Author: Skylar Darel

MLS has a TV ratings problem, and it’s named FOX Soccer

Major League Soccer has a TV ratings problem, and it’s named FOX Soccer. During the penultimate weekend of the regular season when teams are typically fighting to finish in the top 4 seeds in the playoffs, you would expect FOX Sports to generate impressive viewing numbers for two vital games featuring clubs that are based in the top two TV markets in the country. Instead, Sunday night’s double bill of New York Red Bulls versus DC United followed by Minnesota United against LAFC averaged just 81,500 fans on FS1. That’s despite FS1 being in 84 million households across the United ... Read more

B/R Live adds Arsenal TV to growing rights that include Spurs TV and LFC TV

Bleacher Report have established themselves as one of the most competitive names in American soccer broadcasting in the last year. Their acquisition of the UEFA Champions League, and the subsequent launch of their comprehensive streaming service, B/R Live, have made Bleacher Report a player in the market. Through the rise of streaming and a partnership with their parent company Turner, Bleacher Report was able to stream every Champions League match last season. They also have a plethora of football writers and a terrific podcast, B/R Football Ranks. B/R Live took another giant leap forward this month by adding the club ... Read more

Premier League viewership grew by 74% in last decade on US TV

Editor’s note: World Soccer Talk went back through our archives to look at TV viewership numbers for ESPN2’s coverage of the Premier League during the 2009/2010 season to compare it to NBCSN’s TV viewing numbers for the Premier League. A lot has changed in a decade. We take a closer look at the numbers to see what they reveal. It’s been just over ten years since Fox Soccer Channel agreed to sublicense two Premier League games a weekend to ESPN2, a decision that in hindsight quickly elevated the exposure of the English top-flight division across the United States. This was ... Read more

Watch English Premier League in Canada exclusively via DAZN

DAZN, an international streaming service that broadcasts content in nine countries, is ready to embark on a major undertaking this 2019/20 season with the exclusive broadcasting rights in Canada. After acquiring the rights for three seasons, it means that DAZN is the only place in Canada to watch the world’s most popular sports league. Plus it’s in HD. This was terrific news for both fans of the Premier League, and DAZN itself. Prior to this season, the Canadian rights to the Premier League were held jointly by TSN and Rogers SportsNet, which featured a mixture of live, streamed, and delayed ... Read more

EFL Championship: How to watch the 2019/20 season in United States

While the English Premier League attracts most of the attention in the United States, England’s second tier — the EFL Championship is a riveting competition and arguably more entertaining due to the attacking, open-ended to and fro in the games that resemble what the Premier League used to be like before the top four became too powerful. Looking at the 2019/20 season of the Championship, England’s second division features 24 clubs who play 46 games in a season compared to 38 matchdays in the Premier League, and concludes with an epic four team playoff for the all important third spot in ... Read more

Manchester City launches OTT streaming service coined ‘Man City For TV’

Perhaps no club in world soccer has expanded their global brand over the past decade as much as Manchester City. On the heels of their second consecutive Premier League title, the English club have announced the launch of Man City For TV, a comprehensive OTT streaming service featuring live preseason friendlies, broadcasts of academy and women’s games, full-match replays (on delay), exclusive CityTV productions, archived matches from the club’s history as well as the customary highlights, interviews and press conference footage. Initially priced at £1.99 per month, which is roughly $2.47 in USD, Man City For TV will be available ... Read more

Remembering Lionel Messi’s best 20 minutes of his career

Barcelona are finalizing preparations for their all important first leg vs. Liverpool on Wednesday when they’ll kick off a mouthwatering Champions League semifinal matchup against Liverpool. Despite being a routine footballing Goliath, and a historically good run of domestic success, the Catalan club haven’t made it to this stage of Europe’s premier club competition since 2015 when they won the UEFA Champions League (and the treble, for good measure). Barcelona’s last three Champions League campaigns have been characterized by quarterfinal flops — they lost to Atletico Madrid in 2016, Juventus in 2017, and famously, Roma in 2018 when they squandered ... Read more

Steadying a sinking ship: How Solari and Solskjær saved two of Europe’s biggest clubs

Julen Lopetegui exited the Nou Camp in late October with both a sense of shock and a sinking realization that his dream of being Real Madrid’s manager was about to come to a screeching halt. Real Madrid had just been thrashed 5-1 at the hands of their oldest and fiercest rivals, FC Barcelona, which was their worst loss in the Clásico since a 5-0 setback in November 2010. This defeat came against a shorthanded Barcelona, without Lionel Messi. It didn’t matter. Lopetegui’s Real were torn to shreds in their fifth loss in their last seven in all competitions. Jose Mourinho ... Read more