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Posted Tuesday 5/22/18 at 6:12AM EDT
Fox Sports defends its decision to have eight of 12 World Cup commentators call the games from TV sets in Los Angeles
While four Fox Sports commentators head to Russia, eight will stay behind in Los Angeles and call the World Cup from soundproof audio and video booths using large monitors. "To me, it is a non-story," says David Neal, Fox Sports' executive producer of the World Cup. "In soccer, it is standard procedure to do matches off-tube. The number of traveling teams versus the number left here in LA is kind of irrelevant when we are doing half of the games with talent in-stadium.”
Posted Friday 4/27/18 at 1:37PM EDT
NFL Draft ratings get a boost from the addition of Fox while wreaking havoc on network schedule
Last year, ESPN and NFL Network combined for a 6.7 rating. This year's draft, the first to be shown on a broadcast network, had an 8.3 rating combined with Fox, ESPN and NFL Network. The NFL Draft also hurt network ratings, with The Big Bang Theory's ratings tumbling 21% and Quantico's Season 3 premiere matching a series low. ALSO: Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten is expected to succeed Jon Gruden on Monday Night Football.
Posted Wednesday 4/25/18 at 10:49PM EDT
Most of Fox Sports' World Cup commentators will call the games from Los Angeles, rather than Russia
Only four of Fox Sports' 12 commentators will make the trip to Russia. The rest will stay behind as Fox has opted to spend less money on the production since the U.S. men's national team isn't competing. Fox Sports, which paid an unprecedented $425 million for TV rights for the next two World Cups, also announced a mostly inexperienced American crew calling the games, a stark contrast to the many foreign experienced announcers on past ESPN World Cup broadcasts. The commentators include Aly Wagner, who will be the first woman to call a men's World Cup game on TV.
Posted Wednesday 4/25/18 at 1:14PM EDT
Troy Aikman reportedly wants Fox to give him a raise after the network failed to woo Peyton Manning
The NFL on Fox color analyst will be doing more work now that Fox has Thursday Night Football and the NFL Draft.
Posted Wednesday 4/18/18 at 6:42PM EDT
NFL's primetime games will begin a few minutes earlier
According to The Boston Globe, the NFL plans to announce that ESPN's Monday Night Football will kick off at 8:15 p.m. ET instead of 8:30 p.m. NBC's Sunday Night Football will start at 8:20 p.m. ET instead of 8:30 p.m. and Fox's Thursday Night Football will also start at 8:20 p.m. ET, up from 8:25 pm.
Posted Tuesday 4/17/18 at 7:01PM EDT
ESPN and Fox Sports are teaming to bid on UFC TV rights
The rival sports media companies are pitching a joint bid to split up the UFC TV package, with as many as 15 fight events to be shown on the new subscription service ESPN+. TV rights are expected to soar from the $120 million Fox is currently paying to between $300 million and $400 million.
Posted Monday 4/02/18 at 2:55PM EDT
Fox hopes to have its No. 1 team of Joe Buck and Troy Aikman for Thursday Night Football
The New York Post reports that negotiations have begun to add Buck and Aikman to Thursday primetime games, in addition to their Sunday duties. "Sources said that the tandem wants to work together, and they have no desire to split up," reports The Post. Fox reportedly failed to woo Peyton Manning for the Thursday job. "
Posted Wednesday 3/28/18 at 6:02PM EDT
ESPN scores a leading 54 Sports Emmy nominations
NBC and Fox tied for a distant second with 31 nominations apiece.
Posted Friday 1/26/18 at 11:08PM EST
Fox Sports' FS1 mentioned the USA Gymnastics sex abuse scandal for the first time Friday night
Deadspin reported Thursday that Fox Sports’ FS1 and FS2 have never mentioned the Dr. Larry Nassar case. That silence ended Friday night. “FS1 mentioned the Larry Nassar case tonight for the first time on that channel, ever,” tweeted Deadspin’s Timothy Burke.
Posted Friday 1/26/18 at 1:32PM EST
Fox Sports has completely ignored the Larry Nassar sex abuse story
Deadspin found that the sex abuse scandal has never been discussed on any program on FS1 or FS2 in the past six months, based on a search of closed-captioning keywords. Deadspin’s Laura Wagner reports, “A Fox Sports spokesman declined to discuss the coverage on the record, but noted that the network doesn’t cover gymnastics. This leaves several remaining questions. Does Fox Sports only cover sports it has the rights to? (The answer to that one is no.) Is there no one—not even one of the dozens of people Fox pays to talk about sports news on TV—who was willing or able to discuss Nassar? Are there plans to cover major news stories like the USA Gymnastics sex abuse case in the future?” ALSO: The View gives Aly Raisman a standing ovation following Nassar’s sentencing.
Posted Tuesday 1/23/18 at 2:19PM EST
ESPN and Fox to share Alex Rodriguez
The former New York Yankee will join ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball, while continuing to work as a baseball analyst on Fox Sports’ playoff coverage.
Posted Friday 1/12/18 at 2:44PM EST
Erin Andrews accused of going “Hollywood” while working on ESPN’s College Gameday
Andrews was an ESPN sideline reporter who had just come off of competing on Dancing With the Stars when she joined ESPN’s iconic college football pregame show in 2010. According to College Gameday’s Desmond Howard, Andrews seemed more interested in the goings-on in Hollywood than in college football. “She had the Dancing With the Stars and the whole Hollywood thing going on, whatever,” Howard said on ESPN historian James Andrew Miller’s Origins podcast. “We are talking football and she’s in there on that website,” PerezHilton.com. Andrews spent two seasons on Gameday before moving to Fox Sports to cover college football and the NFL in 2012. Fox Sports wouldn’t allow her to be interviewed for the podcast.
Posted Wednesday 10/11/17 at 2:10PM EDT
Fox Sports puts on a brave face in response to U.S. men’s soccer team’s elimination
“Last night’s World Cup qualifying results do not change Fox Sports’ passion for the world’s biggest sporting event,” Fox Sports said in a statement.
Posted Wednesday 10/04/17 at 9:30AM EDT
Katie Nolan is expected to jump from FS1 to ESPN
ESPN is reportedly hiring the Sports Emmy-winning Fox Sports personality, who has become underutilized at Fox Sports. It’s unclear what her new role will be.
Posted Thursday 9/28/17 at 4:23PM EDT
Katie Nolan is leaving Fox Sports before her contract is up
Nolan, who became a star at FS1 as co-host of Crowd Goes Wild, won a Sports Emmy for her sports commentary but struggled to find a consistent presence on Fox Sports. There is speculation that she may end up on ESPN.