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Reader Mailbag: answers to your football questions


It’s time for a new addition of the World Soccer Talk Reader Mailbag. This week we cover US Open Cup coverage, the Premier League Fan Fest, CONCACAF, Serie A and the FIFA Club World Cup.

Don’t forget to add any new questions which you may have in the comments below, and we’ll do our best to answer those next week. The questions don’t have to be about streaming. Don’t forget that they can also be about football.

Dave: A few questions about the US Open Cup:
1) Did Turner announce coverage plans and/or outsource rights to someone else?
2) Which rounds have historically been the most entertaining, with a good mix of minnows and big names (such as the third/fourth round of the FA Cup)? I remember some very nice weeks last year

World Football Talk: 1) There has been no additional news on the US Open Cup TV coverage since our story was about the deal almost twelve months ago. As we get closer to the first round at the end of March, we expect to have more details on the media rights.

2) The round in which MLS teams begin to register (this year’s third round, April 25-26), where they may face professional or even amateur teams from a lower division, is always a lot of fun. Everyone loves a good underdog story and some giant murder moments. We’re hoping for another Sacramento-esque run this year, just like last year when they reached the US Open Cup final.

Dave, thank you for your questions. It will certainly be fascinating to watch Warner Bros-Discovery broadcast the US Open Cup given last year’s coverage on ESPN+ was one of the best in recent memory.

Bill: I was just wondering if you guys went to Fan Fest in Orlando last weekend and if not, why not (just curious)? I know Fan Fest is a very American sporting thing and not the seriousness of the sport you all prefer but it looks like fun to be there.

World Football Talk: We were there. Kartik Krishnaiyer and I arrived Thursday evening to prepare for our early morning interviews with NBC Sports talent on Friday. We interviewed Rebecca Lowe, Tim Howard and The 2 Robbies. Then on Saturday I interviewed Alan Shearer, Gary Cahill and NBC Sports executives, so keep an eye out for those interviews on this website later in the week.

Overall, I really enjoyed the weekend there. For me personally, my favorite part was talking to the football fans who traveled from all over the country to attend the Fan Fest in Orlando. I also loved seeing all the different shirts the American football fans wore, which was an eclectic mix of clubs to say the least.

If you’re reading this and you’ve never attended one of the Fan Fests, I highly recommend going to the next one. It was so much fun.

Francisco: Will there be a streaming service or channel for next season that picks up the rights to broadcast Italian Serie A in Spanish?

World Football Talk: Paramount+ still holds the rights to Serie A in all languages, but until now the streaming service has been reluctant to provide Spanish-language commentary for the games.

Frankly, the cost of providing Spanish-language commentary for Serie A matches can be prohibitive. I don’t believe there is enough demand from Hispanic viewers to make it worthwhile.

Francisco, I know that other Serie A fans have also asked for Spanish commentary. My advice would be to try and gather more fans on social media and ask them to do that let Paramount+ know that you want games in Spanish.

Jason: What CONCACAF based leagues will be on Paramount+ in 2023?

World Football Talk: Looking ahead to 2023, Paramount+ has the Concacaf Nations League, which returns at the end of March.

Jason: Which streaming service will have the FIFA Club World Cup in February?

World Football Talk: Good question, Jason. As you probably know, FOX Sports and Telemundo hold the television rights to the competition. While FOX Sports still doesn’t have a direct-to-consumer streaming service (except for Tubi, who showed games on demand at the World Cup), the best way to watch all games in Spanish is via Peacock Premium for $4.99 per month (includes 180 Premier League games per season and USMNT and USWNT games).

Presumably, FOX Sports will be showing games through their FOX Sports app.

That was all for this week. Do not forget to ask your questions in the comments below, and we’ll answer next Tuesday in the Reader Mailbag

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