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The art of soccer commentary

The art of soccer commentary

June 30, 2022

In the latest episode, soccer commentator John Roder joins us to share his insight into commentating. We discuss the art of commentary as well as other topics including Gareth Bale heading to MLS, USL TV ratings, FOX Sports hiring a new commentator for World Cup 2022, as well as news about beIN SPORTS renewing a soccer rights deal. Plus letters from you, the listeners.

MLS-Apple deal: Answering your questions

MLS-Apple deal: Answering your questions

June 23, 2022

In this episode, we’re focusing on answering all of your questions about the new MLS-Apple media rights deal. We also discuss Premier League Supporters Clubs in the United States, USL TV ratings, World Cup 2026 host cities and more.

MLS takes a big bite out of Apple TV

MLS takes a big bite out of Apple TV

June 17, 2022

In this episode, we discuss the relief of MLS finalizing its new media rights deal (well, almost), what the new MLS media deal means for soccer fans and the league, why Major League Soccer announced the deal now, and what it tells us, our thoughts and insight about the 16 cities named to host the 2026 World Cup, Peacock is ready to spring a new surprise, which is a warning to fans of Premier League clubs, whether Arlo White is employable by future broadcasters in the US, does Concacaf deserve more credit compared to UEFA and CONMEBOL, England’s woes under head coach Gareth Southgate, and we answer the questions from you, the listeners.

Arlo White sells out to commentate on golf

Arlo White sells out to commentate on golf

June 9, 2022

We discuss the Arlo White controversy about his move from NBC to golf, soccer fans angry about new UEFA Nations League deal, upcoming TV coverage of the World Cup playoffs, our thoughts on who will advance from World Cup Group B, is there any hope for FOX Sports' coverage of soccer. And we answer the questions from you, the listeners.

CBS beats Univision in Champions League TV ratings

CBS beats Univision in Champions League TV ratings

June 3, 2022

Featuring special guest Felipe Cárdenas from The Athletic, we discuss our thoughts about Peter Drury replacing Arlo White, what Univision is looking for in the new MLS media rights deal, how CBS Sports scored more viewers than Univision for the Champions League Final, a discussion of whether CBS is pushing NBC Sports and other competitors to improve their soccer coverage, and the difference between Spanish-language and English-language soccer commentators.

Where does MLS go from here with their rights deal?

Where does MLS go from here with their rights deal?

May 30, 2022

We discuss our thoughts about the Champions League & Championship playoff finals, why US sports networks need to invest more in on-site reporters, how the incompetence of UEFA and French police was uncovered by power of social media, where MLS goes from here after Apple TV+ pulls out, what it means to have Nottingham Forest back in the Premier League, why US soccer reporters need to do to a better job of educating readers about soccer culture, do more clubs go out of business overseas than the US? And we answer the questions from you, the listeners.

Why promotion & relegation reigns supreme

Why promotion & relegation reigns supreme

May 20, 2022

We discuss what pitch invasions mean to soccer fans and why we don't see them in MLS, the Nottingham Forest story, and what the club means to us, why MLS is arguably at its least meaningful point in its history, the uncomfortable truth about promotion/relegation that silences critics, an incredible week of soccer from Europe and South America, the impossible dream for Leeds United this weekend, our hopes for Clint Dempsey's analysis after he joins FOX Sports' World Cup coverage, and we answer the questions from you, the listeners.

Champions League reforms evolve it into a European Super League

Champions League reforms evolve it into a European Super League

May 12, 2022

In this episode, we discuss how the UEFA Champions League is morphing into the Super League, US Open Cup takes a giant leap forward thanks to ESPN+'s Goalcast, Jesse Marsch’s situation at Leeds United, FOX Soccer hates streaming, EA Sports and FIFA split up and get a nasty divorce, and we answer the questions from you, the listeners.

Enjoying (fill in the blank) Champions League

Enjoying (fill in the blank) Champions League

May 6, 2022

On this pod, we examine what impact Seattle may have on the MLS media rights deal, the upcoming European Cup titles, the prospect of who may play the Sounders in the Club World Cup. And we answer the questions from you, the listeners.

Soccer fanbases are fractured into 100’s of pieces

Soccer fanbases are fractured into 100’s of pieces

April 28, 2022

In this episode, we discuss how soccer audiences have become more tribal and splintered, why MLS Commissioner Don Garber may have been right after all, is soccer a minority sport in the United States? Is there a sport in the U.S. that has a viewership that is more fractured than soccer? Some of the changes that may be coming to soccer Twitter, why it's important to MLS for Seattle to beat Pumas, our recommended games to watch this weekend, and your questions in the Listener Mailbag segment.

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