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 […]

ESPN’s Announcing Assignments for World Cup Quarterfinals

We have the World Cup quarterfinal announcing assignments on ABC, ESPN and ESPN2. On Friday, ESPN2 will air France vs. Germany followed by Brazil vs. Colombia on ESPN. Then on Saturday, ABC airs Argentina vs. Belgium followed by the Netherlands vs. Costa Rica on ESPN. The excellent teams of Jon Champion/Stewart Robson and Ian Darke/Steve […]

FIFA 2014 World Cup

USA-Belgium Scores ESPN’s Highest-Ever Overnight World Cup Rating

The game may have resulted in a loss, but the overnight rating for USA-Belgium was a big win for ESPN. It ended as the highest overnight rating ever for a World Cup game on ESPN networks. Overall, the game averaged a 9.6 rating and peaking at an amazing 14.1 in the 5:45-6 p.m. ET quarter-hour. […]

FIFA 2014 World Cup

Ian Darke’s Goal Calls on USMNT World Cup Games

To get you ready for today’s Belgium vs. USA game on ESPN/Univision, we have all of Ian Darke’s goal calls from the US Men’s National Team’s group games. Darke is so good. Let’s go. I believe that we can win!

World Cup Announcing Assignments for July 1, 2014

The last of the Round of 16 is today and the USA will be the last game of the Round just like it was to end Group Play. The opponent today is Belgium, not as formidable as Germany, but a tough match. After today, there will be two off days and then the Quarterfinals begin […]

Univision World Cup

Netherlands-Mexico is Most-Watched Program Ever on Univision

Mexico was doing so well late in its game with the Netherlands when everything came crashing down in the 89th minute with a tying goal, then a controversial penalty kick to win the game for the Dutch and eliminate the Mexicans for the 6th straight time in the Round of 16. Univision saw a record […]

World Cup Announcing Assignments for June 30, 2014

Two games again today. We have France vs. Nigeria and Germany vs. Algeria. We could have an intriguing all-Euro matchup in the quarterfinals or an intriguing all-Africa matchup or a Euro-Africa game. In any event, ESPN and Univision have things covered for us today. The excellent Jon Champion will be on the call with his […]

Univision World Cup

Univision Sees Ratings Increase for 1st 48 Games of the World Cup

In its last year of airing the FIFA World Cup until at least 2025, Univision is seeing larger numbers from the last World Cup in 2010. Univision says its ratings have increased by 43% in total viewers and by 31% in the coveted 18-49 demographic. Its USA-Germany viewership was 3.4 million and combined with ESPN’s […]

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World Cup Announcing Assignments for June 29, 2014

Two more games in the Round of 16 on Sunday. Netherlands vs. Mexico which should provide a huge audience for Univision/Univision Deportes. After a day off to cover Wimbledon, ESPN is back on the World Cup and will carry the rest of the Round of 16 through Tuesday. ESPN will assign its usual English-language team […]

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Univision Announcing Assignments for World Cup Round of 16

Univision has provided its announcers for the Knockout Round of 16 for the World Cup. It starts today with Brazil vs. Chile and Colombia vs. Uruguay. For USA vs. Belgium on Tuesday, the network will utilize Jorge Pérez-Navarro, Diego Balado and unfortunately Marcelo Balboa who continues to provide some strange analysis no matter what language […]

FIFA 2014 World Cup

USA-Germany Gets 2nd Highest Rating for Men’s World Cup Match on ESPN

Soccer continues to score for ESPN. The USA-Germany game on the Mothership scored a 6.7 rating, better than the 6.3 for USA-Ghana on Sunday. Viewership on ESPN was 10,771,000 and on WatchESPN, the online service had 3.2 million unique viewers. That is pretty amazing when you get down to the numbers. At its highest peak, […]

FIFA 2014 World Cup

ESPN/ABC World Cup Announcing Assignments for World Cup Round of 16

The Round of 16 in the 2014 FIFA World Cup begins on Saturday. The all-South American matchups of Brazil vs. Chile and Colombia vs. Uruguay kickoff the Knockout Round of the World Cup on ABC. Then ESPN takes over the matches for the rest of the Round of 16 through Tuesday including USA vs. Belgium […]