I was just about to start a thread on the World Cup, but had to take care of something else at the time. Looks like FoxyMulder beat me to the kick.
Anyway, this will be the only time that I am heavily into soccer. I will more likely watch most of the games online, since I will be going through the moving process shortly. Any predictions that I would make, is basically throwing darts at the wall.
Opening ceremony starting in less than an hour, followed by the opening match between host nation Brazil and Croatia.
Just finished upgrading my cable lineup to something with ESPN HD. I installed an OTA HD antenna a few months ago, but maintained a basic cable account just so I could watch the World Cup. After the Cup, I will officially drop cable – I believe Fox has the broadcast rights to the next World Cup, so I will have no need for ESPN!
Yes, Fox has the next 2 World Cups, though I think most of the games will be on Fox Sports 1 and 2. Have to admit, I was not happy to hear that ESPN/ABC lost the rights, though no need to worry about Joe Buck being involved, since it will happen during baseball season (though that may not be the case with 2022 in Qatar).