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US Sports That Clash With 2022 World Cup

US Sports That Clash With 2022 World Cup

When you have a major tournament in the Winter, certain US sports that clash with the 2022 World Cup could be impacted.

The comments of Jérôme Valcke, FIFA’s General Secretary, about the potential timing of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar came as a shock to much of the world soccer community. But how specifically will a shift from summer to winter impact the United States in 2022?

US Sports That Clash With 2022 World Cup

On July 15, 2020, FIFA announced the dates for the 2022 World Cup. As many anticipated, the tournament takes place over a monthlong span from Nov. 21 to Dec. 18.

The first tournament to happen in these months of the year, several major sporting events overlap with World Cup television coverage. FOX Sports, the home of the World Cup until at least 2026, may come across a few scheduling conflicts.

For example, here is a list of major American sporting events in late November through December:

  • NFL regular season
  • Several high-profile regional college football rivalries including Ohio State-Michigan, Florida-Florida State, Alabama-Auburn, UCLA-USC and Oregon-Oregon State
  • The title games of every major college football conference including the SEC, ACC, PAC 12, Big 12 and Big 10
  • Several early season college basketball tournaments that generally include almost every school with a national following
  • The final NASCAR race of the season where the points title is determined, and
  • Early NBA and NHL regular season games.

Fortunately, at least to some extent, this is not the worst case scenario for FOX. FIFA also sought out a tournament spanning from December 15 to January 15. In that case, NFL regular season and playoffs, college football postseason, NHL and NBA regular season games and other sports would be conflicted. Now, we see some of those sports still in a time conflict, but not as much of a significant impact.

It will be very interesting to see how things play out going forward but the possibility of a winter World Cup already has many people involved in the game in the United States scratching their heads.

Further reading:

FIFA Holds Secret Talks With FOX Sports Over Switching Winter 2022 World Cup to Winter

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  1. SoccerGuy

    September 25, 2015 at 1:43 pm

    The WC always clashes with *something* in the USA.

    An NFL game on at the same time will be a bit wank but pretty easy to watch both at once nowadays.

    The rest of the sports you mention? Who cares. Most College Football fans are pretty fake and only want to watch ‘their’ team when they are winning every game. Ask most of them who their team are playing in the next couple of weeks and most of them won’t know.

    Regionally some of the WC games may lose some audience but nationally? Not much I’d say.

  2. CTBlues

    January 9, 2014 at 8:09 am

    I wonder if we are going to get to see the Coca-Cola Polar bears playing soccer since that is their normal advertising theme for the holidays.

  3. TheDuke

    January 9, 2014 at 12:06 am

    If it is the December to January window soccer fans in this country can look forward to world cup quarterfinals and finals on Fox Sports 1 at best. The final would be this weekend of next and on either weekend the NFL will rule the FOX airwaves and you can’t really blame them when NFC playoff games outdraw all soccer by at least eight to one. The november december window is a little better since most of the obstruction is at the start of the window. But still for all you who are asking who cares advertisers do and guess what they are are going to spend x amount advertising in a month and are looking for bang for their buck football and basketball are monumentally better long term investments.

  4. jtm371

    January 8, 2014 at 10:01 pm

    Foxsports say hi to Karma for dumping gus on us Football fans.Fifa your just corrupt so who cares.what a mess.

    • john marzan

      January 8, 2014 at 10:05 pm

      brazil looks like a mess too.

  5. john marzan

    January 8, 2014 at 10:00 pm

    if the world cup is still less popular in the USA by that time, then it’s hopeless

    • gorps

      January 10, 2014 at 5:19 am

      It’s hopeless already. Give up, soccer-loving losers. Your pathetic, boring sport is at the bottom of the American sports totem pole, and always will be!


    January 8, 2014 at 9:04 pm

    2022 is a long way off. Soccer looks like its growth will continue in the US and by that time the next generation will be more excited about the World Cup then the NFL, NASCAR, or the NBA. By all accounts the NHL is becoming more popular but they are early in their season as is the NBA and college basketball and the College bowl season has not started.

    Frankly while the field is crowded then the US audience should be large.

  7. Huw Roma

    January 8, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    This is 8 years away and who cares about the sports it would compete with? It wouldn’t change anything or the people watching it. I hope you keep worrying about this for the better part of the next decade.

  8. CTBlues

    January 8, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    This article looks strikingly like my comments on the original article about this. Your welcome Kartik. 😉

  9. Saints Fan

    January 8, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    Worrying about broadcast issues in 2022 for something that may (or may not) happen?

    We’ll be able to watch the WC on our wrist watches that beam a 100″ 3D pic onto the nearest tree.

    College football will be banned because of concussion issues and 99% of Americans will wanna watch the WC instead of the NFL (that had recently turned into flag football).

    Seriously – why even think about it at the moment?

    • gorps

      January 10, 2014 at 5:18 am

      You soccer-loving losers sure are delusional. Once your beloved World Cup goes against the heart of the American sports schedule, you’ll get to see even more hard evidence of how little soccer matters to the American audience. As in, it doesn’t matter at all, and never will. Soccer blows, and its fans blow! Suck it! LOL!

  10. EDub

    January 8, 2014 at 6:26 pm

    Honestly, I think the biggest factor will be sponsors. At the end of the day, FIFA cares about $$$$ and I suspect numerous sponsors will have to change summer-themed commercials and (in the US) compete with these other events.

    I am hoping that this compels FIFA to make a potentially unpopular but reasonable decision to move the 2022 WC to another country.

  11. David

    January 8, 2014 at 5:19 pm

    This can change of course, but as of now:

    -NBC will have the end of the NASCAR season in 2022 (contract goes from 2015 to 2024); Fox does the first half (same time frame).

    -ESPN does almost all of the bowl games right now (including the new playoffs from next year until 2026); the only major one Fox has is the Cotton Bowl currently. Fox also has the Big Ten championship game right now. (and by 2022 the Big 12 might have a championship game as well, so who knows who’d get that game)

    -The NFL will be the most problematic; by 2022 we may have a longer regular season and/or a larger playoff field (they’re thinking of adding two playoff teams and cutting down to 1 team with a bye in each conference as soon as 2015; there’s been talk of going to an 18-game regular season for years). NFL is Fox’s bread and butter sports-wise of course (contract goes until 2023)

    So it doesn’t look as bad as it sounds, but Fox does have the right to be ticked off at a possible reschedule.

    • CTBlues

      January 8, 2014 at 6:53 pm

      FOX also has PAC 12 Championship. FOX’s NASCAR coverage wont be affected because the season starts in February.

  12. Dean Stell

    January 8, 2014 at 5:01 pm

    Man…what a mess…..

    Has anyone suggested that they just play at nighttime? I just looked at the Wiki page for Doha and their average low temperature is ~82F in June. Just play all the games at 0300 in the morning. Probably solved. Qatar gets their economic development. Political bribes are honored. FIFA avoids lawsuits. The big European leagues get to maintain their schedules. The games are shown at nice times in the US.

    Just pretend that the whole thing happens at night: Teams practice at night and everything.

    I wonder if anyone at FIFA is smart enough that they’ve even debated a nocturnal world cup? 🙂

  13. Total Relegation

    January 8, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    You do understand this is a global game and everyone outside of USA can give two s$$$s about most of these leagues.

    • Lon

      January 8, 2014 at 5:11 pm

      THANK YOU!!!! And frankly so what the World Cup goes against these other sports. I for one. WELCOME it!

    • David

      January 8, 2014 at 5:15 pm

      Everyone knows it’s a global game. This article is about the impact here in the U.S. Maybe you misread the headline of the article.

      • john marzan

        January 8, 2014 at 9:58 pm

        nba finals, nhl finals, mlb season underway during the summer on the other hand.

        • Matt

          January 9, 2014 at 10:05 am

          Both the NBA and NHL finals are always complete before the World Cup starts. And 20 baseball games per team in a 162 game season really don’t mean too much.

    • Brandon Kilgore

      January 8, 2014 at 5:27 pm

      I don’t actually. Please explain point further…or read the title of the article.

    • CTBlues

      January 8, 2014 at 6:56 pm

      You do realize FIFA gets a lot of its $$$$ from the US right?

      • Dan

        January 8, 2014 at 9:05 pm

        Not as much as they do from Europe or Asia or South America.

  14. krazymunky

    January 8, 2014 at 4:45 pm

    What would the playing times (pst/est) be at?

    • Christopher Harris

      January 8, 2014 at 4:52 pm

      The times haven’t been announced yet, but if they played at a similar schedule to Brazil (where most matches are at Noon ET, 3pm ET and 6pm ET), the TV times for the games in Qatar that would be televised live in the States would be 8pm ET, 11pm ET and 2am ET.


        January 9, 2014 at 10:19 am

        I believe you went the wrong way…Qatar is 8 hours ahead of NY so Noon, 3pm and 6pm local time kickoffs would be 4am ET, 7am ET & 10am ET.

        These times would actually avoid clashes with US sports but I think we would see slightly later kickoffs in Qatar (if nothing else but to sync with European prime time). This would cause a problem in the US.

        • Christopher Harris

          January 9, 2014 at 10:33 pm

          You’re correct. I completely goofed on the times. Thanks for catching that.

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