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Presenter Kay Murray leaves beIN SPORTS

In the second major departure for beIN SPORTS this summer, presenter Kay Murray has announced she’s leaving the sports network.

Speaking to World Soccer Talk, Murray revealed she’s moving to the Northeastern United States to explore new opportunities.

While it’s certainly a smart move by Murray, her decision to leave beIN SPORTS is another blow to the broadcaster who continues to suffer the financial impact of not being televised by the two biggest distributors in the United States — Comcast and DIRECTV. Murray’s move, which follows on the heels of fellow presenter Kevin Egan deciding to leave, will leave a hole at beIN SPORTS as the sports network is readying to televise the last season of its TV deal with LaLiga for the 2019/20 season.

SEE MORE: An interview with Kay Murray from 2016

Prior to joining beIN SPORTS, Murray worked at Real Madrid TV and BoroTV as well as co-hosting the FIFA Ballon d’Or awards alongside Ruud Gullit. At beIN SPORTS, Murray was a familiar face on broadcasts of LaLiga as well as hosting The XTRA and The Locker Room. She quickly established herself as a knowledgeable and charming host, where she regularly worked alongside analysts such as Gary Bailey, Thomas Rongen, Ray Hudson and others.

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32 Comments

32 Comments

  1. Malcolm Bolton

    December 12, 2020 at 3:57 pm

    Shame

  2. Bayo Ojikutu

    November 30, 2019 at 11:08 pm

    . . . and all of the replacement studio fare launched in the wake of Kay Murray’s departure is hideous. I wish Ms. Murray (and Kevin Egan) the very best in their forthcoming endeavors: Murray, in particular, is an exceptional talent. I wonder what this portends for the future of global sport and Stateside broadcast markets. Bein Sports’ trouble in securing arrangements with the US cable duopoly may be further sign of the environment for sports-content delivery redefining itself before our eyes, real-time

  3. Azer

    September 15, 2019 at 11:44 pm

    ESPN needs to have Kay Murray be a studio host for the EURO 2020 Championship. It would be awesome if they did that. Kate Riley from CNN World Sport would also be a great choice.

  4. Ken

    September 14, 2019 at 3:16 pm

    And the Locker Room?

  5. ManCity MVP

    August 15, 2019 at 11:38 pm

    Has anyone watch the 2019 Campeones Cup game on ESPN? Because ESPN has her now.

  6. Azer

    August 11, 2019 at 11:03 pm

    Kay Murray should replace Kate Abdo on TNT’s UCL coverage and on Fox Sports especially if Fox keeps the Bundesliga. Kay Murray has a pair of nice legs. A beautiful girl for sure.

    • Dimi

      August 12, 2019 at 12:04 pm

      They both are good looking

    • cliff kobland

      September 15, 2019 at 9:41 pm

      Beyond the physical features she’s a far, far better moderator/TV personality. Abdo’s spastic….and most of the time lost as if she doesn’t know where the director is.

  7. KillerK

    August 9, 2019 at 5:56 am

    I have BeIN Connect. Why can’t I find The Locker Room or The Xtra to watch on BeIN Coinnect? It was the entire reason i purchased it monthly.. I was thinking they took off for the summer? I just searched and there is a show now called The Soccer Express at 5 EST?

    • D O

      August 16, 2019 at 11:27 am

      I believe the Locker Room is being replaced with Weekend Winners, with Hope Solo co-hosting. Kay is gone; Kevin is gone; I believe the Locker Room is also -very sadly -gone. I’ll miss all those guys-Bobo, Ray, Adres, Kay, and the wooden bow-tie. 🙁

      • Christopher Harris

        August 17, 2019 at 9:23 am

        The Locker Room will continue in Spanish on Mondays at 5PM ET. But beIN SPORTS, in English, have added a new show called Magisterial with Ray Hudson and Kaylyn Kyle, which will air every Monday at 7:30PM ET. That show has replaced The Locker Room in English-language.

        • JP

          August 17, 2019 at 10:52 am

          That’s a shame, The Locker Room was one the best soccer centric show we had, IMO. Thought they could’ve kept it going even without Kay. The show wasn’t as good during the times she couldn’t host, but out of the replacements (Gary, Jeremy, etc) Andres Cordero did the best in keeping it free flowing and had that camaraderie with the panel like Kay.

          Will have to check out these new shows.

        • JP

          August 20, 2019 at 9:16 am

          Weekend Winners was a bit awkward. Just going through various lists like top goals, saves, what team performed best, etc followed by a brief discussion. If you’ve already watched The Soccer Xtra during the weekend then this show is mostly a recap of lists or clips you’ve already seen. Hope Solo and Jeremy St Louis paired together works well though. With some tweaks in the format, focusing more on the clubs or players who surprised most during the weekend, and analyzing that might be interesting rather than the filler of goals/saves etc.

          Magisterial was better. Kind of a casual The Locker Room where only Ray and Thomas are on the panel and hosted by Kaylyn instead of Kay.

          They could do without the cartoonish graphics for the show’s title as the discussion here seems more analytical than what is on Weekend Winners, which oddly has the more professional graphics.

          As for The Soccer Xtra, they definitely need to make that an hour program rather than just a half hour to go through all the highlights, coaches corner, and discussion. Half hour seems rushed.

          • cliff kobland

            September 15, 2019 at 9:39 pm

            And they can’t treat EPL as if it doesn’t exist yet show hi lites from Segunda & Turkish Super League neither of which is in the same universe as EPL. And after last season, when the 4 finalists in Europe’s 2 major tournaments, Champions & Europa were all from EPL, seems like right now no league in the continent can match them.

  8. Monte Reed

    July 9, 2019 at 9:02 am

    After La Liga goes behind a pay-wall next season, just remember the good old days when we watch Kay, Ray, Phil and ALL La Liga games on the beIN and on the Connect channels.

    • JP

      July 9, 2019 at 9:28 am

      Basically ALL matches on beIN en Espanol too with English commentary if you used SAP!

    • Lovac

      July 9, 2019 at 4:00 pm

      yes, I remember all those meaningless la liga games picked over big serie A or Ligue 1 games. pretty soon they won’t need connect channels at all.

    • KillerK

      August 9, 2019 at 5:57 am

      KillerK AUGUST 9, 2019
      I have BeIN Connect. Why can’t I find The Locker Room or The Xtra to watch on BeIN Coinnect? It was the entire reason i purchased it monthly.. I was thinking they took off for the summer? I just searched and there is a show now called The Soccer Express at 5 EST?

      • Monte Reed

        August 9, 2019 at 8:58 am

        I think they took the summer off and towards the end of last season they where only doing Locker Room on Mondays and Fridays and the Xtra on weekends.
        If these shows do not start back when La Liga starts back, the rumors about beIN going dark may be true.

        • Christopher Harris

          August 9, 2019 at 10:17 am

          The next episode of The Soccer Xtra will be on Sunday, August 11th at 5:00pm EST.

        • Killerk

          August 10, 2019 at 1:55 am

          Thanks Monte. I hope note. I really enjoy Ray Hudson and the gang on The Locker Room

          • Monte Reed

            August 10, 2019 at 1:43 pm

            I agree 100%

      • JP

        August 11, 2019 at 9:08 pm

        Looked ahead two weeks and still don’t see The Locker Room scheduled on beIN, you’d think it would start to at least coincide with La Liga starting this Friday. No The Xtra either except for ‘The Soccer Xtra’ at 5pm EST on Saturday and Sunday….no more weeknight Xtra’s? They brought in Kaylyn Kyle as part of that show, more of an analyst than presenter so doesn’t seem to be a Kay Murray replacement as of yet. Jeremy St Louis was the host. Still think Andres Cordero better suited to host, but he understandably needs a break since calling most of the matches.

        There is a new show “Weekend Winners” at 7pm Monday’s (after La Liga’s 1st opening weekend)

        beIN En Espanol still has The Locker Room though

        • Monte

          August 11, 2019 at 9:52 pm

          I watched most of the Soccer Xtra on Saturday, I thought they were good.

          • JP

            August 12, 2019 at 9:38 am

            I agree, it was good. Half hour seems like it will be too short though when La Liga, Bundesliga, and Serie A start. Not enough time for all the highlights and analysis like they gave for Ligue 1 and PL this weekend.

            Interested to see that the “Weekend Winners” show will be all about. Maybe it will be a replacement for The Locker Room if it doesn’t return (not scheduled this Friday (La Liga starts) or Monday (when Weekend Winners premiers).

  9. R.O

    July 8, 2019 at 10:30 pm

    Imo, BeinSports USA won’t disappear or go away. This was the same thought back in 2012 when Goltv lost the rights to La Liga and Phil Schoen, Ray Hudson and Andres Cordero left Goltv to go to BeinSports USA. Many people predicated it would be the end for Goltv. They are is still around and I believe DirecTV and AT&T U-Verse still carry them.

    • Monte Reed

      July 9, 2019 at 9:12 am

      I hope they keep La Liga but it is important to remember that they do have Ligue 1 and Copa Libertadores.

      • JP

        July 9, 2019 at 9:42 am

        Unfortunately that won’t keep them relevant, kind of like Goltv after losing La Liga then Bundesliga. Only extremely hard core fans care about the current matches on Goltv.

        I don’t know what they can do. Shift more to motor sports? MotoGP is actually fun to watch. Shift to sports foreign to most US audiences such as handball to TV rather than Connect? Also interesting to watch. Shift to more lower tier college conferences and sports?

        Don’t know, but it will be difficult for them. Amazing they once had La Liga, Serie A, Ligue 1, Championship, League Cup (Caribeau?), Coppa Italia, Copa Del Rey, etc. So much content many matches had to be joined in progress or shown later on delay!

  10. Curtis Williams

    July 8, 2019 at 9:59 pm

    R.I.P, beINSports!

  11. JP

    July 8, 2019 at 2:52 pm

    Northeast….does she join her husband at ESPN or maybe NBC adds for PL coverage??

  12. JP

    July 8, 2019 at 2:42 pm

    Wow, doesn’t look good at all.
    Sad for beIN, their only sin was not having the backing of a media conglomerate that could demand carriage for their ratings deprived sports network (CBS! FS2! ESPNU!) in exchange for access to their more popular entertainment networks.

  13. Ben

    July 8, 2019 at 1:39 pm

    I think we all should prepare ourselves with a life without beIN at the end of this coming football season

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