Your (Partial) ESPN World Cup TV Commentary Assignments

Little does Martin Tyler (left) know that on June 12th he will be paired up with the anti-Andy Gray.

It’s here! It’s finally here! The commentators for ESPN have been confirmed but unlike previous years they will not have nothing but “set pairs”. Derek Rae and Robbie Mustoe are stuck together but otherwise the main commentators and the color commentators are switched around so that Martin Tyler and Ian Darke can find out why nobody likes John Harkes as a TV analyst. I’ve taken ESPN Media Zone’s press release to table format to give you the assignments given up until June 21st. Note that this is going to be a page soon and I’ll try and do the same thing for the BBC and ITV in the UK.

Date Group Time (ET) Match/TV Network Match Commentators
06/11/10 A 9:30 AM South Africa vs. Mexico – ESPN Martin Tyler and Efan Ekoku
A 2:00 PM Uruguay vs. France – ESPN Ian Darke and Ally McCoist
06/12/10 B 7:00 AM South Korea vs. Greece – ESPN Derek Rae and Robbie Mustoe
B 9:30 AM Argentina vs. Nigeria – ESPN Adrian Healey and Efan Ekoku
C 2:00 PM USA vs. England – ABC Martin Tyler and John Harkes
06/13/10 C 7:00 AM Slovenia vs. Algeria – ESPN Adrian Healey and John Harkes
D 9:30 AM Serbia vs. Ghana – ESPN Ian Darke and Efan Ekoku
D 2:00 PM Germany vs. Australia – ABC Martin Tyler and Ally McCoist
06/14/10 E 7:00 AM Netherlands vs. Denmark – ESPN Adrian Healey and John Harkes
E 9:30 AM Japan vs. Cameroon – ESPN Derek Rae and Robbie Mustoe
F 2:00 PM Italy vs. Paraguay – ESPN Ian Darke and Efan Ekoku
06/15/10 F 7:00 AM Slovakia vs. New Zealand – ESPN Adrian Healey and John Harkes
G 9:30 AM Ivory Coast vs. Portugal – ESPN Ian Darke and Efan Ekoku
G 2:00 PM Brazil vs. North Korea – ESPN Martin Tyler and Ally McCoist
06/16/10 H 7:00 AM Honduras vs. Chile – ESPN Adrian Healey and John Harkes
H 9:30 AM Spain vs. Switzerland – ESPN Derek Rae and Robbie Mustoe
A 2:00 PM South Africa vs. Uruguay – ESPN Martin Tyler and Ally McCoist
06/17/10 B 7:00 AM Argentina vs. South Korea – ESPN Ian Darke and John Harkes
B 9:30 AM Greece vs. Nigeria – ESPN Derek Rae and Robbie Mustoe
A 2:00 PM France vs. Mexico – ESPN 2 Adrian Healey and Efan Ekoku
06/18/10 D 7:00 AM Germany vs. Serbia – ESPN Derek Rae and Robbie Mustoe
C 9:30 AM USA vs. Slovenia – ESPN Ian Darke and John Harkes
C 2:00 PM England vs. Algeria – ESPN 2 Martin Tyler and Ally McCoist
06/19/10 E 7:00 AM Netherlands vs. Japan – ESPN Derek Rae and Robbie Mustoe
D 9:30 AM Ghana vs. Australia – ESPN Adrian Healey and John Harkes
E 2:00 PM Denmark vs. Cameroon – ABC Ian Darke and Efan Ekoku
06/20/10 F 7:00 AM Slovakia vs. Paraguay – ESPN Adrian Healey and John Harkes
F 9:30 AM Italy vs. New Zealand – ESPN Ian Darke and Ally McCoist
G 2:00 PM Brazil vs. Ivory Coast – ABC Martin Tyler and Efan Ekoku
06/21/10 G 7:00 AM Portugal vs. North Korea – ESPN Adrian Healey and John Harkes
H 9:30 AM Switzerland vs. Chile – ESPN Derek Rae and Robbie Mustoe
H 2:00 PM Spain vs. Honduras – ESPN Martin Tyler and Ally McCoist

So there you have it. The games (32 have been assigned) are pretty even with Adrian Healey getting 9 games, Tyler and Darke getting 8, and Rae with 7. It’s not the quantity of games that matters though, it’s the quality. Not one of these commentators is terrible and all of them are better than the jokers ESPN sent in 2006. I’m very glad that Darke has been given a US game, because he’s definitely going to make our inevitably boring and frustrating match against Slovenia seem thrilling.

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One thought on “Your (Partial) ESPN World Cup TV Commentary Assignments

  1. JFein

    Little does Martin Tyler (left) know that on June 12th he will be paired up with the anti-Andy Gray.

    I actually do wonder how much he prepares with his partners before the tournament (especially with this World Cup as he won’t have 1 set partner to develop a chemistry with) and if he would ever get frustrated with an analyst who talks as much as Harkes.

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