Category: FOX Sports

FIFA World Cup dropped from FOX Soccer Match Pass

In a massive U-turn, FOX Sports has decided not to stream the 2018 FIFA World Cup on the FOX Soccer Match Pass streaming service after all. The news comes just one week after FOX Sports announced in a press release that its live coverage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup schedule would be streamed across the FOX Soccer Match Pass streaming service and apps. No explanation for the U-turn has been given, and we were unable to reach FOX Sports for comment. No cable or satellite subscription is required to stream games on FOX Soccer Match Pass, so it’s quite ... Read more

FOX gears up for World Cup with films and ad campaign

FOX Sports is beginning to gear up for its coverage of 2018 FIFA World Cup with a series of films as well as a soon-to-be-released advertising campaign that will emphasize the most marketable stars in the United States featuring Messi, Neymar, Ronaldo and Chicharito. The advertising campaign, entitled The World Becomes The World Cup, is expected to be unveiled in early March. In addition to promoting its unprecedented coverage from Russia, which will include more than 350 hours of programming, FOX Sports plans to emphasize how it’ll feature the iconic players, the best teams in the world and most compelling ... Read more

FOX World Cup schedule revealed

It’s finally here. The FOX World Cup schedule has been revealed featuring all 64 games played at the 2018 FIFA World Cup tournament scheduled for June 14-July 15. The FOX World Cup schedule includes 38 games that will be shown on the over-the-air big FOX network in addition to 26 games scheduled for FS1. Plus, according to the FOX World Cup schedule, every single game will be available to cord cutters too via a choice of several different legal streaming providers including DIRECTV NOW, Sling TV, fuboTV and FOX Sports GO. Here’s the FOX World Cup schedule for Russia 2018: ... Read more

FA Cup rights in US could switch to streaming-only beginning in 2018/19 season

When it comes to the future of the FA Cup television and streaming rights in the United States, the FA’s slogan for this season’s FA Cup tournament, “Nothing is Certain,” is quite apt. FOX Sports deal with the Football Association (FA) for rights to the FA Cup in the US market expires at the end of this season. The competition it can be strongly argued has failed to benefit from the surging popularity of the Premier League in the United States thanks in large measure to being stuck on FOX’s family of networks while the league itself has enjoyed a ... Read more

FOX premieres new World Cup TV commercial [VIDEO]

FOX Sports has released a new promotional video to get sports fans excited for its coverage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. In the new commercial, which features the tagline “The World Becomes The World Cup,” FOX Sports features Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Neymar to promote the broadcaster’s English-language coverage of the tournament. While FOX Sports hasn’t released any details about its World Cup campaign, we can anticipate that Neymar-Ronaldo-Messi will be a key part of its advertising campaign as it attempts to drive interest in a tournament that doesn’t feature the United States for the first time since ... Read more

ESPN could be go-to network for World Cup analysis instead of rights holder FOX Sports

For immediate analysis on TV after the FIFA World Cup Draw wrapped up on December 1, soccer fans in the United States had several choices to choose from. For most of them, the easiest way was to continue watching the coverage on FOX Sports 1. However, the viewers “voted” by watching the analysis on a completely different network — one that doesn’t even have the rights to the FIFA 2018 World Cup. The World Cup Draw wrap-up show on ESPN2 was watched by more viewers than the Draw itself on FS1. And importantly, ESPN2’s broadcast doubled the viewership from FS1’s post ... Read more

Alexi Lalas defends US Soccer status quo on FOX Sports broadcast [VIDEO]

On Sunday’s MLS broadcast that was televised live on FS1, leading US Men’s National Team analyst Alexi Lalas gave a stirring two-minute speech that championed the status quo in US Soccer. Lalas defended Sunil Gulati and the US Soccer Federation. “No one person has the answers,” said Lalas. “Sunil Gulati doesn’t.” He continued, “[The system we built] is better than anything we’ve ever had before. “We don’t need to tear it down and start it over. The system did not lose the game against Trinidad.” Regarding change, Lalas concluded, “I hope that it’s change that builds on the past while ... Read more

Baseball spoils Champions League coverage on FOX, bumping games to other channels

The Major League Baseball playoff between the Astros and Yankees has bumped the UEFA Champions League programming this week off FS1, which has ended up causing a domino-effect for soccer games that will cause confusion and havoc for many soccer fans in the United States. Tuesday’s match between Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur was originally scheduled to be televised live on FS1, but due to the baseball game, the Champions League match has been bumped to FS2. That means that the match previously scheduled for FS2 on Tuesday — Manchester City against Napoli — has now been bumped to the regional FOX ... Read more