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Clint Dempsey joins FOX Sports for World Cup 2022 coverage

Clint Dempsey joins FOX Sports

After scoring a “home run” with CBS Sports as a studio analyst, “Deuce” is moving up to the big time. In an announcement by FOX Corp today, Clint Dempsey joins FOX Sports as part of its coverage of FIFA World Cup 2022.

Previously, Dempsey was a main feature of CBS Sports’ CONCACAF Today. CBS gave Dempsey the opportunity to appear in front of the camera at a time when there were question marks whether he would succeed on TV. Despite some initial missteps, Dempsey quickly became comfortable in the position partly due to the chemistry CBS built, working alongside Charlie Davies, Oguchi Onyewu, and host Kate Abdo.

CBS’s loss will be FOX’s gain. Dempsey won’t be exclusive to CBS any longer.

Looking ahead to World Cup 2022, Dempsey will be a vital cog in FOX’s coverage. After all, the former US Men’s National Team star can speak first hand about the last time USA played England in a World Cup. Drawing on his experience and his tendency to have fun on camera, Dempsey should fit in well with FOX’s all-American coverage.

Recently elected to the National Soccer Hall of Fame, Dempsey will continue to work for CBS Sports in its coverage of CONCACAF games — just like Maurice Edu appears on both FOX Sports and CBS Sports’ soccer coverage.

FOX’s World Cup coverage plans

FOX’s coverage of the World Cup will feature several major games across the over-the-air FOX network. Every USA game will air on the FOX network. Other than that, there are some changes compared to how FOX Sports televised the previous World Cup.

Unfortunately, FOX Sports’ conflicts with NFL and college football programming means that there’ll be fewer games on FOX. For the 2018 World Cup in Russia, FOX Sports aired 38 games on its over-the-air FOX Network. In contrast, the number has been reduced by three to 35 for World Cup 2022. Those three games will be on FS1 instead for a total of 29 games on that channel. FIFA’s decision to reschedule the Qatar 2022 from summer to winter certainly didn’t help matters.

Major games at World Cup 2022

Elsewhere, FIFA’s decision to showcase a lot of the major games in the 2PM-4PM ET time slot helps. Every single day, there is a mammoth game scheduled in the 2-4PM ET time slot of the FOX Sports World Cup schedule. Some of those games include:

USA vs. Ukraine, Scotland or Wales, Nov. 21
Brazil vs. Serbia, Nov. 24
England vs. USA, Nov. 25
Argentina vs. Mexico, Nov. 26
Spain vs. Germany, Nov. 27
Portugal vs. Uruguay, Nov. 28

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6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. Roberto

    May 17, 2022 at 2:30 pm

    Clint will be a important addition. He is not afraid to be honest and will not (hopefully) just be a cheer leader like some of their others commentators.

  2. Anthony

    May 17, 2022 at 1:02 pm

    Off topic – where are the posts on TV soccer ratings? I would love some more detail on how the move to USA is impacting premier league, recent ratings for Champions League matches on CBS, etc.

    • Christopher Harris

      May 17, 2022 at 1:09 pm

      We stopped doing the column because so many games are streamed these days, and those numbers aren’t available.

      When we do see something newsworthy from TV ratings, we post it to our Twitter account @worldsoccertalk

      • Azer

        May 17, 2022 at 6:51 pm

        Hello Chris – When do you expect Fox Sports to release the list of commentators who will call the games. I believe the match commentary will define Fox’s coverage, more so than who sits in the studio.

        • Christopher Harris

          May 17, 2022 at 6:59 pm

          Late October would be my educated guess.

          Telemundo has already committed to having commentators inside the stadium for every game. FOX Sports have not made that decision yet.

          • Andrew bonder

            May 29, 2022 at 3:27 am

            Has fox announced a) studio hosts/analysts, b) broadcasting teams and c) whether broadcasting teams will be at stadiums or from studio in USA.

            Am nervous – nbc, paramount and ESPN have gotten usa viewers accustomed to great soccer coverage with top knowledgable studio/game commentators….the stone/lalas show plus B team game callers based in USA concerns me

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