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

/ 1 day 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 […]

NBC Sports

/ 5 days ago

Peacock's Rugby World Cup has crossover appeal to soccer fans

Rugby is the fastest-growing sport in the United States, according to Nielsen, with more than 2,600 clubs stateside. With the Rugby World Cup currently being played in France, of which Peacock has every single game, we caught up with NBC Sports to find out more details about the competition, as well as the 2031 Rugby […]

Leagues: EPL

/ 8 days ago

NBC wants Premier League Summer Series to return in 2025

This past July's inaugural Premier League Summer Series in the United States was a success for everyone involved. So much so that NBC Sports is hopeful that the competition will return in 2025, one year before the World Cup 2026 begins in North America. Speaking exclusively to World Soccer Talk, Jon Miller, President, Acquisitions & […]

CBS Sports

/ 8 days ago

CBS in talks with Serie A about renewing US media rights deal

CBS Sports are in talks to renew their US media rights to Serie A, an executive has revealed to World Soccer Talk. Serie A's current media rights deal expires at the end of the 2023/24 season. While the league is struggling to sell domestic rights in Europe, league executives in Italy are hoping for an […]

CBS Sports

/ 11 days ago

Thierry Henry still waiting on CBS Sports to finalize contract renewal

On the day of the 2023 UEFA Champions League Final, French soccer superstar Thierry Henry told viewers on air that he was ready to talk with CBS Sports about extending his contract with the US broadcaster. Three months after that final in Turkey, Thierry Henry's CBS contract is still not finalized. While CBS Sports was […]


/ 14 days ago

New Yorker plays key role in filming Welcome to Wrexham series

New Yorker Miloš Balac is one of the filmmakers who's responsible for the magic of the Welcome to Wrexham series. From the heartfelt interviews with Wrexham supporters, or the incredible storytelling that goes into the series, Welcome to Wrexham is a joy to watch. It's an incredible piece of television that has been nominated for […]


/ 15 days ago

Welcome to Wrexham season 2: Humphrey Ker interview

Our exclusive interview with Wrexham AFC Club Executive Director Humphrey Ker shines a light on several fascinating topics involving the global phenomenon that is Wrexham Association Football Club. Ker, who is responsible for turning Rob McElhenney into a soccer fan and ultimately into becoming co-owner of Wrexham alongside Ryan Reynolds, answers questions about who is […]

Inter Miami CF

/ 16 days ago

Messi League Soccer: Pros and cons

In this episode, we discuss the pros and cons of Messi’s magical run in Major League Soccer, as well as catching listeners up on where we’ve been. That's just the start of the conversation as we also chat about the wonders of British motorway service stations, whether the Messi effect has been able to impact […]


/ 20 days ago

Argentina and Brazil qualifiers picked up by Telemundo and ViX

Argentina and Brazil fans, the wait is over. Telemundo Deportes and TelevisaUnivision have both secured media rights deals to broadcast Argentina and Brazil World Cup qualifiers to viewers in the United States. The deals closed late Wednesday after both Argentina and Brazil signed an agreement this week to be represented by Sportfive, a German-based sports […]


/ 21 days ago

Fanatiz adds rights to many Conmebol World Cup qualifiers

Streaming service Fanatiz has picked up broadcast rights to seven of the ten Conmebol World Cup qualifiers. With World Cup 2026 around the corner, these are the first matches of the long road to qualification for the South American countries. Fanatiz is making the highly anticipated games available on a pay-per-view basis of $29.99 for […]

United States of Wrexham: Observing the phenomenon in person

Last week, I went on assignment to North Wales to get a first-hand glimpse of what the United States of Wrexham phenomenon is like in person. As fate would have it, the Wrexham match I attended was the stunning 5-5 draw against Swindon Town. That comeback draw was certainly an eyeopener, but it was only […]

Wrexham battle Swindon to the finish in Hollywood ending

On location in Wrexham, Wales: Saturday's match between Wrexham AFC and Swindon Town was incredulous. The Red Dragons, down 1-4 at halftime, looked dead and buried, but after an unbelievable series of comebacks in the second half, Phil Parkinson's men came alive to finish the game 5-5 at the death. On a picture perfect day […]

Inter Miami CF

/ 40 days ago

Construction of new Inter Miami stadium to star Messi delayed

The clock is ticking for Inter Miami to get its new stadium in Miami ready for Lionel Messi before the World Cup star ends his contract in 2025. Named Miami Freedom Park, the construction of the new Inter Miami stadium is behind schedule. David Beckham originally wanted the 73-acre site to open in 2022. However, […]


/ 41 days ago

Kane to Bundesliga: Can ESPN move the needle?

Will Harry Kane's arrival in the Bundesliga move the needle with the popularity of the German league across the United States? We discuss, but we also dive into several related topics. For instance, is ESPN ready to promote the Bundesliga with as much attention that they've given to LaLiga? Does ESPN have the talent they […]


/ 42 days ago

Bundesliga opening weekend features bonus of game on ABC

ESPN's opening weekend of the 2023/24 Bundesliga season has two added bonuses. In addition to every game all season long being available on ESPN+ (per usual), there's big news. Saturday's Borussia Dortmund versus Köln match is also on ABC and ESPN Deportes. Plus, as we first reported, this Saturday will see the launch of the […]

Leagues: MLS

/ 47 days ago

Neymar to MLS? – World Soccer Talk Podcast

Hot on the heels of Messi, would Neymar Jr moving to MLS be a smart move for the league or not? What does he offer that would make fans want to watch him, and what are any risks, if any? We also discuss how it could impact MLS Season Pass. Other topics discussed: What we're […]

Cristiano Ronaldo

/ 48 days ago

Saudi Pro League signs FOX deal to bring Ronaldo to US TV

FOX Sports (NASDAQ:FOXA) have acquired the US media rights to the Saudi Pro League, a source close to the matter revealed to World Soccer Talk. As part of the agreement, FOX's rights agreement begins with the 2023/24 season opener on Friday, August 11. While no coverage plans have been revealed as of press time, the […]

World Soccer Talk

/ 48 days ago

How to use our new comments system plus other major updates

It's been a while since I've had time to update you on everything new that's happening behind the scenes at World Soccer Talk. In short, there are a lot of important updates that I'd like to share with you, including about our new comments system. Major upgrade to the commenting system We've partnered with Viafoura […]

Apple TV

/ 52 days ago

Why won't Apple share MLS Season Pass viewership numbers?

Why is Apple not releasing any viewing numbers for games that stream on MLS Season Pass? It's an important question, and enquiring minds want to better understand how well MLS Season Pass is doing in its first season. After all, other streaming services often release viewing numbers for games. So, why not Apple? So, we […]

Inter Miami CF

/ 53 days ago

Messi vs. Women's World Cup: World Soccer Talk Podcast

The two biggest soccer stories this summer battle against each other (and our time and attention) on the latest episode of the world's longest running soccer podcast, World Soccer Talk. Indeed, It's a battle royale between Messi and Women's World Cup. Which one is winning? Messi games with Inter Miami have become a must-watch on […]