Fox Sports has added three reporters to their coverage of the Women’s World Cup, and all three names should be familiar to those who watch Fox Sports programming. Julie Stewart-Binks, Jenny Taft, and Grant Wahl will all cover the event for Fox in unique ways, doing more than just standard sideline reporting.
Stewart-Binks has the broadest role of any of the reporting trio, covering a minimum of 11 of the 36 group stage games from four different cities (which just seems ridiculous). Three of the matches she’ll be covering are Canada-China (June 6th), France-England (June 9th), and Germany-Norway (June 11th). Taft will be embedded with the US team and will be the primary reporter covering the stories surrounding their matches. Wahl will work in an at large role, following the stories that crop up naturally throughout the tournament.
Given their stable of in-house talent, Fox couldn’t have made better choices in regards to their reporters. Both Stewart-Binks and Wahl have worked on Fox’s soccer studio coverage, and have both prowled the sidelines for Fox during MLS matches this season. Taft has been embedded with the US Women’s team since last year, and has also worked the sidelines for various events for Fox.
Fox’s treatment of the Women’s World Cup so far has been the polar opposite of the way they handled the Champions League and FA Cup in recent years. There will be no Gus Johnson muddying the waters. Everyone assigned to cover the tournament has a background covering soccer. All soccer fans have wanted from Fox is respectable coverage, and without bringing in outside names (hello, Ian Darke), Fox couldn’t have done much better with their assignments than they have.