Category: ESPN

ESPN scores 1.7 million viewers for el Clásico Miami between Barcelona and Real Madrid

ESPN’s live coverage of the first el Clásico to be played on US soil between Barcelona and Real Madrid delivered 1.7 million viewers last Saturday. The match, billed as el Clásico Miami and part of the 2017 International Champions Cup, was shown live across ESPN in English and ESPN 2/ESPN Deportes in Spanish. With an audience of 836,000, the Real Madrid–FC Barcelona match is the most watched non-U.S. international friendly match ever on ESPN – topping the previous high, an international match between Mexico and Argentina on September 8, 2015, seen by 724,000 viewers. It’s also the most-watched soccer match ... Read more

Review of George Best – All by Himself, ESPN’s 30 For 30 soccer masterpiece

Like many soccer fans, I have been frustrated that despite the constant flow of excellent ESPN 30 for 30 films, so few have had any content related to our sport. As someone who spends very little time watching sports other than soccer, the 30 for 30 series has been enlightening and educational about topics I generally have little interest in. Therefore it goes without saying the excitement I and many other soccer fans had upon hearing the news about the latest 30 for 30 focusing on the life of the late great George Best. But hasn’t the George Best story ... Read more

ESPN to televise Arsenal, Dortmund, Bayern, Lyon and Milan games from International Champions Cup China

This summer’s International Champions Cup tournament in China will feature Arsenal, Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, AC Milan, Lyon and Inter Milan, with all of the games televised across a myriad of ESPN networks. The six teams will clash in four contests in Guangzhou, Shanghai, Shenzhen & Nanjing in this July. It’s the 3rd consecutive year the world’s leading pre-season soccer tournament to take place in China. SEE MORE: Schedule of International Champions Cup games on US TV and streaming The schedule of matches are as follows (all times Eastern; TV listings are subject to change):   Tuesday, July 18, 2017 ... Read more

ESPN to televise Chelsea, Bayern Munich and Inter matches from International Champions Cup Singapore

Fans of Chelsea, Bayern Munich and Inter Milan need to circle their calendars for late July as all of their matches from the 2017 International Champions Cup tournament in Singapore will be shown in the United States via a range of ESPN networks. Scheduled to take place at the National Stadium July 25-29, the ICC Singapore will feature Chelsea FC, FC Bayern and FC Internazionale in a round-robin three-match tournament. The fixtures in July will mark the first time top-flight European teams play each other in Singapore, which is the only country in Southeast Asia to host a leg of ... Read more

ESPN reaps benefits of FOX and NBC’s indifference to International Champions Cup TV rights

A little over one year ago, it appeared that Relevent Sports’ Charlie Stillitano and Stephen Ross had overshot the runway. They had “gambled in overvaluing their product and had lost badly” went the narrative. While International Champions Cup executives wouldn’t confirm it, reports indicated that FOX Sports declined to renew its TV deal with ICC, and that NBC Sports wasn’t very interested in the property. It was left to ESPN to pick up the pieces and to put in a lower bid just to ensure that the tournament would have a “home” on US sports television. At the time last year when Relevent ... Read more

ESPN to televise 2017 International Champions Cup including Barcelona-Real Madrid game

For viewers in the United States, the 2017 International Champions Cup will be televised live on ESPN and ESPN2, which will include the highly-anticipated game between Barcelona and Real Madrid on Saturday, July 29 — the first time ever el Clasico has been played in the United States. Out of the 12 games in the 2017 International Champions Cup, eight of them will be shown live on ESPN. The remaining four will be shown on ESPN2. While Barcelona and Real Madrid are the first two clubs that have been officially announced as 2017 International Champions Cup participants, we’re also expecting Manchester ... Read more

Tommy Smyth says farewell to ESPN after 24 years

Whether you like or dislike Tommy Smyth’s soccer analysis, there’s no doubt that he’s been an important part of the history of soccer on US television. Sadly, today was his last day at ESPN. Smyth, who is most famous for his catchphrase “Bulge in the old onion bag,” bid farewell to ESPN today after a career than spanned 24 years at the self-proclaimed Worldwide Leader of Sports. Smyth will continue his radio work at Sirius XM FC (The Grumpy Pundits show with Rodney Marsh) as well as co-commentary for the Philadelphia Union TV broadcasts. For many soccer fans in the ... Read more

2017 MLS TV schedule features plenty of changes to disrupt consistent TV windows

Major League Soccer has announced TV coverage plans for the 2017 season, which will include plenty of changes that will disrupt the consistent television windows that fans have only recently become adjusted to after the 2016 season. In the 2016 season, the vast majority of MLS games had consistent television windows where many Friday night games were on UniMas, Saturday games were on MLS Live and MLS Direct Kick and Sunday games featured an early afternoon match on ESPN followed by Sunday night games on FS1. Most of that is thrown out the window for 2017 with ESPN and UniMas, in ... Read more