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Archives: FOX Soccer

From Bad to Worse, Gus Johnson and FOX Sports’ Coverage of Champions League Sinks to a New Low

Posted on by Christopher Harris
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During the past two weeks, FOX Sports’ PR representatives have been busy at work securing interviews with top media outlets such as Esquire, Associated Press, Sports Illustrated, New York Post and, bizarrely, Rolling Stone. Their mission was to generate positive … Continue reading

FOX Soccer Plus Has Become Completely Irrelevant to Soccer Fans

Posted on by Fernando de Leon
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With all of the focus on FOX Sports 1 and the dismal ratings on FOX Sports 2, FOX Soccer Plus has gotten lost in the shuffle. The channel has seemingly become the red headed stepchild at FOX Sports. With all … Continue reading

MLS And US Soccer to Announce $90 Million Per Season TV Deal With FOX, ESPN and Univision

Posted on by Caitlin O'Connell
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Major League Soccer and the United States Soccer Federation are set to announce an eight-year contract with ESPN and FOX Sports today at 1pm ET. The multi-network contract is said to be valued at $75 million a year between both … Continue reading

As Bad As It Is, FOX Sports’ Soccer Coverage Is Here To Stay

Posted on by Matt Lichtenstadter
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Here’s a statement that may send shockwaves throughout the United States soccer-loving community: FOX is not good at covering soccer. Although FOX has played a major role in the growth of soccer in the States for many years, their coverage … Continue reading

Gus Johnson is Just the Start of FOX Sports’ Soccer Issues

Posted on by Christopher Harris
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Gus Johnson is the least of FOX Sports’ issues with its soccer coverage. With just over one year to go before the network begins its broadcast of a worldwide soccer event — the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup — FOX … Continue reading

The Dumbing Down Of Soccer Announcing By Gus Johnson and FOX Sports

Posted on by Christopher Harris
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Last season, it was the Gus Johnson Experiment, with FOX Soccer throwing basketball announcer Gus Johnson into the deep end to announce several high-profile European soccer games for US television. The “car crash” was filled with numerous mistakes, with Johnson … Continue reading

Gus Johnson To Commentate UEFA Champions League Game On April Fools’ Day

Posted on by Christopher Harris
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Gus Johnson, “one of the best soccer commentators in the world” according to a FOX Sports pundit, is scheduled to make his return to the soccer airwaves on April 1 to announce the UEFA Champions League game between Bayern Munich … Continue reading

Barcelona-Manchester City Sets Record For Most-Watched Soccer Game On FOX Sports 1

Posted on by Christopher Harris
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Wednesday’s UEFA Champions League broadcast of Barcelona against Manchester City set a record for the most-watched soccer game on FOX Sports 1 to date, with 420,000 viewers tuning in to see Barca win 2-1. That compares to Tuesday’s broadcast of … Continue reading

Warren Barton Says That Gus Johnson Is One of the Best Soccer Commentators In The World

Posted on by Christopher Harris
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FOX Sports soccer pundit Warren Barton says that Gus Johnson is one of the best soccer commentators in the world. Johnson, who has only been commentating soccer games on TV for one year, is “as good as anybody in the … Continue reading

Soccer Fans, Prevent Spoilers and Annoying Tickers With TickerBlocker

Posted on by Christopher Harris
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We all love watching soccer, but many of you will agree that two of the most annoying aspects of watching the sport on television in the United States are 1) poor commentary by the play-by-play announcers, and/or 2) the tickers … Continue reading

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Could ESPN Show Select Champions League Games As Result Of FOX-ESPN USMNT-MLS TV Deal?

Posted on by Christopher Harris
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One of the possibilities of FOX and ESPN’s expected acquisition of the joint TV rights to US Men’s National Team and MLS for 2015-2022 is that it could allow ESPN to offer show some UEFA Champions League matches on its … Continue reading

FOX and ESPN Could Land 8-Year USMNT-MLS TV Deal For Half A Billion

Posted on by Christopher Harris
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FOX and ESPN are close to securing a landmark 8-year deal to acquire US media rights to the US Men’s National Team and Major League Soccer games, generating a whopping $560M in revenue between the two US soccer bodies, according … Continue reading

Gus Johnson Has 2 ‘Pets’ That Are Plants Named Whittaker And Hector [VIDEO]

Posted on by Christopher Harris
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FOX Sports lead soccer commentator Gus Johnson, who should be returning to the airwaves this year to announce soccer matches for FOX Sports 1, was asked an innocuous question last summer (we just uncovered the video), but the answer to … Continue reading

NBC No Longer In The Running For MLS TV Rights, Says Report

Posted on by Christopher Harris
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NBC Sports Group is no longer in the running to acquire the next round of MLS TV rights, which will begin with next season. According to a report tonight in Goal.com, sources are saying that the finishing touches are being … Continue reading

List of US Sports Events That Would Clash With FOX’s Coverage of a 2022 Winter World Cup

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer
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The comments of Jérôme Valcke, FIFA’s General Secretary, about the potential timing of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar came as a shock to much of the world soccer community. But how specifically will a shift from summer to … Continue reading

FOX’s FA Cup Soccer Coverage Still Pales In Comparison To Competition

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer
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FOX had a mixed weekend covering the FA Cup, the first full-fledged weekend of soccer on the network’s channels since the shutdown of FOX Soccer in September. The wall-to-wall FA Cup coverage, that included FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports 2 … Continue reading

UPDATE: Several FOX Affiliates Decide Not To Show Arsenal-Spurs FA Cup Match Live On TV

Posted on by Christopher Harris
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UPDATED: Despite regularly having some of the best TV ratings in the country for soccer programming, as well as all the hype from David Beckham romancing investors and politicians in hopes of finding a stadium for his Miami MLS team, … Continue reading

US TV/Internet Schedule Revealed For This Weekend’s FA Cup Third Round Games

Posted on by Christopher Harris
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The third round of the FA Cup, the oldest soccer competition in the world, kicks off this weekend featuring several Premier League and Football League teams, with several of the key matches scheduled to be aired live on US television … Continue reading