Groundhog Day Plagues Fox Soccer Plus

It’s bad enough that Portsmouth supporters have had to endure a terrible season off the pitch, but now Fox Soccer Plus prevented them from watching the second half of their match against Bolton on Saturday.

Here’s what happened during the 4pm ET delayed match on Fox Soccer Plus. After showing the first half with Bolton leading Portsmouth 2-0, the customary half-time commercials and highlights were shown. And then the unthinkable happened. Instead of showing the second half of the match where Portsmouth’s Aruna Dindane pulled two goals back to level the game at 2-2, Fox Soccer Plus showed the entire first half AGAIN!

The match was then followed by a rugby game.

The snafu was noticed by Pompey fan and Fox Soccer Plus subscriber Gary Talarino who said, “As a Portsmouth fan, and with the second half comeback, I cannot even articulate how disappointed I was with this. Considering that Pompey’s going down and I might get the chance to catch 4 or 5 Portsmouth matches in the fizzy pop league next season, if I’m lucky, this is frustrating.”

Sounds like folks at Fox Soccer Plus have been watching Groundhog Day, the 1993 film starring Bill Murray where a weatherman finds himself living the same day over and over again.

16 thoughts on “Groundhog Day Plagues Fox Soccer Plus”

  1. there’s no excuse for that. Does someone not monitor the feed to ensure it’s running (that can tell the difference between two halves of football)?

  2. Some might say, “ok here is another point to espn in the who is the better soccer network debate.”. But let’s be honest that debate is a joke, there really is no comparison. Espn may have more money and experience, but this kind of mistake (along with all of the other a/v issues that are far to common) just show that fox soccer is run by amateurs. There really is no excuse.

  3. I am not surprised, after all its FOX we talking about here….. they will always be crap, waiting for that day ESPN will have a dedicated soccer channel

  4. I’m a US-based Newcastle supporter, and I was able to watch about 1/2 of the Newcastle matches this year in the Championship. A few were on Setanta early in the season before the switch to FS+ (I don’t subscribe, but the first one was during a free preview). At least 5 or 6 were on ESPN360, which is now ESPN3. If there was any TV coverage at all, the games were streamed live online, and a couple of the unofficial supporter sites would post the links right before the matches started. As for the remainder I listened to via the radio broadcast – Mick Lowes and former Toon defender John Anderson do a great job. As the Gaffer said, football on radio is something you should try at least once.
    Granted, it’s not the same as watching in “HD” (cough, cough) on FSC or FS+, and as a Newcastle supporter I certainly feel your pain, Gary, but if you have a good-sized computer screen it’s not bad, and I guarantee you will be able to watch a lot more than 4-5 matches next year.
    Hope this helps, and good luck in the Championship – remember that two of the three relegated clubs from 08-09 (Newcastle and West Brom) are already promoted, and the third – Middlesbrough- is finishing just out of the playoff positions but in the top 10. Especially think about where Newcastle were a year ago – people were picking Newcastle to finish mid-table at best.

  5. Just another example of the Public Access level of television you should expect from Fox Soccer Channel. Absolutely inexcusable.

    Bruce: How many matches per week do ESPN3 show online? I would guess that Newcastle, being a bigger club than most in that league, was shown more often, much like the Big four get more coverage on television. Is that the case? Do they show all of the matches?

    I have an iPhone app to listen to 107.4 the Quay to hear all of Pompey’s matches on radio live. It’s not the same, but if it is the only way to know what’s going on live, then I’ll do that.

    1. ESPN3 has one game per week. They do generally pick the big matches but I think Pompy will fall into that category a lot of the time.

  6. Why are so many people surprised at Fox’s ineptitude? This is what soccer fans get when a company is not run by professionals. We are all hostages to Fox since they have the rights to PL matches in this country. Unfortunately there’s not too much we can do apart from complain to them, and we all have to no avail. What the PL should do is monitor how their product is used and insist that Fox, ESPN, etc. comply with certain standards. This should include not allowing ticker streams at the bottom of the screen during live matches.

    1. It’s basically a matter of Fox having no competition: European football is a niche (at best) in the States, and Fox knows that you’re not going anywhere. Why would they spend a lot of money and energy worrying about the quality of their product when soccer fans in the U.S. are lining up to pay them?

  7. Gaffer was it Fox Soccer plus, Fox Soccer TV or both?

    Fellas, let’s put the blame in a more acute place: Fox Soccer Plus/TV. ESPN, has had more technical glitches during their coverage this season than FSC the last couple of years.

    FSC has for the most part has done a decent job over the years with their coverage in the US. If there is something I would blame corporate for is: not having FS.TV up to the reliable, consistent standard we are used to from Fox.

  8. To all who are as fed up as me,

    The only way to send a message is for everyone to unsubscribe once the WC starts, then subscribe again once the season starts. Do you really need to see Fox Football Fone-In? Fox crap report? Barton? Wynalda? Miles? Bredos?

    Save money and send a message.

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