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ESPN raises its game for 2020 MLS season: World Soccer Talk Podcast

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

In the NEW episode, number 160, Christopher Harris and co-host Kartik Krishnaiyer cover a range of topics including:

• An interview with ESPN’s top soccer producers
• A look ahead to this season’s MLS coverage
• Our favorite matches of the week
• Big hint about Euro 2020 coverage plans
• Plus we have a bunch of letters from you, the listeners, in our mailbag section.

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Send in your questions, comments and feedback via e-mail, via Twitter (@worldsoccertalk) or Facebook. We’ll read them out on-air in the next episode.

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  1. Azer

    March 1, 2020 at 9:54 pm

    Thank you for the answer, I appreciate it. I also noticed MLS have it’s own graphics. You can see it when you watch the highlights on YouTube with the MLS logo at the bottom right of the screen. I wish ESPN & Fox would use it. I didn’t like what Fox did yesterday at the start of the Nashville v Atlanta game. They ran all the MLS scores on the screen with John Strong commenting on each one as a game was unfolding in the stadium. He abandoned the game in front of him. The score bug should be used to reveal all the scores, leave the screen blank of any pop ups and focus on the game.

  2. Azer

    February 28, 2020 at 9:34 am

    I listened to the Podcast but not the interviews. Does anyone know if ESPN will remove the big ticker at the bottom of the screen for MLS games? Fox doesn’t have one. It just doesn’t work for soccer having it on the screen, looks ugly in my opinion. Looking forward to watching all the MLS highlights on YouTube, usually 5 minutes long, kills time.

    • Robert

      February 28, 2020 at 9:54 am

      The highlights are also on

      • Rover

        February 29, 2020 at 2:03 am

        I know you mean, seeing as is a real estate site

    • NashRambler

      March 1, 2020 at 8:43 pm

      ESPN seems to run the ticker on every sporting event they broadcast except Monday Night Football. The interview with the ESPN producers was excellent but the “ticker issue” was not addressed. For all of the faults with Fox’s coverage I very much enjoy and appreciate that Fox soccer broadcasts are free of the ticker. Fox also has the better score bug graphic. I’m a bit of a nerd about score bug graphics for all sports broadcasts and I was very disappointed to see ESPN using the same tired score bug they’ve been using for years for soccer in their 2020 MLS season debut broadcasts today.

    • nosferatu

      March 2, 2020 at 10:23 pm

      I’d argue that it doesn’t work or make sense for any sports–especially now that everyone can so easily access scores with a tap or two of their fingers–but it strikes me as especially bad for hockey and soccer, such a distraction. At least if it’s once an hour or half hour, that’s one thing, a genuine update, but what even is the point of the constant scroll? It’s just a waste of space and a distraction.

  3. Eddie

    February 27, 2020 at 8:26 pm

    Is there any news from Univision plans for this summer of the Euro 2020 tournament upcoming?

  4. Robert

    February 27, 2020 at 8:20 pm

    Our league’s top five!
    Atlanta Vs. Nashville-50,000+ to hopefully see a good game,
    Miami vs. LAFC-maybe an upset in LA,
    Columbus vs. NYCFC-two contenders for the top spot,
    Houston vs. the Galaxy-a much improved Houston may win,
    Seattle vs Chicago-a Sunday afternoon game to watch.

    • Robert

      February 28, 2020 at 9:04 am

      I will correct myself, hopefully Inter will not get hammered!

  5. Nathan

    February 27, 2020 at 6:24 pm

    By the way the commentators for TNT UCL are not from BT. Those are world feed comms. BT had Darren Fletcher and Steve McManaman commentating

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