NBC vet brings experience to soccer's biggest events
NBC Sports and Olympics vet David Neal is moving to Fox Sports to ramp up its World Cup coverage.Neal will develop and execute coverage plans for soccer’s biggest event. Last year Fox won the rights from ESPN/ABC for 2015-22 men’s and women’s World Cup. The upcoming 2014 men’s World Cup from Brazil will remain on ESPN/ABC, which surprisingly lost the bid to Fox since ESPN is making a strong international push and topper John Skipper is a huge proponent of soccer. The first Fox-televised World Cup will take place in Canada in 2015 when the women take the field. Neal, who worked at NBC for three decades on everything from the Olympics to the Super Bowl to the World Series, will be responsible for designing the production infrastructure for Fox Sport’s stadium and studio operations, as well as forming the on-air, production and technical teams to call the games. “Very few producers have the requisite experience that would qualify them to assume this responsibility, but clearly David does. We expect him to use his talent, vast experience and organizational skills to build and implement Fox’s world-class World Cup coverage,” said Fox Sports Media Group exec producer John Entz, to whom Neal will report.