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Paramount+ Becomes Major Force in Soccer Broadcasting

In the NEW episode, number 212, Christopher Harris and co-host Kartik Krishnaiyer cover a range of topics including:

• Paramount+ gobbles up more soccer rights
• Our review of the new Pelė documentary from Netflix
• NBC finally pays attention to Leicester this season
• Find out how to win a $100 gift certificate to World Soccer Shop
• Plus letters from you, the listeners, in our mailbag section.

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19 Comments

19 Comments

  1. James0401

    March 16, 2021 at 10:51 pm

    I don’t see any mention of a DVR service on Paramount Plus. Anyone know? Peacock has it why doesn’t Paramount? I’m not going to get up at 5am to watch a game if it isn’t available on DVR.

    • Christopher Harris

      March 17, 2021 at 7:44 am

      They have games and programs available on demand. No DVR.

  2. rajvosa

    March 14, 2021 at 1:21 pm

    Hi Chris,
    Here is an excellent topic for your next podcast or an exclusive WST article: the structure of South American soccer leagues. Obviously, there is a lot of confusion because todays Superclasico (Boca Juniors vs River Plate) even on WST schedule is not part of any league cup.
    05:00 pm EDT
    Boca Juniors vs. River Plate (Argentine Primera División)
    Fanatiz

  3. Dick Harmon

    March 13, 2021 at 9:33 am

    Paramount+ has not announced a start date to their Argentine and Brazilian coverage. I contacted customer service today and they have no information.

    I purchased an annual subscription based on these coverages thinking that they would start on March 4. Seems like they are intentionally omitting information. Not a good way to start, in my opinion.

    Any way to find a start date?

    • Christopher Harris

      March 13, 2021 at 4:36 pm

      Regarding the Argentine league, it technically doesn’t begin until August. They keep on chopping and changing how the leagues are structured. Technically right now, the Argentine teams are playing their league cup.

      Same with Brazil. They’re playing their state tournaments right now. Brazilian league doesn’t start until May.

  4. Footy Haven

    March 3, 2021 at 3:16 am

    I fully expect for CBS Sports (CBS/CBS Sports Network) & Paramount+ to make bids on MLS, EPL & Serie A. I think in a perfect world for soccer rights then CBS Sports & Paramount+ would secure MLS, EPL & FA Cup to go along with the Champions League. I also suspect that they’ll be looking at the Big Ten, Big 12 and Pac-12 for college football rights coming up shortly. Pac-12 makes the most sense since they can give them the exposure they want and probably buy into the Pac-12 Networks.

  5. JP

    March 2, 2021 at 11:04 am

    Thank you Turfit, had the same thoughts. beIN is easy to find for those who want it, just as Paramount+ and ESPN+ are. In addition, while not on Comcast or DirectTV, plenty of other providers who do carry it. Even if Comcast is the largest provider, many communities where people have a choice of other options (Fios, RCN, etc).
    Much like EPL prefers being the only game in town on NBC and receiving more promotion and in depth coverage, beIN does the same for La Liga. To the detriment of their other properties at times, as happened to Serie A, but they know La Liga is what brings in the majority of their viewers. And they have La Liga until 2024.

  6. JL

    March 2, 2021 at 10:49 am

    I hope the PL stays at NBC but on Peacock(and later this year USA) as getting NBCSN you have to have cable to see alot of the big games.

    They’re probably trying to keep cable subscriptions and a share of that money to the PL,but maybe NBC’s decision to go to streaming with Peacock is a way to get alot of cord cutters back to their network.

    Cable is expensive and some people find that just a streaming device,basic internet and a subscription to the exact app they want is cheaper. I don’t want to have to get way too expensive Fubo,ATT,Sling or YouTube TV just to see NBCSN games.

  7. Turfit

    March 2, 2021 at 10:44 am

    Why would beIN Sports even be interested in Brazil or Argentina leagues unless in included BOTH English and Spanish? CBS only got English.
    If beIN sports have the second most rights, why are y’all not complaining about all of these other broadcasters with very few rights. GolTV have more rights than NBC and FOX.
    Fanatiz has all of beIN sports for $8 a month, Sling World Sports (except for the spanish channel) for $10 a month ($60 a year). If you want to watch it, it there and easy to find.

  8. Scott

    March 1, 2021 at 1:11 pm

    By the time Ligue 1 is free of Bein sports, it might already be bankrupt.

  9. Mercator

    February 27, 2021 at 6:31 pm

    I would agree Bein really ran their business into the ground by managing to get disconnected from the major TV providers, and yet not having an effective streaming option to move forward from that. They could have been the ESPN of football, and you would think with their backing they would have had the resources to make a push like that. I used to love Bein and was initially upset with my provider for disconnecting them. Years later now, I’m upset at Bein for continuing to hold on to some good rights which (before Fanatiz/Fubo), many people couldn’t watch at all. Ligue 1 is going to go down with the ship. Like your favourite uncle who has stumbled down the road of alcoholism, you used to root for them to get it together, but now you just want them to go away. I don’t think Bein is quite the propaganda coup the Qataris expect – they would be better off putting Al-Jazeera News back on.

  10. Edward

    February 27, 2021 at 4:37 pm

    oops, meant Villa-Wolves

  11. Edward

    February 27, 2021 at 4:36 pm

    Villa-Southampton ratings will get pummeled by Dortmund-Bayern next weekend

  12. Cpcva

    February 25, 2021 at 11:55 pm

    When you mentioned the 1970 world cup it reminded me that ABC broacast it. It aired on tape delay. On the 23rd. Of December. How times have changed

  13. rej4sl

    February 25, 2021 at 3:56 pm

    I am disappointed in their coverage. Two weeks in a row they missed the beginning of the United game. I much prefer NBC coverage. .

  14. Eric T

    February 25, 2021 at 1:24 pm

    Dortmund vs Bayern on ABC would be a huge spot for that game. I hope they do more ABC/ESPN TV slots in the future. I think the Bundesliga could become very popular with the amount of US talent the league has, as well as the free-flowing style it has developed in recent years.

  15. Rob

    February 25, 2021 at 11:46 am

    On the “Klassiker” being on ABC, my ESPN app has been showing that tv arrangement for about a week, for whatever that is worth. Is this a standalone event, or is ESPN/ABC hoping to use it as a lead-in to something else/something else as a lead-in to it?

  16. Fechin Attuah

    February 25, 2021 at 10:43 am

    Fox isn’t going to get the rights to nhl it’s going to NBC and ESPN along with ESPN+ and Peacock

  17. Chris Guardiano

    February 25, 2021 at 2:17 am

    Hi guys, great podcast. When it comes to Paramount+ getting the rights to the CONCACAF World Cup Qualifiers, I am very excited by this move because it will mean greater access to watch those matches than in the past like you mentioned. I also agree with Chris that CBS/Paramount+ will put in a bid for the MLS rights something that I think would help the league going forward because in my view their current deal with Fox isn’t working out that well when it comes to viewership and ratings. Speaking of Fox, I have been reading that Fox along with ESPN are very likely to get the rights to the NHL from NBC when that deal expires at the end of the current season. This is because the NHL wants two national TV partners in its next TV deal. With that in mind, my question to either of you is: What do you think is Fox’s future when it comes to soccer rights?

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