Soccer Update: Rob Stone Joins FOX; MLS to Debut on NBC 9/15

Posted by | January 6, 2012 at 8:23 PM

Fox Sports has added one of ESPN’s more prominent soccer voices.

ESPN veteran Rob Stone has joined Fox Sports as a studio host for soccer coverage on FOX, FX, and Fox Soccer, Fox Sports Media Group announced earlier this week. Stone had been with ESPN since 1997, serving in a variety of capacities on soccer and college football broadcasts.

Stone will make his FOX debut on the network’s live Arsenal/Manchester United match on January 22. Stone will also call the February 5 Chelsea/Manchester United match on FOX and the network’s telecast of the UEFA Championship League Final later in the year.

MLS to Make NBC (Broadcast) Debut in September: The first Major League Soccer telecast on the NBC broadcast network will be Sounders/Timbers on September 15, at 3:30 PM ET, according to the league’s national television schedule released Thursday. NBC will air two other matches during the season — Fire/Red Bulls on October 6 (3:30 PM) and Red Bulls/Union on October 27 (1 PM).

NBC’s three matches are the most for Major League Soccer on broadcast television since 2002.

The NBC Sports Network will air the rest of NBC’s 41-game slate, opening with Red Bulls/F.C. Dallas on March 11 (3 PM).

(Stone news from Fox Sports Media Group press release via Fang’s Bites; TV schedule news from NBC Sports Group press release via Fang’s Bites)

  • mark coale

    three national TV games and none feature the Galaxy? That’s like an MLB package without the Yankees.

  • Arthur Crofton

    Just watched Rob on Fox’s coverage of Man U v. Arsenal on Fox Network. 01.22.12! Will someone tell him it’s the “English” Premiere League, not “British”.Don’t forget the Scottish and Welsh Premiere Leagues! He should know better if he’s as good as he’s supposed to be!

    • Anonymous

      “BPL” stands for “Barclay’s Premier League.”  I think they have to refer to it that way contractually.