Month: December 2016


FOX Sports to Ring The Nasdaq Stock Market Opening Bell

FOX Sports, the umbrella entity representing 21st Century FOX’s wide array of multi-platform US-based sports assets, will visit the Nasdaq MarketSite in Times Square to celebrate the company’s first-ever MLS Cup broadcast.

In honor of the occasion, former MLS and U.S. Men’s National Team player and FOX Sports soccer analyst Alexi Lalas and lead soccer announcer John Strong, will ring the Opening Bell.

The championship of professional soccer in the U.S. and Canada, MLS Cup is the pinnacle of the Major League Soccer season.

2016 MLS Cup is the 21st annual championship game of MLS and will feature Seattle Sounders FC versus Toronto FC at BMO Field in Toronto, Ontario on December 10.

Coverage for the 2016 MLS Cup kicks off on December 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.

Nasdaq MarketSite – 4 Times Square – 43rd & Broadway – Broadcast Studio

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 – 9:15 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. ET

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#19 Utah to Meet Indiana in 2016 Foster Farms Bowl at Levi’s Stadium

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – The pairing is set for the annual Foster Farms Bowl at Levi’s Stadium as the 19th-ranked Utah Utes (8-4, 5-4 Pac-12) and Indiana Hoosiers (6-6, 4-5 Big Ten) will represent the Pac-12 and Big Ten Conferences, respectively. This year marks the 15th anniversary of the Bay Area Bowl Game and the first time that the game is being played under the management of the San Francisco 49ers.

The Foster Farms Bowl will be held at 5:30 p.m. PT on Wednesday, December 28th, in front of a national television audience on the FOX broadcast network, marking the first ever airing of the game on broadcast television. The game will also be simulcast in Spanish on FOX Deportes. Tickets and event details are now available through Ticketmaster at

Media looking to request credentials to cover the game must apply online at

“We couldn’t be more excited about the opportunity to invite a ranked team like Utah and a team on the rise like Indiana to square off in the 2016 Foster Farms Bowl,” said Jamie Brandt, Foster Farms Bowl Executive Director. “This game holds a proud position within the Bay Area holiday calendar and we look forward to welcoming the fans of the Utes and Hoosiers later this month.”

Foster Farms became the naming-rights partner for the Bay Area’s annual college bowl game on November 12th, 2014. Since its inception in 2002, the Bowl game has become an annual fixture in the Bay Area’s sporting landscape. It was previously held at AT&T Park before moving to Levi’s Stadium in 2014.

“We are thrilled to showcase the excellent coaches and student-athletes from these two programs on FOX,” said Larry Jones, FOX Sports Executive Vice President, Business. “We are looking forward to an exciting matchup to cap off what has been a truly great season of college football.”

Utah returns to the Bay Area game for the first time since the 2005 Emerald Bowl at AT&T Park in San Francisco. The Utes finished the season ranked 19th in the College Football Playoff Rankings and 23rd in the Coaches Poll. Utah is in search of their third consecutive bowl victory after defeating BYU, 35-28, in last year’s Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl. Indiana will make its first ever Foster Farms Bowl appearance, marking the school’s first back-to-back bowl berths in a quarter century after falling to Duke, 44-41, in overtime in the 2015 Pinstripe Bowl.

Darrell Waltrip

FOX NASCAR Quotes on Monster Energy Series Sponsorship

NASCAR and Monster Energy on Thursday announced a multi-year agreement for the energy drink company to become the new entitlement sponsor of NASCAR’s premier series, beginning in January. Below, FOX NASCAR analyst and Hall of Famer Darrell Waltrip and FOX NASCAR play-by-play announcer Mike Joy offer their perspective on the announcement.

On the announcement of Monster Energy as the new premier series sponsor:
“Whether I was driving, owning a team or broadcasting races for FOX Sports, I have always wanted an entitlement sponsor that will promote the sport and take it to places it never has been before, putting it in front of fans we’ve never appealed to before. RJ Reynolds set an extremely high mark years ago in where they took NASCAR as the series sponsor. Afterward, Nextel and then Sprint were the right sponsors at the right time due to the technology they could provide, and they took NASCAR to another level in their own way. By the same token, I expect Monster Energy will promote the series in ways it never has been marketed before.”
–Darrell Waltrip, FOX NASCAR analyst

“Monster Energy should be a good fit for NASCAR. They market to a very young demographic, and that is the group NASCAR wants to attract in order for the series to prosper. That targeted marketing will really help the series. The other thing I had been hoping for was to have a supermarket product as the entitlement sponsor. When this was the Winston Cup Series, you could not go into a grocery store or gas station without seeing evidence of the Winston Cup Series. That gave NASCAR an enormous push forward. The Sprint/Nextel sponsorship was good for NASCAR, but it lacked the key element of widespread, mass marketing. Monster Energy should be able to do some of that, but targeted to the younger audience that NASCAR and every sport covets.”
–Mike Joy, FOX NASCAR play-by-play announcer

On the transition from one entitlement sponsor to the next:
“I don’t think there’s any transition, per se, from one sponsor to the next, but there used to be a great resistance. When Winston came on board in the early ‘70s, a lot of reporters continued to call the series ‘Grand National,’ because technically, the name was Winston Cup Grand National. Even when NASCAR dropped Grand National from the name and repurposed it to the Busch Series, some reporters and news outlets still refused to call it by its entitlement. Those days are gone. Now, all the media embrace sports entitlement sponsors as a way of life, so I don’t expect any problematic transition unless NASCAR drops the idea of a championship Cup from the series. It has been Winston Cup, Nextel Cup and Sprint Cup. That might be a little harder to deal with, so it will be interesting to see what NASCAR and Monster Energy come up with for the series’ name.”
–Mike Joy


Rob Stone, Robert Smith, Matt Leinart and Dave Wannstedt at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium

Big 12, Big Ten and Pac-12 Champions Crowned This Weekend on FOX

New York – Three conference champions are crowned this weekend on the FOX broadcast network, beginning Friday, Dec. 2 (8:00 PM ET) with the Pac-12 Championship Game between No. 4 Washington and No. 8 Colorado. Action continues Saturday, Dec. 3, with the Bedlam Series showdown, No. 10 Oklahoma State at No. 9 Oklahoma (12:00 PM ET) and concludes that evening in prime time with No. 6 Wisconsin vs. No. 7 Penn State in the Big Ten Championship Game (7:00 PM ET).

FOX COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREGAME begins Friday night at 8:00 PM ET as studio host Rob Stone and analyst Matt Leinart are live from Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, joined by special guest analyst, Arizona head coach Rich Rodriguez, as well as Brady Quinn, who calls the night’s contest. Host Mike Hill and analysts Robert Smith and Dave Wannstedt contribute analysis from FOX Sports’ Los Angeles studio, while Friday’s pregame show highlights Colorado’s worst-to-first finish in the Pac-12 South and includes features on Washington and Colorado quarterbacks Jake Browning and Sefo Liufau. Once the game kicks off at 9:00 PM ET, Quinn is joined in the booth by play-by-play announcer Joe Davis and reporter Jenny Taft on the sidelines.

Coverage begins at 12:00 PM ET on Saturday with a half-hour pregame show leading into Bedlam, which this season will determine the Big 12 Conference champion. Bruce Feldman, who is live from the sidelines during the game, has a feature on outspoken Heisman Trophy contender, Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield, while Gus Johnson and Joel Klatt check in from Indianapolis to preview that night’s Big Ten title game. Hill, Leinart and Quinn are back in Los Angeles for studio coverage throughout the day before the action begins at 12:30 PM ET with Tim Brando, Spencer Tillman and Feldman on the call.

Saturday night, FOX COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREGAME with Stone, Klatt, Smith and Wannstedt, is live from Indianapolis with features highlighting Penn State running back Saquon Barkley and head coach James Franklin, as well as Wisconsin’s history of top running backs and the Badgers’ highly touted defense. Katie Nolan, host of FS1’s GARBAGE TIME WITH KATIE NOLAN, is also on site with a piece from Big Ten Fan Fest. In the broadcast booth, Johnson and Klatt are joined by sideline reporter Shannon Spake once the game kicks off at 8:00 PM ET.

FOX Sports Lab offers several production enhancements for Saturday’s Big Ten Championship Game, including a completely new championship game viewing experience with live, in-game footage captured from the referees’ perspective, courtesy of FOX Sports’ collaboration with GoPro. Click HERE to view a test of the referee hat camera, performed last weekend during Minnesota at Wisconsin on BTN. Saturday night’s game is also streamed live in virtual reality to iOS and Android users on the recently launched FOX Sports VR app, the third college football game streamed on the app this season. For more information on the FOX Sports VR app, click HERE.

FOX Sports also hosts Big Ten Fan Fest Presented by Dr Pepper. Located at the Indiana Convention Center, Fan Fest is an amazing, interactive experience for fans of all ages featuring exhibits, games, giveaways, school band performances, trivia contests, legends appearances, autograph opportunities and more. Fan Fest is free to all individuals holding tickets for the Big Ten Championship Game. For more information on Fan Fest, visit

FOX Sports’ full college football schedule, as well as photography, biographical information and more, can be found by visiting

READ MORE: Joel Klatt and Robert Smith Preview Conference Championship Weekend


o   Pac-12 Championship Game: #8 Colorado vs. #4 Washington

        o   Friday, Dec. 2 (9:00 PM ET), FOX & FOX Deportes

        o   Announcers: Joe Davis, Brady Quinn and Jenny Taft

o   K-State at TCU

        o   Saturday, Dec. 3 (12:00 PM ET), FS1

        o   Announcers: Aaron Goldsmith and Ben Leber

o   #10 Oklahoma State at #9 Oklahoma

        o   Saturday, Dec. 3 (12:30 PM ET) FOX

        o   Announcers: Tim Brando, Spencer Tillman and Bruce Feldman

o   Baylor at #16 West Virginia

        o   Saturday, Dec. 3 (3:30 PM ET), FS1

        o   Announcers: Justin Kutcher and Petros Papadakis

o   Big Ten Championship Game: #6 Wisconsin vs. #7 Penn State

        o   Saturday, Dec. 3 (8:00 PM ET), FOX

        o   Announcers: Gus Johnson, Joel Klatt and Shannon Spake