Category: Fox Soccer Channel

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 ... Read more

A comprehensive guide to English soccer TV commentators and co-commentators

One of the often-overlooked reasons why the Premier League is the world’s most popular sports league is the expertise of the commentators. Whether it’s the commentators or co-commentators (aka color commentators), the men bring the Premier League to life in our living rooms and in pubs on a weekly basis. But who are these men, and what are their backgrounds? Find out below in our guide to English soccer TV commentators and co-commentators. And where available, we’ve included videos and links so you can familiarize yourself with their voices and accents. In alphabetical order   Lead commentators:   STEVE BANYARD ... Read more

Fox Soccer Channel Morphs Into FOX Soccer

Keen observers will have noticed a small but pivotal change by Fox Soccer Channel in recent months. They’ve been using the name FOX Soccer instead of Fox Soccer Channel. On the sets they’ve used for the 2011 Champions League Final and Soccer Night In America, as well as the press releases they’ve distributed to media, Fox Soccer Channel has been referring to themselves as FOX Soccer. To some, this may seem like a miniscule change, but I believe it’s an important step forward and the right decision at the right time. According to a Fox Soccer Channel spokesperson, the network ... Read more

Fox Introduces Soccer Night in America

Looking to beef up their MLS coverage and stand out from ESPN, Fox Soccer Channel today unveiled their new theme for their weekly MLS game.  Calling it “Soccer Night in America”, the new program includes enhanced graphics, a new set, and a jazzed up marketing campaign to draw attention to the game of the week. The intent of the redesign, according to the release from corporate, was to bring the soccer productions more in line with other Fox sports offerings.  Some of the new features include better, more streamlined branding of the MLS games shown under the Soccer Night brand, ... Read more

Fox Soccer Announces Broadcast Team for 2011 Season

Fresh off the news that JP Dellacamera is making the move from ESPN to Fox Soccer, the network announced its pairings for the upcoming MLS season.  Not surprisingly, Dellacamera is the Friday night play-by-play man, and in my opinion Fox has surrounded him with some quality talent. Your game day host for MLS will be American soccer legend Eric Wynalda.  According to the Fox press release, Wynalda will host the pre-game, halftime, and post-game shows for the 31 matches FSC will carry this year.  His in-studio partner is fellow American international Christopher Sullivan, a past color commentator for MLS Saturday ... Read more

MLS and Fox Soccer Channel Announce One Year Deal

It’s official – Major League Soccer and Fox Soccer Channel are back together again, at least for one more year. The two sent out a press release today trumpeting the agreement which will see 31 regular season games and three playoff games (including one conference final) broadcast by the cable channel.  Fifteen of the matches are Saturday night, and 14 are on Fridays.  The new schedule does result in 15 matches being moved, so break out your erasers if you have penciled your club’s schedule into your calendar.  And all are in high definition, if you are lucky enough to ... Read more

How to Improve The MLS TV Playoff Experience

I want to begin by stating that I am a fan of the current MLS playoffs and in general I enjoy the way Major League Soccer organizes them.  Like all MLS fans, I have things I love and things I hate about the current format, style of play, and presentation.  Overall, the matches this year have been enjoyable and it has been a pleasure watching them on television. That being said, it is obvious improvements need to be made: TV numbers are down and three of the four the venues had crowds under 15,000.  For MLS to continue growing, it ... Read more

La Liga Preview and US TV Listings for Jornada 34: Apr. 24 – Apr. 29

The Plaça de Catalunya in Barcelona's city center links old Barcelona with modern Barcelona. La Liga heads down the home stretch with five matches remaining, and Jornada 34 is littered with matches between the top and the bottom of the table. FC Barcelona hosts Xerez at the Camp Nou in the early Saturday kickoff, and both teams are running opposite of their position in the standings.  Despite propping the ladder and laying six points away from relegation safety, Xerez has only lost one of their last seven contests, and they are playing with a vigor and desperation that has inspired ... Read more