Fox Sports disrespecting fans with World Cup dishonesty

What time would you like to meet for lunch? You’re there at 1pm but I’m not showing up until 2pm to eat.

This is how Fox Sports dishonestly promotes World Cup kick-off times. However, it is disrespectful, not unexpected.

For eight years on Monday at the United States’ home game against Wales, Fox’s graphic kept saying “coverage starts at 1.”

A problem? The start was at 2 o’clock.

While others do, too, it’s especially bad when the event is across the world in Qatar with a time difference that makes the start time unusual for fans.

For Tuesday morning’s match with Argentina, Fox Sports has promoted coverage to begin at 4am, although kick-off is at 5am.

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

In the height of honesty on Monday morning, working on England’s destruction of Iran, player Ian Darke, played by the player, at 68 and with the chops to do what he wants, added that the match with the United States it will actually start at 14:00, but this is not the case. rate. We didn’t hear another Fox Sports announcer do that in two days of coverage.

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Of all the problems with the World Cup, this one is not at the top of the list. Qatar paid bribes to host the event, which resulted in the games being switched from summer to winter, beer being banned from being sold to fans in the stadium and, most recently, players being banned from wearing anti-Captain OneLove. -discriminating strips with the risk of being assessed with a yellow card, if they do so.

A television camera is seen inside the Al Thumama Stadium ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar on November 14, 2022 in Doha, Qatar.  (Photo by Hector Vivas - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
Fox Sports isn’t reaching out to fans for World Cup kick-off times.
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Like NBC and the Olympics, Fox did not choose the host of the Cup, but dictates how to cover it. It is understood that they are there to show the matches. But you have to be there before the fire starts, so the issues related to these games should be part of the coverage because eventually they can 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 repercussions at ESPN. It’s probably a positive for ESPN, as Iger was a supporter during his first reign at Disney. (How could it not since his earnings allowed him to buy a lot of other things?) Iger tapped Jimmy Pitaro to head ESPN, so he likely wants to keep him on a similar path. Iger also has a strong relationship with the NBA, which probably bodes well for a possible continuation of Disney/ABC/ESPN’s relationship with the league when new TV rights deals come up for renewal in 2025. That said , Iger didn’t Disney’s stock soar on his return because he wasn’t willing to change course. … A really interesting question, “What if?” If Iger had returned as the head of Disney a year ago, would Al Michaels, who is friends with Iger, end up on “Monday Night Football?” That would have changed 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 “The FIFA World Cup, A History of the Planet’s Greatest Sports Event,” goes into detail about the key matches of each the year, the changes that have occurred 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 1930 to the present day. This book is both an enjoyable read and a useful reference. Papa Clicker, Herb Marchand, gives it a solid 4.5 out of 5 clickers.

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