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Why ESPN+’s Bundesliga deal is a win for NBC & EPL: World Soccer Talk Podcast

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

In the NEW episode, number 143, Christopher Harris and Kartik Krishnaiyer cover a range of topics including:

• What the ESPN+ Bundesliga deal means for soccer viewers
• NBC takes an enormous leap forward in the soccer wars
• How the Bundesliga went after the money instead of what is best for soccer fans
• MLS sink to new lows with their TV ratings
• And we have a bunch of letters from you, the listeners, in our mailbag section.

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  1. Jay Day

    October 11, 2019 at 11:23 am

    I think the Bundesliga ESPN+ move is brilliant. While you were critical of the move away from Fox, you also mentioned how viewing habits have changed over the last few years when it comes to real time scores being shown on matches we are watching and that it is now acceptable. This will also happen in the next few years as 5G technology will revolutionize the world of streaming. Super high speed, Real time, No buffering, HD. Our viewing habits will change and follow the best viewing experience. Fox has been a poor advocate and partner. ESPN and this new 5G world and the spread of digital equity will be a game changer.

  2. Leo

    October 7, 2019 at 11:17 pm

    In one of the last podcasts you discussed broadcasts of the German leagues in English. On the German football channel on Youtube, they broadcast one game from the third league a week in English. Perhaps this will help fans of German football.

  3. Azer

    October 4, 2019 at 11:20 pm

    Christopher and Kartik, You guys didn’t talk about the Bundesliga coming to TV in Spanish on ESPN Deportes. I don’t speak Spanish but for some this is great news. I wish ESPN provided a SAP option like beIn Sports does. I will subscribe to ESPN+ in 2020. You guys also talked about NBC having no competition in 2020 when the Bundesliga leaves Fox Sports, perhaps the competitor will be ESPN Deportes, I doubt it. Imagine a weekend next season when the EPL takes a pause and the FA Cup is on, there won’t be any soccer on TV, right now there is at lease the Bundesliga to watch. Also, Chris, don’t even bother watching the Champions League post game show on TNT watch the game, then switch to ESPN FC for analyses or look for other analyses from UK TV on YouTube. Great Podcast I was listening to it at work, enjoyed it.

  4. JP

    October 4, 2019 at 11:57 am

    You guys nailed it regarding the simultaneous MLS matches. MLS fans care about their local club and if their team is playing on local TV the same time as a national TV game they’re going to obviously choose their local club. There just aren’t enough neutral MLS fans around to move the needle on these national broadcasts, ESPECIALLY during football season. I actually watched most of the Revolution/NYCFC match, no interest in whatever match was on national TV.

    Perhaps MLS could take a page from the NFL and have all clubs on ‘national’ TV during these simultaneous kick off days. The local clubs would be shown in their local market and the most ‘attractive’ matchup for areas with no MLS club. Of course they would need to utilize big FOX or big ABC etc for this to be feasible with local affiliates.

    • Edwin

      October 4, 2019 at 1:18 pm

      That’s a pretty good idea. I wonder with ABC’s stated intent to broadcast some regular MLS games next year, what network between ABC and FOX will gets first rights to games.

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