Category: FOX Sports

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

Alexi Lalas and Taylor Twellman illustrate stark contrast in their analysis of USA’s World Cup disaster

In the wake of the disastrous World Cup qualifying campaign that culminated in a 2-1 loss Tuesday night against Trinidad and Tobago, it was surprising to see the differing approaches from the two most high-profile analysts of the US Men’s National Team. In one corner, you had FOX Sports Alexi Lalas, guardian of the status quo and US Soccer system. In the other, you had ESPN’s Taylor Twellman who continued his long-standing calls for reform in a more aggressive fashion than ever before. At the full time whistle in the Caribbean, the USMNT’s failure came into full view. The US, ... Read more

FOX Sports suffers $200 million hangover after US fails to qualify for World Cup

The worst nightmare has come true for FOX Sports’ coverage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The United States has failed to qualify for the tournament for the first time in 32 years. Earlier this year, FOX Sports President Eric Shanks joked that if the US Men’s National Team didn’t qualify for the 2018 World Cup “that would [be] like $200 million flushed down the toilet [for FOX Sports].” While it was a joke at the time, it’s no laughing matter after the United States crashed out of World Cup qualification on Tuesday night with a woeful defeat against Trinidad ... Read more

Facebook is paying FOX Sports to stream UEFA Champions League games

After streaming four English-language UEFA Champions League games on Facebook Live this month, World Soccer Talk has learned that Facebook is paying FOX Sports to stream the games. So far this month, FOX Sports has streamed four Champions League games exclusively online and has prevented them being shown live on television. Those four games have featured: • Feyenoord vs. Manchester City, • Celtic vs. Paris Saint-Germain, • Manchester City vs. Shakhtar Donetsk, and • Paris Saint-Germain vs. Bayern Munich. “We are paying FOX Sports for this content,” a spokesperson for Facebook confirmed to World Soccer Talk. When asked whether FOX Sports and Facebook are ... Read more

FOX Sports to air more than 32 World Cup games on FOX network

FOX Sports revealed today that it will air more than half of the 2018 World Cup games on the over-the-air FOX network. During an invitation-only presentation to media in New York City Tuesday night, FOX Sports announced that more than 32 of the 64 World Cup matches will be on the FOX over-the-air network, which will make the 2018 FIFA World Cup the most accessible ever to viewers in the United States. On a daily basis, FOX will keep viewers updated on all of the latest news, discussion and highlights with two shows. The first is World Cup Live (which ... Read more

fuboTV expands FOX over-the-air access to cover 59% of households nationwide

fuboTV has expanded the number of over-the-air FOX channels it can stream to cover 59% of households across the United States including 17 of the top 20 areas. That means that if your city is listed below, you’ll be able to watch all of the national programming offered by the over-the-air FOX channel, which includes the UEFA Champions League final, World Cup 2018, select MLS games, World Cup 2022 and World Cup 2026. Outside of soccer, you can also watch the NFL and MLB. In addition to FOX, fuboTV offers FS1, FS2, FOX Soccer Plus, FOX Sports Net, FOX Soccer ... Read more