With the last day of the 2013 season taking place Sunday, ESPN signed off after four successful years broadcasting live weekly English Premier League games. Starting in the 2010 season, ESPN struck gold with the pairing of Brits Ian Darke and Steve McManaman. Darke had gained cult status in the USA after his enthusiastic World Cup calls while former Liverpool player McManaman had also played a role in South Africa in the ESPN studio.
The best broadcast booths are always the ones that have a natural chemistry and Darke and McManaman possessed that in spades. The fact that they were on-site throughout England and were veterans of covering and playing in the league made them a landmark pairing for American viewers. As they signed off for the final EPL broadcast before rights move to NBC next year, ESPN paid tribute to Darke and Macca with what else... an outtake reel!no comments