Month: January 2017

Jason Whitlock

FOX Sports Launches Exclusive New SiriusXM Channel

“FOX Sports on SiriusXM” Airs Nationwide on SiriusXM 83 Featuring Programming, Personalities and Live Events from FOX Sports, FS1 and FOX Sports Radio

LOS ANGELES, CA – FOX Sports announces a new multi-year agreement that provides sports fans nationwide with an exclusive new 24/7 SiriusXM channel showcasing FOX Sports’ unique personalities, programming and live events from FOX, FS1 and FOX Sports Radio (Premiere Networks).

FOX Sports on SiriusXM launches Friday, Jan. 20, and will be available to subscribers nationwide on channel 83 on satellite radios and on the SiriusXM app.

“We’re excited to expand the reach of FOX Sports through SiriusXM and deliver the most compelling sports talk in the country with fearless talent, including Skip Bayless, Shannon Sharpe, Colin Cowherd, Jason Whitlock, Katie Nolan and many others,” said David Nathanson, FOX Sports Head of Business Operations. “In addition, FOX Sports on SiriusXM will provide access to some of the most exciting live sports events from around the globe, and through our expanded partnership with Premiere Networks we are thrilled to include their robust portfolio of FOX Sports Radio programming on the channel.”

Programming featured on the FOX Sports on SiriusXM channel includes:

  • OUTKICK THE COVERAGE WITH CLAY TRAVIS (weekdays, 6:00 – 9:00 AM ET)
  • SKIP & SHANNON: UNDISPUTED (weekdays, 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM ET)
  • THE HERD WITH COLIN COWHERD (weekdays, 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM ET)
  • SPEAK FOR YOURSELF with Colin Cowherd and Jason Whitlock (weekdays, 5:00 – 6:00 PM ET)
  • FOX SPORTS LIVE WITH JAY & DAN with Jay Onrait and Dan O’Toole (weeknights, 11:00 – 11:30 PM ET)
  • GARBAGE TIME WITH KATIE NOLAN (Wednesdays, 11:30 PM  – Midnight ET)
  • TMZ SPORTS (weeknights, 11:30 PM – Midnight ET)
  • JAY MOHR SPORTS
  • STEVE GORMAN SPORTS!
  • J.T. “THE BRICK” WITH TOMM LOONEY
  • FOX NFL KICKOFF
  • FOX NFL SUNDAY
  • NASCAR RACE HUB
  • UFC TONIGHT
  • THE JASON SMITH SHOW WITH MICHAEL HARMON
  • THE BEN MALLER SHOW
  • A wide variety of weekday and weekend shows hosted by: Jonas Knox, Dan Beyer, Anthony Gargano, Lincoln Kennedy, Jason McIntyre, Mark Willard, Rob Parker, Steve Hartman, Brady Poppinga, Chris Broussard, Brian Noe, Arnie Spanier, Andy Furman, Robert Smith, Mike Hill, Ephraim Salaam, Brady Quinn, Chris Plank and others.

Select live event programming featured on FOX Sports on SiriusXM includes:

  • UFC Fight Nights and PPV Prelims
  • U.S. Open Golf Championship
  • U.S. Men’s and Women’s National Team qualifiers and friendlies
  • FIFA (World Cup, Confederations Cup, U-17 Tournaments)
  • UEFA Champions League
  • UEFA Europa League
  • UEFA European World Cup Qualifiers
  • Bundesliga
  • FA Cup

 

FOX Sports Launches Exclusive New SiriusXM Channel (265 kB, last updated March 2017)
Super Bowl LI on FOX

FOX Sports to Stream Super Bowl LI Live on FOX Sports GO

LOS ANGELES, CA – FOX Sports today announced that it will offer a live, non-authenticated stream of Super Bowl LI on FOX Sports GO, the streaming platform that showcases all of FOX Sports’ live events and studio programming. Fans around the country will be able to stream the biggest television event of the year at FOXSportsGo.com, using iOS, Android, Windows, and Amazon tablets or through connected devices, including Apple TV, Roku, Android TV, Chromecast, Amazon Fire and XBOX One. For the Super Bowl broadcast, users will not need to enter their pay TV credentials for viewing.

The live stream of the Super Bowl will also feature local advertisement integration on a nationwide basis from more than 170 FOX affiliates around the country. Participating affiliates will have access to same ad inventory for both the linear and digital broadcasts of the February 5 game.

FOX Sports President, COO and Executive Producer Eric Shanks said: “As part of the buildup to this year’s Super Bowl, we’re committed to creating the best possible experience for fans by dramatically expanding the ways and places in which they can watch the game. Our pioneering collaboration with our affiliates to allow streaming local ad insertions will make commercials even more relevant for viewers and help make this year’s game even more of a personal experience for every fan.”

Brian Jones, EVP & COO of Nexstar Broadcasting Group, and Chairman of the FOX Affiliates Board of Governors added: “We’re excited that this year’s Super Bowl will showcase the unique relationship of FOX and its local affiliates which allows us to collaborate on innovations such as this. An incredible 170 affiliates from all around the U.S., including 22 stations that Nexstar owns or provides services to, opted to participate in this first-of-its-kind digital ad insertion for the Super Bowl, allowing us to promote our local affiliate brands and reach viewers on a national scale. We look forward to more groundbreaking collaborations with FOX in the future.”

Earlier this year, as part of its leadership in TV Everywhere, FOX became the first network to launch live streaming of its primetime entertainment programming on a national basis with the relaunch of FOX NOW Live in all 210 national markets. FOX NOW Live also features digital ad insertion by local affiliates nationwide.

Shannon Spake and Adam Alexander

NASCAR RACE HUB Airs Live from Site of Super Bowl LI For Week Leading up to the Big Game

CHARLOTTE, NC – Less than a month before the Daytona 500, NASCAR’s “Super Bowl,” FS1’s NASCAR RACE HUB takes the show to Houston, site of Super Bowl LI, in the week leading into FOX’s live broadcast of the big game.

In the days preceding FOX’s live broadcast of Super Bowl LI (Sunday, Feb. 5 at 6:30 PM ET), NASCAR RACE HUB, NASCAR’s most-watched daily news and information program, airs live from Discovery Green in Houston Monday, Jan. 30-Thursday, Feb. 2 (6:00 PM ET on FS1). Co-hosts Adam Alexander and Danielle Trotta anchor the one-hour program live from the FOX Sports Super Bowl set alongside analyst Larry McReynolds. The trio welcome a variety of analysts and special guests from the NASCAR world throughout the week, including FOX NASCAR analyst Jeff Gordon (Thursday) and 2016 DAYTONA 500 winner Denny Hamlin (Tuesday). Several additional guests will be announced in the near future.

NASCAR RACE HUB, which was up 7% (144,000 vs. 134,000) in total viewership year-to-year in 2016 vs. 2015, according to Nielsen Media Research, makes its 2017 season premiere on Monday, Jan. 23 at 6:00 PM ET on FS1. “Hub” kicks off the new year with three special manufacturer preview shows airing from NASCAR team race shops and performance centers the first week.

The Jan. 23 edition, airing from Hendrick Motorsports, focuses on Chevrolet teams. The Jan. 24 (6:00 PM ET) episode, originating from Joe Gibbs Racing, centers on the Toyota brigade, while the Jan. 26 (6:00 PM ET) installment airs from the Ford Performance Center.

Monday’s Chevrolet preview show features interviews with Jimmie Johnson, Rick Hendrick, Richard Childress, Austin Dillon and Kyle Larson. Tuesday’s Toyota show features Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, Matt Kenseth, Martin Truex Jr. and Daniel Suarez. Finally, Thursday’s Ford-focused preview show includes interviews with new Ford team co-owner Tony Stewart and drivers Clint Bowyer and Kevin Harvick, as well as Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, Danica Patrick, Aric Almirola, Ryan Blaney and David Ragan.

The Wednesday, Jan. 25 edition of NASCAR RACE HUB airs live from the Hub studios in Charlotte at 6:00 PM ET with all the latest news heading into the new season.

FOX Sports kicks off its comprehensive Daytona Speedweeks programming on Friday Feb. 17, with live coverage of THE CLASH AT DAYTONA practice (5:00 PM ET on FS1), culminating with live coverage of the DAYTONA 500 on Sunday, Feb. 26 (2:00 PM ET with pre-race coverage beginning with FOX NASCAR SUNDAY at 1:00 PM ET) on FOX.

 

 

UFC Fight Night: Dillashaw v Barao 2

UFC Champion Cody Garbrandt and Bitter Rival TJ Dillashaw to Coach Next Season of THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER

New season debuts Wednesday, April 19 on FS1

Las Vegas – The landmark 25th season of The Ultimate Fighter will feature two of the top pound-for-pound fighters in the world as coaches with newly minted bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt coaching opposite former teammate and arch nemesis TJ Dillashaw, the former titleholder and current No. 2-ranked contender seeking a return to the top.

Garbrandt and Dillashaw will lead a cast of welterweights who all have redemption on their mind. Every member of the cast, including one athlete on the current UFC roster and previous Ultimate Fighter winners, have competed on a previous season of the show, which remains the highest rated and most watched original program on FS1, and look to prove they belong in the upper echelon of one of UFC’s most stacked divisions. The Ultimate Fighter®: Redemption will premiere with a two-hour episode on Wednesday, April 19 at 10 p.m. ET.

With a perfect 11-0 record, Garbrandt (11-0, fighting out of Sacramento, Calif.) is proof that the future is now for the next wave of UFC superstars. The Team Alpha Male product defeated arguably the most dominant champion in Zuffa history, Dominick Cruz, at UFC 207 last month in dominating fashion. At just 25 years old, “No Love” is quickly becoming a fan favorite and has already made each of his fights a must-see event. With nine wins by knockout, seven in the first round, Garbrandt has the one-punch knockout power that has made him one of the most feared athletes in mixed martial arts.

A member of season 14 of The Ultimate Fighter®, Dillashaw (15-3, fighting out of Denver, Colo.) is no stranger to the power and platform the competition provides; he’s one of six athletes who have competed on the show and gone on to become a UFC champion (Forrest Griffin, Rashad Evans, Michael Bisping, Matt Serra, Carla Esparza). Additionally, the former champ has an axe to grind with both Garbrandt and his training camp. His split from powerhouse Team Alpha Male has been widely publicized, creating one of the most intense rivalries in MMA. When he meets Garbrandt in the Octagon® after the season concludes, Dillashaw will also be looking for redemption as he attempts to regain the world title he feels is rightfully his.

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FOX Sports Names ‘Pick of the Litter’ for Presentation of 2017 Westminster Dog Show

New York – With little more than a month until the world’s top dogs converge upon New York City’s Madison Square Garden to vie for the coveted title of Best in Show, FOX Sports today names its team of broadcasters who present the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on FS1 for the first time ever. Also announced today are the announcers calling breed judging on FOX Sports GO and Nat Geo WILD and the Master’s Agility Championship on FS1, combining to make 2017 Westminster Week the most widely covered in the event’s illustrious history.

Westminster Kennel Club Director of Communications Gail Miller Bisher provides expert analysis of the breeds alongside FOX Sports veteran announcer Chris Myers during the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 13 and 14 on FS1. Bisher brings to the telecast more than 30 years of experience in the dog world as a handler, writer and spokesperson. An AKC-licensed conformation judge, her background spans conformation, obedience and earthdog trial competitions. Myers has been a member of the FOX Sports family since 1998 and has called NFL, NASCAR, MLB and more for the network, and this February is part of FOX Sports’ Super Bowl coverage for the fifth time in his impressive career.

Also contributing to FS1’s inaugural coverage of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show are social media and backstage correspondent Katie Nolan, backstage reporter Karyn Bryant and host Jenny Taft. Nolan, host of the Emmy Award-winning original program GARBAGE TIME WITH KATIE NOLAN, is backstage with the dogs and their handlers as they get ready for their moment in the spotlight and monitors what’s trending on social media. Bryant is also backstage and interviews the winners, while Taft sets the scene for viewers leading up to the action on the arena floor.

Play-by-play announcer Justin Kutcher, analyst Terry Simons and reporter Jennifer Hale return to call the Master’s Agility Championship at Westminster. Kutcher is then joined by Paula Nykiel and Jason Hoke to announce breed judging at Piers 92 and 94, and Rachel Bonnetta serves as a FOX Sports Digital correspondent during breed, group and Best in Show judging. Nykiel and Hoke are both accomplished judges whose credentials include Hoke’s appointment as Toy Group judge at the 140th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show and Nykiel’s position as Sporting Group judge at this year’s event.

The 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is televised on FS1 for the first time in the event’s history at 8:00 PM ET on Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 13-14, live from New York City’s Madison Square Garden. FS1, Nat Geo WILD and FOX Sports GO team up to provide more coverage of Westminster Week than ever before beginning Sunday, Feb. 12, at 8:00 PM ET with the Master’s Agility Championship at Westminster on FS1. Nat Geo WILD and FOX Sports GO offer live coverage of breed judging from Piers 92 and 94 on Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 13-14, from 8:30 AM-4:00 PM ET streaming on FOX Sports GO and from 2:00-4:00 PM ET on Nat Geo WILD. FOX Sports GO’s breed coverage encompasses 10 individual rings streamed concurrently, of which viewers may select one or up to four through the Multi-View feature on desktop and select connected devices.

Content available on FOX Sports GO can be streamed live on FOXSportsGO.com or on the FOX Sports GO app, which can be downloaded from iTunes, Google Play, Amazon App Store and Windows Store. Streaming on FOX Sports GO is now available on several connected devices, including Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast, Xbox One, Android TV and Fire TV.

In July of 2015, FOX Sports and Westminster Kennel Club announced a 10-year agreement bringing Westminster Kennel Club’s conformation show to FS1 and Nat Geo WILD beginning with this year’s event. FS1 remains home to the Master’s Agility Championship at Westminster through 2026.

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FOX Sports Kicks Off its Third MLS Season with Historic Debuts for Expansion Atlanta and Minnesota

2017 Coverage Includes MLS All-Star Game And First Sporting Event Ever in Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Home of NFL’s Atlanta Falcons and MLS’ Atlanta United

LOS ANGELES, CA – On the heels of a record-breaking MLS Cup, FOX Sports today unveils its 2017 Major League Soccer regular-season television schedule, featuring the league’s two new franchises, Minnesota United and Atlanta United, making their MLS debuts on FS1 and FOX Deportes on opening weekend.

FOX Sports begins its third MLS season in Portland, Ore., with its first-ever Friday night MLS match when the Portland Timbers host Eastern Conference newcomers Minnesota United on March 3 at 9:30 PM ET on FS1 and FOX Deportes. Action continues two days later when Miguel Almirón’s Atlanta United takes on Sasha Kljestan and the reigning Eastern Conference regular-season champion New York Red Bulls on Sunday, March 5 at 7:00 PM ET on FS1 and FOX Deportes.

FOX Sports is scheduled to televise 33 regular-season matches, including four on the FOX broadcast network, 29 on FS1, with all 33 matches simulcast in Spanish on FOX Deportes. In addition, FOX Sports provides coverage of the 2017 MLS All-Star Game. Further details will be announced in the coming weeks.

The first match on the FOX broadcast network comes Saturday, April 15 at 2:30 PM ET when Orlando City hosts the LA Galaxy at their brand new stadium in downtown Orlando. Other matches on FOX include the 2016 MLS Cup champion Seattle Sounders as they square off against the Portland Timbers on May 27; a crosstown battle between New York Red Bulls and New York City FC on June 24; and Atlanta United’s stadium opener against Orlando City at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on July 30.

This year’s MLS schedule features eight appearances by the 2015 MLS Cup champion Portland Timbers, six appearances each by Gyasi Zardes’s LA Galaxy, Bradley Wright-Philips’s New York Red Bulls, and David Villa’s New York City FC. Featured five times this season are Clint Dempsey’s 2016 MLS Cup champion Seattle Sounders, Kaka’s Orlando City and Hector Villalba’s Atlanta United.

Just as MLS has done for the World Cup since 2010 and the 2016 Copa America Centenario, the 2017 schedule includes a break for the CONCACAF Gold Cup group stage for the first time. Group stage matches for the CONCACAF Gold Cup will be played from July 7 through July 17 on FOX Sports and Univision.

All regular season games airing on FOX, FS1 and FOX Deportes can also be live streamed via FOX Sports GO and FOX Soccer 2Go. FOX Sports GO is available on FOXSportsGO.com or on the FOX Sports GO app, which can be downloaded from iTunes, Google Play, Amazon App Store and Windows Store. Streaming is also now available on several connected devices, including Apple TV, Android TV, FireTV, Roku, Chromecast and Xbox One.

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

Full schedule can be found in the PDF below.

NFL: Super Bowl XLVIII-Denver Broncos vs Seattle Seahawks

FOX Sports Teams with Intel for New Player’s-Eye View of Super Bowl LI

Unique Technology the Latest from FOX Sports Lab in Year that Saw Aggressive Use of Virtual Reality, Aerial Drones, Big Data & New Cameras
Davies: ‘From the Beginning, Seeing and Breaking Down the Play from the Player’s Point of View is the Undiscovered Country of Sports Broadcasting’

CHARLOTTE, NC – FOX Sports, through its FOX Sports Lab initiative, is delivering on its ongoing investment in production technology and its effort to team with technology leaders with a first-of-its kind Super Bowl LI project that gives viewers a truly unique field-of-vision perspective of the most-watched sporting event of the year.

Using technology provided by Intel, FOX Sports introduces the “Be the Player” enhancement, a feature that displays a POV perspective from any player on the field without ever having a physical camera attached to the player.

“We tasked Intel to push their amazing Intel 360 Replay technology to the limit of what it could do, using their array of cameras circling the stadium to synthesize a player’s view on the field,” said Michael Davies, FOX Sports SVP of Field & Technical Operations. “The cameras, backed up by a huge bank of Intel computing power, allow a moment to be recreated in 3D space, so that a ‘virtual camera’ can be placed at the player’s eye line — not unlike how limitless camera views can be created in video games.

“From the beginning, seeing and breaking down the play from the player’s point of view is the undiscovered country of sports broadcasting,” Davies added. This broadcast enhancement is like no other — it literally brings the audience down to the viewpoint of the player at the critical decision-making moment. What other choices did he have? Was his sight blocked? It all looks much different from field level, and can assist our announcers in describing what actually happened on the field.”

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The FOX Sports Super Bowl LI production effort includes more Super Motion and 4K cameras than ever before, and will use three production trucks and more than 30 cameras to deliver more than 20 hours of programming a day from Discovery Green in Houston, in addition to 70-plus cameras at NRG Stadium covering the game.

“We, as broadcasters, are always trying to provide the viewer with something they’ve never seen before,” said Zac Fields, FOX Sports SVP Graphic Technology and Innovation. “With this new ‘Be the Player’ technology, it is now achievable and we are incredibly excited to debut this at the Super Bowl on FOX.”

FOX Sports Lab, a designed approach to exploring technical partnerships that give viewers a fresh perspective and ad sales teams more targeted sports integrations, had a busy year in 2016, using aerial production drones at the U.S. Open Championship, as well as teaming with a pair of industry leading virtual reality companies to deliver a VR broadcast of more than a dozen major sporting events, including the Daytona 500, a Premier Boxing Champions title fight, the Big East, the U.S. Open Championship, Men’s Basketball Tournament, the Bundesliga season opener and multiple college football games, each progressing the rapidly evolving technology.

In addition, FOX Sports teamed with GoPro in November to offer a first-ever POV camera from the hat of referees working the Big Ten Championship Game.

For more information on the work going on through the FOX Sports Lab initiative and FOX Sports’ coverage of Super Bowl LI, please visit FOX Sports Press Pass.

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FOX NASCAR Analysts React to News Edwards Will Not Compete Full-Time in 2017 Season

On Wednesday, Carl Edwards unexpectedly announced he will not compete full-time in NASCAR anymore, choosing to exit the No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota immediately. Below, FOX NASCAR analysts Darrell Waltrip, Larry McReynolds and Jeff Hammond offer their perspectives on the surprising development.

FOX SPORTS: What was your reaction to Carl Edwards’ announcement?

Waltrip: “This is beyond shocking. I’d go so far as to say it is catastrophic when a driver who just competed for the championship with a dominant organization suddenly doesn’t return the next season. A month before NASCAR’s Super Bowl, its biggest race of the year, and a driver leaves — that has to have an incredible impact on the team and sponsor. All the reasons he listed for stepping out of the car must be incredibly important to him to make a decision like this.”

McReynolds: “It would be easy for me to say he shouldn’t leave the team so suddenly, but Carl is the only one who really knows why. If I raised an eyebrow about anything, it’s the fact he did so roughly one month from the start of the season. What if Peyton Manning had waited until June or July of 2016 to announce his retirement? But we tend to forget Carl is 37 years old, and while that’s not old, today’s world of race car drivers is changing. They start their careers much earlier, and the demands on them are much greater than they were 10 or 20 years ago. He has accomplished a lot and had a terrific career.”

Hammond: “I was completely stunned. Carl is a fierce competitor who is devoted to NASCAR, to winning races and eventually to winning a Cup Series championship. He had been close several times, and I always thought that each time he fell just short, he came back a bigger threat the next year. You can rest assured he didn’t take this decision lightly, and he has to be extremely passionate about his reasons behind it.”

FOX SPORTS: Can you recall a similarly shocking departure by a high-profile driver or athlete?

Waltrip: “I think back to Nico Rosberg winning the Formula One championship and immediately retiring. That made sense since he had just won the title and was on top of the world. Other than that, I’ve never seen anyone leave right before the season started, barring a major injury or illness. You just don’t see this happen out of the blue.”

FOX SPORTS: What effect will Edwards’ sudden departure and the insertion of Daniel Suarez into his car have on Joe Gibbs Racing?

Waltrip: “Because Daniel was already within the JGR organization and is well-liked, I don’t expect many problems with him stepping into Carl’s car. It should be a fairly smooth transition. When anyone retires, there are drivers waiting in line, helmet in hand, to take their spot. I don’t know if Suarez was quite ready to jump in the deep end of the pool, but he’s jumping in with a great team. It’s also helpful he is so close to the sponsor. I’m sure he is more than acceptable to Arris, which makes this a little more palatable for them.”

McReynolds: “With the driver depth at JGR, I’d be shocked if they miss a beat. There couldn’t have been a more perfect storm for JGR to lose a driver than with this sponsorship and Daniel Suarez. The Arris sponsorship really came with him and likely was in the works to be a part of his Cup career down the road. In any other situation, if a driver announced they were leaving one month before the season, the fallout probably would be much worse.”

FOX SPORTS: If this is truly the end of his career, what will Edwards’ legacy be?

McReynolds: “Our sport will truly miss him. He was a great spokesperson with a unique personality. We will miss the backflips and him going up into the grandstands after a win. He was a hard-core, championship-caliber racer. Carl set a precedent for a lot of other drivers in how he conducts himself with the media and fans. He takes his sunglasses off so fans can see his eyes during an interview, no matter how blinding the sun is. The sport will miss him for so many reasons.”

Waltrip: “Edwards will be remembered as a guy who came in with nothing and no one knew in the beginning. He started by handing out business cards at the track and got a great opportunity he was able to capitalize on. He fought for a couple of championships, won a lot of races and was well-liked. When young drivers ask me for advice, I tell them to watch Carl because the way he conducts himself with the media is an example every driver should aspire to. Carl Edwards was the total package.”

FOX SPORTS: With Tony Stewart retiring at the conclusion of 2016 and Edwards’ news, coupled with Jeff Gordon’s retirement a year ago, what will the ripple effect in the sport be?

McReynolds: “We’ve lost a lot of veteran drivers the past year, and Greg Biffle also may not be back. But I’m not concerned with leadership in the sport. There are several big voices left, and not all of them are even elder statesmen. Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin are great leaders. People also listen to Kevin Harvick, and of course, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart and Carl Edwards will be missed behind the wheel, but I am confident in the remaining driver leadership.”

FOX SPORTS: If he never races again, will Carl Edwards be in the NASCAR Hall of Fame one day?

Waltrip: “Sure, he certainly will be in the Hall one day. He has won Cup races and had an impact on the sport, so he has all the credentials to qualify.”

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FS1 Broadcasters Set for Sunday’s UFC FIGHT NIGHT: RODRIGUEZ VS. PENN

UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Cormier Calls Fights, While Welterweight Champion Woodley Serves as Desk Analyst and Grisham Makes Host Debu

LOS ANGELES, CA – FOX Sports has set its broadcast team for UFC FIGHT NIGHT: RODRIGUEZ VS. PENN on FS1 and FOX Deportes on Sunday, Jan. 15 (10:00 PM ET). UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier (@DC_MMA) joins blow-by-blow announcer Jon Anik (@Jon_Anik) to call the fights live from Phoenix. Plus, UFC middleweight Kelvin Gastelum (@KelvinGastelum) and Victor Davila (@mastervic10) are the Spanish language broadcast team on FOX Deportes.

In addition, welterweight champion Tyron Woodley (@TWooodley) works as studio analyst with retired UFC contender Kenny Florian (@KennyFlorian) in FOX Sports’ Los Angeles studios for Saturday and Sunday’s coverage. Todd Grisham (@GrishamMMA) joins them in his FS1 host debut. Reporter Megan Olivi (@MeganOlivi) interviews fighters on-site.

FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT: RODRIGUEZ VS. PENN is headlined by the return of UFC Hall of Famer BJ Penn (16-10-2) against Mexican phenom Yair Rodriguez (9-1) in a five-round featherweight bout. Rodriguez, unbeaten in five UFC bouts, is fresh from a Fight of the Night decision win against Alex Caceres in his first headlining assignment. He returns to the main event slot against Hawaiian fan-favorite Penn, one of only three fighters to hold two UFC titles. Rounding out the two-hour main card, veteran lightweight Joe Lauzon (26-13) and Marcin Held (22-5) square off, while Court McGee (19-5) meets Ben Saunders (19-7-2) in a welterweight scrap. The No. 8-ranked flyweight John Moraga (16-5) takes on No. 15 Sergio Pettis (14-2) to open the main card.

The two-hour UFC FIGHT NIGHT PRELIMS on FS1 and FOX Deportes begin at 8:00 PM ET and feature four bouts. Frankie Saenz (11-4) faces Augusto Mendes (5-1) in a bantamweight fight. Heavyweights Aleksei (50-10-1) and Viktor Pesta (10-3) tangle, while lightweights Tony Martin (10-3) and Alex White (11-2) square off. Devin Powell (8-1) and Drakkar Klose (6-0-1) open the PRELIMS with another lightweight bout.

Sunday’s coverage begins on FS1 (7:00 PM ET) with the FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT PREFIGHT SHOW hosted by Grisham, with Woodley and Florian. 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 Saturday, Jan. 14 (7:00 PM ET) on FS1 with the same studio crew.

On the popular FOXSports.com podcast Fight Society, host Damon Martin interviews headliners Rodriguez and Penn, as well as veteran Lauzon. It’s available on iTunes and Soundcloud. Follow @UFConFOX on Twitter for live updates throughout the #UFCPhoenix fights this Sunday.

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*
Saturday,

Jan. 14

7:00 PM ET FS1 UFC WEIGH-IN SHOW FS1
Sunday, Jan. 15 7:00 PM ET FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT PREFIGHT SHOW FS1
Sunday, Jan. 15 8:00 PM ET FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT PRELIMS FS1 / FOX Deportes
Sunday, Jan. 15 10:00 PM ET FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT: RODRIGUEZ VS. PENN FS1 / FOX Deportes
Sunday, Jan. 15 12:00 AM ET FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT POSTFIGHT SHOW FS1

*All programs also available on FOX Sports GO