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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 85, Christopher Harris and Kartik Krishnaiyer cover a range of topics including:

• What LaLiga’s major announcement means for soccer in the US,
• Our thoughts about TNT’s and Univision’s coverage of their first UEFA game,
• Comcast kicks more dirt into the eyes of beIN SPORTS,
• An interview with Bleacher Report CEO about B/R Live,
• And we have a bunch of letters from you, the listeners, in our mailbag section.

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  1. Bill Paine

    August 21, 2018 at 10:41 pm

    Fascinating discussion about the implications of La Liga playing a regular season match in the US. I could definitely see the USSF just blocking it entirely, or (and I’m reticent to say this too loudly), at the behest of MLS/SUM, forcing the two visiting La Liga teams to play a friendly against an MLS team. Intrigued on how all this will unfold and I’m sure you guys will keep us informed as things develop!

  2. Jose Rodriguez

    August 16, 2018 at 7:02 pm

    Hey guys, this last episode about BeIN having very little hope to surviving in the future is disappointing. For I feel as though their programs such as the Xtra and The locker Room are on par with ESPN FC. However if this does happen, their would be lots of talent for other companies to poach on.
    So my question is, where do you see the likes of Phil Schoen and Ray Hudson going. Can you see MLS wanting them for either FOX or ESPN. Maybe Phil and Ray could do all the South Eastern matches. They do usually call matches off monitors, so FOX with the Bundesliga? Maybe Turner if they decided to one day have their own crew. Also were would you like to see the studio annalist go? Such as Gary Bailey, Thomas Rongen, Kevin Egan and Kay Murray.
    Also there is NFL Network, NHL Network etc, do you one day see either MLS or US Soccer having a channel. Maybe US Soccer could use this as a way to finally promote the Open Cup. This would be a great time to use this less crowded market to use these talents on their own channel.
    Or do yall think that who ever lands La Liga would just hire all the personal from BeIN
    I feel like we could have a whole podcast on this topic.

    • JP

      August 23, 2018 at 9:34 am

      Interesting. Like you, also a huge fan of beIN’s shows and talent and hope they do stick around.

      But if they don’t, would imagine the new La Liga rights holder would look to add Phil, Ray, and Kay unless they already have an established soccer identity with existing commentators/hosts. Wouldn’t expect Egan, Bailey, or Rongen to land on national TV somewhere else though. Maybe on a regional sports channel for an MLS club (think Egan came from that route).

      Andres Cordero is one of my favorites as a commentator and analyst, hope he’d find a prominent role someplace else if beIN ceased to exist.

      As for an MLS network, don’t think the demand is there yet to justify them investing in such a channel.

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