Month: February 2017


UFC TONIGHT Quotes – Tate Picks de Randamie

Florian picks Holm: “Her trainers at Jacksons are excellent strategists and will have the right game plan.”

LOS ANGELES, CA – On UFC TONIGHT, hosts Kenny Florian and Daniel Cormier and guest host Miesha Tate preview the upcoming UFC 208: HOLM VS. DE RANDAMIE. The crew catches up with headliner Holly Holm and legend Anderson Silva. Plus, Karyn Bryant adds reports.

UFC TONIGHT host Daniel Cormier on Holly Holm vs. Germaine de Randamie: “Germaine de Randamie’s leg kicks are brutal. She needs to set traps and not follow Holly Holm around the Octagon. When you follow Holm, you get picked apart. It’s going to be key for her to land the kicks and get her power on Holm. The leg kicks will slow Holm down. But with Holly, her footwork will be key. She needs to stay on the bicycle to avoid the power of de Randamie.”

UFC TONIGHT guest host Miesha Tate on what de Randamie and Holm need to do to win: “de Randamie needs to bully Holly and land the leg kicks. When she decides to move forward, she needs to be decisive. Germaine has eight points of contact – kicks, punches, knees and elbows. She’s really very dangerous with all of that so Holly has to fight a smart game-plan, move laterally and use counter-striking to stay away from the power of Germaine.”

UFC TONIGHT host Kenny Florian on de Randamie: “She has amazing strength, but did you see her knees? From the Thai clinch, she’s unbelievable. Once she gets the Thai clinch she’s brutal. She’ll attack the mid-section and throw knees to the face. She’s a beast in the clinch. But I wouldn’t be surprised if Holly tries to put Germaine on her back. This is the one person she’d have an advantage over on the ground.”

Holly Holm on the key to beating de Randamie: “She’s really tough. This is the first time in MMA I’ll be fighting someone taller and bigger than me. She has a strong Muay Thai clinch game. I’m ready for it. She’s tough. I know I’ve worked very hard and I’m ready to go.”

Holm on fighting at 145 and not having to cut as much weight: “I feel good. I’m only three pounds heavier than when I’m trying to make 135. It’ll be an easy cut and I won’t have to cut as much water weight.”

Holm on potentially being a multiple division boxing and UFC champion: “I will feel like I’ve done something that no other fighter has done and will be proud of it. But I always stretch for more. There will be other opportunities after that and I don’t want to feel like I’ve done it all.”

Holm on a possible fight against Cyborg: “That’s the biggest challenge in this weight class. Cyborg has blown through the division. That’d be the challenge in this division.”

Holm on if she’d like to avenge her loss to Tate: “To get the belt back and to avenge the loss, those are two different fights. I’d love to avenge the loss. Miesha understands that. She’s one of the pioneers of the sport. It’d be awesome to avenge that loss, but only if that person is into it. That makes it a pure fight.”

VIDEO: Interview: Holm talks UFC 208, Cyborg and Tate rematch

Florian on Holm’s keys to victory: “She has excellent boxing and excellent kicks – remember the one that landed on Ronda Rousey? She needs to use her footwork. She’s got to stick and move, land the shots and get out before Germaine lands one.”

Tate on de Randamie’s keys to victory: “She needs to throw punches in bunches. She needs to get inside and muddy up the water.”

Florian picks Holm: “She’s mixed things up. Her trainers at Jacksons are excellent tactical strategists and will have the right game plan.”

Tate picks de Randamie to beat Holm: “Her striking is too well rounded. She has all eight points of deadly contact. She’s going to overwhelm Holly. She’s more powerful and when she engages, the punches that land are going to count more.”

Florian on what Derek Brunson should focus on vs. Anderson Silva: “Brunson has been getting away from his wrestling roots and that concerns me. The better path is for him to look for those takedowns against Silva. He looked wild against Robert Whittaker. If he does that against Anderson Silva, the best counterstriker ever, that could be bad.”

Tate on if Silva still has the ability to win: “I believe Anderson Silva still has got it. He still has some of the best head movement in the game. I’m not a fan of someone putting their back against the cage, but in this spot I like it because there’s less real estate for the wrestler and his counter wrestling is phenomenal. He can utilize his counter striking.”

Cormier on what Derek Brunson needs to do against Silva: “Brunson needs to take him down. The game plan against Silva has been laid out by myself, Chael Sonnen and Chris Weidman. He struggled because of our wrestling. But Anderson still hits hard.”

VIDEO: StrikeZone and Predictions: UFC 208 Predictions

Anderson Silva on what a win means for him: “It’s very important to win, but it’s more important to me to stay happy. This is part of my life. This is me. I love to fight.”

Silva on what his motivation is to keep fighting: “My great motivator is first, I love fighting. Second, I see a lot of fighters stop their career and go to different jobs and different sports and never stay happy. Now, I have a different career, but it’s interesting because I love both. This is more important. When you love your job, you stay happy. When you stay happy, everything comes better.”

Silva on what it means to be the greatest of all time: “In my mind and my heart, I need to do the best fighting outside the cage for my kids, my family and friends and to help more people. Inside the cage, it’s simple. You win 2, 3, 5 fights, maybe you become the best fighter in the world, but outside it’s more difficult. My goal is to be the best man in my life, not the best fighter.”

VIDEO: Interview: Silva is as motivated as ever to fight Brunson

VIDEO: Cormier, Florian and Tate discuss if the UFC needs a women’s featherweight division?

Daniel Cormier

UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Cormier Joins Rogan and Anik to Call UFC 208: HOLM VS. DE RANDAMIE

Former Champion Tate and Florian Serve As FS1 Desk Analysts

LOS ANGELES, CA – UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier (@DC_MMA) joins analyst Joe Rogan (@JoeRogan) and blow-by-blow announcer Jon Anik (@Jon_Anik) to call UFC 208: HOLM VS. DE RANDAMIE on Saturday, Feb. 11 live from the Brooklyn. UFC welterweight Jorge Masvidal (@GamebredFighter), Mario Delgado (@mariodelgadorzm) and Victor Davila (@mastervic10) are the Spanish language broadcast team on FOX Deportes.

In addition, former UFC bantamweight champion Miesha Tate (@MieshaTate) and retired UFC contender Kenny Florian (@KennyFlorian) work as desk analysts with host Karyn Bryant (@KarynBryant) for the FS1 UFC 208 WEIGH-IN, PREFIGHT and POSTFIGHT SHOWS from FOX Sports’ Los Angeles studios. Reporter Megan Olivi (@MeganOlivi) interviews fighters on-site in Brooklyn.

UFC 208: HOLM VS. DE RANDAMIE is headlined by Holly Holm and Germaine de Randamie in a battle to become the promotion’s first female world champion at 145 pounds. This five-round featherweight championship bout pits two of combat sports’ greatest strikers against each other, with three-division world boxing champion Holm squaring off with three-division Muay Thai champion de Randamie.

Cormier believes the main event is a must-watch striking duel: “Germaine de Randamie is one of the most aggressive strikers I’ve seen in all fighting. She’s tough, durable and hits very hard. But she’s going to have to set traps for Holly, because Holly has the ability with her boxing footwork to make you look silly. I believe this is the highest level of striking you can get in all the UFC.” Watch Cormier’s UFC 208 preview from last Saturday’s FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT POSTFIGHT SHOW here.

The two-hour UFC 208 PRELIMS on FS1 and FOX Deportes begin at 8:00 PM ET and feature four exciting bouts. Randy Brown (9-1) faces Belal Muhammad (10-2) in a welterweight fight. The No. 5-ranked flyweight Wilson Reis (21-6) tangles with Ulka Sasaki (19-3-2), while lightweights Nik Lentz (29-7-2, 1NC) and Islam Makhachev (11-1) lock horns. The No. 6-ranked Ian McCall (13-5-1) and undefeated Jarred Brooks (11-0) open the PRELIMS with a flyweight bout.

Saturday’s coverage begins on FS1 (6:30 PM ET) with a special 90-minute FS1 UFC 208 PREFIGHT SHOW hosted by Bryant, with analysts Tate and Florian. The action wraps up after the main event with the FS1 UFC 208 POSTFIGHT SHOW. The FS1 UFC 208 WEIGH-IN SHOW takes place on Friday, Feb. 10 (6:00 PM ET) on FS1 with the same studio crew.

On Wednesday (8:00 PM ET, FS2), UFC TONIGHT hosts Cormier, Florian and guest host Tate preview UFC 208 and interview Holm and legend Anderson Silva about his co-main event bout.

Follow @UFConFOX on Twitter for live updates throughout the #UFC208 fights this Saturday. 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 and through the app store, or connected devices including Apple TV, Android TV, Fire TV, Xbox One and Roku. In addition, all programs are also available on FOX Sports on SiriusXM channel 83 on satellite radios and on the SiriusXM app.

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



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Saturday, Feb. 11 6:30 PM ET FS1 UFC 208 PREFIGHT SHOW FS1
Saturday, Feb. 11 8:00 PM ET FS1 UFC 208 PRELIMS FS1
Saturday, Feb. 11 1:00 AM ET FS1 UFC 208 POSTFIGHT SHOW FS1

*All programs also available on FOX Sports GO and FOX Sports on SiriusXM channel 83.


FOX Sports Broadcast Team Previews 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Season

Season Opens with Winternationals Feb. 10-12 on FOX, FS1 from Pomona

CHARLOTTE, NC – FOX Sports opens its second season as home to the National Hot Rod Association, with three hours of final-round coverage from the NHRA Circle K Winternationals airing live on the FOX broadcast network Sunday, Feb. 12 (4:00 PM to 7:00 PM ET).

In addition, FOX Sports provides NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing qualifying coverage on Friday, Feb. 10 (7:00 PM to 8:00 PM, FS1), Saturday, Feb. 11 (1:00 PM to 2:00 PM ET, FS1, Live) and Sunday, Feb. 12 (2:00 AM to 3:00 AM, FS1).

Returning to the FOX NHRA booth are veteran broadcaster Dave Rieff, with two-time NHRA Funny Car champion Tony Pedregon providing analysis and Bruno Massel, Jamie Howe, John Kernan and Amanda Busick reporting from the pits.

Below, Rieff and Pedregon preview the 2017 season:

FOX Sports: What is the biggest NHRA on-track story heading into the 2017 season?

Pedregon: “A lot of movement with teams, particularly in Funny Car, with tuner Jimmy Prock going back to John Force Racing after defecting to Force’s biggest competitor, Don Schumacher Racing. Will this give Force the firepower that he once had?”

Rieff: “Two things — Ron Capps returns as Funny Car champion. Finally, it all came together for Capps in 2016. Led by Rahn Tobler, the team didn’t let numerous difficult moments hold them back from claiming the ultimate prize; can they repeat?; and movement in Funny Car – Del (Worsham) back with Chuck (Worsham), J.R. Todd switching classes. Jimmy Prock back to John Force Racing. Dean Antonelli makes the switch to DSR. You will need a program to keep up with the changes.”

FOX Sports: Any driver surprise you with their performance in 2016; and are there new faces (or old faces in new places) for fans to keep an eye on and why?

Pedregon: “The most impressive run in my opinion was the 3.82 run by Jack Beckman in Funny Car at the last race of the 2016 season. He will have different tuners, however, I do feel that we will see a Funny Car run in the 3.7 range in 2017. Also in Funny Car, the 335-mph run by Matt Hagan was unreal and may be hard for any team to top.”

Rieff: “A few —

  • Obvious players come to mind — Fast Jack Beckman’s 3.82 ET; Matt Hagan’s 335-mph — INCREDIBLE. Top Fuel dipping into the 3.6 second range.
  • J.R. Todd moving to Funny Car — In Scott Kalitta’s car no less. Will be interesting to see how he adapts. Driving a Funny Car seems to fit his driving style.
  • Tanner Gray; I spoke with the kid after the first round of testing. Seems to be one of those young kids who doesn’t know driving a Pro Stock car is difficult. Reacted well, not only going quick and fast, but also when the car made moves. Seems to be a natural.
  • Troy Coughlin Jr. — been a long time since his grandfather drove a fuel car. But based on how he handled the turbo/pro mod, I think he will be just fine. Look for Troy and Tanner to battle it out for the rookie of the year.
  • My Top Fuel law firm of (Leah) Pritchett, (Clay) Millican & (Terry) McMillen. Can she win again? When will Clay hit pay day? And what does Terry have to do to get a bigger bite and challenge for a top 10.
  • John Force — always. The sports winningest, most dynamic and perhaps bonkers driver is the reason Funny Car is what it is today … they need him to keep that pot stirred.
  • The rest of team Force — Courtney/new sponsor, Robert Hight — he’s the first to tell you that he expects more.
  • Alexis (DeJoria) — Rough year; how will she handle her return.
  • Cruz (Pedregon) – ROUGH year, but (tuner) Aaron Brooks brings new expectations; can they be met?
  • Erica Enders-Stevens & Jeg Coughlin — back to Chevrolet after one miserable season. How good can they be?
  • Greg Anderson — had a championship year except for his teammate. It’s a long look back to title No. 4 (2010).
  • Jerry Savoie & L.E. Tonglet — Pro Stock Bikes newest tandem could be tough to beat.
  • Angelle Sampey & Cory Reed — new venture. Expectations?”

FOX Sports: Which drivers are under the most pressure to perform this season?

Pedregon: “Top Fuel drivers like Doug Kalitta and Steve Torrence will see pressure in trying to dethrone Antron Brown. Pro Stock’s Erica Enders and Jeg Coughlin Jr. will have an opportunity to redeem themselves in familiar Chevy-powered cars after running for Dodge in 2016.”

Rieff: “Doug Kalitta, USAC champ is now the new face for longevity without a championship thanks to Capps; Steve Torrence called himself a championship player last year. Performance numbers didn’t agree with round wins though.”

FOX Sports: Any new driver-crew chief combinations that stand out and why?

Pedregon: “The Del Worsham (2015 Funny Car champ) move will be interesting as he will return as co-tuner and driver of his father’s Funny Car. They may not have backing for the entire season yet, but they have always been very resourceful. Rookie Troy Coughlin in Top Fuel should do well because the car he will drive performed very well last year with J.R. Todd driving. 17-year-old Tanner Gray showed some natural talent in testing, taking his father Shane’s place in Pro Stock.”


  • “Prock/Force – can they get the feeling again?
  • Antonelli & John Medlen with Fast Jack – obvious reasons with the team’s switch. Dean and John work well together.
  • Aaron Brooks & Cruz Pedregon – we need Cruz to be in there stirring it up again.”

FOX Sports: The NHRA enjoyed some nice audience growth in 2016; what’s the key to keeping the momentum going?

Pedregon: “The quality of drivers and competition are in place. The work is for the (television) production team to bring the stories and the racing to the NHRA audience and appeal to new viewers that find 330-mph, nitro-burning machines fascinating.”

Rieff: “Continue to deliver on Peter Clifford’s initiative to tell our story like no one else can. And that is something we will only continue to improve on in year two on FOX Sports & FS1.”



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FOX Sports Kicks Off Biggest Daytona 500-Themed Digital Content Push Ever with ‘Daytona 500 Hour Countdown’

FOX Sports to Deliver More than 500 Pieces of Digital Content in 500 Hours Between Super Bowl LI and the ‘Great American Race’

CHARLOTTE, NC – For FOX Sports, too much of a good thing sometimes is a good thing.

In support of FOX Sports’ huge year broadcasting Super Bowl LI and the Daytona 500 only three weeks apart, FOX Sports kicked off its “Daytona 500 Hour Countdown” on Sunday, Feb. 5, at 6:00 PM ET prior to the kickoff of Super Bowl LI (live on FOX at 6:30 PM ET).

As part of the Daytona 500 Hour Countdown, FOX Sports and NASCAR are producing 500 unique pieces of digital content, representing the roughly 500 hours between the start of the big game in Houston and the green flag to start the Daytona 500 (live on FOX on Sunday, Feb. 26 at 2:00 PM ET). FOX Sports and NASCAR are releasing new pieces of digital content consistently throughout the 500 hours, many of which will be shared via FOX Sports’ and NASCAR’s social channels, and all of which are housed on the Daytona Day Hub on

With 500 hours to go before the Daytona 500, FOX Sports released the Daytona Day anthem promo to kick off the Daytona 500 Hour Countdown, and on hour 491, it added a montage of Richard Petty’s seven Daytona 500 wins.

“Doing a ‘500 Hour Countdown’ to Daytona Day is something we think fans really are going to love,” said Robert Gottlieb, FOX Sports EVP of Marketing. “It’s going to be a chance for fans to really feed their appetites for all things Daytona as they get ready for the Great American Race.”

Follow NASCAR on FOX on Twitter and Facebook for the 500 reasons to tune into the “Great American Race.” Also during Daytona Speedweeks, fans can join the conversation surrounding the biggest race of the year by following the hashtag #DaytonaDay, sharing with millions the unique ways in which they celebrate Daytona Day.

With an on-air team featuring a combined seven MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES championships, FOX NASCAR returns in 2017 to broadcast the 59th running of the iconic DAYTONA 500 from Daytona International Speedway on Sunday, Feb. 26, with live coverage beginning at 1:00 PM ET with FOX NASCAR SUNDAY.

Marked by the network’s 17th consecutive season covering the MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES, FOX Sports’ presentation of Daytona Speedweeks features approximately 100 hours of multi-platform programming, including THE CLASH AT DAYTONA, CAM-AM DUEL AT DAYTONA, and NASCAR XFINITY SERIES and NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES season openers.

“The Great American Race” is streamed live in both English and Spanish through FOX Sports GO, the critically acclaimed app that provides live streaming video of FOX Sports content at home or on-the-go. All FOX NASCAR programming in 2017 is live streamed on FOX Sports GO.

Once Daytona coverage opens on Friday, Feb. 17 (5:00 PM ET on FS1), FOX Sports Digital offers full and detailed coverage of all the action on and off the track. Follow NASCAR on FOX on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook all season long for behind-the-scenes content and updates throughout every race weekend.

Joe Buck & Troy Aikman at Super Bowl LI

Super Bowl LI on FOX is Most-Viewed Program in U.S. Television History

Total Audience Hits 172 Million Viewers
FOX, FOX Sports GO & NFL Digital and FOX Deportes Pull In Average Audience of 113.7 Million

HOUSTON, TX – Houston, the Patriots have landed. In the greatest comeback and first overtime game in Super Bowl history, the New England Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons, 34-28, Sunday night on FOX, delivering the network a record 172 million total viewers for all or part of the historic event. An average audience of 113.7 million watched the game on the FOX broadcast network, FOX Deportes and FOX Sports GO & NFL Digital, including 111.3 million on FOX alone. Key highlights are below:


  • With a total audience of 172 million, more people watched last night’s Super Bowl on FOX than any other program in U.S. television history
  • Super Bowl LI recorded an average audience of 113.7 million viewers on FOX, FOX Sports GO & NFL Digital and FOX Deportes, which is tied for the second most-watched Super Bowl of all time across all platforms (vs. 115.8 million in 2015)
  • With 111.3 million average viewers on the FOX broadcast network, Super Bowl LI is the fifth most-watched program in television history and FOX’s second most-watched event ever behind Super Bowl XLVIII (vs. 112.2 million)
  • Sunday’s game, in which New England overcame the largest deficit in Super Bowl history, saw the largest in-game audience growth on record, as the average audience swelled 29 percent from kickoff through overtime in the 10:00-10:15 PM ET window
  • Super Bowl LI powered FOX to an easy win across all networks in prime time Sunday night, and the 45.3/70 household rating/share ranks as the highest-rated telecast of the broadcast season


  • More than 650,000 total viewers tuned in to watch the game in Spanish on FOX Deportes, setting a record for the most-watched non-soccer event in Spanish cable television history
  • FOX Deportes eclipsed its own record of 561,000, set in 2014 during the first ever Super Bowl telecast in Spanish in the U.S., by nearly 90,000
  • Viewership peaked at 911,000 from 9:45-10:00 PM ET


  • Super Bowl LI is the most live-streamed Super Bowl ever, delivering an average minute audience of 1.72 million, up +23% over last year (vs. 1.4 million) and up +224% over FOX’s last Super Bowl stream in 2014 (vs. 530,523). The live stream of Super Bowl LI was carried on, the FOX Sports GO app on tablets and connected devices including Xbox One, Apple TV, Roku, Android TV, Chromecast and Amazon Fire TV, as well as NFL Mobile and go90 for Verizon customers and the NFL app on Xbox One and Windows 10
  • Super Bowl LI is the single most talked about television program ever, according to Nielsen Social Content Ratings, with 48 million social authors across Facebook and Twitter generating 191 million social interactions. Super Bowl LI is the first Super Bowl in which Facebook has been included in the Nielsen Social Content Ratings
  • Social interactions peaked during the 10:30-10:45 PM ET window with Patriots running back James White’s game-winning touchdown serving as the most-tweeted minute (177,865 at 10:27 PM ET)


  • Lady Gaga’s halftime performance drew 117.5 million viewers during the 8:15-8:30 PM ET window and ranks as the second most-watched halftime show in Super Bowl history behind Katy Perry’s performance at Super Bowl XLIX (vs. 120.7 million)


  • The FOX SUPER BOWL SUNDAY pregame show averaged a 10.1/20 household rating/share (20.719 million viewers) for its nearly five hours of programming from 2:00-6:38 PM ET
  • President Donald Trump’s interview with Fox News Channel’s Bill O’Reilly, which aired in the pregame show during the 4:00-4:15 PM ET window, drew a 6.8/15 household rating/share with 12.2 million viewers
  • FOX Sports’ live Super Bowl LI coverage began with SKIP & SHANNON: UNDISPUTED SUPER BOWL SPECIAL, which attracted 2.4 million viewers from 12:00-1:00 PM ET and is the most-watched sports debate show in U.S. television history
  • FOX SUPER BOWL KICKOFF pulled in 4.1 million viewers from 1:00-2:00 PM ET, the second most-watched edition of FOX NFL KICKOFF ever


  • The premiere of 24: LEGACY delivered a 6.1 in Adults 18-49 and 17.6 million total viewers, making it the most-watched episode in 24 franchise history
  • Among Adults 18-49, 24: LEGACY is broadcast’s highest-rated series debut since 2 Broke Girls (7.1/16 LS, 9/19/11) and highest-rated broadcast entertainment telecast this season
  • 24: LEGACY aired from 11:00 PM-12:00 AM ET/8:00-9:00 PM PT, which was the third latest post-Super Bowl start time in telecast history

SUPER BOWL LI on FOX Delivers Network’s Best Metered Market Rating Ever

HOUSTON, TX  The New England Patriots’ dramatic overtime win against the Atlanta Falcons Sunday on FOX delivered a 48.8/72 metered market household rating/share, according to Nielsen Media Research, which is the network’s highest metered market rating ever. Additional metered market highlights include:

  • Super Bowl LI holds the third-highest metered market rating in the game’s history
  • The game is up +3.0% over the last Super Bowl on FOX, the 2014 matchup between the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos (48.8 vs. 47.6)
  • Super Bowl LI powered FOX to an easy win across all networks in prime time Sunday night, and the 48.8 rating projects to rank as FOX’s highest-rated primetime telecast of the broadcast season
  • Sunday night’s game opened with a 43.5/69 household rating/share at kickoff and peaked at a 52.1/74 from 10:00-10:30 PM ET as the game went into overtime for the first time in Super Bowl history and James White crossed the goal line to hand the Patriots the franchise’s fifth Lombardi Trophy
  • Pittsburgh led all local markets with a 57.9/78 household rating/share, followed by: Buffalo (57.2/78); Atlanta (57.0/82); Norfolk (55.9/75); Richmond (55.7/73); Milwaukee (54.8/75); Providence (54.6/78); Boston (54.3/81); Indianapolis (54.1/75); and Minneapolis (54.0/78) and Hartford (54.0/72)

Fast Nationals have been ordered for Super Bowl LI and will be made available later today.


Ratings 101

The Super Bowl is annually the most-watched television event, having pulled in more than 100 million viewers every year since 2010. And once the dust settles at NRG Stadium in Houston, and the ratings start to come in Monday morning, this Super Bowl should be no exception.

But what do those numbers really mean? FOX Sports Executive Vice President of Research, League Operations & Strategy Michael Mulvihill explains:

  • The first number to be released by Nielsen Media Research is the Metered Market Rating, which measures 56 major markets in the United States. This represents about 70 percent of the country and is an early indication of what the final number will be. Metered Market Ratings are available around 8:00 AM ET and are the first numbers we see.
  • The Fast Nationals measure every market in the country and provide demographic information, including age groups, gender and more. The Fast Nationals give us a rating and also the average viewership, allowing us to say how many people watched the event – in this case Super Bowl LI. Fast Nationals are usually released around 1:00 PM ET.
  • There is also another number that comes out throughout the course of the day, which does not provide an accurate viewership representation of our event – a Fast Affiliates number. The Fast Affiliates are used to measure primetime viewership only – from 8:00-11:00 PM on the East Coast and from 8:00–11:00 PM on the West Coast. Since the Super Bowl starts at 6:30 PM ET and 3:30 PM PT, the Fast Affiliates don’t give us the full picture. Fast Affiliates are usually released around 11:00 AM ET, and since they come out before the Fast Nationals, some outlets publish them. However, the Fast Affiliates do not reflect a true representation of the audience and are lower than the actual viewership.




FOX Sports Broadcast, Digital Innovation Headline Super Bowl LI Tech Initiatives

FOX Sports Adds Virtual Reality Super Bowl Highlights to FOX Sports VR App
100-Plus Camera Effort Includes Most Super Slow Motion & High Resolution Cams Ever

FOX Sports, through its FOX Sports Lab initiative, is adding a virtual reality highlight and replay VOD package for SUPER BOWL LI, teaming with LiveLike to deliver the first-of-its kind, six-camera offering through the recently launched FOX Sports VR App. The addition pushes the total FOX Sports camera count well above 100, with more than 70 cameras in play from Houston’s NRG Stadium for the Feb. 5 matchup between the Atlanta Falcons New England Patriots on FOX (6:30 PM ET).

“Everyone wants to elevate their game for the Super Bowl,” said Michael Davies, FOX Sports SVP Field & Technical Operations. “From the players on the field to the advertisers to every single FOX Sports camera operator, they all realize they are on a massive world stage and they want to bring their A game.

“FOX Sports has pushed the envelope of production innovation all year, with virtual reality across several major events,” Davies. “And for the Super Bowl, we re-double that effort, adding several production ‘firsts’ that enhance the multi-platform viewing experience.”

FOX Sports Super Bowl LI production tech highlights:

    • VIRTUAL REALITY: Teaming with LiveLike, FOX Sports is delivering the first-ever Super Bowl in-game highlights published during the game in virtual reality through its recently released FOX Sports VR App (no authentication required). In addition to the game’s top plays and most exciting highlights, the entirety of Super Bowl LI, beginning with the coin toss through and concluding with the post-game awards ceremony, will be available on the FOX Sports VR App.
    • BE THE PLAYER: FOX Sports 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 innovative technology, 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.
    • LIVE STREAMING: FOX Sports is offering 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, using iOS, Android and Amazon tablets or through connected devices, including Apple TV, Roku, Android TV, Chromecast and Amazon Fire. For the Super Bowl broadcast, users will not need to enter their pay TV credentials for viewing.
    • FIELD PASS: NFL Field Pass is a backstage look at Super Bowl LI, documenting team and player arrivals, on-field warmups, team introductions and stadium activity — streaming live on FOX Sports GO through tablets, connected devices and and
    • AUGMENTED REALITY: FOX Sports will have seven enhanced augmented reality cameras including the Skycam to provide the yellow line. In addition to the yellow line on Skycam, FOX Sports will also provide real-time 3D graphics on or over the field in striking fashion.
    • DISCOVERY GREEN: FOX Sports will have three production trucks supporting more than 20 hours of programming a day across multiple networks. With six TV-ready structures and more than 35 cameras in play, including a 50-foot Technocrane and a Stradacrane, Monday through Sunday pre-game coverage reaches new heights.
    • DISCOVERY GREEN TOUCHSCREENS: FOX Sports will utilize two touchscreens among two of the sets at Discovery Green. One will provide social media content, while a second will combine touchscreen and augmented reality technology for a unique Super Bowl picks feature.

Discovery Green by the Numbers

36 HD Cameras

  • Skycam
  • 3 Wireless Cameras
  • 2 Jibs
  • 3 Robotic Cameras
Massive Audio Installation

  • 36 Wireless Microphones
  • 48 Wireless Intercom Packs
41 HD Monitors Miles of Cable
14 Miles of Tactical Fiber Cable 986 Strands of Single Mode Fiber
  • NRG STADIUM: With more Super Motion and 4K cameras in play than ever before, the FOX
    Sports Super Bowl LI production effort in-stadium includes:
70 Total FOX Sports Cameras for Super Bowl LI:
  • 2 high-speed (4X) 4K high-resolution cameras
  • 4 normal-speed 4K cameras
  • 4 3X (180FPS) Super Motion cameras
  • 2 6X (360 FPS) Super Motion cameras
  • 3 8X (480 FPS) cameras
  • 24 pylon cameras (8 pylons x 3 cameras)
  • 1 8K camera
FOX Sports Audio by the Numbers:
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Super Bowl LI - Discovery Green Set

SUPER BOWL WEEK on FS1 Highlights: Evening Edition (2/3)



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Colin Cowherd leans on experience and selects New England over Atlanta:
“Atlanta’s defense was better later because they played crappy quarterbacks. It’s a close game. I’ll take the under. New England will force Atlanta to kick field goals more than score touchdowns. The line is free. I’ll take New England 31, Atlanta 27. I’ll take experience, balance and history of achievement in the brightest glare.”

David Carr thinks the Patriot offense has a leg up in the red zone:
“The key here is going to be the red zone. The Patriots have had 17 years in the same system. This guy [Belichick] has literally 1,000 plays at his disposal at the line of scrimmage. I know Bill’s system. I know what they do up there with Josh McDaniels. He has the entire playbook at his disposal, and they’re only going to say they have 100 plays, which is absolute garbage. They have everything. The Patriots can go to the sideline and change in a heartbeat. Atlanta doesn’t have that. You know off the bus what Atlanta’s going to do.”


Greg Jennings explains why the Patriots are the most hated team in the NFL:
“When you look at what Tom and the New England Patriots franchise has been able to do, they’re probably hated by every team in the league other than the New York Giants. That’s the only team that seems to be able to beat them in this game. It’s because they win. We [fans and players] want to see other teams win. We are kind of envious because we all want it to be someone different. We all want it to be us and our own team. And when it’s not our team, it’s not fun.”



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Joy Taylor at Super Bowl LI

SUPER BOWL WEEK on FS1 Highlights: Morning Edition (2/3)


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

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Check out who Skip, Shannon and Joy picked in their official Super Bowl LI predictions.

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Matt Forte on what makes the Patriots defense so good:
“Their defense is so good because they know exactly what you’re trying to do. And they try to take that away and make some of the other players, who aren’t the big-time players, make the plays. They’re patient so their defense can sit back and make you march a long way down the field and try to do 10- or 12-play drives, and they’re betting you’re going to make a mistake before they do.”

Even though Eli Manning recognizes Brady as one of the greatest of all time, he’s picking against him for Super Bowl LI:
“Tom is great. He’s going to go down as one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time. His consistency is unmatched. The fact that he’s going into his seventh Super Bowl, it’s crazy and unheard of. He’s been fabulous in the playoffs. But nothing against Brady – I just want another guy to get a shot at the title. Matt’s a guy that’s been around for a while, and is one of my buddies. I want him to get a chance at a Super Bowl win – nothing against Tom and Coach Belichick and what they’ve been able to do. Watch and try to emulate their success and what they’ve been able to accomplish.”

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