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MLS fans and media need to step outside their bubble: World Soccer Talk Podcast

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

In the NEW episode, number 118, Christopher Harris and co-host Kartik Krishnaiyer cover a range of topics including:

• Our opinions about the Premier League Fan Fest in Boston,
• Why interest in soccer is growing in the United States but not in MLS,
• FCC delivers blow to beIN’s chances of returning to Comcast,
• DIRECTV gets egg on its face,
• Bundesliga finally gets some love from FOX,
• And we have a bunch of letters from you, the listeners, in our mailbag section.

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Send in your questions, comments and feedback via e-mail, via Twitter (@worldsoccertalk) or Facebook. We’ll read them out on-air in the next episode.

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  1. Bavarian_Arsenal

    April 5, 2019 at 3:53 pm

    I think streaming matters a lot for MLS coverage. For instance I live in northern Wisconsin, and I am a Chicago Fire fan. The ONLY way I can watch a Chicago Fire match (no nationally televised) is to stream it. I think this is the case for many fans. The same goes for foreign leagues as well. I used to not like the idea of streaming, but you cannot beat the ability to switch between so many games at a single time (like on ESPN+).
    As for the popularity of the Premier League, I think its considered the most popular by many because of the often used phrase “everything is better in Europe”. When English speakers say this they think of England/UK. I think many English speakers don’t watch Spanish, Italian, German, or other language leagues simply because those are too “foreign” to them. The English of the Premier League at least gives some sort of comfort and relatability.
    Also have you guys ever done or thought of doing a Youtube Live stream Q&A? I think that would be a fun 30min or 1hr segment.

  2. Edwin

    April 4, 2019 at 1:07 pm

    Just for context MLS has averaged a annual 9% TV Cable gain since 2013 and 8% gain since 2015.
    Even if it was as Christopher wrongly stated in this podcast just as 5% gain how is that bad or just static!? In what world in sports media where leagues across the board have had roller coaster up and down years and some like the NHL have had multiple double digit losses in back to back seasons would a 5 %gains be bad? You are judged by the environment your in. MLS TV ratings have grown in a rough TV cable environment that is something to be proud of not crapped on.

    It’s too early to proclaim ratings will be not even a quarter into the season. Maybe Christopher will finally be right on one of his MLS TV ratings prognosis after all these seasons. If he is it’s hardly anything for him to chest beat about after being proven wrong year after year in his proclamations. For the readers ask yourself if you’ve heard this before from Chris on this site thru the years. Then think well MLS ratings must surely be down all these years. Then finally go in check the actual MLS TV ratings thru the years and see if they’ve increased or decreased. Use Chris own words TV rating are the one way to see how the league is doing . LOL can’t make this stuff up.

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