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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Univision Deportes Covers The World Cup Final Draw Like a Blanket

We get this from Univision Deportes. The Spanish language all-sports network will have extensive coverage of the Final Draw for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The Final Draw will place the 32 qualified teams into 8 groups of four and then, the schedules and venues will be put into place before the world’s biggest sporting […]

ESPN Announces Its First Group of World Cup Analysts

From ESPN, we have the first five analysts who will work the last FIFA™ World Cup on the Alleged Worldwide Leader until at least 2026. Some are familiar names such as Alexi Lalas, Steve McManaman and Taylor Twellman, veterans of ESPN’s soccer coverage are back. Michael Ballack and Santiago Solari will join the broadcasts from […]

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, October 7 — 13, 2013

Back with an overdue Week Ahead post. Lots of things happening in the Week Ahead so let’s not delay any further and get to what’s happening in the Sports Media over the next seven days. TELEVISION PBS Frontline The already controversial PBS Frontline documentary “League of Denial: The NFL’s Concussion Crisis” airs in two parts […]

The Week Ahead in Sports Media, September 2 — 8, 2013

Lots of things happening in sports media this week. The NFL returns in the next seven days. College Football goes into its second week. Baseball heads into its final month of the regular season. Soccer goes into World Cup qualifying. The PGA Tour takes the week off and we bid adieu to Fox Soccer. TELEVISION […]

Some Tuesday Linkage

Let’s do some links today. Brian Steinberg of Variety reports that Fox Sports is bundling Fox Sports 1 to potential Super Bowl XLVIII advertisers. That’s one way to get ads on the new network. Brian Lowry of Variety says Tennis Channel is crying foul at Comcast in trying to gain carriage on the cable provider’s […]

Some Quick Monday Linkage

Lots of stuff to get to and so little time. Here’s the linkage. Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch has his regular Monday sports media column in which he discusses a new hire for NBC’s Football Night in America, ESPN’s World Cup plans and Bill Simmons’ future in the NBA studio. USA Today reports that former Kansas […]