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Ranking who acquires next Champions League rights

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

In the NEW episode, number 145, Christopher Harris and Kartik Krishnaiyer cover a range of topics including:

• We rank which broadcasters are most likely to acquire the next round of rights to the Champions League,
• We share the inside scoop of what UEFA is saying about Turner Sports,
• We take a look at the MLS viewing numbers from the playoffs,
• And we look ahead to a potential new TV deal for NWSL
• Plus we have a bunch of letters from you, the listeners, in our mailbag section.

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  1. joe

    October 31, 2019 at 1:47 pm

    No I’ll skip those entirely.

  2. joe

    October 31, 2019 at 6:53 am

    Champions League essentially a bore until they get to the playoffs (and too many teams get to those playoffs also). Oh wait a minute, in Europe it’s round of 16 etc. Sanctimonious not to call them what they are.

    • Monte Reed

      October 31, 2019 at 9:53 am

      I’m sure you are excited about watching CONCACAF Champions League that is ONLY a round of 16…………..

    • Ritchie

      October 31, 2019 at 3:13 pm

      Last year’s champs were one goal away from being knocked out in the group stage.

  3. NaBUru38

    October 30, 2019 at 12:42 pm

    ESPN has other priorities than European soccer.

    I doubt that Warner will return. Fox and NBC have open schedules during midweek. DAZN could make a strong bid.

    • DT

      October 30, 2019 at 2:06 pm

      If you’re not a big boxing fan would there be any positive to DAZN picking the rights up? Looks like they have some Asian soccer but it’s already $19.99/month or $99/year. Seems like it would be worse than TNT/BR now.

      • Carlos

        October 30, 2019 at 5:31 pm

        They don’t put enough J League games on the service to justify paying for it on a monthly basis. The schedule usually has either one or two games at the most.

        • Monte Reed

          October 31, 2019 at 9:57 am

          I do not understand why streaming services do not put all games on. Why just one when you can show them all? If they can not show them all, what is the point of just showing one?

  4. TheOriginalTom

    October 29, 2019 at 10:39 pm

    I am no blind defender of everything MLS, but I don’t understand your guys criticism of the current play-off structure. Do you want less less upsets or more? Mostly higher seeded teams have won competitive games, that seems perfect. My only change would be to just go to 16 teams next season because the number 1 seeds who had the bye seemed stale and that is a disadvantage.

    And I am sorry you guys don’t like the inconsistent quality, but I like the goals, mistakes, and drama of MLS playoffs.

  5. Edwin

    October 25, 2019 at 1:42 pm

    Christopher and Kartik I disagree with you guys at times. BUT… you all were spot on about the MLS owners scamming the books and hiding money and crying poor. This is my biggest gripe with the league even tho I’m a fan of MLS. It’s something I hope gets corrected in the CBA giving more to players and adequate compensation per skill level.

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