FIFA 2014 World Cup

The Fang’s Bites 2014 FIFA World Cup TV Awards

As we wrap up the World Cup, it’s time to hand out the awards for soccer’s ultimate event. As you know, this is the last year for ESPN and Univision before they hand off to Fox and Telemundo. Both ESPN and Univision are coming off record ratings and viewership giving their successors some numbers that […]

Univision World Cup

Univision/Univision Deportes’ Schedule for World Cup Final Sunday

Univision Deportes is going all out for its final World Cup game until at least 2024. As it hands off to Telemundo next year, Univision will provide a full 12 hours of coverage for the World Cup Final in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday. Beginning at 11 a.m. ET and lasting all throughout the night, […]

World Cup Announcing Assignments for Semifinals, 07/08 & 07/09/2014

Just four more match days in the 2014 FIFA World Cup. It begins today with the first semifinal between the host country Brazil and a heavy favorite in Germany. And tomorrow will pit the 2010 runner-up Netherlands against another favorite, Argentina. Ian Darke and Steve McManaman call today’s game for ESPN while Jon Champion and […]

World Cup Announcing Assignments for July 5, 2014

I did not provide you the announcing assignments for Friday’s games as I had to go the Emergency Room to deal with a breakout of hives. After getting a shot of Benadryl, I’m now much better, but it was a difficult night for me going into July 4th. Anyway, I’m fine now and here are […]

Univision World Cup

Univision Scores 5.1 Million Viewers for USA-Belgium

Univision/Univision Deportes saw a combined 5.1 million viewers for USA-Belgium. We noted earlier that ESPN garnered an audience of 16.5 million for the game so overall, the game had a combined audience of 21.6 million viewers. Online, Univision saw 1.8 million unique viewers so with the combined online and TV audience, the game had just […]

World Cup Announcing Assignments for July 1, 2014

The last of the Round of 16 is today and the USA will be the last game of the Round just like it was to end Group Play. The opponent today is Belgium, not as formidable as Germany, but a tough match. After today, there will be two off days and then the Quarterfinals begin […]

Univision World Cup

Netherlands-Mexico is Most-Watched Program Ever on Univision

Mexico was doing so well late in its game with the Netherlands when everything came crashing down in the 89th minute with a tying goal, then a controversial penalty kick to win the game for the Dutch and eliminate the Mexicans for the 6th straight time in the Round of 16. Univision saw a record […]

World Cup Announcing Assignments for June 30, 2014

Two games again today. We have France vs. Nigeria and Germany vs. Algeria. We could have an intriguing all-Euro matchup in the quarterfinals or an intriguing all-Africa matchup or a Euro-Africa game. In any event, ESPN and Univision have things covered for us today. The excellent Jon Champion will be on the call with his […]

FIFA 2014 World Cup

World Cup Announcing Assignments for June 29, 2014

Two more games in the Round of 16 on Sunday. Netherlands vs. Mexico which should provide a huge audience for Univision/Univision Deportes. After a day off to cover Wimbledon, ESPN is back on the World Cup and will carry the rest of the Round of 16 through Tuesday. ESPN will assign its usual English-language team […]

World Cup Announcing Assignments for June 28, 2014

Here are the announcers for today’s games in the FIFA World Cup. Today begins the Knockout Round and it signifies that ABC will carry a doubleheader today. Univision/Univision Deportes carries the games in Spanish. Ian Darke and Steve McManaman will call Brazil vs. Chile on ABC. Here are the schedule of matches plus announcers. As […]

Univision World Cup

Univision Announcing Assignments for World Cup Round of 16

Univision has provided its announcers for the Knockout Round of 16 for the World Cup. It starts today with Brazil vs. Chile and Colombia vs. Uruguay. For USA vs. Belgium on Tuesday, the network will utilize Jorge Pérez-Navarro, Diego Balado and unfortunately Marcelo Balboa who continues to provide some strange analysis no matter what language […]

World Cup Announcing Assignments for June 26, 2014

Well, we conclude Group Play with the last four matches before we go to the Knockout Round on Saturday. The big game is of course USA vs. Germany which will air on ESPN, Univision and Univision Deportes. Game time will be noon ET, but ESPN will have one hour of pre-match coverage starting at 11 […]

World Cup Announcing Assignments for June 25, 2014

Just one more day of Group Play after this and then it’s the Knockout Round of 16 on Saturday. It’s going to feel really strange not to have a game on Friday after having at least three games every day since the beginning of this World Cup. But we still have simultaneous windows for today […]