Month: December 2016

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FOX Sports Presents First-of-its-Kind All-Access, Commercial-Free Women’s Basketball Game

St. John’s and Seton Hall Head Coaches Mic’d Up Live on Friday, Dec. 30, on FS2
FS2 is Inside the Huddles and Locker Rooms Live During Commercial-Free Game

NEW YORK, NY – FOX Sports offers viewers an unprecedented all-access pass to the St. John’s at Seton Hall women’s basketball game Friday, Dec. 30, (7:00 PM ET), as both head coaches wear live microphones during a commercial-free presentation on FS2. This first-of-its-kind telecast allows viewers to hear what the coaches say live on the sidelines, in the huddles and in the locker rooms.

“We are excited to televise this game in a way that’s never been done before,” said FOX Sports President, Production & Executive Producer John Entz. “We are incredibly grateful to BIG EAST Commissioner Val Ackerman and to Coach Tartamella and Coach Bozzella for allowing us the opportunity to try something new. We look forward to a successful debut and to expanding this initiative to more games in the future.”

Lisa Byington and LaChina Robinson call the game courtside with live audio from St. John’s head coach Joe Tartamella and Seton Hall head coach Anthony Bozzella. FS2 is also inside the team huddles live during timeouts and between quarters, going to break just twice, at the start and conclusion of halftime, to allow crews to be in place in the team locker rooms to listen in live to both coaches’ speeches.

In addition to the game telecast, FOX Sports GO offers two additional live streams with cameras dedicated to each of the head coaches and with live audio for the duration of the game. The two additional streams, as well as the live stream of the game telecast can be accessed via the FOX Sports GO mobile app or on desktop at FOXSportsGO.com. FOX Sports GO is also available on several connected devices including Apple TV, Roku, Xbox One and Chromecast.

“We are excited to collaborate with our television partner, FOX Sports, in this innovative and first-of-its-kind broadcasting initiative,” said Tracy Ellis-Ward, BIG EAST Associate Commissioner for Women’s Basketball. “This will be a great opportunity to highlight the unique personalities of two of our top women’s basketball coaches and offer viewers an inside look at one of the oldest and most competitive rivalries in the BIG EAST.”

The St. John’s-Seton Hall telecast is the latest in FOX Sports’ ongoing technical innovation effort, which is a leading part of the FOX Sports Lab initiative, a collaborative approach to developing technical partnerships that offer fresh perspectives to viewers.

FOX Sports televises some of the best college basketball in the country once again this season, featuring BIG EAST men’s and women’s, Pac-12 men’s and Big 12 women’s games, as well as several early season tournaments. College basketball games on the FOX broadcast network, FS1, FS2, FOX Sports Regional Networks and FOX College Sports are also available via the FOX Sports GO app and online at FOXSportsGO.com.

For more information on FOX Sports’ college basketball coverage, including schedules, photography, biographical information and more, visit FOX Sports Press Pass.

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FOX Sports and Nielsen Study, “The 5th Network,” Finds Regional Sports Networks Are Most Essential Cable Channels to Sports Fans

LOS ANGELES – FOX Sports today released the results of “The 5th Network: Regional Sports Network Passion Index,” a Nielsen Media Analytics Primary Research study finding that sports fans rate regional sports networks (RSNs) as their most essential non-broadcast channels.

Custom research by Nielsen commissioned by FOX Sports looked at more than 1,500 pay TV subscribers around the country who identify as sports fans, and found that on average respondents rate their RSNs as the fifth most essential channel in their entire television packages, ranking only behind the four broadcast networks. Respondents ranked RSNs as more essential than all cable channels. In certain geographical regions, sports fans ranked their RSNs as the most essential networks. In St. Louis, which receives FOX Sports Midwest, viewers rated their local RSN as more essential than any other channel, including the broadcast networks. In Detroit, home of FOX Sports Detroit, viewers rank their RSN as the second most essential network.

FOX Sports Regional Networks President Jeff Krolik said: “We have long known that our RSNs are akin to the fifth broadcast network in their markets in terms of ratings, and Nielsen’s research confirms the remarkable importance of these networks to viewers. Local sports are tribal, and RSNs inspire the same loyalty and connection as the hometown teams they bring to fans.”

Findings from Nielsen’s research are supported by the ratings received by RSNs across
the country. During the recently-concluded Major League Baseball season, 23 of the 29
U.S.-based MLB teams ranked in the top five of all networks when they played in
primetime on their RSNs, and nine of those teams ranked one in all of primetime in their markets.

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UFC Champions Cormier and Cruz Serve as Analysts for FOX UFC FIGHT NIGHT: VANZANT VS. WATERSON

LOS ANGELES – UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier (@DC_MMA) and bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz (@DominickCruz) serve as FOX Sports’ desk analysts alongside host Jon Anik (@Jon_Anik) live in Sacramento, Calif. for the network’s coverage of FOX UFC FIGHT NIGHT: VANZANT VS. WATERSON this weekend.

Two strawweight contenders look to move up the 115-pound ladder at FOX UFC FIGHT NIGHT: VANZANT VS. WATERSON on Saturday, Dec. 17 (8:00 PM ET) when Paige VanZant (7-2) faces Michelle Waterson (13-4) in the five-round main event live on the FOX broadcast network and FOX Deportes. Watch a short preview from Saturday’s FS1 UFC 206 POSTFIGHT SHOW here.

The two-hour main card on FOX also features three more exciting matchups, including a clash of welterweight phenoms as “Super” Sage Northcutt (8-1) battles Mickey Gall (3-0), who beat CM Punk earlier this year. Plus, two bantamweight veterans square off when No. 7-ranked “The California Kid” Urijah Faber (33-10), who announced he’s retiring after this fight, faces Brad Pickett (26-12). Alan Jouban (14-4) and Mike Perry (9-0) open the main card with a clash of dynamic welterweights.

Brian Stann (@BrianStann) and Mike Goldberg (@MFG16) call the main card on FOX and prelims on FS1 live from Sacramento, while Victor Davila (@mastervic10) and Erik “Goyito” Perez (@Goyito_Perez) call the action in Spanish on FOX Deportes.

The three-hour UFC FIGHT NIGHT PRELIMS kick off on FS1 and FOX Deportes at 5:00 PM ET and feature six bouts, including a pair of undefeated light heavyweights, Henrique da Silva (12-0) and Paul Craig (8-0), squaring off. Veteran Cole Miller (21-10, 1NC) takes on Mizuto Hirota (18-7-2) in a featherweight scrap, while welterweights Bryan Barberena (12-3) and Colby Covington (10-1) battle. Another welterweight bout features James Moontasri (9-4) versus Alex Morono (12-3). Undefeated lightweight Josh Emmett (10-0) takes on Scott Holtzman (9-1), and Leslie Smith (8-7-1) and Irene Aldana (7-2) open the FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT PRELIMS with a bantamweight clash.

Saturday’s coverage starts on FS1 (4:00 PM ET) with the FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT PREFIGHT SHOW with host Anik and analysts Cormier and Cruz previewing the fights and reporter Megan Olivi (@MeganOlivi) interviewing fighters. The action wraps up immediately following the main event with the FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT POSTFIGHT SHOW, as the group recaps the fights in Sacramento.

Coverage of FOX UFC FIGHT NIGHT begins on Friday, Dec. 16 (7:00 PM ET) with the FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT WEIGH-IN SHOW, hosted by Anik, with Cormier and Olivi.

On UFC TONIGHT, host Kenny Florian and guest host Michael Bisping preview the weekend’s fights on Wednesday, Dec. 14 (7:00 PM ET) and interview VanZant about headlining her first card. They also catch up with Faber to talk about his final fight in the Octagon and pending retirement.

FOXSports.com features FOX UFC FIGHT NIGHT preview articles leading up to the fight. Senior UFC writer Damon Martin interviews VanZant, as well as Gall and Faber on FOX Sports’ popular podcast “Fight Society.” The podcast is available on iTunes and Soundcloud. Follow @UFConFOX on Twitter for live updates throughout the #UFCSacramento fights this Saturday.

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

FOX SPORTS UFC PROGRAMMING SCHEDULE

DATE

TIME

EVENT

NET*

Wednesday,

Dec. 14

7:00 PM ET

UFC TONIGHT

FS1

Friday,

Dec. 16

7:00 PM ET

FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT WEIGH-IN SHOW

FS1

Saturday, Dec. 17

4:00 PM ET

FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT PREFIGHT SHOW

FS1

Saturday, Dec. 17

5:00 PM ET

FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT PRELIMS

FS1 / FOX Deportes

Saturday, Dec. 17

8:00 PM ET

FOX UFC FIGHT NIGHT: VANZANT VS. WATERSON

FOX / FOX Deportes

Saturday, Dec. 17

10:00 AM ET

FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT POSTFIGHT SHOW

FS1

*All programs also available on FOX Sports GO

 

 

Rob Stone with 2016 MLS Cup Champions Seattle Sounders FC

FOX Sports’ First MLS Cup Presentation is Most-Watched Since 2001

FOX Sports’ 2016 MLS Cup presentation on the FOX broadcast network delivered 1,411,000 viewers on Saturday, Dec. 10, making it the most-watched MLS Cup since 2001 according to Nielsen Media Research.

Saturday night’s match, in which only one U.S. home market was represented, saw the Seattle Sounders win their first MLS Cup, defeating Toronto FC 0(5)-0(4) in penalty kicks. The game posted a viewership increase of +111% over last year’s game (668,000), which was televised by ESPN on a Sunday afternoon.

As the intensity and drama grew into overtime and penalty kicks, so did the audience, peaking with 2.159 million viewers between 10:45 PM – 11:00 PM ET.

On FOX Sports GO, the league’s 21st annual championship attracted 115,530 streams and 53,769 minutes streamed.

FOX Sports’ coverage marked the return of the MLS Cup to network television for the first time since 2008.

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

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Pro Football Hall of Famer Cris Carter Joins FOX Sports

Los Angeles – Today on SKIP AND SHANNON: UNDISPUTED, Skip Bayless announced that Pro Football Hall of Famer and longtime broadcaster Cris Carter has joined FOX Sports as a FS1 NFL analyst. The eight-time Pro Bowl wide receiver will bring his distinctive insights to a number of FS1’s daily studio shows.

Watch the announcement here: http://bit.ly/2hthovf

“Cris is one of sports media’s most-respected NFL analysts with a track record of offering thought-provoking commentary on television for nearly 15 years,” said Whit Albohm, Vice President, Daily Studio Production for FS1. “His incredibly successful playing career and years of broadcast experience make him uniquely well-positioned to provide insight on the NFL that viewers would be hard-pressed to find elsewhere.”

One of the greatest wide receivers in NFL history, Carter scored 130 touchdowns and racked up 1,101 receptions for 13,899 yards (12.6 avg.) in 16 seasons, finishing his career as the NFL’s second all-time leading receiver and with the second-most touchdowns in league history. Carter is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 1990s, honors he shares with new FS1 colleague and UNDISPUTED co-host, Shannon Sharpe.

Carter transitioned seamlessly into broadcasting following his playing career, joining HBO’s Inside the NFL as a studio analyst in 2002. He became well-known for his candor, creating one of the show’s most memorable segments when he interviewed his former coach Buddy Ryan and opened up about his controversial release from the Philadelphia Eagles early in his career. Carter moved to ESPN in 2008, appearing on a variety of programs as a studio analyst, including Sunday NFL Countdown and Monday Night Countdown, becoming a fixture on the sports television landscape.

In addition to his work on the field and TV screen, Carter is co-chair and founder of CarterBrothers Charities, a foundation devoted to improving the lives of victims of domestic violence, hunger and homelessness. He is also committed to supporting young people, receiving the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award in 1999 in recognition of his work with inner-city youth and was selected as a mentor in President Barack Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper” Program aiming to have a national impact on changing the trajectory of at-risk minority youth.

An Ohio native, Carter attended Ohio State University where he studied communications and was a first-team All-American and two-time All-Big Ten performer. He lives in Boca Raton, Fla., and has two children, son Duron, a wide receiver in the Canadian Football League, and daughter Monterae.

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FOX Sports’ 2016 MLS Cup Presentation Delivers a Series of Firsts

BMO Field will be home to history in the making on Saturday, Dec. 10, as FOX Sports presents its first MLS Cup, crowning a new first-time MLS Cup champion on the FOX broadcast network with coverage beginning in primetime at 7:30 PM ET.

FOX Sports is pulling out all the stops for the league’s 21st annual championship, a star-studded clash between Michael Bradley’s Toronto FC and Jordan Morris’ Seattle Sounders FC, adding a special MLS Cup preview show; partnering with Audi and LiveLike to present the championship game in Virtual Reality through the FOX Sports VR app; and hosting FOX Soccer’s newest Facebook Live show “The Rec League” from Toronto.

On Friday, Dec. 9, Stu Holden and Rachel Bonnetta kick off MLS Cup coverage at 2:00 PM ET with a special edition of “The Rec League.” Later that night, at 10:00 PM ET on FS1, Rob Stone hosts an hour-long preview show from BMO Field alongside former MLS stars Alexi Lalas, Eric Wynalda and Stu Holden with special reports from Sports Illustrated and FOX Sports soccer insider Grant Wahl, and expert analysis from John Strong, Brad Friedel and Julie Stewart-Binks, who call Saturday’s match. The program features an extensive preview of Saturday’s game including exclusive interviews with players from both teams. Former Sounders coach Sigi Schmid, the winningest coach in MLS history, also joins the show.

On Saturday, Dec. 10, match day coverage begins at 7:00 PM ET with “FOX Soccer Live” hosted by Rachel Bonnetta on FOX Soccer’s Facebook page. The action then shifts to the FOX broadcast network at 7:30 PM ET as Stone anchors MLS Cup pregame coverage live from BMO Field alongside Wynalda, Lalas and Holden featuring an exclusive interview with new U.S. Men’s National Team coach Bruce Arena.

FOX Sports offers full Virtual Reality coverage from multiple angles through the FOX Sports VR app, marking the first time the league’s championship game has been offered in virtual reality with Audi as presenting sponsor. The presentation includes a “magic window” experience for iOS and Android, as well as fully immersive VR on both cardboard and Samsung Gear VR.

Toronto FC advanced to MLS Cup after knocking out their Canadian counterpart Montreal Impact, 7-5, on aggregate in the Eastern Conference Championship series. Sounders FC advanced to MLS Cup by sealing a 3-1 aggregate win over the Colorado Rapids. Both Seattle Sounders FC and Toronto FC are first-time MLS Cup participants, with Toronto hosting the single-game championship by way of finishing the regular season with a higher points total.
 

 

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FOX Sports Presents Saturday’s MLS Cup in Virtual Reality for First Time Ever

NEW YORK – Dec. 6, 2016 – FOX Sports and Major League Soccer today announced that FOX Sports and virtual reality company LiveLike will broadcast Saturday’s MLS Cup through the FOX Sports VR app, marking the first time the league’s championship game has been offered in virtual reality. Additionally, Audi has signed on as presenting sponsor.

“We are thrilled to work with Audi and offer VR capabilities for FOX Sports’ first MLS Cup broadcast and once again team with LiveLike on such an important and historic event for the company,” said Devin Poolman, SVP, Digital Platforms, FOX Sports. “MLS has done a tremendous job helping soccer grow in the United States and we couldn’t be more excited to be working with them on the first VR experience for the MLS Cup.”

Coverage for the 2016 MLS Cup kicks off on Dec. 10 at 7:30 PM ET on FOX. This marks the first time since 2008 that MLS Cup will air live on English-language network television.

During the match, viewers can choose to watch any of five camera angles with or without a headset. They can also enter a “virtual suite” with access to rosters and live stats. The presentation includes a “magic window” experience for iOS and Android, as well as fully immersive VR on both cardboard and Samsung Gear VR.

“We are excited to collaborate with our partners at FOX Sports and Audi to let fans experience MLS Cup through this groundbreaking technology,” said Seth Bacon, SVP of Media, MLS Business Ventures. “This initiative reinforces our collective commitment to innovation with our partners and within the sport.”

The match will also include a first-of-its-kind VR replay feature for iOS users, allowing viewers to rewind the game in 30-second increments going as far back as 30 minutes, as well as the ability to control replays from different camera angles.

Fans can access the MLS game by downloading and installing the FOX Sports VR app and signing in with their television provider credentials.

“FOX Sports has been a great partner for us as we gear up for our 3rd live, VR broadcast together. Their broadcast expertise combined with our VR capabilities have allowed us create one-of-a-kind, tailored VR experiences that have delighted today’s sports fan,” said Andre Lorenceau, co-founder and CEO, LiveLike. “With the support of MLS and Audi, we are making huge headway into bringing VR into more and more households.”

Audi’s presenting sponsorship gives it in-suite branding, an in-suite Audi car and real time delivery of each player’s Audi Player Index score – a performance-based number, calculated by combining in-game metrics.

“We partnered with MLS to support the continued growth of soccer in America,” said Loren Angelo, VP of Marketing, Audi of America. “The Audi Player Index has allowed us to bring technology to the sport and to elevate fan engagement. Through VR, fans will have the opportunity to interact with the sport in a way they never have before.”

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ABOUT FOX SPORTS
FOX Sports is the umbrella entity representing 21st Century Fox’s wide array of multi-platform US-based sports assets. Built with brands capable of reaching more than 100 million viewers in a single weekend, FOX Sports includes ownership and interests in linear television networks, digital and mobile programming, broadband platforms, multiple web sites, joint-venture businesses and several licensing partnerships. FOX Sports includes the sports television arm of the FOX Broadcasting Company; FS1, FS2; FOX Sports Regional Networks, their affiliated regional web sites and national programming; FOX Soccer Plus; FOX Deportes and FOX College Sports. FOX Sports also encompasses FOX Sports Digital, which includes FOXSports.com, FOX Sports GO, Whatifsports.com and Yardbarker.com. Also included in the Group are FOX’s interests in joint-venture businesses Big Ten Network and BTN 2Go, as well as a licensing agreement that establish the FOX Sports Radio Network.

ABOUT LIVELIKE
LiveLike gives viewers the opportunity to watch live sports in virtual reality from a “private suite” that mimics a real VIP suite experience, complete with additional feeds, statistics and a jumbotron showing the game’s TV broadcast. With a flexible technology platform and device-agnostic approach, LiveLike is able to create tailored mobile experiences for Gear VR, Google Cardboard and more. The company has already broadcast games in partnership with Sky Sports (English Premier League games), Roland Garros (French Open), Manchester City (Manchester vs. Arsenal), Sky Germany and El Clasico. In February 2016, the company received the “1st and Future” award from NFL and TechCrunch. The company is based in New York.
 

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FOX Sports Scores with College Football Conference Championship Weekend

FOX Sports recorded huge viewership numbers during college football’s conference championship week, Friday and Saturday, Dec. 2-3 on the FOX broadcast network.

On Friday night, Washington’s lopsided 40-10 win over Colorado in the Pac-12 Championship Game recorded a 3.4 rating with 5.671 million viewers. Friday night marked the second most-watched Pac-12 Championship Game ever, behind the 2014 game on FOX, which drew 5.997 million for Arizona vs. Oregon. The 2016 Pac-12 Championship Game posted a viewership increase of +120% over last year’s game (2.552 million), which was televised by ESPN on a Saturday night.

Saturday night’s exciting Big Ten Championship Game, in which Penn State came from behind to defeat Wisconsin, 38-31, posted a 5.3 rating with 9.198 million viewers. Saturday night’s audience is +72% higher than viewership of that night’s ACC title game, which aired in the same time slot on ABC.

Also on Saturday, Oklahoma defeated Oklahoma State, 38-20, to claim the Big 12 title in “Bedlam,” drawing a 3.1 rating and 4.817 million viewers, which is the second most-watched regular-season college football game on FOX this season.

On FOX Sports GO, the Big Ten Championship Game attracted 171,803 unique streamers and 11,556,470 minutes streamed, while the Pac-12 Championship drew 132,462 unique streamers and 8,892,591 minutes streamed, and Bedlam brought in 100,182 unique streamers and 6,606,981 minutes streamed.

For more information on FOX Sports’ college football coverage, including biographies, photography and archived information, visit FOX Sports Press Pass.
 

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FS1’s UFC 206 Coverage Features Champions Bisping and Woodley as Studio Analysts

LOS ANGELES – UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping (@Bisping) and welterweight champion Tyron Woodley (@TWooodley) serve as FS1 desk analysts alongside host Karyn Bryant (@KarynBryant) in FOX Sports’ Los Angeles studios for the network’s coverage of UFC 206: HOLLOWAY VS. PETTIS on Friday, Dec. 9 and Saturday, Dec. 10.

UFC 206: HOLLOWAY VS. PETTIS is headlined by the interim UFC featherweight title fight between Max Holloway (16-3), who is riding a nine-fight winning streak, and former UFC / WEC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis (19-5), who attempts to become only the fourth fighter to win UFC titles in two weight classes.

“I’m a huge fan of both of these guys,” says FOX UFC analyst Woodley. “I’m excited for this fight. Both these guys are finishers. They’re both aggressive. This is the perfect fight for both at this point in their careers.” Watch a longer preview here.

Coverage of UFC 206 kicks off on Friday, Dec. 9 (4:00 PM ET) with the FS1 UFC 206 WEIGH-IN SHOW, hosted by Bryant, with Woodley and Bisping. Megan Olivi (@MeganOlivi) adds reports from Toronto.

Saturday’s coverage starts on FS1 (6:30 PM ET) with the FS1 UFC 206 PREFIGHT SHOW hosted by Bryant, with Woodley and Bisping previewing the fights and Olivi adding reports.

The two-hour UFC 206 PRELIMS on FS1 and FOX Deportes begin at 8:00 PM ET and feature four bouts, including No. 8-ranked light heavyweight Nikita Krylov (21-4) facing No. 13 Misha Cirkunov (12-2). Olivier Aubin-Mercier (9-2) takes on Drew Dober (17-7, 1NC) in a lightweight scrap, while the No. 9-ranked strawweight Valerie Letourneau (8-5) and undefeated newcomer Viviane Pereira (11-0) square off. Mitch Gagnon (12-3) and Matthew Lopez (8-1) open the FS1 UFC 206 PRELIMS with a bantamweight battle.

Joe Rogan (@JoeRogan) and Mike Goldberg (@MFG16) call the fights on FS1 live from Toronto, while Victor Davila (@mastervic10) and Erik “Goyito” Perez (@Goyito_Perez) call the action in Spanish on FOX Deportes.

The action wraps up immediately following the main event with the FS1 UFC 206 POSTFIGHT SHOW, with Bryant, Woodley and Bisping recapping the fights in the studio, and Olivi interviewing fighters in Toronto.

FOXSports.com features UFC 206 preview articles leading up to the fight, and senior UFC writer Damon Martin interviews Max Holloway about his interim title bout on FOX Sports’ popular podcast Fight Society. Matt Brown joins Martin after the fights to recap his performance and the rest of the card. The podcast is available on iTunes and Soundcloud. Follow @UFConFOX on Twitter for live updates throughout the #UFC206 fights this Saturday.

The Octagon heads to Sacramento next for FOX UFC FIGHT NIGHT: VANZANT VS. WATERSON live on the FOX broadcast network, Saturday, Dec. 17 (8:00 PM ET), headlined by rising strawweight contenders, Paige VanZant and Michelle Waterson. A one-hour preview, UFC’S ROAD TO THE OCTAGON: VANZANT VS. WATERSON, airs on FOX Saturday, Dec. 10 (12:00 PM ET).

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

 

FOX SPORTS UFC PROGRAMMING SCHEDULE

DATE

TIME

EVENT

NET*

Friday,

Dec. 9

4:00 PM ET

FS1 UFC 206 WEIGH-IN SHOW

FS1

Saturday, Dec. 10

12:00 PM ET

UFC’S ROAD TO THE OCTAGON:

VANZANT VS. WATERSON

FOX

Saturday, Dec. 10

6:30 PM ET

FS1 UFC 206 PREFIGHT SHOW

FS1

Saturday, Dec. 10

8:00 PM ET

FS1 UFC 206 PRELIMS

FS1 / FOX Deportes

Saturday, Dec. 10

1:00 AM ET

FS1 UFC 206 POSTFIGHT SHOW

FS1

*All programs also available on FOX Sports GO

Rob Stone

FS1 Adds Hour-Long Special Friday Previewing Saturday’s MLS Cup

In anticipation of its first MLS Cup presentation, FOX Sports has added a special MLS Cup preview show on Friday, Dec. 9 at 10:00 PM ET on FS1. The show airs the night before FOX’s presentation of the 2016 MLS Cup, the league’s 21st annual championship game which this year features a star-studded matchup between the Eastern Conference champion Toronto FC and Western Conference champion Seattle Sounders.

Rob Stone hosts the hour-long show from BMO Field alongside former MLS stars Alexi Lalas, Eric Wynalda and Stu Holden with special reports from Sports Illustrated and FOX Sports soccer insider Grant Wahl. The program features an extensive preview of Saturday’s game including exclusive interviews with players from both teams. Former Sounders coach Sigi Schmid, the winningest coach in MLS history, will also join the show.

Toronto FC advanced to MLS Cup after knocking out their Canadian counterparts Montreal Impact, 7-5, on aggregate in the Eastern Conference Championship series. Seattle Sounders FC advanced to MLS Cup by sealing a 3-1 aggregate win over the Colorado Rapids. Both Sounders FC and Toronto FC are first-time MLS Cup participants, with Toronto hosting the single-game championship by way of finishing the regular season with a higher points total.

The 2016 MLS Cup is set to air on the FOX broadcast network in prime time on Saturday, Dec. 10, with coverage beginning at 7:30 PM ET. This marks the first time since 2008 that the MLS Cup will air live on English-language network television.

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