For the first time in 20 years, Amy Rosenfeld is watching the World Cup from home. Not from an elaborate studio in an exotic location, or even from a production truck somewhere in California. Instead, she’s watching this year’s tournament as a fan, from the comfort of her own couch.
That’s because ESPN, where Rosenfeld is a senior coordinating producer at ESPN, lost out on the broadcast rights to this year’s World Cup to Fox. As a result, Rosenfeld has remained stateside, overseeing production of events like ABC’s coverage of the Indianapolis 500.
“I haven’t watched a World Cup as a fan since 1998,” Rosenfeld, who until this year served as the lead producer of every English-language World Cup telecast in the U.S. since 1999, told The Equalizer.
“I have a huge appreciation for the work that Fox has put into this. There’s probably a ton of issues that they’ve had to confront that comes with Russia versus what we had in Brazil. So as I watch the games, yes, I’ll be a fan, but I’ll also be a fan of Fox because I have a pretty good sense of how much goes into pulling off an event of this magnitude.”
Since joining ESPN on a permanent basis as a producer in 2007, Rosenfeld has quickly moved up the ranks, becoming a content producer in 2011 and a coordinating producer in 2017, a promotion that now has her overseeing all of the network’s soccer content in addition to a variety of other sporting events. That lends itself well to Rosenfeld, who grew up watching the game with her father …
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