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Posted Friday 7/13/18 at 11:36PM EDT
Fox Sports has been "appalling" with its coverage of an exciting World Cup
Fox missed an opportunity to reel in casual American fans because of its "appalling" coverage, says Aaron Timms in The Guardian, pointing to the decision to have the Ryan Seacrest-like Rob Stone as the leading studio analyst. "OK, that’s maybe not entirely fair," says Timms. "The coverage has not been quite as horrendous as it promised to be before the tournament. But it’s still been poor. The network has had plenty of time to get things right too: Fox secured the rights to the 2018 and 2022 tournaments in late 2011, and the following year hired David Neal, a veteran producer who worked on nine Olympic Games for NBC, to oversee its coverage. This is perhaps when the rot began to set in: Fox insiders told the Guardian that Neal mostly staffed his World Cup team with the network’s existing roster of baseball, Nascar and NFL producers, whereas Fox’s soccer group – which handles year-round coverage of the sport, including the Champions League and MLS – was left in a largely peripheral support role."
Posted Thursday 7/12/18 at 12:16PM EDT
World Cup broadcasters told to stop zooming in on "hot women" fans during games
"We've done it with individual broadcasters. We've done it with our host broadcast services," said FIFA diversity chief Federico Addiechi, who added that FIFA would “take action against things that are wrong.”
Posted Wednesday 7/11/18 at 9:21PM EDT
Fox Sports is expected to lose money for this year's World Cup
Viewership was down by one-third from 2014, as this year's ratings were essentially decided when the U.S. men's team failed to quality for the first time since 1986. ALSO: YouTube TV said "timing is horrible" as it suffered a service outage during the England-Croatia game.
Posted Tuesday 7/10/18 at 5:52PM EDT
Fox Sports sent one of its Los Angeles-based World Cup announcing teams to Russia
Fox took some heat for only sending two of its top broadcasting teams to announce the games from Russia, while having other teams broadcast from Los Angeles. But starting with Round 16, Fox Sports said Derek Rae and Aly Wagner are calling the games from Russia instead of L.A.
Posted Monday 6/18/18 at 8:27PM EDT
Judd Apatow urges Fox stars and showrunners to speak out against Fox News over its child detention coverage
Fox News shows like Fox & Friends have defended President Trump's family separation policy. In response, Apatow is urging Fox talent to follow Seth MacFarlane's lead and publicly speak out against Fox News. “The Murdoch’s support these policies! Where are the Fox stars and executives speaking up?! Imagine if it was your kids," he tweeted. "Who has a movie, TV show, sporting event, news show at Fox? How can you remain silent when they promote these policies?” Apatow, who last worked for Fox in 2002 on his college comedy Undeclared, added: "I understand why that is easier for some than others but many powerful people are powerful enough to speak up to their bosses at a moment like this...If EVERY Fox Star and show runner said this policy was evil and protested to the Murdoch family it would make a huge difference in this national debate."
Posted Monday 6/18/18 at 7:41AM EDT
Fox Sports apologizes after sex talk invaded the U.S. Open broadcast
FS1's coverage on Friday inadvertently picked up crude sex talk from the many microphones placed around the crowds.
Posted Friday 6/15/18 at 4:58PM EDT
Gus Johnson from Fox Sports to call the Jimmy Kimmel vs. Ted Cruz one-on-one basketball game
Johnson, known for his excitable calls of NFL and college football games, will be part of the charity event on Saturday at the Texas Southern University.
Posted Friday 6/15/18 at 12:35PM EDT
ESPN resorts to crude drawings to sidestep Fox's World Cup highlights exclusivity
"With limited/no World Cup video for our show, we will improvise," tweeted SportsCenter anchor Scott Van Pelt. "My daughter drew Saudi Arabia/Russia for last night."
Posted Friday 6/08/18 at 2:52PM EDT
Fox's Thursday Night Football adds Erin Andrews and Kristina Pink as sideline reporters
Fox hopes to make Thursday NFL games must-see TV by using two sideline reporters, instead of one.
Posted Thursday 6/07/18 at 12:59AM EDT
Fox Sports' Charissa Thompson speaks for the first time about her nude photo hack
The first thing Thompson said she did when her nude photos were hacked and released online was to contact fellow Fox Sports colleague Erin Andrews, who also experienced an invasion of privacy. "The depths I am still taking to get back that privacy are unbelievable," she told The Athletic. "The way I equate is someone came into my home, robbed my home of all its possessions, put it out in the cul-de-sac right in front of me, and I had to buy all of it right back to put back in my house."
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.