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ESPN Has The Power To Make Soccer Successful In America

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 appropriate moments, reduce the hype and include intelligent discussions during […]

ESPN's Euro 2008 Advertising Gone Wrong

When was the last time you saw a banner advertisement on the homepage of a major website promoting soccer in the United States? I had to rub my eyes when I saw it earlier Thursday afternoon on the homepage of Yahoo Finance, one of the top financial websites in the […]

ESPN's Euro 2008 Dream Goes According To Plan

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 the United States as well as a massive hispanic population, […]

Julie Foudy: You Are ESPN's Weakest Link, Goodbye!

At the start of the Euro 2008 tournament, ESPN pundits were asked who was going to be their star of the tournament. Pundit Julie Foudy picked Thierry Henry. Her choice showed how clueless she is about the sport. I’m still scratching my head why ESPN selected Foudy as a member […]

Could ESPN Steal Andy Gray From Sky Sports?

Modern day football coverage is such that the commentators don’t even need to be in the stadiums anymore. ESPN’s Euro 2008 commentators are all huddled in Bristol, Connecticut. Most TWI commentators, meanwhile, broadcast Premier League games out of their studios in west London. With the world being a much smaller […]

ESPN Find Magic Formula With Andy Gray & Derek Rae

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 match 3-2, which knocked the Czechs out of the tournament. […]

ESPN Fútbol Channel?

A few years ago there were rumors milling in Bristol, CT about the possibility of ESPN trying to buy Gol TV. That rumor evaporated alongside the Dave O’Brien experiment. With the Worldwide Leader in Sports trying to justify that self-proclaimation, this is news is starting to pick up steam as […]

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

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 to its on-air talent with Andy Gray.  Now, at last, the […]

ESPN Makes Smart Move With Andy Gray Hiring

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 to establish itself as an authority on soccer coverage both […]

ESPN Launches Its Euro '08 Web Site

ESPN has quietly launched its Euro 2008 site, which features stunning graphics and a very clean cutting edge design.From the opening intro of “This is not the football you think it is,” the web site features a state-of-the-art design that pulls you into the site. Once you’ve viewed the intro, […]

Euro 08 Coverage From ESPN Classic

In the United States, ESPN Classic has kicked off their build-up to the coverage of Euro 2008 with a bang. In addition to the nightly broadcast of classic encounters from previous European Championships, the TV network is also airing the Euro 2008 Preview Show, a 30-minute show hosted by James […]

Top 10 Most Visited Soccer Websites By U.S. Visitors

There are some movers and shakers in the list of the top 10 most visited soccer websites by visitors from the United States, according to Hitwise for the week ending May 17th. Compared to the week ending April 26th, ESPN Soccernet is still number one, but with slightly less overall […]

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Premier League Team of the Weekend From Gameweek 16

Based on the performances in the 10 matches played during the weekend of gameweek 16 of the Premier League, as well as utilizing stats from WhoScored, Squawka and TransferMarkt, here’s my team of the weekend: Goalkeeper De Gea – [Manchester United] – David De Gea put in a memorable performance […]

Football News (Other Than England’s New Kit, For Once)

It’s been a relatively quiet few days in terms of Premier League news (understandably so given the focus on international friendlies and World Cup qualifying matches), but here are several stories I picked that you may be interested in reading. Check back here daily at EPL Talk for more stories […]

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