One of the unintended consequences of MLS Season Pass is that the MLS co-commentators are no longer the stars of the show.
It didn’t used to be that way. When ESPN had rights to MLS, co-commentator Taylor Twellman was arguably the number one US Soccer and MLS analyst in the United States. He, along with other co-commentators, were featured front and center on live television. They had the opportunity, including at half-time, to get their points across to a large audience on television.
But due to the runaway success of MLS 360, Apple TV’s whip-around show on MLS Season Pass, the Saturday night program that airs from 7PM to around midnight ET is appointment viewing for fans of MLS teams. On MLS 360, the analysis during games is brought to you by Liam McHugh, Kaylyn Kyle, Sacha Kljestan and Bradley Wright-Phillips.
When watching MLS 360, the only time we hear match commentators and co-commentators is when the producer lets us eavesdrop on a goal call. Even when that happens, it’s usually only for ten to fifteen seconds. Similarly, the style of a lot of American co-commentators is to go silent after a goal is scored, to allow the crowd noise to be heard. By doing so, it reduces the amount of air-time even more, stealing away precious seconds from the analysis that we want to hear from co-commentators.
What’s the solution for MLS analysts who are stars?
Of course, we can always watch a match broadcast and listen to the commentary duo for the entire game. But unless you’re a fan of a specific team, or you’re interested in only one game, you’re more likely to want to watch MLS 360.
MLS co-commentators no longer being the stars of the show due to MLS Season Pass is not a problem. At least, not for MLS or Apple TV. Instead, the more popular MLS 360 becomes, the more likely it is that co-commentators fall down the pecking order of importance.
MLS analysts are stars, but when it comes to MLS Season Pass, they’re getting less exposure than what they’re accustomed to.
Guide to Major League Soccer
Photo: IMAGO / Icon Sportswire
200+ Channels With Sports & News
- Starting price: $33/mo. for fubo Latino Package
- Watch Premier League, Women’s World Cup, Euro 2024 & Gold Cup
The New Home of MLS
- Price: $14.99/mo. for MLS Season Pass
- Watch every MLS game including playoffs & Leagues Cup
Many Sports & ESPN Originals
- Price: $9.99/mo. (or get ESPN+, Hulu & Disney+ for $12.99/mo.)
- Features Bundesliga, LaLiga, Championship, & FA Cup
2,000+ soccer games per year
- Price: $4.99/mo
- Features Champions League, Serie A, Europa League & Brasileirāo
175 Premier League Games & PL TV
- Starting price: $4.99/mo. for Peacock Premium
- Watch 175 exclusive EPL games per season