By Paul Kennedy
Fox Soccer's new one-hour nightly newscast, Fox Soccer News, debuts Friday at 10 p.m. ET.
The show replaces Fox Soccer Report as Fox
Soccer's nightly soccer roundup, complete with a full conversion to HD, new hosts and for the first time on-the-ground reporters in Britain covering the biggest story lines from the Premier League and
European competitions. Late updates will be included in the West Coast edition of the show at 10 p.m. PT.
Fox Soccer News is hosted by Brendan
Dunlop, formerly of The Footy Show on Canadian Sports Network, The Score and The Hardcore Footy Show on Hardcore Sports Radio (Sirius XM).
Former UCLA and Canadian women’s
national team forward Kara Lang joins Dunlop as studio host.
Scotsman Bobby McMahon moves over from Fox
Soccer Report and is joined by former Canadian national team captain Colin Miller and Toronto FC academy director and former MLS and U.S. under-20 head coach
Thomas Rongen as analysts.
BEIN SPORT ON DISH. beIN SPORT, the new 24-hour network that is
carrying Spain's La Liga, Italy's Serie A and France's Ligue 1, is being carried on DISH Network’s America’s Top 250 (AT250) in English and on DISHLatino packages as beIN
SPORT E, a Spanish-language version.
SPONSORSHIP FRONT. U.S. Youth Soccer has signed YoCrunch, the nation’s leading yogurt with mix-in toppings, is an official sponsor. YoCrunch will provide snacking resources, including a snacking guide and team snack list, to
players and coaches. Special offers on YoCrunch products and an online soccer game will also be available at USYouthSoccer.org.
WORTH READING ... The New York Times' Richard Sandomir examines the impact high Olympic ratings -- particularly for women's
soccer -- might have on NBC Sports Network. “This has exceeded all our predictions,” Jon Miller, president of the NBC Sports Network, said. “There’s a great
euphoria with the success these Olympics have generated.” NBCSN has added Major League Soccer to its stable of live programming highlighted by the NHL and Tour de France. Most of the other shows
it has added this year are studio or magazine shows. Lazarus hopes the Olympics will boost ratings by 20 percent and "get more people to sample the network.”
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