Month: January 2017

FOX NFL SUNDAY Desk in Houston

SUPER BOWL WEEK on FS1 Highlights: Evening Edition (1/31)

FOX Sports presents full coverage of Super Bowl LI with SKIP & SHANNON: UNDISPUTED, THE HERD WITH COLIN COWHERD, GARBAGE TIME WITH KATIE NOLAN: SUPER BOWL SPECIAL, FOX SPORTS LIVE WITH JAY & DAN, SPEAK FOR YOURSELF and NASCAR RACE HUB live from Houston’s Discovery Green as part of SUPER BOWL WEEK on FS1.

Below are highlights from today’s shows including THE HERD WITH COLIN COWHERD, GARBAGE TIME WITH KATIE NOLAN: SUPER BOWL SPECIAL; FOX SPORTS LIVE WITH JAY & DAN; and SPEAK FOR YOURSELF, as well as quotes from the Super Bowl LI on FOX Media Day.

Top Video Highlights and Quotes:

THE HERD WITH COLIN COWHERD

Colin Cowherd discloses what changes he would make if he were commissioner:
“The Pro Bowl ratings went down again this year. The American public, I tip a cap to you because it’s the most uncompetitive professional sporting event, next to the NBA All-Star Game, in the country. If I was commissioner there are the two or three things I would change. I would change the overtime rule. I have a belief that if you, at Arrowhead Stadium after 13 possessions, can’t beat Tennessee, they get the ball first. I would always give the opposing team it. This league’s built on parody, road teams get the ball first in overtime. I would scrap most of the preseason, or all of it, and I would scrap the Pro Bowl.

Travis Kelce on the game-changing penalty during the NFC Divisional Round:
“What I was most upset about was at that point in time, football is football. It is a gridiron game. It is nasty, ferocious. It is the biggest play of the season for us. A two-point conversion after we’ve been down the entire game just to try and get back and get tied. That’s when football has to be football and you just have to let the boys play. And that’s how I’ve grown up and I thought I’ve seen all of the games played when I was younger.”

Pete King reveals Art Modell tried to talk Robert Kraft out of hiring Bill Belichick:
“Art Modell told [Kraft] at the time, ‘It’ll be the biggest mistake of your life if you hire him.’ Because look, he didn’t win in Cleveland. He only had one winning season out of five, and I think the world thought that Bill Belichick should be a defensive coordinator, which was not unreasonable at the time. But Kraft had a thing about having had Belichick on the Patriots staff with Parcells for one year and he said he was just really impressed with him and he thought one day that if I do get an opportunity, I’m going to try and move Heaven and Earth to try and hire him. And honestly, it turns out to be one of the best decisions in NFL history by an owner.”

GARBAGE TIME WITH KATIE NOLAN

Nick Wright on if the Patriots trade Gronk:
“Rob Gronkowski is one of the six or seven most valuable non-quarterbacks in the sport. Just because they’ve won without him, doesn’t mean they don’t need him. The correlation-causation doesn’t follow here.”

FOX SPORTS LIVE

SPEAK FOR YOURSELF

Jason McIntyre on if the Patriots deserve to be hated:
“I’m going to use a great quote from Batman vs. Superman: ‘People hate what they don’t understand.’ People don’t understand how the Patriots, in the last 15 years, rotate in running backs and wide receivers, and go to seven Super Bowls.”

Ray Lewis on not having a relationship with his dad:
“The one thing I missed growing up and in my career was my dad hugging me and saying ‘Good job’ to me after a game. For Brady to say that is very powerful. Not having a dad made me realize what my mom instilled in me, but one day she said to me, ‘I can never teach you how to be a man.’ But my mom never wavered. She always found a way for us.”

Greg Jennings on if he agrees with Martellus Bennett that players’ ‘brands’ cause them to avoid political issues:
“As a player, you’re advised to not talk about politics. We want everyone to like me. If I take a stance, I cut off half the people who could support me as I move forward and support my brand. That’s what he’s referring to. If it’s unpopular, you stay away from it.”

SUPER BOWL LI ON FOX MEDIA DAY QUOTES FROM TROY AIKMAN, JOE BUCK, HOWIE LONG, TERRY BRADSHAW AND JIMMY JOHNSON

Super Bowl LI on FOX analyst Troy Aikman on whether or not Tom Brady is the greatest quarterback of all-time:
“I’ve always been asked that question, and it’s been a question that’s been really easy for me to answer. I’ve always answered Joe Montana. The reason is because I was really starting to follow the game and had an interest in the league, Joe was doing some remarkable things; playing at a high level, four Super Bowls, and they were good every year. So I just always felt that Joe was the best. There were a lot of other quarterbacks that I really loved watching play, but as I am getting ready for this game – and we don’t cover the Patriots a lot, maybe once a year at the most – and you start looking at it: 11 AFC Championship Games, six Super Bowl appearances and now seven, number of playoff wins. I think you’d be hard pressed to not name him the greatest now, regardless of what happens on Sunday. That question that was once such an easy question for me to answer is no longer so easy to answer.”

Aikman speaks on what motivates New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady at this point in his career:
“The motivation is to win another Super Bowl. I think when you win one, the motivation is to win two. When you win two, the motivation is to win three, and I think even for Tom it isn’t about winning five – I mean obviously that’s a milestone because no one has ever done it – but I don’t think that’s going to change his motivation going into next year. I don’t think if they win this game he is going to announce his retirement because he’s won five Super Bowls. He wants to be the greatest, and you can certainly make an argument for him now, regardless of what happens on Sunday. It’s been an amazing career; he’s highly motivated and taking advantage of the years he has, and it’s been impressive to watch.”

Aikman on the length of quarterbacks’ careers:
“The game has changed so much. Quarterbacks are just not getting hit the way we once did. I don’t think the punishment is as much as it was. I think that for the older guys, the hard part is recovering after each game. You aren’t going to lose arm strength, but just to recover is difficult, and without taking the hits and punishment on a weekly basis like we once did I think we are going to see a lot of guys into their early 40s or maybe even mid-40s.”

FOX NFL SUNDAY analyst Howie Long on his son Chris playing in Super Bowl LI:
“We have laughed about it some. I tried to push them all away from football. In fact, I subconsciously pushed Kyle, without really knowing I was doing it, into baseball. But at the end of the day your DNA is what your DNA is, and Chris is someone who, from the day he committed to it in high school, he’s 110 percent all the time. You’d be hard pressed to find someone who has worked harder and been through more in the first eight years of their career. I ran out of things to say on Sunday nights. I really did. As a dad and as someone who played, I’d tell him it’ll be better next week, it’ll be better next year. Eight years, that’s hard to do.”

Long on what the Falcons need to do to win on Sunday:
“I think they have got to be poised on defense; well-prepared for an offense that’s very moldable. Matt [Ryan] has to be, and I think both quarterbacks understand this, it’s protecting the football. The ability to have balance and understand what you are looking at before the snap. Great quarterbacks beat you before the ball is snapped. They see things in slow motion where young players or quarterbacks that maybe aren’t as gifted don’t see, and when the ball is snapped it’s kind of a hope and a prayer. Both these quarterbacks do a great job at establishing what your look is, whether it’s a false look pre-snap, and going to the right hole; because there is a hole in every defense.”

Long discusses Brock Osweiler’s future with the Houston Texans:
“If I could fix quarterbacks, I’d be working somewhere else. I think as we see with this game, it begins and ends with the quarterback. You’ve got a great defense, a capable wide receiving core and maybe it takes a little bit for a quarterback so settle in to a new system. I like the head coach and I like the direction the team is going in. Imagine the team with JJ Watt back on it, with Clowney and that whole group. They are special on defense, as we saw against the Patriots.”

Super Bowl LI on FOX play-by-play announcer Joe Buck on if there is a secret to calling big games like the Super Bowl:
“I would say it’s the same secret to calling an AFC Championship Game or a preseason game or whatever it may be. It’s a boring quote, and every player says it, but I think we have to treat this like a football game, not like we are refueling an F-18 in mid-air. A guy is going to drop back and throw it, and I’m going to say that he threw it to whomever, and I’m going to say who made the tackle and how many yards were gained. Thankfully that’s it, because my mind’s not capable of a lot more than that, so I’m just going to treat it like every other game. Even though I know it’s not. You just have to almost convince yourself and remind yourself that it’s just another game. While the tension is high and it’s a high-wire act and it’s a huge audience listening and watching, if you treat it like something it’s not, you’re dead in the water.”

Buck on whether calling the Super Bowl is similar to calling the MLB All-Star Game:
“Absolutely, because the sporting world kind of stops. They have the All-star Game at a time when nothing else is going on. All of baseball stops and even the casual baseball fan is in. The hard thing is when you have an All-Star Game, you have a lot of stories so, name the guy, whoever the player is that the casual fan is unaware of, you have to kind of tell their story in nine seconds because they just kind of ground it out. Now there is a new shortstop and a new third baseman, and here in these games you can find a million stories to talk about, and it’s hard to choose which one to go with because there is not a lot of time and we need to make that time count. So we could talk for three hours about Tom Brady, but we need to tell the Chris Hogan story, but Patriots fans have heard the story about Chris Hogan at Penn State playing lacrosse five-thousand times. But maybe the Atlanta fans haven’t and maybe the casual fans haven’t. So you know you are constantly making these choices as the game goes along and you hope that while you get into some story a 90-yard touchdown doesn’t happen in the midst of it. But that’s kind of the tricks of the trade, and that’s what you are dealing with a live event.”

FOX NFL SUNDAY co-host and analyst Terry Bradshaw on giving the trophy to Tom Brady if he wins another Super Bowl:
“I’m so fine with him, in fact I just interviewed him. And I told him nothing would thrill me more than to give you that trophy, and right before you put your hands out I’m going to drop it on your foot. But he’s such a great guy, love him to death – him and Matt Ryan. If Tom gets it, I’m proud to be there on behalf of FOX to present him that trophy. I thought I was going to do it before when they lost to the Giants and we didn’t do that. I’d have no problem. I’d love to do that.”

FOX NFL SUNDAY analyst Jimmy Johnson on why he enjoys broadcasting:
“I love doing FOX NFL SUNDAY. You know, Terry Bradshaw is one of my best friends. Terry and I watch college football all day Saturday. I’m doing it because it’s fun and it still keeps me involved in the game. I’m doing it because it’s fun.”

SUPER BOWL LI ON FOX DEPORTES MEDIA DAY QUOTES FROM CARLOS SANCHEZ, JESSI LOSADA AND VALERIA MARIN

FOX Deportes General Manager Carlos Sanchez on the importance of broadcasting the Super Bowl in Spanish:
“As you probably know, soccer has been the biggest sport for Hispanics for a long time, and I think more and more now Hispanics watch the American sports. The NFL is probably one of the last American sports that Hispanics really need to learn about. You see a lot of Hispanics in MLB, but NFL is still growing. There’s huge potential. We broadcasted the first Super Bowl in Spanish four years ago, Super Bowl XLVIII, with record-breaking numbers. After us there were a couple of other Spanish networks that broadcasted the Super Bowl, but did not beat our numbers. We’re excited about that and are excited about trying to beat our own number.”

FOX Deportes broadcaster Jesse Losada on growing the Hispanic audience:
“Every Super Bowl is different. Back in the day, I worked on the Super Bowl transmissions at CBS. They did it in Spanish back in the 1990s and it was kind of an uphill struggle to get people involved in it. But things have changed. The NFL has made an enormous effort to reach the Hispanic audience, and now you have the possibility of doing more regular season games in Mexico, which is only going to help the NFL in the long run. It’s going to be a positive thing. The Hispanic market is so big in the U.S. We’re the only growing market – the Hispanic audience is growing. They’ve done the right thing and trying to help us out.”

FOX Deportes broadcaster Valeria Marin on calling Super Bowl XLVIII and Super Bowl LI:
“(Super Bowl XLVIII) was my first Super Bowl, and it was amazing. This is also amazing, but I find some similarities between 48 and 51 because we had a team that was looking for their first Super Bowl. In that case it was the Seahawks, and this time it’s the Falcons, and you had a great team like the Denver Broncos and now the Patriots, so it’s kind of similar. Yesterday in media day, we talked to the players and they were amazed because it was their first experience so I find that similar. Every Super Bowl has something special, and this is not going to be the exception. I hope it has drama also like the Super Bowl XLIV – that was amazing. I think it’s going to be special.”

Shannon Sharpe, Cris Carter, Joy Taylor & Skip Bayless at Super Bowl LI

SUPER BOWL WEEK on FS1 Highlights: Morning Edition (1/31)

FOX Sports presents full coverage of Super Bowl LI with SKIP & SHANNON: UNDISPUTED, THE HERD WITH COLIN COWHERD, GARBAGE TIME WITH KATIE NOLAN: SUPER BOWL SPECIAL, FOX SPORTS LIVE WITH JAY & DAN, SPEAK FOR YOURSELF and NASCAR RACE HUB live from Houston’s Discovery Green as part of SUPER BOWL WEEK on FS1.

Below are highlights from Tuesday morning’s edition of SKIP & SHANNON: UNDISPUTED. Highlights from this afternoon’s programming and confirmed guests for tomorrow’s shows will be distributed later today.

Top Video Highlights:

Top Quotes:

Greg Jennings on whether Julian Edelman or Julio Jones is more valuable to their respective teams:
“Number one, you’re looking at two different style receivers. In lots of ways — height, performance — but what they both bring to each team is almost as equal as you can get, quite honestly…To answer the question, though, Julio Jones is definitely more valuable to his team. Why? Because he impacts the game in more ways than just catching the football, catching touchdowns, receiving yards. He’s a game changer for off the field… He opens it up for so many other guys: Mohamed Sanu, Taylor Gabriel, [Aldrick] Robinson – all of these guys [that] are weapons because of what Julio Jones presents … When you talk about an impact player, who doesn’t have to impact the game by catching a ball, Super Bowl LI can be won by the Atlanta Falcons, and Julio Jones can have two catches and have more impact in that game than any other player. Why? Because of the man that he presents to a defense, the attention he attracts. So, you’ve got to go with a guy like Julio Jones. Plus, he’s just a freak of nature. The kid can flat-out get it done.”

Shannon Sharpe criticizes Charles Barkley for passing judgment on LeBron James:
“Charles Barkley played in the era where he was never ‘the guy.’ He always had to take a backseat to Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Byrd, Isaiah Thomas because what did they have that he never got? A championship. So, he always had to play second-fiddle to them. And then he criticized all these guys for going around and joining up teams to win championships. You know what Charles Barkley did late in his career? He went to Houston and he joined up with Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler. Why did he do that? Because Texas has no state income tax? No, he went to try and win a championship. It bothered him because at no point in time in Charles Barkley’s 16 years was he ever thought of as the best player in the NBA. LeBron James for the last 10-12 years has been the de facto best player in all of basketball. And he puts the time in and on the court and he’s a role model. And for Charles Barkley, for you to do what you’ve done off the court and the way you showed up on the court out of shape and not ready to play every night, I’d be damned if I let you criticize my legacy.”

Jason Whitlock on THE HERD

SUPER BOWL WEEK on FS1 Highlights: Evening Edition (1/30)

FOX Sports presents full coverage of Super Bowl LI with SKIP & SHANNON: UNDISPUTED, THE HERD WITH COLIN COWHERD, GARBAGE TIME WITH KATIE NOLAN: SUPER BOWL SPECIAL, FOX SPORTS LIVE WITH JAY & DAN, SPEAK FOR YOURSELF and NASCAR RACE HUB live from Houston’s Discovery Green as part of SUPER BOWL WEEK on FS1.

Below are highlights from this afternoon’s shows including GARBAGE TIME WITH KATIE NOLAN: SUPER BOWL SPECIAL; FOX SPORTS LIVE WITH JAY & DAN; and SPEAK FOR YOURSELF.

Top Video Highlights:

SPEAK FOR YOURSELF
“Atlanta can be ‘Rise Up’. New England will be ‘Sit Down’.” – Colin Cowherd

Rashad Jennings on Miami Boat Trip: It seemed like a distraction from the outside, but not in the locker room

GARBAGE TIME WITH KATIE NOLAN
Jay Glazer and the panel break down why the 49ers hired John Lynch as GM

FOX SPORTS LIVE
Pat the Patriot and Freddie the Falcon fight to the death to decide who will win #SB51

Top Quotes:

Colin Cowherd on Atlanta’s slogan ‘Rise Up:’
“’My team refuses to lose.’ What does that mean? It’s a T-shirt logo. Here’s the way it works. You have one of these great franchises – the Yankees, the Spurs, the Patriots. Then they face an upstart in the championships – the Panthers, the Colorado Rockies. And the team that’s new to this always has a slogan. Atlanta can be ‘Rise Up,” and New England will be ‘Sit Down.’”

Rashad Jennings on Miami Boat trip:
“Odell Beckham Jr. is a talent a lot of people have not seen, period. We play football together. We perform together. We’re embedded in this. We fight with each other every single day, so the culture is, we protect each other. We all make mistakes. At the end of the day, we grow with each other. We don’t need to be like Odell. He’s special. Let him be him. I need to be me and bring it to the field. You could say it was a distraction because it came from the public. Distraction in the locker room? Absolutely not. Everybody showed up on time. Everybody was catching the ball in practice. Preparation was on point. Everybody does different things on their off days. Now did it come from the outside? Of course. But not on the inside, at all.”

Jay Glazer on John Lynch getting hired as 49ers GM:

“It’s been in the works for a little while. He met with them, and they had to do some convincing for him to take this job. John Lynch is not a drama guy. And that place is all drama. He was giving them advice and trying to help them out, and they asked if he’d be interested in the job. And he said that he would talk to them about it. The 49ers have gone through all this drama in the last few years, and they said they have to do something different. I think he realizes he doesn’t have the answers, but he does have this thing where he has no politics, he has an attitude. He’s outworked the world. He’s a different kind of cat. He’s going to bring in personnel guys and people who are experienced at those jobs. The reason this was done yesterday is so people know those jobs will be available. He knows he needs to hire some of those people. You want his attitude and you want that franchise to take on that personality.”

Tomorrow’s Guests*:

SKIP & SHANNON: UNDISPUTED
Cris Carter, Bun B, Greg Jennings, Jay Glazer and Ray Lewis

THE HERD WITH COLIN COWHERD
Travis Kelce, Peter King, Warren Moon, Joe Theismann, Bill Romanowski

GARBAGE TIME WITH KATIE NOLAN: SUPER BOWL SPECIAL
Rich Eisen, Greg Jennings

FOX SPORTS LIVE WITH JAY & DAN
Ray Lewis, Danielle Trotta, Adam Alexander

SPEAK FOR YOURSELF
Bill Romanowski

NASCAR RACE HUB
Chris Myers, Jay Onrait, Dan O’Toole

*subject to change

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

Jenny Taft

500 Days to 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia

Monday, Jan. 30 marks the 500-day countdown to the world’s biggest sporting event, the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia, airing across the FOX Sports family of networks. To celebrate the occasion, the FIFA World Cup trophy makes a special appearance on FOX’s Super Bowl LI Pregame Show on Sunday, Feb. 5. Coverage begins at 2:00 PM ET.

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

Shannon Sharpe, Joy Taylor & Skip Bayless at Super Bowl LI

SUPER BOWL WEEK on FS1 Highlights: Morning Edition (1/30)

FOX Sports presents full coverage of Super Bowl LI with SKIP & SHANNON: UNDISPUTED, THE HERD WITH COLIN COWHERD, GARBAGE TIME WITH KATIE NOLAN: SUPER BOWL SPECIAL, FOX SPORTS LIVE WITH JAY & DAN, SPEAK FOR YOURSELF and NASCAR RACE HUB live from Houston’s Discovery Green as part of SUPER BOWL WEEK on FS1.

Below are highlights from this morning’s edition of SKIP & SHANNON: UNDISPUTED. Highlights from this afternoon’s programming and confirmed guests for tomorrow’s shows will be distributed later today.

Top Video Highlights:

Top Quotes:

Shannon Sharpe on who deserves more credit for the Patriots’ success:
“I’m going to say Coach Belichick. It’s hard to say unless one is gone for an extended period of time without the other… I’ve seen him build this system and I’ve seen him in 19 games without Tom Brady be 13-6. I have yet to see Tom Brady play without Coach Belichick. Also, top 10 scoring defenses, 13 of the last 16 seasons that’s what the Patriots have had. Now coaches can install any system they want, but it’s a lot easier to install that system when your best player is your hardest worker.”
Marcus Allen on Tom Brady’s Super Bowl losses:
“I haven’t lost respect for Tom. I still think he’s great, you know there’s always been this debate about who’s number one and I love Tom, love what he’s done. He’s a friend of mine and the fact that he’s 4-2 I mean you really can’t pin those losses on him. I mean there was one incredible play by David Tyree which kept the drive alive, and then there was an incomplete pass that they should’ve converted on. And you never know, they could’ve won two more Super Bowls, but I played with a guy – I played with him so that’s different – I played with a guy, number 16 in the sunset of his career, Joe Montana. He was awesome. I mean he was just awesome to play with in Kansas City. I mean he was in the latter part of his career and he was still great. And he was 4-0 in Super Bowls, so I mean I don’t try to say who’s number one. I just appreciate both of them. But one a little more because I played with one.”

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

Brian Stann

Two UFC Champions on FS1 Analyst Desk for FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT: BERMUDEZ VS. THE KOREAN ZOMBIE

UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Cormier and Welterweight Champion Woodley Serve as Desk Analysts

LOS ANGELES, CA – The night before Super Bowl LI on FOX, Houston heats up with an exciting UFC FIGHT NIGHT: BERMUDEZ VS. THE KOREAN ZOMBIE live on FS1 and FOX Deportes on Saturday, Feb. 4 (10:00 PM ET) live from the Toyota Center. UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier (@DC_MMA) and welterweight champion Tyron Woodley (@TWooodley) work as desk analysts with host Karyn Bryant (@KarynBryant) for the FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT PREFIGHT and POSTFIGHT SHOWS from FOX Sports’ Super Bowl Week set live at Discovery Green in downtown Houston. Reporter Megan Olivi (@MeganOlivi) interviews fighters.

Retired middleweight Brian Stann (@BrianStann) joins blow-by-blow announcer Jon Anik (@Jon_Anik) to call the fights live on FS1, while UFC bantamweight Erik “Goyito” Perez (@Goyito_Perez) and Victor Davila (@mastervic10) are the Spanish language broadcast team on FOX Deportes.

FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT: BERMUDEZ VS. THE KOREAN ZOMBIE is headlined by the return of fan-favorite “The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung (13-4), in his first bout since completing two years of military service, against the No. 9-ranked featherweight Dennis Bermudez (17-5).

FOX UFC analyst Dominick Cruz believes this headliner will be an epic showdown because both of these fighters have unstoppable attitudes. “Talk about people who are game, people who have heart, and people who are in this no matter what – no matter how many times you cut them, drop them or hurt them,” he says. “Both of these guys bring that to the table. Bermudez has been through it all, gets dropped in fights and still gets back up and finishes people. Then you’ve got The Korean Zombie, who’s known for wars in the Octagon. I can’t wait to watch these guys throw down.” Watch a preview of the fight from last Saturday’s FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT POSTFIGHT SHOW here.

Also on Saturday night, Mexican phenom and No. 12-ranked Alexa Grasso (9-0) takes on strawweight veteran Felice Herrig (11-6) in an explosive co-main event. Lightweights Abel Trujillo (15-6, 1NC) and James Vick (9-1) square off, while the No. 6-ranked light heavyweight Ovince Saint Preux (19-8) faces Volkan Oezdemir (12-1). Anthony Hamilton (15-6) and Marcel Fortuna (8-1) collide in a heavyweight battle. The No. 5-ranked strawweight Jessica Andrade (15-5) and Angela Hill (6-2) set the tone in the main card opener.

The two-hour UFC FIGHT NIGHT PRELIMS on FS1 begin at 8:00 PM ET and feature four bouts. Adam Milstead (8-1) faces Curtis Blaydes (6-1) in a heavyweight fight. Featherweights Chas Skelly (16-2) and Chris Gruetzemacher (13-1) tangle, while bantamweights Ricardo Ramos (9-1) and Michinori Tanaka (11-2) lock horns. The No. 6-ranked Tecia Torres (7-1) and fellow TUF alum Bec Rawlings (7-5) open the PRELIMS with a strawweight bout.

Saturday’s coverage begins on FS1 (6:30 PM ET) with a special 90-minute FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT PREFIGHT SHOW hosted by Bryant, with analysts Cormier and Woodley. The action wraps up after the main event with the FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT POSTFIGHT SHOW. The FS1 UFC WEIGH-IN SHOW takes place on Friday, Feb. 3 (6:30 PM ET) on FS1 with the same studio crew.

On the popular FOXSports.com podcast “Fight Society,” host Damon Martin interviews strawweight Herrig about her co-main event and Hill about her return to the UFC. It’s available on iTunes and Soundcloud. Follow @UFConFOX on Twitter for live updates throughout the #UFCHouston fights this Saturday.

On Wednesday (9:00 PM ET, FS2), UFC TONIGHT hosts Cormier and Kenny Florian preview FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT and break down the exciting featherweight headliner.

Fans can live stream the fights on FOX Sports GO, available in English or Spanish through the FS1 or FOX Deportes feeds. The fight is available on desktop at FOXSportsGO.com and through the app store, or connected devices including Apple TV, Android TV, Fire TV, Xbox One and Roku.

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,

Feb. 1

9:00 PM ET UFC TONIGHT FS2
Friday,

Feb. 3

6:30 PM ET FS1 UFC WEIGH-IN SHOW FS1
Saturday, Feb. 4 6:30 PM ET FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT PREFIGHT SHOW FS1
Saturday, Feb. 4 8:00 PM ET FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT PRELIMS FS1
Saturday, Feb. 4 10:00 PM ET FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT: BERMUDEZ VS. THE KOREAN ZOMBIE FS1 / FOX Deportes
Saturday, Feb. 4 1:00 AM ET FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT POSTFIGHT SHOW FS1

*All programs also available on FOX Sports GO 

 

FOX-Sports-Supports

FOX Sports Supports Continues Partnerships with Positive Coaching Alliance and National Alliance on Mental Illness

FOX Sports Supports, the charitable branch of FOX Sports, proudly continues its two-year commitments to the Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) and National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) through the 2017 calendar year. Through these partnerships, which began in January 2016, FOX Sports focuses its resources toward these two organizations in campaigns that span all FOX Sports assets and premier events, including Super Bowl LI from Houston on Sunday, Feb. 5. The two organizations were chosen by a vote of FOX Sports employees in December 2015.

Positive Coaching Alliance is dedicated to creating better athletes and better people through online and in-person workshops for parents and coaches to foster a more positive youth and high school sports experience. FOX Sports and PCA form a natural alliance as they work together to promote youth sports as a tool to help children and teenagers thrive on and off the field.

National Alliance on Mental Illness is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization committed to providing education and assistance to families and those living with mental health conditions. FOX Sports is proud to partner with NAMI and advocate for those individuals and their families to ensure better lives for everyone.

“Having FOX Sports Supports behind us has been a game-changer for Positive Coaching Alliance.” said Tina Syer, PCA’s Chief Impact Officer. “Whether it’s producing and running PSAs nationally, broadcasters mentioning the Power of Positive during games, or working on activation in our local PCA Chapters, we could not think of a better partner to help spread the word about our work and our mission to shape Better Athletes, Better People through sports”.

“With more than 60 million Americans affected by mental health conditions, it is imperative that we encourage understanding to reduce the stigma and misunderstanding that too often are barriers for people in need,” said Katrina Gay, NAMI’s National Director of Communications and Public Affairs. “The partnership with FOX Sports is of tremendous value in the Stigma Free movement and amplifies NAMI’s efforts at helping build better lives and promote a thriving American community.”

FOX Sports Supports also supports several initiatives throughout 2017, including Girls on the Run, committed to teaching young girls life skills through dynamic, interactive lessons that creatively integrate running; the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, providing programs and education to achieve a society that demands zero tolerance for domestic violence; Snowball Express, serving children and families of those who lost their lives in Military service since 9/11; and Homes For Our Troops, building mortgage-free specially adapted homes nationwide for severely injured Veterans Post 9/11, enabling them to rebuild their lives.

“We are thrilled to be selected as an Initiative Partner of FOX Sports Supports for a second year,” said Elizabeth Kunz, CEO of Girls on the Run International. “It has been a wonderful partnership, and we are grateful to FOX Sports for sharing our important mission with its audience, as well as for the tremendous volunteer support we receive from employees nationwide.”

FOX Sports Supports has contributed millions of dollars to previous partners through the production of public service announcements, broadcast and cable air time, special event activations, special messages during FOX Sports programming and in-kind support, including monetary and gift donations. It has become the industry leader in raising awareness for worthwhile causes like education, military, health awareness and human services. In the last nine years, FOX Sports Supports has supported over 40 charities, from helping children with cancer to assisting military personnel and their families, and through its various media channels and on-site support has successfully helped generate millions of dollars in donations to these worthy causes.

FOX Sports-created public service announcements have received tens of millions of dollars’ worth of air time across all 21st Century Fox channels, helping to support causes such as the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Stand Up To Cancer, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, City of Hope, STOMP Out Bullying, Feeding America, Johns Hopkins Medicine and many more. For more information, visit FOXSportsSupports.com.

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FOX Sports’ Coverage of Super Bowl LI Kicks Off Today on FS1

More Than 100 Hours of Live, Original Programming Televised During SUPER BOWL WEEK on FOX, FS1 and FOX Deportes

HOUSTON, TX – With Super Bowl LI just around the corner, FOX Sports begins its preview coverage of the big game today, Monday, Jan. 30, at 9:30 AM ET with SKIP AND SHANNON: UNDISPUTED, live from Houston’s Discovery Green. The show kicks off SUPER BOWL WEEK, a whirlwind of daily studio programming, exclusive specials and marquee live events on the FOX broadcast network and FS1.

Monday through Friday, FS1’s SUPER BOWL WEEK leads off with UNDISPUTED (9:30 AM – 12:00 PM ET), followed by THE HERD WITH COLIN COWHERD (12:00 – 3:00 PM ET). Next up is a special Super Bowl edition of GARBAGE TIME WITH KATIE NOLAN (3:00 – 4:00 PM ET), featuring a rotating group of guest commentators and celebrity guests, before FOX SPORTS LIVE WITH JAY AND DAN (4:00 – 5:00 PM ET) and SPEAK FOR YOURSELF WITH COWHERD AND WHITLOCK (5:00 – 6:00 PM ET). Finally, NASCAR RACE HUB (6:00 – 7:00 PM) is live from Houston Monday through Thursday in anticipation of the upcoming DAYTONA 500 on FOX.

Each evening, SUPER BOWL WEEK on FS1 continues with a number of exclusive live events, programs and specials, beginning with SUPER BOWL OPENING NIGHT on Monday, Jan. 30, at 8:00 PM ET, officially kicking off Houston’s Super Bowl festivities. A variety of marquee events highlight the rest of the week’s schedule, including BIG EAST and Pac-12 basketball, live UFC action, Premier Boxing Champions, Monster Energy Supercross, Bundesliga matches and a U.S. Men’s National Team international friendly.

On the eve of Super Bowl LI, the NFL salutes the best of the 2016 season with its annual NFL HONORS awards show, airing at 8:00 PM ET on the FOX broadcast network. The next morning, FOX Sports begins day-of Super Bowl programming at 11:00 AM ET with the Emmy Award-winning NFL Films’ ROAD TO THE SUPER BOWL. At 12:00 PM ET on FOX, the SKIP AND SHANNON: UNDISPUTED SUPER BOWL SPECIAL brings the thought-provoking duo and their incisive discussions to the FOX broadcast network for the first time ever.

FOX SUPER BOWL KICKOFF welcomes viewers to the official start of FOX’s Super Bowl LI pregame coverage with host Charissa Thompson and analysts Colin Cowherd, Josh Norman, Dave Wannstedt and Charles Tillman at 1:00 PM ET.

At 2:00 PM ET, America’s highest-rated and most-watched NFL pregame show, FOX NFL SUNDAY, airs for four-and-a-half hours leading into the big game, featuring co-hosts Terry Bradshaw and Curt Menefee, analysts Howie Long, Michael Strahan and Jimmy Johnson, NFL insider Jay Glazer and FOX Sports rules analyst Mike Pereira as they take viewers to kickoff.

Finally, at 6:30 PM ET, live from NRG Stadium in Houston, Super Bowl LI kicks off with play-by-play announcer Joe Buck and analyst Troy Aikman on the call, with reporting by Erin Andrews and Chris Myers. Following the contest, Bradshaw officiates as NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell presents the Lombardi Trophy to the winning team. The FOX NFL SUNDAY and FOX NFL KICKOFF crews recap the game and break down the biggest plays that crowned a new Super Bowl champion on FOX and FS1.

In addition to FOX and FS1’s offerings, FOX Deportes takes over Houston for its second Super Bowl with week-long coverage from Discovery Green beginning on Monday, Jan. 30, with special editions of its NFL show, NFLeros, the sports and entertainment news show FOX DEPORTES EN VIVO, and its leading news program CENTRAL FOX.

Super Bowl XLV champion Brady Poppinga, play-by-play announcer John Laguna and renowned sports broadcaster Jessi Losada call the action for Super Bowl LI with reporting and behind-the-scenes coverage by Pablo Alsina and Valeria Marin. Game action is followed by an hour-long post-game show recapping the showdown.

For additional information, including a full programming schedule, visit the Super Bowl LI page on FOX Sports Press Pass.

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FOX Sports Presents 14-Match FA Cup and Bundesliga Lineup this Weekend

Manchester United, Liverpool, Bayern Munich and Bayer Leverkusen Highlight Action

LOS ANGELES, CA – As American football takes the weekend off before Super Bowl LI on FOX, European football dominates the television screen this weekend with 14 matches from FA Cup fourth-round play and Bundesliga on the FOX Sports family of networks. Coverage begins Friday, Jan. 27, featuring top-level clubs such as Manchester United, Liverpool, Bayern Munich and Bayer Leverkusen.

Friday’s lineup features Derby County hosting Leicester City at 2:30 PM on FS1, while Schalke squares off against Eintracht Frankfurt in Bundesliga action on FS2 and FOX Deportes. Kate Abdo, who made her full-time FOX Sports debut last week, hosts FA Cup studio coverage alongside analysts Brad Friedel and Warren Barton. On FS2, Keith Costigan and Ian Joy call Schalke-Eintracht Frankfurt, while John Laguna and Mariano Trujillo are on the call in Spanish.

On Saturday, Jan. 28, Liverpool hosts Wolverhampton at 7:25 AM ET on FS1 and FOX Deportes. Immediately following, Chelsea faces Brentford on FS1 and FOX Deportes, while Tottenham battles Wycombe on FOX Soccer Plus. Southampton closes out FA Cup play at home against Arsenal beginning at 12:00 PM ET on FS1. Abdo hosts FA Cup studio coverage alongside Barton, Friedel and Alexi Lalas. On FOX Deportes, Samuel Jacobo, Christian Bozzo, Claudio Suarez and Ariel Torrone are on the call in Spanish.

Saturday’s Bundesliga coverage begins at 9:20 AM ET on FS2 when Bayern Munich, which is enjoying a six-game winning streak, visits Werder Bremen at Weser Stadium. Later that day, Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez’s Bayer Leverkusen hosts Borussia Monchengladbach at 12:20 PM on FS2 and FOX Deportes. Costigan and Eric Wynalda call the Bayern Munich-Werder Bremen fixture, while Joy hosts studio coverage for Bayer Leverkusen-Borussia Monchengladbach. Trujillo and Laguna call the match for FOX Deportes.

Coverage continues Sunday, Jan. 29, at 6:55 AM ET with Millwall facing Watford on FS1. Immediately following, Sutton United hosts Leeds United on FS1 and FOX Deportes. Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United takes on Wigan at 11:00 AM ET on FS1 and FOX Deportes. Abdo hosts FA studio coverage alongside Barton and Stu Holden. Freiburg-Hertha Berlin and Mainz-Borussia Dortmund headline the action on FOX Soccer Plus at 9:20 AM ET and 11:30 AM ET respectively.

All matches are available via FOX Sports GO, FOX Soccer 2Go mobile apps and on desktop computers via FOXSportsGO.com.

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FOX Sports Announces First Agency of Record, Taps Wieden+Kennedy New York

NEW YORK, NY – Today, FOX Sports announced that Wieden+Kennedy New York will become its first-ever Agency of Record. The partnership between the multinational media conglomerate and award-winning global advertising agency will be broad in scope, and comes as part of FOX Sports’ demonstrated commitment to best-in-class leadership in sports television and cross-platform production.

“We are excited to begin our partnership with Wieden+Kennedy New York, an innovative and creative powerhouse that will help us build on the success of FOX Sports’ marquee live events and growing momentum of FS1’s studio programming,” said Robert Gottlieb, FOX Sports Executive Vice President, Marketing. “Our new partner shares our vision for the future of FOX Sports and will bring proven creative and strategic expertise to the network’s impressive sports rights portfolio.”

The agency’s New York office, led by Managing Director Neal Arthur, will lead efforts to elevate and expand FOX Sports’ brand storytelling and advertising campaigns. Wieden+Kennedy New York will help drive and develop creative activations across all of the network’s top sports properties and original programming, including FS1’s daily studio shows, with a specific emphasis on the FIFA World Cup on FOX. The partnership is effective immediately.

“We are excited for our future with FOX Sports,” said Arthur. “This is an opportunity for real partnership, with a brand whose culture is rich and inspiring.”