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Tag Archives: ESPN

Does ESPN Have What It Takes To Win UK Premier League TV Rights?

Posted on by Christopher Harris

In the next 24 hours, we’ll find out if the future of Premier League TV coverage will change forever. Sky Sports has already won the bids for the first four of six packages made available by the Premier League for … Continue reading

ESPN Insider Confirms UK Premier League TV Bid

Posted on by Christopher Harris

An insider source at ESPN has revealed that the Disney-owned company is planning on bidding for one to two of the six UK TV packages available for the 2010-2013 Premier League seasons, according to Bloomberg. While the news hardly comes … Continue reading

Premiership Considers Premier League TV

Posted on by Christopher Harris

On Monday, the Premier League formally send out invitations to the UK networks interested in bidding on the next round of TV rights for the league, for the 2010-2011 to 2012-2013 seasons. If you’ve been reading EPL Talk for a … Continue reading

College Soccer Needs a Facelift

Posted on by Mitch Howard

It’s a shame that the NCAA College Cup is not more publicized and marketed to the sporting public.  College soccer is exciting, and it should get more attention.  The NCAA is missing an opportunity with NCAA soccer.  The ‘Final Four’ in NCAA basketball … Continue reading

The Learning Curve of Arena Football

Posted on by Mitch Howard

News about the Arena Football League (AFL) not playing its 2009 season is unsettling and a surprise to many (at this time, statements from the league website are still evolving).  The league appeared to be in good shape.  Evidence suggested … Continue reading

Soccer News From The Blogosphere

Posted on by Christopher Harris

Champions League football returns today with both Chelsea and Liverpool in action. Chelsea is at home versus Cluj in a must-win game for Gene Hackman, I mean Luiz Felipe Scolari, (ESPN2 and ESPN360, 2:30pm ET) while PSV takes on Liverpool … Continue reading

Time for MLS and ESPN to Make Changes Together

Posted on by Mitch Howard

In early August of 2006, it was announced that ESPN had paid for the rights to broadcast MLS.  At the announcement, officials from both sides agreed that ESPN would brand MLS with all the glory that its broadcasting style conveys to U.S. sports … Continue reading

How the ESPN360 & Setanta Broadband Deal Will Work

Posted on by Christopher Harris

ESPN and Setanta announced last week that both networks will immediately begin sharing the broadband rights in the United States for the Carling Cup, Coca-Cola Championship and Football League. But how exactly will games be split between Setanta Broadband and … Continue reading

ESPN Moves a Step Closer To Premier League TV Rights

Posted on by Christopher Harris

Setanta Sports’s decision Thursday to sub-license the U.S. Internet rights to the Carling Cup, Coca-Cola Championship League and Football League to ESPN sends a message loud and clear that the Disney-owned corporation has the Premier League in its sights. In … Continue reading

Fox Soccer Channel Almost Beats ESPN2 In TV Ratings

Posted on by Christopher Harris

Fox Soccer Channel’s first Nielsen Ratings have been released giving soccer fans and advertisers alike a glimpse into how many people watch soccer on the network in the United States. Here are the figures for the opening weekend of October: … Continue reading

ESPN2 Shows EPL Teams Too Often In Champions League

Posted on by Christopher Harris

I love watching Premier League teams on television just as much as anyone, but I must admit that I’m a bit sick of EPL teams monopolizing ESPN’s Champions League coverage in their Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon timeslots.

ESPN To Acquire Premier League TV Rights? Roundtable Discussion

Posted on by Christopher Harris

According to a recent article in The Times newspaper, the Walt Disney Company has expressed an interest in bidding for the TV rights to the Premier League in the United Kingdom and United States. The next auction of broadcast rights … Continue reading

ESPN Promotes La Liga Coverage With Video

Posted on by Christopher Harris

Here’s a video to get in the mood for the upcoming La Liga season that’ll begin on August 30, 2008. It’s created by ESPN and airs on the ESPN International station in Australia/New Zealand and parts the Caribbean, Central and … Continue reading

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ESPN Coverage Hits New Low With West Ham vs MLS All-Stars

Posted on by Christopher Harris

ESPN’s broadcast of Euro 2008 was the best production ever of a soccer tournament for TV viewers in the United States. While it wasn’t perfect, it was clearly evident that ESPN had listened to the past criticism and corrected the … Continue reading

How Fox Soccer Channel Can Improve Its Summer Programming

Posted on by Christopher Harris

Television companies that feature the Premier League throughout the season face the harsh reality of trying to keep their viewers returning during the three months in late Spring to early summer when the Premiership is on break. The issue is … Continue reading

ABC Gets 3.1 Overnight Rating For Spain-Germany Final: So What's Next For ESPN?

Posted on by Jeff Hash

Sunday afternoon’s Euro 2008 final between Spain and Germany on ABC was watched by 2.4 million overnight households according to numbers announced by Nielsen Media Research.  That gives the broadcast a 3.1 overnight rating based on the 77 million households in … Continue reading

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ESPN Has The Power To Make Soccer Successful In America

Posted on by Christopher Harris

ESPN has finally cracked the code of how to produce soccer for the American audience. Show it in high definition, feature a strong team of commentators, promote the tournament across your networks, don’t cut the national anthems, include advertising at … Continue reading

Spain-Italy Most Watched Match So Far And Other ESPN Euro Ratings News

Posted on by Jeff Hash

As we head into the final weekend of Euro 2008, ESPN decided to take the occasion yesterday to put out a new press release talking about how the tournament is doing viewership wise through the quarterfinal round.  So, what did they have … Continue reading