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Big moves for Bundesliga, MLS and EPL: World Soccer Talk Podcast

In the NEW episode, number 186, Christopher Harris and co-host Kartik Krishnaiyer cover a range of topics including:

• ESPN releases more details about their Bundesliga coverage,
• How Bleacher Report is a sure-bet to get MLS TV rights,
• We reveal which Premier League analyst is leaving NBC Sports,
• CBS All Access is getting a new name, and we have a new clue,
• Plus letters from you, the listeners, in our mailbag section.

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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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  1. Carlos

    August 23, 2020 at 10:19 pm

    I wanted to add that Fox Sports has added the Canadian Premier League to FS2. I saw a couple of games and enjoyed them.

    NBC Sports sent out the premier league schedule and it is mostly all Saturday games at 10am ET. Only one match window? If that stays this way, half the games would be on peacock (assumption) and then what goes on tv? NBC, NBC Sports, USA, etc???

  2. Greg C

    August 23, 2020 at 7:40 pm

    Big well done to CBS and their coverage. It was great… Could even say exceptional given their quick turnaround. Couple of kinks to work out with getting the games uploaded to on demand much quicker but a bravo from me. Fingers crossed NBC feel some pressure and up their game…

    • Donald Duck

      August 23, 2020 at 8:04 pm

      NBC needs to make all matches available on the Peacock platform for me to say it is any good. Not to mention they need to get a deal done with Roku, its not rocket science you need to be on the most used platform for streamers.
      All Id like to see from CBS is maybe a beetter bit rate or whatever its called so it will look crisper on my 4k TV and possibly the early quote unquote play in games that are taking place right now I know not a major draw but qould be great to see the lesser clubs compete for the right to play in the group stages in the Champions and Europa league.

  3. Donald Duck

    August 23, 2020 at 6:44 pm

    Count me in the minority here apparently. I really enjoyed the CBS All Access coverage all of it from pre to half time to post game coverage. Granted there were a few announcers that I personally thought could’ve done better but thats neither here nor there.
    I do hope come group stage of this coming year there will be fans.
    I don’t know what all the hate is about for CBS All Access I really enjoy having everything in 1 place unlike the way NBC is doing with needing Live and Peacock to see all the matches.
    I am wondering now if people are gonna start complaining that Bundesliga is on ESPN+ and not Cable.
    If you are a Football (soccer) fan it is becoming very easy to access all the top leagues. Again everything besides Premier League is extremely easy to access if you can stream from a device such as a Roku Streaming Stick.

  4. EJWTX

    August 22, 2020 at 8:34 pm

    I agree. Even though I have ESPN + I rarely use it because it hate having to go from one app to another. I speak Spanish so I watch UEFA Champions /Europa on Spanish channels so I don’t have to hassle with CBS All Access. They also show Premier League and Bundesliga as well as MLS and Liga MX so it make it easier. Even in Liga MX teams are now having exclusive deals for home games with different networks. FS1 & Fox Deportes show Monterrey/Santos/Tijuana home games. NBC Universal has Guadalajara home games. I’m even trying the Brazilian League on Fanatiz and trying to understand some Portugese.

  5. David

    August 22, 2020 at 8:07 pm

    I never see the virtues of AppleTV mentioned on these pages.

    Using the AppleTV+ app, most of the soccer channels are collected together and Apple does a good job at providing the best resolution. No need to be hooking up computers to TVs, nor having to boot up lots of different apps. Everything is much easier to find, e.g. CBS All Access via AppleTV+ versus the jungle you have to sort through on the CBS app. Switching from CBS to ESPN+ to B/R Live to Peacock is all on one page.

  6. Bill

    August 22, 2020 at 4:23 pm

    one more thing! I agree with the comments above. Peacock not being on ROKU will be painful. As a multi year NBC gold member and NBCSN through sling viewer it was easy and good.
    Now I will buy the peacock package for soccer only and have to hook up my laptop to the tv I used for gold .. it will work but with soooooo much available to us soccer fans in the states I wonder how many gold subscribers will just say no thanks.

    The weekends are now easily EPL on NBCSN, bundesliga on ESPN+ and Serie A on ESPN+ at the same time.. wow thats great! I will get peacock because I want to watch or have the chance to watch all the epl games but how cool is it that we have soooooooo many open doors to everything plus the CBS commitment to Europa and Champions league!!!!

  7. Bill

    August 22, 2020 at 4:12 pm

    Who was the announcer for the Arsenal vs PSG womens champions league match today?
    I moved this week for a job promotion and my household belongings wont be here until next week so while I’m in an empty apartment on vacation I have been watching almost 24/7 soccer on CBS all access from my laptop!.

    I have been an NBC premier league cheerleader for years but WOW CBS had nailed it and look to be in for the long haul in the States.

    I watched the gunners fall today but was so impressed with the single commentator in the booth. There was one of the Europa matches this week I watched with a single commentator and really enjoyed it.

    I understand the shiny glossy 2 man or 3 man booth but this sport is made for one capable commentator to tell us the “story” of the two teams , history and players as he or she does the play by play..

    I just wanted to find out the guys name from today’s match so I can follow him ..

    Maybe now with ALLLLLLL the soccer/football available to us in the states now you should list the commentators for the matches so we can get used to their names..

    keep up the good work

    • Christopher Harris

      August 22, 2020 at 4:18 pm

      The commentator is the one and only Jonathan Pearce.

      • Bill

        August 22, 2020 at 4:27 pm

        and that is why I can here!! You are the best. I enjoy your podcast every week. I learn alot!!!!

  8. Bobby

    August 22, 2020 at 3:30 pm

    Article doesn’t say which analysts is leaving NBC sports. Is the person in the studio or calling games. Anyone knows.

    • Christopher Harris

      August 22, 2020 at 3:41 pm

      We discuss the news on the podcast starting at minute 16:15

  9. DS

    August 21, 2020 at 6:27 pm

    I really need peacock on Roku to get all games in the PL. ALready have SLing, Espn+ and CBS. Used to have NBC Sports Gold also.

  10. JP

    August 21, 2020 at 10:08 am

    Regarding your discussion about the media companies using soccer rights to bring in subscribers to their streaming platforms, I hate this trend.

    Streaming may be the way our entertainment is going to be delivered, but honestly, now hope the eventual streaming model becomes something more akin to cable. All the options on one service and switching among live content easy as changing a channel, then the library of on demand offerings similar to VOD on cable now.

    Instead of simply switching from NBCSN to FS1 if following an EPL and Bundesliga matches at the same time, now may need to exit Peacock, open ESPN+ (maybe log in), find the match, wait more until it loads.

    Usually I only have these conflicts with Serie A and La Liga, and just keep my cable on beIN and switch HDMI input as the way of “changing the channel” to keep track of them both. But if both were on seperate streaming options (or even both on the same), exiting one match to find the other is more time consuming and a bit annoying. Don’t think I’d watch as much soccer. 1st world problem, yes, but still an annoyance. Foresee my Bundesliga viewing plummeting this upcoming season.

    Wish they’d keep matches on linear TV and have the overflow on streaming (for free with cable authentication), and the linear TV match available on streaming (for the streaming subscribers). This is the most equitable way to handle it.

    • Turfit

      August 21, 2020 at 11:48 am

      I would like to be able to access ESPN+, CBS All-Access, Peacock and all those other streaming packages from within FuboTV (or YouTubeTV/SlingTV) without leaving the FuboTV App to give it a more cable tv experience. It is getting to a point that it is hard to remember which service a certain match is playing on.

  11. Chris Guardiano

    August 21, 2020 at 5:23 am

    When it comes to ESPN and their Bundesliga/Serie A coverage , I think they will show a fair number of games on TV this fall given the fact that there are only 3 major conferences planning to play college football the SEC, Big 12 and the ACC. Every other conference including the Big Ten and Pac-12 will play in the spring which may push games back to ESPN+in the spring. It should be pointed out that all 3 of these conferences have deals with ESPN in which they want their games broadcast in the afternoon and prime time (especially on ABC) so that they can get the maximum amount of viewers . This allows ESPN the chance to broadcast the Bundesliga or Serie A in the morning on either ESPN or ESPN 2 and then begin their college football coverage at midday. Of course there is the possibility that none of the 3 conferences I mentioned above play in the fall which could allow even more games to be broadcast on TV so that ESPN can fill airtime on Saturday mornings. If this happens we could even see Bundesliga or Serie A matches being broadcast on ABC and competing head to head with the Premier League match of the week on NBC.

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