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From the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian: World Soccer Talk Podcast

World Soccer Talk is a weekly podcast about watching soccer on TV, online and apps.

In the NEW episode, number 139, Christopher Harris and co-host Kartik Krishnaiyer cover a range of topics including:

• FOX Sports censors their MLS coverage,
• LaLiga launches a weekly video series,
• FOX goes hot and cold on the Bundesliga,
• FIFA picks up the global rights to a major tournament,
• Favorite games of the week,
• And we have a bunch of letters from you, the listeners, in our mailbag section.

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  1. Monte Reed

    September 7, 2019 at 10:16 am

    On the CAF World Cup Qualifying, several of the articles that I have read stated that “First Round will be free on YouTube”. Since FIFA took over the rights I assume that FIFA is trying to sell the rights for the other rounds, any word on who might be getting them?

  2. Azer

    September 6, 2019 at 11:25 pm

    Chris, You’re wrong about the Bundesliga game this past Sunday, Eintracht Frankfurt v. Fortuna Dusseldorf on FS1. Fox didn’t cut to a commercial after the final whistle. I was watching the whole game. Phil Bonney and Thorsten Stuckmann were talking well past the final whistle and Fox let Phil sign off which was nice to hear. The LA crew didn’t interrupt. We then saw the Match’s Final Stats.
    Fox Sports doesn’t promote the Bundesliga but the coverage is not bad.

    • Christopher Harris

      September 7, 2019 at 6:47 pm

      Hi Azer, my point was more about FOX Sports not having any post-match coverage. I found out later that FOX was having technical problems all weekend, which is strange because their other programming seemed unaffected.

  3. JP

    September 6, 2019 at 2:06 pm

    We can all agree Fox doesn’t promote their Bundesliga coverage to the best of their abilities. Never see commercials for it during non soccer events like NBC does with the Premier League. Guarantee they’ll be some promotion for next week’s EPL return to action during the Patriots/Steelers football game Sunday night. Would almost bet my life they’ll be zero Bundesliga plugs during Fox’s NFL coverage this weekend.

    At the same time though, don’t see it improving if they move to Plus. The same concerns about lack of pre/post match studio analysis would be amplified as Plus would have zero while Fox at least provides it sporadically.

    Even for the Serie A match of the week shown on television there isn’t really any pre match coverage. Last week for the Roma derby it was preceded by SportsCenter and the host mentioned the match next while signing off (and pronounced Lazio incorrectly). Didn’t notice any promotion for it in the week (during the US Open at least, only other event I watched on their channels).

    Still think Bundesliga leaving Fox will end up being a downgrade. It’s an entertaining league, we can only imagine what it’s popularity would be if Fox consistently showed matches over the air (like NBC does once a week) and used all it’s affiliated distribution channels to promote it.

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