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 groundbreaking news this week, CBS Sports confirmed that they will broadcast the 2021-2024 seasons of the UEFA Champions League, Europa League and Europa Conference League to soccer fans in the United States. What we know so far is that every single game will be streamed via CBS All Access, the paid streaming app. Plus, select games will be shown on the free-to-air CBS network. Having not seen CBS All Access before, I decided to give you a brief demonstration of what you can expect. While the Champions League games won’t begin on CBS All Access until August 2021, there’s ... Read more
CBS Sports have revealed more details about their UEFA Champions League coverage, and in doing so, have officially confirmed their acquisition of the U.S. rights to the world’s most popular soccer club tournament for the 2021-2024 seasons. After press reports last week that both CBS Sports and Univision had acquired the 2021-24 rights, CBS had their quarterly earnings call on Tuesday where they shared more details to investors. At the same time, CBS Sports revealed that they’ve also acquired the rights to the UEFA Europa League and UEFA Europa Conference League for 2021-24. “We are very excited about a new ... Read more
Major League Soccer’s 2019 final between Seattle and Toronto averaged 1.27 million viewers across ABC, Univision and TUDN combined, according to Nielsen fast nationals. Overall, the 2019 MLS Cup Final viewing number on ABC (823,000) is a significant disappointment considering that last year’s Final aired on the free-to-air FOX network, which averaged 1.56 million viewers for Atlanta United-Portland. Sunday’s final was the first time in more than 10 years that the MLS Cup Final was televised on ABC, a free-to-air network that aired the most-watched MLS Cup Final of all time with 2.2 million viewers in 1997. On Spanish-language television, ... Read more
US Women’s National Team coach Vlatko Andonovski has only been in the job for two games, but he’s already stamping his authority on the world champions. Following a seasoned coach such as Jill Ellis is never an easy job to fill. Andonvoski, 43, comes to U.S. Soccer after spending seven years as a head coach in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL), five with FC Kansas City (2013-2017) and two with Reign FC (2017-2018). After Sunday’s 6-0 victory against Costa Rica, Andonovski was asked whether he aims to put a stamp on this team that would be different than how ... Read more
The questions about CBS acquiring the rights to the UEFA Champions League have been flying into World Soccer Talk all afternoon since the news broke. Instead of answering each question individually since many of you may have the same questions, we’ve compiled a list of questions and answers for you to peruse. We’ll update the article as soon as more details are finalized. Q: What do we know about CBS and Univision acquiring the UEFA Champions League rights for 2021 to 2024? A: CBS and Univision have acquired the rights to the UEFA Champions League for 2021 through 2024. Q: ... Read more
CBS Sports has acquired the US rights to the UEFA Champions League for seasons 2021/22 to 2023/24, according to a report in Sports Business Daily. After years of soccer coverage by the leading sports networks in the United States including NBC, ABC and FOX, CBS Sports was the only one of The Big Four to purposely avoid acquiring rights to the most popular sport in the world. And now it appears that finally CBS is into soccer. In the history of soccer on US television, CBS was a notable broadcaster from 1967 to 1976 when it televised the North American ... Read more
Given the highly developed economy in Germany, it’s unsurprising that the Bundesliga — led by the DFL (Deutsche Fußball Liga) — has a clear understanding of their goals and how to increase the popularity of their teams and league in the United States. Their ambition and organized approach should be admired. Out of all of the foreign leagues, they are the most committed and have displayed the most ingenuity in trying to grow their league stateside. They have poured more energy into trying to make their league a thing in the United States than the Premier League, LaLiga, Serie A and Ligue ... Read more
DFL CEO Christian Seifert is unhappy with FOX Soccer’s coverage of the German league, he admitted at the league’s headquarters in Frankfurt. Seifert, who has held the position of CEO since 2005, is responsible for operating the Bundesliga, and was very involved in the recent media deal that will see the Bundesliga heading to ESPN+ beginning in August, 2020. Even though the Bundesliga’s deal with FOX Sports doesn’t end until May 2020, Seifert didn’t hide his displeasure about the current rights-holder in the United States. “I must admit, I was a little bit disappointed with FOX Sports as a partner,” ... Read more