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 dishonestly promotes the start times of the World Cup. It’s disrespectful, though, not unexpected.

For eight years on Monday in the highly anticipated United States v Wales match, the Fox graphics kept saying “coverage starts at 1”.

One problem? The start was at 2.

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

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

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

In stark honesty on Monday morning, working on England’s demolition of Iran, player Ian Darke, at 68 and with the chops to do whatever he wants, added that the United States game would start at 2 p.m. m., but this is 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 was bribed to host the event, which resulted in matches being moved from summer to winter, banning the sale of beer to fans in the stadium and, most recently, banning players from wearing “OneLove” stickers of the leader in the color of the rainbow. -discrimination armbands at risk of being assessed a yellow card if they do.

A television 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 is unavailable with fans regarding World Cup kick-off times.
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Like NBC and the Olympics, Fox didn’t pick the Cup’s host, but dictates how to cover it. Of course they are there to show the games. But you have to be there before the fire starts, so the issues around these games have to be part of the coverage because it 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 impact on ESPN

Bob Iger’s return to Disney will have implications for ESPN. It’s probably a positive for ESPN, as Iger was a supporter during his first reign at Disney. (How could he not since his earnings allowed him to buy a lot of other things?) Iger tapped 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 up for renewal in 2025. That said, the Iger didn’t make it Disney’s stock soared on his return because he wasn’t willing to change course. … A really interesting question, “What if?” If Iger had returned as head of Disney a year ago, would Al Michaels, who is friends with Iger, end up returning to “Monday Night Football?” This 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 Read: Papa Clicker writes that as the world watches the 2022 World Cup, author Clemente A. Lisi’s book ‘The FIFA World Cup, A History of the Planet’s Biggest Sporting Event’, details the key matches of each year, the changes that have occurred over the years (for example the introduction of the red and yellow card 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 useful reference. Papa Clicker Herb Marchand gives it a very strong 4.5 out of 5 clickers.

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