Category: FOX Sports

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

FOX beating Telemundo in World Cup TV ratings

FOX Sports has leapt ahead of Telemundo in generating more TV viewers for World Cup games on English-language television compared to Spanish-language TV for the first 11 match days. The World Cup games on FOX and FS1 are averaging 2,208,563 viewers, while Telemundo’s average is 2,048,063. Compared to the first five match days of Russia 2018, the viewing average for FOX Sports has increased from 2.1 million to 2.28 million but Telemundo’s average has decreased (from 2,192,083 for match day one through five) to the current 2.0 million. To date, World Cup games are averaging 4.2 million viewers per game ... Read more

FOX hires Martin O’Neill for World Cup as it scrambles to find winning formula

Even though FOX Sports has had seven years to prepare for coverage of its first men’s World Cup, the US broadcaster has been scrambling in its first seven days of broadcasting the World Cup to try to find a winning formula. First, its lead foreign analyst Lothar Matthäus was let go in mysterious circumstances. Then FOX Sports hired Clarence Seedorf on Monday to provide much-needed pre-match, halftime and post-match analysis in the World Cup studio. And now, FOX Sports has hired Martin O’Neill as their newest studio analyst. In the meantime, Telemundo — even though the Spanish-language broadcaster is in far ... Read more

FOX Sports removes Lothar Matthäus from World Cup coverage

Billed by FOX Sports’ World Cup producer as “one of Germany’s all-time elite players, he brings invaluable knowledge and experience to our telecasts,” legendary soccer player Lothar Matthäus has been removed from FOX Sports’ World Cup coverage without spending a single minute on set. When FOX Sports announced their studio talent in April, Matthäus was listed first in their press release touting the star talent that would be featured in their analysis of the 2018 World Cup. But according to Washington Post reporter Steven Goff, Matthäus has been removed from FOX broadcasts “due to schedule conflicts.” Goff added, “The split ... Read more