Author: Kartik Krishnaiyer

A lifelong lover of soccer, the beautiful game, he served from January 2010 until May 2013 as the Director of Communications and Public Relations for the North American Soccer League (NASL). Raised on the Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the old NASL, Krishnaiyer previously hosted the American Soccer Show on the Champions Soccer Radio Network, the Major League Soccer Talk podcast and the EPL Talk Podcast. His soccer writing has been featured by several media outlets including The Guardian and The Telegraph. He is the author of the book Blue With Envy about Manchester City FC.

Amazon’s 1978-86 World Cup films capture the golden age of soccer

Amazon Prime Video recently made available many of the official FIFA World Cup films that capture one of the greatest-ever golden periods of world soccer. Currently, with many soccer leagues shut down across much of the world, I rewatched the official films from the 1978 World Cup (hosted in Argentina) as well as 1982 (hosted by Spain) and culminating in Mexico’s 1986 World Cup. It was a decade punctuated by two Argentine triumphs in World Cups with an Italian interlude of 1982, sandwiched in-between. These films were refreshing in that they provided honest accounts of the competition and came before ... Read more

ESPN FC calls for US Soccer Board of Directors to step down

The soccer world ground to a halt this past weekend as fears about the coronavirus threat shut down European and American sport. Prior to the suspensions and cancellations of events, we had a full matchday of UEFA Champions League and the fallout from the US Soccer’s continued stumbles. It was a week like no other for soccer news making ESPN’s flagship soccer program ESPN FC more valuable than perhaps any time in the show’s seven year run. As soccer shut down, ESPN FC ramped up.   Turner’s UEFA Champions League turnaround Credit B/R Football with the most rapid turnaround of ... Read more

Grant Wahl’s exit from FOX Sports has freed him to become a bigger critic of US Soccer

Sports Illustrated writer Grant Wahl has gone from US Soccer Federation insider to critic in a short span of time. Wahl’s evolution reflects the changing attitudes of the soccer media in the United States towards the USSF. But it also reflects Wahl’s shifting professional position from FOX Sports on-air talent to exclusive SI writer, which has seemingly influenced the shift in his analysis. Wahl’s forte has always been his ability to use his contacts to report stories related to the sport. When it comes to covering the matches he reports on, his analysis has generally been weaker. But like many ... Read more

TUDN’s Zona Futbol excels at capturing raw emotion of Champions League and Europa League

Soccer coverage in the United States has steered through highs and lows the last decade. One of the most important events for fans in this country was the launching of Univision Deportes Network and the eventual rebranding to TUDN. The Spanish-language network has aired original soccer-centric programming not only from popular leagues and competitions but also games that aren’t readily available elsewhere. In the process, TUDN is attracting more English-language fans to its stable of programming. In fact, TUDN has become more soccer-centric the longer the network has been on the air with fewer basketball and combat sports being aired. ... Read more

Arlo White’s commentary style will adapt well to Chicago Fire broadcasts: On The Soccer Media

Editor’s note: In Kartik’s weekly column, he reviews broadcast media happenings around the soccer world. Every Monday, he discusses the latest happenings in the US soccer broadcast media scene including offering his observations and analysis about the highs and lows of the previous weekend of soccer coverage. Arlo White’s summer in Chicago – a more natural fit for him than England Arlo White’s summer sojourn as the Chicago Fire’s commentator was announced last week. White’s move got lots of play and good press for MLS. White had family in Chicago, and brings credibility to the club that is trying hard ... Read more

Review of MLS TV coverage from opening weekend: On The Soccer Media with Kartik Krishnaiyer

TUDN kicked off Major League Soccer’s 25th season with the debut of arguably the league’s second-biggest ever signing, Chicharito. It was the highlight of a day-long of soccer on TUDN, beginning with the Bundesliga in the morning, running through Chicharito’s MLS debut for the LA Galaxy against Houston and culminating with Liga MX. Chicharito has a unique ability to move the needle in a way no other available active player can for MLS on TV. TUDN started the season with a three man booth led byJose Luis Lopez Salido. Throughout the match Diego Balado, Raul Guzman and Iván Kasanzew kept ... Read more

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 will share the rights, with CBS Sports providing English language broadcasts and Univision broadcasting the matches in Spanish. Recent interest in the Champions League on US TV belies the early days of coverage when the competition was basically a throwaway on ESPN’s programming schedule. Here’s the history of the UEFA Champions League on US TV: ESPN ESPN’s coverage ... Read more

TUDN delivering best-in-class UEFA Champions League coverage

UEFA Champions League action returned this past week. TUDN, as expected, gave crisp coverage. And in between its catalog of networks, it televised every match on linear television. Additionally, TUDN brought us the UEFA Matchday highlights show on Thursday and multiple Europa League matches. The UEFA coverage being presented on Univision’s networks is the best we have ever seen in the USA on a Spanish language channel. ESPN Deportes provided some shoulder shows as did FOX Deportes but nothing like what Univision does with its superior TUDN production levels and analysis provided. On the English side, however, things weren’t as ... Read more