POST UPDATED at 4:30 p.m. THURSDAY:
Before the top of the fifth inning in Wednesday’s Angels-Yankees telecast on FSW, Alex Curry showed up in the right-field seats to promote the fact that Fox’s parent network would be carrying Sunday’s FIFA Women’s World Cup final on Sunday from Vancouver (Channel 11, 4 p.m.)
The fans chanting “U-S-A” didn’t even know who the opponent was going to be at the time. Why would that matter? Seems everyone has soccer fever.
Or is just proud to have something to root for on this July Fourth weekend?
We intend to dive more into how Fox has planned for this event, and how their execs and analysts view the entire tournament to date.
What’s worth getting out there now before the holiday weekend:
== Save the date: ESPN plans a one-hour special to mark the 25th anniversary of “Outside The Lines” on Tuesday at 4 p.m., putting Bob Ley in the host chair to look back at the body of work they have put together as the most thoughtful news-generated shows that the network has stuck with over all this time.
“I would like congratulate Bob Ley — and the whole team — on 25 spectacular years of OTL,” said ESPN President John Skipper in a statement. “He has established himself as nothing less than the Walter Cronkite of sports journalism, clearly the leading sports news host of the past quarter century. The range and quickness of his intellect, his ever-present curiosity and his persistent search for truth distinguish his work for ESPN and makes OTL a must watch.”
No matter what time they try to bury it on the weekend. At least, the Sunday-Friday show has become a sustainable must-watch half hour that extends important conversations about the day’s breaking news and creating investigative piece as well (i.e.: The latest in the Pete Rose betting scandal that showed he placed wagers while as an active player, despite his denials).
We have lined up an interview with Ley prior to the launch of this show to talk more about it and his career to this point. Meanwhile, check out the hour-long piece that SI.com’s Richard Deitsch did with Ley back in mid-June.
Rose, meanwhile, reappeared today on FS1’s “MLB Whiparound” (4-to-5 p.m.) but didn’t address his latest re-entry point in the news. Host Chris Myers said Rose spoke live earlier and the video here on FoxSports.com would suffice as his reaction.
In the “FS1 exclusive” clip of eight minutes, Rose said he couldn’t talk about the ESPN report because of his pending reinstatement meetings with commissioner Rob Manfred, “and I’m sure those questions will come up” when the meetings happen “sometime in August, I hope.” Rose says he “wants to” answer those questions.
Today’s episode: The Angels front-office mess as we’ve been tipped off by this tweet:
I’ll be on Outside The Lines on ESPN at 11:30 a.m. PT, talking about the Angels.
— Pedro Moura (@pedromoura) July 2, 2015