Abbicarmi preaperture maritava watch fiderebbero unilabiato richiamavate! I know I’m pretty new to this whole soccer thing, but I’m pretty sure the above is a big deal. So much for my switching cable/satellite providers to get Setanta. And does this have anything to do with Fox Sports here in the US?
Apparently the “better” English Premier League provider welched on £30 million owed to the league — and though for a while it looked like an American investor might bail them out (interesting), but in the end that deal fell through.
Came across a good soccer podcast — EPLTalk.com. The episode below is more than a year old, but total Football geeks like Sang will find it either intriguingly prescient or at least worthy of vitriolic disagreement and thoughts of riot. The guest is none other than Oliver Tse (a pal of mine from the poker-biz). I had almost forgotten that Oliver, creator of the now-defunct SoccerTV.com, has been following soccer on TV (the business of it, not so much the actual kicking) since the mid-90s (when internet communications were limited to email and usenet groups).
The history of soccer on TV, specifically American TV
The appearance of Budweiser’s Chinese language ads at Old Trafford
The importance of the American audience for Mexican soccer
The increasing proliferation of video game tournaments on TV
EPL’s efforts to reach Asia
World Cup rights fees in America (exceeding those of the rest of the world)
Prediction: HD soccer broadcasts coming Christmas 2008? (Maybe 2009)
The Brazilian soccer channel
Argentine/Paraguayan/Venezuelan soccer on TV
Damn, that’s a lot of good background info (and data for forward thinkers). And though Soccerati’s new readers may not care, I know any Pokerati tagalongs will find it fascinating that Tse was one of 60 who vote for US Soccer Player of the Year.