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CAS kills dream of pro/rel in MLS: World Soccer Talk Podcast

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

In the NEW episode, number 157, Christopher Harris and co-host Kartik Krishnaiyer cover a range of topics including:

• CBS lands NWSL TV and streaming rights
• What the Court for Arbitration in Sport (CAS) ruling about promotion/relegation means for US soccer
• Premier League viewing numbers increase but quality drops
• Plus we have a bunch of letters from you, the listeners, in our mailbag section.

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  1. Eddy

    February 10, 2020 at 9:33 am

    NFL gets 20-30mil each National Game. EPL gets anywhere from 700k-1.1m on NBC/Telemundo combined. Now is it NFL status amongst soccer fans I say somewhat but Liga MX has the highest TV Ratings in the US.

  2. Eplnfl

    February 10, 2020 at 9:09 am

    The EPL has achieved NFL status in the US among fans. Any match will draw a crowd despite the records of the teams or quality of play.

    • Yespage

      February 10, 2020 at 10:06 am

      Relative to soccer viewership of MLS verses leagues across the pond, yes. But the EPL is magnitudes less watched than the NFL.

  3. Alf

    February 7, 2020 at 12:19 pm

    Shame because P/R *does* add to the season.
    Instead of a load of pointless end of season games, you get crucial crunch games.
    I guess they just don’t get that fans can celebrate finishing 4th bottom. If your team has been in the bottom 3 all season and on the last day scrapes to 4th bottom to stay up then trust me, you will celebrate as if you’ve just won the league!
    Ho hum, it’ll stay as ‘half the league’ goes to the play offs – play offs that are put up against the start of the NFL season. Then they wonder why viewing figures are poor…

  4. Azer

    February 6, 2020 at 11:34 pm

    Chris – I have to correct you, the commentator for the Werder Bremen v Borussia Dortmund DFB Cup game on Tuesday was not Kevin Hatchard. It was Phil Bonney & former Dortmund player Patrick Owomoyela. Derek Rae was doing Eintracht Frankfurt v RB Leipzig at 12:30 ET on Tuesday & FC Bayern Munchen v Hoffenheim on Wednesday alongside Steffen Freund.
    James Thorogood was the commentator for Bayer Leverkusen v VFB Stuttgart on Wednesday. I watched all 4 games on ESPN3.

  5. Francis Darko

    February 6, 2020 at 7:17 pm

    Sir Francis
    I wholeheartedly agree with Sir Digby. While the quality of the bottom half teams have improved considerably, the newly promoted teams such as Sheffield United, Norwich are proving they really belong in the Big League with the Big Boys. My hat off to them.

  6. Gonzalo

    February 6, 2020 at 6:04 pm

    Enjoyed the Podcast! For those who are not familiar with Brian Dunseth, who was on the USMNT broadcast with Adrian Healey, he is one of the regular hosts on SiriusXMFC’s afternoon show Counter Attack. I enjoy hearing him with Tony Meola and also his sparring with one of the producers on that show, Andrew Williams. Have you guys ever discussed SiriusXMFC’s call-in shows on your podcast? I’d like to hear your thoughts on their programming.

  7. Sir Digby Chicken Caesar

    February 6, 2020 at 11:39 am

    While it seems only one team in the EPL has been consistent and moved forward, I wouldn’t say that it isn’t entertaining. Everyone outside of the Liverpool have been susceptible to losing to anyone. Norwich match against City…… the blame gets put on top teams playing poorly, but that can’t always be the case. I’d argue the quality of the bottom half of the table has increased.

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