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FOX comes to the rescue of CONCACAF: World Soccer Talk Podcast

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

In the NEW episode, number 156, Christopher Harris and co-host Kartik Krishnaiyer cover a range of topics including:

• USA’s Olympic pursuits finally find a home,
• Villa supporters come out of the woodwork,
• NBC and Sky find new ways to work together,
• Good news for Samsung smart TV owners,
• Plus we have a bunch of letters from you, the listeners, in our mailbag section.

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7 Comments

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  1. Monte Reed

    February 4, 2020 at 8:30 pm

    just watched Canada women beat Mexico on FS2. For the halftime show, fox only showed commercials and promos for Bundesliga. No halftime show, no replays.
    After the game, I switched to beIN Sports that is showing Independiente Medelin/Deportivo Tachira and they have the Extra Halftime show.

  2. Azer

    February 1, 2020 at 12:14 pm

    You guys have criticized Fox Sports for not putting any effort into having a pre-game/halftime/postgame show for the Bundesliga when games are shown on Fox Sports 2. What effort will Mickey Mouse show next season? The answer is ZERO. As long as I’m able to watch a game I don’t care about Fox’s analyses. I’m sure many other people feel the same. TNT has a studio crew for it’s Champions League coverage and what analyses are we getting, it’s like watching paint dry. Enjoy the Bundesliga on TV for a few more months. I’ll subscribe to ESPN+ but I’ll miss Fox’s coverage. 7 games on Fox TV on the weekend vs 0 on ESPN.Think about it.

  3. Monte Reed

    February 1, 2020 at 11:02 am

    With ESPN+, I have watched more college soccer this past season than I have ever.
    I do not like high school/college rules, I’m okay with the unlimited subbing but all the other rule changes are not good. Also, most of the high school refs also ref rec/club and I have seen mistakes made due to refs confusing the different rules.
    I agree that the college season should be longer and I think all college programs are training during the spring semester, so why not continue the season.
    What impact is MLS’s academies raising up “home-grown” players having on the college game? Are we seeing more players going straight to MLS teams and skipping college?

  4. Robert

    February 1, 2020 at 10:07 am

    Sorry for the above. I just came out of the hospital after most of January and forgot the winter break comes in the next weeks. Feeling better just not too smart!

  5. Robert

    January 31, 2020 at 10:07 am

    It seems to me that the comments about teams not fielding there best sides for the league cup and the supposed roll-out of a true winter break are too different topics. Mr. Klopp is fighting for the good of the players and coaches by saying there should be no games during this break. Other No. Europe leagues do this, but the EPL owners only want more $$$$.

  6. JP

    January 31, 2020 at 9:35 am

    Interesting discussion on being a fan of a club vs a fan of a league. Are you guys saying that soccer fans in Europe only follow their club but don’t watch other clubs in the same league?

    That would seem weird to me, as the performance and results of other club’s impact where your club falls/rises in the standings. Also want to compare how your club looks relative to it’s closets rivals and what improvements may be needed.

    That is mostly how American fans follow Amercian sports leagues such as NFL, NBA, etc. Have your favorite or local team that you follow closely, but also watch games of other teams if you have the opportunity via national television.

    For soccer it’s a special case, as the majority of American fans of European club soccer are neutrals for the most part. We may gravitate to one particular league for a myriad of reasons such as nationality or ease of access. Might have a ‘favorite’ club within that league, but for the most part watching whatever is presented and not living and dying with the performance of that one club.

    Don’t think it’s an American vs European difference in mindset. Would imagine NBA fans in Europe are similar in this respect.

    There are always arguments about which league is best (La Liga vs EPL) or if you’re a Euro snob for admitting the quality in most of Europe is better than MLS. This is just protecting your turf so to speak, and is similar to college sports as Kartik mentioned. You argue about the merits of your teams conference over all others as a source of pride. So even if your team doesn’t win, can say they play in the best conference and have the best competition etc.

    American pro sports don’t have this dynamic since there’s only one league for each, and the conferences/divisions within the league are just cosmetic for scheduling purposes not separate entities. In addition, no one is going to seriously argue that Spanish pro basketball is on the same level as NBA, Japan baseball vs MLB, or Russian hockey over the NHl. All of the best talent gravitates here for those sports and no doubt they are the preeminent leagues.

    • JP

      January 31, 2020 at 11:58 am

      To expand on the college sports vs European soccer angle, many fans in America will take pride in the number of teams ‘their’ conference gets in the NCAA basketball tournament and how far they advance.
      See something similar with UCL here in America where EPL or La Liga (or Bundesliga in 2013) will boast about how far their teams advance in the tournament — even if not fans of those particular clubs — as proof their league is better (Real Madrid and Atleti 2014 and 2016, Liverpool and Tottenham 2019).
      Do the fans in Europe also do this, or is it just an American fan dynamic for those who follow European football?

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