ESPN’s World Cup Promo Featuring the American Outlaws

If you don’t watch international soccer, then you may not be familiar with the American Outlaws. They’re a group of fans who follow the US Men’s National Team to games all over the country and to the World Cup. The Outlaws are some of the most enthusiastic fans you’ll ever come across no matter what […]

ESPN Unveils Play-by-Play Men for 2014 World Cup

We know that Ian Darke will be ESPN’s lead announcer for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. The network has now unveiled its play-by-play lineup for the month-long tournament that begins in June. Among the announcers, Derek Rae who is familiar to ESPN soccer viewers and has called MLS, World Cup, Euro 2008 and 2012, […]

NBCSN to Cover EPL Transfer Deadline Day

As with the MLB Trading Deadline and NHL Trade Deadline shows, one of the more compelling days in sports is the English Premier League Transfer Deadline. It’s today and NBCSN will have a one-hour wrap-up of the day’s transfers at 6:30 p.m. ET today. With Rebecca Lowe in Sochi, the program will be hosted by […]

Chelsea-Manchester United Sets EPL Viewership Record on NBCSN

NBCSN saw a record viewership for the Chelsea-Manchester United English Premier League match last Sunday. The game averaged 1.019 million viewers and became the second most-watched EPL game on cable, missing the record set by the Manchester Derby between Manchester United and Manchester City in 2012 on ESPN. NBCSN is definitely seeing some dividends in […]

Fox Sports 1 Goes All Out During Super Bowl Week

This is the last of four posts regarding Fox and Super Bowl XLVIII. While Fox Sports 1 made a big splash when it launched on August 19 of last year, it hasn’t been making ripples in the sports media pond since. It will during Super Bowl Week when it goes all out to air shoulder […]

ESPN Announces “30 for 30: Soccer Stories” in Advance of the 2014 World Cup

The critically-acclaimed and multiple award-winning 30 for 30 series will introduce a new set of films in April which will contain various soccer stories in advance of the World Cup. The films will include on on the Hillsborough Disaster which occurred in England 25 years ago and killed 96 people and injured hundreds. While the […]

ESPN Adds Analysts for 2014 FIFA World Cup Coverage

This comes from ESPN, the outgoing network of the FIFA World Cup. The network has added two studio analysts for the games which will be played in Brazil starting on June 12. Gilberto Silva from the 2002 Brazilian World Cup-winning team and Dutch legend Ruud von Nistelrooy will appear on pregame, halftime and postgame shows […]

Ian Darke Will Be Lead Announcer for ESPN on 2014 World Cup; Martin Tyler Out

Simultaneous announcements from ESPN. The network says the popular Ian Darke who became a breakout star in the United States during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, will be the lead announcer for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. As a result, Martin Tyler who was ESPN’s lead announcer in 2010, has been let […]

FA Cup Action Returns to Fox Sports Platforms This Weekend

This being the third consecutive Fox Sports-centric post this morning. We have this regarding England’s domestic soccer tournament, the FA Cup. It also marks the return of several English Premier League clubs to Fox Sports after losing the rights to NBC last year. Fox’s platforms on broadcast and cable will air games throughout the weekend […]

MLS Cup is a Hit for UniMás; ESPN Reaches Record Audience for World Cup Draw

Let’s combine a couple of soccer notes here. First, the MLS Cup on Saturday was a hit on UniMás. It drew an average of 514,000 viewers on Univision’s secondary network. And it did better than ESPN’s airing of the same event at the same time by 14%. In addition, UniMás’ telecast did better in adults […]

Fox Grabs the Bundesliga

Starting in 2015, Fox will air the German Bundesliga all over the world. It’s a five year deal that will involve the rights to all 306 matches each year. What does this mean for US viewers? It means that Fox gets a replacement for English Premier League games which it lost to NBC and could […]

Univision Deportes Covers Two 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers on Friday

It’s a big-time soccer or fútbol doubleheader on UniMás with lots of pregame and postgame coverage on its sister network, Univision Deportes. Both the United States and Mexico are preparing for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. The United States Men’s National Team have assured a spot in the World Cup. Meanwhile, Mexico is fighting […]

The Week Ahead in Sports Media, September 9 — 15, 2013

Well, let’s take a look at what’s ahead in the sports media for the upcoming week. It’s another busy week and we’ll preview it for you right now. TELEVISION NFL Premieres The NFL continues to dominate the week. Monday has the annual Week 1 doubleheader on ESPN with Philadelphia taking on the DC NFL Team […]