Podcast: sports worth watching on TV; the Copa Libertadores

1 year 7 months 2 days ago Tuesday, December 11 2018 Dec 11, 2018 December 11, 2018 12:31 PM December 11, 2018 in Sports - AP - National

By The Associated Press

PodcastOne Sports Now hosts Jim Litke and Tim Dahlberg debate what sports to watch and how to count real fans, then tell the cautionary tale of a game that became too popular and partisan for its own good.

That game - the Copa Libertadores, arguably South America's prestigious soccer championship - had to flee Argentina for Spain after fan violence two weeks ago back in Buenos Aires.

Tales Azzoni, AP's Madrid-based soccer writer, recaps the game and the atmosphere around it, but notes no other city considered for the match - Paris and Doha - could offer Argentine fans a familiar blend of tradition, culture and language.

"So it turned out to be a good solution," Azzoni said, "to what could have been a lot worse."

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