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Archives: ESPN

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

Posted on by Christopher Harris

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

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

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 in addition to English … Continue reading

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

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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

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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

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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

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

This Week In Soccer: Player Power, Bill Shankly and Changing US/UK Media Rights [VIDEO]

Posted on by Christopher Harris

We’re excited to announce the launch of a brand-new video show on World Soccer Talk entitled This Week In Soccer. The first episode is now available below and on YouTube. The concept behind This Week In Soccer is simple. Each week, we’ll take … Continue reading

ESPN Announces 23-Man Squad of Experts for ESPN FC Daily Soccer Show

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ESPN has announced their star-studded roster of soccer experts that will appear on its new daily TV show named ESPN FC. With so many expert analysts, there’ll have to be a rotation policy in place to fit them all in. … Continue reading

ESPN FC Daily Soccer Show Will Feature Craig Burley As One of the Experts

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

Exclusive: Craig Burley, one of ESPN’s top soccer analysts, will be featured as one of the pundits on ESPN’s upcoming daily TV show named ESPN FC that will launch on ESPN2 beginning August 11, 2013. Burley is well-known to many … Continue reading

ESPN’s SportsCenter Only Covers Soccer 1.3% Of The Time: Daily Soccer Report

Posted on by Christopher Harris
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The amount of airtime dedicated to soccer in the past 12 months on the United States’s top sports news program ESPN’s SportsCenter was a paltry 1.3 per cent, according to a study by Deadspin. Out of the 289 hours of … Continue reading

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Hosts Named for ‘ESPN FC’ Daily Soccer Show to Air On ESPN2

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ESPN FC, the new daily soccer show from ESPN that will debut on August 11, will feature Max Bretos and Dan Thomas as the hosts of the show, according to Sports Illustrated. After a career at Real Madrid TV, Thomas … Continue reading

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More Details Regarding ESPN’s New Daily Soccer Show ‘ESPN FC’

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More details have been announced regarding the launch of ESPN’s daily new soccer show entitled ‘ESPN FC,’ which will launch on August 11. The 30-minute ‘ESPN FC’ show will air weeknights at 5:30pm ET on ESPN2. ‘ESPN FC’ will be … Continue reading

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1.3 Million Viewers Watch Brazil-Spain Confederations Cup Final On ESPN

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ESPN’s coverage of the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup final between Spain and Brazil was watched by 1.3 million people in the United States. The TV rating for the final was a 1.2, according to Nielsen Company. Note that the ratings … Continue reading

ESPN’s US TV Coverage Plans for FIFA World Cup 2014

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Now that the 2013 Confederations Cup has ended, the focus for ESPN is on their next major tournament, which is the 2014 FIFA World Cup that will be held in Brazil next summer. Sport Illustrated writer Richard Deitsch recently got … Continue reading

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Confederations Cup Viewership Up 26% On ESPN Compared to 2009

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Not including today’s semi-final, the first 12 matches of the FIFA Confederations Cup 2013 on ESPN and ESPN2 were seen by an average audience of 485,000 viewers, an increase of 26 percent in viewers to the 384,000 average who watched … Continue reading

ESPN Announces Commentators and Pundits for 2013 Confederations Cup

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The 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup kicks off Saturday with hosts Brazil facing Japan, which will be shown live on ESPN beginning at 2:30pm ET. The complete TV schedule as well as coverage plans are available, and today ESPN announced the … Continue reading

FOX Sports to Split European Qualifiers With ESPN For Euro 2016 & World Cup 2018

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As we exclusively revealed last week, FOX Sports has won the US English-speaking media rights to the European qualifiers for Euro 2016 and FIFA World Cup 2018. But in a new development, announced by FOX Sports today, FOX has a … Continue reading