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2020 End of the Year Special Episode: World Soccer Talk Podcast

In the NEW episode, number 204, Christopher Harris and co-host Kartik Krishnaiyer cover a range of topics including:

• Our look back at 2020 memorable moments,
• Peacock announces news about popularity of the Premier League games,
• News about a brand-new soccer TV schedules app,
• talkSport pulls the plug on EPL radio broadcasts,
• The peculiar dislike among some people for Sam Allardyce,
• Plus letters from you, the listeners, in our mailbag section.

Listen to the show via the player above or via this link.

Launched in 2006, the World Soccer Talk Podcast is the longest running podcast on the planet. Every week, we share the latest news about watching soccer on television and streaming, in addition to discussing what we like and dislike, and featuring your questions and feedback in our Listener Mailbag segment.

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5 Comments

5 Comments

  1. Turfit

    January 2, 2021 at 9:57 am

    First, I agree with JP commits above. I don’t understand why Kartik is so anti-beIN.
    Second, I watched some of the early stages of the CONCACAF Champions League matches. I did not watch any of the knock-out stages until the final. Living in Texas, I have more in common with Tigres than I do with LA (Monterrey is less than 500 miles from me and LA is more than 1400 miles away). The commentators was bias towards LA and the camera work was terrible. I ended up turning off the match and miss Tigres comeback due to the very poor camera work, passes was being made that I had no clue to where the ball was going. Why must they zoom so close? I want to see the players movement ON AND OFF the ball.
    Third, we have yet to see the effects of covid on TV contracts, I expect the next several contracts to be a lot lower (this includes MLS and EPL).

  2. Christopher Guardiano

    January 1, 2021 at 4:57 am

    When it comes to Peacock, I am still a bit timid about using it because the first time I used it to watch Chelsea, the feed quality was poor and kept buffering. Hopefully when Chelsea play on there again the feed quality will be better. I have a question for Chris to answer about MLS TV rights beyond next season. My question is: Do you think Fox will renew their deal with the league because I heard that due to budget issues, Fox Sports is thinking about dropping MLS and only broadcasting the World Cup when it comes to soccer. Lastly keep up the great work when it comes to the podcast and the website.

  3. José Cerrato

    December 30, 2020 at 3:47 pm

    ¡Feliz año nuevo! 🎉⚽️

  4. PWin

    December 30, 2020 at 1:23 pm

    So happy you guys have pushed out an app. One feature request (unless I’ve missed it?) is a why to sort my channels I subscribe to? I like the favorite teams feature but since the streaming rights are so fragmented in the states it might be interesting to set up a custom guide of my channels and the games shown that day.

    Also, love the show, thanks for putting out great content!

  5. JP

    December 29, 2020 at 8:49 pm

    I don’t think La Liga should be so eager to leave beIN as Kartik thinks. If you look at it objectively it’s really not a bad spot.
    1) While it’s not carried by Comcast or Direct TV, that still leaves many providers who do carry it. In my experience it’s no longer required to have the highest tier or sports pack to watch as it was in the early days of the network. Similar tier to NBCSN, FS2, NFL Network etc.
    2) We keep saying cord cutting is the way of the future and cable packages will be a thing of the past. beIN is carried by the more popular streaming services except YouTube
    3) If someone can’t get beIN through their cable provider it’s easy and cheap to add on for 8-10 dollars a month through Fanatiz or Sling. So just like the leagues on ESPN+, if someone wants to follow La Liga they can do so easily. Only difference is steaming isn’t the ONLY option.

    All in all, beIN and La Liga are easily accessible with the added benefit of being on television for some. So they can still get the casual fan, where as ESPN+ is preaching to the already concerted. For those already converted who can’t get on TV or don’t want cable, the cost to get beIN through streaming isn’t much more than an ESPN+, CBS All Access, et al.
    Finally, having access to traditional TV keeps them an option for bars. When the world goes back to normal and we can finally watch games at a bar that is a huge plus. With steaming you are confined to watching at home or on a small screen.

    The situation with beIN isn’t perfect, but don’t think it’s hurting La Liga.

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