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Happy Holidays episode: 2019

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

In the NEW episode, number 151, Christopher Harris and co-host Kartik Krishnaiyer cover a range of topics including:

• Find out why Twitch is being sued for $2.8 billion
• Reflections from this past weekend’s NBC Premier League FanFest
• How Turner’s Champions League TV ratings are doing compared to FOX
• Is number 30 too much for MLS on national TV,
• Plus we have a bunch of letters from you, the listeners, in our mailbag section.

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  1. rkujay

    December 28, 2019 at 10:06 am

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all.

    Christopher: It would be nice to see the ‘community’ redeveloped on your site. Not a lot of articles to discuss, in my opinion. Observations without solutions are a weak tea. Sorry, but I cannot offer any solutions. But, it is said that identifying an issue is the first step in finding a solution.

    • Christopher Harris

      December 28, 2019 at 3:29 pm

      Thanks for the feedback rkujay. We’ve got some ideas up our sleeve that we’ll be rolling out in early 2020.

  2. Monte Reed

    December 27, 2019 at 4:21 pm

    In the podcast you mentioned that beIN Sports cannot “stream” FCB and Real Madrid matches on their new beIN Sports Extra Roku channel. Since beIN now has OTA channels that is broadcasting beIN Sports Extra Channel, could they broadcast these matches on the OTA channel???
    How likely will cable companies add this new channel to their local channel group???

  3. Azer

    December 23, 2019 at 12:24 pm

    You guys talked about ESPN FC talking about the Bundesliga more then it’s current rights holder Fox Sports. The only problem is next August, the only thing you’ll see on the ESPN family of networks is College football.

    • Ivan

      December 23, 2019 at 6:51 pm

      Yup, for all the (justified) hate Fox gets, at least they are showing live on tv 4-5 games every weekend.
      Next season, Bundesliga in the US is entering out of sight, out of mind territory, with only 4 games per year on tv.
      Thankfully, football fans will find other ways to watch the Bundesliga rather than fill up the coffers of Mickey Mouse.

  4. NashRambler

    December 23, 2019 at 2:13 am

    Christopher & Kartik,

    I saw video of the announcement of the Charlotte MLS team and the owner-to-be said essentially that finally there would be a professional sports team in Charlotte for the Hispanic community.

    This has prompted me to ask both of you about the size of the Hispanic audience for MLS attendance and TV viewing based on your own observations as well as any market research either of you have seen. Am I wrong to think that most of the Hispanic population of Mexican descent in the U.S. are following Liga MX much more than MLS? And am I being too cynical in believing that the new Charlotte owner’s hyping of the Hispanic appeal is more of a PR exercise than anything based in reality?

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