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ESPN discusses its Euro 2020 TV coverage

In an exclusive interview, World Soccer Talk’s Kartik Krishnaiyer chats with ESPN soccer producer Amy Rosenfeld to discuss the broadcaster’s coverage of UEFA Euro 2020.

Some of the topics discussed include:

• The possibility of sending US-based talent to Europe to report on the latter stages of Euro 2020
• What Euro 2020 could have looked like for ESPN if COVID hadn’t happened
• How hosting the Euro 2020 coverage in Bristol CT presented several challenges
• Why European-based talent are interested in working in the United States
• How Rece Davis has adapted to stepping into the shoes of Bob Ley and Mike Tirico

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18 Comments

18 Comments

  1. Ra

    June 29, 2021 at 9:21 pm

    I heard some euphoric that ESPN got La Liga, but I enjoyed BeIn. As a cord-never, I could get it for cheap with either Sling World or Fanatiz, and their ’90 in 30` programs were brilliant. I’ve missed some Euro games and the 90 in 30 would come in handy, especially when you already know the score. And, Ray Hudson was fantastic narrating La Liga. I also enjoyed the multiple audio alternatives for Libertadores.

  2. rick

    June 29, 2021 at 5:25 pm

    ESPN has done an excellent job covering the EURO’s- no complaints. Well done!

  3. dave

    June 28, 2021 at 3:10 pm

    @Ra and @Nosferatu, thanks for the recommends. I am enjoying some Euro coverage on ABC/ESPN and those were strong broadcasts
    .
    Amy mentioned in the interview that her father would have liked the single camera view on ESPN+. Is there a way to see that without the other three boxes? The player close-ins were mildly interesting for a minute or two and the all-22 was much too small for a quarter of my iPad
    .
    ESPN have had great supplementary options for marquee properties in other sports. While ESPN+ was not at that same strong level, the core ABC/ESPN Euro broadcasts struck me as excellent

  4. Mario Garcia

    June 27, 2021 at 8:51 pm

    That was a great interview! very nice.

    An unrelated question, could you give on your next podcast your take on PrendeTV ? (their Euro coverage + Univision plans for it after the Euros, putting the games there for sure means they acquired a ton of new users)

  5. vinnie jones

    June 26, 2021 at 12:26 pm

    what is wrong with jon champion? was enjoying the beginning of the welsh dane game until those fateful words ‘what do you think taylor?’ never does he challenge the response by honestly saying ‘that is crap, have you ever played the game?’

  6. Scrumper

    June 26, 2021 at 12:08 pm

    I was looking forward to the Wakes v Denmark game until I heard twaddlemans drivel.

  7. Chris Guardiano

    June 26, 2021 at 1:23 am

    @Eric T I totally agree. Imagine how much better the Copa America & World Cup would be if both were on ESPN instead of FOX. ESPN when they had the World Cup treated the competition with the respect and prestige it deserves and reported on every major story that was happening from every team. FOX on other hand only cares about and reports stories involving the big teams and completely discounted the accomplishments of countries like Croatia who made the World Cup final in 2018 and did the same to the Dutch women’s team when they made the final of the Women’s World Cup a year later. This in addition to not investing in proper production values like you mentioned, is why FOX will likely lose the World Cup rights after 2026 to either ESPN or CBS. It seems clear to me that they aren’t even interested in bidding for the rights beyond that point because like Chris mentioned to me a few months ago during a pod, FOX wants the biggest payout possible from the World Cup being hosted here in the US in 2026 and when they do, they will leave soccer entirely and focus on what they think they do best: MLB, College Football and the NFL.

  8. juf

    June 25, 2021 at 3:00 pm

    A nonsensical pandering interview – do you not read twitter real time feeds as people clearly pick out Reece and others for a very low standard job – it feels like you just wanted to stay in good favor with ESPN. Try ask the tough questions – like why ESPN are far behind NBC and CBS in football capabilities.

  9. Eric T

    June 25, 2021 at 2:23 pm

    @Chris Guardiano

    FOX has treated its soccer properties very poorly. They haven’t shown much interest in the sport even though they apparently like to bid on rights. Seems like they want high-profile soccer properties on the cheap by not investing in proper production values. I’m still pissed they got the World Cup rights.

  10. José Cerrato

    June 25, 2021 at 1:42 pm

    Primera vez que escucho a Krishnaiyer dar la introducción del podcast. 😎

  11. Don Dickerson

    June 25, 2021 at 11:59 am

    So they had over a year to plan and no one not one single person said that the ESPN plus end of 1 side camera angle and 1 player/coach box view wasn’t a good idea. If that is the case where a room full of people thought oh this is excellent they all need to be fired. Hell they could’ve tested it out say on a FA cup match and see what people would say. But no let’s go all in and give people a piece of crap and call it Gold.

  12. Dave R.

    June 25, 2021 at 10:50 am

    Excellent as always.

  13. Matthew Behan

    June 25, 2021 at 9:48 am

    ESPN plus multiview & alternate view a absolutely travesty for the paying fan. Who the heck came up w/ that idea? What a joke.

  14. Christopher Ernest WATSON

    June 25, 2021 at 9:42 am

    The less one hears of and from Warren (I played in a FA Cup FInal) Barton, the better.

  15. Chris Guardiano

    June 25, 2021 at 1:55 am

    Very insightful interview done by Kartik here. When comparing ESPN’s coverage of the Euros and Fox’s coverage of the Copa America, I have to say ESPN has the better graphics, camera work, commentators and analysts. This despite the fact that some of their analysts tend to be too nice to each other instead of challenging each others opinions.
    Fox’s Copa America coverage on other hand is very poor especially when compared to their World Cup coverage in 2018 & 2019. While not as good as what ESPN did previously, Fox pretty much followed ESPN’s formula of covering the tournament especially with World Cup Tonight and did a decent job. Now they have ditched that in favor of simply showing the matches and when they do, they don’t even use the commentators that are listed on the World Soccer Talk website. Jon Strong & Stu Holden have called over half the matches and I have rarely heard from Warren Barton or Cobi Jones so far (although Cobi was in the studio for today’s matches). I hope that this isn’t a preview of how Fox is going to cover the Gold Cup that starts in a few weeks because if it is, expect the Gold Cup to on CBS in a few years.

  16. Nosferatu

    June 24, 2021 at 9:01 pm

    I would recommend one of the games where Ian Darke and Stewart Robson are actually on-site and calling the game in-person. The energy and sense of description is inevitably better than going off-tube, and Darke is a great pro. Looks like that would be Italy-Austria and England-Germany for this round.

    I love Jon Champion and he’s doing his best, but he’s definitely a bit hamstrung by not being on-site and having Twellman as his partner.

  17. Ra

    June 24, 2021 at 8:51 pm

    Get a game with Derek Rae narrating. He is the best narrator working for ESPN on the Euros.

  18. dave

    June 24, 2021 at 6:00 pm

    Very enjoyable. Particularly interesting to hear Amy’s perspective on ESPN+ vs linear and compare/contrast of how production uses ABC for NFL draft vs. Euros
    .
    I have been watching the Euro in Spanish. This interview has me intrigued to check out a bit of the knockouts in English. Any suggestions? England-Germany at Wembley? I am already a customer of ESPN/2/+ so just looking for a recommend on a game where ESPN may be at its best

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