Category: ESPN

MLS 2019 viewership on ESPN grew by 2% compared to 2018

ESPN’s English-language television coverage of Major League Soccer generated a two percent increase during the 2019 regular season, according to Nielsen. The 31-match schedule on ESPN and ESPN2 delivered an average audience of 246,000 viewers, up from 241,000 viewers for 31 matches in 2018. On ESPN, 25 matches averaged 266,000 viewers, a seven percent gain from 248,000 in 2018 – the most-watched cable network for MLS matches this season. The six telecasts on ESPN2 in 2019 delivered an average audience of 164,000. During the 2018/19 Premier League season, NBC Sports averaged 457,000 viewers per game. And for the 2019/20 season ... Read more

ABC to broadcast MLS Cup Final on over-the-air television

For the first time since the 2014 FIFA World Cup, ABC will broadcast a soccer match on its over-the-channel to viewers in the United States. The 2019 MLS Cup Final will get the honors when the game will air live on both ABC and Univision on Sunday, November 10 from 3PM ET. Executives will be hoping that the viewership on ABC will be an increase on the 2.2 million who watched the 1997 MLS Cup Final on ABC. As mentioned on several episodes of the World Soccer Talk Podcast this year, ESPN executives had been mulling over the possibility of ... Read more

ESPN to broadcast more than 40 soccer friendlies this summer

It’s a busy time of the year for clubs this summer as they prepare for the new soccer season. And it’s also a hectic time for ESPN too who will be broadcasting the vast majority of friendlies across ESPN’s television and streaming networks. In addition to coverage of the International Champions Cup from across North America and Asia, ESPN will broadcast important warmup matches for clubs in the Premier League, Championship, Eredivisie, Liga MX, Bundesliga, Ligue 1, Serie A and other leagues. Some of the teams featured include Manchester United, Real Madrid, Ajax, Arsenal, Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Chivas, Inter Milan, ... Read more

Jon Champion departure from England leaves gaping hole in Premier League commentaries

ESPN’s surprise announcement this week that Jon Champion has decided to relocate to the United States and become ESPN’s lead commentator for MLS is going to leave a gaping hole in the commentaries of Premier League games. Out of all of the Premier League commentators calling games around the world, Champion is the number one in his field. Displaying a very English commentary style with an equal balance of witty remarks and not talking too much during games, Champion is the best in the business. So much so that his commentary style coupled with his knack of saying the right ... Read more

Why isn’t the World Cup on ESPN?

All good things must come to an end. Since 1994, ESPN has been broadcasting the FIFA World Cup into millions of homes across the United States but this year it’ll be no more. Way back in 2011, ESPN lost the rights to broadcast the 2018 and 2022 World Cup tournaments to rival network FOX Sports. So for World Cup 2018 and 2022, it’ll be FOX Sports televising the world’s greatest games instead of ESPN. To make matters worse for ESPN fans, FOX Sports also acquired the rights to World Cup 2026 so the soonest that ESPN could return to televising ... Read more

ESPN World Cup TV coverage: Everything you need to know

Despite ESPN losing the World Cup rights to FOX Sports, ESPN plans extensive English and Spanish-language news and information coverage of the 2018 World Cup in Russia across its media platforms in the United States during the month-long tournament, June 14 – July 15. ESPN’s English-language coverage will include a special one-hour SportsCenter – primarily on ESPN2 at 5 p.m. ET – on every match day of the tournament. The SportsCenter editions will focus primarily on World Cup news and analysis. ESPNFC.com correspondents will also provide on-site reports from Russia. ESPN FC, the global soccer program available exclusively in the ... Read more

ESPN’s SportsCenter to broadcast nightly World Cup editions

ESPN has announced that it will broadcast a nightly one-hour World Cup news and discussion show on every match day of the tournament, which will give soccer fans the opportunity to listen to and watch expert analysis from the breadth of ESPN soccer talent. Primarily airing on ESPN2 at 5pm ET each night, anchors Max Bretos and Antonietta “Toni” Collins will host. Plus ESPN will be able to pull in expert opinions from their analysts and correspondents from around the world including Steve McManaman, Taylor Twellman, Craig Burley, Julie Foudy, Shaka Hislop, Kasey Keller, Paul Mariner, Kate Markgraf, Brian McBride, ... Read more

ESPN World Cup posters for Russia 2018

One of the highlights every four years for soccer fans in the United States is the release of ESPN’s posters for the World Cup. Although not available in stores, the US broadcaster hires a different designer each time to take a unique perspective of each country. Even though ESPN has lost the rights to the World Cup and it’s FOX’s turn to broadcast the World Cup to television sets across the United States this summer, ESPN has gone ahead and produced a series of posters designed by an artist named Paul Lacolley. Instead of creating one for each of the ... Read more