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Volume 24 No. 155
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Fox Soccer Taking "Leap Of Faith" With Gus Johnson As Announcer

Fox Soccer today "will take a leap of faith" when it introduces new play-by-play announcer Gus Johnson for a Manchester United-Real Madrid UEFA Champions League match. Johnson, who will work in the booth with Warren Barton, is a soccer "newbie, and he knows it." Fox officials "approached Johnson more than a year ago." Asked if being approached was a "curveball," Johnson said, "No, it was a fastball. High heat. They were challenging me" (NYTIMES.com, 2/12).