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FOX Has To Find Balance Between World Cup & NFL On Sunday
“ Lionel Messi and Argentina are set to take on Kylian Mbappe and defending champion France in the World Cup final in Qatar.”
As it did with the opener, the World Cup will be center stage on FOX and ultimately lead into the network’s slate of NFL games on Sunday.
Lionel Messi and Argentina are set to take on Kylian Mbappe and defending champion France in the World Cup final in Qatar. The match, which will carry an obviously different feel and meaning than the host nation’s 2-0 loss to Ecuador to begin tournament play on November 20, will kickoff at 10 a.m. with the idea being that the trophy presentation afterwards will take viewers right up to the 1 p.m. NFL kickoffs.
What will probably end up happening is the NFL pregame will start on FS1 and move to FOX if time allows. Matches in Qatar have routinely been on time kicking off at the top of the hour they’re scheduled. So a 10 a.m. kickoff would put halftime somewhere between 10:45-10:55 a.m. Halftime is 15 minutes, so the second half would start between 11 and 11:10. Unless there’s a ton of injuries and stoppages resulting in a hefty chunk of added time at the end, regulation would end around noon.
But if the game goes to extra time, you’re taking a break before the start of the first 15-minute period, another five minutes, plus another 15ish minutes. That would have the match itself ending close to 12:45.
A shootout, which has only happened twice in the final in the entire tournament’s history, would carry the broadcast right up to 1 p.m., and that would almost certainly force the trophy presentation to FS1. It’s unlikely the network sacrifices NFL viewers and transitions game coverage to FOX after games start.
Still, the network is hoping for a big ratings day. Combined with Spanish-language rights holder Telemundo, the 2018 final in Russia averaged 17.8 million, down slightly from the 18 million that tuned in for the 2014 final in Brazil.
FOX reported last month that 15.5 million tuned in to watch the U.S. battle England to a scoreless draw in group play of the World Cup on Black Friday, part of a Thanksgiving weekend that drew in over 98 million viewers.
A combined 25.4 million watched quarterfinal action on FOX, with France/England leading the way with 8.855 million. Ratings for Tuesday and Wednesday’s semifinal matches will come towards the end of the week.
Jordan Bondurant is a features reporter for Barrett Sports Media. He’s a multimedia journalist and communicator who works at the Virginia State Corporation Commission in Richmond. Jordan also contributes occasional coverage of the Washington Capitals for the blog NoVa Caps. His prior media experiences include working for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the Danville Register & Bee, Virginia Lawyers Weekly, WRIC-TV 8News and Audacy Richmond. He can be reached by email at email@example.com or follow him on Twitter @J__Bondurant.
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Mike Breen: My Dream Was to Be a DJ at WPLJ
“I enjoyed being on the air and talking. So my initial thought was, ‘I’m going to be a disc jockey.’”
These days, WPLJ in New York City is a Christian station owned by the Educational Media Foundation. When Mike Breen was a kid in Yonkers though, it was one of the most influential rock stations in America and the man who is now known as the voice of the NBA wanted to be on the air there.
On the latest edition of Dan Le Batard’s South Beach Sessions podcast, Breen revealed that he always loved sports. His first introduction to broadcasting though came from a neighbor named Tony Minecola. He was a few years older than Breen and studying to be a radio broadcaster in college.
“He built a radio station in his basement and played disc jockey,” Breen told Le Batard. “’He had commercials, records, you know, everything. Like it was a real radio station, only it only went from one room to the next. That was what he was into, and that’s what he was going to college for. And we used to hang out in the basement all the time. And one day he says, ‘Hey, why don’t you come in? You want to you want to be the DJ for a little bit?’ And I’m like, okay, let me try it.’ And I fell in love with it.”
Mike Breen didn’t just fall in love with the idea of radio. He saw it as a viable career and knew exactly where he wanted it to take him.
“I enjoyed being on the air and talking. So my initial thought was, ‘I’m going to be a disc jockey.’ WPLJ was like the big rock station in New York back at that time, and I thought, ‘I’m going to be a DJ on WPLJ.’ That was my first goal.
Through the 70s and early 80s, WPLJ was an album rock station. Some of its most iconic on air personalities included Carol Miller, Pat St. John, Fr. Bill Ayers, and Mark Goodman, who was eventually one of MTV’s original VJs.
Breen said he loved the rock music of the time, especially Jethro Tull and Bruce Springsteen, but he realized that a broadcasting career could keep him close to sports too.
Obviously, he chose well. That is not to say that he couldn’t have been a great DJ if given the chance, but he went on to be the voice of the New York Knicks and has called more NBA Finals games than anyone else in history.
WPLJ was out of the rock business by 1983 when it became a pop station.
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New Episodes of Beyond Limits Coming to CBS Sports
The series, which first premiered in September 2021, is produced by the CBS Sports Race and Culture Unit, with senior producer Sarah M. Kazadi.
CBS Sports is set to premiere new episodes of its franchise Beyond Limits, which celebrates athletes who go beyond the implicit boundaries of sports and society. Three half-hour episodes will be hosted by CBS Sports reporter AJ Ross, and will also air on CBS’ linear channel and stream live on Paramount+.
The first episode of the season is titled “Who I Am,” and it will feature Byron Perkins, who is the first openly gay football player at a historically black college or university (HBCU). Perkins is a redshirt senior at Hampton University. The show will also discuss the relationship he has with his mother and how she has impacted him both as a person and an athlete.
Two more episodes will premiere throughout the season – one on making sports adaptable and accessible; and the other featuring athletes who have moved into executive roles. The latter show includes interviews with NBA Executive Vice President and Head of Basketball Operations, Joe Dumars; New Orleans Pelicans Vice President of Basketball Operations and Team Development, Swin Cash; and NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations, Troy Vincent.
The series, which first premiered in September 2021, is produced by the CBS Sports Race and Culture Unit, with senior producer Sarah M. Kazadi. Its first episode premieres on Sunday, June 11 at 1:30 p.m. EST/10:30 a.m. PST, and should provide fans with unique storytelling and spotlight into the journeys of various key figures in sports and media alike.
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ESPN Colleagues Pay Tribute to Neil Everett
“It was universal praise from the people that knew and worked with Everett.”
Neil Everett has become one of the faces of SportsCenter. After 23 years at ESPN, he announced that he is leaving the network.
Colleagues at the World Wide Leader took to Twitter to share their thoughts. It was universal praise from the people that knew and worked with Everett. Chief among them was his SportsCenter partner of fourteen years, Stan Verrett.
If Root Sports Northwest requires references, there are plenty ESPN colleagues past and present that were immediately ready to vouch for Neil Everett.
Everett was not laid off. He turned down a new contract that would have forced him to take a pay cut.
The Walt Disney Company is in the middle of layoffs effecting every division. CEO Bob Iger has tasked his leaders with reducing costs by $5.5 billion and cutting 7000 jobs.