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The Monday After: FOX TV, Broadcast Notes & More

Even though Major League Soccer has entered the off season, we plan to continue our weekly “Monday After” post looking at business stories from the weekend and items that we didn’t cover in the past week.  We’ll start with the newest player in soccer broadcasting, the over-the-air broadcast network FOX, which is touting its dynamic 1.1 rating and 1.67 million viewers from last weekend’s Chelsea/Liverpool rebroadcast on the FOX mothership.  When combined with the original broadcast on Fox Soccer, the match reached more than two million viewers.
Sticking with soccer broadcasts and new partners, it was reported last week that NBC and Versus have successfully pursed Seattle Sounders play-by-play man Arlo White to serve as their lead voice for the upcoming season of MLS soccer on the various networks.  White has been the voice of the Seattle Sounders since the start of the 2010 season. This continues a rapid rise to stardom for White since coming to American shores.  After a varied broadcast career in England, White will now move to arguably the top domestic broadcast position in the United States.    In other broadcast news, ESPN announced that John Harkes’ contract with the network will no be renewed.  Taylor Twellman will now move from the studio to the color seat.  Twellman spent the 2011 season paired with veteran JP DellaCamera in the Union local broadcast booth.

Finally, we recommend this piece from Forbes Magazine about some of the premiere sports venues in the nation.  The author took in a match at Red Bull Arena (verus the Galaxy in the playoffs) and came away impressed with the venue, the scene and more.