What time would you like to meet for lunch? Be there at 1pm, but I wouldn’t show up until 2pm to eat.
This is how Fox Sports dishonestly promotes World Cup start times. It’s disrespectful, though, not unexpected.
For eight years waiting for Monday’s USA vs. Wales game, Fox graphics kept saying that “Coverage starts at 1.”
One problem? Kick-off was at 2 o’clock.
While others do it too, it’s especially bad when the action is around the world in Qatar with a time lag that makes start times unusual for fans.
For the Argentina game on Tuesday morning, Fox Sports touted that coverage starts at 4am, even though kick-off is 5am.
Who needs an extra hour of sleep? Plus, having fans put Alexi Lalas down in the preliminary game is cruel and unusual punishment at any hour.
In the pinnacle of honesty Monday morning England are working to demolish Iran, 68-year-old Ian Darke and with the chops to do his own thing added that the USA match would actually start at 2pm, but this is not the case. Al-Qaeda. We haven’t heard any other Fox Sports anchor do this in two days of coverage.
Of all the World Cup problems, this one isn’t high on the list. Qatar has bribed its way into hosting the event, moving matches from summer to winter, banning the sale of beer to fans at the stadium, and most recently, banning players from wearing the captain’s rainbow “OneLove” crest. Discrimination badges with the risk of being assessed a yellow card, if they do so.
Catch up on all the action of the 2022 World Cup with more from the New York Post
Like NBC and the Olympics, Fox does not choose the host for the Cup, but determines how it will be covered. Understandably, they are there to show the games. But you have to be there before the fire starts, so the issues around these games should be part of the coverage because in the end it can be a very big problem.
First, maybe Fox Sports can tell fans when it’s a good time to come to lunch.
Iger’s influence on ESPN
Bob Iger’s return to Disney will have ramifications for ESPN. This is likely a positive for ESPN, as Iger was a supporter during his first reign at Disney. (How could he not be since his earnings have allowed him to buy so many other things?) Iger chose Jimmy Pitaro as president of ESPN so he’ll likely keep it on the same path. Iger also has a solid relationship with the NBA, which likely means good things for a potential continuation of Disney/ABC/ESPN’s relationship with the league when new TV rights deals are up for renewal in 2025. However, Iger didn’t make a jump on Disney stock with He returned because he was unwilling to change course. …a really interesting question, “What if?” If Iger returned as president of Disney a year ago, would Michelle, Iger’s buddy, end up returning to “Monday Night Football?” That would have changed the entire landscape of the crazy NFL TV agency we just watched.
Persian Book Club
World Cup reading: Papa Clicker writes that while the world watches the 2022 World Cup, author Clemente A. Lisi titled “The FIFA World Cup, the History of the Biggest Sporting Event on Planet Earth” goes into detail about the major matches each year, and the changes that have occurred over the years (eg eg the introduction of red and yellow cards and the recent use of the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) and the biographies of some of the goats in the game from 1930 to today. This book is both an enjoyable read and a useful reference. Papa Clicker Herb Marchand gives it a really solid 4.5 out of 5 clicks.