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US soccer market has become oversaturated

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

In the NEW episode, number 133, Christopher Harris and co-host Kartik Krishnaiyer cover a range of topics including:

• How the US soccer market has become oversaturated this summer,
• Our thoughts on the first week of the Leagues Cup,
• How the International Champions Cup is doing in the TV ratings,
• Our favorite games of the past week,
• And we have a bunch of letters from you, the listeners, in our mailbag section.

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  1. Monte Reed

    July 26, 2019 at 4:16 pm

    In the African Cup of Nations, Robbie Nock was the commentary for the final. He was calling the match from the stadium in Cairo. He was in Cairo calling matches throughout the tournament.

  2. Greg C

    July 25, 2019 at 9:28 pm

    Nobody cares about the ICC or the Emirates Cup either, Azer!

  3. Azer

    July 25, 2019 at 8:48 pm

    I wish you guys talked about ESPN refusing to air IC Cup games being played in American stadiums, on American soil, not overseas.
    The Dutch Super Cup Final Ajax v. PSV is on Saturday 7/27 at noon ET on GOLTV a channel millions of people don’t have.
    The Emirates Cup Final is on Sunday 7/28 at 10:15AM ET on ESPN3 Arsenal vs Lyon
    ESPN3 will also stream 8 or so DFB Cup games (German Cup) starting on Aug 9th
    NBC Sports released the EPL TV schedule.
    Please focus on the football that matters. 99% of the listeners don’t care about the Leagues Cup, women’s club football, or the two ESPN/MLS commentators etc.

    • Yespage

      July 26, 2019 at 8:58 am

      Complaining about women’s club football chatter interfering with chatter about the Emirates Cup? Pot and kettle?

    • Eddy

      July 26, 2019 at 10:38 am

      TV ratings say you are wrong speak for yourself. If they talked about Football that is most popular here it’d be only Liga MX, EPL, MLS and Champions League in that order by ratings. Stop trying to be a gate keeper and enjoy soccer you aren’t in the majority just a loud minority.

  4. JP

    July 25, 2019 at 12:10 pm

    In regards to streaming vs cable, I agree with Kartik. The pendulum has swung to cable probably being the cheaper option overall if you follow multiple sports along with other entertainment.
    None of the streaming options has everything needed (at least in my area). Vue had it all a few years ago before dropping beIN and I was set to switch to them when my contract expired, but then the beIN drop happened.
    As my contract was coming up again recently was looking for ways ahead of time to possibly combine streaming services and get all that was essential. Vue plus the international sports option from Sling seemed like it would get it done and come out a bit cheaper, butt then Vue dropped a regional sports channel essential to watching hockey (and baseball but don’t care about that).
    Yes Vue has beIN now, but in order to get that regional channel and ESPN, beIN and NFL would’ve had to either get Fubo paired with Sling Orange or YouTube paired with Sling (and their sports package). Taking internet into account that becomes more expensive than the cable bundle (with internet etc).
    So based on what’s provided and convenience (easier to flip channels on cable instead of switching through multiple services for different channels needed via streaming), cable sadly comes out on top.
    Lucky Verizon is available in my area and have beIN (in HD!) along with access to authenticate and watch Univision Deportes online so don’t need B/R Live!

    • Nicholas

      July 25, 2019 at 11:09 pm

      I’ve tried to find a way to cut chord and get fubo for premiere league in 4k. With a family i need to keep xfinity for my kids programming. I’ve looked at all services because xfinity picture worsens the larger the screen size. Can’t get all sports.I need through any single service i have done yearly ESPN+ sling international (bein sports) long term which comes to about 4 dollars a month recently i added fanatiz to add Portuguese league i feel that works best with out.breaking bank.

      • Nicholas

        July 26, 2019 at 8:02 am

        Forgot be live for champions and Europa league. So monthly i pay 19.99 for br and fanatiz. sling world and espn+ I do yearly to reduce costs. With xfinity have basically all i can watch. Would do Fox match pass as I’ve become more interested in bundesliga but way to expensive for what you get

        • JP

          July 26, 2019 at 9:06 am

          Right, if only soccer streaming is possible. Since you already have Fubo think you can drop B/R as they have the Univision channels and you can also use to authenticate and watch online (for the matches not on a linear Univision or Turner channel).

          For me Fubo would easily be the clear option if they only had ESPN. As is would be about 65-71 for everything I need on Fubo, then another 15 with Sling for ESPN so looking at 80-86 alone before internet costs. Verizon is cheaper to bundle. Xfinity is an option here too but no beIN and can’t authenticate Univsion online so stay with Verizon even though Xfinity would give a better teaser rate for 2 years to switch.

          • Nicholas

            July 26, 2019 at 12:11 pm

            I wanted fubo but with family i had to keep xfinity. Couldn’t justify 60 plus dollars for my own soccer watching. don’t know if xfinity gets me a univision unlock for champions and Europa. For some reason I love europa. So my extra is 20 per month br and fanatiz i am on 3 month trial for fanatiz it actually may phase out my sling international but that is paid for through April got crazy renew rate in that it was like 45 bucks for 14 months espn + I pay yearly as well

            • JP

              July 26, 2019 at 3:36 pm

              Yeah lots of overlap with Sling International and Fanatiz, but Fanatiz gives you GolTv for Portuguese league? So yeah drop Sling after.

              Assume your family cares about the likes of Disney (not on Fubo) and HBO maybe?

              You can probably get away with DirectTV Now (has HBO YouTube doesn’t, and cheaper than Vue) to go with Fanatiz, B/R, and espn +

              • Nicholas

                July 27, 2019 at 8:15 am

                Only negative with direct tv now for men is they don’t have my local NBC sports. I am a transplant to my area and I only use it for MLB as I do not have any interest in NBA teams or NOT team in my area I’ve been trying to break from xfinity but all other options (wife likes movies kids are Disney junior age) end up costing the same

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