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What Happens to Christian Miles Now That Rob Stone Has Joined FOX Soccer?

Reading the press release about the arrival of Rob Stone at FOX Sports this week, you would have presumed that Christian Miles was a goner. Without mentioning Miles’s name, the press release described how Stone would be hosting Goals On Sunday and FOX Soccer Match Day, both programs currently hosted by Miles, and even mentioned that Eric Wynalda had been shifted to studio analyst, but still didn’t say a word about Miles. So it’s no surprise that the blogs and Twitter were buzzing about Miles’s presumed demise.

Except that Christian Miles is still alive and well at FOX Soccer despite the smack in the face of not being mentioned in the press release. Miles will continue being the host of Goals On Sunday and FOX Soccer Match Day through Super Bowl Sunday (February 5, 2012).

And then beginning in mid-February, Christian Miles will be the new lead match commentator for FOX Soccer’s coverage of Serie A games on Saturdays and Sundays. Miles will replace the international feed led by Paul Visca.


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  1. SoccerJunkieGal

    April 29, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    I miss Christian Miles. While I do recall Rob from his prior work on other sports channels, and I thought he did well back then, Christian keeps the conversation flowing on Goals on Sunday. Right now, Eric and what’s his name to his right, look like they’re bored, asleep, or recovering from a hard night. Christian knew his stuff, didn’t rely on his notes like Rob AND kept the other guys engaged in the broadcast. Don’t get me wrong, I like Rob. I even chatted with him during the Freddie Adu debut during an MLS Cup match in the 2000’s. Anyhow, if I were in charge, I would share duties between Rob and Christian.

  2. jon chang

    April 28, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    Can someone please tell Joker Wynalda to keep his hands out of his pockets and to stop playing with his pen? He really is annoying, and adds little or nothing most times.

  3. Giovanni

    April 13, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    I seriously cannot stand the new announcers for serie a. I love watching it on the weekends but i really cant stand the two new announcers What happened to the last guys? I think fox soccer made a huge mistake to have these guys announce the game. Especially the announcer that played soccer back in the day. His commentary makes me want to kill myself. From now on i will either be watching my calcio on my rai italian station where the commmentators have true passion for the game. Or if i need to watch fox soccer i will due it with the mute button on. Bring back the old announcers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Does anyone know the contact info for the fsc to make a complaint? maybe if enough people complain they will do something

    • The Gaffer

      April 13, 2012 at 8:09 pm

      Giovanni, after this season FOX Soccer won’t have the TV rights to Serie A, so there’s no point in complaining to them for the few remaining weeks of the season.

      The Gaffer

  4. KMFCM

    March 18, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    I wondered what was going on.



    (I guess this is what happens when they lose MLS)

    I actually just dropped Gol TV because all they do is rerun el clasico. If Fox gets la Liga, that could mean Gol TV getting more Bundesliga. If that happens, I will have to get it back.

  5. David H

    March 17, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    TERRIBLE MOVE. Thank god for ESPN3 & downloads. The replacements are horrid. Bombard @foxsoccer to complain. I can’t believe they did this to us.

  6. Rob

    February 26, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    Well, he was on Goals on Sunday today for the Carling Cup Final… is he back? Rob Stone is horrible, seems as if they’ve picked a random American baseball/football/basketball “sports” fan and asked him to talk about soccer, something which he obviously knows nothing about. I shiver everytime i hear him.

    • The Gaffer

      February 26, 2012 at 8:33 pm

      Miles was doing the Saturday show, too. Who knows. Maybe Rob Stone had the weekend off or is moving to LA.

      The Gaffer

  7. gary

    February 19, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    I will miss Miles on Goals on Sunday and wish him success with Serie A

    • The Gaffer

      February 19, 2012 at 3:19 pm

      Serie A fans may disagree, but I thought Miles and Sullivan did a good job of commentating in the Juventus match yesterday.

      The Gaffer

  8. Sacto Blues

    January 6, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    This may be a little off subject but has FSC decided against trying to acquire the rights to and then featuring Scottish Premier League or the English Championship as a replacement for MLS ?

    • The Gaffer

      January 6, 2012 at 9:33 pm

      FOX owns the rights to the Championship, and shows many of those games on FOX Soccer Plus and

      As for SPL, I believe Premium Sports has the rights to those matches. Other than the Old Firm, I’m sure the other games don’t get much in terms of TV ratings.

      The Gaffer

      • Steve

        January 7, 2012 at 1:28 pm

        fox turned out to be a waste as they can’t show the games they show on the television channel due to “licensing reasons.” the reason i got the .tv service in the first place is because my provider doesn’t offer the channel for anything less than $30-$40 a month extra. what’s the point?

        • The Gaffer

          January 7, 2012 at 2:56 pm

          Steve, unfortunately it’s the price many of us pay to watch the best league in the world, week in, week out. If I had to guess, most readers are paying $100 to $200 a month for their cable/satellite packages.

          The Gaffer

  9. Robert Hay

    January 6, 2012 at 7:50 am

    I’ll add my voice to those who have said this: Visca is amazing. His exaggerated pronunciations of player names was good shtick, and he added excitement to the matches he did. I will always watch a game he’s doing simply because he is worth it. Terrible move by Fox Soccer to bump him, although great move to get Rob Stone.

  10. trickybrkn

    January 6, 2012 at 7:22 am

    I miss Andy Houlihan. Miles most likely has a contract that Fox didn’t feel like paying off. But, clearly the writing is on the wall.

  11. jtm371

    January 5, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    terrible decision will watch with the sound muted.FSC could screw up a anvil.

  12. Smokey Bacon

    January 5, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    Still a bit of a demotion for Miles. One step closer to the exit. He’ll join up with Bretos over at ESPN before too long.

  13. Selwyn

    January 5, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    How come Fox are not taking ESPN’s lead and using real commentators for their shows. Macca and Ian are fantastic to watch. These American commentators are pathetic. I don’t watch Serie A anyway, but I think the likelihood is less now.

  14. Jack Tomczuk

    January 5, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    Not good news as Miles is terribly boring. If Fox Soccer want to drop the international feed, they should get two good commentators like Gol TV has for La Liga. Sometimes I watch La Liga just to hear Ray Hudson. He may be over the top but at least he makes the match exciting with his creative language. Hopefully, Fox Soccer won’t take La Liga away from Gol TV.

  15. Liam

    January 5, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    Give us your tired, your poor, your failed Canadian weathermen. When is Fox going to learn that the only reason anyone watches FSC is because they own the rights to the sport we love? Stop trying to reinvent everything, give us the game, give us the feed from announcers who are in the stadium, show us the pre-game warm ups, stop trying to turn everything into Monday Night Football. Also Warren Barton is a numpty.

    • MG

      January 5, 2012 at 8:15 pm

      Well said!

    • DaveR

      April 10, 2012 at 12:39 am

      huh, every match on FSC has the feed from the announcers in the stadium. I agree with that ESPN with Ian Darke and Steve Macnamaman do a better job with pre match,half time and post match.

  16. Lindsay

    January 5, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    I cannot believe Fox is doing this. Miles is awful and so annoying. The international feed rocks!!!

    Another new low for this terrible station.

  17. Brian

    January 5, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    This is terrible news for american viewers watching Serie A…I am begining to really hate Fox soccer between this awful news and the horrible cheap HD they use!!!

    Visca and Richard Whittle are fantastic….Miles is so annoying and he is addicted to using stupid phrases like RICH VAIN OF FORM over and over again!!!!! ARRGGGHHHH

  18. jason

    January 5, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    Miles must have pictures of the boss. No other way to explain why he will be allowed to do commentate on a league he hardly knows. Many of the Serie A games that FS and FS+ show are also on ESPN3 and I wonder if the games on will have Miles as the commentator?

  19. Mike

    January 5, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    Visca is 100 times better than miles, terrible move

  20. DavidYB

    January 5, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    I’m sorry, but this is a new low for FoxSoccer. FS’s coverage of Serie A (at least in terms of commentary) is very good. This is a huge step backwards.

  21. Tucker

    January 5, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    Fox Soccer is gonna bid for La Liga rights anyway so Serie A will be put on the back burner or tossed entirely since Real Madrid and Barcelona have bigger followings here and get more viewers. Serie A and La Liga tv rights are up at the end of the year.

  22. Duck

    January 5, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    Gonna watch Serie A in Spanish from now on

  23. Nick

    January 5, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    Fox must really hate their Serie A viewers.

  24. Damfee

    January 5, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    He has a soulless stare

  25. DaveG

    January 5, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    awful news…Visca did a fine job by himself on Serie A coverage…Miles will be annoying to listen to

  26. Tommy

    January 5, 2012 at 11:53 am

    Best news ever! Except for serie a of course whom I expect to really take a hit in American viewers.

  27. gman

    January 5, 2012 at 11:45 am

    Thoughts? Well as Miles always so cleverly says, “It will be interesting to see.”

  28. Hank Sperka

    January 5, 2012 at 11:33 am

    Count me as one of many who will not watch this

    Miles is terrible.

    He would put me to sleep as the match commentator

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