Following a scoreless first half within the U.S. girls’s nationwide workforce’s group-stage match in opposition to Portugal, former USWNT star Carli Lloyd supplied her ideas on what she’d seen from a Fox broadcast studio. “Not ok,” Lloyd stated. “There’s a lot to unpack, I don’t suppose we’ve time to try this proper now, however truthfully not ok. In any respect.”
That’s in all probability the identical factor that Fox executives had been pondering after the match resulted in a 0-0 draw, a end result that allowed the USWNT to advance but in addition relegated them to second place in Group E following the Netherlands’ 7-0 rout of Vietnam. Because of their second-place end, the U.S. girls won’t be one of many prime seeds shifting ahead and can thus not play any of the workforce’s remaining video games in primetime, regardless of how far they advance within the event.
“Fox was betting on the USWNT profitable its group (-400 betting favorites pre-tournament) when it collaborated with FIFA on knockout-stage match home windows,” in keeping with Entrance Workplace Sports activities. “Had the U.S. received the group, it might’ve performed on Saturday at 10 p.m. ET — and if victorious, the next Thursday at 9 p.m. ET. These are the one two East Coast primetime slots left within the event being performed in Australia and New Zealand.”
If the U.S. is ready to win in opposition to Sweden on Sunday (5 a.m. kickoff ET) within the spherical of 16, they’ll doubtlessly have three extra video games on the best way to doubtlessly profitable a third-straight World Cup trophy. These could be the beginning instances:
- Quarterfinals: Friday, Aug. 11 at 3:30 a.m.
- Semifinals: Tuesday, Aug. 15 at 4 a.m.
- Remaining: Sunday, Aug. 20 at 6 a.m.
It’s a far-from-ideal state of affairs for Fox, which drew a file 6.429 million viewers for final week’s primetime match between the USA and the Netherlands, a 1-1 draw. The shortage of primetime video games for the USWNT shifting ahead is a giant loss for Fox within the rankings division and also will not do a lot to assist introduce the informal sports activities fan to the world of girls’s soccer.
Realistically, Fox’s greatest shot a recouping all that misplaced viewership is that if the American girls make all of it the best way to the World Cup last and are capable of play in that early Sunday morning time slot. It received’t be a primetime recreation, nevertheless it’s one of the best Fox can hope for with this version of the USWNT. Sadly, with the best way the squad confirmed in opposition to Portugal, that appears unlikely to occur, as they’re now underdogs to Sweden.
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