Fox Sports disregards fans with World Cup dishonesty

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

So Fox Sports advertises dishonestly with the World Cup start times. It’s disrespectful, but not unexpected.

In the eight years of the United States’ waiting game against Wales on Monday, Fox’s graphs kept saying “coverage starts at 1”.

A problem? Kick-off was at 2.

While others do as well, it’s particularly bad when the around-the-world event in Qatar takes place with a time difference that makes start times unusual for fans.

For Tuesday morning’s Argentina game, Fox Sports has announced that coverage will begin at 4am, although the game will kick off at 5am

Who needs an extra hour of sleep? Also, subduing fans of Alexi Lala in pregame is a cruel and unusual punishment at any hour.

In a pinch of honesty Monday morning, England play-by player Ian Darke, who is 68 and has what it takes to do whatever he wants, added that the United States game will indeed start at 2pm . But that’s not the norm. We haven’t heard another Fox Sports announcer do this in two days of coverage.

Of all the problems with the World Cup, that’s not at the top of the list. Qatar bribed each other to host the event, resulting in matches being moved from summer to winter, banning the sale of beer to fans inside the stadium and most recently banning players from wearing the rainbow-colored ‘OneLove’ captain’s hat – Discrimination bracelets with the risk of being assessed a yellow card if they are.

A television camera is seen at Al Thumama Stadium ahead of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 November 14, 2022 in Doha, Qatar.  (Photo by Hector Vivas - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
Fox Sports is not giving fans the start times at the World Cup.
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Like NBC and the Olympics, Fox didn’t pick the trophy host, but it does dictate how it’s covered. It goes without saying that they are there to showcase the games. But you have to get there before the fire starts, so the issues surrounding these games have to be part of the coverage because after all, they can be a very big deal.

First, Fox Sports may be able to tell fans what time to show up for lunch.

Iger’s influence on ESPN

Bob Iger’s return to Disney will have implications for ESPN. It’s likely a positive for ESPN, given that Iger was a supporter during his first tenure at Disney. (How could he not be, since his earnings enabled him to buy plenty of other things?) Iger chose Jimmy Pitaro to head ESPN, so he’ll likely want to keep it on a similar path. Iger also has a strong relationship with the NBA, which likely bodes well for a possible continuation of Disney/ABC/ESPN’s relationship with the league when the new TV rights deals are set to be renewed in 2025. However, Iger didn’t make Disney stock soar with his return because he wasn’t willing to change course. … A really interesting question: “What if?” If Iger had returned as Disney boss a year ago, would Al Michaels, who is friends with Iger, end up returning to “Monday Night Football”? That would have changed the entire landscape of the crazy NFL TV Free Agency we just saw.

Clicker Book Club

World Cup Reading: Papa Clicker writes that as the world watches the 2022 World Cup, author Clemente A. Lisi detailed the key matches of each year and details the changes that have occurred over the years (e.g. 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 1930 to the present day. This book is both entertaining reading and a useful reference tool. Papa clicker, Herb Marchand, gives him a really strong 4.5 out of 5 clickers.


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