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Changes galore in soccer broadcasting: World Soccer Talk Podcast

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

In the NEW episode, number 153, Christopher Harris and co-host Kartik Krishnaiyer cover a range of topics including:

• Our thoughts on the FA Cup 3rd Round viewing experience
• Another presenter leaves beIN SPORTS
• How fubo’s changes will impact soccer fans
• Sling makes it more difficult for fans to watch LaLiga
• Plus we have a bunch of letters from you, the listeners, in our mailbag section.

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  1. Edwin

    January 14, 2020 at 9:53 am

    Good Podcast as far as the NBC EPL TV deal discussion at the end that was very interesting view from within NBC as far as them not making money on EPL. EPL no matter how great the football is or how much the y pump the league will always be limited to a degree as far as how lucrative they can be to any broadcaster. The reason why is because of start times, the majority of the early to mid morning kickoff times are not situated in good TV ad rate times. Networks aren’t able to monetize off the viewership numbers like they would off of afternoon and evening start times.
    That is a big reason why NBC has moved programming with more NBC start times to 1230pm kick offs and 2:30pm Goal Zone coverage on NBC. They are simply trying to find ways to monetize and make back their money. EPL would be far a far more lucrative TV property in the US if start times were in the late afternoons and evening. However there is a limit to how much EPL can make off TV rights in the US because of scheduling, They may be best suited splitting rights because I don’t see NBC doubling the rights fee maybe a bump up to $200m yr from $167myr.

  2. Edwin

    January 13, 2020 at 11:31 am

    Good podcast

  3. NashRambler

    January 12, 2020 at 3:19 pm

    The further discussion this week about your guest from last week has prompted me to ask you both about domestic broadcast rights for LaLiga, Serie A, Bundesliga, and Ligue 1. In Britain there seems to be a continuing angst regarding the Premier League broadcast rights being restricted to subscription providers Sky, BT Sport, and Amazon (am I forgetting any others?).

    My understanding is that the same situation exists in Spain, Italy, Germany, and France for the top flight leagues. Is there the same level of discontent among the fans and the general public in these countries as there is in Britain about having to subscribe to cable/satellite/streaming to watch their football?

  4. Ritchie

    January 9, 2020 at 3:59 pm

    Re: Stewart Robson

    I could have sworn that he did Champions League with Martin Tyler.

    • Christopher Harris

      January 10, 2020 at 7:40 am

      You’re correct, Ritchie. Kartik’s overall point is that you won’t hear Robson doing Premier League commentary.

  5. JP

    January 9, 2020 at 3:02 pm

    I might of a similar ‘vintage’ as Kartik, what I recall most about NBC Sports back in the day wasn’t Wimbledon (though did watch), it was the NBA on NBC every Sunday once football season ended.
    They got the package from CBS at the perfect time. Golden age of the NBA in the early 90’s. Magic and Bird still around but nearing the end. Isiah and Detroit finally getting over the hump. Great/fun teams in Portland, Utah, Seattle, Golden State, and Phoenix out west. Michael Jordan was about to embark on his complete domination. The New York Knicks were actually relevant too!

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