Fox Sports Media Group Teams Super Bowl, Soccer

1:44 PM PST 01/28/2011 by Mike Barnes

 

Who's playing in the big football game on Super Sunday? Some would answer it's Chelsea and Liverpool.

The Fox Sports Media Group is leveraging its coverage of that other big game on Feb. 6 -- the one pitting the Green Bay Packers against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLV -- by airing the English Premier League matchup live on the Fox Soccer cable channel before the NFL game and sprinkling the coverage with American football flavor.

The Fox Soccer studio team will broadcast before and after the Premier League game from the Fox NFL Sunday set in Los Angeles normally occupied by Terry Bradshaw and friends. A 1,000-square-foot "pitch" will be built on the set, and a live audience will include 40 Chelsea and Liverpool fans, evenly divided.

The four hours of coverage (7-11 a.m. Pacific) leads into the Super Bowl coverage on the big Fox network.

"It shows the power of our synergy that we are able to take our studio shows over to the Fox NFL Sunday set to produce our round version of football," said Jason Wormser, a former NFL Network producer who is executive producing Fox Soccer's Super Sunday programming.

Eric Wynalda, a analyst on the Fox Soccer studio team, picks the Packers in win the American game. His parents lived a couple blocks from Lambeau Field in Green Bay before he was born.

"My dad would disown me if I predicted anything different," he said.

And in a bit of Fox synergy on the showbiz side, Glee star Lea Michele will sing "America the Beautiful" during the pregame show. Glee has the coveted post-Super Bowl slot.

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