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Happy Holidays episode: 2018

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

In the NEW episode, number 104, Christopher Harris and Kartik Krishnaiyer cover a range of topics including:

• FA Cup is coming to Twitter,
• Our favorite games of the week,
• Where does FOX’s talent go if the Bundesliga leaves FOX Sports?
• And we have a bunch of letters from you, the listeners, in our mailbag section.

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  1. MDFootball

    December 28, 2018 at 12:03 pm

    FYI on ESPN posting real time Premier League Highlights. ESPN acquired the real time highlights’ rights from NBC a few years ago in exchange for some Ryder Cup rights.

  2. Henry Reichman

    December 28, 2018 at 10:51 am

    All of FOX’s talent problems would be fixed if they just started a daily soccer show a la ESPNFC. Right?

    • Azer

      December 28, 2018 at 12:54 pm

      Henry, FYI
      ESPNFC is no longer on TV, It’s streaming on ESPN Plus. It was ESPN’s only soccer program and they took it away. As for Fox Sports, please bring back the Fox Soccer Channel and promote it everywhere you can.

      • Edwin

        December 30, 2018 at 10:56 pm

        I wonder what effect NewFOX launch(News and Live Sports only) will have on Fox Sports 1

  3. Jason

    December 28, 2018 at 10:33 am

    I just subscribed to ESPN+ this week for the first time because of the FA Cup coverage. Enjoying the other soccer and hockey coverage it provides until then however :-). I saw Norwich vs Nott Forrest too.. I turned it to Derby vs Sheffield Utd when Nottingham made it 3-0. Good thing they have on demand replays!

  4. jason

    December 27, 2018 at 6:00 pm

    Question for next podcast. Have you seen any evidence that New York City FC fan base has grown due to contributions of its connection to Manchester City? I for one am a Man City fan, but my favorite MLS team is Orlando. So for me personally the connection is irrelevant.

  5. Edwin

    December 27, 2018 at 2:40 pm

    Good podcast guys.Bundesliga isn’t a viable TV product in the US. So its no wonder why FOX probably won’t renew

    -Abysmal ratings the very biggest games can’t get past 60-85k on FS1. and 300k on BIG FOX
    -I think FOX may keep TV talent them around for MLS.
    -FOX made out like Bandits in the corrupt FIFA WC no bid, getting 3 World Cups and the very lucrative 2026 US World Cup.

    • JP

      December 27, 2018 at 3:21 pm

      It’s been said many times, but Fox’s lack of promotion doesn’t help. Unless already a soccer fan and follow when/what matches are on through various apps or websites like this, you would never know about them.

      As mentioned in this podcast, the quick cut to other programming after a match concludes makes the production feel amateur, like watching a poker game on ESPN2 at 1:00AM. At the very least should be a short 15 minute studio recap to bookend the pregame coverage (if any) and actual match much like beIN does.

      • Edwin

        December 27, 2018 at 7:56 pm

        I get what you’re saying but the US soccer market is already mature. Thument holds less weight IMO this is a BIG5 league even it’s inexcusable promotion or not for the ratings to be so low. I can cut Bundesliga some slack for FS1 as that channel just has had a bad year TV ratings wise but the games on Big FOX on broadcast TV only pulling 300k points to lack of interest in the league here in the US. Serie A would even do better if roles were reversed. A some point you gotta just call it what it is.

        • Edwin

          December 27, 2018 at 7:56 pm

          The argument*

        • JP

          December 28, 2018 at 9:53 am

          You may be right about the saturation of the market. With 4 big leagues airing matches at similar times there’s only so much to go around. But to the casual viewer, they probably think the only league that exists is the PL thanks to NBC’s great promotion, Fox’s lack of it, and beIN’s limited distribution. Do believe Bundesliga could cut into the PL’s market share a bit if Fox tried though.

          Fox should’ve also run promotions touting the history so matchups feel “bigger”. Highlights of past classic matches between clubs playing so the rivalries are put into context and viewers have a better understanding of what’s at stake.

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