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Archives: ESPN

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

ESPN Faces Toughest Decision Of Its World Cup 2014 Coverage

Posted on by Christopher Harris
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ESPN has already announced its TV coverage plans for World Cup 2014, and has shared details regarding how the operation will be set up, but one of the most pressing decisions the network still has to make is who will … Continue reading

ESPN to Broadcast Europa League Games Online This Season In Addition to FOX

Posted on by Christopher Harris
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FOX Sports has sub-licensed the Europa League Spanish-language rights to ESPN Deportes this season, which means that soccer fans in the United States will be able to watch Europa League action on ESPN Deportes and ESPN3.com in addition to English … Continue reading

ESPN Scores Highest Overnight Rating Ever for a FIFA World Cup Qualifying Match

Posted on by Christopher Harris
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ESPN’s coverage of the USA versus Mexico game earned the highest rating for a FIFA World Cup qualifying match on US television. The live broadcast of the game scored a 1.9 overnight rating, based on the metered markets. The previous … Continue reading

ESPN’s ‘FIFA World Cup Whiparound – Quest to Qualify’ Program is a Valuable Show for Soccer Fans

Posted on by Christopher Harris
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During previous international breaks, the sheer amount of international games being televised simultaneously has been overwhelming for soccer fans in the USA. Yesterday afternoon, for example, there were more than 20 matches shown live on US television or Internet at … Continue reading

Promising News For Cord Cutters: ESPN Is In Talks to Stream All Channels Online, For A Price

Posted on by Christopher Harris
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ESPN could be a pioneer in the television industry if it decides to offer all of its programming to online services that are in development by Sony, Apple, Google and others. According to ESPN President John Skipper, in an interview … Continue reading

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The Battle of the Daily Soccer US TV Shows: ESPN FC vs FOX Soccer Daily

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer
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In the last two weeks, we’ve seen two new daily soccer news programs launch on American television — FOX Soccer Daily and ESPN FC. The addition of these two new shows meant that we bid adieu to their predecessors. FOX Soccer … Continue reading