What time do you want to meet for lunch? Be there at 1pm but I don’t arrive until 2pm to eat.
This is how Fox Sports unfairly promotes World Cup start times. However, this is disrespectful, not unexpected.
For Monday’s eight-year-old United States vs. Wales match, Fox’s schedule said “coverage starts at 1.”
One problem? It started at 2 o’clock.
While others do it too, it’s especially bad when the event takes place across the world in Qatar with a time difference that makes the start times weird for fans.
For Tuesday morning’s game in Argentina, Fox Sports has advertised the coverage as starting at 4:00 AM, even though kick-off is at 5:00 AM.
Who needs an extra hour of sleep? Also, subjecting the fans to Aleksi Lalas pre-game is cruel and unusual punishment at any hour.
Ian Darke, 68 and with the chops to do what he wants, added on Monday morning that the game in the US would actually start at 2pm, but it doesn’t. the norm. We heard that no other Fox Sports announcer would do that in two days.
Of all the World Cup problems, this one is not at the top of the list. Qatar bribed to host the event, resulting in games being moved from summer to winter, the sale of beer to fans banned from the stadium and, most recently, players being banned from wearing the rainbow-coloured captain’s ‘OneLove’ anti. -discrimination bracelets with the risk of receiving a yellow card if it is done.
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Like NBC and the Olympics, Fox did not choose the host of the Cup, but it determines how to cover it. It is understood that they are there to showcase 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 can end up being very significant.
First, maybe Fox Sports can tell fans to show up for lunch at the right time.
Iger’s impact on ESPN
Bob Iger’s return to Disney will have ramifications for ESPN. That’s probably a positive for ESPN, as Iger was a supporter during his first tenure at Disney. (How could he not be, since its earnings allowed him to buy a lot of other things?) Iger tapped Jimmy Pitaro to run ESPN, so he’ll likely want to continue down a similar path. Iger also has a strong relationship with the NBA, which likely bodes well for Disney/ABC/ESPN’s continued relationship with the league when the new TV rights deals come up in 2025. Disney’s stock jumped on his return because he didn’t want to change course. … One really interesting question: “What if?” If Iger had returned to head Disney a year ago, would Al Michaels, who is a friend of Iger’s, return to “Monday Night Football?” It would have changed the entire landscape of the crazy NFL TV free agency we just witnessed.
Clicker Book Club
World Cup Reading: Papa Clicker writes that as the world eyes the 2022 World Cup, the book FIFA World Cup, A History of the Planet’s Biggest Sports Event by author Clement A. Lisi details the changes to each year’s major matches. that have happened over the years (such as 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 handy reference. Papa Clicker, Herb Marchand, gives it a really strong 4.5 out of 5 clickers.