World Soccer Talk: Premier League, MLS, Champions League, EFL and more

World Soccer Talk: Premier League, MLS, Champions League, EFL and more

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First impressions of CBS’ UEFA coverage
Aug 6 • 89 min
Our first impressions of CBS’ UEFA coverage, the innovations we love from the MLS Is Back tournament, Nicolas Anelka comes to Netflix, Brazilian league returns to the United States and more on episode 183.
US media’s bias against soccer, MLS Is Back TV coverage and CBS’ Champions League plans
Jul 30 • 87 min
CBS scores a home run with NWSL, how MLS TV ratings did in the Knockout Stage, our take on CBS’s Champions League schedule, latest update from the Scottish Premiership, what we thought of the Premier League’s Championship Sunday and more. Episode 182.
Our love for soccer grows stronger even when US media ignores it
Jul 23 • 96 min
In episode 181, we dive into the wacky world of the English Championship final day, what MLS TV ratings tell us about soccer in the U.S., news about the future of the Scottish Premiership on US TV, Liga MX makes its return this weekend, and more.
American sports fans dislike soccer and why we’re OK with that
Jul 16 • 98 min
In episode 180, we discuss why the best soccer leagues are not the most popular, what MLS Is Back TV ratings tell us about soccer on US TV, how Peacock did on its first major day of Prem coverage, and why CBS Sports are heading in the right direction.
First impressions of MLS Is Back TV coverage
Jul 9 • 54 min
In episode 179, we share our first impressions of MLS Is Back on ESPN, news about Peacock going all in on the Premier League, and CBS gobbling up the Champions League rights.
Making sense of changes to streaming services
Jul 2 • 79 min
In episode 178, we discuss price changes to soccer streaming services, NBC’s coverage of Liverpool winning the Premier League title, our thoughts about CBS’s first weekend of soccer TV coverage, news about Mexico’s new cup competition that starts this…
Turner says goodbye to the Champions League
Jun 25 • 88 min
In episode 177, we discuss Turner quitting the Champions League, FOX laying off soccer producers in cost-cutting measures, MLS tournament to play during Florida’s rising COVID numbers, first impressions of NBC’s new Peacock streaming service and beIN…
Highs and lows of soccer’s virtual extravaganza
Jun 18 • 61 min
In episode 176, we reveal news about FA Cup games moving to ESPN, Italian soccer sells out to a soft drinks maker, MLS broadcasters squabble over TV costs, NWSL announces their CBS TV plans and Premier League wobbles on opening day of restart.
Welcome to Summer Of Soccer
Jun 11 • 58 min
In episode 175, we discuss NBC releasing more details about its coverage of the Premier League, Serie A coming home to ESPN, our thoughts on LaLiga’s virtual fans experiment and MLS changes Orlando tournament to try to make it entertaining.
MLS Tournament: Orlando Or Bust
Jun 4 • 76 min
In episode 174, we discuss ESPN giving German soccer a boost, insight into the MLS Orlando tournament and what it means for the league’s future, Fanatiz launches a free version of their streaming service, Amazon adds a new highly-recommended soccer…
EPL and LaLiga unveil major TV plans
May 28 • 84 min
In episode 173, Bundesliga brings the noise, LaLiga and Premier league announce ambitious plans for their return, why MLS is skating on thin ice financially, how TV piracy may scupper the Newcastle takeover plans and NWSL is back… back again
How low can FOX Sports go?
May 21 • 77 min
In episode 172, we cover our thoughts on FOX’s coverage of the Bundesliga return, a debate about the potential MLS restart ahead of other US pro team sports, live soccer is heading to ESPN Deportes, when all of the soccer leagues are returning, and more.
Spurs legend Gary O’Reilly discusses return of European soccer
May 14 • 80 min
In episode 171, Christopher Harris and guest Gary O’Reilly from Spurs and Crystal Palace cover a range of topics including: the world anxiously awaits the return of the Bundesliga, we’ve got the dates for when the other major leagues return, how FOX has…
Bundesliga is back baby! World Soccer Talk Podcast
May 7 • 58 min
In episode 170, Christopher Harris and co-host Kartik Krishnaiyer cover a range of topics including: Bundesliga announces return to their regular season, all the details on how to watch the Korean League starting this weekend, B/R Live takes down paywall…
Major League Soccer 2020 season is in danger
Apr 30 • 49 min
On the latest pod, Chris and Kartik discuss the danger that the 2020 MLS season is in and how it impacts the next TV deal, our thoughts on the movie about the Adidas-Puma sneaker wars, latest news on rumors that ESPN are interested in Korean League, how…
Failure of US Soccer Federation
Apr 23 • 79 min
Chris and Kartik discuss US Soccer getting approved to receive a bailout from the government despite huge cash surplus, news about a soccer streaming service that has bit the dust, Premier League goes all-in on FIFA 20 tournaments, our thoughts on Major…
Best soccer films of all time, part 2
Apr 16 • 84 min
On this pod, Chris and Kartik discuss their favorite soccer films of all time. Plus, they discuss live soccer on television, news about NBC starting talks with the Premier League about renewing TV rights deal, our take on Grant Wahl getting fired by…
Phil Bonney interview: The Heart Of The Game Podcast
Apr 13 • 53 min
Nate chats with Bundesliga commentator Phil Bonney about how a lad from Southampton ended up in Germany, how Phil’s background in theater helps his commentating, his memories of watching the Saints at The Dell, how he ended up with a birds eye view of…
Best soccer films, part 1
Apr 9 • 70 min
In this episode, Chris and Kartik share their list of the best soccer films and documentaries, as well as discussing DOJ busting FOX for allegedly paying bribes to win World Cup rights, Liga MX debuts FIFA 20 league matches live on TV, and a discussion of…
Taylor Twellman interview: The Heart Of The Game Podcast
Apr 5 • 43 min
Nate chats with Taylor Twellman about how he got his start as a co-commentator for ESPN, his opinion about the state of the US Soccer Federation, why there haven’t been any changes in US Soccer, his memories of the ‘What are we doing’ rant, if he’s…
Getting our kicks watching soccer documentaries
Apr 2 • 55 min
Chris and Kartik discuss their favorite new soccer documentaries, will DAZN be the first domino to fall, Premier League and Bundesliga firming up a master plan, our favorite programs we’ve watched from the past week, Sunderland Til I Die returns to…
The dilemma of playing behind closed doors
Mar 26 • 72 min
In episode 164, we discuss a FOX analyst saying goodbye to the broadcaster, The English Game comes to Netflix just in time, how much of an appetite is there for classic matches on demand, a new season of a hit soccer documentary is coming to Netflix plus…
Ian Joy interview: The Heart Of The Game Podcast
Mar 24 • 39 min
Nate chats with Ian about opening himself up into new cultures through soccer, which commentator at FOX Sports deserves a bigger chance, what FC St Pauli means to him, what drives him to strive to be the best that he can, how he got into sports…
Nico Cantor interview: The Heart Of The Game Podcast
Mar 23 • 42 min
Nate Abaurrea chats with Nico about what it is about the Argentine accent that adds so much flavor to commentaries, why accents are so important for soccer commentaries in Spanish-language, if he feels more pressure because his father is a broadcasting…
Tips on watching live and on-demand soccer
Mar 19 • 60 min
This week, we discuss which soccer networks are showing what, CBS dives into Liga MX, how FIFA 20, Football Manager and Subbuteo are helping soccer fans cope, winners and losers of coronavirus suspending soccer leagues plus letters from you, the…
Coronavirus’s damaging impact on soccer industry
Mar 12 • 71 min
This week, we discuss soccer watching behind closed doors, the Premier League breaks a US TV record, a major soccer competition goes Pay-Per-View, how the Coronavirus could change soccer as we know it. Plus letters from you, the listeners, in our mailbag…
Peter Drury interview: The Heart Of The Game Podcast
Mar 8 • 36 min
In our chat with Peter Drury, he explains why he’s not on social media, who his greatest influences were, how he’s able to say the perfect words for the perfect goals, his love for soccer and whether he views himself as a modern or old-school commentator.
Deconstructing MLS opening weekend
Mar 5 • 34 min
This week, we cover MLS TV ratings from the opening weekend, el Clásico TV ratings rebound, our thoughts about el Clásico TV coverage, a preview of TUDN Zona Futbol and more.
Danny Higginbotham interview: The Heart Of The Game Podcast
Mar 1 • 38 min
Higginbotham shares which commentator was his biggest mentor in the transition from pro footballer to co-commentator, why the job as a co-commentator is harder than a lead announcer, how to be fair and unbiased in his co-commentary and analysis, how he…
ESPN raises its game for 2020 MLS season
Feb 27 • 73 min
Latest episode features an interview with ESPN’s top soccer producers, a preview of this season’s MLS coverage, big hints about ESPN’s Euro 2020 coverage, thoughts about talkSPORT’s radio commentary, more insight into TNT’s soccer coverage and more.
Derek Rae interview: The Heart of The Game Podcast
Feb 23 • 49 min
Nate interviews Derek about football romanticism, the lengths he takes to immerse himself in a local culture, memories of calling the recent World Cup tournaments, and much more.
Which leagues have commentators at stadium vs. in studio?
Feb 21 • 75 min
Which leagues have commentators on site or in the studio, sports broadcaster drops hint about MLS TV rights deal, MUTV finds its way back to US TV plus our favorite games of the week.
Christian Miles interview: The Heart of The Game Podcast
Feb 16 • 33 min
Christian’s memories of working at Fox Soccer Channel and FOX Sports World, how streaming has changed the coverage of soccer, announcing games in a stadium compared to calling games from a studio, what it’s like being the LA Galaxy play-by-play announcer…
LaLiga on the rise despite beIN SPORTS distribution woes
Feb 13 • 79 min
Our thoughts on the Premier League’s new streaming strategy, FOX Sports goes to the dogs, LaLiga spring a surprise with their TV ratings, Bundesliga can’t get out of first gear in the US and more.
CAS kills dream of promotion/relegation in MLS
Feb 6 • 80 min
CBS lands NWSL TV and streaming rights, what the CAS ruling about promotion/relegation means for US soccer, Premier League viewing numbers increase but quality drops. Plus we have letters from you the listeners in our Mailbag Section.
FOX comes to the rescue of CONCACAF
Jan 30 • 44 min
USA’s Olympic pursuits finally find a home, Aston Villa supporters come out of the woodwork, NBC and Sky find new ways to work together, good news for Samsung smart TV owners and more.
Chicharito to boost MLS TV ratings
Jan 23 • 72 min
How Chicharito will impact MLS TV ratings, all of the details about the Premier League on Peacock, ICC demands more in order to stay relevant, latest news about Portuguese TV rights, and more.
Watching Liga MX in English-language with Chris Wittyngham
Jan 16 • 65 min
ESPN+ gobbles up more soccer rights, why Chicharito would be the best medicine for MLS TV ratings, US sports broadcaster drops a major hint about Copa America rights, CBS keeps expanding their portfolio of sports rights, find out which game was the…
Changes galore in soccer broadcasting
Jan 9 • 55 min
Our thoughts on the FA Cup 3rd Round viewing experience, another presenter leaves beIN SPORTS, how fubo’s changes will impact soccer fans, Sling makes it more difficult for fans to watch LaLiga, and more.
Can we have our football back?
Dec 30, 2019 • 83 min
We have an interview with John Nicholson about his explosive new book, beIN SPORTS gets added to over-the-air channels, MLS reveals its TV schedule plans for 2020, VAR sucks the life out of the Premier League, Plus we have a bunch of letters from you, the…
Happy Holidays episode
Dec 19, 2019 • 58 min
Find out why Twitch is being sued for $2.8 billion, Reflections from this past weekend’s NBC Premier League FanFest, How Turner’s Champions League TV ratings are doing compared to FOX, Is number 30 too much for MLS on national TV and more.
US soccer monopolies
Dec 12, 2019 • 51 min
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,…
ABC and Amazon stir up soccer media landscape: World Soccer Talk Podcast
Dec 5, 2019 • 70 min
How Amazon makes their Premier League debut in the UK, ABC to broadcast 5 games from next summer’s Euro 2020, Impressions from Liga MX playoffs thus far, Competition among low-cost streaming services gets greater, NWSL setting the foundation for some…
Sleeping giant CBS enters soccer business: World Soccer Talk Podcast
Nov 14, 2019 • 75 min
All of the details about the Champions League on CBS, We analyze what the MLS Cup Final ratings mean for Major League Soccer & ABC, What CBS acquiring Champions League rights means for soccer in the USA, Where the Bundesliga goes from here. Plus we have a…
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