Originally Posted by sahoopster
ESPN really did have a terrible broadcast. They have a better group that does the Champions League games that they should have used, I think that group did the Spain v. S Africa game. It was a very exciting game though.
ESPN American announcers suck terribly. They're detached from the game, slightly empathetic, and not the least bit emotional. If you watch Univision, they're all about passion and excitement. It seems like they want the US to win more than the ESPN guys do usually. There's also the ESPN scottish/english pairing, which is MUCH better than the team USA announcers. They never mince words, they call things like they see them, they use an appropriate amount of enthusiasm, etc. They usually cover non-US matches on ESPN, while we get the dreadful ones for US matches.