Christopher Harris - World Soccer Talk
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Christopher Harris

Since launching World Soccer Talk in 2005, Harris has played an influential role in shaping how broadcasters deliver the sport by providing in-depth analysis and reviews of the soccer TV coverage. He has interviewed virtually all media executives at the different media giants to stay apprised of changes in OTT and broadcast television while also keeping up with the latest reports and breaking news about key soccer rights acquisitions and the media landscape.

STORIES BY Christopher Harris

Apple TV

/ 5 days ago

MLS Season Pass has silenced a lot of dissenting voices

Apple's partnership with Major League Soccer has been a game changer, but have you noticed the impact it has had on the MLS Season Pass voices who cover the games? One of the benefits to Major League Soccer of bringing all of the production of games in-house is that it has complete control over the […]

Apple TV

/ 10 days ago

MLS and Apple make MLS Season Pass budget cuts

Major League Soccer has reduced the number of commentators and analysts calling games on MLS Season Pass in 2024. The MLS Season Pass budget cuts are part of a business effort to reduce costs after spending on production costs exceeded expectations last year, sources told World Soccer Talk. In total, 18 people have been cut […]

Apple TV

/ 11 days ago

Will MLS’ Open Cup PR fiasco impact MLS Season Pass signups?

Major League Soccer's 29th season begins in less than one week. In what is Lionel Messi's first full season in MLS, his Inter Miami team kicks off the season opener on February 21st against Real Salt Lake, live on MLS Season Pass. Normally, the excitement level for a season opener featuring the world's greatest player […]

Apple TV

/ 27 days ago

MLS Season Pass FAQ for 2024: Latest Updates

Major League Soccer and Apple TV are in year two of the MLS Season Pass era. The one-stop streaming platform for all things MLS returns, and there are several important changes for MLS Season Pass in 2024. Hence, the reason why we've created this MLS Season Pass FAQ for you to keep you informed. MLS […]

Wrexham open to making its games free in USA in new EFL deal

In what would be the first of its kind for a major professional soccer team, the Welsh team owned by Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney is open to making live broadcasts of Wrexham games free in the USA. Speaking to World Soccer Talk, Wrexham's Director of Football Shaun Harvey explained the reasoning behind the unconventional […]
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Football League

/ 35 days ago

Shaun Harvey interview: Wrexham Director of Football

In a fascinating interview with Wrexham Director of Football Shaun Harvey, the executive discusses the crossroads the EFL finds itself in ahead of a new international rights deal. iFollow is ending, so what does the future of streaming EFL games look like for international viewers? Harvey shares his insight regarding the available options and the […]

Apple TV

/ 46 days ago

MLS and Apple miss chance to tell MLS Season Pass success story

What does it say about MLS when you have nothing new or positive to say in a press briefing about MLS Season Pass other than announcing details about a production deal that was announced ten months ago? That happened in today's MLS and Apple briefing to the media, held in Miami, Florida. With reporters from […]

Leagues: MLS

/ 69 days ago

MLS quits US Open Cup, rips US soccer apart

Major League Soccer’s cold and calculated decision to quit the US Open Cup has had a dramatic impact on the credibility of the USA’s top-flight league. Many hardcore fans of Major League Soccer have criticized the league for its lack of respect for American soccer. As usual, we take a deep dive into the topic. […]

Apple TV

/ 73 days ago

Garber admits MLS Season Pass deal with Apple could pose risk

MLS Commissioner Don Garber has admitted that MLS' revenue share agreement with Apple for MLS Season Pass contains risk. In a recent keynote address at the Columbia Sports Management Conference, Garber explained Major League Soccer's exclusive global streaming deal with Apple in more detail. "It's a partnership, and that's the most different aspect of it," […]

CBS Sports

/ 88 days ago

Serie A and CBS Sports at stalemate over renewal deal

Exclusive: Sources tell World Soccer Talk that CBS Sports and Serie A are at a stalemate about the renewal of US media rights to Italy's top-flight league. Currently, CBS Sports is in its final season of Serie A coverage from the deal that was signed in 2021. The exclusive US rights run through until the […]

Inter Miami CF

/ 104 days ago

Is The Messi Effect over? Inter Miami fans irate about high prices

In the future, when we thumb through The Messi Effect book to read about the summer of 2023, there's no doubt that Lionel Messi's incredible achievements will be center stage. His signing with Inter Miami and winning the Leagues Cup helped generate record ticket sales and shirts sold. On the pitch, his remarkable goals for […]

Leagues: EPL

/ 111 days ago

How VAR is ruining Premier League games

Is VAR ruining the Premier League? In a game that is so simple, VAR has made the sport more complicated. It has removed a lot of enjoyment from the game and has made it more tedious to watch when VAR gets involved. As such, hosts Kartik Krishnaiyer and Christopher Harris discuss how VAR is ruining […]

Arsenal

/ 117 days ago

West Ham defeats Arsenal for first time since 2019

Wednesday's London derby between West Ham United and Arsenal in Round Four of the League Cup ended as a convincing victory for the Hammers. Played at London Stadium, West Ham hosted Arsenal in a game that saw the return of Declan Rice to the pitch where he played for the Hammers for several years. With […]

CBS Sports

/ 118 days ago

Could CBS improve Premier League coverage in the USA?

In this episode, we discuss whether CBS Sports could do a better job of covering the Premier League than NBC Sports does, Kartik discusses what he discovered about world soccer from traveling to Turkey, and what other soccer coverage we've been seeking out to fill the void. We also discuss what's missing from CBS Sports' […]

Commentators

/ 126 days ago

Jon Champion interview: Premier League commentator legend

Watch our interview with Jon Champion, the legendary soccer commentator who now works for NBC Sports as well as ESPN, ITV, and other broadcasters. For fans of Premier League clubs around the world, Jon Champion is one of the most well-known voices. In the interview, Jon Champion discusses: – What he misses most about the […]

Apple TV

/ 133 days ago

MLS excludes US Open Cup from Messi Meets America docuseries

The producers behind Messi Meets America are not planning on including any footage or mentions of the US Open Cup in the docuseries, World Soccer Talk has learned. Episodes one through three, released October 11 on Apple TV+, cover the period from Lionel Messi's arrival at Inter Miami until the Leagues Cup Final where Miami […]

Podcast

/ 134 days ago

Video killed the podcast star: World Soccer Talk Podcast

In this week’s episode of the World Soccer Talk, we discuss why NBC Sports needs to step up the quality of its Premier League coverage, our thoughts on the new Messi documentary series from Apple, the trials and tribulations of Fantasy Premier League, and NWSL’s new TV deal. We also discuss: – Technical issues streaming […]

Apple TV

/ 137 days ago

Messi Meets America review: A fine highlight reel with little depth

If you lived under a rock this summer and didn’t watch any of the highlights of Lionel Messi's introduction to MLS, Messi Meets America is the best way to review highlights of all of Messi's golazos and exciting moments from Inter Miami's Leagues Cup run. If you're expecting anything other than that — such as […]

Apple TV

/ 146 days ago

Apple TV+'s Messi series not included in MLS Season Pass

Messi Meets America, the new documentary series from Apple, is not included in MLS Season Pass, an Apple spokesperson told World Soccer Talk. Instead, subscribers to MLS Season Pass wanting to watch Apple's Messi series will need to add Apple TV+, the subscription streaming service that costs $6.99 per month. Produced by Smuggler Entertainment and […]

Apple TV

/ 154 days ago

Does Apple want to change soccer for the worse?

On this week’s episode, we discuss the return of Welcome to Wrexham, audio problems for Premier League and Bundesliga games, whether Apple’s plans for soccer are a good move or not, and where NWSL rights could go next season after this year's deal ends. In the Listener Mailbag segment, we answer your questions and feedback […]