Kartik Krishnaiyer

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Media giants battle for Women's World Cup 2027 US TV rights

This summer’s edition of the FIFA Women’s World Cup is the last in the current US TV rights deal. FOX Sports picked up the rights to the 2015 tournament, airing both that and 2019. There is growing speculation that the 2027 tournament will be in North America. That tournament will not be in a bundle […]

Leagues: NWSL

/ 21 days ago

Recapping the key takeaways from NWSL gameweek 7

Gameweek 7 in the NWSL brought more stout efforts across the league. Ashley Hatch scored again for league-leading Washington. North Carolina put on a masterclass of midfield play, Marta again wowed and defenses stepped up with more stout efforts in NWSL gameweek 7.  Each fixture in NWSL gameweek 7 Racing Louisville 3-0 Chicago Red Stars […]

Leagues: NWSL

/ 28 days ago

NWSL weekend wrap-up: What we learned from gameweek 6

Another short week to prepare for league action due to midweek NWSL Challenge Cup matches was highlighted by a national CBS broadcast on Saturday afternoon for gameweek 6. Trinity Rodman moved further along in the USWNT conversation with her performance against San Diego in that game. She showed a national television audience why she is […]

Leagues: NWSL

/ 35 days ago

NWSL weekend wrap-up: Close games galore in gameweek 5

Bella Bixby’s dramatic equalizer for Portland, Debinha’s two-goal masterclass and Orlando’s shock win against San Diego highlighted the results of gameweek 5 in NWSL. As we approach the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup, NWSL play is becoming more open and aggressive. Many players are vying to impress their respective national team managers to get a […]

Leagues: NWSL

/ 42 days ago

NWSL weekend wrap-up: Return to action in gameweek 4

After midweek Challenge Cup action, the NWSL returned this weekend with some fireworks in gameweek 4. Megan Rapinoe reminded us of her quality over dead balls, and Lynn Williams scored her third goal in a week, reminding us how effective she potentially could be for the USWNT. Portland won again and San Diego showed its […]

Leagues: NWSL

/ 50 days ago

NWSL weekend wrap-up: What we learned from gameweek 3

The National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) fired back into action this weekend following a two-week international break. San Diego dropped its first match of the season, while Houston surprisingly held Portland at home.  Portland Thorns 1-1 Houston Dash Houston held the Thorns at Providence Park, extending the Dash’s unbeaten streak to three when visiting Portland […]

Leagues: NWSL

/ 63 days ago

NWSL weekend wrap-up: High-scoring gameweek 2

NWSL enjoyed a prime placement match on CBS over-the-air this weekend and Sophia Smith of Portland took full advantage in gameweek 2, recording a hat-trick. That, as well as how VAR is impacting the games and everything else, in this weekend’s NWSL gameweek 2 wrap-up. NWSL gameweek 2 brings goal fest KC Current 1-4 Portland […]

Leagues: NWSL

/ 70 days ago

NWSL weekend wrap-up: Takeaways from gameweek 1

NWSL returned this weekend to kickoff a new season in gameweek 1. The league entered its eleventh campaign. Part of the additions and changes was the welcoming of VAR. And, in true VAR fashion, it dominates the discussion of the league in its first weekend back. Regardless, gameweek 1 in the NWSL featured great performances. […]

Leagues: EPL

/ 75 days ago

Why Premier League success in USA is partly due to Anglophiles

The Premier League continues to be the most watched and discussed soccer league in the United States among English-language audiences. This is the case even as other European leagues make dedicated efforts to corner the US market. Much of the credit goes to the Premier League’s head-start in the US. Also, the work with NBC […]

Leagues: MLS

/ 82 days ago

Lower divisions shed light on chaotic nature of US Soccer

This month, in the United States men's club soccer scene, three different professional third divisions kick off 2023 campaigns. USL League One kicks off this weekend. Then, MLS Next Pro the following weekend. Finally, NISA the weekend after. What exactly is a third division in a system with no promotion and relegation? Well, It’s a […]

Leagues: EPL

/ 132 days ago

Tim Howard on his role as America's Premier League voice

NBC Sports Premier League studio analyst Tim Howard wears big shoes. The United States Men's National Team legend is the primary American-accented studio voice analyzing the English top flight for a US audience. Howard is currently in his third season in NBC’s Premier League Live studio. That follows a playing career as the most-capped goalkeeper […]

Leagues: EPL

/ 133 days ago

Rebecca Lowe reflects on 10 years of Premier League on NBC

NBC Sports Premier League studio host Rebecca Lowe sets a high standard for presenting soccer in the United States. NBC’s Premier League coverage began with a three-year rights deal in August 2013. Since then, it garnered rave reviews, with Lowe regularly among the critically lauded. Lowe talked to World Soccer Talk at this past weekend’s […]

Grant Wahl

/ 175 days ago

Grant Wahl tribute: A trailblazer for US soccer

Editor's note: Kartik Krishnaiyer's Grant Wahl tribute remembers one of soccer's most influential individuals for the sport in the United States. Grant Wahl, a fixture on the American and global soccer scene, passed away suddenly on Friday. Wahl was 49. Wahl was no ordinary soccer writer. Rather, he was an institution in the game and […]

FOX Sports

/ 194 days ago

Good and bad from FOX and Telemundo's World Cup coverage

The first several days of Group Stage action at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar has been engulfed in controversy off-the-pitch but has also delivered some incredibly compelling action on-the-pitch. When it comes to FOX and Telemundo's World Cup coverage, it's been a mix of good and bad so far. US rights-holders FOX Sports […]

CBS Sports

/ 290 days ago

CBS renews UEFA Champions League rights through 2029/30

As first reported by Gerry Smith at Bloomberg, CBS Sports (as CBS/Viacom/Paramount) renewed its English-language rights to broadcast the UEFA Champions League for the next six years. The deal also includes the rights to UEFA's other club competitions, the Europa League and Europa Conference League. The broadcaster fended off interest from Amazon. Amazon did secure […]


/ 382 days ago

How Frank Lampard rescued Everton to Premier League safety

Everton's 3-2 win over Crystal Palace at Goodison Park on Thursday clinched Premier League safety. The club's almost 70-year run in England's top flight continues into the 2022/23 season. Quite frankly, it would likely be over without Frank Lampard being appointed as manager. Lampard faced constant critiques for his job performance at Chelsea. At Everton, […]
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Leagues: EPL

/ 382 days ago

Pep Guardiola’s title-decider selections a major challenge for City

Pep Guardiola's title-decider selections are causing the Spaniard headaches. Manchester City hosts Aston Villa at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday. For the home side, it could decide the Premier League title, which would be City's fourth in the last five seasons. Despite sitting atop the Premier League after 37 rounds, Guardiola's usual selection second-guessing reappeared […]

Leagues: EPL

/ 554 days ago

NBC's Premier League coverage after 9 years, a look back

England's top-flight league recently announced a new 6-year rights deal with NBC Sports to extend NBC's Premier League coverage in the United States. Once the new $2.7 billion deal ends in 2028, it'll equal a grand total of 15 years of continuous coverage. NBC Sports' aggressive promotion of the league and use of linear platforms […]

History of the UEFA Champions League on US TV

Learn more about the history of the UEFA Champions League on US TV. The UEFA Champions League has in recent years become a hot television property in the United States. The new television rights cycle that begins for the 2021-22 competition reportedly is worth $150 million a year in the US. CBS Sports and Univision […]


/ 1614 days ago

Championship now an entertaining league regardless of star power

English football continues to deliver some of the most exciting and entertaining soccer available to viewers in the United States. But unlike the 1990’s and 2000’s when the back-and-forth competitiveness of England’s top division – the Premier League – converted a generation of fans to soccer and English football in general, it is now the […]