David Hill, Chairman and CEO of Fox Sports Media Group, Joins USA Bid Committee to Bring FIFA World Cup to U.S. in 2018 or 2022
NEW YORK (Oct. 5, 2010) – David Hill, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of FOX Sports Media Group, has formally accepted an invitation to join the Board of Directors for the USA Bid Committee in its quest to bring the FIFA World Cup™ to the United States in 2018 or 2022.
Hill commemorated his new role by adding his name to the USA Bid Committee’s online petition at goUSAbid.com, joining more than 1,090,000 people who have already registered their support for the effort.
In his role with FOX Sports Media Group, Hill supervises all operations at FOX Sports; Fox’s 19 regional sports networks, their affiliated web sites and FSN national programming; SPEED and SPEED2; FUEL TV, FOXSports.com and FOX Sports Interactive Media; and Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Soccer Plus, official sponsors of the USA Bid Committee. Hill also directs FOX’s interests in joint-venture businesses housed within the FSMG such as FOX Deportes; STATS, LLC; and the Big Ten Network.
“Under the astute direction of David Hill, the FOX family of networks has helped make international soccer more accessible on television in the United States for the millions of fans following the sport," said Sunil Gulati, Chairman of the USA Bid Committee and President of U.S. Soccer. “David previously demonstrated his commitment to our effort by making Fox Soccer Channel an official partner of the U.S. bid, and we feel fortunate to welcome him to our team today.”
Hill was named chairman and CEO of FOX Sports Television Group in June 1999, which transitioned to FOX Sports Media Group earlier this year. While maintaining his Fox position in a non-executive capacity, Hill served as president of DIRECTV’s entertainment division from April 2005 to March 2007. He served as Chairman and CEO of Fox Broadcasting Company from September 1997 to June 1999, overseeing all programming, marketing, advertising sales and business affairs. In December 1993, armed with FOX’s first rights agreement to broadcast the NFL, Hill arrived in the U.S. to create FOX Sports and serve as its first president.
Before his arrival in the United States, Hill held several News Corporation positions in the United Kingdom. In 1988, he helped launch Sky Television and Eurosport. When Sky Television merged with British Sky Broadcasting in 1990, he took charge of BSkyB Sports Channel and created Sky Sports in 1991. Hill moved to England from Australia, where he had been Vice President, Sports, with the Nine Network since 1977.
“There’s no denying that enthusiasm for soccer in the United States is growing year after year, and that has certainly been evident during the last several World Cups,” said Hill. “The USA Bid Committee has put together a compelling bid to bring the World Cup to the U.S., and it’s my honor and privilege to accept their invitation to join its Board of Directors and work to make this a reality in 2018 or 2022.”
Hill joins the Board of Directors of the USA Bid Committee that includes President Bill Clinton as its Honorary Chairman and whose efforts have earned the enthusiastic support of President Barack Obama. President Clinton and President Obama each authored letters of support in the official U.S. bid book presented on May 14 in Zurich to Blatter, who was welcomed to the White House last summer by President Obama.
The United States and the eight competing bids submitted their official bid book to FIFA in a formal ceremony in Zurich, Switzerland on May 14, 2010. FIFA’s Inspection Delegation recently completed its three-day, five-city tour of the United States World Cup bid for 2018 or 2022. The visit was highlighted by meetings with national and local civic and business officials, visits to proposed stadiums, training sites, FIFA Fan Fest venues, transportation, hotels, media facilities and much more. Hosted by the USA Bid Committee from September 6-9, the tour was designed to give the six-person FIFA Inspection Delegation a closer look at many of the assets featured in the U.S. bid to host the FIFA World CupTM in 2018 or 2022. FIFA’s announcement of the host nations for the 2018 and 2022 will take place on December 2, 2010, completing a 21-month bid and review process.
The United States, England and Russia have formally declared their desire to host the FIFA World Cup™ in 2018 or 2022. Netherlands-Belgium and Portugal-Spain have each submitted joint bids for the 2018 and 2022 tournaments, while Australia, Japan, Qatar and South Korea have only applied as candidates to host the tournament in 2022. Indonesia withdrew its bid in March 2010, while Mexico withdrew its bid in September 2009. Following the Mexico announcement, CONCACAF issued a public endorsement for the U.S. bid in November that pledged the full support of soccer’s governing body for North and Central America and the Caribbean.
ABOUT U.S. SOCCER:
Founded in 1913, U.S. Soccer has helped chart the course for soccer in the USA for more than 95 years as the governing body of the sport. In this time, the Federation’s mission statement has been simple and clear: to make soccer, in all its forms, a pre-eminent sport in the United States and to continue the development of soccer at all recreational and competitive levels. To that end, the sport’s growth in the past two decades has been nothing short of remarkable as U.S. Soccer’s National Teams have continually succeeded on the world stage while also growing the game here in the United States with the support of its members. For more information, visit ussoccer.com.
ABOUT THE USA BID COMMITTEE INC.:
The USA Bid Committee is a non-profit organization created to prepare a successful application to host the FIFA World Cup™ in 2018 or 2022 on behalf of the United States Soccer Federation. U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati is Chairman of the USA Bid Committee, David Downs is the Executive Director and President Bill Clinton is the Honorary Chairman of the Board of Directors that includes New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, comedian Drew Carey, former boxer Oscar De La Hoya, American soccer stars Landon Donovan and Mia Hamm, actor Morgan Freeman, Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber, former U.S. Secretary of State Dr. Henry Kissinger, director Spike Lee, actor Brad Pitt and California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. The U.S. Bid is supported by official sponsors American Airlines, AT&T and Fox Soccer Channel. The U.S. Bid includes 18 candidate host cities: Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Diego, Seattle, Tampa and Washington, D.C. The U.S. Bid also features 21 currently existing stadiums, 18 of which have been built or renovated in the last 20 years and all of which are in compliance with FIFA requirements. With an average capacity of more than 76,000 spectators, the stadiums in the U.S. Bid offer the availability of a World Cup-record five million tickets that would generate $1 billion in ticket sales. For more information on the U.S. Bid, visit goUSAbid.com.