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Archives: ESPN

As ESPN’s Lead Commentator For World Cup 2014, Ian Darke is the People’s Choice

Posted on by Abe Asher
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To most fans of US soccer, Ian Darke wasn’t a familiar name when he was  hired in 2010 to commentate for ESPN at the World Cup in South Africa. After a debacle in 2006 with ESPN’s embarrassing commentator Dave O’Brien, … Continue reading

Could ESPN Show Select Champions League Games As Result Of FOX-ESPN USMNT-MLS TV Deal?

Posted on by Christopher Harris
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One of the possibilities of FOX and ESPN’s expected acquisition of the joint TV rights to US Men’s National Team and MLS for 2015-2022 is that it could allow ESPN to offer show some UEFA Champions League matches on its … Continue reading

FOX and ESPN Could Land 8-Year USMNT-MLS TV Deal For Half A Billion

Posted on by Christopher Harris
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FOX and ESPN are close to securing a landmark 8-year deal to acquire US media rights to the US Men’s National Team and Major League Soccer games, generating a whopping $560M in revenue between the two US soccer bodies, according … Continue reading

NBC No Longer In The Running For MLS TV Rights, Says Report

Posted on by Christopher Harris
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NBC Sports Group is no longer in the running to acquire the next round of MLS TV rights, which will begin with next season. According to a report tonight in Goal.com, sources are saying that the finishing touches are being … Continue reading

ESPN Banks On TV Ratings In Appointment Of Ian Darke Over Martin Tyler For World Cup

Posted on by Christopher Harris
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ESPN’s announcement yesterday to appoint Ian Darke as lead commentator for the 2014 FIFA World Cup over Martin Tyler was a landmark decision by the self-acclaimed Worldwide Leader In Sports. Both Darke and Tyler are accomplished commentators who have a … Continue reading

ESPN Names Ian Darke As World Cup Lead Commentator; Martin Tyler Departs ESPN

Posted on by Christopher Harris
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ESPN has announced that Ian Darke is the lead commentator for the coverage of the 2014 FIFA World Cup this summer. Both Darke and Martin Tyler were in contention for the position, but ESPN ultimately decided to go with Darke, … Continue reading

WATCH: ESPN’s First World Cup 2014 TV Commercial to Promote Its Soccer Coverage [VIDEO]

Posted on by Christopher Harris
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ESPN has just launched its first World Cup TV commercial to promote its coverage of World Cup 2014. The three words that can best describe this 90-second spot are class, sensational and goosebumps. Instead of focusing on its talent, talking … Continue reading

Record Audience for ESPN2’s FIFA World Cup Draw: Nightly Soccer Report

Posted on by Christopher Harris
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Last Friday’s Final Draw for the 2014 FIFA World Cup on ESPN2 averaged 489,000 viewers, based on a 0.3 U.S. household rating, making it the most-watched FIFA World Cup Draw on the ESPN networks, according to Nielsen Media. The audience … Continue reading

MLS Cup 2013 Down 44% In Viewership; Sets Record As Least-Viewed MLS Cup Ever

Posted on by Christopher Harris
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Saturday’s live broadcast of the 2013 MLS Cup on ESPN had an average viewing audience of 505,000, which is the least-viewed MLS Cup ever on English-language television. The previous record low was the 748,000 viewers who watched the 2010 MLS … Continue reading

US World Cup Game Against Portugal to be Televised Live On ABC On Sunday, June 22

Posted on by Christopher Harris
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USA’s game against Portugal on Sunday, June 22 will be televised live on ABC, according to ESPN Senior Vice President and Executive Producer Jed Drake. The ESPN executive was speaking via phone from Brazil to the US soccer media in Bristol, CT. … Continue reading

World Cup 2014 TV Schedule For June 12-26: Find Out When Your Team Plays

Posted on by Christopher Harris
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Now that the draw has been made for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, we finally know what teams will be playing on the different dates for the first round of the competition, with plenty of mouthwatering matches scheduled. Plus we … Continue reading

RIP Nelson Mandela, A Great Ambassador for World Soccer

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer
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Yesterday, the World Soccer Talk team was assembled in Bristol CT as guests of ESPN. During pre-production for Thursday’s ESPN FC show previewing the World Cup Draw, an ESPN staffer shouted “Nelson Mandela died.” Suddenly everyone on the set led … Continue reading

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Where to Find the World Cup Draw Live On US Television and Internet

Posted on by Christopher Harris
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The anticipation is building for Friday’s World Cup Draw, live from Brazil, where the world will find out who will play who in the ultimate soccer tournament on the globe. The draw for the 2014 FIFA World Cup will be … Continue reading

Is MLS Heading Toward a Bubble With Plans to Expand to 24 Teams?

Posted on by Aram Gyan
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There’s been a lot said lately about MLS expansion, but on a recent edition of ESPNFC, analysts Taylor Twellman and Steve Nicol had a fiery exchange that distilled the MLS expansion debate right down to its essence. Lincoln v. Douglas-esque … Continue reading

ESPN Announces First Five Analysts For Its World Cup 2014 Coverage

Posted on by Christopher Harris
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ESPN has announced the first five analysts for its coverage of the 2014 World Cup. ESPN has selected Michael Ballack, Steve McManaman, Alexi Lalas, Taylor Twellman and Santiago Solari. Ballack, Lalas, McManaman and Solari will appear on pre-match, halftime and … Continue reading

Who Will Win the US Media Rights to UEFA Champions League For 2015-2018?

Posted on by Christopher Harris
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The deadline to submit bids and final presentations is tomorrow for US media rights to the next round of UEFA Champions League coverage, which will span the 2015-16 to 2017-18 seasons. Current rights holder FOX Sports is expected to try … Continue reading

TV Times For FIFA World Cup 2014 For Soccer Fans in the United States

Posted on by Christopher Harris
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Now that the excitement is building for World Cup 2014, we’ve compiled a list of TV times when matches will kick off on Eastern Time in the United States. World Cup 2014 is going to be the most ideal World … Continue reading

MLS TV Ratings Down 29% On ESPN, 8% On NBCSN

Posted on by Christopher Harris
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TV ratings for the 2013 Major League Soccer regular season were down 29% on ESPN and 8% on NBCSN compared to last season. At the same time, the average attendance was down 1% across the league compared to last year, … Continue reading