ESPN’s World Cup Announcing Schedule (June 22nd-25th)

June 22
Group A: Mexico vs. Uruguay 10:00 AM (Rustenburg)
ESPN – Martin Tyler and John Harkes

Group A: France vs. South Africa 10:00 AM (Bloemfontein)
ESPN2 – Ian Darke and Efan Ekoku

Group B: Nigeria vs. South Korea 2:30 (Durban)
ESPN2 – Derek Rae and Robbie Mustoe

Group B: Greece vs. Argentina 2:30 (Polokwane)
ESPN – Adrian Healey and Ally McCoist

June 23
Group C: England vs. Slovenia 10:00 AM (Port Elizabeth)
ESPN2: Martin Tyler and Efan Ekoku

Group C: United States vs. Algeria 10:00 AM (Pretoria)
ESPN: Ian Darke and John Harkes

Group D: Ghana vs. Germany 2:30 (Johannesburg SC)
ESPN: Derek Rae and Robbie Mustoe

Group D: Australia vs. Serbia 2:30 (Nelspruit)
ESPN2: Adrian Healey and Ally McCoist

June 24
Group F: Slovakia vs. Italy 10:00 AM (Johannesburg EPS)
ESPN: Ian Darke and John Harkes

Group F: Paraguay vs. New Zealand 10:00 AM (Polokwane)
ESPN2: Jim Proudfoot and Roberto Martinez

Group E: Denmark vs. Japan 2:30 (Rustenburg)
ESPN: Adrian Healey and Ally McCoist

Group E: Cameroon vs. Netherlands 2:30 (Cape Town)
ESPN2: Derek Rae and Robbie Mustoe

June 25
Group G: North Korea vs. Ivory Coast 10:00 AM (Nelspruit)
ESPN2: Adrian Healey and Ally McCoist

Group G: Portugal vs. Brazil 10:00 AM (Durban)
ESPN: Martin Tyler and John Harkes

Group H: Switzerland vs. Honduras 2:30 (Bloemfontein)
ESPN2: Derek Rae and Robbie Mustoe

Group H: Chile vs. Spain 2:30 (Pretoria)
ESPN: Ian Darke and Efan Ekoku

This will be put in table format a little bit later but just thought I’d pass this info along since ESPN has released it on their media website. Jim Proudfoot was the chief foreign league (Ligue 1, Dutch League, etc.) commentator for Setanta Sports before it died. He is currently the lead commentator for the Serie A on ESPN UK and occasionally works on the international feed for the Carling Cup.

I’m going to go against the grain and say Martin Tyler sounds bored out of his freaking mind in this tournament. Ever since the England vs. USA game he’s kind of been muted. Maybe the workload is too much for the 65-year-old? In his defense, he’s gotten some lopsided matches and some dreadful, boring affairs. Still, Ian Darke has blown him out of the water and I’m glad to hear “Darkie” on the US game.

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