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FOX Sports to air more than 32 World Cup games on FOX network

FOX Sports revealed today that it will air more than half of the 2018 World Cup games on the over-the-air FOX network.

During an invitation-only presentation to media in New York City Tuesday night, FOX Sports announced that more than 32 of the 64 World Cup matches will be on the FOX over-the-air network, which will make the 2018 FIFA World Cup the most accessible ever to viewers in the United States.

On a daily basis, FOX will keep viewers updated on all of the latest news, discussion and highlights with two shows. The first is World Cup Live (which sounds like NBCSN’s Premier League Live). World Cup Live will be hosted by Kate Abdo from 6am ET as it previews that day’s action. The matches will be hosted by Rob Stone. Then every evening, FOX will broadcast World Cup Tonight every afternoon from Russia with Fernando Fiore as the host of the daily highlights and discussion show.

Most matches in the World Cup will have kickoff times of 8am ET, 11am ET and 2pm ET.

As of press time, FOX Sports had not announced the lineup of talent they’ll be using to broadcast the World Cup to homes across the United States. But Landon Donovan will be featured in his first World Cup as a full-time broadcaster.

SEE MORE: Schedule of World Cup on US TV and streaming

In total, FOX will air approximately 350 hours of coverage from the World Cup in Russia. The broadcaster will have its main set situated in the middle of Red Square in Moscow.

As a continuation of their strategy that they created last year, FOX Sports will continue to market Mexico as “their second team” to try to lure bilinguals to watch Mexico matches on the FOX Sports networks. Meanwhile, FOX is banking on the United States qualifying for the tournament. Earlier this year, FOX Sports President Eric Shanks joked that if the US Men’s National Team didn’t qualify for the 2018 World Cup “that would [be] like $200 million flushed down the toilet.”

FOX Sports will broadcast the draw for the 2018 World Cup matches on Friday, December 1. Qualification for the tournament will end in November.

While FOX Sports has the English-language rights to the tournament, the Spanish-language rights will be with Telemundo Deportes.

Photo credit: Ives Galarcep.

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23 Comments

23 Comments

  1. RedCard

    October 3, 2017 at 7:33 am

    Hopefully MatchPass will still use the international feeds. That alone is worth the price of admission.

  2. Chris

    September 30, 2017 at 11:44 pm

    I see this as good news. I have one question I see very little info about regarding World Cup broadcasts. Will matches be broadcast/streamed in 4k? I want to use the full potential of my OLED 4k tv and having the matches in 4k would be a dream come true. Anyone know if an American network is planning this?

    • Oliver Tse

      October 1, 2017 at 3:57 am

      FOX over-the-air is 720p/60fps.

      About the only provider that has the bandwidth for 4K (4096 x 2160) is DIRECTV. Transmission bandwidth for each provider is always tight.

      • Chris

        October 1, 2017 at 10:25 am

        That makes sense for standard OTA/cable broadcasts. However, I am mostly interested in the potential for 4k streaming.

        • Oliver Tse

          October 2, 2017 at 1:54 am

          Streaming live sports in 4K requires way too much bandwidth.

          Not going to happen anytime soon.

  3. Eddie

    September 28, 2017 at 8:56 pm

    what the world cup on fox for 2018 tv schedule

    • Christopher Harris

      September 29, 2017 at 8:09 am

      We’ve got the World Cup TV schedule at https://www.worldsoccertalk.com/world-cup-qualifiers-tv-schedule/ We won’t know a lot of the details until the draw is made in December. At that time, we’ll be able to piece things together.

      • Eddie

        September 29, 2017 at 4:56 pm

        okay thank you information and will see the world cup tv schedule in december for offical fox sports tv games and telemundo too.

  4. james

    September 27, 2017 at 3:36 pm

    taylor twellman – are you kidding! he and john strong belong in the same booth alongside joe buck doing womens soccer, not the world cup!

    • Eddie

      September 29, 2017 at 5:01 pm

      is joe buck can call soccer and can he do all them on fox sports like nfl,mlb,golf ,soccer,and other sports to call lead man.

  5. Rick

    September 27, 2017 at 2:24 pm

    Fox should hire quality announcers- some of the ones used for Champions League are terrible.
    Hire John Champion, Ian Darke, Taylor Twellman and some of the others from ESPN for the World Cup.
    One other suggestion- get rid of Warren Barton and Fernando Fiore.

    • ZZZZZZZZZZZvvvsss

      September 27, 2017 at 6:08 pm

      Sounds great but that will never happen regarding the ESPN people you mentioned and Fiore for some reason Fox seems to believe he is some great talent and funny? It was dumb when he was on Univision and it doesn’t crossover to English well, it is just buffoonery but he will have a prominent slot. It’s a joke, everyone should learn Spanish and watch on Telemundo or just watch on Telemundo anyway, it won’t make a mockery of it.

    • Oliver Tse

      October 1, 2017 at 3:50 am

      Sorry.

      David Neal has already made up his mind: 5 teams of American announcers, and 1 team of Mexican announcers. No British announcers.

      Team 1 (100% American): John Strong, Stuart Holden, Landon Donovan

      Team 2A (100% American): John Paul DellaCamera, Brad Friedel

      Not yet confirmed: Team 2B (100% American, 3rd place match ONLY): John Paul DellaCamera, Aly Wagner

      Team 3 (at least one Mexican, if not both): Jorge Perez-Navarro, TBD (possibly Mariano Trujillo)

      Teams 4, 5, and 6 will call matches off monitor from LA and will likely be 100% American.

  6. Daxx

    September 27, 2017 at 11:52 am

    I bet the Fox game announcers are relieved they don’t have to travel Russia to commentate on the games.

    • Christopher Harris

      September 27, 2017 at 12:12 pm

      Most of them will be calling the games from Russia, we believe.

      • Oliver K Tse

        September 27, 2017 at 4:03 pm

        I project either 2 or 3 announcing teams to be in Russia, with the rest calling matches from 10201 West Pico Blvd in Los Angeles.

        Team #1 is going to Russia for sure: John Strong, Stuart Holden, and Landon Donovan.

        Team #2A will also be in Russia: John Paul “J.P.” DellaCamera and Brad Friedel. They should be ticketed for the 1st semifinal (on a Tuesday).

        I continue to expect FOX to send Friedel home after the Tuesday semifinal in order to save about $500 in lodging cost (3 extra nights of hotel for Friedel) and to allow FOX to introduce Team #1 for the 2019 Women’s World Cup during the 3rd place match (on a Saturday) of the 2018 Men’s World Cup.

        Team #2B: J.P DellaCamera and Aly Wagner (to call 3rd place match off monitor from the IBC in Moscow)

        Don’t know yet whether Team #3, Jorge Perez-Navarro and TBD (possibly Mariano Trujillo), will be based at the IBC in Moscow or from Los Angeles.

        Teams #4, #5, and #6 should be based in L.A. Good luck in figuring out the combinations, as the likes of Mark Followill, Glenn Davis, and Mark Rogondino are all interchangeable. So are the likes of Brian Dunseth, Tony Meola, and Cobi Jones.

        Expect at least 2 reporters to be in Russia: Jenny Taft (to cover the U.S. if the U.S. were to qualify) and Francisco X Rivera (will cover Mexico.)

        Sergey Gordeev from National Geographic TV will be doing features. Those better be good if FOX wants to keep casual viewers engaged.

        We already know that Alexi Lalas and Aly Wagner will be the 2 featured studio pundits who are expected to provide fireworks. Fernando Fiore will of course be the clown in the studio.

        How will FOX use Eric Wynalda? FOX has shown that it prefers to keep Lalas and Wynalda separate. Keeping Wynalda exiled in the morning show with Kate Abdo would be a crime.

        • mentirosTSE

          September 27, 2017 at 6:12 pm

          Tu continua decir pendejadas, no sabes nada de lo que hablas, eres un idiota.

        • Cantona

          September 27, 2017 at 10:55 pm

          Joke post of the year

          Cantona—-

      • Azer

        September 30, 2017 at 3:54 pm

        Hello Chris,
        What is going to happen if there is severe weather or a big breaking news story? The local Fox network just like the other three networks can break in to cover it.

        • Christopher Harris

          September 30, 2017 at 5:09 pm

          If there’s a breaking news story on the local FOX, they’ll bump the game to another FOX channel such as FS1.

      • rkujay

        October 1, 2017 at 7:21 am

        Let’s all chip in for a one way ticket for the Irwin Corey of football. Everyone in?

    • R.O

      September 29, 2017 at 12:28 pm

      For those that are too young or don’t remember, back in the day when Andres Cantor and Noberto Longo were on Univision, they didn’t travel to the World Cup games. They may have gone to final for 94 World Cup. They were also at the 98 Final, but other than those games, they announced games from the Univision studio.

  7. R.O

    September 26, 2017 at 9:40 pm

    I certainly hope that NOT a single game will be shown on FS2!

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