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RIP Diego Maradona, Nashville hot soccer and NBC’s Premier League inconsistencies: World Soccer Talk Podcast

In the NEW episode, number 200, Christopher Harris and co-host Kartik Krishnaiyer cover a range of topics including:

• We say goodbye to Diego Maradona as we share our memories of the legend
• CBS opens up to share more about their studio coverage for the Champions League
• What’s the point of MLS Playoffs? We discuss
• The inconsistencies of NBC’s Premier League coverage
• Plus letters from you, the listeners, in our mailbag section.

Listen to the show via the player above or via this link.

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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7 Comments

7 Comments

  1. Don

    November 29, 2020 at 9:46 pm

    Is there any subscriber numbers for Fanatiz especially numbers for the addons packages.
    The regular $7.99 package could’ve been easily increased to say $9.99 and just added the 2 new add on packages.

    $23.97 is a bit extreme if you ask me for the content they offer. Especially with how cheap ESPN+ is when you compare the football only content.

  2. Edward

    November 27, 2020 at 11:12 am

    @Michael F: don’t get me wrong, I’m not hoping that NBC loses the contract. If they do, it makes Peacock useless for me. Just noting that putting up NBC’s coverage against PLTV, the quality pales in comparison especially given the losses over the years without replacement. NBC’s talent is also stretched thin having to work 10-12 hour shifts twice every gameweek. Almost every Sunday, Rebecca Lowe has left coverage early to catch her flight back home. Really sucks that has to happen and I feel bad for their talent. As noted by the guys in the podcast, NBC’s coverage seem to have peaked and not iterating to improve. The pre-match chats with the world feed game commentators were great, wished they would go back doing that.

    I’d also say that if NBC is consistent starting and ending Sat/Sun on Peacock, viewers will eventually get used to the switching. Peacock-NBCSN-NBC-Peacock isn’t too hard.

  3. Don

    November 26, 2020 at 8:12 pm

    Michael I for one want to see it leave for CBS or to a lesser extent ESPN.

    I’d be more than happy to let it stay if they would make watching it more cord cutter friendly. I’m not saying take the games off of NBCSN but why can’t NBC put the game on Peacock too. I fear ESPN would do exactly what NBC is doing and they would put 1 or 2 matches exclusively on ESPN or ESPN2.

    The way CBS does Champions League is awesome they have whatever game on CBS sports then for us cord cutters we can pay to watch ALL the matches.

    I am one of many who not only cut the cable and or satellite cord but have also cut live streaming (YTTV/Fubo/ATTNow/HuluLive). I now pay for only hulu commercial free bundle for 18.99 and the yearly subscription for CBS All Access.

  4. Michael F

    November 26, 2020 at 4:41 pm

    To Edward’s post above…. I find it interesting when fans hope that NBC loses the premier league contract to another network provider (ESPN, CBS etc) when the existing contract runs out in 2022.

    Well… would those other networks partner up with Sky Sports and provide all the excellent 24/7 daily premier league shoulder programming from the UK? I doubt ESPN would. And probably others wouldn’t either.

    This additional shoulder programming is what makes following this English league so much fun. No other network provides such thorough coverage of the euro football leagues they carry. Not even close.

  5. Roberto

    November 26, 2020 at 10:54 am

    The BBC’s obituary said, “Diego is in the hands of god”.

  6. rkujay

    November 26, 2020 at 9:24 am

    Now Diego has some ‘splaining to do to God regarding his ‘hand’.

  7. Edward

    November 25, 2020 at 10:05 pm

    Each weekend the NBC crew is on air from 7am until 4-5pm. That is asking them to flip the switch for almost 10 hours Saturday/Sunday on top of Friday/Monday matches. Having only one of the analysts start the early shift is not the worst thing in the world. You have to remember that Earle/Mustoe also have a podcast, which adds another hour of content they have to produce. I have found myself watching more of the Premier League Production’s Matchday Live Extra than sticking with the NBC analysis. In fact, I have watched more of the 24/7 PL channel than NBC’s own coverage.

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