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US soccer monopolies: World Soccer Talk Podcast

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

In the NEW episode, number 150, Christopher Harris and co-host Kartik Krishnaiyer cover a range of topics including:

• How to solve the 5 month offseason break in Major League Soccer,
• Why the Bundesliga’s elitist attitude hurts German soccer in America,
• Could CBS spring a huge surprise for coverage of the UEFA Champions League?
• The Nigel Reo Coker and Jay DeMerit show,
• Plus we have a bunch of letters from you, the listeners, in our mailbag section.

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  1. JP

    December 13, 2019 at 9:15 am

    You guys briefly mentioned politics…..well know that it’s known Johnson and the Brexit mandate has won once again, what impact (if any) do you think it will have on EPL. If they are restricted in bringing in foreign talent or it becomes more cumbersome which European league stands to gain the most from EPL’s loss?

  2. JP

    December 12, 2019 at 12:04 pm

    Thank you Kartik for speaking the truth about EPL. Often find most matches unwatchable, but can easily be sucked into a mid table La Liga, Serie A, or Bundesliga match I didn’t think I’d watch. NBC coverage and marketing over the years (even prior to NBC) have brainwashed the casual soccer fan in this country to believe EPL is the end all be all of world soccer.

    Unfortunately this is only going to get worse as all other leagues go behind the streaming paywall and out of the consciousness of casual fans and La Liga is only shown on a channel most people don’t even know about unless already a diehard soccer fan.

    Here’s to hoping CBS has success with the UCL and decides to build (and promote!) CBSSN’s weekend coverage around something like Serie A (or Bundesliga etc) in the future as a counterweight to EPL/NBC.

    • Eddie

      December 12, 2019 at 1:12 pm

      So let me get these straight CBS hasn’t announced there tv coverage plans for UEFA Champions League. Which announced later in the near future or if they could opt-out Turner Sports contract which might happen or not by UEFA officials. If they get opt-out tv deal it will have 4 years of 2020-2024 contract of CBS Sports. I heard on the podcast which not let to confirm of opt-out media contract by Turner and CBS. I not sure if they could do that.

      • Greg C

        December 12, 2019 at 6:17 pm

        Were you drunk when you typed this?

  3. Robert

    December 12, 2019 at 11:19 am

    Well, you two are not the only ones fired up! Saying the MLS is funded by a kind of charity via league fees, why are the billions that fall from the SKY in England not a charity. The way the money is distributed, that the top teams get the most money and the bottom get less, guarantees that the top teams stay on top! If that was reversed then pro/reg would be fair in England. Is the premier league the best or just the richest?
    The fan fests are premier league imperialism, why Austin and now Miami where new teams are forming. Is Nashville next?
    To not be totally disagreeable, the season length is a problem. There are many areas that need addressing in the new player agreement. The weather makes it hard to add games at the beginning or end of the season. What Christopher said about preseason friendlies in warmer areas would be great. My big beef with MLS teams is that do not play their best players during the main season friendlies. If they did, it may prove to Christopher that they can do well against games with other leagues.

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