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 be back until 2pm to eat.

How Fox Sports dishonestly promotes World Cup start times. It’s disrespectful, but not unexpected.

Eight years into Monday’s match between the United States and Wales, Fox’s graphics continued to say “Coverage begins at 1 p.m.”

One problem? Kickoff was at 2.

Others do this too, and it’s especially bad when the event is around the world in Qatar, with a time difference that makes start times unusual for fans.

For Tuesday morning’s Argentina match, Fox Sports has promoted that coverage will start at 4am even though kick-off is 5am.

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 the height of honesty on Monday morning, England’s Ian Darke, at 68 and with the chops to do what he wants, is working to dismantle Iran, but the US game actually starts at 2pm but it doesn’t. standard. We’ve never heard a 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 paid bribes to host the event, which resulted in games moving from summer to winter, banning the sale of beer to fans in the stadium and preventing the newest players from wearing the rainbow-colored captain’s “OneLove” jersey. – Discriminatory wristbands with the risk of being assessed a yellow card, if doing so.

A television camera is seen inside the 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 World Cup start times.
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Like NBC and the Olympics, Fox doesn’t choose to host the Cup, but dictates how it’s covered. Understandably, they are there to showcase the games. But you have to be there before the fire starts, so the issues surrounding these games should be part of the coverage because they can end up being 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 influence on ESPN

Bob Iger’s return to Disney has ramifications for ESPN. That could be a positive for ESPN, as Iger was a supporter during his first tenure at Disney. (How could he not, as its earnings have allowed him to buy so many other things?) Since Iger chose Jimmy Pitaro to head ESPN, he’ll want to keep it on a similar path. Iger also has a strong relationship with the NBA, which means good things for the potential continuation of Disney/ABC/ESPN’s relationship with the league when new TV rights deals are up for renewal in 2025. Disney jumped stock with his return because he didn’t want to change course. … a really interesting question, “So what?” If Iger had returned as head of Disney a year ago, would Al Michaels, who is friends with Iger, return to “Monday Night Football”? It would change the entire landscape of the crazy NFL TV free agency we just saw.

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Clicker Book Club

World Cup Reading: 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,” details each year’s major matches, changes. Things that have happened over the years (for example the introduction of red and yellow cards and the recent use of Video Assistant Referee or VAR) and biographies of some of the game’s GOATs from the 1930s to the present day. This book is an enjoyable read as well as an easy reference. Papa Clicker, Herb Marchand, gives it a really strong 4.5 out of 5 clicker.


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