Fox Sports disrespecting fans with World Cup dishonesty

What time do you want to meet for lunch? Be there at 1pm, but I won’t show up until 2pm to eat.

This is how Fox Sports promotes the start time of the World Cup. It’s disrespectful, though, not unexpected.

For Monday’s eight-year wait for the United States match against Wales, Fox’s graphics said “coverage begins at 1.”

One problem? Kickoff was at 2.

While others do this too, it is particularly bad when the event is around the world in Qatar with a time difference that makes the start time unusual for fans.

For the Argentina game on Tuesday morning, Fox Sports has promoted that coverage begins at 4:00, even though the game’s kickoff is at 5:00.

Who needs an extra hour of sleep? Plus, subjecting fans to Alexi Lalas in the pregame is cruel and unusual punishment at any hour.

In a peak of honesty on Monday morning, working England’s demolition of Iran, play-by-player Ian Darke, in 68 and with the chops to do what he wants, added the United States game will actually start at 2:00 but that is not the norm. We haven’t heard any other Fox Sports announcer do that in two days of coverage.

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Of all the problems with the World Cup, this is not at the top of the list. Qatar bribed its way into hosting the event, which resulted in the games being moved from summer to winter, the ban on selling beer to fans in the stadium and, most recently, players not being allowed to wear rainbow colored captain’s “onelove” Anti. – Discrimination armbands with a risk of being assessed a yellow card, if they do.

A television camera is seen at Al Thumama Stadium ahead of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 on November 14, 2022 in Doha, Qatar.  (Photo by Hector Vivas - FIFA / FIFA via Getty Images)
Fox Sports is not forthcoming with fans about the start time of the World Cup.
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Like NBC and the Olympics, Fox does not choose the Cup host, but it dictates how to cover it. It is understood that they are there to showcase the games. But you need to be there before the fire starts, so the issues surrounding the games need to be part of the coverage because eventually they could be a very big deal.

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First, maybe Fox Sports can tell fans the right time to show up for lunch.

Iger’s impact on ESPN

Bob Iger’s return to Disney will have ramifications on ESPN. This is probably a positive for ESPN, as Iger was a supporter during his first reign at Disney. (How could he not when his earnings allowed him to buy a lot of other things?) Iger chose Jimmy Pitaro as the head of ESPN so he will likely want to keep it in a similar way. Iger also has a strong relationship with the NBA, which likely means good things for a potential continuation of Disney/ABC/ESPN’s relationship with the league when the new TV rights deals come up for renewal in 2025. Disney stock jumped with his return because he is Wasn’t ready to change course. … One really interesting question, “What if?” If Iger were to return as the head of Disney a year ago, would Al Michaels, who is buddies with Iger, return to “Monday Night Football?” That would have changed the entire landscape of the crazy NFL televised free agency we just witnessed.

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Clicker Book Club

Read World Cup: Papa Clicker writes that as the world watches the 2022 World Cup, author Clemente A. Lisi’s “The FIFA World Cup, A History of ​​the Planet’s Biggest Sporting Event,” goes into detail about each year s key matches, the changes that have occurred over the years (eg the introduction of the red and yellow cards and the recent use of Video Assistant Referee or VAR) and biographies of some of the game’s GOAT from 1930 to today. This book is both an enjoyable read and a handy reference. Papa Clicker, Herb Marchand, gives it a really strong 4.5 out of 5 clicker.


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