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Early analysis of FOX’s World Cup TV coverage: World Soccer Talk Podcast

World Soccer Talk is the weekly soccer podcast on the topic of watching soccer on TV, online and apps.

In the NEW episode, number 77, Christopher Harris and Kartik Krishnaiyer cover a range of topics including:

• a discussion about the opening two days of World Cup coverage on US television,

• news about NBCSN broadcasting World Cup games,

• our thoughts on the United Bid winning the rights to host the 2026 World Cup,

• And of course we have feedback and questions from you in the Listener Mailbag section.

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  1. DiRT

    June 19, 2018 at 5:36 pm

    I think there’s an aspect to the Fox commentary/analysis that you’re overlooking… I just got into international football last year. I played as a child, but never got into watching the sport, even when the World Cup was here in the 1990’s. The Fox shows are speaking to me and my wife who doesn’t watch sports, but watches while I’m watching.

    “This is totally unexpected! What does this mean for Egypt? Check it out after the break.” It’s an upset? Ok then. What does this mean for Egypt? Actually, I don’t know. What’s the key game to watch tomorrow? I don’t really know. What does this mean for a team’s WC legacy? I have no idea.

    Seriously, someone talked about “The Hand Of God” in a Serie A game last year and I had to Google it because it meant nothing to me. There was a goalie who did a scorpion kick? Who this Ronaldinho guy people talk about?

    Fox wants the average baseball/hockey/gridiron football guys to watch this, and there’s so much they don’t know and don’t get and can’t follow when commentators speak like veterans who have followed the sport for 30+ years. They HAVE to keep it basic and on the surface to not alienate the majority who viewers in the US who don’t watch soccer on a regular basis. I’d bet that most people watching on Fox haven’t watched since the last WC.

    • Jack S.

      June 19, 2018 at 6:04 pm

      >> I’d bet that most people watching on Fox haven’t watched since the last WC.<<

      I'm not so sure about that. I could agree with you if the USA had qualified for the World Cup as that would attract a larger number of "casual" soccer fans to the FOX broadcasts. As it is, I think those folks aren't bothering to watch the World Cup this year. Mexico is still in it though and there's plenty of fans of that team in the FOX viewing area. FOX seems to be directly catering to them too. I remembering seeing ads a month ago on FOX saying something to the effect of "At FOX, we're all about El-Tri". Can't fault them for trying to make a buck, I suppose.

  2. Ivan

    June 17, 2018 at 12:07 pm

    Not watching a single game on Fox…these guys are pathetic, JP Delacamera and Dr. Joe…barf…got the ITV and BBC feed going, there are ways, you know…

  3. Ian

    June 16, 2018 at 10:35 pm

    Loved the first WC pod. I thought I would make you aware of Jose Mourinho’s punditry; it is so, so much better than anything else I have heard. It would be well worth your time listening to his analysis after the Iberian Battle.

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