Francisco X. Rivera is a soccer commentator and reporter for FOX Sports. He joined the network’s soccer coverage as a sideline reporter in the 2013 Gold Cup, and has served as a contributor for high-profile Mexican National Team matches including the 2015 CONCACAF Cup. He has also called international and college soccer matches on FS1, FS2, Prime Ticket and FOX Soccer Plus. In June 2013, he became the first Mexican-born broadcaster on the FOX broadcast Network.
FOX DEPORTES AND BEYOND
Rivera is entering his 12th year with FOX Deportes, mainly as play-by-play announcer and reporter for Major League Baseball games across the United States. On October 24, 2012, Rivera became the youngest broadcaster to call a World Series game on Spanish television in the United States. He has also served as as host and analyst of their NFL coverage, including Super Bowl XLVIII. He also calls College Football action and hosts UFC events on the network.
Francisco joined from Time Warner Cable Deportes, where he served as a studio host and analyst of the network’s Los Angeles Lakers, Sparks and Galaxy game coverage. When he called the high school football game between Sylmar and Canoga Park on October 5th, he made history as the first broadcaster to call a live game on the new network, also being part of the first high school football game on Spanish television.
He had previously spent 3 years as a color commentator for the Lakers and the Los Angeles Clippers on FOX Deportes Los Angeles. He also spent 7 years as a play-by-play announcer and on-air talent for DirecTV Latin America, broadcasting soccer matches of the UEFA Champions League, Spain’s La Liga, as well as MLB and NBA action.
Francisco spent five years as a member of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Spanish broadcast team. Adding to his soccer experience, he became the Spanish voice of the two-time Major League Soccer Champion Los Angeles Galaxy in its historical 2007 season featuring David Beckham.
He has a vast resume in mixed martial arts, spending three years as the voice of World Extreme Cagefighting on Versus and Fox Sports en Español. He also broadcast numerous Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) pay-per-view events in Spanish through their Spanish SAP feed, and called the action on the Ultimate Fighter Live. In 2012, he became the host and play-by-play announcer for King of the Cage’s “Guerreros Hispanos” on Azteca America.
In September 2012, he was the only sports broadcaster honored by “The Hollywood Reporter” in their feature “Top 35 under 35 Latinos in Entertainment”, when he was given the title of “Sports Knight”. The Mexico City native has a Bachelor’s Degree in Broadcast Journalism from Long Beach State University, and in 2012 made his debut as a broadcaster for the Dirtbags baseball team.