Podcast: sports worth watching on TV; the Copa Libertadores

Podcast: sports worth watching on TV; the Copa Libertadores
Marcelo Gallardo, coach of Argentina's River Plate, second from left, celebrates with the trophy after his team defeated Argentina's Boca Juniors to win the Copa Libertadores final soccer match at Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez) (Source: Manu Fernandez)

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."