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 unfairly promotes the start time of the World Cup. It’s disrespectful, but not unexpected.

During Monday’s eight-year wait for the United States vs. Wales game, Fox’s graphics kept saying “broadcast starts at 1.”

One problem? It started at 2.

While others do it, it’s especially bad when the event is held 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 advertised the coverage as starting at 4am, even though kick-off is at 5am

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

In the height of candor on Monday morning, working on England’s demolition of Iran, back-up player Ian Darke, aged 68 and tasked with doing whatever he wants, added that the United States game would actually start at 2pm but that was not the rule. 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 one is not at the top of the list. Qatar has bribed its way into hosting the event, resulting in games being moved from summer to winter, beer being banned from being sold to fans in the stadium and, most recently, players not being allowed to wear rainbow “OneLove” captain’s badges – discriminatory armbands with the risk of be assessed with a yellow card, if they experience it.

A TV camera is seen inside 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 has not been open with fans about the start time of the World Cup.
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Follow all the events of the 2022 World Cup with more information from the New York Post

Like NBC and the Olympics, Fox did not pick the cup’s host, but dictates how it will be covered. It is understood that they are there to show the games. But you have to be there before the fire starts so issues with these games need to be part of the coverage because they could end up being a big deal.

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First, maybe Fox Sports can tell fans when it’s a good time to show up for lunch.

Iger’s impact on ESPN

Bob Iger’s return to Disney will have ramifications for ESPN. That’s likely a positive for ESPN, as Iger was a fixture during his first reign at Disney. (How could he not be, since his earnings allowed him to buy a lot of other things?) Iger chose Jimmy Pitar to be the head of ESPN, so he’ll probably want to continue on a similar path. Iger also has a strong connection to the NBA, which likely means good things for Disney/ABC/ESPN’s potential continued relationship with the league when new TV rights deals come up for renewal in 2025. Still, Iger didn’t make Disney’s stock jump with his return because he didn’t want to. change course. … One very interesting question, “What if?” If Iger had returned to head Disney a year ago, would Al Michaels, who is friends with Iger, end up returning to “Monday Night Football?” That would change the entire landscape of the crazy NFL TV free agency we just witnessed.

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Clicker Literary Club

World Cup Reading: Papa Clicker writes that as the world watches the 2022 World Cup, author Clemente A. Lisi “The World Cup, the history of the greatest sporting event on the planet,” goes into detail about each year’s key matches, the changes that occurred during years (for example the introduction of red and yellow cards and the recent use of the 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 practical reference. Papa Clicker, Herb Marchand, gives it a very strong 4.5 out of 5 clickers.


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