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

In the NEW episode, number 32, Kartik Krishnaiyer and Christopher Harris cover a range of topics including:

• Pros and cons of the video assistant referee system,

• Our thoughts on the TV coverage of the Confederations Cup thus far,

• Our memories of a man who was a pioneer in US Soccer who died this week.

• Plus questions from YOU, the listeners and much more.

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  1. Oliver Tse

    June 23, 2017 at 9:47 pm

    This advice is for Kartik K.: always check EVERY NAME before doing a podcast at

    The name “Tony Diccico” is one that trips up many broadcasters. Kartik mispronounced the name in the podcast.

    When I got my feet wet during the summer of 1995 doing a weekly Sunday 7pm sports talk radio show at WVBR-FM (93.5) in Ithaca, New York (the show that the infamous Keith Olbermann started at the station), I brought in a local guest to discuss FIFA Women’s World Cup 1995. The guest caught me mispronouncing the name “Tony Diccico” during the pre-show production meeting. He bailed me out before I had the chance to make the mistake on the air. I learned my lesson regarding names that day.

  2. Oliver Tse

    June 23, 2017 at 8:00 pm

    Listening to the TV ratings numbers: Telemundo, being free-to-air in many markets, is drawing at least 2 to 1 against FS1 even for matches not involving Spanish-speaking teams.

    When UEFA Champions League starts up on September 2018, UniMas will have a similar advantage vs truTV.

    Knowing that Univision Deportes will do whatever it can to KILL Turner Sports, Juan Carlos Rodriguez will likely put all English Premier League clubs playing in the UEFA Champions League on UniMas free-to-air and offer free streaming at and Univision Deportes apps.

    truTV will have to compete against that (I would assume that Turner will NOT be able to put any match airing on truTV on any over-the-top subscription packages because the cable/satellite affiliates will demand that any match airing on truTV will have to be English-language exclusive in exchange for the affiliate agreeing to the 6 cents per month rate hike AT&T/Time Warner will ask for..)

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