ESPN+ adding Spanish commentary for FA Cup, Serie A and other competitions

As ESPN continues to acquire more soccer rights in the United States, the self-proclaimed Worldwide Leader In Sports is beginning to augment the rights it already has by offering the option of Spanish-league commentary to competitions such as Serie A, FA Cup and others. ESPN+ had acquired the US rights to the FA Cup and Serie A in 2018 in both Spanish and English, but with the interest for European soccer growing among Spanish-speaking viewers in the United States, it makes sense for ESPN+ to begin offering Spanish-language commentary now as an option. Spanish-language commentary will be available for the ... Read more

ESPN+ acquires US rights to Copa del Rey

ESPN+ has acquired the US rights to the Copa del Rey tournament, the annual knockout competition run by the Spanish football federation. With plans to stream up to 65 games a year including the final, the multi-year agreement will kick off this Saturday with ESPN+ streaming the Second Round of the prestigious tournament. According to a World Soccer Talk source, beIN SPORTS — the previous rightsholder to the competition in the US — decided not to renew the rights, thus giving ESPN the opportunity to amass more rights for its streaming service. Currently, ESPN+ streams the Serie A, UEFA Nations League, Championship, ... Read more

ESPN Has Plans For Subscription-Based Product Similar to Netflix

Current ESPN President John Skipper recently stated in an interview that the powerhouse sports network is looking into supplying a subscription-based product for cord cutters. In the interview Skipper acknowledged that more and more people – mostly people in their 20’s and 30’s – are choosing to cut out cable and satellite packages, and opt for services much like Netflix to view programming. Skipper said, “I do believe that increasingly video is going to be distributed through wireless and through wire broadband and we’re going to have content on that.” On the subject of supplying a paid subscription service for ... Read more

Euro 2016 Qualifiers TV Schedule For U.S Soccer Fans

Using the Champions League as their template, UEFA have completely revamped the scheduling of qualifying matches for Euro 2016. For starters, the 10 rounds of qualifying matches are referred to as “Matchdays”. Each Matchday will consist of three consecutive calendar days of matches that, in the case of the upcoming Matchday 1, will take place from Sunday through to Tuesday. Secondly, the kickoff times are set at 18.00 and 20.45 CET. Its worth mentioning that it’s not only matches in Russia and Azerbaijan that will have the early kickoffs. The biggest change, however, is in the area of TV rights. ... Read more

Sporting KC Gets Statement Win Over Galaxy 1-0

The game was called the biggest matchup of the early season by ESPN’s Adrian Healey in the pregame. While this may have been an overstatement, yesterday’s match featured two teams that during the preseason many had as the best in their respective conferences.  After 90 minutes, only one looked like an MLS Cup contender. Sporting KC behind a raucous crowd of 19,000 plus rolled to a 1-0 victory over the LA Galaxy.  The Galaxy came into the game without designated player David Beckham but did return Landon Donovan to the line-up.  Beckham’s absence, however, was noticeable in a game where ... Read more

Hurricane Irene Causing Shifts in MLS Schedule

Photo from NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center UPDATE: The DC United-Portland Timbers match has been postponed; a make-up date will be announced next week. The expected landfall of Hurricane Irene has caused MLS and other major professional sports teams to shift their schedules in anticipation of dramatic winds, rain, and flooding.  Irene is expected to reach land by Saturday and move up the coast through Sunday evening.  While meteorologists have stressed that the hurricane could change trajectory and intensity between now and the anticipated landfall, some states have already declared a state of emergency in anticipation of the weather. Three ... Read more

My Proposal: No Yellows for Celebrations

This weekend, Tony Tchani became the latest victim of one of the dumbest soccer rules on the books.  After scoring his goal for a Toronto franchise that is probably at its lowest point, he ran off the pitch and jumped up to the stands to celebrate with the fans.  Already sitting on a yellow card, the referee gave him a second and sent him off.  Columbus took advantage and grabbed an equalizer, keeping the Crew’s unbeaten streak alive and denying Toronto a valuable three points. This is not the first time something like this has happened this season – Eric ... Read more

Timbers Supporters Ratcheting Up Rivalry with Seattle

Photo by spinnerin On the same day Seattle set an attendance record for an MLS match, the rival Portland Timbers sent out a press release designed to show that their fans too can pack a stadium for a soccer match.  This was another tactic in their strategy to prove to the soccer world that maybe Seattle doesn’t have MLS’s most passionate fan base. The team’s supporters group  – the Timbers’ Army  – announced yesterday that they had sold out their allotment of season tickets a full month prior to their first home match against the Chicago Fire.  The club had partnered with ... Read more