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Future of Scottish Premiership on US TV and streaming: World Soccer Talk Podcast

World Soccer Talk is the weekly soccer podcast on the topic of watching soccer on TV, online and apps.

In the NEW episode, number 86, Christopher Harris and guest co-host Mark Donaldson from ESPN cover a range of topics including:

• NBC scoring its most-watched Premier League game of the season so far,
• fuboTV adding a major network that many soccer fans will love,
• The latest news on the Scottish Premiership rights,
• And we have a bunch of letters from you, the listeners, in our mailbag section.

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  1. JP

    August 23, 2018 at 8:32 pm

    Understood, and don’t mind paying. I just think it’s to the detriment of the leagues as fewer young people will organically become fans and future paying customers to replace us.

  2. JP

    August 23, 2018 at 2:03 pm

    Towards the end of your discussion Mark Donaldson laid out his vision of what the future of sports viewing (or entertainment in general) will look like in 5 years with everything available to purchase individually to create your own specialized package. While this may be good for an established sports fan, it could create a downward spiral in fandom in the future.
    One of the most underrated aspects of someone becoming a fan is serendipity. A child coming across a game on TV and starting that love affair. Once everything becomes on demand via streaming, only the people who already know what they want to watch will take time to lay out their options and find the correct stream.
    This model works for regular entertainment where browsing and binge watching is prevalent, but cannot see it working for live sports. Sure you can watch a game you missed live, but at that point the score is already known/highlights available. This only works for someone who once again, already knows they want to watch but had a confict (job, etc) and made a point to avoid any media that might spoil the end result before they can watch later. Not a way to gain new fans.

    • Ritchie

      August 23, 2018 at 3:26 pm

      As rights fees skyrocket, non sports fans are pushing back on having to pay for channels they don’t watch. If a kid might fall in love with soccer, he/she can still do it on NBC for example. While one subscriber might ask why they are paying $.80/month for Lifetime another loves Lifetime and is irate to be paying $7 for ESPN.

      Al la carte cuts both ways: sometimes in favor of us sports fans, but sometimes not.

      • Ritchie

        August 23, 2018 at 5:27 pm

        To be clear, I’m saying that sports fans are going to be asked to pay their own way more often in the future, with the exception of events on the major OTA TV networks (ABC, NBC, CBS and FOX). PPV is just part of that.

      • Yespage

        August 24, 2018 at 9:14 am

        A la carte only works when a person is willing to sacrifice in order to save money. And the content owners are really starting to bring the pain, by splitting up more and more content.

        It is one thing for NBC Sports to ask for more money to see all of the EPL games or commercial free Tour de France coverage or coverage of events that otherwise wouldn’t be on television (Rugby, track, etc…). It is another when content like the Europa League gets stuffed behind a paywall when it used to be available on cable.

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