Tavern owner here, weekend listings time. One game got away from us, Augsburg with a draw 2-2 with M’gladbach today. No Hong Jeong-Ho yet. Going over to Korean Footballers Abroad for the rest of the listings (All times are in Eastern standard time in the US. Broadcast/streams are in the US. Korean Time: add 13 hours+ forward):
|Saturday||10:00:00 AM||Lee Chung Yong||Bolton||Yeovil Town||None|
|Saturday||10:00:00 AM||Kim Bo Kyung||Cardiff City||@Fulham||NBC Extra Time|
|Saturday||10:00:00 AM||Yun Suk Young||QPR||Middlesborough||None|
|Saturday||12:00:00 PM||Kim Young Kyu “Kiu”||Almeria||Barcelona||BeIn|
|Saturday||12:45:00 PM||Park Ji Sung||PSV Eindhoven||@AZ Alkmaar||ESPN3 / ESPN Deportes|
|Saturday||9:30:00 AM||Son Heung Min||Bayer Leverkusen||Hannover 96||None|
|Saturday||9:30:00 AM||Park Joo Ho||Mainz||@Hertha Berlin||None|
|Saturday||9:30:00 AM||Koo Ja Cheol||Wolfsburg||@Bayern Munich||GolTV|
|Sunday||11:00:00 AM||Ji Dong Won||Sunderland||Liverpool||NBC Sports|
|Sunday||11:00:00 AM||Ki Sung Yueng||Sunderland||Liverpool||NBC Sports|
Probably not worth adding the Swansea / Arsenal game – I’m not going through with playing Charlie Brown anymore. Lucy (aka Arsene Wenger) awaits, holding that tantalizing proverbial football just a few yards away. Hmmm…maybe…just maybe I can actually kick that goddamn football and rip it away from that bitch’s hands…ok here I go:
Saturday 12:30 PM Park Chu-Young Arsenal Swansea NBC (main)
Everyone knows I’m going to make a fool of myself, but I just have to try.
Meanwhile, One World Sports had recently stopped airing K-League matches in the US for several weekends in a row without explanation. Were the games now off their programming grid for good- and if so, why? After calling their PR man in NYC, I got a tweet from One World Sports saying they’re still looking into my questions. Later I got this mysteriously happy tweet:
— ONE World Sports (@ONEWorldSports) September 24, 2013
I says to myself, ‘okay.’ I guess if I was a supporter of either team, I too would be very excited, but other than that – why be excited for this game in particular? Kim Yu-na coming on halftime to do some tweaking? Was that tweet a secret code or signal for…what? Turns out, according to the Washington Post Soccer Insider, the game marks the return of the K-League to US airways (at least to the select number of people who are able to subscribe). Again, according to the Soccer Insider, the game is broadcast live 3:30 AM EST on Saturday morning on OWS. Yay. If I were taking the Stephen Colbert approach, I would immediately publish a video podcast with hundreds of balloons dropping all around me and yell “I DID IT! I BROUGHT BACK K-LEAGUE CLASSIC GAMES BACK TO US AIRWAVES! WOOOO!” and give the shaka handsign in victory.
Except for this possibility that the Tavern owner didn’t in fact have any factor in why this game is now available for broad consumption for hungry K League viewers in the US. Could it be a hollow victory, considering that the Tavern owner is about to go to bed rather than stay up to view the game? Or not a victory at all as I checked OWS’s website, and unless they haven’t updated their own listed schedule, the game is not showing up. I’ll just chalk it up to a Tavern victory anyway. There better be a damn tape delay…(there isn’t? WT#*)$_+@!$(_%)#!!!)
Sounds snarky to OWS, but seriously, at the very least they’re the only channel to broadcast Asian league matches – and broadcast AFC WC qualifiers and Asian Champions League games to boot. That’s a hella niche marketing challenge in the US, so credit due for that kind of brave programming. But could they at least air a few more K-League matches- and air tape delay games for the rest of us who aren’t insomniacs?