For those who don’t know, NBC Universal had the rights to the upcoming crucial World Cup qualifier between the US and Mexico at the Azteca Stadium. Since NBC couldn’t care about what the viewer thinks (hence why their ratings suck), so they tried to sell it to good ol’ ESPN, who normally handle USMNT games. Sadly, ESPN wasn’t interested in paying a pretty penny for a qualifier that could see Mexico either extend their unbeaten streak in qualifiers against the US or be in grave danger of missing the World Cup altogether.
So NBC Universal stuck it on some digital channel that I bet very few people know even existed. No problem, you can watch on Univision right? Well it’s NBC Universal so they put the Spanish-language option on Telemundo.
To get to the point of this post, Mun2 has chosen their announcers for the English-language broadcast, and I’d get a barf bag if I were you when you look at this blockquote…
*The Insider has learned that GolTV’s Phil Schoen and former USA defender Marcelo Balboa will form the English-language announcing team for the USA-Mexico World Cup qualifier Aug. 12 on mun2, the cable outlet operated by Telemundo. Andres Cantor and Sammy Sadovnik will do commentary on Spanish-language Telemundo. The Spanish duo will be on site in Mexico City, the English tandem will not. The English audio will be available on Telemundo for those who have Secondary Audio Programming (SAP) capability.
Marcelo was part of the terrible tandem of Dave O’Brien/Babbleboa for the 2006 World Cup on ESPN.
My absolute hatred for Balboa’s insane and nonsensical “analysis” has been documented here for a long time. Actually don’t even go here and just type in his name on Google and you’ll find out why he is a disaster.
Phil Schoen ain’t that much better either. Listen to him and Ray Hudson for 2 minutes on GolTV and you’ll be reaching for the mute button.
So a huge WCQ is being shoved to a digital channel with two bad announcers who aren’t even going to be at the game. Fantastic job of crapping the bed NBC Universal.
Time to brush up n my Spanish because I’ll be listening to Andres Cantor.