ESPN and FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015

1999 Women’s World Cup Champions Julie Foudy, Kristine Lilly and Kate Markgraf Reunite on ESPN

ESPN will feature unprecedented coverage news and information coverage of the Women’s World Cup in Canada 2015, led by espnW, the premier cross-platform brand for women who love sports. Highlights:

Primary TV Pundits

Julie Foudy, captain of the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team that captured the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup, and her 1999 teammates Kristine Lilly and Kate Markgraf headline ESPN’s analysis, news and information coverage of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup on TV. Bob Holtzman will report on the U.S. team from Canada.

  • Julie Foudy (espnW) – the ESPN commentator is one of the most-recognized faces in women’s sports
  • Kristine Lilly (ESPN FC) – making her debut as a TV pundit after one of the most-accomplished careers in women’s soccer history
  • Kate Markgraf (ESPN FC) – returns to ESPN after working as a game and studio analyst during Germany 2011
  • Bob Holtzman (Reporter) – ESPN bureau reporter, who covered the U.S. Women’s National Team throughout Women’s World Cup 2011 in Germany, returns to the same role for SportsCenter, ESPN FC, and other news and information programs.

espnW.com

espnW will anchor ESPN’s multi-platform coverage of the quadrennial tournament – the biggest women’s only global sporting event. The digital platform will feature veteran sports and soccer writers – Andrea Canales, Jim Caple, Jeff Carlisle, Kate Fagan, Ben Gladwell, Graham Hays, D’Arcy Maine, Doug McIntyre, Elizabeth Merrill, Graham Parker and Sarah Spain – who will be onsite providing original content from all 52 matches. Highlights:

  • Group-by-group previews of all 24 teams;
  • In-depth features on U.S. stars Sydney Leroux and Alex Morgan, as well as Allison Glock’s intimate look at goalkeeper Hope Solo;
  • Three-part series by Julie Foudy explaining how the S. Women’s National Team can end the drought and win its first World Cup in 16 years;
  • Foudy’s bracket predictions, with game-by-game picks from the Round of 16 and on;
  • A panel of experts select the top-10 players as well as picks and predictions;
  • An Xs and Os look at the top contenders at the World Cup – USA, France, Germany, Japan and Sweden;
  • Graham Hays’ profile of USA coach Jill Ellis;
  • espnW’s #HowSheDoesIt – a deep-dive focusing on how six U.S. Women’s National Team players prepare physically and mentally for the World Cup;
  • In their own words, U.S. Women’s National Team stars Abby Wambach and Megan Rapinoe recount the plays that led to the historic header by Wambach in stoppage time against Brazil in the 2011 World Cup quarterfinals, voted as the best goal in U.S. Soccer history;
  • Post-game analysis and breakdown for all matches via data provided by ESPN’s industry-leading Stats and Information Group;
  • Automated stats, team rosters, match previews and recaps, all powered by ESPN FC.

Additionally on ESPN Social Media handles: Facebook Q & As with ESPN soccer talent; World Cup Snapshot Mosaic featuring images shared by teams and players during the tournament; “Day in The Life” – curated Instagram follow with player or talent; “Scene and Heard” content from various match sites, and more.

Grantland

Grantland will have ongoing coverage from Louisa Thomas and Ryan O’Hanlon throughout the tournament.  Thomas profiled USWNT forward Sydney Leroux earlier this week.

FiveThirtyEight.com

This week, June 2, FiveThirtyEight debuted the first-ever Women’s World Cup interactive graphic, which will evaluate on a daily basis the probability of each team’s chances throughout the tournament. In addition to covering developing storylines, the site will publish several data-driven stories and podcasts tied to tournament, including:

  • An in-depth analytical profile of the U.S. Women’s National Team, based on its performance in the Friendlies.
  • A group-by-group tournament preview based on FiveThirtyEight’s forecast, by Allison McCann.
  • A video and podcast interview with USWNT players Kelley O’Hara and Christen Press, by Allison McCann.

SportsCenter

ESPN’s flagship news and information program will feature live reports from the U.S. Women’s National Team camp through the duration of their World Cup campaign in Canada as well as studio analysis featuring a rotation of Foudy, Lilly and Markgraf. Highlights:

  • On match-days featuring the U.S. team, SportsCenter will offer extensive pre- and post-match coverage;
  • Holtzman, with the U.S. team, will be SportsCenter’s primary reporter in Canada;
  • After the group stage, Foudy will appear on the show live from sites of key World Cup matchups in Canada.

ESPN FC TV

ESPN FC on TV, ESPN daily soccer news, information, highlights and analysis, television program, will provide daily analysis, previews and post-match breakdowns throughout the duration of the tournament, with regular appearances by Foudy, Lilly and Markgraf, including reports from espnW writers covering the matches in Canada and Holtzman with the U.S. team.

ESPN FC will kickoff its coverage with a one-hour special ESPN FC Women’s Soccer Preview on Friday, June 5, at 10:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2, hosted by Adrian Healey with Foudy, Lilly and Markgraf. Highlights:

  • Daily analysis from panel of experts;
  • Reports by Holtzman and espnW writers from U.S. camp in Canada;
  • Daily espnW digital segments and features about the tournament and its key stars;
  • X and Os previews and analysis of the key matchups, including the U.S. team;
  • ESPN digital anchor Antonietta “Toni” Collins will join the rotation – including Healey and Dan Thomas – as a ESPN FC host during the tournament.

ESPN The Magazine: World Football Issue

The Mag’s World Football Issue (on newsstands now) features U.S. Women’s National Team stars Alex Morgan, Abby Wambach and Sydney Leroux on the cover.  The issue also features profiles of the U.S. World Cup team, including goalkeeper Hope Solo, who opens up for the first time about the incidents that led to her suspension from the team by U.S. Soccer as she prepared for her third World Cup.

Other stories include the Premier League’s diversity problem, a look into FIFA’s numerous controversies surrounding the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, an analytics preview of the (June 6) Champions League final between Barcelona and Juventus, and a special take from FiveThirtyEight on all 24 teams in the Women’s World Cup.

espnW Originals: What Makes Us

espnW has launched a new original series, What Makes Us, comprised of five documentary shorts featuring some of the world’s greatest female athletes and their journeys to become sports icons.  The series is produced in collaboration with the sibling directing team, the Mundo Sisters, who previously directed the popular espnW Original Nine for IX Short: Rowdy Ronda Rousey.

Three of the films focus on elite women’s soccer players participating in the Women’s World Cup – USA’s Sydney Leroux and Megan Rapinoe, and Spain’s Verónica Boquete.

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FOX Sports Showcases All 24 FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP 2015 Teams in Unprecedented Series of Features

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Emmy Award-Winning Producer Jennifer Pransky

Leads Unit Telling More than 60 Unique and Compelling Stories

Think fast: Which member of the U.S. Women’s National Team (USWNT) is the youngest of seven children? Which player turns 40 years old during the FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP™ 2015?

FOX Sports answers these questions and many more about the players comprising the 24 international teams competing in this month’s FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP™ 2015 with more than 60 features airing throughout the tournament on FOX, FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports 2. Every feature – including extended “director’s cut” versions for many – is available on demand on www.FOXSports.com and distributed across FOX Sports Digital social media accounts. During its nearly 200 hours of FIFA Women’s World Cup™ programming, FOX Sports offers more comprehensive human interest coverage of players and teams than any other network in the event’s history, beginning with FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP SPECIAL, a live one-hour preview show airing on the eve of match play, Friday, June 5 (7:30 PM ET) on FOX Sports 1.

Spearheading the production of the FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP™ 2015 features is Jennifer Pransky, Coordinating Producer for the Features Division.  Pransky, a multiple Emmy Award-winner, plays a central role in creating features and vignettes for FOX Sports’ expansive coverage of the tournament and is charged with telling the athletes’ stories in unique and compelling ways.  In her daily role outside of women’s soccer, Pransky produces specialty features, projects and shows across all sports for every FOX Sports outlet, including broadcast and cable television and digital.

“The level of athleticism and training these women put into the FIFA Women’s World Cup is astounding, but their stories don’t end with the endless hours on the field,” said David Neal, FIFA Women’s World Cup™ on FOX Executive Producer.  “FOX Sports is delving deep into each team to unearth the most interesting aspects of who these superstars are. Jen Pransky and her group have done an outstanding job of painting these players not only as world-class athletes but as human beings. Their personal triumphs are as compelling as their professional ones, and fans will be able to identify with the athletes as they cheer them on.”

One prime example of the work Pransky’s unit has produced is the feature focused on USWNT midfielder Megan Rapinoe.  The piece shows that she is as much an artist off-field as she is an athlete on-field.  We learn that she is an avid guitar player, a style aficionado and loves the diverse community that is her home in Seattle.  Openly gay, Rapinoe shares her personal story, including her use of art and music to express her individuality while growing up as a teenager who struggled to reveal her true self. Watch a preview of the feature here.

“I love soccer, I always have and I always will, but there is more to me than just soccer, more that I love, more that I am proud of, more that I am passionate about and more that I want to be,” said Rapinoe. “I have and will always live my life by a simple rule: always be yourself.”

“We’ve spent over a year coming to know many of the women playing in this tournament, and we can’t wait for America to learn more about them through the work of the talented people in our unit,” said Pransky. “Our piece on Megan Rapinoe is a great example of what viewers can expect. She’s honest, unique, and has tons of moxie!  Megan reminds us that being different is cool, which is one of the many positive messages that will come from getting to know her and the remarkable women playing in the FIFA Women’s World Cup.”

Highlights of the 60-plus features include:

Japan – Four years ago, Japan shocked the world by beating the United States in an unforgettable World Cup final. Players from the 2011 championship team recount that fateful match and how it changed their lives.

Carli Lloyd – By virtue of her regimented training and meticulous eating plan, Lloyd is considered one of the hardest working players in the game today. However, she wasn’t always as dedicated.  Lloyd reveals the challenges she faced when graduating to the national level and the realization she no longer was the best on the field, which prompted her to make drastic changes in her mindset and daily training.

Dzsenifer Marozsan – The German midfielder describes herself as quiet on the field but cheeky off of it. Soccer is in her DNA. Born in Hungary, her family moved to Germany when her father had the chance to play for FC Saarbrϋken. Meet the rising star of the No.1-ranked team in the world.

Maren Mjelde – Mjelde has lived and played abroad for many years but is always honored to play for her home country of Norway. She takes FOX Sports to her picturesque home to meet her family. Mjelde’s mother is battling cancer, but through supporting her, the family has become stronger than ever.

Alex Morgan – Morgan, one of the most high-profile players on the USWNT, takes viewers behind-the-scenes of what it means to be an ambassador for the sport and role model for younger, aspiring players.  Cameras follow Morgan through commercial and promotional shoots to learn more about the responsibilities of being a team member both on and off the field, as well as the woman who was virtually unknown in the last FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP™ but whose face now is everywhere.

Christie Rampone – Rampone, a longtime captain of the USWNT, is participating in her fifth and final FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP™, and turns 40 years old during the tournament (June 24).  Rampone, also a soccer mom to two children, takes viewers through a day in her life as a mother, wife and world-class athlete.

 

Pia Sundhage – One of the great players in women’s soccer history, Sundhage was born in Sweden, but coached the USWNT from 2008-12. Now coaching for her home country, she looks to deliver glory to her native Sweden after leading the USWNT to two Olympic gold medals and a second-place World Cup finish. FOX Sports soccer insider Grant Wahl goes one-on-one with the head coach.

Abby Wambach – One of the biggest names in the history of the USWNT, Wambach’s mother checked out a library book on soccer because one of her seven children wanted to play.  Wambach, lucky number seven of her siblings, heads home to Rochester, N.Y., with FOX Sports to introduce viewers to her dozens of family members, including many boisterous nieces and nephews, at her parents’ home.  The group reminisces and shares interesting stories about life growing up as a Wambach.

Women’s Soccer – Equality between men’s and women’s sports has always been a topic of discussion in the United States, and the conversation is reaching global levels. Many of the top players in the world grew up playing on boys’ teams because there were no girls’ teams. FOX Sports talks to players around the world about how women’s soccer has changed in their lifetimes, and what steps the sport still needs to take to become the global force it has the potential to be.

FOX Sports plans the most expansive and comprehensive multi-platform coverage ever of the FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP™, including an unprecedented 16 matches airing live on FOX broadcast network, when the tournament commences on Saturday, June 6. FOX Sports televises all 52 games in the expanded tournament from six cities across Canada between June 6 and July 5, live on FOX, FOX Sports 1, America’s fastest growing sports network, and FOX Sports 2.  All games are available on tablets and mobile devices via the FOX Sports GO app and online at www.FOXSportsGO.com.

For more information on FOX Sports’ comprehensive coverage of FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015™, please visit FOX Sports Press Pass.

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espnW’s Julie Foudy and Former U.S. Soccer Teammates Kristine Lilly and Kate Markgraf Headline ESPN’s Women’s World Cup Coverage

1999 Women’s World Cup Champions to Appear on SportsCenter, ESPN FC, espnW and Other Platforms

espnW’s Julie Foudy, captain of the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team that captured the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup, will be joined by two of her 1999 teammates Kristine Lilly and Kate Markgraf to headline ESPN’s comprehensive analysis, news and information coverage of the 2015 Women’s World Cup in Canada.

The three are among the most accomplished and decorated players in international women’s soccer, collectively with five World Cup titles and six Olympic gold medals among them and combined 825 international appearances for the USWNT.

Foudy will provide analysis for ESPN’s news and information programs including SportsCenter and ESPN FC, and offer previews, reports and commentary for espnW.com.

Lilly and Markgraf will join ESPN FC beginning Saturday, May 30, from Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J., the site of the USWNT’s final send-off match before the World Cup, against South Korea.

Additionally, ESPN digital anchor Antonietta “Toni” Collins will join the rotation as a host of ESPN FC during the Women’s World Cup. ESPN reporter Bob Holtzman will follow the U.S. team throughout the tournament, providing updates for SportsCenter.

espnW will be onsite providing original content for all 52 games of the tournament – with a collection of veteran writers from espnW, ESPN FC and ESPN.com, including Andrea Canales, Jim Caple, Jeff Carlisle, Kate Fagan, Ben Gladwell, Graham Hays, Doug McIntyre, D’Arcy Maine, Elizabeth Merrill, Graham Parker and Sarah Spain. espnW will provide comprehensive coverage of the Women’s World Cup at espnW.com/WWC, which will include automated stats, rosters, game previews and recaps powered by ESPN FC.

Bios:

Canales covers Liga MX and Mexico National Team for ESPNFC.com.

Caple is an award-winning columnist and senior writer for ESPN.com, who has reported from 17 World Series, nine Olympic Games and six continents.

Carlisle has covered MLS and the U.S. national teams for ESPN since 2005, and provided on-site coverage from the 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cups, as well as the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup. He began his soccer journalism career in 2002 when he wrote for QuakeMagic.com, covering the San Jose Earthquakes and the WUSA’s San Jose CyberRays.

Collins joined ESPN in 2013 as a digital anchor. She played for the Mexican Women’s National Team’s under-19 squad and has previously reported on MLS’ FC Dallas, among other assignments. Collins also contributes to various platforms for ESPN Deportes.

Fagan has been a columnist for espnW.com since 2012 who has covered a variety of sports for the site, including college and professional basketball, women’s soccer, the NFL and more. She spent three seasons reporting on the Philadelphia 76ers for the Philadelphia Inquirer from 2009 – 2012 and played women’s basketball at the University of Colorado from 1999 – 2004. Last October, she wrote the in-depth profile “After the Storm” about USWNT star Abby Wambach for espnW and ESPN The Magazine.

Foudy is one of the most accomplished female soccer players in the world. She joined ESPN in 2005 as women’s soccer and FIFA World Cup analyst. Following her work during the 2006 FIFA World Cup, Foudy’s role at ESPN was expanded to include serving as a features reporter and a spokesperson for select company initiatives. She served as a host, analyst and reporter for ESPN’s productions of the the 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cups and was an analyst during ESPN’s presentation of the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup. In 2015, Foudy was named espnW’s primary representative at major sporting events.

Gladwell is a writer for ESPNFC.com, covering international soccer.

Hays began his career with ESPN in 1999, and has since become one of the preeminent women’s college sports writers in the country, covering basketball, soccer and softball for espnW. In 2015, Hays was honored with the Mel Greenberg Media Award from the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association for his women’s college basketball writing.

Holtzman joined ESPN in November 2000 as a Cincinnati-based reporter. He primarily covers stories that are featured on the network’s award-winning news and information shows including SportsCenter, Sunday NFL Countdown, Monday Night Countdown, Outside the Lines and Baseball Tonight. A seasoned international sports reporter, Holtzman has covered the U.S. National Soccer Teams for SportsCenter and other shows.

Lilly is the most-capped player in international soccer history, appearing 352 times for the USA. A midfielder, she scored 130 goals in her career – good for fourth-most all-time — and played in five Women’s World Cups. Lilly is a three-time U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the year. She was inducted into the U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame in 2014.

MacIntyre is a staff writer for ESPN The Magazine and a U.S. Soccer Insider for ESPNFC. He has covered American and international soccer since 2002.

Maine is a staff writer for espnW, covering culture and sports, and highlighting some of the top trending sports social media topics the espnW’s The Buzz. She previously served as SportsNation’s mobile correspondent, hosting chats from some of the biggest sporting events in the country.

Markgraf was one of the best defenders in U.S. Women’s National Team history. Though she was the least experienced starter in 1999, having joined the team a year earlier, Markgraf helped anchor the defense for the United States’ 1999 Women’s World Cup winning team. Markgraf played in 201 international matches from 1998 – 2008, the seventh-most in the U.S. women’s team history. She previously served as an analyst for ESPN during the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

Merrill is a senior writer for ESPN.com and ESPN The Magazine who has written extensively on the NFL and several Olympic sports. She previously wrote for The Kansas City Star and The Omaha World-Herald.

Parker is a soccer columnist for ESPNFC.com and Grantland where he writes “The Designated Player” column, and serves as the chief U.S. soccer writer for The Guardian US

Spain is the co-host of espnW Presents: Spain & Prim on ESPN Radio, a SportsCenter anchor for ESPN1000 and has been an espnW columnist since 2010, covering a variety of sports including the NFL, NBA and soccer.

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ESPN Weekly Enterprise jOURnalism Release

Reporter Jeremy Schaap & host Bob Ley discuss the issues on Wednesday’s expanded OTL.

“The FIFA Crisis”

ESPN Platforms

ESPN continues its extensive FIFA indictments coverage highlighted by tonight’s Outside the Lines Special: The FIFA Crisis at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN.

Below, some examples of the reports, analysis and commentary which have appeared across various ESPN platforms:

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Wednesday’s Outside the Lines’ podcast

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How FIFA’s Structure Lends Itself To Corruption

By Carl Bialik, FiveThirtyEight’s lead writer for news

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Sepp Blatter’s Future – What You Need to Know

By Gabriele Marcotti, columnist for ESPN FC

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The Buck Stops with Blatter

Video commentary by soccer play-by-play commentator Ian Darke

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The FIFA Crisis 

SportsCenter’s Robert Flores’ “Top Takes” video commentary

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An Examination of the Most Powerful Man in Sports

Jeremy Schaap focuses on Sepp Blatter’s leadership of the organization overseeing world soccer.

 

The Ugly Game

ESPN The Magazine (“World Football Issue” on newsstands on Friday)

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Sepp Blatter is on the brink of winning his fifth term as FIFA president, even as the staging of the next two World Cups looks more contentious than ever. Based largely on a recent in-depth documentary produced by E:60 in which Jeremy Schaap told the tale of corruption, injustice and moral depravity behind FIFA’s naming Russia and Qatar as World Cup hosts, ESPN The Magazine presents a guide explaining just why everyone is so outraged with FIFA.

 

Life on the Streets

SportsCenter (Sunday, 10 a.m., ESPN)

ESPN.com (to be posted Sunday)

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In an effort to get a closer look at the hardships homeless people in America endure every single day, two St. Louis Rams defensive linemen took to the streets for 24 hours with no place to sleep or eat, no connection to the outside world and only $4 each. SC Featured followed their story.

“It was the worst night I’ve ever had in my life for sure. My body hurts so bad right now.” — William Hayes, St. Louis Rams defensive end

“It’s amazing though when that cop went to talk to me, just how unsettled that felt, compared to like if a cop normally talks to me walking down the street.” — Chris Long, St. Louis Rams defensive end

Check ESPNFrontRow.com for a behind the scenes look at the making of the piece.

  

Cub-struction Project

Outside the Lines (Sunday, 9 a.m. ESPN; 10 a.m., ESPN2)

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Cubs fan Holly Swyers at the May 11 re-opening of Wrigley’s bleachers

Their ballpark is 101 years old and their championship drought is 107. As the Chicago Cubs renovate the friendly confines of Wrigley Field, many question the effect on the park’s allure and whether it can help the team reach its first World Series since 1945. Cubs officials say modernization is a must to compete financially and on the field. Four

 Chicagoans discuss the contentious construction project as told to reporter T.J. Quinn and producer Willie Weinbaum.

“Part of being a Cubs fan is discovering there are ways to lose a game that you’ve never seen before and never imagined were possible. It is an incredibly frustrating experience, but it’s also part of, I think, what draws us together.” — Holly Swyers, Lake Forest College anthropologist & author of “Wrigley Regulars: Finding Community in the Bleachers”

“Will Wrigley Field lose some of its character? Sure. And it won’t be the same ballpark that I’ve walked into over the years. But if it brings us that championship, I’m all for it.” — Mike Reischl, Chicago police officer

 

What’s next for Kurt Busch and Patricia Driscoll

ESPN The Magazine (“World Football Issue” on newsstands Friday)

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When Patricia Driscoll accused Kurt Busch of domestic violence, it made news. When Busch accused her of being an assassin, it went viral. Seth Wickersham reports.

 

Sports Reporters

This week’s Panel* (Sunday, 9:30 a.m. ESPN; 10:30 a.m., ESPN2)

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John Saunders

Howard Bryant

Jemele Hill

Bob Ryan

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The 2014-15 UEFA Champions League Season Boosts ESPN Deportes’ Ratings

Semifinals between Real Madrid and Juventus rank as the top two highest-rated UEFA Champions League telecasts on Spanish-language cable; Network reaches 3.2 million Hispanic viewers from Round of 16 through semifinals; UEFA Champions League scores the top 20 most-watched ESPN Deportes’ events on WatchESPN

The return of the UEFA Champions League to ESPN Deportes delivered strong ratings throughout the season, scoring its top two highest-rated telecasts of the year thus far with the two-legged semifinal between Real Madrid and Juventus on May 5 and 13.

  • The first leg encounter scored second place, averaging a 2.6 Hispanic household US rating and 386,000 Hispanic household impressions.
  • The second leg averaged a 2.7 Hispanic household US rating and 397,000 Hispanic household impressions, becoming the top match.
  • The second leg also became the most-watched ESPN Deportes event to date on WatchESPN with more than 3 million total live minutes.

Overall, the 2014-15 UEFA Champions League season on ESPN Deportes averaged a 0.9 Hispanic household rating with 173,000 Hispanic P2+ viewers. Throughout the season, the UEFA Champions League matches boosted ESPN Deportes’ live game windows by +350% compared to the same dayparts last year. From the Round of 16 through the semifinals, the UEFA Champions League on ESPN Deportes reached an average of 3.2 million Hispanic P2+ viewers.

The 2014-15 UEFA Champions League matches also drove digital growth across ESPN Deportes on WatchESPN and ESPN Deportes+. Throughout the season, there were 1.2 million live unique devices that watched 54 million live minutes of UEFA Champions League on ESPN Deportes via WatchESPN and ESPN Deportes+. The Champions League matches also swept all top 20 spots of the most-watched ESPN Deportes events on WatchESPN.

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FOX Sports Announces Television Schedule for FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP 2015™

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Record 16 Matches Scheduled for Over-the-Air Broadcast on FOX;

First on Broadcast TV Since 2003

All 52 Matches Air Live on FOX, FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports 2;

Every Match and Program Streamed Live on FOX Sports GO & Alternate Streams Offered

 New York — FOX Sports is planning the most expansive and comprehensive multi-platform coverage ever of the FIFA Women’s World Cup™ when the 2015 tournament in Canada kicks-off in just over two weeks, including an unprecedented 16 matches airing live on FOX broadcast network.

FOX Sports is televising all 52 games live from six cities across Canada between June 6 and July 5, live on FOX; FOX Sports 1, America’s fastest growing sports network; and FOX Sports 2.  Digitally, all games are available on tablets and mobile devices via the FOX Sports GO app and online at www.FOXSportsGO.com.

No broadcast network has ever televised 16 FIFA Women’s or Men’s World Cup matches in a single tournament, and the 2015 event marks the first time since 2003 that any FIFA Women’s World Cup™ matches are scheduled for over-the-air broadcast in the U.S.  In addition to the 16 matches committed to FOX, five of which are in primetime and include one semifinal, the third place match on July 4 and the final on July 5, FOX Sports 1 carries 29 matches, including all eight in the round of 16, two quarterfinals and one semifinal.  The remaining seven games are slated for FOX Sports 2.

Combining games with anticipated pregame, postgame and complementary programming, FOX Sports is expected to provide almost 200 hours of coverage from FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015™ averaging between six and seven hours a day over the month-long tournament.

Calling FOX Sports’ coverage of the 52 matches are Glenn Davis & Christine Latham; JP Dellacamera, Cat Whitehill & Tony DiCicco; Jenn Hildreth & Kyndra de St. Aubin; Justin Kutcher & Aly Wagner; and John Strong & Danielle Slaton.  In addition, Angela Hucles also provides game analysis. Dellacamera, Whitehill and DiCicco have been assigned to the three U.S. games in the group stage: Monday, June 8 vs. Australia (7:30 PM ET/FOX Sports 1), Friday, June 12 vs. Sweden (8:00 PM ET/FOX) and Tuesday, June 16 vs. Nigeria (8:00 PM ET/FOX).

Complementing FOX Sports’ extensive live match coverage all month is studio programming originating from its specially-constructed set located at Jack Poole Plaza in Vancouver.  FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP TODAY provides pre-match, halftime, post-match and bridge show coverage, while FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP TONIGHT offers the definitive last word on the day’s action.  Most matches are preceded by a 60-minute edition of FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP TODAY, though there are occasional 30- and 90-minute shows. Leading-off FOX Sports’ FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP 2015™ coverage is FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP SPECIAL, a live one-hour preview show airing on the eve of match play, Friday, June 5 (7:30-8:30 PM ET) on FOX Sports 1.  Besides FOX Sports’ Women’s World Cup-specific programs, ample tournament coverage is planned daily on FOX Sports 1’s signature news programs AMERICA’S PREGAME and FOX SPORTS LIVE.

Kate Abdo and Rob Stone share anchor duties for FOX Sports’ studio coverage from Vancouver and are joined analysts Monica Gonzalez, Ariane Hingst, Alexi Lalas, Christine Latham, Heather Mitts, Leslie Osborne, Kelly Smith, Eric Wynalda and Dr. Joe Machnik.  In addition to her match analysis, Hucles also contributes to studio coverage.

Jenny Taft, Julie Stewart-Binks and Grant Wahl serve as reporters during the four-week event.  Taft has been assigned the major role of being embedded with the U.S. Women’s National Team (USWNT), providing in-depth reports, breaking news and features on the squad throughout the tournament as she has since World Cup Qualifying.  Stewart-Binks, a native Canadian, serves as a roving reporter, and is expected to report from at least 11 different games in four different cities during the group stage.  Wahl serves as correspondent-at-large, covering the wide-array of stories that develop naturally during a month-long tournament.

On the digital front, besides all matches and studio programs being streamed live on FOX Sports GO, the critically-acclaimed mobile app also offers three alternate streams during the tournament.  The first, Match 360, offers exclusive backstage access to the walk players take from locker room to field and pregame warm-ups before every game, in-progress highlights throughout matches and post-match press conferences.  A second feed offers a non-stop in-game view from the tactical cameras showing all 22 players, while the third feed comes directly from cable-cam as it flies above the field during play.  The Tactical Cam feed is available for 41 of the 52 matches, while the Cable Cam feed is available for 23.  Finally, FOX Sports Digital video offers extended versions of more than 60 player profiles and team features produced specifically for FOX Sports’ coverage of the Women’s World Cup.

The last five FIFA Women’s World Cup™ tournaments were televised by ESPN or ESPN-related networks and game coverage featured 32 matches in 1999, 2007 and 2011; 18 matches in 2003; and six matches in 1995.  ABC last broadcast FIFA Women’s World Cup™ matches over the air in 2003, carrying three.  ABC combined to air seven FIFA Women’s World Cup™ matches in the three tournaments from 1995 to 2003.

FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP 2015 GROUP ASSIGNMENTS

(Includes match venue, city & province)

Group A                                                                     Group B        

Commonwealth Stadium, Edmonton, Alberta      Lansdowne Stadium, Ottawa, Ontario

Canada                                                                       Côte D’Ivoire*

China PR                                                                    Germany

Netherlands*                                                               Norway

New Zealand                                                               Thailand*

Group C                                                                     Group D

BC Place, Vancouver, British Columbia                Winnipeg Stadium, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Cameroon*                                                                   Australia

Ecuador*                                                                       Nigeria

Japan                                                                            Sweden

Switzerland*                                                                  USA

Group E                                                                     Group F

Olympic Stadium, Montreal, Quebec                     Moncton Stadium, Moncton, New Brunswick

Brazil                                                                             Columbia

Costa Rica*                                                                   England

Korea Republic                                                             France

Spain*                                                                           Mexico

*Denote countries making first appearance in the FIFA Women’s World Cup Final.

 

 

FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP 2015 MATCH TELECAST SCHEDULE

FOX, FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports 2

(All times ET; Subject to change)

 

 

Day/Date           Time (ET)    Group       Match                                       Location           Network

Sat., June 6      6:00 PM            A          Canada vs China PR                  Edmonton         FOX Sports 1

9:00 PM            A          New Zealand vs Netherlands      Edmonton         FOX Sports 2

Sun., June 7      1:00 PM            B          Norway vs Thailand                   Ottawa              FOX

4:00 PM            B          Germany vs Côte d’Ivoire           Ottawa              FOX

Mon., June 8     4:00 PM            D          Sweden vs Nigeria                     Winnipeg          FOX

7:00 PM            C          Cameroon vs Ecuador               Vancouver        FOX Sports 2

7:30 PM            D          USA vs Australia                       Winnipeg          FOX Sports 1

10:00 PM          C          Japan vs Switzerland                 Vancouver        FOX Sports 1

Tue., June 9      1:00 PM            F          France vs England                    Moncton           FOX

4:00 PM            F          Colombia vs Mexico                  Moncton           FOX

4:00 PM            E          Spain vs Costa Rica                  Montreal           FOX Sports 1

7:00 PM            E          Brazil vs Korea Republic            Montreal           FOX Sports 1

Thur., June 11   4:00 PM            B          Germany vs Norway                  Ottawa              FOX Sports 1

6:00 PM            A          China PR vs Netherlands           Edmonton         FOX Sports 2

7:00 PM            B          Côte d’Ivoire vs Thailand            Ottawa              FOX Sports 1

9:00 PM            A          Canada vs New Zealand            Edmonton         FOX Sports 1

Fri., June 12      5:00 PM            D          Australia vs Nigeria                    Winnipeg          FOX Sports 1

7:00 PM            C          Switzerland vs Ecuador             Vancouver        FOX Sports 1

8:00 PM            D          USA vs Sweden                        Winnipeg          FOX

10:00 PM          C          Japan vs Cameroon                  Vancouver        FOX Sports 1

Sat., June 13     1:00 PM            F          France vs Colombia                  Moncton           FOX

4:00 PM            F          England vs Mexico                    Moncton           FOX

4:00 PM            E          Brazil vs Spain                          Montreal           FOX Sports 1

7:00 PM            E          Korea Republic vs Costa Rica    Montreal           FOX Sports 2

Mon., June 15   4:00 PM            B          Thailand vs Germany                 Winnipeg          FOX

4:00 PM            B          Côte d’Ivoire vs Norway             Moncton           FOX Sports 1

7:30 PM            A          Netherlands vs Canada              Montreal           FOX Sports 1

7:30 PM            A          China PR vs New Zealand          Winnipeg          FOX Sports 2

Tue., June 16    5:00 PM            C          Ecuador vs Japan                     Winnipeg          FOX Sports 1

5:00 PM            C          Switzerland vs Cameroon           Edmonton         FOX Sports 2

8:00 PM            D          Nigeria vs USA                          Vancouver        FOX

8:00 PM            D          Australia vs Sweden                  Edmonton         FOX Sports 1

Wed., June 17   4:00 PM            F          Mexico vs France                      Ottawa              FOX

4:00 PM            F          England vs Colombia                Montreal           FOX Sports 1

7:00 PM            E          Costa Rica vs Brazil                  Moncton           FOX Sports 1

7:00 PM            E          Korea Republic vs Spain           Ottawa              FOX Sports 2

Sat., June 20     4:00 PM                        Round of 16                              Ottawa              FOX Sports 1

7:30 PM                        Round of 16                              Edmonton         FOX Sports 1

Sun., June 21    1:00 PM                        Round of 16                              Moncton           FOX Sports 1

4:00 PM                        Round of 16                              Montreal           FOX Sports 1

7:30 PM                        Round of 16                              Vancouver        FOX Sports 1

Mon., June 22   5:00 PM                        Round of 16                              Ottawa              FOX Sports 1

8:00 PM                        Round of 16                              Edmonton         FOX Sports 1

Tue., June 23    10:00 PM                      Round of 16                              Vancouver        FOX Sports 1

Fri., June 26      4:00 PM                        Quarterfinal                               Montreal           FOX

7:30 PM                        Quarterfinal                               Ottawa              FOX

Sat., June 27     4:00 PM                        Quarterfinal                               Edmonton         FOX Sports 1

7:30 PM                        Quarterfinal                               Vancouver        FOX Sports 1

Tue., June 30    7:00 PM                        Semifinal                                  Montreal           FOX

Wed., July 1      7:00 PM                        Semifinal                                  Edmonton         FOX Sports 1

Sat., July 4       4:00 PM                        Third Place Match                      Edmonton         FOX

Sun., July 5       7:00 PM                        Final                                         Vancouver        FOX

 

 

FOX SPORTS’ FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP 2015 COMPLETE TELECAST SCHEDULE

FOX, FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports 2

(All times ET; Subject to change)

 

 

Day/Date           Time (ET)    Group       Program/Match                        Location           Network

Fri., June 5        7:30 PM                        FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP SPECIAL FOX Sports 1

Sat., June 6      5:00 PM                        FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP TODAY               FOX Sports 1

6:00 PM            A          Canada vs China PR                 Edmonton        FOX Sports 1

8:00 PM                        FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP TODAY               FOX Sports 2

9:00 PM            A          New Zealand vs Netherlands    Edmonton        FOX Sports 2

2:00 AM*                       FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP TONIGHT FOX Sports 1

Sun., June 7      12:00 PM                      FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP TODAY               FOX

1:00 PM            B          Norway vs Thailand                  Ottawa              FOX

3:00 PM                        FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP TODAY               FOX

4:00 PM            B          Germany vs Côte d’Ivoire         Ottawa              FOX

12:00 AM*                     FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP TONIGHT FOX Sports 1

Mon., June 8     3:00 PM                        FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP TODAY               FOX

4:00 PM            D          Sweden vs Nigeria                   Winnipeg         FOX

6:30 PM                        FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP TODAY               FOX Sports 1 & 2

7:00 PM            C          Cameroon vs Ecuador              Vancouver        FOX Sports 2

7:30 PM            D          USA vs Australia                      Winnipeg         FOX Sports 1

9:30 PM                        FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP TODAY               FOX Sports 1

10:00 PM          C          Japan vs Switzerland               Vancouver        FOX Sports 1

2:00 AM*                       FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP TONIGHT FOX Sports 1

Tue., June 9      12:00 PM                      FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP TODAY               FOX

1:00 PM            F          France vs England                   Moncton           FOX

3:00 PM                        FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP TODAY               FOX & FOX Sports 1

4:00 PM            F          Colombia vs Mexico                 Moncton           FOX

4:00 PM            E          Spain vs Costa Rica                 Montreal           FOX Sports 1

6:00 PM                        FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP TODAY               FOX Sports 1

7:00 PM            E          Brazil vs Korea Republic          Montreal           FOX Sports 1

11:00 PM                      FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP TONIGHT FOX Sports 1

Thur., June 11   3:00 PM                        FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP TODAY               FOX Sports 1

4:00 PM            B          Germany vs Norway                 Ottawa              FOX Sports 1

5:30 PM                        FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP TODAY               FOX Sports 2

6:00 PM            A          China PR vs Netherlands          Edmonton        FOX Sports 2

6:00 PM                        FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP TODAY               FOX Sports 1

7:00 PM            B          Côte d’Ivoire vs Thailand          Ottawa FOX Sports 1

9:00 PM            A          Canada vs New Zealand           Edmonton        FOX Sports 1

12:00 AM*                     FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP TONIGHT FOX Sports1

 

Fri., June 12      4:00 PM                        FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP TODAY               FOX Sports 1

5:00 PM            D          Australia vs Nigeria                  Winnipeg         FOX Sports 1

7:00 PM            C          Switzerland vs Ecuador           Vancouver        FOX Sports 1

7:00 PM                        FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP TODAY               FOX

8:00 PM            D          USA vs Sweden                        Winnipeg         FOX

9:00 PM                        FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP TODAY               FOX Sports 1

10:00 PM          C          Japan vs Cameroon                 Vancouver        FOX Sports 1

1:00 AM*                       FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP TONIGHT FOX Sports 1

Sat., June 13     12:00 PM                      FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP TODAY               FOX

1:00 PM            F          France vs Colombia                 Moncton           FOX

3:00 PM                        FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP TODAY               FOX

3:30 PM                        FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP TODAY               FOX Sports 1

4:00 PM            F          England vs Mexico                   Moncton           FOX

4:00 PM            E          Brazil vs Spain                         Montreal           FOX Sports 1

6:00 PM                        FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP TODAY               FOX Sports 1

7:00 PM            E          Korea Republic vs Costa Rica  Montreal           FOX Sports 2

12:00 AM*                     FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP TONIGHT FOX Sports 1

Mon., June 15   3:00 PM                        FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP TODAY               FOX & FOX Sports 1

4:00 PM            B          Thailand vs Germany               Winnipeg         FOX

4:00 PM            B          Côte d’Ivoire vs Norway            Moncton           FOX Sports 1

6:00 PM                        FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP TODAY               FOX Sports 1 & 2

7:30 PM            A          Netherlands vs Canada Montreal           FOX Sports 1

7:30 PM            A          China PR vs New Zealand        Winnipeg         FOX Sports 2

10:00 PM                      FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP TONIGHT FOX Sports 1

Tue., June 16    4:00 PM                        FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP TODAY               FOX Sports 1 & 2

5:00 PM            C          Ecuador vs Japan                    Winnipeg         FOX Sports 1

5:00 PM            C          Switzerland vs Cameroon        Edmonton        FOX Sports 2

7:00 PM                        FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP TODAY               FOX & FOX Sports 1

8:00 PM            D          Nigeria vs USA                         Vancouver        FOX

8:00 PM            D          Australia vs Sweden                 Edmonton        FOX Sports 1

11:00 PM                      FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP TONIGHT FOX Sports 1

Wed., June 17   3:00 PM                        FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP TODAY               FOX & FOX Sports 1

4:00 PM            F          Mexico vs France                     Ottawa              FOX

4:00 PM            F          England vs Colombia               Montreal           FOX Sports 1

6:00 PM                        FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP TODAY               FOX Sports 1 & 2

7:00 PM            E          Costa Rica vs Brazil                 Moncton           FOX Sports 1

7:00 PM            E          Korea Republic vs Spain          Ottawa              FOX Sports 2

12:00 AM*                     FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP TONIGHT FOX Sports 1

Sat., June 20     3:00 PM                        FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP TODAY               FOX Sports 1

4:00 PM                        Round of 16                             Ottawa              FOX Sports 1

6:00 PM                        FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP TODAY               FOX Sports 1

7:30 PM                        Round of 16                             Edmonton        FOX Sports 1

1:00 AM*                       FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP TONIGHT FOX Sports 1

Sun., June 21    12:00 PM                      FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP TODAY               FOX Sports 1

1:00 PM                        Round of 16                             Moncton           FOX Sports 1

3:00 PM                        FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP TODAY               FOX Sports 1

4:00 PM                        Round of 16                             Montreal           FOX Sports 1

6:00 PM                        FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP TODAY               FOX Sports 1

7:30 PM                        Round of 16                             Vancouver        FOX Sports 1

9:30 PM                        FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP TONIGHT FOX Sports 1

Mon., June 22   4:00 PM                        FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP TODAY               FOX Sports 1

5:00 PM                        Round of 16                             Ottawa              FOX Sports 1

7:00 PM                        FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP TODAY               FOX Sports 1

8:00 PM                        Round of 16                             Edmonton        FOX Sports 1

12:00 AM*                     FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP TONIGHT FOX Sports 1

Tue., June 23    9:00 PM                        FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP TODAY               FOX Sports 1

10:00 PM                      Round of 16                             Vancouver        FOX Sports 1

1:00 AM*                       FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP TONIGHT FOX Sports 1

Fri., June 26      3:00 PM                        FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP TODAY               FOX

4:00 PM                        Quarterfinal                              Montreal           FOX

7:00 PM                        FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP TODAY               FOX

7:30 PM                        Quarterfinal                              Ottawa              FOX

12:00 AM*                     FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP TONIGHT FOX

Sat., June 27     3:30 PM                        FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP TODAY               FOX Sports 1

4:00 PM                        Quarterfinal                              Edmonton        FOX Sports 1

6:00 PM                        FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP TODAY               FOX Sports 1

7:30 PM                        Quarterfinal                              Vancouver        FOX Sports 1

2:00 AM*                       FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP TONIGHT FOX Sports 1

Tue., June 30    6:00 PM                        FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP TODAY               FOX

7:00 PM                        Semifinal                                 Montreal           FOX

10:00 PM                      FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP TODAY               FOX Sports 1

Wed., July 1      6:00 PM                        FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP TODAY               FOX Sports 1

7:00 PM                        Semifinal                                 Edmonton        FOX Sports 1  

12:00 AM*                     FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP TONIGHT FOX Sports 1

Sat., July 4       3:00 PM                        FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP TODAY               FOX

4:00 PM                        Third Place Match                    Edmonton        FOX

6:00 PM                        FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP TONIGHT FOX Sports 1

Sun., July 5       6:00 PM                        FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP TODAY               FOX

7:00 PM                        Final                                        Vancouver        FOX

10:00 PM                      FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP TONIGHT FOX Sports 1

*Plus 1 day

– FOX SPORTS –

FOX Sports Announces Five Broadcast Teams for FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP 2015

fox-sports-logoAnnouncers & Analysts Bring Wide-Ranging On-Air & On-Field Experience

To World’s Biggest Women’s Sports Event

Dellacamera, Whitehill & DiCicco Draw U.S. Matches in Group Stage

New York – FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP 2015 is set to begin in exactly 24 days, and today FOX Sports unveils the five gifted broadcast teams set to call game action during the network’s unprecedented coverage from Canada beginning Saturday, June 6. The announcement was made today by David Neal, FIFA Women’s World Cup on FOX Executive Producer.

The broadcast teams FOX Sports has developed to call the Women’s World Cup mix many of the top play-by-play voices in American soccer with former standout players on the international stage.  Below are the teams listed in alphabetical order by play-by-play announcer (left):

Glenn Davis & Christine Latham

JP Dellacamera, Cat Whitehill & Tony DiCicco

Jenn Hildreth & Kyndra de St. Aubin

Justin Kutcher & Aly Wagner

John Strong & Danielle Slaton

In addition, Angela Hucles, a two-time Olympic gold medalist who helped the U.S. Women’s National Team to a pair of third-place Women’s World Cup finishes as a midfielder, is also assigned to analyze games in the tournament.

Together the play-by-play announcers have combined broadcasting experience spanning 15 World Cups and four Olympic Games, and boast innumerable seasons calling international and domestic club soccer competitions and big-game assignments.  The game analysts, former international soccer stars and the winningest coach in U.S. international history, have extensive on-field experience, playing or coaching at the highest level.  The group has a combined for six Olympic Gold medals, eight World Cup appearances, one World Cup championship, plus a host of domestic club soccer victories.

“Our dynamic group of game commentators brings world-class knowledge and diverse experience to our coverage of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup,” Neal said. “Each has their own unique style and perspective on the game and as a group they are ideally suited to our unprecedented coverage of the world’s most important women’s sports event.”

The U.S. Women’s National Team has three matches scheduled in the Group Stage, and Dellacamera, Whitehill and DiCicco call each one.  The first is Monday, June 8 in Winnipeg against Australia (FOX Sports 1, 7:30 PM ET); followed by Friday June 12 versus Sweden, also in Winnipeg (FOX, 8:00 PM ET); and Tuesday, June 16 against Nigeria in Vancouver (FOX, 8:00 PM ET.  Remaining Group Stage network and broadcast team assignments are coming at a later date.  Dellacamera, Whitehill and DiCicco called last weekend’s 3-0 U.S. Send-Off Series victory over Ireland, and also call this Sunday’s (3/17) match in Los Angeles against Mexico.  Pre-match coverage begins at 9:00 PM ET with action beginning at 9:30 PM ET

FOX Sports recently announced the studio analysts headlining the network’s pregame, halftime and postgame coverage of the Women’s World Cup, as well as live hits into FOX Sports 1 signature programs AMERICA’S PREGAME and FOX SPORTS LIVE. Alexi Lalas, Heather Mitts, Eric Wynalda, Leslie Osborne, Angela Hucles, Kelly Smith, Ariane Hingst, Monica Gonzalez, Christine Latham and Dr. Joe Machnik are joined by hosts Kate Abdo and Rob Stone from a brand-new state-of-the-art studio in Vancouver beginning Thursday, June 4.

Thumbnail biographies on each play-by-play announcer and analyst, in alphabetical order by play-by-play announcer, are below:

Glenn Davis is a seasoned soccer announcer, having called FIFA World Cup matches on television and radio for ESPN; the Olympics for NBC; and MLS matches on several national and local channels. Davis has lent his voice to FOX Sports’ coverage of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL), CONCACAF Champions League and U.S. Men’s Youth National Teams.

Christine Latham played with the Canadian Women’s National Team for over a decade, from 1995 to 2006, as a striker, amassing 15 goals in 49 games. She scored a team-high three goals in six games during the 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup, helping Canada to the semifinals – the country’s best World Cup showing. Latham has also called 2014 CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifying Tournament games for FOX Sports.

 

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JP Dellacamera, one of the pioneering voices of American soccer, brings decades of experience covering 12 FIFA World Cups (eight men’s, four women’s). With FOX Sports, he calls matches for Major League Soccer, CONCACAF Champions League and UEFA Europa League matches.

Cat Whitehill was a member of the USWNT for a decade, from 2000 to 2010, and played in the 2003 and 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cups and 2004 Olympics, where she helped Team USA to a gold medal. She has called previous USWNT games for FOX Sports, including the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifying Tournament and served as an analyst for ESPN’s coverage of the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany.

Tony DiCicco is a former USWNT head coach and guided the squad to a gold medal at the 1996 Olympic Summer Games in Atlanta and the squad’s last Women’s World Cup title in 1999.  DiCicco’s 103 wins with the USWNT is the highest total is U.S. Soccer history. DiCicco has called the 2000 Olympics for NBC and the 2003, 2007 and 2011 Women’s World Cups for ESPN before calling several USWNT games for FOX Sports, including the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifying Tournament.

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Jenn Hildreth is a former three-sport collegiate athlete with an extensive background in soccer. She has served as a play-by-play and color analyst on college and professional soccer, including Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) Sundays on FOX Soccer Channel. She has also covered a variety of other sports, including MLB and college football.

Kyndra de St. Aubin has been part of FOX Sports’ soccer coverage since 2001, having called International Champions Cup games on FOX Sports 1 in 2013 and 2014. She also called Women’s Professional Soccer League and National Women’s Soccer League games for FOX Sports and has worked for the Pac-12 Networks. A standout collegiate soccer star at Minnesota, de St. Aubin has also called games for the Big Ten Network.

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Justin Kutcher calls play-by-play across a variety of FOX Sports properties, sitting behind the microphone for college football, college basketball, Major League Baseball, NFL and soccer, including USWNT matches at the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifying Tournament.

Aly Wagner is a former USWNT midfielder, two-time FIFA Women’s World Cup athlete and two-time Olympic gold medalist. As a national player of the year at Santa Clara, Wagner led her team to a national championship, scoring the game-winner in the title game. The first selection in the 2003 Women’s United Soccer Association Draft, Wagner played several years professionally.

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John Strong joined FOX Sports in January to call play-by-play for the network’s coverage of MLS, FIFA Women’s World Cup and other national soccer events. Strong regularly contributes to FOX Sports’ UEFA Europa League, CONCACAF Champions League, CONCACAF Women’s World Cup qualifying and has called various U.S. Soccer friendlies.

Danielle Slaton played for five years on the USWNT, owning a third-place finish at the 2003 Women’s World Cup and a silver medal at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. She also played professionally in the U.S. and in France and has coached at the high school and collegiate levels. The 2001 NCAA Scholar Athlete of the Year, Slaton was a three-time All-American at Santa Clara and helped the Broncos to the 2001 NCAA Championship. She has called soccer previously for the Big Ten Network and FOX Sports, most recently at the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship and 2015 Algarve Cup.

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Angela Hucles is a two-time Olympic gold medalist and helped the USWNT to a pair of third-place Women’s World Cup finishes as a midfielder (2003, 2007). She played 109 matches with the team and has since contributed to FOX Sports’ coverage of the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifying Tournament. Hucles currently serves as president of the Women’s Sports Foundation, and her fiancée, Meg Mangano, is the team nutritionist for the Los Angeles Clippers.

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FOX Sports plans the most expansive and comprehensive multi-platform coverage ever of the FIFA Women’s World Cup™, including an unprecedented 16 matches airing live on FOX broadcast network, when the tournament commences on June 6. FOX Sports televises all 52 games in the expanded tournament from six cities across Canada between June 6 and July 5, 2015 live on FOX; FOX Sports 1, America’s fastest growing sports network; and FOX Sports 2.  All games are available on tablets and mobile devices via the FOX Sports GO app and online at www.FOXSportsGO.com.

-FOX SPORTS-

FOX SPORTS TABS JENNY TAFT & JULIE STEWART-BINKS REPORTERS FOR FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP 2015™

Grant Wahl Serves as Correspondent-at-Large

New York – It is 18 days and counting down to the start of FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP 2015™, and today Jenny Taft, Julie Stewart-Binks and Grant Wahl have been formally named to the team FOX Sports is assembling to cover the world’s biggest and most exciting women’s sports event.  The announcement was made by David Neal, FIFA Women’s World Cup on FOX Executive Producer.

Taft has been assigned the major role of being embedded with the U.S. Women’s National Team (USWNT), providing in-depth reports, breaking news and features on the squad throughout the tournament as she has since World Cup Qualifying.  Stewart-Binks, a native Canadian, serves as a roving reporter, and is expected to report from at least 11 different games in four different cities during the group stage, among them the opening match between Canada and China (Edmonton); the tilt between title contenders France vs. England (Moncton); and top-ranked Germany taking on Norway (Ottawa).  Wahl serves as correspondent-at-large, covering the wide-array of stories that develop naturally during a month-long tournament.

In addition to the match telecasts they’re assigned, their reports also appear during FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP TODAY, FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP TONIGHT,  AMERICA’S PREGAME, FOX SPORTS LIVE and the popular @TheBuzzer feature made available via FOX Sports’ social and digital platforms.

“We’re very fortunate to have these three gifted, energetic professionals contributing to our Women’s World Cup coverage,” offered Neal.  “Jenny and Julie are both rising stars at FOX Sports and have spent the last two years demonstrating their reporting skills and versatility, while Grant is one of the top soccer journalists in the world.  When there’s news to report during the tournament, we have a team in place that can cover it.”

A former collegiate athlete possessing broad knowledge across several sports, Taft’s profile has expanded greatly since joining FOX Sports in 2013.  In addition to her position as a reporter embedded with the USWNT, which began during the CONCACAF Women’s Championship in 2014, she works as a reporter for the network’s Pac-12 college football coverage and other events, as a fill-in host on AMERICA’S PREGAME and also as an anchor at the FOX Sports 1 update desk.  Additional assignments have included Supercross, the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs and MLB games.  (Link to full biography here.)

The Canadian-born Stewart-Binks has proven herself to be a versatile on-air personality since moving to the U.S. in time for the launch of FOX Sports 1 in 2013.  She has served as a news update anchor, studio show host, soccer sideline reporter, a live event reporter and one-on-one interviewer.  In addition to news updates, Stewart-Binks hosted FOX SOCCER DAILY during its run.  She also provided daily segments from the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, served as a reporter during the NHL playoffs for FOX SPORTS LIVE in 2014 and covered the Guinness Champions Cup soccer tournament as a sideline reporter last summer.  Stewart-Binks is also a regular event correspondent for AMERICA’S PREGAME, and in 2011 anchored FOX Soccer Channel’s flagship program, FOX SOCCER REPORT. (Link to full biography here.)

Grant Wahl is one of the world’s leading soccer journalists, and has been reporting for FOX Sports channels since 2012.  He joined Sports Illustrated in November 1996 as a reporter and was promoted to his current position of senior writer in October 2000.  Wahl has covered eight World Cups (five men’s, three women’s) and four Olympics for SI. (Link to full biography here.)

Kate Abdo and Rob Stone anchor FOX Sports studio coverage from a brand-new state-of-the-art studio in Vancouver beginning Thursday, June 4 on AMERICA’S PREGAME and FOX SPORTS LIVE.  FOX Sports’ studio analysts headlining the network’s pregame, halftime and postgame coverage, as well as providing live hits into FOX Sports 1 signature programs AMERICA’S PREGAME and FOX SPORTS LIVE, are Monica Gonzalez, Ariane Hingst, Angela Hucles, Alexi Lalas, Christine Latham, Heather Mitts, Leslie Osborne, Kelly Smith, Eric Wynalda and Dr. Joe Machnik.

Match broadcast teams are: Glenn Davis & Christine Latham; JP Dellacamera, Cat Whitehill & Tony DiCicco; Jenn Hildreth & Kyndra de St. Aubin; Justin Kutcher & Aly Wagner; and John Strong & Danielle Slaton.  In addition to her studio work, Hucles also provides game analysis. Dellacamera, Whitehill and DiCicco have been assigned to the three U.S. games in the group stage.

FOX Sports plans the most expansive and comprehensive multi-platform coverage ever of the FIFA Women’s World Cup™, including an unprecedented 16 matches airing live on FOX broadcast network, when the tournament commences on June 6. FOX Sports televises all 52 games in the expanded tournament from six cities across Canada between June 6 and July 5, 2015 live on FOX; FOX Sports 1, America’s fastest growing sports network; and FOX Sports 2.  All games are available on tablets and mobile devices via the FOX Sports GO app and online at www.FOXSportsGO.com.

— FOX SPORTS –

Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid Hold Top Spots among Highest-Paying Teams in Sports, reports the 2015 ESPN The Magazine/SportingIntelligence Global Salary Survey

World soccer powerhouses Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid, Manchester City and Barcelona lead this year’s list of the best-paying sports teams in the world, according to the ESPN The Magazine/SportingIntelligence Global Salary Survey. The survey—in its fifth year—encompasses 333 teams in 17 leagues, covering seven sports around the globe, spanning 13 countries, comprising 9,731 athletes, making a combined $17.94 billion in salary. An online video highlights the Top 15 teams in total payroll and average annual salary, and the NBA is most generous with its checkbook.

(The survey’s salary numbers are calculated from an average of base salaries among players, accounting for current or most recently completed team seasons and exclude bonuses, endorsements, appearance fees or any other source of extra compensation.)

 Additional points of note:

  • Eight of the 12 top-paying teams — based on the average annual pay of team members — are soccer clubs, including the first four in the 2015 ranking: Paris Saint-Germain (Ligue 1) $9.1 million; Real Madrid (La Liga) $8.6 million; Manchester City (English Premier League) $8.6 million and Barcelona (La Liga) $8.1 million.
  • As far as overall team payroll, the Dodgers top the list for the second consecutive year: The team’s overall payroll is 73 percent larger than the entirety of all MLS team payrolls and six and a half times larger than the entirety of CFL payrolls.
  • The payrolls of four teams — the Dodgers, Paris Saint-Germain, the Yankees and Real Madrid — are each bigger than some leagues’ payrolls. Among them: Chinese Super League soccer ($215 million); NPB baseball in Japan ($213 million); AFL Australian Rules football ($171 million); MLS ($158 million); J-League — soccer/Japan ($110 million); Scottish Premiership soccer ($76 million); IPL cricket in India ($74.6 million); and the CFL ($41.5 million).
  • The NBA is the league with the highest average salary per player: NBA, $4.6 million; MLB, $4.2 million; EPL, $3.8 million; NHL, $2.6 million; Bundesliga, $2.3 million; and NFL, $2.1 million.
  • The second-highest climber in the survey — after the Rajasthan Royals cricket team — is the Miami Marlins, up 62 spots, largely thanks to Giancarlo Stanton’s 13-year, $325 million deal.

This confirms that the world’s richest sports teams (by average earnings per player) are concentrated principally in elite European soccer and in the NBA and MLB. Indeed in the top 40 teams in this year’s list, 20 of 40 are NBA teams, nine are MLB, six are EPL, two are La Liga (Spanish soccer), and one each are Ligue 1 (French), Bundesliga (German) and Serie A (Italian).

The highest earning group of players collectively in any one single league are NBA basketball players, earning an average $4,575,918 in the 2014-15 season. This compares to:

$4,166,159 in MLB in 2015;

$2,614,928 in the NHL in 2014-15;

$2,110,829 in the NFL in 2014-15.

The best paying soccer league, the EPL, pays an average $3,822,003, putting it behind NBA and MLB but well ahead of NHL and NFL

Also featured are the 25 best-paid athletes in the world:

ESPN The Magazine annually determines those athletes worldwide who have had the most lucrative year. Boxers, soccer players and drivers dominate the top of the list. Welterweights Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao took the first two spots, earning $250 million and $150 million respectively, with the latter an estimated $93.7 million more than the third-place finisher, Barcelona’s Lionel Messi at $56.3, followed by Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo earning $50.2 million. The 25 top earners averaged $43 million last year.

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Carrie Kreiswirth, 646-547-4686

E:60 Honored with ESPN’s First-Ever Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award

For the first time in ESPN history, the company was selected for the prestigious Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award. The prime-time newsmagazine, E:60, was named the winner in the International Television category for their investigative feature  “Qatar’s World Cup,” an in-depth look at the preparations for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

The Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards celebrate excellence in investigative journalism on a wide spectrum of social justice issues. Judged by peers in the media, the awards recognize professionals and students in twelve domestic and international categories.

E:60 reporter Jeremy Schaap and producer Beein Gim will be recognized along with executive producer Andy Tennant, coordinating producer Michael Baltierra, and editor Tim Horgan.

“This unprecedented honor is another great example of our commitment to storytelling and enterprise reporting,” said John Skipper, ESPN President and Co-Chairman, Disney Media Networks.

Andy Tennant, E:60’s executive producer, added, “We are honored to be recognized for such a powerful, important story that we were the first to report for television. I am extremely proud of our team’s efforts to raise the bar for sports journalism on TV with integrity, including making a concerted effort to shine the light on human rights abuses connected to the world of sports across the globe.  We’ve made an impact on the global discussion, raising awareness and effecting change.  We have been covering stories no one else has covered, doing original reporting, and we believe in being there, sending our people into harm’s way to bring the story home to our audience. I think in particular our story on what is happening in Qatar changed the way the issue was perceived, even leading to a strong bipartisan response in Congress, where change is being demanded. No one else in the U.S. media had addressed the issue when we went there.”

More on E:60’s Qatar’s World Cup:

When FIFA surprised everyone and awarded the 2022 World Cup to the oil-rich Arab emirate of Qatar, the decision provoked huge controversy. Although the games have been moved to December to avoid the soaring summer temperatures, Qatar has few existing stadiums or infrastructure to host the world’s biggest sporting event.  In its bid, the tiny nation on the Persian Gulf pledged to spend an estimated 220 billion dollars to build air-conditioned new stadiums, a rail and metro system, and more.  But it is the human costs of the first World Cup in the Middle East that is the focus of this E:60 investigation. An estimated 4,000 immigrant workers “will die before a ball is kicked off in 2022”, according to a watchdog for workers’ rights.

The richest country in the world per capita, Qatar recruits workers from some of the poorest countries in the world – Nepal, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and the Philippines.  The 1.4 million migrant workers make up 94 percent of the work force in a country with a population of two million.  E:60 traveled to Qatar to investigate the working and living conditions, and to Nepal, where coffins from Qatar arrive almost daily.

The 47th Annual RFK Awards for Journalism will be presented at the Newseum in Washington, DC on May 21, 2015.

 

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ESPN 107.9 la FM del fútbol

To Tweet: http://es.pn/1EOhjqHESPN FC radio Staff Desde el lunes 2 de febrero, ESPN 107.9 FM sale a la cancha con un equipo que promete una programación súper atractiva y la ambición de la mejor cobertura futbolística

En su sexta temporada, ESPN 107.9 FM abre el juego de una nueva etapa, en la que en su condición de primera FM del deporte en la Argentina se abrazará a la consigna “El Fútbol es Nuestro”, con un despliegue sin igual, en el que se multiplicarán las transmisiones de los eventos más relevantes (nacionales e internacionales) y el equipo de ESPN FC con sus anticipos y precisiones jugará con la experiencia y el reconocimiento que en ESPN Radio, bajo la dirección de Enrique Sacco, lo llevó a merecer siete estatuillas del Martín Fierro a partir del 2003.

El amplio plan de ESPN 107.9 FM con más de 50 transmisiones por mes incluye a los torneos de la AFA, Copa Argentina y fútbol de verano, con cronistas en todos los estadios; Copa Libertadores, Copa Sudamericana y la ansiada Copa América que a mediados de año se concentrará en Chile, como así también el rugby ocupará un lugar preferencial con los certámenes de la URBA, los test matches de Los Pumas, The Rugby Championship y en septiembre el impactante Mundial en la cuna de este deporte, Inglaterra.

En suma, ESPN FC, con todo lo que hay que saber del mundo del fútbol, contará con dos ediciones de lunes a viernes, la primera de 12:00 a 15:00, y la segunda de 18:00 a 21:00 horas, con las transmisiones de los partidos más convocantes durante el fin de semana. Y todos los días, los clásicos flashes de SportsCenter cada media hora para no perderse el menor detalle del mundo deportivo.

La programación de lunes a viernes de esta nueva etapa de ESPN 107.9 FM comenzará con Abriendo Juego (conduce Noelia Corral) de 7:00 a 9:00 horas, seguido hasta el mediodía por BB va de 10, con Bebe Contepomi, acompañado por Magui Aicega, Martín Urruty y Violeta Santamarina. Por la tarde, entre las dos ediciones de ESPN FC irá Regenerativo, de 15:00 a 18:00 horas, con Martín Alrberg y Mechi Margalot. Desde las 21:00 hasta la medianoche, ESPN Overtime, con Lucía Rodríguez Bosch, y a partir de marzo se sumará Pura Química.

Durante el fin de semana se anticipan a las transmisiones deportivas, los siguientes programas: ESPN Running Tracks (de 9:00 a 10:00, con Mechi Margalot), ESPN Overtime (de 10:00 a 12:00) & ESPN Report (de 12:00 a 16:00, con Juan Butvilofsky y Juani Guillem).

ESPN 107.9 FM se encuentra al aire desde el 1° de marzo de 2010, siendo la primera emisora de frecuencia modulada en nuestro medio dedicada al deporte, que se produce y se emite desde ESPN MediaCenter, el más moderno centro de producción dedicado al deporte situado en San Isidro, provincia de Buenos Aires, desde donde también se originan las  demás plataformas de ESPN. Desde www.espn1079.fm se puede acceder online las 24 horas vía streaming y la radio posee su propia APP desarrollada para sistemas IOS y Android.   Toda la estructura de producción de contenidos y noticias de ESPN en Argentina, Latinoamérica y el mundo brinda sus servicios a ESPN 107.9 FM

(*) Se adjunta foto de Enrique Sacco junto con Eduardo Caimi, Germán Sosa y Hernán Ramazoti, pilares de las transmisiones de ESPN FC

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