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FOX Sports signs Ian Joy from beIN SPORTS


beIN SPORTS co-commentator and analyst Ian Joy is moving to FOX Sports to be a soccer host/analyst in Los Angeles, two sources have confirmed to World Soccer Talk.

A source revealed to World Soccer Talk that “beIN SPORTS has been fantastic” to Ian, but that Joy decided not to renew his contract and believes now is an ideal time to join FOX Sports given the recent acquisition haul of the World Cup, Women’s World Cup and Bundesliga, as well as other properties.

For soccer fans, Ian Joy is a familiar voice from his co-commentary of Championship playoff finals, Copa America and New York City FC games.

As a former footballer who played in the Bundesliga for two different clubs, it’s possible that the acquisition of Joy is to help out FOX Sports’ coverage of the Bundesliga, which will kick off on Saturday with the German Super Cup between Bayern Munich and Wolfsburg on FOX Soccer Plus (see the complete Bundesliga TV schedule for more details).


Not only may Joy boost FOX Sports’ German soccer coverage, but he brings with him a vast knowledge of European football, the Premier League, MLS and international competitions. Joy is also versatile. He can seamlessly perform well in the role of host, analyst or co-commentator. Plus his knowledge of the sport adds instant credibility to anything he touches, so he’s a fantastic hire by FOX Sports that will please fans of the European and North American game.

SEE ALSO: Listen to our interview with Ian Joy on World Soccer Talk Radio.

He’s also American, which is a big plus given FOX Sports’ conscious effort of trying to hire American talent for its soccer coverage.

Born in San Diego and raised in Scotland, Joy played in the youth academies of Manchester United and Tranmere Rovers before establishing a professional soccer career with a number of clubs, most notably St. Pauli, Hamburg, Real Salt Lake and Portland Timbers.

The hiring of Joy is the second time in the past 12 months that FOX Sports has been able to procure talent from beIN SPORTS. In late 2014, former beIN SPORTS analyst and commentator Ross Dyer began working for FOX Sports as well as splitting his time with ESPN for soccer coverage.

SEE ALSO: Listen to our interview with Bundesliga expert Susie Schaaf about FOX’s Bundesliga plans.

Meanwhile, it’s expected that Joy will continue his co-commentary of New York City FC games for the YES Network while working at FOX Sports.

While FOX Sports has not made an official announcement yet, a network spokesman declined to comment regarding the acquisition of Joy.



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  1. Jay

    August 22, 2015 at 2:34 pm

    Ian Joy always sounds like he’s screaming. Just speak normally…we’re not deaf, Ian. I’d rather watch Ray Hudson and Phil Schoen still on Bein Sports for the best soccer commentary.

    • Joe

      March 13, 2016 at 5:58 pm

      Phil Schoen sucks, he’s boring and like supposedly unbiased Ray Hudson be on Barcelonas nuts all the time

  2. aaron

    August 11, 2015 at 11:30 am

    Ian Joy is a great american football media analyst and broadcaster. He only helps Fox with more credible coverage and open a new spot on BEIN which I hope they bring in more European & LatAm strong analysis.

  3. Eli Keverenge

    August 11, 2015 at 9:24 am

    Listen, Ian’s move is both sad and joyful at least for me. He is absolutely one of the TRIO state-of-the-art Football analysts BeIN Sports ever show-cased besides Ray and Phil. Now BeIN Sports must never allow this to happen to the latter two. Their duo partnership behind the Mic during a game is sensational. They create an ‘orchestre performance’ style analysis of the game. If they move, then the Channel is done.

  4. Brian T

    August 11, 2015 at 1:21 am

    They made this decision KNOWING fs2 is in half the installed home packages Its either a HUGE gamble hoping people call their providers OR stupidity based on its the only league (major) still able to be bought up Now that NBC has BPL and Bein essentially the rest Very silly was excited to watch it this year Now really could care less

  5. Josh

    July 28, 2015 at 3:41 am

    Hey Chris on this page here
    Some people with sources say all unassigned game windows will go to FS1 and you can’t see them yet because they haven’t given the guide people the info yet

    • Christopher Harris

      July 28, 2015 at 7:17 am

      It’s possible, but it’s sloppy from FOX. They’re own TV schedule page at doesn’t list any TV coverage for the “unassigned games.” You would think they would update their own TV listings on their own website.

      • Josh

        July 28, 2015 at 3:44 pm

        Yeah the same guy I was taking about said his source said that page using guide data not internal data. Really bad marketing, I think their waiting for something to be resolved

        • Christopher Harris

          July 28, 2015 at 4:16 pm

          They’ve only had since October 2013 to figure this out (when they found out they won the Bundesliga TV rights for 2015/16).

  6. David

    July 27, 2015 at 9:57 pm

    Let’s pray for better Fox coverage than of the Chelsea/PSG match. They missed the first half because they didn’t have the forethought to imagine that the USA game might go into overtime/penalties. Then they provided the most pathetic of commentaries with Michalak muttering unintelligibly into the microphone. Why can’t they get their levels right? At least we should be grateful that Gus appears to be history. But what amateurish coverage.

  7. Bo

    July 27, 2015 at 7:21 pm

    Nooo!!! Not more Gino Fuentes! 😀

  8. Mark

    July 27, 2015 at 6:34 pm

    Has there been any word on extra weekly shows covering the Bundesliga?

    • Christopher Harris

      July 27, 2015 at 7:56 pm

      There’s a weekly Bundesliga highlights show on FOX Sports 2, which I’m sure will be the same one that the Bundesliga produces each week (that we’re accustomed to seeing on GolTV in the past).

      • Babak Moazzami

        July 27, 2015 at 11:04 pm

        That’s great news though the start EPL is all I can think about. Does anyone know how to tune into Sky Sports Saturday. It seems like it has disappeared from the Sky website.

  9. Smokey Bacon

    July 27, 2015 at 6:19 pm

    Get Kate Abdo on board and then they will be onto something. This news is a load of whatever.

  10. annoyingracoon01

    July 27, 2015 at 5:43 pm

    Does that mean more Matteo Bonetti on Serie A ganes? If it does that stinks. But great aquisition by fox. Hopefully he will be on their champions league coverage instead of Wynalda.

    • revv

      July 27, 2015 at 6:42 pm

      I was thinking the same thing regarding the Serie A and La Liga games, hopefully beIN can bring in some new analyst.

  11. revv

    July 27, 2015 at 4:58 pm

    This is probably the best addition Fox has made, hopefully Ian commentates regularly and not just the occasional Europa league match, I would much rather listen to Ian than any of the other analyst they have. On the other side he was the best analyst beIN had.

  12. John Thomas

    July 27, 2015 at 2:37 pm

    Nice read, had no idea he was born in America. He surely sounds Scottish, gone are the days of Gus Johnson calling footy.

  13. cnl. onions

    July 27, 2015 at 1:37 pm

    Did they change the meaning of the word ‘boost’ when I wasn’t looking?

  14. Tayo

    July 27, 2015 at 1:30 pm

    Wow awesome signing for FOX, Ian Joy is a real talent, and he is a very humble guy too!

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