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Sleeping giant CBS enters soccer business: World Soccer Talk Podcast

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

In the NEW episode, number 148, Christopher Harris and co-host Kartik Krishnaiyer cover a range of topics including:

• All of the details about the Champions League on CBS,
• We analyze what the MLS Cup Final ratings mean for Major League Soccer & ABC,
• What CBS acquiring Champions League rights means for soccer in the USA,
• Where the Bundesliga goes from here,
• Plus we have a bunch of letters from you, the listeners, in our mailbag section.

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  1. Larry Kern

    November 22, 2019 at 9:35 pm

    Sorry “Wet Dream”…that did absolutely nothing to make me relax. A “famous duo based in South Florida” is not a reassuring phrase. The Christiano free kick description didn’t do it for me either. I’m hoping CBS’s “coverage” isn’t the nightmare it seems to be shaping up to be.

    • DT

      November 22, 2019 at 11:46 pm

      That’s just Oliver Tse. He takes time away from obsessing about female commentators to try to act like he was in the know about CBS before it was publicly released. Really not sure how he doesn’t realize his writing style is not so obvious?

  2. Larry Kern

    November 21, 2019 at 8:56 pm

    Is it just me? I’m more concerned with the quality of the announcers and whether they are knowledgeable and can successfully avoid totally inappropriate US sports analogies while calling the match.
    ..THAT’S what I want to see from ANY broadcaster…more broadcasting…if it’s not quality…DON’T BOTHER.

    • Oliver Tse

      November 22, 2019 at 5:59 pm

      Please relax.

      Kartik K. gave you enough hints on who the announcers will be for UEFA Champions League on CBS: the announcing duo are based in South Florida and have been calling matches together off tube from South Florida for over 12 years. You know who they are.

      The “color” co-commentator is, shall we say, VERY colorful.

      He described a Cristiano free kick 7 years ago as a “wet dream of orgasmic proportions”.

      Looking forward to this “color” co-commentator’s EXCLUSIVE CBS All Access ($5.99/month) conversation with either or both of these very famous and very expensive CBS Sports correspondents:

      1. Fort Lauderdale resident who is in the Pro (American) Football Hall of Fame and has experience calling NFL on TV

      2. Boston resident who is in the Pro (American) Football Hall of Fame and has experience calling NFL for Internet streaming video and will call Super Bowl 56 on secondary TV outlet

  3. Yespage

    November 21, 2019 at 11:09 am

    “Sleeping giant” or “bumbling giant”?

  4. Azer

    November 21, 2019 at 12:17 am

    It gets worse for the Bundesliga for the next 2 Saturdays, the 12:30PM ET game will be relegated to Fox Soccer Plus in favor of College Basketball on Fox Sports 2.

    • Yespage

      November 21, 2019 at 11:09 am

      The good news is that that means FS+ will finally show a little soccer.

  5. Jim Rome on CBS SN

    November 20, 2019 at 5:57 pm

    CBS SN is NOT available to air live UEFA CL matches due to existing contracts to simulcast CBS Sports Radio, particularly Jim Rome Show.

    CBS’ business plan is to load up CBS All Access with exclusive features that viewers won’t find on Univision Deportes.

    CBS needs to sell 2 million CBS All Access subscriptions at $5.99/month ($9.99 mo commercial-free) for 9 months each season in order to recoup $110M/season rights fee ($6/mo x 9 mo x 2M subs = $108M.

    A big-name sports correspondent associated with CBS Sports, namely 66yr-old Lesley Visser who lives in Ft. Lauderdale, or 60yr-old Andrea Kremer who lives in Boston, will be able to drive CBS All Access paid subscriptions if either or both were involved with UEFA CL on CBS.

    • DT

      November 20, 2019 at 8:58 pm

      Rome is over for the 3pm kickoffs but I guess the whole Tiki & Tierney is even more of a joke to try to use for your argument when CBS already preempts Rome for live sports. CBS are wasting their time if they think they are going to recoup their money from streaming from a competition that will be available on Spanish language for free/existing cable subscription and the group stage is only 4 months and even then half of those games are typically games where the result is known before the game. Whoever came up with a streaming only and lets buy the rights to a competition that takes place during the workday, where the group stage is only 4 months, and its also going to be available for free/cable in Spanish is completely deluded.

    • Lovac1

      November 21, 2019 at 11:34 am

      I doubt that will be an obstacle for CBS SN to air games if they choose so. No way they would choose to simulcast radio shows over live CL games.

  6. NashRambler

    November 18, 2019 at 4:06 pm

    I heard no mention of CBS Sports Network in your discussion of CBS and the Champions League. Is this a situation where we won’t know for sure if CBS has plans to carry Champions League matches on CBS Sports Network until official information is released from CBS or are you both hearing from your sources that live Champions League matches will only be available on CBS All Access and the CBS over-the-air network (presumably the Final on Saturday afternoons over the 3 year rights period)?

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