Category: FOX Sports

Review of FOX’s Women’s World Cup TV coverage, opening weekend

FOX Sports’ second cycle as the US English-language FIFA rights holder has begun this summer with coverage of the FIFA Women’s World Cup as well as the FIFA Under-20 World Cup. Following last summer’s coverage of Russia 2018, FOX seems to have returned to a “back-to-basics” approach with Women’s World Cup. Studio Rob Stone, as a host, continues to be styled more for American sports. He began FOX’s month of live Women’s World Cup coverage with stand up at Eiffel Tower and interjected stand-up spots throughout the weekend. But Stone, for all his drawbacks, is smooth and an advocate for ... Read more

FOX and Telemundo announce Women’s World Cup TV coverage plans

The 2019 Women’s World Cup airs across the FOX Sports and Telemundo family of networks from June 7 to July 7, 2019. In English-language, FOX presents coverage live from Paris’ iconic Place du Trocadéro on its television and digital platforms. Legendary broadcaster JP Dellacamera and former U.S. Women’s National Team midfielder and two-time Olympic gold medalist Aly Wagner lead FOX Sports’ world-class broadcast team for the 2019 tournament. All 52 matches air live, including 22 on broadcast television – more than any FIFA Women’s World Cup ever – and 27 on FS1. In Spanish-language, all 52 matches will air live ... Read more

Discontent with FOX’s Bundesliga coverage continues

If it’s not MLS, it seems that FOX Sports isn’t interested in giving other soccer leagues it has the rights to much coverage or publicity. That’s the message the TV network is sending to soccer fans in the United States. After FOX Sports lost the rights to the UEFA Champions League, FA Cup and Europa League all inside the last 12 months, the only European soccer league the U.S. broadcaster has the rights to is the Bundesliga, which FOX has had since 2015. While not broadcasting any other European club soccer competitions, you would expect the broadcaster to be able ... Read more

FS1’s first Liga MX game in English will be Xolos vs. Chivas

FOX Sports will broadcast their very first Liga MX game in English this Saturday night when Club Tijuana meets Chivas de Guadalajara in a game that will be shown live across FS1. As first reported by World Soccer Talk in May, FOX Sports acquired the English-language and Spanish-language rights to the Club Tijuana home games in Liga MX and Copa MX. With the new season of Liga MX scheduled to launch this Friday, the timing couldn’t be better for FOX given that the American broadcaster has lost the rights to the UEFA Champions League, Europa League and FA Cup. With ... Read more

World Cup Final delivers 17 million viewers across FOX and Telemundo combined

The 2018 FIFA World Cup Final between France and Croatia averaged 17.2 million viewers across the FOX network and Telemundo combined including online viewership. Not reflected in the viewing number is the out-of-home viewership, which included huge numbers that watched the game in bars, restaurants and public watch parties across the United States. TV numbers alone, the France-Croatia final averaged 16.6 million viewers. While not an apples to apples comparison, the 2014 World Cup Final averaged 26.5 million viewers, but that game featured powerhouses Germany and Argentina who generate a lot more interest in the United States than France and ... Read more

FOX Sports send Derek Rae and Aly Wagner to World Cup in Russia

One of the biggest criticisms about FOX Sports’ coverage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup is that the vast majority of announcers and co-commentators were calling games off a monitor from a studio in Los Angeles, over six thousand miles away from the Russian capital. But in positive news, FOX Sports has decided to fly commentator Derek Rae and co-commentator Aly Wagner to Russia to announce Sunday’s Spain-Russia game and Tuesday’s match between Colombia and England. With Rae and Wagner arriving in Moscow, it gives FOX Sports more options to consider in the remaining two weeks of the tournament. Wagner ... Read more

World Cup broadcasts on FOX Sports Radio and TuneIn are useless

In the dying minutes of Argentina’s match with Nigeria, a cross into the box met the foot of a most unlikely hero, Marcos Rojo. The ball went flying into the back of the net, giving the Argentine’s a crucial 2-1 lead that would end up securing their spot in the Round of 16. On the FOX Sports feed of the broadcast, JP Dellacamera was on the call, and as soon as the shot went in and he made note of the goal, he stayed silent for at least 20 seconds — simply letting the emotion and pageantry of it all ... Read more

FOX’s schedule of World Cup commentators for Round of 16 games

FOX Sports has announced their lineup of commentators for the Round of 16 games in the 2018 FIFA World Cup. John Strong and JP Dellacamera will continue to call games from Russia alongside co-commentators Stuart Holden and Tony Meola, while Derek Rae and Aly Wagner have been flown to Russia to announce their first games from the stadiums at Russia 2018. That means there’s no room for the commentator pairings of Jorge Perez-Navarro and Mariano Trujillo as well as Glenn Davis and Cobi Jones. Perez-Navarro/Trujillo, especially, have generated the most negative reaction about commentators among soccer fans in the United ... Read more