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Ian Joy joins CBS Sports as their new soccer analyst

Soccer analyst and co-commentator Ian Joy has joined CBS Sports.

Joy made his debut for the New York-based broadcaster today when he appeared on CBS Sports HQ alongside former beIN SPORTS colleague Jeremy St. Louis to share his analysis about the return of the 2019/20 Europa League season.

In March 2020, Joy announced he was leaving FOX Sports after the end of the 2019/20 Bundesliga season. Speaking to World Soccer Talk at that time, Joy said “I’ll be moving closer to New York City where I feel like my brand is become bigger than anywhere else in the U.S. and where I feel I can develop as a person and talent better. I’ll hopefully find myself in a position where I’m being challenged every single day.”

The San Diego-born analyst has found that new challenge at CBS Sports. Later today on CBS Sports HQ, Joy will be providing pre-game coverage for Europa League alongside CBS Sports analyst DaMarcus Beasley and host Poppy Miller.

READ MORE: Watch the UEFA Champions League for free with CBS All Access one-month trial

In addition to working for CBS Sports, Joy has just agreed a new deal with YES Network where he will be more of a permanent fixture sharing his opinions and analysis on all of their sports.

Joy is one of the top American soccer analysts. Prior to joining CBS Sports, he was an analyst and co-commentator at FOX Sports where he covered the FIFA World Cup, UEFA Champions League and Bundesliga, among other leagues. Joy joined FOX Sports after a successful career at beIN SPORTS where he established a loyal following for his honest and passionate analysis on games and coverage from Serie A, Championship, LaLiga and Ligue 1.

Joy began his TV and radio career doing color commentary for FC Dallas and Real Salt Lake after his retirement from professional soccer in 2011.

So far, CBS Sports is making all the right moves ahead of their debut UEFA Europa League and UEFA Champions League coverage. In addition to hiring the highly-rated Ian Joy, CBS Sports have hired a who’s who of the best soccer analysts and commentators who will be working out of a studio near London, England.


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  1. Azer

    August 8, 2020 at 6:10 pm

    This is a surprise, I was expecting Ian Joy to join ESPN and cover the Bundesliga as an analyst/commentator. I’m sure he’s ”happy” and has a great salary from CBS but a bit disappointed that we won’t be covering his favorite league even if it’s online. A huge loss for ESPN in my opinion. No more travels to Germany to do the world feed alongside Phil Bonney and the rest. It looks like he will only be covering the Europa League for CBS Sports HQ and no Champions League as we’ve witnessed today with just the London crew.

  2. Gonzalo

    August 5, 2020 at 11:56 am

    Congrats to Ian for joining CBS Sports!!! So in addition to his main job with the YES Network, he’ll be available for CBS to work on CBS Sports HQ. I take it he will not be part of the CBS All-Access coverage of Champions League and Europa League as all of that coverage will be from the IMG Studios in London. Kind of a shame, but still good to hear he will be somewhat connected to the UEFA competitions through the CBS Sports HQ coverage.

  3. Ritchie

    August 5, 2020 at 10:19 am

    Thank you for all your do in covering soccer rights!

    Question: so the UCL will be done out of IMG London while Europa will be anchored from NY?

    Will Clive Tyldesley and Peter Drury will do all the games for both?

    • Christopher Harris

      August 5, 2020 at 10:30 am

      CBS All Access will have their own pre-game coverage. For the Europa League coverage, Ruud Gullit is supposed to be one of the analysts alongside presenter Kate Abdo.

      The pre-game coverage that CBS Sports HQ is doing is out of New York City, which will be different than what subscribers get on CBS All Access.

      Tyldesley and Drury will do most of the games for both Europa League and Champions League, I believe.

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