Does Anyone Know Sports at Fox 35?

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As anyone who has watched a Fox 35 newscast can attest, sports is not a high priority at the station. But you would think the WOFL folks would know the difference between football and basketball.

Take Sunday night, for instance. During The Simpsons, Fox 35 aired a promo for its 10 p.m. news, teasing a report on the University of Florida’s basketball team: "It’s do or die for the Gators. It’s been a long time since they went to the Final Four. We’ll tell you all about their battle with Villanova."

Nothing wrong with that, right? Well, Fox 35 ran that over football highlights. Click the play button below to see what I’m talking about:

And I’m pretty sure Florida wasn’t playing Villanova in that football game. This could have just been a mistake, or it could have been Fox trying to get around CBS and NCAA restrictions on running basketball highlights.

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