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TNT Champions League coverage improves: 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 95, Christopher Harris and Kartik Krishnaiyer cover a range of topics including:

• Our thoughts on TNT’s latest coverage of the Champions League,
• MLS TV ratings take another nosedive,
• Why soccer fans could be dealt a big blow if Univision Deportes leaves DISH,
• Netflix reveals which sports network could be a leader in the future,
• And we have a bunch of letters from you, the listeners, in our mailbag section.

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  1. Brendan

    October 26, 2018 at 5:20 pm

    It was a bit of improvement for match day 3 . Could Turner hire some big Champions League heavy weights . Zatlan is in LA could he not join Stu Holden instead of the football player to give a better analysis . Suppose the fee would be the problem more than I am sure Steve Nash would get . Wayne Rooney is also available could they not fly him down from DC . I know he didn’t join NBC for the fan zone in DC last month but did give a excellent interview to Alan Shearer which aired on NBCSN last Sunday . Mauiric Edu & Carlos Bonergera just don’t have the experience to give a good analysis of the Champions League . .As for Kate Abdo she doesn’t know if it is half- time or full time . Is the first half or second half . She is just very unprofessional doesn’t do her home work . Un like Rebecca Lowe on NBCSN or Kay Murray on BeIN Sport who are very knowledgeable she is just doesn’t have a clue to express herself . At the end of the show she could even explain when the Champions League would return . I don’t know but see you soon . She could have said . With the caption showing “ see on November 6th for match day 4 of the Champions League . I would like to see interviews with players & coaches before & after the games but again Turner would have to hire interperters to explain in English to the viewers what they are saying again more money to shell out ..They will just to get more out of the Sponsors the real owners of the Champions League in order to justify their outrageous prices that they want ordinary fans to pay

  2. Alexander

    October 26, 2018 at 3:05 pm

    I also noticed an improvement for the TNT coverage. One thing that could improve the coverage would be to exclusively have Holden and Nash for the half-time show. The “main studio” could join in for pre-post-game. With only two commentators for discussion they would have more time for in-depth discussion as well as for the many commercials. I do wish TNT would show some of the Europa League games. Some of them are quite entertaining.

    In a future podcast (please take as much time as you need), can you guys make comments about the new DAZN streaming service and your thoughts on it? What are you thoughts on the Asian Leagues? I also noticed that ESPN+ added the Indian Super League. Personally I hope the AFC players develop more to make the World Cup more interesting. Europe and South America have a monopoly on World Cup wins and it would be nice to see other regions become more dominant.

  3. Vicbklyn

    October 25, 2018 at 10:16 pm

    Disappointing in TNT’s coverage. Less games on than last year unless you pay for BR. I’m a Gooner & no Europa games are showing. Disappointing

  4. Eddy

    October 25, 2018 at 4:26 pm

    I liked the podcast overall but had a bone to pick with the TV rating knock on MLS from Christophers perspective. I appreciate that this site has re-framed some what from being a constant battering ram against MLS. However my only disagreement is the Gaffer is a little inconsistent in how he chooses to criticize MLS while giving EPL a pass. For instance it’s not just MLS that the NFL eats away a gigantic chunk in ratings. It’s happen to every league minus Liga MX. It happened to EPL when it was on ESPN as well go back and look at the apples to apples comparison. Second the not about people not watching because of the skill product is contrived. As Kartik noted people will watch MLS. Christopher’s logic of people not watching becase of talent is a fallacy. Why doesn’t he mention it on the Podcast or apply that logic to the EPL when Huddersfield vs Spurs had 85k TV rating for 10-12 am game on CNBC in 86 mil homes more than ESPN? So flip what he said about only 168k watching in a country of 300mil. Why didn’t more watch? Atlanta United almost had more people at their last game 72k than supposed “REAL” football fans watching that game or the five other sub 200k TV rated EPL games since the NFL got into full swing. EPL doesn’t g h2h vs NFL like MLS does with parallel 1 pm starts times or starting smack dab in the middle of a NFL game with 3 pm or 5pm starts. EPL maybe has a 10-20min overlap insignificant.

    • Eddy

      October 25, 2018 at 4:36 pm

      Also will note that those I’m sure NBC is aware of the NFL cutting into numbers thats why you see few 11-1130 am starts and when you do have the even rarer 12 am NBC start like this weekend IIRC has never happened EPL NBC will make sure it’s a big draw team playing to limit the effect of NFL shredding the audience. Smart on EPL and NBC. But for the Gaffer to not acknowledge the effect the NFL has is crazy. Happens every year with MLS ratings like clock work. MLS would be better off doubling up games on Sat on ESPN or just putting more Sun games on Univision/UDN or UniMas because the Spanish numbers don’t seem to be as affected by the NFL as the English numbers are.

    • JP

      October 26, 2018 at 9:07 am

      I have more of a problem with Kartik’s angst about soccer fans maybe choosing to watch other sports if times conflict, as if you can’t follow multiple sports other than soccer and still call yourself a true fan.

      The fact is in America soccer isn’t ingrained in our culture as in Europe and South America. Even American’s who enjoy soccer probably grew up with football, basketball or something else as their ‘favorite sport’ and will choose that over soccer when given the choice.

      Also, would also say most soccer fans in America are probably fans of the European leagues (where match times don’t conflict as much) more than MLS, so even more of a disincentive to watch if a football game is on at the same time.

      I love Serie A and La Liga in particular, but didn’t watch Inter/Milan in it”s entirety since a Patriots game was overlapping. Caught the end of the 1st half it when the football game was at halftime and it was a very entertaining match so did decide to go back to it when the football game appeared in hand….but never would have done that for MLS to be honest.

      On the same token, I don’t particularly like baseball, but have prioritized the World Series at times over hockey games (sport I enjoy watching infinitely more) just because the stakes are higher for the Red Sox at the moment than they are for the Bruins. Would say soccer fans make the same sort of decisions when choosing to watch something other than MLS. Doesn’t mean they’re not real soccer fans.

      • Eddy

        October 26, 2018 at 12:39 pm

        Great point I fall in this case I’m a huge College Football Fan and I will watch the Redskins minus the really garbage seasons. This past weekend I spent time flipping between MLS games on ESPN+ seeing if my boys United one their game to clinch and watching the Atlanta vs Chicago games all that came secondary to me watching my Skins woop the Cowboys lol. That’s just the nature of the beast in the US and for Christopher to act like the EPL is immune to this is either naivety or he’s being disingenuous. It’s laughable that he brought up Ligue One or La Liga eating into MLS numbers. If anything its the other way around. MLS has moved past winning over those fans if they aren’t on board they never will be or at least MLS is knocking on the door of the Big 5. MLS has it’s core TV Nielsen cable audience of 200-300k it’s getting those fans to watch the same way they do before NFL season starts. All of us non Nielsen households who don’t can only hope they do. Btw I hope Christopher reads are replies to this on the listener mailbag of the podcast often times contentious disagreements are glossed over or not mentioned while some random subject mail is read. It makes for a better podcast when there is true listener and host interaction. With that said I enjoy this site for talking soccer/football.

        • Eddy

          October 26, 2018 at 12:45 pm


  5. Winston Reyes

    October 25, 2018 at 11:33 am

    I like TNT Champions League coverage

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