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Tag Archives: ESPN

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

Post-World Cup Exposes Weaknesses of US Soccer Commentators

Posted on by Christopher Harris
England versus San Marino

The one thing that the preseason friendlies have revealed to me thus far is the enormous drop off in talent between the commentary teams that we were spoilt with during the World Cup to the B-level of talent we witnessed … Continue reading

Fox in Negotiations to Sublicense EPL TV Rights in U.S. to ESPN

Posted on by Christopher Harris

According to sources, ESPN and Fox Sports International are currently in negotiations for FSI to sublicense some of the Barclays Premier League TV rights in the U.S. through 2013 to ESPN. However, a deal has not yet been signed. And … Continue reading

2010 World Cup Final: The Most Watched Soccer Game In U.S. History

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The 2010 World Cup Final set a new record for the most watched soccer game in U.S. history Sunday when 24.3 million people watched the Spain versus Netherlands game on ABC and Univision, according to Nielsen. Univision drew 8.821 million … Continue reading

Why Today’s World Cup Final is Vital to Soccer Growth In USA

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Today’s World Cup Final between Netherlands and Spain will have an immense impact on the growth of soccer in the United States. While soccer continues to thrive among the die-hard fans who play the sport and/or watch it on television, … Continue reading

Efan Ekoku Commits Commentary Flub in Spain Game on ESPN

Posted on by Christopher Harris

When Martin Tyler and co-commentator Efan Ekoku did their preparation work for the 2010 World Cup, one thing they definitely didn’t study was the national anthem of Spain. Not that we expect them to, but when Efan Ekoku was sharing … Continue reading

ESPN Refuses to Rule Out Possibility Of Dedicated Soccer TV Network

Posted on by Christopher Harris

Perfection is almost impossible to attain, but given ESPN’s performance during the 2010 World Cup, they’ve come as close as any TV network can get. Commentators, production value, some of the best analysts and beautiful HD broadcasts, it’s hard to imagine … Continue reading

Schedule of Preseason Friendlies On US TV This July and August

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After Sunday’s World Cup Final, many soccer fans will be jonesing for more games to watch before the Premier League season kicks off again on August 14. But thankfully, there are quite a few summer preseason friendlies featuring European teams … Continue reading

7 Ways that World Cup 2010 Will Change America

Posted on by Christopher Harris

One of the things about the World Cup is that it puts the sport into perspective. With 64 games in one month, it’s easy to get a cross-section of where a country is. How well it’s doing relative to the … Continue reading

Martin Tyler Returning to ESPN for World Cup 2014 Commentary

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Martin Tyler will return to ESPN for the next World Cup where he’ll be commentating World Cup 2014, says the Associated Press. It’s quite an incredible achievement to secure Martin Tyler for two World Cup tournaments in a row. The … Continue reading

What Will the World Cup Look Like In 2014?

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Four years ago, which seems like a lifetime in Internet years, the 2006 World Cup experience was very different than it is today. There were only a handful of soccer podcasts worldwide. Soccer blogs were a relatively new thing. And … Continue reading

Record Ratings for ABC and Univision World Cup TV Broadcasts

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If anyone doubted if soccer is a mainstream sport in the United States, they only have to look at the eyepopping numbers of people who watched the World Cup this weekend to see how ABC and Univision both had record … Continue reading

ESPN World Cup Commentators: Progress Report Card

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ESPN’s coverage of the 2010 World Cup has been spectacular. But if I must be honest, some of the commentators are beginning to get on my nerves. It’s normal, I guess – especially after you consider how many hours we’ve … Continue reading

New Updated ESPN "Power of 10" TV Spot for World Cup

Posted on by Jake Islas

A couple months before the World Cup, ESPN released a series of 4 TV ads in their “One Game Changes Everything” campaign. If you don’t remember the ads, there was “Robben Island”, “United”, “Power of 10″ and “Passion”, and they … Continue reading

ESPN's Adrian Healey Confuses Slovakia with Slovenia

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Looking at the ESPN’s team of commentators for the 2010 World Cup TV coverage, we knew ahead of time that Adrian Healey and John Harkes were the weakest links in a team that features some of the best commentators in … Continue reading

World Cup TV Ratings Break New Records On ESPN and Univision

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The 2010 World Cup has exploded on US television with record ratings. During the first weekend, the audience numbers for the first five games for the 2010 World Cup on ESPN were twice as high as those from four years … Continue reading

ESPN "Fan Rant Challenge" – Who is the World Cup's Best Player So Far?

Posted on by Jake Islas

ESPN’s proclaimed “footy fanatic”, Josh Elliot has called out all World Cup fans. Sportscenter wants to know who you think is the best player in the 2010 World Cup so far. The ESPN anchor picks Gonzalo Higuain, the convenient choice … Continue reading

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Watch "The Two Escobars," June 22 on ESPN

Posted on by Christopher Harris

Next week on ESPN, the sports TV network, will debut its brand new documentary entitled “The Two Escobars,” the story of Andres Escobar, the talented Colombian soccer player who was tragically murdered after he scored an own goal in the … Continue reading