UPDATED: FOX will debut a brand-new daily soccer show on FOX Sports 1 beginning August 19 entitled FOX Soccer Daily. The show will broadcast daily (Monday through Friday) from 4-4:30pm ET and be recorded from a studio in Los Angeles.
In the promo for the new show, FOX claims that “The world authority in soccer is coming to FOX Sports 1, introducing ‘FOX Soccer Daily,’ the power of FOX Soccer in a daily show.”
Even though FOX Soccer, the network, will be closing its doors either in August or early September, the network name ‘FOX Soccer’ will continue its metamorphosis with the ‘FOX Soccer Daily’ TV show. Additionally, FOX Soccer Plus will continue in a more prominent role, while FOX Soccer 2Go will continue to show matches from the leagues and competitions that it has rights to.
‘FOX Soccer Daily’ will be in competition with ‘ESPNFC,’ the new daily soccer show from ESPN that is scheduled for launch on August 11.
FOX Sports officially announced the news regarding ‘FOX Soccer Daily’ today, but the timing of the launch of the new show is pertinent given that FOX Soccer discontinued broadcasting Sky Sports News as of July 1.
Originally, FOX Soccer had planned to show an early morning version of Sky Sports News on FOX Sports 1. But with the news that ‘FOX Soccer Daily’ will be launching on August 19, it’s quite possible that FOX will permanently drop Sky Sports News in favor of only broadcasting ‘FOX Soccer Daily.’
More details are expected to be announced soon regarding the launch of ‘FOX Soccer Daily,’ No news yet on the future of ‘FOX Soccer Report,’ and whether that will be the show that’s rebranded as ‘FOX Soccer Daily,’ or if it’ll be a completely different show with a completely different cast.
In related news, FOX has hired former Sky Sports presenter Georgie Thompson to anchor the new FOX Sports 1 daily talk show (‘Crowd Goes Wild’) with Regis Philbin. “Having presented sport in the UK for 12 years, I am thrilled to have the opportunity to turn my attention to the big stories making headlines in the NFL, NBA, MLB and other great American sports,” said Thompson.
Thanks to World Soccer Talk reader Stephen Ssonko for the news tip. Send your news tips to thegaffer[at]worldsoccertalk[dot]com.