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Each day, I scour the Internet looking for fascinating stories regarding the Premier League and share most of them on my Twitter account and my shared items on Google Reader. But I often come across some mouthwatering stories that I save to share with you on EPL Talk instead. Trouble is I often run out of time and I’m not able to post them. So, while some of these are older articles, they’re still very timely and are definitely, I feel, of interest to you. Enjoy.

  • Arsenal Launch United States Website ( Why, oh why Arsenal? I find it condescending that the club creates a separate site for US visitors. I’d rather the club continue to have visitors from the US, and around the world, visit the homepage rather than trying to segment their visitors and play down to them. Take a look at the Arsenal USA site and tell me it doesn’t look like it’s designed for young children. Plus, it has zero reasons why someone from the US would visit that page.
  • ESPN Acquires Premier League TV Rights Across Asia ( While Fox carves up most of the Premier League TV rights for North, Central and South America, ESPN takes a big chunk of the Asia market. Now that the international TV rights for the Premier League are close to being sewn up, the next big step for the EPL will be securing the broadband rights packages for the UK and around the world.
  • Exclusive Interview With Cesc Fabregas (Arsenal FC Blog). Andy had the privilege of sitting down for a few minutes to interview Cesc Fabregas, possibly the greatest midfielder that side of the Atlantic. Fabregas is quizzed on several subjects. I particularly like the answer about what we don’t already know about it, which was very enlightening.
  • Pirates Of The Premier League (BBC Five Live). I haven’t had a chance to listen to the episode yet, but I’m sure it’s quite intriguing. Click the ‘Listen Again’ link to hear the segment about how pirated streams are causing the Premier League headaches.
  • Did Rio Pay Bribes? (Transparency In Sport). When Rio was unveiled as the host city for the 2016 Olympics, some of my colleagues were puzzled as to why Chicago got knocked out in the first round. That’s not to say that I believe Chicago should have won the bid, but I did mention how corruption was rife in the Olympics and it may have been quite possible that secret brown envelopes helped tip the vote in Rio’s favor. Read the interesting article from investigative reporter Andrew Jennings to uncover what the FIFA link is to the 2016 Olympics.
  • Commissioner Don Garber To Discuss MLS Playoffs and League Future (Fox Soccer Channel). It’s not EPL-related, but Monday’s Fox Football Fone-In will have a very interesting interview with MLS Commissioner Don Garber. The show starts at 7pm ET.
  • Adidas World Cup Match Ball Collection 1970-2006 (Football Shirt Culture). The complete set of World Cup match balls from Adidas are now available. Which is your favorite? Mine: 1982.
  • The Official Arsenal App ( Now available for the iPhone and iPod Touch.
  • Ooh! Aah! South Africa (Prospect Magazine). Famed author David Goldblatt takes on the doom-mongers—particularly Brian Glanville—who claim the tournament will be a disaster. Not only are they wrong, says Goldblatt, but they fundamentally fail to grasp the point of making South Africa the host in the first place.
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  1. eplnfl

    October 23, 2009 at 5:56 pm

    Chicago getting knocked out in the first round was not based on merit. I hope the real story comes out and no drug dealer has shot anything out of the sky in Chicago. Ok, I’m still bitter about it but the IOC makes FIFA look like rational decision makers. The Olympic’s will only come to the US again when the TV money from the US networks dries up.

    Internet Pirates on BBC 5 Live. Not a very good discussion of the issue at all. The main issue for the EPL appearing to be the 3:00pm games being shown in pubs. The policy of no TV for the 3:00pm game is insane in todays world. If the American’s had such a policy we would be called such names by the Eurosnobs and told how enlightened Europeans are compared to the Yanks. I would hope the American owners in the EPL would inform the owners that the more TV exposure the better it is for the league.

    Why the EPL can not adopt a broadband service like MLS remains a mystery. A reasonably priced service would end the piracy issue dead in it’s tracks.

    • Kartik Krishnaiyer

      October 23, 2009 at 9:43 pm

      The Olympics are not anywhere near the sort of event worldwide that the World Cup is. It is not even close. In fact, 50% of the IOC’s TV revenue comes from the USA…..can you imagine that? It’s not really anything that matters in large parts of the globe and its insulting that an American President would go to Kobenhaven to lobby for an event that is less of an economic stimulus or relevant in the world, than the World Cup which the US is currently bidding on.

      Good for Rio- I’d much prefer to see an effort by the IOC to host the event somewhere new than simply cycling back through North America every other cycle, just like FIFA does with Europe.

  2. The Guvnah

    October 23, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    I really cant grasp how pirated feeds are huring the beautiful game. Not having instant replay or some other official review in place for questionable calls IS hurting the game. Cry me a river.

  3. The Guvnah

    October 23, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    Pirated football is better than no football at all. First you blocked us from worldwide streaming of music, and now when we’ve beaten you at your own game… you go crying to “big brotha govment.”

    Reasons to Pirate:
    – Ticket prices are ridiculous
    – Stadiums have seating limitations (Chelsea cant expand due to the tube. If Chelsea were in the USA and owned by Jerry Jones, the government would find a way to move the damn tube.)
    – England’s weather SUCKS

  4. LS

    October 23, 2009 at 10:36 am

    The 2002 Adidas World Cup ball Fevernov, while somewhat garish in appearance, is actually a really well-designed ball. It plays well on a variety of surfaces (plastic pitch and grass).

  5. SeminoleGunner

    October 23, 2009 at 8:43 am

    I’m not a big fan of the Arsenal USA site either. I might be able to see some benefit for the complete novice (the “Where to watch matches” section could be a help for instance) but after years of using the regular I don’t have any use for the new version.

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