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NBC Unveils Announcing Teams for First Three Days of English Premier League

We have the announcing teams for the first three days of the English Premier League. The new season begins Saturday with eight matches. NBCSN has a doubleheader beginning at 7:45 a.m. ET with Manchester United hosting Swansea City then Leicester City vs. Everton at 10 a.m. NBC has Arsenal and Crystal Palace with Arlo White […]

Fox Sports

Fox Sports Begins a Summer Soccer Odyssey

Beginning tonight and lasting into mid-August, Fox Sports 1 and the Fox Mothership will air 14 soccer games which will give us a hint of how the division will be covering the beautiful game over the next few years. With a series of Club Friendlies and the International Champions Cup that is being played among […]

FIFA 2014 World Cup

17.3 Million Americans Watch World Cup Final on ABC; 26.5 Million Overall

I never would have thought in a million years that the World Cup would see huge numbers, however, throw the baby out with the bath water this year. ESPN did a tremendous job in marketing the World Cup. The U.S. men’s national team became a huge story and for one month, the networks of ESPN […]

2014 World Cup Final on ABC Draws Third-Highest Overnight Rating for World Cup

ESPN has announced that Sunday’s Germany-Argentina World Cup Final which aired on ABC, received a 9.7 overnight rating. It’s the third-highest overnight rating for a World Cup match behind the 1994 Final between Brazil and Italy (12.8) and the 1994 Round of 16 match between the USA and Brazil (10.4). Yesterday’s match was 13% better […]

FIFA 2014 World Cup

The Fang’s Bites 2014 FIFA World Cup TV Awards

As we wrap up the World Cup, it’s time to hand out the awards for soccer’s ultimate event. As you know, this is the last year for ESPN and Univision before they hand off to Fox and Telemundo. Both ESPN and Univision are coming off record ratings and viewership giving their successors some numbers that […]

Univision World Cup

Univision/Univision Deportes’ Schedule for World Cup Final Sunday

Univision Deportes is going all out for its final World Cup game until at least 2024. As it hands off to Telemundo next year, Univision will provide a full 12 hours of coverage for the World Cup Final in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday. Beginning at 11 a.m. ET and lasting all throughout the night, […]

FIFA 2014 World Cup

Netherlands-Argentina Becomes Most-Watched World Cup Semifinal on ESPN

Well, the World Cup viewing records continue to fall for ESPN. A day after setting a record for the Brazil-Germany 7-1 blowout, ESPN set another standard for Wednesday’s Netherlands-Argentina game. On Tuesday, Brazil-Germany received a 4.2 rating and 6.643 million viewers. The Netherlands-Argentina match garnered a 4.3 rating and 6.823 million viewers. These numbers will […]

World Cup Announcing Assignments for Semifinals, 07/08 & 07/09/2014

Just four more match days in the 2014 FIFA World Cup. It begins today with the first semifinal between the host country Brazil and a heavy favorite in Germany. And tomorrow will pit the 2010 runner-up Netherlands against another favorite, Argentina. Ian Darke and Steve McManaman call today’s game for ESPN while Jon Champion and […]

FIFA 2014 World Cup

Brazil-Colombia Becomes Most Watched World Cup Quarterfinal on ESPN Networks

ESPN is certainly happy that there’s still interest in the World Cup despite the United States being eliminated earlier this week. Brazil vs. Colombia is now the most-watched World Cup quarterfinal on the networks of ESPN garnering a 3.6 fast national rating and just under 6.35 million viewers. So to the detractors of soccer and […]

World Cup Announcing Assignments for July 5, 2014

I did not provide you the announcing assignments for Friday’s games as I had to go the Emergency Room to deal with a breakout of hives. After getting a shot of Benadryl, I’m now much better, but it was a difficult night for me going into July 4th. Anyway, I’m fine now and here are […]

Fang’s Bites Podcast No. 19 — Bob Ley, ESPN and Ian Eagle, CBS Sports

This has become an action-packed podcast and with two guests that are quite prevalent in sports media. Bob Ley of ESPN joins us from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil where the World Cup is being played. We discuss the following topics: What he’s seen in Brazil; The World Cup itself; Some of his thoughts on the […]

Univision World Cup

Univision Scores 5.1 Million Viewers for USA-Belgium

Univision/Univision Deportes saw a combined 5.1 million viewers for USA-Belgium. We noted earlier that ESPN garnered an audience of 16.5 million for the game so overall, the game had a combined audience of 21.6 million viewers. Online, Univision saw 1.8 million unique viewers so with the combined online and TV audience, the game had just […]

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