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Tag Archives: Derek Rae

Derek Rae Leaving U.S. to Join ESPN in UK

Posted on by Christopher Harris

Derek Rae, one of the most talented US-based soccer commentators, will call his last game for ESPN US next week before he heads to the United Kingdom to work for ESPN UK. Rae will be the ESPN UK’s main commentator … Continue reading

ESPN get Rangers Assistant Ally McCoist for USA World Cup TV Job

Posted on by Jesse Chula

It seems the planning, preparation and excitement for the World Cup is hitting it’s full stride as of late as we enter into the last two weeks of the Premier League season. In addition to more exciting news from EPL Talk to come soon, ESPN just … Continue reading

Why ESPN Needs a US Commentator For Its World Cup TV Coverage

Posted on by Christopher Harris
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ESPN generated controversy Thursday when it named its four lead commentators for US TV coverage of the 2010 World Cup. All four are British born, but not one US-born commentator was selected. Of the four chosen by ESPN, three of … Continue reading

JP Dellacamera Demoted From TV to Radio Coverage of World Cup

Posted on by Christopher Harris

In a blow to the growth of US-born commentators in this country, ESPN revealed today the names of the four lead announcers for its TV coverage of the 2010 World Cup. All four of them are British born. The lead … Continue reading

ESPN Commentators For 2010 World Cup TV Coverage Announced

Posted on by Christopher Harris

ESPN today announced the lead commentators for its coverage of the 2010 World Cup. The lead commentators will be Martin Tyler, Ian Darke, Derek Rae and Adrian Healey. In all, ESPN will employ four teams to cover all 64 tournament … Continue reading

The 1st Annual Bundesliga Talk Prediction League

Posted on by Double Pivot

Believe it or not, we are just a week away from the start of another glorious Bundesliga season. Having taken the summer off from worrying about football (and cramming in seven Harry Potter books into those months), it is time … Continue reading

An Interview with Derek Rae

Posted on by Double Pivot

Derek Rae of ESPN was kind enough to speak to me at length about Germany and German football. If you have access to ESPN/ESPN International, you may be accustomed to Rae’s commentary for the Champions League, La Liga or even … Continue reading

Famous Soccer Celebrities On Plaxo

Posted on by Christopher Harris

Previously on EPL Talk, we identified some of the top footballers on MySpace and Facebook. Now it’s the turn of Plaxo, the online address book used by more than 40 million people worldwide. Steve Sampson. It’s pretty sad when someone … Continue reading

Jack Bell Is A Wanker, Part II

Posted on by Christopher Harris

It’s pretty sad when two soccer columnists who represent what is supposedly one of the nation’s top newspapers are so incompetent and out-of-touch with reality. Last November, I called New York Times soccer columnist Jack Bell a wanker for writing … Continue reading

ESPN's Euro 2008 Dream Goes According To Plan

Posted on by Christopher Harris

ESPN and ABC’s dreams have come true. Sunday’s Euro 2008 final between Germany and Spain is a far better proposition for the Disney owned TV networks than Turkey against Russia would have been. With plenty of German Americans living in … Continue reading

ESPN Find Magic Formula With Andy Gray & Derek Rae

Posted on by Christopher Harris

Soccer fans in the United States watching the Turkey against Czech Republic game were in for a double treat on Sunday. There was the incredible comeback from Turkey who found themselves two nil down but came back to win the … Continue reading

Day One: First Impressions of ESPN's Euro '08 Coverage

Posted on by Jeff Hash

Euro 2008 is finally here after the standard mega sports event buildup.  And for ESPN, today is the beginning of their broadcast of the entire tournmanet for the first time.  The network has been rolling the ads for weeks and made a big addition … Continue reading

ESPN Makes Smart Move With Andy Gray Hiring

Posted on by Christopher Harris

Andy Gray, one of the top football co-commentators and pundits in the world, made his appearance this afternoon not on Sky Sports but instead on ESPN. What Gray gives ESPN is instant credibility, which the network desperately needs if it’s … Continue reading

ESPN Deserves Praise For Excellent Champions League Coverage

Posted on by Christopher Harris

So much focus is put on the Champions League Final and what happened during the game that it’s often easy to overlook the admirable job that ESPN2 did behind the scenes yesterday. Their production was excellent and what I was … Continue reading