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What do you miss most about FOX Soccer (aka Fox Soccer Channel)?

It’s been over 2 years since FOX Soccer was shut down and replaced by FXX.

A lot has changed in those 2 years. Soccer is more readily available to be watched on TV and online than ever before in the United States, but it’s strewn across many networks and plenty of online choices. The comfort of knowing you could switch on one specific channel and always be greeted by a soccer game or broadcast has long disappeared. And I miss that.

But while we’ve all persevered through the changes, it doesn’t hurt to look back, which is why I want to ask you, the reader, what you miss most about FOX Soccer (previously known as Fox Soccer Channel and previously before that FOX Sports World)?

If you could name one thing that you miss most about the channel, what is it and why? Let us know in the comments section or our social media accounts.

I know I have my one thing I miss the most, which I’ll share later in the comments. But what about you? Let me know below.

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21 Comments

21 Comments

  1. wxwax

    October 15, 2015 at 3:50 pm

    I’m going to guess that OT doesn’t work for NBCSN. Think I’m right?

    • OT

      October 15, 2015 at 6:27 pm

      Correct. Even though I have corresponded with higher-ups at NBC Sports Group (in Stamford, Connecticut) and NBC Deportes (in Hialeah, Florida; formerly known as “Deportes Telemundo”), I have never done any work for either NBC-branded unit that produces soccer television programming.

  2. OT

    October 15, 2015 at 11:40 am

    Background info on:

    1. beIN SPORTS USA’s new pundit Kevin Egan, who started in Ireland with RTE in 2004. He moved to Chicago in 2009, where he worked at Big Ten Network (BTN), a joint venture between the Big Ten Conference (49%) and FOX Sports (51%). He was hired by the Chicago Fire in 2013 as its TV analyst (co-commentator) for local match broadcasts. He made the jump to beIN SPORTS USA in Miami last week. Mr. Egan is a U.S. citizen.

    2. beIN’s Barcelona-based correspondent Jamie Easton. Despite an English-sounding name, Mr. Easton was actually born, raised, and educated in Catalunya. Prior to joining beIN SPORTS in 2013, Mr. Easton worked as a sports reporter for Madrid-based Spanish business news TV network Intereconomia, covering FC Barcelona. If you have watched CNBC Europe in the past (either via a stream or via CNBC World U.S.A. via satellite or digital cable), then you should be familiar with Intereconomia because CNBC Europe uses Intereconomia correspondents to report from Spain.

  3. Pakapala

    October 15, 2015 at 9:02 am

    What I miss the most… well the only thing I really miss is Sky Sports News. The phone-in show was mostly hit and miss and it was discontinued by FSC way before the channel shut down.

  4. trickybrkn

    October 15, 2015 at 8:31 am

    the only thing that comes to mind about Fox is two words… “THE AMERICAN”

  5. OT

    October 15, 2015 at 8:05 am

    In case you missed it, below is an unlisted video link for the October 14th edition of The Express Xtra, on a day with no live soccer matches from Europe or Latin America (and hence no new soccer highlights; as MLS highlights will likely be shown and discussed in the October 15th edition):

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=er9VoKGUEuo

    The purpose of the video is for preview use only by the readers who haven’t watch The Express Xtra since August, when the show was re-formatted for the new 10pm Eastern/7pm Pacific Time slot.

    Rundown:

    Block A: Discussion of the “crisis” surrounding USMNT Manager Juergen Klinsmann, moderated by anchor Jeremy St. Louis. The pundits are Ray Hudson and Kevin Egan.

    Block B: Euro 2016 discussion, with a “men on the street” interview package by Madrid-based correspondent Karina Kvasniova

    Block C: Tennis highlights from the Shanghai Open. Anchored by Brittany Arnold with analyst Nicolas Pereira

    Block D: Discussion of reported transfer speculation of Celta de Vigo forward Nolito, possibly to Arsenal or Barcelona, with a report by Barcelona-based correspondent Jamie Easton.

    Block E: Preview and discussion of this weekend’s matches in La Liga that do not involve Barcelona or Real Madrid, with a report by Jamie Easton from Barcelona.

    Block F: Schedule of Friday’s matches on beIN Sports USA, beIN Sports en Espanol, and beIN Sports Connect.

  6. John

    October 14, 2015 at 9:33 pm

    I miss sky sports news 3 times per day. Although a soccer fanatic, I like to hear how cricket games are progressing.

  7. OT

    October 14, 2015 at 8:05 pm

    The Express Xtra has EPL and UEFA CL highlights.

    By agreement, U.S. TV non-rightsholders can show up to 90 seconds of highlights during regularly-scheduled newscasts.

    Again, if you haven’t watched the show since August, then you need to watch it for a week before deciding.

    • Pakapala

      October 15, 2015 at 8:59 am

      OT wrote:
      “By agreement, U.S. TV non-rightsholders can show up to 90 seconds of highlights during regularly-scheduled newscasts.”

      Never understood then why BeIN waste part of those 90 seconds showing the players walking onto the field and the kickoff and show replay of the same goal like 5 times!!!

  8. francis

    October 14, 2015 at 6:30 pm

    Neither ESPNFC or Bein fill the gap left by Sky Sports & the Fox Soccer Report as far as highlights are concerned. Express extra just seems like a promo for Bein’s football properties

  9. tim

    October 14, 2015 at 2:27 pm

    Loved Fox soccer but i miss Setanta sports more. I also think i am one of the few that misses Fox Football phone in

  10. OT

    October 14, 2015 at 2:05 pm

    Here is an interesting photo from Instagram (taken 3 weeks ago) of beIN SPORTS USA’s Madrid-based correspondent Karina Kvasniova with her son, who looks to me to be big enough to be at least 4 years old.

    https://instagram.com/p/73GjGLCuLr/?taken-by=kvasniova

  11. David

    October 14, 2015 at 1:14 pm

    I miss the Fox Soccer Report. Nothing currently comes even close. I don’t care for the Express Extra on BeIN Sports and the people on ESPN FC get annoying rather quickly. The thing I miss the most was being able to watch Sky Sports. I loved watching the live feed during the last days of the transfer windows.

    • OT

      October 14, 2015 at 1:45 pm

      Disagree with you.

      The Express Xtra is miles ahead of the old FOX Soccer Report.

      Jeremy St. Louis now has the resources (correspondents in Europe and the Americas, at least half a dozen pundits based in Miami, subscriptions to international sports news services such as SNTV and Reuters, not to mention a budget that the old Winnipeg crew could only dream of) and the technology (HD from day 1, big studio with giant flat panels and talent positions offering multiple “looks”) to do the show right.

      All the show needs now are viewers. An average of 10,000 viewers each night isn’t enough.

      • David

        October 14, 2015 at 4:52 pm

        OT, I disagree. Some of the people at BeIN Sports sound like amateurs. One of the correspondents in Europe they use at La Liga matches can’t even speak English very well. Half the time, I don’t understand a word he’s saying. BeIN needs to improve significantly for me to watch the Express Xtra again.

        • OT

          October 14, 2015 at 5:42 pm

          The Express Xtra on weeknights is not the same show it was last season.

          Both correspondents in Spain, Karina Kvasniova in Madrid and Jamie Easton in Barcelona, speak British English well.

          Watch the show this week before you decide.

  12. Rick

    October 14, 2015 at 12:55 pm

    Fox Soccer Report was a good daily show with highlights. ESPN FC is not at the same level.

    • OT

      October 14, 2015 at 1:05 pm

      Go watch The Express Xtra on beIN SPORTS USA HD (in English). Former FOX Soccer Report anchor Jeremy St. Louis is in charge of the show as lead anchor and senior producer. Mondays-Fridays at 10pm Eastern/7pm Pacific (same time slot as the old FSR.)

      Highlights? Check

      Sharp and opinionated pundits? Check

      Eye candy? Check. On nights before a Real Madrid match, Karina Kvasniova usually reports from Madrid.

      Just like old times.

  13. OT

    October 14, 2015 at 12:50 pm

    For those of you who missed the old FOX Soccer Report from the studio of CKND-TV (Global) Winnipeg on weeknights at 10pm Eastern/7pm Pacific.

    beIN SPORTS USA HD (English) quietly launched The Express Xtra in the same time slot in late August.

    Our old friend Jeremy St. Louis is in charge of the weekday version of The Express Xtra as the lead anchor and Senior Producer. “JSL” writes most of the show (if not the entire show), especially on Mondays and Fridays when the show is only 28 minutes long (instead of 58 minutes) in order to make way for JSL’s old punditry show The Locker Room, which is now moderated by Kay Murray.

    JSL is now carrying out the vision of doing FOX Soccer Report the “right” way, in high definition, with a rotating cast of pundits including Phil Schoen, Ray Hudson, Gary Bailey, Andres Cordero, George Metallus, Matteo Bonetti (a.k.a. The Calcio Guy) and Kevin Egan (who joined beIN SPORTS USA last week.)

    The Express Xtra has access to a network of correspondents around Europe and the Americas. The correspondents are a mix of veterans and young talent.

    Of interest to male viewers in the ages 18-34 demographic is beIN SPORTS’ correspondent in Madrid, multilingual sports journalist Karina Kvasniova, who was born in Lithuania to ethnic Russian and Armenian parents. Here are some links to Karina if you need your daily fix of “eye candy”:

    https://www.facebook.com/kvasniova

    https://twitter.com/Kvasniova

    https://instagram.com/kvasniova/?hl=en

    JSL usually anchors by himself on Mondays.

    On Tuesdays, Thursdays, and some Fridays, Brittany Arnold serves as the 2nd anchor to present news and highlights from other sports in the rights portfolio of beIN SPORTS USA (Rugby, Tennis, MotoGP, SuperBike, etc.) Ms. Arnold was hired out of Chicago (graduate of Loyola University), where she was a production assistant at WLS-TV (ABC) 7 and WMVP (ESPN) 1000 AM before she landed her first on-camera position with beIN SPORTS USA.

    Guess who served as the 2nd anchor on the past two Wednesdays?

    Hint: she is JSL’s “CEO”, “CFO”, and “executive chef.” Not to mention that she punched JSL’s ticket out of Canada a little over 3 years ago.

    Because The Express Xtra on weeknights only averages around 10,000 viewers during the 1st run (according to sportstvratings.com), JSL is essentially producing the show for “friends and family” at this time. Needless to say, the show needs more viewers.

    The weekday version of The Express Xtra airs at 10pm Eastern/7pm Pacific, with re-airs on Tuesdays-Thursdays at 10pm Pacific, Mondays and Fridays at 10:30pm Pacific, and Tuesday-Friday mornings at 7am Eastern/4am Pacific.

  14. Marc

    October 14, 2015 at 12:48 pm

    Sky Sports news, and dare I say Fox Football Phone In.

    • ready1take1

      October 14, 2015 at 3:14 pm

      yeah definitely sky sports news. Used to DVR it and get caught up everyday. Cannot watch it stateside without streaming.

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