Headline Sports podcast with Barbara Mason: Important win for US women’s team; Verlander says the ball is juiced 100%; plus more from the All Star Game

On Headline Sports podcast with Barbara:

#1 How important was this win in the World Cup women’s soccer final for the U.S. team?

#2 The television ratings for the finals were through the roof with 14.3 million viewers watching the US vs. the Netherlands in a 2-0 shutout.

#3 In Major League Baseball Houston Astros pitcher Justin Verlander says he blames baseball for the juiced ball and that it could travel as far as it could and it hurts pitchers.

#4 Verlander at the MLB All Star Game this week said that the balls are 100% juiced and a testimony of that is Verlander whose one of the big leagues best pitchers has given up 26 home runs this season.

#5 St Louis Cardinal catcher Yadier Molina dropped a few words that can’t be used here in regards to Angels catcher Jonathan Lucroy who got hammered at the plate by Houston Astros runner Jake Marisnick who laid Lucroy out after knocking him over on a bang bang play at the plate. Molina basically said something needs to be done about runners taking out the catcher.

Barbara Mason is a writer for Spanish Newspaper Area Grande and does Headline Sports each Tuesday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

That’s Amaury News and Commentary: World Cup 2018: Viva La France! Fox and Telemundo lost

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World Cup 2018: Viva LA France! Fox and Telemundo lost

That’s Amaury News and Commentary

By: Amaury Pi-González

France beat a very good and inspired Croatia team who played with a lot of heart, 4-2, to win the 2018 World Cup. This is the second time that France has won a World Cup since 1998 when they shutout Brazil 3-0. France also made it to the finals in 2006, but lost to Italy. France team manager Didier Deschamps was the captain in 1998 when his team shocked Brazil in Paris, and on Sunday he became the third to ever win the World Cup as a player and coach.

The great city of Paris celebrates as French flags and chants of Champions du monde, Champions du monde, World Champs World Champs! are heard in Paris and all over the country. France has changed throughout the years, but the French people have been as nationalistic as anybody on the face of this planet for hundreds of years.

Croatia was trying for the biggest upset in World Cup Soccer history. Croatia is a Eastern European country with a population of around four million people. Croatia, trailing every knockout stage match this Cup, had to do something to try and comeback but it could not, and so went the hopes of the small nation with almost 100% of their four million people glued to their televisions.

This past week, the Wall Street Journal, Joe Flint and Suzanne Vranica authored a concise written summary of how Fox and Telemundo have lost ratings and money on the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

For example, they indicate that traditional TV ratings are down 7-10% compared to the 2014 event in Brazil, and as of July 7th, Fox’s World Cup TV ad revenue was roughly $107 million and Telemundo’s about $127 million, based on in-game ads.

Comparatively, the ad revenue from the 2014 tournament was roughly $336 million for Univisión and $187 million for Disney. Oh well, like the French would say, “C’est la vie.” In English, “That is life.” In Spanish, “Asi es la vida.”

Amaury Pi-Gonzalez is the Spanish radio voice for the Oakland A’s and does News and Commentary each week at SportsRadioService.com.

That’s Amaury News and Commentary–World Cup 2018: Without México, television ratings suffer in the US

nbcsports.com photo: Mexico manager Juan Carlos Osorio hit out at the referees after Mexico lost 2-0 to Brazil in their round of 16 clash in Samara on Monday

By Amaury Pi Gonzalez

There is little doubt that when México was eliminated by Brazil’s Neymar who beat the “Tricolor” 2-0 on Monday on July 2nd, especially in the United States. Telemundo felt like a meteor falling on planet Earth. Sad for México who opened their World Cup participation with a win over the last champion, Germany. During their match against Brazil, México caused problem to Neymar’s squad very early, but at the end, the best team won. The coach for the Mexican team was totally frustrated and blamed the loss of México on the referees, which is as absurd of a statement I can remember during a World Cup.

Fox and FS1 also suffered from the very beginning of this tournament as the U.S. were not there. The 48 group stage telecast on Fox and FS1 averaged 2.069 million viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research. This was down 42% from the 3.54 million average on ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC four years ago. For U.S. audiences, that was already a bad start and now after México was eliminated, only a small portion of the real Fútbol aficionados are watching all the way to July 15th when a new champion will be crowned.

During the 1994 USA World Cup, Edson Arantes do Nascimiento, better known as Pelé, told me during an exclusive interview I did with him for Telemundo Network, “El fútbol será grande aqui en los Estados Unidos de America y será un gran deporte, seguido por todo el público una vez tengan una selección dentro de la Copa Mundial, que pueda luchar y llegar lejos.”

Translation: “Fútbol here in the United States of America will be a great sport and followed by the people once the U.S. had a good team inside the World Cup and a good team that can go far.”

From the very beginning, this 2018 Russia World Cup was a disadvantage to the television networks carrying this event here in the U.S. At the end, it proved to be a double whammy for a lack of audience. First, no U.S. representation, then on July 2nd, México was eliminated. Mexican-born residents are by far the largest audience on Spanish television here in the U.S. and the elimination of México was the biggest story for the ratings this year on Telemundo, who also owns the rights to Copa America.

Telemundo Deportes has acquired U.S. Spanish language rights for next year’s Copa America in Brazil. The Copa America 2019 is about the championship of South America, and will include invited guests Japan and Qatar and will be played from June 14th to July 7th. This year’s World Cup was the first time that Telemundo had the rights to all its games. Univisión usually dominated that production in the past. Telemundo is part of Comcast’s Corporation/NBC Universal Incorporated.

Amaury Pi Gonzalez is the Oakland A’s play-by-play Spanish radio talent and does News and Commentary at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

That’s Amaury’s News and Commentary podcast: FIFA has positive impact on Russian economy; A’s in San Diego to open two-game series tonight

photo from fifa.com: The Brazilians exult after scoring on Switzerland during the FIFA match in Moscow Russia during 2018 World Cup

On the podcast with Amaury:

What has it meant for the economy in Russia to have this year’s World Cup and how will it impact the Mexican, U.S., and Canadian economy for 2026. FIFA gains more interest than any other sport when the event comes up once every four years. Even non-soccer fans turn to it.

A’s open two game series in San Diego: The San Diego Padres the A’s next opponent have a similar business model to the Oakland A’s. Padres general manager AJ Preller no longer employs expensive free agents. The Padres use their farm system more, use younger players and use a few veterans.

The A’s are at .500 the 13th time this season. The A’s also will be missing Matt Chapman and Matt Joyce both on the ten day D.L. The A’s will start Paul Blackburn tonight. In his last start Blackburn got lit up by the Houston Astros at the Oakland Coliseum going 1 1/3 innings and giving up eight runs.

Amaury Pi Gonzalez is the Spanish radio talent for the Oakland A’s, the vice president of the Major League Baseball Hispanic Heritage Museum, does a music show on KIQI radio, and does News and Commentary each week at http://www.sportsradioservice.com


Headline Sports podcast with Tony Renteria: Trump’s travel bans concern some FIFA countries as U.S. is awarded 2026 games; Mack still no show at practices will hold out

FIFA President Gianni Infantino, right, welcomes representatives of the united bid — from the U.S., Canada, and Mexico — as soccer’s governing body selects its host for the 2026 FIFA World Cup during the 68th FIFA Congress in Moscow, Russia.


On the Headline Sports podcast with Tony:

The 2026 World Cup soccer questions were raised during negotiations about bringing the games to the U.S. One concern that was raised was U.S. President Trump’s travel bans and travel restrictions.

Players from various countries are concerned if they’ll be able to travel to the U.S. to play in the 2026 World Cup. There are seven banned countries not permitted to have their citizens to enter the U.S.: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. Soccer players from those countries could be left out and it could cause an imbalance during World Cup competition.

The U.S., Mexico and Canada are in unison in bringing the World Cup to North America. In Canada the World Cup will visit Montreal and Toronto but Vancouver had been left off the games list but as Vancouver officials said the event is eight years down the road and anything could change between now and then.

Oakland Raiders Khalil Mack continues to be hold out. Mack missed two mandatory practices on Tuesday and Wednesday. If he misses another practice, he will be facing a large fine if he doesn’t show up for Thursday.

Mack in the final year of his $13.8 million contract under a fifth year option. If Mack continues his hold out and misses all three mandated days for workouts, he’s looking at a $84,435 fine. Head coach Jon Gruden says that one of the main reasons he took the job in Oakland was because he was looking forward to working with Mack.

Tony Renteria does Headline Sports each week at http://www.sportsradioservice.com