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Tag Archives: ESPN

The Group of Death: Rockumentary Video and Exclusive Interview

Posted on by Christopher Harris

Before I became a sports blogger, I was a rock journalist. I saw over one hundred concerts from the 80s to the 90s and witnessed incredible performances from The Rolling Stones, U2, Nine Inch Nails, Midnight Oil, Adam Ant, Metallica … Continue reading

What Fox Soccer Channel In HD Means For The Soccer Fan In America

Posted on by Fletch Spigner

Fox Soccer Channel will be broadcasting in HD very soon. There are a few positives and a few negatives, yes negatives, to this development. Here are a few positives and negatives as I see it: Positive #1: Fox Soccer will … Continue reading

Welcome to The Group Of Death: Live In Concert Video

Posted on by Christopher Harris

A few weeks ago I introduced you to The Group Of Death via a video showing a special package from ESPN that was delivered to my doorstep. But now, in homage to Spinal Tap and for a little bit of … Continue reading

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EPL TV Ratings On ESPN2: Aug 15 to Dec 5, 2009

Posted on by Christopher Harris

Maybe it was the World Cup Draw bounce or a nice lift from the previous weekend’s Manchester United game, but the Nielsen Ratings for last weekend’s match between Portsmouth and Burnley, far from being two popular teams in America, achieved … Continue reading

US World Cup 2018-2022 Bid Video

Posted on by Christopher Harris

The United States committee who are working on trying to bring either the 2018 or 2022 World Cup back to the United States have released a promotional video (see above). The team worked in conjunction with ESPN to create … Continue reading

Martin Tyler Shares His Reaction to England v US World Cup Draw

Posted on by Christopher Harris

Martin Tyler, the world’s number one football commentator, was on ESPN last week with Bob Ley to provide his reaction and analysis to the draw that will see England play the United States in the 2010 World Cup. In addition … Continue reading

Talk of EPL TV Ratings On ESPN2 Plateauing Are Premature And Misguided

Posted on by Christopher Harris

Many soccer fans in the United States have posted here and on other sites that Nielsen Ratings for Premier League games shown on ESPN2 have flatlined. Based on the latest numbers from ESPN2, that is simply not true. The reality … Continue reading

Can Diamanti Emulate Di Canio?

Posted on by David Schiavone

Can West Ham United’s new Italian talent have the same impact on the Hammers as club legend Paolo Di Canio did between 1999 and 2003? Gianfranco Zola signed Alessandro Diamanti for a fee of around £6 million in the summer. … Continue reading

TV Fees – The Key to MLS’ Future

Posted on by Peter C

TV Rules The number one item that should be on the agenda for MLS officials should be has to be the preservation of the TV rights contracts. Why do I believe that TV holds the future of MLS in its … Continue reading

ESPN’s EPL Coverage At Its Best When It Stays Out of the Way

Posted on by Dave Warner

When ESPN won the rights to show Premier League matches in the U.S., the biggest worry for most football fans in America was that the “Worldwide Leader” would somehow ruin the presentation of the game with subpar announcers and other … Continue reading

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MLS, CONCACAF botch doubleheader option

Posted on by Mitch Howard

Once again, MLS executives prove they are not in tune with their product.  The Gold Cup provided the perfect opportunity for MLS to expand their fan base.  Collaboration with CONCACAF representatives could have brought doubleheaders featuring one MLS game and one … 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

How ESPN Could Get the Champions League Back — And Much More

Posted on by Dave Warner

Earlier this morning, our friend The Gaffer lamented that ESPN’s loss of the UEFA Champions League TV rights would be bad for soccer in America. After all, ESPN remains the primary vehicle for sporting culture in this country, and if … Continue reading

What If Fox Soccer Channel Loses Its EPL TV Rights Deal?

Posted on by Christopher Kull

Within the next two months, we’ll learn who will win the bid for the US TV rights to the Premier League for the 2010-2013 seasons. What if Fox Soccer Channel loses its EPL TV rights deal to ESPN and/or Setanta. … Continue reading

Does Anyone Want La Liga TV Rights In The United States?

Posted on by Christopher Harris

GolTV’s contract to show La Liga matches in the United States ends this season, but the big question is whether GolTV or another broadcaster will pick up the rights for next season. La Liga Talk received an anonymous rumor this … Continue reading

ESPN Loses Premier League UK TV Rights Battle

Posted on by Christopher Harris

Breaking news: The Premier League has announced that out of the six TV packages available for bidding in the UK for the 2010-2013 seasons, Sky Sports won five of those packages with Setanta getting the sixth and final one. That … Continue reading