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Why PPV may be a big part of soccer’s future: World Soccer Talk Podcast

In the NEW episode, number 194, Christopher Harris and co-host Kartik Krishnaiyer cover a range of topics including:

• CBS makes big news with a massive change to Champions League coverage,
• Our thoughts on the Premier League’s Big Picture proposal,
• Details about more PPV coming to soccer games,
• Find out more about your chance to win a Wolfsburg shirt,
• Our opinions about CONMEBOL’s World Cup qualifiers,
• Plus letters from you, the listeners, in our mailbag section.

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Launched in 2006, the World Soccer Talk Podcast is the longest running podcast on the planet. Every week, we share the latest news about watching soccer on television and streaming, in addition to discussing what we like and dislike, and featuring your questions and feedback in our Listener Mailbag segment.

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  1. Roberto

    October 18, 2020 at 8:52 am

    PPV may be a way to get more people to watch some of the other teams and leagues. The EPL’s big six often play pretty shoddy games, like the ones yesterday. If people were forced to pay to watch them, maybe games like today’s Leicester vs. Aston Villa (although with Leicesters missing defenders, it could be another high scoring game). Tomorrow the Wolves play Leeds in what could be the best game of week five. The big six’s main motivation is greed and maybe that will be their downfall!

  2. BOB

    October 17, 2020 at 5:56 pm

    beIN is unbearable. So many things pop up on the screen obscuring the field of play. They even pop up ads for their own app during games

  3. Donald Duck

    October 17, 2020 at 1:08 pm

    Trying to watch Man City vs Arsenal and just aggravated that NBC has so much going on at the top of the screen. Why cant NBC do what ESPN+ and CBS All Access does and just put the score and time on the screen. There is absolutely no reason to have the sponsors and the prior games scores up on the screen for minutes at a time constantly through the match. Thinking I need to switch over to ESPN+ and watch one of those matches.

  4. jason

    October 16, 2020 at 10:49 am

    With RB Salzburg becoming a focus on American soccer fans with Coach Jesse Marsh and now the transfer of Brendan Aaronson. I think ESPN+ should add Austrian league games to their line up. Why not if they have games of less well known leagues like Sweden, Denmark, and China. I’d watch Salzburg for sure.

  5. Ivan

    October 16, 2020 at 10:33 am

    Greed shall be met with resistance. People will simply focus on family time, yard work, fishing, or will find other ways to watch the games they want to watch.

    With ratings for all major sports crumbling in an unprecedented fashion since covid started(how many people watched the NBA finals? 7? if that), I wonder if the broadcast geniuses are aware of the seismic shift that is under way. And the greedy broadcasting corporations, in response, are getting greedier. Hahahaha, just wait.

    Pay per view? Jokes!

  6. Yespage

    October 15, 2020 at 11:32 pm

    Well, if it becomes the next big thing… it’ll be the next big thing I miss. I have alternatives to soccer.

  7. JP

    October 15, 2020 at 8:16 pm

    Hopefully the big clubs never get their wish of a breakaway super league. What makes the UCL so great is those clubs don’t meet often so it’s special when they do. Same for big rivalries within a league like El Clasico, Bayern/Dortmund, Manchester derby, Juve/Inter etc, it’s only twice a year barring any league cup matchups.

    If the big clubs created their own league and had these types of matches every week it would become oversaturated and blasé after a short while. At the same time it would rob us of more soccer. Think I wrote you guys before comparing it to college basketball if all the powerhouse schools from each conference formed their own league, it would eventually destroy everything else outside of it financially.

    Would also lack charm. There’s something special about a Barcelona visiting Eibar or an Ajax, Monaco, or Atalanta surprising everyone with a deep UCL run.

  8. Chris Guardiano

    October 15, 2020 at 3:27 pm

    This is the first time that I have seen soccer on PPV on either TV or streaming in mass amounts in a long time. The last time I saw a match on PPV was 15 years ago the infamous Switzerland vs Turkey World Cup qualifier that ended in a mass brawl afterwards. Hopefully PPV does not become a trend in soccer because of how expensive it is. I use PPV to watch boxing and it gets quite expensive when I have to pay $59.99 to see a world title match. This is often added to a cable/satellite bill which makes cutting the cord much more appealing to people. I would much rather see matches be included in streaming and cable packages because you don’t have to pay an additional fee.

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