Kara Lang Under Consideration as Anchor of New FOX Soccer-Sportsnet World Newscast

A reliable industry source has informed me that former Canadian Women’s National Team, Vancouver Whitecaps Women, and UCLA women’s soccer player Kara Lang is under serious consideration by Rogers Sportsnet in Toronto for an anchor position on the new soccer newscast premiering September 1, 2012 at 10pm Eastern Time on FOX Soccer (U.S.) and Sportsnet World (Canada).

According to the source, Lang recently auditioned on camera as anchor of the new show.

According to Wikipedia, Lang is a native of Calgary, Alberta and grew up in Oakville, Ontario. She made her debut with the Canadian Women’s National Team in 2002 at the age of 15. She retired from all competitive soccer in January 2011 due to recurring knee injuries. You can see a video clip of her press conference where she announced her retirement from playing here (skip to minute 5:33).

Lang has worked for Rogers Sportsnet as an analyst and sideline reporter, covering multiple sports in Canada and the U.S. including women’s international soccer and NCAA men’s college basketball. She will be working as a soccer analyst for CTV in Canada during London 2012.

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13 thoughts on “Kara Lang Under Consideration as Anchor of New FOX Soccer-Sportsnet World Newscast”

  1. Not to the author…just to the idea.


    As long as she is good at what she does…no big deal.

    Let’s just hope Fox makes the news cast a little better.

  2. Correct.

    Rogers Sportsnet will produce the newscast (from Toronto) and is making all the hiring decisions, including on-camera talent.

    FOX Soccer will pay an annual licensing fee to broadcast the show in the U.S. and will have some editorial input.

    1. The new show’s Executive Producer, Gerry Dobson, is on the board of the Canadian Soccer Association.

      Dobson will have numerous pundit candidates available to his disposal, including former Canadian National Team Goalkeeper Craig Forrest.

  3. Canadian + Tatts = yes, yes please.

    The Fox Soccer Report in it’s current form is awful, like High School Morining Show awful.

    1. The big tattoo on the lower right arm of Kara Lang is an issue, but should not be a deal-breaker.

      Let’s see whether Rogers Sportsnet (read: Executive Producer Gerry Dobson) will be willing to spend the money to pay for the removal of the tattoo via laser surgery.

      FOX Soccer really doesn’t care whom Rogers Sportsnet decides to hire to anchor the news program, as FOX is looking for the cheapest possible option (i.e. $1 million/year in licensing fee, compared to at least $3 million/year if FOX were to produce its own show from Los Angeles) to buy the rights to a program that means 2012 production standards. Rogers is able to deliver what Shaw Media cannot.

      I expect Dobson to hire Lang and I expect Lang to be at the anchor desk on September 1.

  4. I am not fond of tattoos…at the same time, she lives in Canada. I think she might have a long sleeve blouse somewhere in the closet. If she has talent she should just cover the tatts…she shouldn’t have to remove them.

    1. The problem for Kara Lang (and Executive Producer Gerry Dobson): most female TV talent now wear short sleeve or sleeveless tops, regardless of season, especially for a show with over 90% of its audience in the U.S.

      Dark color jackets are definitely OUT (although bright-colored jackets are still OK.)

  5. Totally useless on commentary, esp. on Canada/Usa Olympic games. I was amazed to read she had played womens’soccer. I suggest she sticks to Pantene advertisments. Where do you find these “people”???????

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