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Our take on MLS and Liga MX merger news: World Soccer Talk Podcast

World Soccer Talk is the weekly soccer podcast on the topic of watching soccer on TV, online and apps.

In the NEW episode, number 93, Christopher Harris and Kartik Krishnaiyer cover a range of topics including:

• Which networks do the best job at promoting the soccer coverage they have.
• MLS and Liga MX talk about conquering North America,
• Which Premier League game got more than 1 million viewers last week,
• And we have a bunch of letters from you, the listeners, in our mailbag section,
• And much more.

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  1. Alexander

    October 15, 2018 at 4:32 pm

    Honestly have never watched ESPN FC. I finally tuned into it using ESPN+, and its the best soccer show on TV/streaming! The conversation is great, jokes are great, and the hosts sound like they are having a lot of fun doing it. This all builds for a great atmosphere for the viewer and keeps them interested.

    • Jack S.

      October 16, 2018 at 2:16 pm

      I enjoy ESPN FC as well. I do have trouble understanding Craig Burley as his Scottish accent and occasional mumbling make it difficult to follow but he has some pretty good one-liners. The after hours segment where they answer questions from fans is pretty good.

      One thing that does bug me about the show is when they are showing video highlights, the comments are just rudimentary statements that follow the video with little to no additional pro insight provided (the guilty parties – Stevie Nicol, Brian McBride, Keller, and Moreno). Statements like “just goes up the right wing, crosses into the box to the far post, headed past the keeper – goal.”
      Yeah, no sh*t, Sherlock. I could do that job! They need to go watch some of the old ‘Soccer Made in Germany” broadcasts and listen to what Toby Charles did with his commentary which was basically the same type of after-the-fact “highlight” shows. World of difference there.

  2. Des

    October 15, 2018 at 11:50 am

    The idea of a North American super league is terrible. It just seems like a cash grab, nothing more.

  3. Jack S.

    October 13, 2018 at 1:25 pm

    Liga MX should be the relegation league for MLS.

  4. HKM

    October 11, 2018 at 7:00 pm

    I think a more realistic event and smarter move for MLS is offering entry to a handful of Liga MX clubs- America, Guadalajara, and Cruz Azul based on drawing power, and Monterrey, UANL, and Tijuana based on proximity. MLS would immediately step up in the US Spanish-speaking community and really make life difficult for the remaining Liga MX clubs, but I can’t imagine there’s appetite for getting together with all of Liga MX instead of cherry picking the biggest fanbases.

  5. Otto

    October 11, 2018 at 5:50 pm

    As usual Christopher is a complete moron about MLS since he doesn’t like it. Liga MX owners have seen MLS franchises skyrocket in value while their clubs have stagnated while costs have gone up. That is why they have all but done away with pro/rel and have controlled spending. Some Liga MX teams forget to even pay their players. Gignac is the highest paid player in Mexico there are now 8 or more players in MLS making more than him. This is just the Liga MX owners seeing the writing on the wall. MLS is going to zoom past them and this is a way for them to get a piece of that American pie before they get shut out. Without the Mexican-American fan, Liga MX would be no better than any Central American league and Liga MX has to do something or the next 10-20 years are going to see the league all be reduced to an afterthought. So yeah, Liga MX would love to combine with MLS and have access to the U.S. spanish and english markets.

  6. Alexander

    October 11, 2018 at 4:18 pm

    I like the idea of an North America Super League. I even like more the idea of a European Super League. Basically end the UEFA Champions League. Have a Super League that adds the top teams from each league (similar to the CL now) to the Euro Super League 1. The next lower clubs in the standings go to the Euro Super League 2, etc. The teams then play matches around the same times they play CL games. However there is no group stage, just regular league play between Europe’s most coveted clubs. At the end of the season the top 4 clubs play in a two 2 leg semifinals, and then a final. I feel that would produce a lot more intense matches between similarly skilled clubs.

    • HKM

      October 12, 2018 at 10:44 am

      I think the big driver for the Euro Superleague is going to be the ability to have ten globally televised exclusive match windows (1 Fri, 4 Sat, 4 Sun, 1 Mon) each matchday. Each club would be guaranteed 38 matches aired around the globe with no competition from the other big clubs’ matches.

      That 20 hours of premium content each matchday would give the Superleague entity the ability to launch its own global TV/OTT operation (especially if they could complement it with a Superleague 2 to have a monopoly on the world’s top 40 clubs) without any partners if they’d like.

  7. Edwin

    October 11, 2018 at 11:39 am

    Great Podcast but Christopher I think you are reading the possible merger tea leaves wrong. First I think this is more of Liga MX pushing it because regardless of Liga MX past dominance in winning CCL they see that window shrinking with each years as MLS teams have went from not winning against Liga MX sides to drawing against Liga MX sides to posting a winning record against Liga MX sides this past CCL. I disagree with what you said about MLS execs walking into ESPN FOX and Univision renegotiation rights in two years or so. MLS has a strong position and story to tell and IMHO would have gotten $300-450 mil regardless of anything going on with Liga MX. The opposite of Liga MX is true while Liga MX is still slightly better than MLS in Champions League play Liga MX realizes its ceiling is capped. They are not going to suddenly find more resources in money they can only excel so much at player development. Liga MX outside of the top 4-5 teams can’t compete financially with MLS purchasing power to get star players, MLS is just unbalanced roster wise the next TV deal would fix that problem. That was something Club America coach complained about after TFC eliminated America in CCL last year. This is more about Liga MX realizing that they will soon be left behind on the field once MLS teams received more TV money to purchase better more balanced squads. It’s more a keep your friends close and enemies closer approach. MLS gets to tap deeper into the Mexican-American market that buoys Liga MX TV ratings and Liga MX finds a solution to a very near future problem of MLS lapping them financially and having that play out on the field of play.

    • Edwin

      October 11, 2018 at 11:40 am


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