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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 Saturday 7/07/18 at 10:36AM EDT
Fox and Telemundo are making the best of a World Cup that has seen ratings decline without the U.S. men's team
This year's World Cup especially hurts U.S. viewership because the games are mostly played in the morning U.S. time. But Fox and Telemundo say ratings are better than expected.
Posted Tuesday 6/26/18 at 4:47PM EDT
Argentina soccer legend Diego Maradona provides Fox with its second and third middle fingers of the World Cup
Maradona's double middle-finger salute in celebration of Argentina's victory was caught by the global TV feed and broadcast on Fox and Telemundo. This is the second time a middle finger was broadcast from the World Cup, after Robbie Williams flipped the bird while performing during the opening ceremony, prompting a Fox apology.
Posted Monday 6/25/18 at 6:54PM EDT
FS1 accused of showing pro-Joseph Stalin propaganda as part of its World Cup coverage
A National Geographic-produced FS1 segment this morning seemed to humanize the brutal Russian dictator with a tour of his vacation home. "Think what you will about Joseph Stalin, but there’s no denying that this was one of the most formidable figures in all of history," said presenter Sergey Gordeev. As Twitter users quickly pointed out, Gordeev works for the Russian government-controlled TV station NTV.
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 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 Thursday 5/17/18 at 9:56AM EDT
Amazon greenlights a Diego Maradona soccer docuseries
The legendary and controversial Argentine soccer star will look back at the rise of the man who is considered the greatest soccer player in history.
Posted Wednesday 5/09/18 at 5:28PM EDT
Soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has two scripted TV projects in the works, including an animated superhero series
"In my free time, one of the things I like to do is to watch good television," the Real Madrid star said of his two upcoming TV shows. One series, for Facebook Watch, will revolve around a high school girls soccer team in upstate New York. The other, Striker Force 7, will follow a group of superheroes, including a cartoon version of Ronaldo himself.
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 4/18/18 at 6:54AM EDT
Downton Abbey creator to tell the story of soccer in a Netflix drama series
Julian Fellowes will tell the story of the world's most popular sport in a six-part series.
Posted Thursday 11/09/17 at 2:25PM EST
Amazon to go behind the scenes of Manchester City for a soccer docuseries
The upcoming series will follow the current 2017-18 season.