ESPN and ESPN Radio Commentator Assignments for World Cup

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  1. yaz96

    yaz96 Member

    Aug 5, 2006
    ESPN and ESPN Radio Commentator Assignments for World Cup
    Posted by Editor • May 25, 2010 •
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    ESPN’s comprehensive coverage of the 2010 FIFA World Cup (June 11-July 11) from South Africa will include all 64 matches televised live and in high definition on ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC, as well as extensive coverage on ESPN3.com and ESPN Mobile TV. ESPN Radio will also broadcast all 64 matches. Today, ESPN FIFA World Cup executive producer Jed Drake announced the ESPN commentator assignments for the first 10 days of the tournament (through each team’s first two matches of pool play). Highlights:

    * Legendary play-by-play commentator Martin Tyler, who has called every FIFA World Cup tournament since 1978, will pair with former Nigerian National Team player Efan Ekoku on the opening match – South Africa vs. Mexico – from Johannesburg Friday, June 11 at 9:30 a.m. ET (ESPN);
    * Tyler and former United States National Team captain John Harkes will call the England vs. U.S. match from Rustenburg Saturday, June 12 at 1:30 p.m. (ABC), one of the most anticipated matches of the tournament;
    * Harkes will serve as match analyst on all U.S. team matches, paired with different play-by-play commentators;
    * Tyler and former Scottish National Team player Ally McCoist will call Germany vs. Australia Sunday, June 13 at 2 p.m. (ABC) from Durban;
    * Ian Darke and Ekoku will call the first match for defending FIFA World Cup champion Italy vs. Paraguay Monday, June 14 at 2 p.m. (ESPN) from Cape Town;
    * Darke and Ekoku will call Ivory Coast vs. Portugal from Group G Tuesday, June 15 at 9:30 a.m. (ESPN);
    * Tyler and Ekoku will call Brazil vs. Ivory Coast, also from the “Group of Death,” Sunday, June 20, at 2 p.m. (ABC);
    * On ESPN Radio, the lead broadcast team of JP Dellacamera and Tommy Smyth will call the South Africa vs. Mexico opener, as well as all U.S. team matches, including the England match June 12;

    “ESPN’s World Cup commentator assignments will give fans the very best and most knowledgeable voices for the specific matchups in this year’s tournament,” said Drake. "We will use different pairings throughout pool play to better inform and entertain fans and to give us greater flexibility in South Africa.”

    ESPN’s 2010 FIFA World Cup match commentators include: play-by-play voices -- Darke, Adrian Healey, Derek Rae and Tyler; and analysts – Ekoku, Harkes, McCoist and Robbie Mustoe. ESPN Radio’s commentator teams include: Dellacamera and Smyth; Glenn Davis and Kyle Martino; and Ross Dyer and Shep Messing. Assignments for the conclusion of pool play and for the knockout round will be announced as the tournament progresses.



    ESPN at the 2010 FIFA World Cup

    South Africa 2010 will be ESPN’s seventh FIFA World Cup and coverage of the event promises to be the most comprehensive in company history. ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC will air all 64 matches live and in high definition, and more than 50 matches will be televised live in Portuguese on ESPN Deportes. Additionally, ESPN3.com, ESPN’s signature broadband network, will offer simulcasts of all matches on ESPN and ESPN2; ESPN 3D, which launches June 11, will televise 25 matches; ESPN Radio will broadcast all 64 matches in English and provide additional multi-language match coverage; and ESPN’s mobile platforms will provide coverage of all 64 matches. ESPN will present 2010 FIFA World Cup television studio programming from site in South Africa, offering U.S. sports fans the most comprehensive news and information coverage throughout the month-long soccer showcase. Studio coverage will include SportsCenter segments, a nightly World Cup Live program, and pre, halftime and post-match shows, with additional studio programming and World Cup-branded segments, totaling more than 65 hours of coverage, originating from two sets in and around Johannesburg. ESPN International is also a FIFA World Cup rights-holder in Brazil and in the Indian Sub-continent and will provide extensive news and information coverage around the world.



    2010 FIFA World Cup Groupings:
    Group A Group B Group C Group D
    1 South Africa 1 Argentina 1 England 1 Germany
    2 Mexico 2 Nigeria 2 USA 2 Australia
    3 Uruguay 3 Korea Republic 3 Algeria 3 Serbia
    4 France 4 Greece 4 Slovenia 4 Ghana

    Group E Group F Group G Group H
    1 Netherlands 1 Italy 1 Brazil 1 Spain
    2 Denmark 2 Paraguay 2 Korea DPR 2 Switzerland
    3 Japan 3 New Zealand 3 Cote d’Ivoire 3 Honduras
    4 Cameroon 4 Slovakia 4 Portugal 4 Chile


    2010 FIFA WORLD CUP SCHEDULE – ESPN, ESPN2, ABC, ESPN 3D, ESPN3.COM AND ESPN RADIO

    * All times EASTERN | Schedule is subject to A
    * All matches in high definition
    * ABC Sports broadcasts in italics | ESPN Radio commentators ®

    Date Time (ET) Network Match Group Site Match #
    Fri 6/11 9:30 a.m. ESPN/ESPN3.com/ESPN 3D/ESPN Radio South Africa vs. MexicoMartin Tyler and Efan Ekoku; JP Dellacamera and Tommy Smyth® A Johannesburg 1
    2 p.m. ESPN/ESPN3.com/ESPN Radio Uruguay vs. FranceIan Darke and Ally McCoist;Ross Dyer and Shep Messing® A Cape Town 2
    Sat 6/12 7 a.m. ESPN/ESPN3.com/ESPN Radio Korea Republic vs. GreeceDerek Rae and Robbie Mustoe; Dyer and Messing® B Port Elizabeth 3
    9:30 a.m. ESPN/ESPN3.com/ESPN 3D/ESPN Radio Argentina vs. NigeriaAdrian Healey and Ekoku Glenn Davis and Kyle Martino® B Johannesburg 4
    2 p.m. ABC/ESPN Radio England vs. USATyler and John HarkesDellacamera and Smyth® C Rustenburg 5
    Sun 6/13 7 a.m. ESPN/ESPN3.com/ESPN Radio Algeria vs. SloveniaHealey and HarkesDyer and Messing® C Polokwane 6
    9:30 a.m. ESPN/ESPN3.com/ ESPN Radio Serbia vs. GhanaDarke and EkokuDavis and Martino® D Pretoria 7
    2 p.m. ABC/ESPN 3D/ESPN Radio Germany vs. AustraliaTyler and McCoistDellacamera and Smyth® D Durban 8
    Mon 6/14 7 a.m. ESPN/ESPN3.com/ESPN 3D/ESPN Radio Netherlands vs. DenmarkHealey and HarkesDavis and Martino® E Johannesburg 9
    9:30 a.m. ESPN/ESPN3.com/ESPN Radio Japan vs. CameroonRae and Mustoe Dyer and Messing® E Bloemfontein 10
    2 p.m. ESPN/ESPN3.com/ESPN Radio Italy vs. ParaguayDarke and EkokuDellacamera and Smyth® F Cape Town 11
    Tue 6/15 7 a.m. ESPN/ESPN3.com/ESPN Radio New Zealand vs. SlovakiaHealey and HarkesDyer and Messing® F Rustenburg 12
    9:30 a.m. ESPN/ESPN3.com/ESPN Radio Ivory Coast vs. PortugalDarke and EkokuDellacamera and Smyth® G Port Elizabeth 13
    2 p.m. ESPN/ESPN3.com/ESPN 3D/ESPN Radio Brazil vs. Korea DPRTyler and McCoist Davis and Martino® G Johannesburg 14
    Wed 6/16 7 a.m. ESPN/ESPN3.com/ ESPN Radio Honduras vs. ChileHealey and HarkesDavis and Martino® H Nelspruit 15
    9:30 a.m. ESPN/ESPN3.com/ ESPN 3D/ESPN Radio Spain vs. SwitzerlandRae and MustoeDellacamera and Smyth® H Durban 16
    2 p.m. ESPN/ESPN3.com/ ESPN Radio South Africa vs. UruguayTyler and McCoist Dyer and Messing® A Pretoria 17
    Thu 6/17 7 a.m. ESPN/ESPN3.com/ ESPN 3D/ESPN Radio Argentina vs. Korea Rep.Darke and HarkesDellacamera and Smyth® B Johannesburg 18
    9:30 a.m. ESPN/ESPN3.com/ ESPN Radio Greece vs. Nigeria Rae and Mustoe Davis and Martino® B Bloemfontein 19
    2 p.m. ESPN2/ESPN3.com/ ESPN Radio France vs. MexicoHealey and EkokuDyer and Messing® A Polokwane 20
    Fri 6/18 7 a.m. ESPN/ESPN3.com/ ESPN Radio Germany vs. SerbiaRae and Mustoe Davis and Martino® D Port Elizabeth 21
    9:30 a.m. ESPN/ESPN3.com/ ESPN 3D/ESPN Radio Slovenia vs. USADarke and Harkes Dellacamera and Smyth® C Johannesburg 22
    2 p.m. ESPN2/ESPN3.com/ ESPN Radio England vs. AlgeriaTyler and McCoistDyer and Messing® C Cape Town 23
    Sat 6/19 7 a.m. ESPN/ESPN3.com/ ESPN 3D/ESPN Radio Netherlands vs. JapanRae and MustoeDellacamera and Smyth® E Durban 24
    9:30 a.m. ESPN/ESPN3.com/ ESPN Radio Ghana vs. AustraliaHealey and HarkesDavis and Martino® D Rustenburg 25
    2 p.m. ABC/ESPN Radio Cameroon vs. DenmarkDarke and EkokuDyer and Messing® E Pretoria 26
    Sun 6/20 7 a.m. ESPN/ESPN3.com/ ESPN Radio Slovakia vs. ParaguayHealey and Harkes Dyer and Messing® F Bloemfontein 27
    9:30 a.m. ESPN/ESPN3.com/ ESPN Radio Italy vs. New ZealandDarke and McCoist Davis and Martino® F Nelspruit 28
    2 p.m. ABC/ESPN 3D/ESPN Radio Brazil vs. Ivory CoastTyler and EkokuDellacamera and Smyth® G Johannesburg 29
    Mon 6/21 7 a.m. ESPN/ESPN3.com/ ESPN Radio Portugal vs. Korea DPRHealey and HarkesDyer and Messing® G Cape Town 30
    9:30 a.m. ESPN/ESPN3.com/ ESPN Radio Chile vs. SwitzerlandRae and Mustoe Davis and Martino® H Port Elizabeth 31
    2 p.m. ESPN/ESPN3.com/ ESPN 3D/ESPN Radio Spain vs. HondurasTyler and McCoist Dellacamera and Smyth® H Johannesburg 32
    Tue 6/22 9:30 a.m. ESPN/ESPN3.com/ ESPN Radio Mexico vs. Uruguay A Rustenburg 33
    9:30 a.m. ESPN2/ESPN3.com/ ESPN Radio France vs. South Africa A Bloemfontein 34
    2 p.m. ESPN2/ESPN3.com/ ESPN 3D/ESPN Radio Nigeria vs. Korea Republic B Durban 35
    2 p.m. ESPN/ESPN3.com/ ESPN Radio Greece vs. Argentina B Polokwane 36
    Wed 6/23 9:30 a.m. ESPN2/ESPN3.com/ ESPN Radio Slovenia vs. England C Port Elizabeth 37
    9:30 a.m. ESPN/ESPN3.com/ ESPN Radio USA vs. Algeria C Pretoria 38
    2 p.m. ESPN/ESPN3.com/ ESPN 3D/ESPN Radio Ghana vs. Germany D Johannesburg 39
    2 p.m. ESPN2/ESPN3.com/ ESPN Radio Australia vs. Serbia D Nelspruit 40
    Thu 6/24 9:30 a.m. ESPN/ESPN3.com/ ESPN 3D/ESPN Radio Slovakia vs. Italy E Johannesburg 41
    9:30 a.m. ESPN2/ESPN3.com/ ESPN Radio Paraguay vs. New Zealand E Polokwane 42
    2 p.m. ESPN/ESPN3.com/ ESPN Radio Denmark vs. Japan F Rustenburg 43
    2 p.m. ESPN2/ESPN3.com/ ESPN Radio Cameroon vs. Netherlands F Cape Town 44
    Fri 6/25 9:30 a.m. ESPN/ESPN3.com/ ESPN 3D/ESPN Radio Portugal vs. Brazil G Durban 45
    9:30 a.m. ESPN2/ESPN3.com/ ESPN Radio Ivory Coast vs. Korea DPR G Nelspruit 46
    2 p.m. ESPN/ESPN3.com/ ESPN Radio Chile vs. Spain H Pretoria 47
    2 p.m. ESPN2/ESPN3.com/ ESPN Radio Switzerland vs. Honduras H Bloemfontein 48



    2nd Stage – Round of 16
    Date Time (ET) Network Matchup Site Match #
    Sat 6/26 9:30 a.m. ESPN/ESPN3.com/ ESPN Radio 1st A vs. 2nd B Port Elizabeth 49
    2 p.m. ABC/ESPN Radio 1st C vs. 2nd D Rustenburg 50
    Sun 6/27 9:30 a.m. ESPN/ESPN3.com/ ESPN Radio 1st D vs. 2nd C Bloemfontein 51
    2 p.m. ABC/ESPN 3D/ESPN Radio 1st B vs. 2nd A Johannesburg 52
    Mon 6/28 9:30 a.m. ESPN/ESPN3.com/ ESPN 3D/ESPN Radio 1st E vs. 2nd F Durban 53
    2 p.m. ESPN/ESPN3.com/ ESPN 3D/ESPN Radio 1st G vs. 2nd H Johannesburg 54
    Tue 6/29 9:30 a.m. ESPN/ESPN3.com/ ESPN Radio 1st F vs. 2nd E Pretoria 55
    2 p.m. ESPN/ESPN3.com/ ESPN Radio 1st H vs. 2nd G Cape Town 56



    2nd Stage -- Quarterfinals
    Date Time (ET) Network Matchup Site Match #
    Fri 7/2 9:30 a.m. ESPN/ESPN3.com/ ESPN Radio Winners 53 vs. 54 A Port Elizabeth 57
    2 p.m. ESPN/ESPN3.com/ ESPN 3D/ESPN Radio Winners 49 vs. 50 B Johannesburg 58
    Sat 7/3 9:30 a.m. ABC/ESPN 3D/ESPN Radio Winners 52 vs. 51 C Cape Town 59
    2 p.m. ABC/ESPN 3D/ESPN Radio Winners 55 vs. 56 D Johannesburg 60



    2nd Stage -- Semifinals
    Date Time (ET) Network Matchup Site Match #
    Tue 7/6 2 p.m. ESPN/ESPN3.com/ ESPN 3D/ESPN Radio Winners A vs. C Cape Town 61
    Wed 7/7 2 p.m. ESPN/ESPN3.com/ ESPN 3D/ESPN Radio Winners B vs. D Durban 62



    Third Place Match
    Sat 7/10 2 p.m. ABC/ESPN 3D/ESPN Radio Losers – 61 vs. 62 Port Elizabeth 63



    2010 FIFA World Cup Title Match
    Sun 7/11 1:30 p.m. ABC/ESPN 3D/ESPN Radio Winners – 61 vs. 62 Johannesburg 64



    -- 30 --

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  2. yaz96

    yaz96 Member

    Aug 5, 2006
    For all of you freaking out there will be no American presence/accent on the coverage.

    Hope your happy now........
     
  3. Onyewu Power Station

    Jul 5, 2009
    Club:
    Everton FC
    does anyone out there actually like harkes and his non stop babbling?
     
  4. djpower

    djpower Moderator
    Staff Member

    Nov 9, 2005
    Victoria, Australia
    Going by the Press release ESPN 3D telecast are going to use same commentators as the 2D version when Newsorp (Sky Sports UK and Fox Sports Australia) have done 3D telecast they have always used a 2nd sets of commentators for the 3D telecast
     
  5. SocaWarrior23

    SocaWarrior23 Member

    Jun 7, 2007
    College Park MD
    There is no way that Derek Rae should be on the 4th team he is easily the 2nd best announcer on the whole staff.He better getter better games in the tournament shame on ESPN for selling him out for Ian Darke, hes been a faithful servant to them.
     
  6. TFC USA

    TFC USA New Member

    Jun 29, 2009
    Club:
    Toronto FC
    Good lineup. Tyler, Darke, Healey, and Rae are all excellent commentators.

    Show me 4 American commentators that are better than these guys. If you answer "Bretos, JP, Schoen, and Wheelock" then you're delusional.

    The Brits have watched all kinds of football way longer than everyone I mentioned in the US quip except maybe JP. American announcers talk way too much when just a few comments and crowd noise would do.
     
  7. Redbullsnation2012

    May 26, 2010
    Club:
    Manchester United FC
    Good Riddence of JP Dellacamera. Dat guy was terrible. I can't listen to him to a min. Hey JP, plz stick 2 hockey!!
     
  8. Real Corona

    Real Corona Moderator
    Staff Member

    Jan 19, 2008
    Colorado
    Club:
    FC Metalist Kharkiv
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Sadly yes.
     
  9. SocaWarrior23

    SocaWarrior23 Member

    Jun 7, 2007
    College Park MD
    i dont care that much for harkes but JP isnt that bad, just because he doesn't have a british accent doesnt mean hes awful. he may not be better than the 4 commentators there but hes still good in his own right no need to bash him cause hes not going to south africa.
     
  10. Real Corona

    Real Corona Moderator
    Staff Member

    Jan 19, 2008
    Colorado
    Club:
    FC Metalist Kharkiv
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I don't have much of a problem with him or Phil Schoen (who has gotten much better recently). It's usually the color guys who try and distract everyone from the game with their antics.
     
  11. SocaWarrior23

    SocaWarrior23 Member

    Jun 7, 2007
    College Park MD
    agreed except (and i know ill get bashed for this) i really like rays excitement he says things that makes you smile hes comical but i know hes one of those guys that you either love or hate, i just happen to think hes hilarious:D
     
  12. Real Corona

    Real Corona Moderator
    Staff Member

    Jan 19, 2008
    Colorado
    Club:
    FC Metalist Kharkiv
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    The only time I think Ray would ever work for me, is in some Brazilian league game where you can see nobody cares about the result and that you need something, anything, to get your blood going. But for big games like Real-Barcelona, it just looks like amateur hour or that Sky Sports fanzone or whatever on FSC.
     
  13. CBusCrew12

    CBusCrew12 Member

    Apr 19, 2005
    Ohio, USA
    Club:
    Chelsea FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Harkes? Really? There isn't ANYONE else? I guess it could be worse, it could be Balboa.
     
  14. joebarnin

    joebarnin Member

    May 3, 2003
    Santa Cruz, CA
    The key for me is for the announcers to not be irritating. They don't have to be great, but they can't be bad. I kind of fade out the announcers; I don't turn the volume down, I just sort of half-ignore what they say. But when that are painful (e.g, O'Brien & Balboa in 2006) I just can't ignore them. Although Harkes isn't great, to me he isn't bad either. He doesn't bother me.

    I would love to have someone better for analysis, but compared to 2006 we are in much better shape. Argh, the horror of Marcelo "Lookit" Balboa.
     
  15. TFC USA

    TFC USA New Member

    Jun 29, 2009
    Club:
    Toronto FC
    Robin Fraser was excellent in 2006. Use him not not this idiot Harkes.
     
  16. Warren Van Orden

    Feb 29, 2000
    Richmond CA
    Among domestic voices, Phil has always been one of our best. He simply had the terrible misfortune to be stuck with Ty Keogh during his ESPN days (and perhaps made the mistake of trying to "fit" with that dullard rather than do his best to ignore him).
     
  17. blackhornet

    blackhornet Member

    Jun 26, 2008
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Doug Collins does. Maybe Ron Jaworski.
     
  18. Cpt_K

    Cpt_K Member

    Jan 20, 2005
    Club:
    Manchester United FC
    Is it just me or is Shep Messing announcing style the stereotype of what an American soccer commentator would sound like when lampooned by the English press?
     
  19. SlowFox

    SlowFox Member

    Aug 16, 1999
    I agree, very impressed with him.

    Frankly, I'm accent-agnostic but do care about how articulate and interesting the announcers are (as we all do, ultimately). For me, Ian Darke is the star of this Finals. I mean, how many times have you heard a play-by-play announcer use the term "obdurate" to describe a team (it was something like "obdurate Nigerians")? Classic.

    Tyler's OK but there's a bit too much general commentary and not enough game action. I never appreciated Derek Rae when he was doing MLS but do now. Tyler comes in a close third, again IMHO.

    JP is an American-type announcer. He's fine. But part of the problem is that we hear that style all the time in the other sports so we get tired of it. British attitude is a refreshing change. Who knows, maybe the Brits would get a kick out of JP?
     
  20. djpower

    djpower Moderator
    Staff Member

    Nov 9, 2005
    Victoria, Australia
    Shep Messing has been commentating for ESPN International for a couple of years now, I can not stand him and don't know why ESPN would put him out to a international audience if he was commentating strictly on MLS games I could understand but when he appears on there Serie A and Spanish league coverage it makes me cringe
     
  21. djpower

    djpower Moderator
    Staff Member

    Nov 9, 2005
    Victoria, Australia
    I generally don't mind JP Dellacamera, apart from the odd MLS game we get down here he also called a couple of La Liga matches where ESPN partnered him up with Tommy Smyth I would not call him a great commentator but he is decent and a bit of a change. Joe Tollenson and Steve Cangialosi are other commentators I would put into the same category not that ESPN use them often but they are a nice change to the typical English style commentators you get on the others channel
     
  22. CyphaPSU

    CyphaPSU Member+

    Mar 16, 2003
    Not Far
    Club:
    Philadelphia Union
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Agreed! I can't remember the specific words he used at the moment, but as I've been watching the games he's called I've had thoughts to effect of "I like that usage of that word there!" I may be a nerd, but do I enjoy quality articulation.

    Plus, without patronizing, I've liked how he's intermittently been using references from time-to-time that connect with an American audience.
     
  23. Lithium858

    Lithium858 Member

    Aug 11, 2002
    Baton Rouge
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I'd like to add that I really admire JP Dellacamera and his love for the game. I watched the first half on TV and listened to the 2nd half on the radio because of work. The Michael Bradley goal call was simple and "direct" but you could really tell how much passion JP has for the US team. I'm glad he didn't overdo it like other announcers might have.
     
  24. bigtw64

    bigtw64 Member+

    Aug 16, 2003
    florida
    Club:
    Birmingham City FC
    Nat'l Team:
    England
    Are you guys on Oz getting the ESPN feed? I think I heard Martin Tyler make some reference to 'SBS' during the Eng-Alg game
     
  25. djpower

    djpower Moderator
    Staff Member

    Nov 9, 2005
    Victoria, Australia
    So far SBS has taken 2 ESPN feeds both of those games have involved England with Martin Tyler as the main commentator, the other games they are taking mainly the world feed or with the Australian games they have there own David Bashire and Kevin Muscat.

    SBS interviewed Martin Tyler in the stands before England vs USA game, and he was on the World Cup Show for an hour last night on SBS2.
     

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