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USA returns to action: Hype vs. reality; Champions League TV ratings, and NBCSN scales back

In the NEW episode, number 198, Christopher Harris and co-host Kartik Krishnaiyer cover a range of topics including:

• Our thoughts on USA’s return to action after a 9-month hiatus,
• Details about MyCujoo streaming site being sold,
• Champions League TV ratings keep on going up and up,
• More thoughts on the European Super League,
• Plus letters from you, the listeners, in our mailbag section.

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  1. Yespage

    November 18, 2020 at 9:51 am

    Because… money. This effort in Europe is kind of like the BCS for US College Football, where the college cartels manage their golden gooses in such a way to make more money. The top English teams (corporate size, not how competitive they are) wouldn’t be in the Super League for fairness, but because of money draw, both domestically, and especially internationally.

  2. Turfit

    November 18, 2020 at 9:08 am

    Two thoughts on Super league,
    First, what effects will Brexit have on England teams?
    Second, looking at just the European Union countries, the EU is about 25% larger in population than the USA and has 27 “member states” (England not included). MLS is expected to be at 30 teams in 2023, why not have an EU Super League of around 40 teams? (No teams from England)

  3. Yespage

    November 17, 2020 at 1:21 pm

    A Super League would be detrimental to domestic leagues, but it’d be the mother of cash cows! for the big teams who would no longer need to share the TV spoils. Granted, if the leagues were to allow this, I can only imagine they’d demand a significant cut as they transition to unglorified feeder leagues. Ultimately, the health of domestic football is irrelevant to those with large resources, it is all about the money.

    FSG would love to make even more money than they currently are. Don’t get me wrong, FSG saved Liverpool from the Hicks-Gillette disaster. However, their covenant is with their investors, not the status of domestic football in England.

  4. Michael F

    November 15, 2020 at 4:15 pm

    Jp…. could not agree with you more. This whole concept of a super league being good for anything is total nonsense. I for one will be one that will tune out completely on euro soccer viewing if it happens. Talk about completely destroying the allure and history of domestic league competition and the idea of the big upset storyline, and also big clubs actually earning their way to winning top 4 spots to play for the champions league trophy. So now these top clubs will just replace the Champions league, and dilute the importance of their domestic leagues? Count me out. Sounds like they want to ‘americanize’ the sport. And that’s NOT a good thing.

  5. JP

    November 15, 2020 at 10:45 am

    The thought of a Super League being good for domestic leagues is a pipe dream. Sure, they may be more competitive with the bigger clubs gone, but how viable will the remaining league be without the draw of those larger clubs and their star players?
    Television contracts would be almost non existent, lower revenues detracting what those clubs could spend on players, creating a downward spiral until the league is on the verge of collapse.
    Be careful what’s you wish for!
    This applies to any league, not just soccer. We hate having a few big market teams seemingly dominate most of the time, but without them there’s not enough interest from the smaller markets to drive viewership and demand high TV contracts that make everyone profitable.
    So great, maybe Wolves could compete for a league title if the big six left, but virtually no one would notice or even care. The equivalent of a 1-AA (or whatever it’s called now) college football title or NIT championship for college basketball.

  6. Don

    November 15, 2020 at 9:26 am

    If NBC actually allowed you to pay and get “ALL” the matches then I’d be behind them. But alas you need expensive cable/live streaming services on top of Peacock. CBS does it right you can watch all the matches be it Champions and Europa League or the NWSL even if they are on CBS or CBS Sports Network.
    For some of us we don’t watch any extra shows we just tune in for the matches. Like I will listen to TuneIn and listen to some UK sports show as I walk outside. I guess after decades of MLB and NFL pre/post and every week day show program I grew tired and just said to hell with all the talking heads no matter what sport it is.

  7. Azer

    November 14, 2020 at 9:43 pm

    Mexico played South Korea in an International friendly in Germany today. Why wasn’t there English commentary available anywhere TV or streaming? TUDN didn’t even provide a SAP. Mexico won 3-2. Who has rights to the Mexican national team? Did the rights expire? Is it all about the money for the US media? This is worth talking about in my opinion. Does anyone know the answer?

    • Christopher Harris

      November 15, 2020 at 7:42 am

      FOX had the rights but they didnt renew them.

  8. Michael F

    November 14, 2020 at 8:46 pm

    The one line above should say: “ESPN FC’s analysis coverage is shallow in comparison because they only cover the top 2 or top 4 clubs of the euro leagues and their analyst team is quite subjective, and certainly LACKS the detailed strategic analysis of matches.”

  9. Michael F

    November 14, 2020 at 8:42 pm

    I personally do not wish NBC to lose rights to Premier League to another network (CBS or ESPN+). I can’t underestimate how good the detailed coverage of this euro domestic league is. They cover and analyze every t]club, not just the top tier clubs that make champions league. ESPN’ FC’s analysis coverage is shallow in comparison because they only cover the top 2 or top 4 clubs of the euro leagues and their analyst team is quite subjective, and certainly the detailed strategic analysis of matches. From the 24/7 premier league TV, to NBC’s analysis shows before and after matches, to ‘Pro Soccer Talk’ on-demand commentary and the on-demand UK premier league programming, NBC/Peacock do it right! Most fans want to follow more than just watch live matches. They want objective storylines of all the teams and detailed analysis of a league. NBC gives the premier league great exclusive detailed coverage, that ESPN or CBS do not come close to providing the leagues or competitions they cover. That’s worth the subscription!

  10. Don

    November 13, 2020 at 7:52 pm

    I hope beyond hope that NBC loses the next rights and CBS gets Premiere League or to a lesser extent ESPN+. Reason being I know CBS will make everything available on CBS All Access and not on expensive Cable. I fear ESPN would do exactly what NBC is doing and make the big matchups only available on ESPN/2.

  11. 11

    November 13, 2020 at 2:24 pm

    Agreed Azer…my Spanish is passable so, I changed to TUDN!!

  12. Azer

    November 13, 2020 at 1:13 pm

    Fox’s coverage of the Wales vs USA game was terrible. Fox didn’t even use the original score bug like TUDN did instead they spelled out all the letters on the screen rather than just put WAL vs USA. Very cheap, shame on Fox. I changed the channel immediately to ESPN2 for the Serbia vs Scotland match. As for Taylor Twellman, he always sounds like a person bragging about something. ESPN should have assigned Kasey Keller alongside Derek Rae for Der Klassiker last week. Mr. Keller actually played in the Bundesliga for Monchengladbach for 2 years as a goalkeeper, he knows the league better than Taylor T and is better at commentary/analyses. Jon Champion and Kasey Keller would be a better pair for commentary than Jon and Taylor.

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