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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 Thursday 6/14/18 at 10:21PM EDT
Fox apologizes for showing Robbie Williams' middle finger at World Cup opening ceremony
The British pop star gave the middle-finger salute directly to the camera while performing his song "Rock DJ."
Posted Thursday 6/14/18 at 1:46PM EDT
19 Fox affiliates chose not to show the live World Cup opening ceremony
Those affiliates opted instead to show Wendy Williams, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, Rachel Ray, Judge Mathis and other programming, according to Deadspin's Timothy Burke.
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 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 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 10/11/17 at 4:44AM EDT
Fox is expected to take a ratings and revenue hit after the U.S. men’s soccer team failed to qualify for the World Cup
Fox won a bidding war with ESPN, paying between $450 million and $500 million to take over the rights the broadcast the World Cup. But interest will likely drop since this is the first time since 1986 that the U.S. Men's National Team failed to qualify for the World Cup.