Author: Christopher Harris
Publisher of World Soccer Talk, Christopher Harris founded the site in 2005. He has been interviewed by The New York Times, The Guardian and several other publications. Plus he has made appearances on NPR, BBC World, CBC, BBC Five Live, talkSPORT and beIN SPORT.
Harris, who was born and raised in Wales, has lived in Florida since 1984, and supported Swansea City since 1979. Last but not least, he got engaged during half-time of a MLS game.
In my experience of dealing with the convergence of soccer and streaming over the past decade, I’ve seen first-hand how confusing and overwhelming all of the choices are for which streaming services offer what. The added complexity on top of that is that the streaming services keep on changing the channels they offer to consumer — oftentimes adding several new ones, while removing others. It’s hard to keep up. Seeing how complex the options were, I decided to make a difference. In 2019, I quietly launched a website in beta called Compare Streaming. During the last nine months, I spent a ... Read more
FOX Sports soccer analyst Ian Joy has announced that he will be leaving the network at the end of the 2019/20 Bundesliga season, World Soccer Talk has learned. “I’m excited for what is next,” Joy, who’s leaving his FOX job after five years at the network, told World Soccer Talk in an interview. “I’ve had some immense opportunities come my way over the last 24 months,” explained Joy. “And unfortunately because of my commitments to FOX, I have had to say no to a number of them. But there comes a point and time in my life where I have ... Read more
Club Deportivo Guadalajara, better known as Chivas, will make their triumphant return to US television Saturday night for their home game against Monterrey. The surprising news is that TUDN, ESPN Deportes and FOX Deportes will all combine to broadcast tonight’s highly-anticipated game that kicks off at 11PM ET/9PM CT. According to a source, the rights are only for tonight’s game against Monterrey. Given the current circumstances with the coronavirus threat and Liga MX being one of the few top leagues in the world that’s still playing, the trio of TUDN, FOX Deportes and ESPN Deportes were offered the opportunity to ... Read more
The coronavirus is a serious issue, but soccer fans in the United States will now get more live coverage of Sky Sports News on NBCSN than ever before. Beginning Monday, NBCSN will extend the live coverage of Sky Sports News on weekdays to between four and six hours as a direct result of needing to fill their programming schedule. With many of the leagues and sporting competitions suspended, NBCSN has a lot more time to fill with live or on-demand programming. And Sky Sports News, being simulcast from the UK, is an ideal fit. Whether Sky Sports News will have ... Read more
Sunday’s broadcast of Manchester United versus Manchester City broke the record for the most-watched Premier League game of all time on US television, averaging 1.76 million viewers across NBC, Telemundo and NBC Sports Digital. The first Manchester derby of 2020 averaged 1.33 million on NBC, while Telemundo’s broadcast of the game in Spanish-language averaged 366,000 viewers. Across NBC Sports Digital streaming platforms, United’s 2-0 win over City added 56,000 viewers. Telemundo’s viewing figure for Man United against Man City ranked as the third most-watched Premier League game so far this season on Spanish-language TV, behind Liverpool-Man City on Nov. 10 ... Read more
Recently, World Soccer Talk took a stroll with Robbie Mustoe and Robbie Earle — better known as The 2 Robbies — to find out more about their connection with their viewing audience, what it means to be involved in a Premier League fan fest, and how they’ve been able to create a strong chemistry on set via the NBC Sports network. Here’s our exclusive interview with The 2 Robbies: Christopher: How difficult has it been to integrate the tactics board into what you’re doing on TV? In terms of analyzing games, where it’s completely seamless and you may be ... Read more
With CBS acquiring the Champions League English-language rights for seasons 2021/22 through 2023/24, the president of Turner Sports recently described his disappointment at losing the rights renewal. “Our goal wasn’t to let it go,” said Turner Sports President Lenny Daniels. “We really did have a five, six, ten year plan and now we just have to start over. “UEFA fits perfect with B/R Live. We love it, we love them, we thought it was great. We made a very significant offer to renew it. Somebody else found that they could offer significantly more than our significant offer and they wanted ... Read more
Viewing numbers for last weekend’s el Clásico on U.S. television reached their highest number in several years, according to Nielsen Media Research. Sunday’s el Clásico broadcast on beIN SPORTS and beIN SPORTS en Español averaged 941,418 viewers — the most since 2017 when the channels were available via Comcast xFinity and DIRECTV. On the English-language channel, beIN SPORTS averaged 236,418 viewers, while beIN SPORTS en Español averaged 705,000 viewers. Real Madrid’s 2-0 win against Barcelona was televised on Sunday from 3-5PM ET. In English, beIN SPORTS featured studio shows with Hope Solo, George D. Metellus, Thomas Rongen, and Gary Bailey while ... Read more