ESPN Announces World Cup Plans

ESPN Announces World Cup Plans

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On June 29, 2009
  • 14 Comments
  • 2010 World Cup, ESPN, World Cup 2010

Kudos to EPL Talk for posting this just a bit ago. I found it to be something worth mentioning here.

The “World-Wide Leader” ESPN has announced more details regarding its coverage of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa next June.

Highlights of the announcement:

  • ESPN will present all of its 2010 World Cup coverage from on-site in South Africa, totaling more than 65 hours of original content.
  • The studio hosts will be Bob Ley, Chris Fowler and Mike Tirico,
  • SportsCenter will feature World Cup segments,
  • There’ll be a nightly World Cup Live show (30 minutes) shown on ESPN or ESPN2
  • ESPN will have pre-match, halftime and post-match shows, shown on ABC, ESPN or ESPN2.

Some will be excited to see Bob Ley back on the soccer coverage for the World Cup. He is one of those ESPN guys with a good knowledge of the game. I’m really curious to see how Fowler and Tirico will be though on the studio show. I enjoy both as broadcasters and have met each of them in person, I just don’t know how well they will connect with the average soccer fan out there watching.

Still ESPN is doing their part here and with the recent run by the US in the Confederation’s Cup, you can almost expect even more coverage on their part if the US is still doing well going into next year’s Cup.

  • SDM

    I know more about soccer than Mike Tirico and Chris Fowler combined. What a fookin' joke.

  • James

    Here is another ESPN policy that isn't help spread the word:<br />
    we have a new ESPN Radio policy that mandates we can only provide or make available ESPN-contracted sports analysts for ESPN Radio affiliate stations

  • VICvik

    i think fox sports would do so much better,or even CBS but ESPN wants everything. Just like CBS covers March Marcness. ESPN is holding back soccer, is a fact

  • jed

    ESPN has more stations than anybody else, most people have ESPN 1 &amp; 2 and all those others. Plus as an ABC family they can also put the games there.<br />
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    thank god there won't be any more of the Onion Bag annoying guy, the dude is so freaking annoying and he makes the sport sound foreign and alien, get a brit, an english speaking one please with a clean accent. I prefer the vuzuvella to Smith.

  • SDM

    I know more about soccer than Mike Tirico and Chris Fowler combined. What a fookin’ joke.

  • James

    Here is another ESPN policy that isn’t help spread the word:
    we have a new ESPN Radio policy that mandates we can only provide or make available ESPN-contracted sports analysts for ESPN Radio affiliate stations

  • jed

    ESPN has more stations than anybody else, most people have ESPN 1 & 2 and all those others. Plus as an ABC family they can also put the games there.

    thank god there won’t be any more of the Onion Bag annoying guy, the dude is so freaking annoying and he makes the sport sound foreign and alien, get a brit, an english speaking one please with a clean accent. I prefer the vuzuvella to Smith.

  • VICvik

    i think fox sports would do so much better,or even CBS but ESPN wants everything. Just like CBS covers March Marcness. ESPN is holding back soccer, is a fact

  • soccer goals

    Soccer is becoming more mainstream in the US.

  • Soccer is becoming more mainstream in the US.

  • Kaiser

    This is a good start for ESPN! The coverage commitment from ESPN seems like it will be better than previous years. Now they need to make sure they get good commentators to go with these guys, like Andy Gray or perhaps bring in a club coach from Europe who is out of work, but knows the players and the game. Just as long as we don't get Smythe, Lalas, and Foudy I will be happy…they are incredibly annoying, and they don't have any interesting insights. (But something tells me that is exactly what we will get)

  • Kaiser

    This is a good start for ESPN! The coverage commitment from ESPN seems like it will be better than previous years. Now they need to make sure they get good commentators to go with these guys, like Andy Gray or perhaps bring in a club coach from Europe who is out of work, but knows the players and the game. Just as long as we don’t get Smythe, Lalas, and Foudy I will be happy…they are incredibly annoying, and they don’t have any interesting insights. (But something tells me that is exactly what we will get)

  • chris

    i wan't as much coverage i can get for the world cup (PERIOD)!!!!

  • chris

    i wan’t as much coverage i can get for the world cup (PERIOD)!!!!