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Who LaLiga’s next US TV broadcaster should be: World Soccer Talk Podcast

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

In the NEW episode, number 125, Christopher Harris and co-host Kartik Krishnaiyer cover a range of topics including:

• Our thoughts about the final day coverage of the Bundesliga,
• Who’s leaving beIN SPORTS for new job opportunities,
• Which club has a new behind-the-scenes documentary that’s heading to Amazon Prime,
• Which TV network LaLiga and Bundesliga needs to move to next year,
• And we have a bunch of letters from you, the listeners, in our mailbag section.

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  1. Azer

    May 25, 2019 at 12:22 pm

    If ESPN were to obtain the rights to La Liga, a few games would only be shown on ESPNEWS. ESPN & ESPN2 are filled with college football all day. I would like to see La Liga go to ESPN Deportes, with ESPN3 in English, rather than Univision.

  2. Michael west

    May 25, 2019 at 1:04 am

    I see Univision obtaining the rights in Spanish they have a few Spaniard analysts with experience on their team which would bring some good coverage from their part. They have a good champions league coverage already which I can see that kind of coverage on the La Liga games. As for the English I see ESPN obtaining the rights with most games on ESPN+ while the more known teams games like Barcelona and Real Madrid or Atlético Madrid games on ESPN or ESPN 2.

  3. Erik

    May 24, 2019 at 12:01 am

    Anyone but Univision, they’re commentators are garbage. The fact that Univision wants to dominate the soccer audience in the US is scary. I don’t mind some soccer on Univision but ONE network should not have the majority of Spanish-language soccer games. We should have choices. I hope Disney, Fox and NBC/Comcast do something to help their Spanish sports channels because it looks like the monster known as Univision wants them dead,

  4. Cpcva

    May 23, 2019 at 9:39 pm

    The leagues overseas may start demanding over the air exposure just as the NFL and NBA do

  5. Edwin

    May 23, 2019 at 2:50 pm

    I could also see MLS creating a additional network package of games for a network like NBC from the newly added games created thru expansion and pulling some games that are on ESPN+.

  6. Edwin

    May 23, 2019 at 2:37 pm

    Guys good podcast, I agree in part about MLS/USSF next TV deal increasing alot. However I disagree on the principle of why they’d see a increase that was stated of MLS riding on the coat tails of the National teams. For the following reasons.

    1. MLS ratings though down so far this year have increased across cable since the TV deal was announced in 2014 going from 200k to 276k last year.

    2. MLS value is in the inventory of games to the networks each year. There are 414 MLS matches this season that number will grows by 17 games with every MLS team and will be at 544 games a year by the time MLS expands to 32 teams. About 88 of those 414 games are televised and the remaining 300+ games are carried via ESPN+ On the flip side The US Men’s and Women’s teams each only play 10 to 15 games a year thats 20 to 30 games a year tops. The Mens teams only played 8 and 9 games in 2015& 2018. The WC’s really earn USSF their share of the deal. There just simply isn’t this unfair disparity like some want to claim. A 20-25% rate split of the TV deal that USSF gets seems more than fair.

    3. As far as La Liga I agree with a ESPN+ and Univision split I also think Bundesliga will go to ESPN+ and remain with Univision. I think FOX will offer significantly less money but promise more OTA ESPN will offer more $. I feel ESPN is trying to monopolize all non Premier League Soccer. Bold prediction ESPN will make a money play for EPL TV or streaming rights.

    • JP

      May 23, 2019 at 3:46 pm

      I’m not sure it would make sense for E S P N + to bid for US only rights and let Univision have Spanish and OTA. Like we saw with UCL this year many shifted to watching the Univision rather than paying for B/R to watch the matches not on TNT (or all of Europa League).

      Wouldn’t mind it being on +, but as I’ve said before, they’d need to make it so the one match they’ll show a week (assuming like Serie A) OTA would also be available on +. That always seemed like the big inequity to me, forcing one to have both cable and the streaming to watch all their Serie A inventory. NBC Gold should do the same for matches on NBCSN.

      Could just see E S P N getting La Liga rights and relegating almost all the matched to + but then making everyone need cable to watch El Clasico or the Madrid derby etc.

      • Edwin

        May 23, 2019 at 3:52 pm

        Yeah the latter seems more likely and the favorable business model.

  7. Jasinho

    May 23, 2019 at 12:22 pm

    Univision Deportes was created initially to obtain La Liga rights from DirecTV to complement Liga MX, it made sense then and it still does now.

    Some may complain about ESPN Plus being an inconvenient expenditure, but at least there would be commentators that are worth their salt unlike what one would hear on some channels. If ESPN Plus raises rates but obtains both La Liga and Bundesliga and even Ligue Un, I wouldn’t mind paying a higher rate, even the annual plan costs less than a lot of TV and streaming providers charge on a monthly basis. All I am asking is the ability to follow teams that are in the champions league on a more regular basis.

    So yes, La Liga to Univision and ESPN+.

    • Eddie

      May 23, 2019 at 3:02 pm

      Univision might win the rights of la liga next season in 2020. Espn will also win next season.

  8. JP

    May 23, 2019 at 12:17 pm

    I have to disagree with Christopher on La Liga’s best case scenario being multiple networks. It would make finding matches confusing and likely dampen viewership vs going with one network.

    Imagine having to figure out whether the match you want to see is streaming, cable, or over the air for every single match and which service for each. Only way it could work is if the deal it out to something like where all the pre-noon matches are streaming, afternoon over the air, and post 2PM cable….along those lines. Only works if cable/over the air/streaming are provided by the same distributor like NBC and Fox do otherwise it just becomes a mess. Please no to that idea.

    Regarding beIN, you both seem pessimistic on their chances of keeping La Liga, and in turn, remaining a viable network. This saddens me as they’re honestly my of my most watched network. Do you think it’s possible they can be purchased and re-branded by another media company that has more clout to demand carriage? Maybe Turner wants a dedicated channel for sports rather than using TNT and they buy beIN? Instant increase in carriage, adds UCL to their existing soccer coverage and then NBA which at night is non conflicting. Being part of that network would look very good for La Liga. If they fixed B/R Live it would be the best of all worlds.

    • Edwin

      May 23, 2019 at 5:16 pm

      Multiple networks only works if there are going to be multiple games shown each week on those channels they can’t be sporadic like every two weeks oh here’s a game then nothing,

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