Month: September 2016

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Neal Scarbrough and Gabe Spitzer Join FOX Sports

New York – FOX Sports has named Neal Scarbrough to the newly created position of Executive Editor and Gabe Spitzer to the role of Executive Producer, Original Programming and Branded Content. The announcement was made today by Charlie Dixon, Executive Vice President of Content for FS1 and FS2, to whom both report.

“We are thrilled to welcome Neal and Gabe to FOX Sports,” Dixon said. “They both bring tremendous experience and creativity, which will prove to be a tremendous asset as we continue to strengthen our growing lineup of studio programming and build out our documentary content across all platforms.”

As Executive Editor, Scarbrough has editorial oversight of FS1’s studio programming and oversees news updates during the day while directing breaking news topics for discussion on FS1 studio programs. Scarbrough comes to FOX Sports from New England Sports Network (NESN) where he held the title of Senior Director. Prior to NESN, he was Senior Executive Producer at Al Jazeera America.

In the role of Executive Producer, Original Programming and Branded Content, Spitzer oversees current original programming as well as the development, acquisition and execution of short and long form documentary content. He is also the liaison between filmmakers and FOX Sports league partners, working across departments and platforms to maximize assets. Spitzer is a multiple Emmy Award-winning producer and director and has worked on projects for HBO, NBC, FOX and ESPN’s 30 for 30 series, documenting sports legends like Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, Jimmie Johnson, John Daly, Kerri Walsh Jennings and more.
 

Neal Scarbrough and Gabe Spitzer Join FOX Sports (191 kB, last updated December 2016)
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FOX College Football Big 12/PAC-12 Doubleheader Kicks Off Saturday at 5:00 PM ET

FOX Sports presents a Big 12/Pac-12 doubleheader on Saturday, Oct. 1, with Oklahoma at No. 21 TCU at 5:00 PM ET, followed by Arizona State at USC at 8:30 PM ET both on the FOX broadcast network. Coverage gets underway at 4:30 PM ET with FOX COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREGAME hosted by Rob Stone with analysts Matt Leinart, Robert Smith and Dave Wannstedt. Gus Johnson, Joel Klatt and Shannon Spake have the call from Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth, Texas, before handing it off to Joe Davis, Brady Quinn and Jenny Taft, who are live from Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

This week, FS1’s college football coverage begins on Thursday with a Big 12 contest between Kansas and Texas Tech in Lubbock, Texas. FS1 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREGAME begins at 8:00 PM ET and includes a touching feature on Jayhawks head coach David Beaty, who saved the life of a teenage boy three years ago when the boy fell through a trampoline and suffered a traumatic head injury.

A full day of football continues Saturday on FS1 as No. 13 Baylor heads to Iowa State (12:00 PM ET). Saturday on BTN, No. 2 Ohio State hosts Rutgers (12:00 PM ET), and No. 17 Michigan State heads to Indiana in prime time (8:00 PM ET). This week’s full schedule, including broadcaster information, is below.

Saturdays during the season, fans can log on to Facebook for “The Audible on Facebook Live,” a program hosted by Kristen Balboni with college football insiders Bruce Feldman and Stewart Mandel that recaps the day’s action so far. An extension of Feldman and Mandel’s popular podcast of the same name, “The Audible on Facebook Live” can be seen each Saturday after the afternoon and evening slate of games. For notifications, like the CFB on FOX page on Facebook.

This season, FOX Sports televises top games from the Big 12 and Pac-12 conferences, plus the Pac-12 and Big Ten championship games. FOX Sports’ full college football schedule, photography, biographical information and more, can be found by visiting FOXSports.com/PressPass.

 

WEEK 5 SCHEDULE

Kansas at Texas Tech
Thursday, Sept. 29 (8:30 PM ET), FS1
Announcers: Justin Kutcher and Petros Papadakis

#13 Baylor at Iowa State
Saturday, Oct. 1 (12:00 PM ET), FS1
Announcers: Tim Brando and Spencer Tillman

Rutgers at #2 Ohio State
Saturday, Oct. 1 (12:00 PM ET), BTN
Announcers: Kevin Kugler, Matt Millen and Lisa Byington

Minnesota at Penn State
Saturday, Oct. 1 (3:30 PM ET), BTN
Announcers: Brandon Gaudin and Chuck Long

Purdue at Maryland
Saturday, Oct. 1 (3:30 PM ET), BTN
Announcers: Joe Beninati and J Leman

Oklahoma at #21 TCU
Saturday, Oct. 1 (5:00 PM ET), FOX
Announcers: Gus Johnson, Joel Klatt and Shannon Spake

#17 Michigan State at Indiana
Saturday, Oct. 1 (8:00 PM ET), BTN
Announcers: Eric Collins and Glen Mason

Arizona State at USC
Saturday, Oct. 1 (8:30 PM ET), FOX
Announcers: Joe Davis, Brady Quinn and Jenny Taft

Pete Rose on the MLB WHIPAROUND Set

Saturday FS1 Baseball Capped by Pete Rose and Frank Thomas, HURT & HUSTLE Live Postgame Special

Los Angeles – After combining to create a television phenomenon that lit up FOX Sports’ coverage of the 2015 Major League Baseball postseason, first-ballot Hall of Famer Frank Thomas and all-time hits leader Pete Rose are reunited Saturday night, Oct. 1, on FS1 for a half-hour postgame special, HURT & HUSTLE, following the Cleveland Indians at Kansas City Royals game that begins at 4:00 PM ET.

Thomas, whose intimidating presence in the batter’s box and punishing bat earned him the nickname “The Big Hurt,” and Rose, whose all-out style of play during his 24-year playing career made him “Charlie Hustle,” join host Rachel Brady in a dynamic and free-flowing format. Segments include a conversational preview of the upcoming MLB postseason, an interview the duo recently conducted with outspoken former slugger Jose Canseco and Frank and Pete’s unfiltered perspectives on other stories from the worlds of sports and pop culture.

“It only takes five minutes in a room with Frank and Pete to see that they have the unique opinions and engaging personalities we’re looking for from talent at FS1,” said Gabe Goodwin, Vice President of Cross Platform Content. “HURT & HUSTLE is really just a show about Frank and Pete’s relationship and the fearless way they tackle every topic together. It is constructed to be an engaging postgame show filled with the type of shareable moments that are also consumed digitally on Twitter, Facebook and beyond."

First pitch of the Indians-Royals contest is scheduled for 4:00 PM ET, with HURT & HUSTLE taking to the airwaves immediately following the final out on FS1.
 

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Alex Rodriguez Returns to FOX Sports for 2016 MLB Postseason Coverage

New York – World Series champion and three-time American League Most Valuable Player, Alex Rodriguez, re-joins FOX Sports as a studio analyst for the 2016 Postseason. Rodriguez is part of the network’s presentation of the National League Division Series, National League Championship Series and the 112th World Series on FOX. He returns to FOX Sports where he made his studio-broadcasting debut during the network’s coverage of last year’s ALCS and World Series. The announcement was made Thursday by John Entz, President of Production & Executive Producer, FOX Sports.

Rodriguez makes his first appearance of the postseason in studio on Friday, October 7, on FS1 for the start of the NLDS. In his studio role, Rodriguez joins pregame and postgame shows, providing thoughtful insights and expert analysis, which earned him praise as a first-time broadcaster last postseason.

“Alex did a phenomenal job explaining the ‘Why?’ and the ‘How?’ for our baseball viewers last year,” said Entz. “We always knew he’d be great on television but what surprised us all was just how quickly he picked it up. He’s a natural. Plus, he still owes us for that screen he cracked last year.”

“I had a great experience working with the team at FOX Sports,” said Rodriguez. “They made me feel comfortable as a TV rookie and I’m excited to be back with them for the postseason.”

A 14-time All-Star, Rodriguez owns a lifetime .295 batting average and has collected 3,115 hits (20th all-time), 696 homeruns (4th all-time), 2,086 RBI’s (3rd all-time), and 25 grand slams (1st all-time) in 2,784 games played. He has made 12 different trips to the postseason and appeared in 76 playoff games, highlighted by 2009, when the New York Yankees beat the Philadelphia Phillies to claim the franchise’s record 27th World Series title. Rodriguez played his final game as a New York Yankee last month, before taking a job with the team as a special advisor and instructor.
 

USA v Japan: Final - FIFA Women's World Cup 2015

FOX Sports Televises All 32 Matches of Historic FIFA Women’s U-17 World Cup

The stage is set for the FIFA Women’s Under-17 World Cup in Jordan, the first FIFA women’s competition to take place in the Middle East, and FOX Sports televises the tournament on FS1, FS2 and FOX Soccer Plus. Action begins on Friday, Sept. 30, at 7:55 AM ET on FS2 when star striker Deyna Castellanos and Venezuela take on top scorer Vanessa Ziegler and Germany, one of seven squads to have participated in every tournament since its inception in 2008. Ross Dyer calls the match alongside former U.S. Women’s World Cup champion Shannon MacMillan. On Saturday, Oct. 1, world-class talent Ashley Sanchez and the Americans face Paraguay at 11:55 AM on FOX Soccer Plus with MacMillan and Mark Rogondino on the call.

FOX Sports’ broadcasters for the tournament include a rotation of announcers who were part of FOX Sports’ 2015 Women’s World Cup coverage, including former U.S. Women’s National Team midfielder Angela Hucles; Danielle Slaton, who captained the U.S. Women’s U-16 Team from 1996-1997; and former NCAA Division I player Kyndra de St. Aubin.

“Building on our record-setting FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015 coverage, we are pleased to be able to televise all 32 matches of this historic tournament and continue our steadfast investment in women’s soccer,” said David Nathanson, Head of Business Operations, FOX Sports.

FOX Sports televises all 32 tournament matches, including the final set for Friday, Oct. 21, at 12:55 PM ET. All matches are also available live on the FOX Sports GO app and online at FOXSportsGO.com and on-demand via FOXSoccer2Go.com. FOX offers a free promo code to watch the games, as fans can enter “U17WNT” on the FOXSoccer2Go.com registration page when prompted. The promo code can be activated from Sept. 30-Oct. 31.

The full schedule of matches can be found in the PDF listed below.

All FOX soccer information, including biographies, photographs and archived press releases are available on FOX Sports Press Pass.
 

Daniel Cormier

UFC Champion Daniel Cormier Calls FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT: LINEKER VS. DODSON Alongside Jon Anik

LOS ANGELES – UFC belts crowd FOX Sports this weekend as two current champions and two former title holders cover FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT: LINEKER VS. DODSON live on FS1 Saturday, Oct. 1. Current light heavyweight strap holder Daniel Cormier (@DC_MMA) calls fights live Octagon-side as color analyst with blow-by-blow announcer Jon Anik (@Jon_Anik) from Portland, Ore. The duo calls the two-hour UFC FIGHT NIGHT PRELIMS starting at 9:00 PM ET on FS2 and continues on FS1 at 11:00 PM ET for the two-hour main card.

Welterweight champion Tyron Woodley (@TWooodley) and former light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans (@SugaRashadEvans) join host Karyn Bryant (@KarynBryant) to kick off the evening’s coverage from FOX Sports’ Los Angeles studios with the UFC FIGHT NIGHT PREFIGHT SHOW (8:00 PM ET) on FS2. The same team wraps up the evening with the FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT POSTFIGHT SHOW immediately following the main event. Reporter Megan Olivi (@MeganOlivi) interviews fighters on site. Former heavyweight champion and current No. 1 Fabricio Werdum (@FabricioWerdum) and Victor Davila (@mastervic10) have the call in Spanish on FOX Deportes.

Top bantamweight contenders square off in Portland Saturday when hard-hitting No. 3-ranked John Lineker (28-7) faces No. 10 John Dodson (19-7) in a five-round main event. Dodson, THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER Season 14 winner, is a two-time world title challenger at 125 pounds who returned to bantamweight in April with a blistering 37-second knockout of Manny Gamburyan. Now, Dodson faces another ex-flyweight standout in Brazil’s Lineker, who has won three straight in his bantamweight run. Watch FOX Sports UFC analysts Kenny Florian and Yves Edwards provide an overview of the main event here.

The main card also features No. 11 lightweight Will Brooks (18-1), who seeks his second UFC win when he battles exciting Brazilian Alex “Cowboy” Oliveira (14-3-1, 1NC). Bobby Green (23-7) and Joshua Burkman (29-13, 1NC) face each other in another lightweight battle. Rounding out the main card, No. 9 flyweight Louis Smolka (11-1) takes on Brandon Moreno (11-3).

The FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT PRELIMS feature four exciting bouts, including undefeated Henrique da Silva (11-0) fighting Joachim Christensen (13-3) in a light heavyweight bout, while No. 12-ranked featherweight Hacran Diaz (23-4-1) and Andre Fili (15-4) square off. Heavyweights Shamil Abdurakhimov (16-3) and Walt Harris (8-4) battle. Keita Nakamura (32-7-2, 1NC) and Elizeau Zaleski dos Santos (15-5) open the PRELIMS with a welterweight bout.

The FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT WEIGH-IN SHOW airs live on FS1 Friday, Sept. 30 (7:00 PM ET) with Bryant, Woodley and Evans providing insights about the fighters as they tip the scales.

Follow @UFConFOX on Twitter for live updates throughout the #UFCPortland fights this Saturday. Plus, the popular FOXSports.com podcast Fight Society features host Damon Martin previewing the fights and interviewing headliner John Dodson, available on iTunes and Soundcloud.

For notes, coverage, bios, photography and more, visit the FOX UFC page on FOX Sports Press Pass.

 

FOX SPORTS UFC PROGRAMMING SCHEDULE

DATE

TIME (ET)

EVENT

NET*

Wednesday,

Sept. 28

10:00 PM

THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER

FS1

Wednesday,

Sept. 28

11:00 PM

TUF TALK

FS1

Friday,

Sept. 30

7:00 PM

UFC FIGHT NIGHT WEIGH-IN SHOW

FS1

Saturday, Oct. 1

8:00 PM

FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT PREFIGHT SHOW

FS2

Saturday, Oct. 1

9:00 PM

FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT PRELIMS

FS2 / FOX Deportes

Saturday, Oct. 1

10:00 PM

FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT: LINEKER VS. DODSON

FS1 / FOX Deportes

Saturday, Oct. 1

1:00 AM

FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT POSTFIGHT SHOW

FS1

Sunday, Oct. 2

12:30 AM

UFC COUNTDOWN

UFC 204: BISPING VS. HENDERSON

FS1

*All programs also available on FOX Sports GO

 

Real Madrid CF v FC Schalke 04 - UEFA Champions League Round of 16

FOX Sports Presents 56 Soccer Telecasts Across Five Networks This Week

FOX Sports’ star-studded soccer lineup includes a record-breaking 56 soccer telecasts this week featuring UEFA Champions League, Futsal World Cup, Europa League, MLS, FIFA U17, Bundesliga and NWSL televised on FS1, FS2, FOX Soccer Plus, FSN and FOX Deportes. Action begins today with the UEFA Champions League as Christian Pulisic’s Borussia Dortmund takes on Spanish powerhouse Real Madrid on FS1 and FOX Deportes beginning at 2:00 PM ET.

Rob Stone hosts the pregame show from the Los Angeles studios alongside Warren Barton, Stu Holden and Brad Friedel. On FOX Deportes, John Laguna, Mariano Trujillo, Christian Bozzo and Samuel Jacobo host the Spanish pregame program.

The pitch heats up later in the week with the Futsal World Cup semifinals and final; a midweek MLS match featuring Toronto FC and Orlando City; and a Sunday showdown between the Vancouver Whitecaps and Seattle Sounders. NWSL’s postseason enters the semifinal stages, and FIFA U-17 action begins Friday, Sept. 30. The full schedule can be found here.

FOX soccer information and schedules, including biographies, photographs and archived press releases are available on FOX Sports Press Pass.
 

FOX Sports Go

FOX Sports GO Now Available on Chromecast and XBOX One

New York – FOX Sports GO, the live streaming platform that showcases all of FOX Sports’ live events and studio programming is now available on Chromecast and Xbox One. They are the latest connected devices to carry the TV Everywhere service, a list which also includes Apple TV, Android TV, Fire TV and Roku.

Chromecast and Xbox One customers who receive FOX, FS1, FS2, FOX Sports Regional Networks, FOX College Sports, FOX Deportes and FOX Soccer Plus as part of their pay-TV subscriptions are now able to access FOX Sports’ full slate of programming through FOX Sports GO, including more than 3,000 live events, as well as hundreds of hours of studio shows and original content.

Live programming includes the NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, UFC, NASCAR, Big 12 and Pac-12 football, BIG EAST basketball, FIFA World Cup, and UEFA Champions League. Users can also stream signature FS1 shows such as SKIP AND SHANNON: UNDISPUTED, THE HERD WITH COLIN COWHERD, SPEAK FOR YOURSELF, FOX SPORTS LIVE WITH JAY AND DAN, GARBAGE TIME WITH KATIE NOLAN, UFC TONIGHT and THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER.

“We are excited to provide sports fans with more ways to watch our full lineup of live event and studio programming,” said Clark Pierce, FOX Sports Senior Vice President, TV Everywhere. “Adding Chromecast and Xbox One to the list of connected devices that offer FOX Sports GO is another major step as we look to achieve full distribution for the platform.”

For Chromecast, FOX Sports programming can be cast to big screens by tapping on the Chromecast icon in the FOX Sports GO app. On Xbox One, users can search for “FOX Sports GO” through their consoles and then add it to their app lineups.

More than 95 million users across the U.S. have access to FOX Sports’ full slate of programming through FOX Sports GO via their participating pay-TV providers.
 

FOX Sports GO Now Available on Chromecast and XBOX One (168 kB, last updated December 2016)
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Michigan Jumps Back Into This Week’s FOX FOUR

With the third year of the College Football Playoff era in full swing, FOX Sports assembles a panel of broadcasters, writers and production staff to vote on the FOX FOUR, a collective ranking of the top four teams in the country presented on FOXSports.com each week until the official College Football Playoff field is announced.

This week, the committee voted Alabama its top team, followed by Ohio State, Louisville and Michigan, which knocked Houston out of the No. 4 spot. Stanford, Wisconsin, Houston, Clemson and Texas A&M also received votes.

Click HERE for this week’s FOX FOUR.