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Fox Awarded World Cup Coverage

Post by UPPilots on Fri Oct 21, 2011 3:14 pm

Just saw that Fox was awarded the TV coverage for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. I just hope Wynalda isn't still with them when it comes around, I don't know if I could stand his smugness for a whole month...

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Re: Fox Awarded World Cup Coverage

Post by PurplePrideTrumpet on Fri Oct 21, 2011 3:38 pm

It's not just Wynalda. They have seven years to go but right now Fox Sports doesn't have nearly the presence ESPN does. Think about how many people watch the ESPN networks and saw World Cup ads last year. Compare that to how many people watch FSC, FSN/Root, or Fox's one MLB game a week in the spring and summer leading up to the World Cup.

I'm not even going to go into their production values or announcers.

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Re: Fox Awarded World Cup Coverage

Post by UPPilots on Fri Oct 21, 2011 4:47 pm

I agree, I personally enjoy watching games on ESPN much more than FSC/Fox. Perhaps Fox will show more games on national TV, whereas a lot of group games tend to be on ESPN/ESPN2 instead of ABC?

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Re: Fox Awarded World Cup Coverage

Post by DaTruRochin on Sat Oct 22, 2011 7:44 am

Hopefully this will force Fox's hosts to up their soccer IQ a bit...
Not only that ESPN has heavily invested in a stable of experienced announcers, I really hope FOX is willing to do the same. Otherwise we'll just have the reject announcers from NFL games, with Christopher "I Like to Sound Like I'm not from San Jose" Sullivan. Which will be absolute brain liquification. If they reprogram the football robots for soccer or try and use the NFL sunday theme song I might go on a shooting rampage.

They DO show a few SkySports shows on FSC, I'd imagine that they somehow glom on to that partnership and utilize its announcers and experience. At least I hope so.

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Post by PurplePrideTrumpet on Sat Oct 22, 2011 7:54 pm

DaTruRochin wrote:If they reprogram the football robots for soccer or try and use the NFL sunday theme song I might go on a shooting rampage.
Tomorrow I want Terry Bradshaw's take on how Man Utd's back line will deal with City's array of playmakers.

As I heard on another board yesterday, "If Joe Buck and Tim McCarver come anywhere near the World Cup I cannot be held responsible for my actions."

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Re: Fox Awarded World Cup Coverage

Post by Geezaldinho on Sat Oct 22, 2011 8:52 pm

What does Wynalda have to be smug about? It seems John Harkes would be the smug one...

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Re: Fox Awarded World Cup Coverage

Post by DaTruRochin on Sat Oct 22, 2011 11:23 pm

Geezaldinho wrote:What does Wynalda have to be smug about? It seems John Harkes would be the smug one...

Too soon?

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