentators or co-commentators (aka color commentators), the men bring the Premier League to life in … Continue reading

Alexi Lalas And Brad Friedel Close to Joining FOX Sports, Says Source

Posted on by Christopher Harris
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UPDATE (December 9, 2014): FOX Sports has confirmed that Brad Friedel will join the broadcaster as an analyst in 2015. FOX Sports is close to finalizing deals to acquire Alexi Lalas and Brad Friedel as its newest soccer analysts, says a … Continue reading