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Real soccer coverage for real fans: World Soccer Talk Podcast

In the NEW episode, number 244, Christopher Harris is joined by co-host Kartik Krishnaiyer to discuss several stories:

• Now that the Premier League TV deal has been wrapped up, we discuss the latest news about the next MLS TV rights deal,
• We talk NWSL and whether the Championship Final is an indication of the level the league is at,
• Where NBC Sports goes from here with the Premier League coverage,
• Has CBS Sports’ soccer coverage lost their audience in order to chase social media likes and media attention,
• Our recommended games to watch this weekend,
• Is it time for FOX Sports to clean house,
• And we answer your questions in the Listener Mailbag segment.

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Launched in 2006, the World Soccer Talk Podcast is the longest running podcast on the planet. Every week, we share the latest news about watching soccer on television and streaming, in addition to discussing what we like and dislike, and featuring your questions and feedback in our Listener Mailbag segment.

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13 Comments

13 Comments

  1. Fechin

    December 1, 2021 at 5:18 pm

    @Panfo hopefully Ghana takes the trophy

  2. Turfit

    December 1, 2021 at 12:31 pm

    Panfo, beIN Sports have been advertising that they have it.

  3. Panfo

    December 1, 2021 at 12:22 pm

    Not sure where to put this, but is there any news on USA tv rights for the Africa Cup of Nations that starts next month?

  4. MIB Fan

    November 29, 2021 at 5:21 pm

    Not sure why there is so much praise of Paramount+ here, but watching Brasilerao Assai and Argentina Primera Division live matches and there are way more buffering pauses than Peacock has with EPL matches. Multiple pauses in each of the two matches this afternoon. Picture quality is also not great.

  5. locofooty

    November 29, 2021 at 5:02 pm

    Ra, Ray Hudson’s old partner, Phil Schoen? I had ESPN with Mariano Closs/Diego Latorre thanks to the magic of V P N. What a way to lose the game for Mengao. He’s gonna lament himself all his life.

  6. Fechin

    November 29, 2021 at 2:36 pm

    In the new nbc premier league deal they should make let the 10 dollar premium tier on we can get to stream all 380 matches while the 5 dollar tier only keeps the peacock exclusive matches. I would have definitely paid 10 for that. Like really there’s no difference between the two tiers honestly. I also read an article that now the ESPN channel lost 10% of cable subscribers and now they are down 76 million subscribers. Wonder if ESPN U, ESPN news and ESPN 3 will go away. ESPN classic is going away in Jan 1st. That will leave ESPN, ESPN 2 and ESPN deportes.

  7. Ra

    November 27, 2021 at 10:06 pm

    Libertadores in English was called by BeIn’s go-to narrator. What is his name?

  8. Ra

    November 27, 2021 at 9:39 pm

    Certainly the funniest moment of the year – In the Libertadores final today, Deyverson simulated an aggression. Who “hit” him?? The referee, of course. Check it out:
    https //youtu.be/coYkXQlZIjE

  9. Edwin

    November 26, 2021 at 1:42 pm

    Solid pod…will say concerning Chris and Kartik’s saying MLS fans were complaining around perceptions ESPN was promoting La Liga and Bundesliga more so in prior seasons is a valid criticism. We all acknowledge MLS is after EPL is the 2nd most watch league in English and the 3rd most watch overall behind #1 Liga MX and #2 EPL. I haven’t witness it as much as you guys said, but it is valid the biggest issue opposite of leagues structures I’m seeing some on Twitter realizing there needs to be more promotion of domestic leagues all around. In MLS case why should a partner promote a property more that historically has lower viewership than the domestic league.

    I honestly see that a lot of the soccer talent at ESPN are UK based and Euro based so the bias of what is big on the old continent carries over into coverage here. Rather than seeing the soccer lay of the land here as far as what people watch more Liga MX/EPL/MLS. They often just talk up the Big 5 Euro leagues. Now some more Euro league focus fans won’t have a issue with that. But that is a issue. I believe this line of thinking is what led ESPN into the blunder of the overpaid La Liga deal. You likely had the ESPN FC crew telling company brass hey outside of EPL this is the best you can get so spend big to get it. That’s the problem with soccer coverage in the US. Its more geared to sports media sees is big in Europe and trying to replicate that coverage here in the US to appease what supposedly soccer fans want. So a broader more populous of fans that prefer the domestic version get less coverage vs a Big 5 euro league that less people care to watch and follow here day to day.

    Now I realize here on WST there are many Bundesliga, Serie A and La Liga only fans so they may take not care or even take issue but what I’m saying as far as what’s watched more between those leagues and what gets covered more among leagues by soccer media and broader sports media there is disportionate amount. Coverage in the US should be based on US interest not foreign stature.

  10. greg

    November 26, 2021 at 1:27 pm

    @SteveK – Ah, didn’t know the backstory as I didn’t listen to Serie Awesome much. That is kind of crappy treatment. I’ll say I’m not a fan of Rizouki. She’s often too much the fan (like Julien Laurens) and not enough a pundit with insight. I like Nicki Bandini. Her Serie A wrap-ups in the Guardian are good, and her appearances on FW are always worthwhile. But the new pod really needs a producer. And Rizouki needs a better mic. You can hear the difference with Bandini’s pro mic set-up and Rizouki using earbud headphones.

  11. Stevek

    November 26, 2021 at 11:48 am

    The Price of Football and Football Weekly are fantastic recommendations, greg, though I keep listening to the latter not so much for Max, who increasingly annoys, but for Barry because for me he “is like the good friend you’re happy to meet & the pub and talk football or go to a match with.” Much the same with their Sunday Talksport radio show, I tolerate Max but I’m there for Barry’s irreverence and chatter w/ their guests.

    “Nicky Bandini’s Serie A podcast with Mina Rizouki…It’s the migrated version of what she did for ESPN but that went away when Serie A left ESPN” is not the complete story. My favorite overall podcast for a long time was Serie Awesome, which was Nicky, Mina and Gab, it was rapid fire, soulful, argumentative but also respectful. (Surprising since I’m the biggest Premier League fan here besides Michael F…) Then Gab left to focus on Gab & Juls. Unfortunately ESPN kept Serie Awesome around shoe-horning Kay Murray and husband Matteo Bonetti in charge shunting Nicky and Mina aside as peripheral figures who were “interviewed” separately for a few minutes at a time. It was loathsome and disrespectful, after a few months of constant online complaints…and presumably a precipitous drop in downloads…Nicky and Mina were restored and allowed to chat together normally.

    “Ads are a necessary evil for podcasts” which is another reason to subscribe to The Athletic to get rid of ads but also to say thanks to podcast apps like Overcast which make the 30 sec skip button so prominent.

    “The Athletic’s football podcasts (a news pod & a tactics pod) can be good.” Agreed as well, I’d also mention there are two must listens for me of the team-oriented podcasts at the Athletic: the Tottenham podcast “View from the Lane” now that Antonio Conte is there and the Arsenal “Handbrake Off” podcast. The former has Danny Kelly who is a sublime, witty host and the latter has Ian Stone, James McNicholas, Amy Lawrence and occasionally Lee Dixon.

    By the way, Danny Kelly’s two Talksport radio shows, Sunday evening’s Trans Europe Express and Monday’s The PressBox are usually must listens for me, easily replayed the next morning like a podcast.

    The Tuesday Club with Alan Davies is my guilty pleasure soccer podcast and I try to listen to Second Captains with Ken Early when their free ep of the week deals with soccer.

  12. greg

    November 25, 2021 at 7:10 pm

    Also should say that ads are a necessary evil for podcasts given production& distribution costs. I don’t mind them. Some pods like Sid Lowe’s Spanish Football have Patreon tiers so don’t do ads on the free version. While it’s nice you’re ad-free I wouldn’t begrudge you doing ads if you need them to help with production costs.

  13. greg

    November 25, 2021 at 6:30 pm

    Interesting chat as usual…

    To add to the podcast recs…+1 in spades to Football Weekly, all episodes. Great stable of guests & Max Rushden is like the good friend you’re happy to meet & the pub and talk football or go to a match with.

    The Price of Football is fantastic for the nerdy finance aspects of football…good chemistry between Kieran Maguire (the finance expert) and Kevin Hunter Day (host…he’s also a comedian). Maguire’s a teatotal Brighton fan and Day is a South London Palace fan and they’re a good & informative listen.

    Sid Lowe, frequent Football Weekly guest has The Spanish Football Podcast with Phil Kitromelides (he’s a host on La LIga TV) and it’s great. , It’s so good I’ve subscribed via Patreon for the extra pods. You get access to a discord server and there’s good interaction there.

    I’ve listened a couple of times to (also a FW contributor) Nicky Bandini’s Serie A podcast with Mina Rizouki. It’s a bit rambling at times, they could use a producer to keep it a bit more focused, but it’s getting better. It’s the migrated version of what she did for ESPN but that went away when Serie A left ESPN.

    The Gab & Jules show can be good, but Julian Lauren is more a fanboy than journalist sometimes & can be annoying.

    The Athletic’s football podcasts (a news pod & a tactics pod) can be good. Sky;’s EFL podcast can be good if you’re a fan of those competitions.

    The Blizzard & Football Ramble also have good eps now and then. The Brazilian Shirt Name pod does a deep dive into a single match from the past, and puts in in social & cultural context. Can be very good.

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