Darke said he admired the attempt of Fox Sports announcer Gus Johnson to make a go of it in soccer because of how difficult the sport is to pick up. In Sept. 2014 Johnson stepped down as Fox's No. 1 soccer broadcaster after calling Champions League games for two years. Johnson told Sports Illustrated at the time that he called Fox Sports president Eric Shanks and explained that with a full schedule of college football and college basketball, he could not give soccer the attention it deserved and that viewers demanded of a lead broadcaster. Shanks then agreed to pull Johnson off the assignment.