Month: March 2017

Steve Lavin

It’s Showtime: BIG EAST Tournament Tips Off Tonight on FS1

Iconic Event Celebrates 35 Years at Madison Square Garden
2017 Tournament Features Virtual Reality Stream, Rail Cam, ChampCast, 24K Magic and More

NEW YORK, NY – Madness is in the air with college basketball tournaments tipping off across the country, and FOX Sports presents exclusive and expanded coverage of one of the nation’s most iconic and historical events. Tonight, the BIG EAST Tournament tips off at New York City’s Madison Square Garden for its 35th consecutive year, airing on FS1 and culminating Saturday in prime time on the FOX broadcast network.

FS1’s lead college basketball game crew of Gus Johnson and Bill Raftery call first-round games tonight, Wednesday, March 8, and evening quarterfinal matchups on Thursday, March 9, joined by sideline reporter Lisa Byington. Justin Kutcher, Jim Jackson and Steve Lavin have the afternoon games on Thursday, and Johnson, Jackson and Byington are courtside for the semifinals and championship game on Friday, March 10, and Saturday, March 11.

In addition to the action on the court, FOX Sports is live from Madison Square Garden for pregame, halftime, bridge and postgame coverage throughout the entire tournament. Host Rob Stone is joined by analysts Steve Lavin and Donny Marshall, as well as Nick Bahe on Thursday afternoon, to present top highlights from the tournament and poignant features on the conference’s teams, coaches and players.

BIG EAST Tournament quarterfinals, semifinals and championship are streamed live in virtual reality through the FOX Sports VR app. Presented by Jeep®, the immersive, four-camera VR effort includes user-selected views and original 360-degree content managed from the FOX Sports VR app’s “Virtual Suite,” as well an additional director’s cut, which automatically moves the viewer’s vantage point around the court. The FOX Sports VR App can be used without special “glasses” through the interactive, 360-degree viewing experience built specifically for iOS and Android devices or with a Gear VR or cardboard headset. Viewers can access the BIG EAST Tournament VR experience by downloading and installing the FOX Sports VR app and signing in with their television-provider credentials. For more information on how to watch BIG EAST Tournament games in virtual reality, click HERE.

FOX Sports’ game coverage also includes the network’s first use of ‘Rail Cam,’ a robotic camera that runs on a track alongside the sideline, bringing viewers closer to the action. The 2017 BIG EAST Tournament is the first time outside of a Final Four telecast that this technology has been used in a college basketball game.

On Saturday, as the BIG EAST prepares to crown its tournament champion, FOX Sports GO provides special access via BIG EAST ChampCast, a behind-the-scenes, backstage pass showing team arrivals, inside the locker rooms, player warmups and school bands, hosted by Bahe from 4:30-5:00 PM ET. FOX Sports GO also offers complete coverage of Saturday night’s net-cutting ceremony, once the FOX broadcast network has concluded its coverage, and both teams’ post-game press conferences. Pregame and post-game coverage on FOX Sports GO is available to all users unauthenticated.

Continuing to put its unique stamp on the BIG EAST Tournament, FOX Sports highlights the conference on the sound stage as well as the basketball court. In what has become an annual tradition, players from each of the BIG EAST schools participated in FOX Sports’ lip-sync music video, this year set to the Bruno Mars hit single “24K Magic.”

College basketball games televised on the FOX broadcast network and FS1 are live-streamed on FOX Sports GO through participating pay-TV providers. 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.

For more information on FOX Sports’ coverage of college hoops, including photography, broadcaster information and more, visit FOX Sports Press Pass.

The full BIG EAST Tournament schedule, including broadcaster information, can be found below.

DATE TIME (ET) NETWORK MATCHUP ANNOUNCERS
Wednesday, March 8 7:00 PM FS1 BIG EAST Tournament First Round:

No. 8 St. John’s vs. No. 9 Georgetown

Gus Johnson, Bill Raftery and

Lisa Byington

9:30 PM FS1 BIG EAST Tournament First Round:

No. 7 Xavier vs. No. 10 DePaul

Gus Johnson, Bill Raftery and

Lisa Byington

Thursday, March 9 12:00 PM FS1 BIG EAST Tournament Quarterfinal:

No. 1 Villanova vs. Game 1 Winner

Justin Kutcher, Jim Jackson and

Steve Lavin

2:30 PM FS1 BIG EAST Tournament Quarterfinal:

No. 4 Marquette vs. No. 5 Seton Hall

Justin Kutcher, Jim Jackson and

Steve Lavin

7:00 PM FS1 BIG EAST Tournament Quarterfinal:
No. 2 Butler vs. Game 2 Winner
Gus Johnson, Bill Raftery and

Lisa Byington

9:30 PM FS1 BIG EAST Tournament Quarterfinal:

No. 3 Providence vs. No. 6 Creighton

Gus Johnson, Bill Raftery and

Lisa Byington

Friday, March 10 6:30 PM FS1 BIG EAST Tournament Semifinal Gus Johnson, Jim Jackson and

Lisa Byington

9:00 PM FS1 BIG EAST Tournament Semifinal Gus Johnson, Jim Jackson and

Lisa Byington

Saturday, March 11 5:30 PM FOX BIG EAST Tournament Final Gus Johnson, Jim Jackson and

Lisa Byington

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Alex Rodriguez Expands Broadcasting Role for 2017 MLB Season

Three-Time MVP Adds Game Analyst, Feature Reporter to Studio Analyst Duties in 2017

NEW YORK, NY – Fresh off working as a guest studio analyst during FOX Sports’ coverage of Major League Baseball’s historic postseason run in 2016, World Series Champion and three-time American League Most Valuable Player, Alex Rodriguez, joins FOX Sports, as a full-time analyst. The announcement of Rodriguez’s multi-year deal with the network was made today by John Entz, President of Production & Executive Producer, FOX Sports.

In addition to reprising his role as FOX MLB studio analyst, Rodriguez expands his broadcasting responsibilities to serve as a game analyst for select FOX MLB SATURDAY telecasts as well as feature reporter for FOX’s MLB pregame coverage and FS1 studio show MLB WHIPAROUND.

“Bringing Alex back was a priority of ours and we are fortunate to have him as a key contributor to our baseball coverage,” said Entz. “His potential is off the charts and he’s been an incredibly quick learner in the world of television. He even understands the complexities of sales units. We are especially grateful to coordinating producer Bardia Shah-Rais, pregame producer Jonathan Kaplan, producer Royce Dickerson and all the FOX Sports staff who not only welcomed Alex but continue to strive to deliver the best pre and post game baseball shows on television.”

“I’m excited to continue working with the FOX Sports family,” said Rodriguez. “It’ll be great to get back on set with the guys for the regular season and postseason, especially the All-Star Game in my hometown of Miami.”

Rodriguez made his broadcasting debut during the 2015 World Series as a guest studio analyst for FOX Sports, immediately earning praise as a first-time broadcaster. During the network’s coverage of the 2016 MLB postseason, Rodriguez, along with analysts Pete Rose and Frank Thomas participated in a compelling and candid conversation in which they revealed some secrets to hitting in the big leagues.

A 14-time All-Star, Rodriguez owns a lifetime .295 batting average and has collected 3,115 hits (20th all-time), 696 homeruns (4th all-time), 2,086 RBI’s (3rd all-time), and 25 grand slams (1st all-time) in 2,784 games played. He has made 12 different trips to the postseason and appeared in 76 playoff games, highlighted by 2009, when the New York Yankees beat the Philadelphia Phillies to claim the franchise’s record 27th World Series title. Rodriguez played his final game as a New York Yankee in 2016, before taking a job with the team as a special advisor and instructor.

For more information on FOX MLB, visit FOX Sports Press Pass.

Kenny Florian

UFC Middleweight Champion Bisping Headlines FS1 Desk for FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT: BELFORT VS. GASTELUM

Anik and Stann Call Fights; Edwards Joins Bisping and Grisham in Studio

LOS ANGELES, CA – UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping (@bisping) and retired contender Yves Edwards (@thugjitsumaster) serve as FS1 desk analysts with host Todd Grisham (@GrishamMMA) for UFC FIGHT NIGHT: BELFORT VS. GASTELUM Saturday, March 11 (10:00 PM ET). The trio work the FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT WEIGH-IN, FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT PREFIGHT and POSTFIGHT SHOWS from FOX Sports’ Los Angeles Studios Friday and Saturday.

Blow-by-blow announcer Jon Anik (@Jon_Anik) and retired UFC contender Brian Stann (@BrianStann) call the fights live from Fortaleza, Brazil on Saturday, while reporter Laura Sanko (@laura_sanko) interviews fighters on-site. UFC bantamweight Erik “Goyito” Perez (@Goyito_Perez) and Troy Santiago (@TroySantiagoTV) have the call in Spanish on FOX Deportes.

Fresh off a spectacular return to the middleweight division in December, the No. 10-ranked Kelvin Gastelum (14-2) faces former light heavyweight champion and current No. 8-ranked middleweight Vitor Belfort (25-12) in a five-round main event Saturday in Brazil. Winner of Season 17 of THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER, Gastelum looks to follow up a spectacular third-round TKO of Tim Kennedy with a victory against Belfort, one of the greatest Brazilian fighters of all-time. Belfort has defeated a who’s-who of mixed martial arts greats, including Bisping, Luke Rockhold and Dan Henderson.

FOX UFC analyst Kenny Florian believes the main event is a classic between an old legend and a rising star: “This is going to be a fun fight. Gastelum looks phenomenal at middleweight. He’s a big-time pressure fighter, that’s how he’ll have to fight Vitor Belfort. Belfort has been very strong when he fights in Brazil. He’s is still fast and dangerous, especially early in a fight.” Watch a preview of the fight from last Saturday’s FS1 UFC 209 POSTFIGHT SHOW here.

Also on Saturday night, No. 6-ranked light heavyweight Shogun Rua (24-10) faces No. 12 Gian Villante (15-7) in an explosive co-main event. Plus, the No. 5-ranked lightweight Edson Barboza (18-4) and No. 9 Beneil Dariush (14-2) square off. No. 3-ranked flyweight Jussier Formiga (19-4) faces No. 8 Ray Borg (10-2), while No. 9-ranked bantamweight Bethe Correia (10-2) clashes with No. 13 Marion Reneau (7-2). Alex Oliveira (15-3-1, 2NC) and Tim Means (26-7-1, 1NC) open the main card with a welterweight battle.

The two-hour UFC FIGHT NIGHT PRELIMS on FS1 and FOX Deportes begin at 8:00 PM ET and feature four exciting bouts. No. 11-ranked lightweight Francisco Trinaldo (21-4) and Kevin Lee (14-2) scrap. Welterweights Sergio Moraes (11-3-1) and Davi Ramos (6-1) tangle, while No. 13-ranked Rani Yahya (23-8, 1NC) and Joe Soto (17-5) collide in a bantamweight battle. Michel Prazeres (21-2) and Joshua Burkman (29-14, 1NC) open the PRELIMS with a lightweight bout.

Saturday’s coverage begins at 7:00 PM ET with the FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT PREFIGHT SHOW hosted by Grisham, with analysts Bisping and Edwards. The action wraps up immediately following the main event with the FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT POSTFIGHT SHOW. The FS1 UFC WEIGH-IN SHOW takes place on Friday, March 10 (5:00 PM ET) on FS1 with the same studio crew.

On the popular FOXSports.com podcast “Fight Society,” host Damon Martin interviews Gastelum about his headlining bout. It’s available on iTunes and Soundcloud. Follow @UFConFOX on Twitter for live updates throughout the #UFCFortaleza 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 FOXSportsGO.com 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.

FOX SPORTS UFC PROGRAMMING SCHEDULE

DATE TIME EVENT NET*
Friday,

March 10

5:00 PM ET FS1 UFC WEIGH-IN SHOW FS1
Saturday, March 11 7:00 PM ET FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT PREFIGHT SHOW FS1
Saturday, March 11 8:00 PM ET FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT PRELIMS FS1 / FOX Deportes
Saturday, March 11 10:00 PM ET FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT: BELFORT VS. GASTELUM FS1 / FOX Deportes
Saturday, March 11 1:00 AM ET FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT POSTFIGHT SHOW FS1
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FOX Sports Elevates Martinsville, Pocono NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Races to FOX Broadcast

CHARLOTTE, NC – FOX Sports announces today that a pair of 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races will now air on the FOX broadcast network – Martinsville on Saturday, April 1 (3:00 PM ET) and Pocono on Saturday, July 29 (1:00 PM ET). The events join the Oct. 14 NCWTS race from Talladega on the FOX calendar, with the remainder of the season airing on FS1 and the entire FOX NASCAR schedule available live on FOX Sports GO.

In addition, FOX Sports announces several minor start time updates to its 2017 FOX NASCAR television schedule:

  • Atlanta NASCAR XFINITY Series race on Saturday, March 4 (2:00 PM ET, FS1)
  • Bristol NASCAR XFINITY Series race on Saturday, April 22 (1:00 PM ET, FS1)
  • Richmond NASCAR XFINITY Series race on Saturday, April 29 (1:00 PM ET, FS1)
  • Eldora NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Wednesday, July 19 (9:30 PM ET, FS1)
  • Las Vegas NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Saturday, Sept. 30 (8:00 PM ET, FS1)
  • Martinsville NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Saturday, Oct. 28 (1:00 PM ET, FS1)
  • Texas NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Friday, Nov. 3 (8:00 PM ET, FS1)

Visit www.FOXSports.com/NASCAR/Schedule for updated versions of all three NASCAR national series schedules.

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FOX Sports Offers Multi-Day Virtual Reality Live Stream of BIG EAST Men’s Basketball Tournament

Jeep Sponsors Tech Effort between FOX Sports Lab & LiveLike Available through FOX Sports VR App

CHARLOTTE, NC – FOX Sports, through its FOX Sports Lab initiative, is teaming with New York-based live VR broadcasting company LiveLike to deliver the BIG EAST Men’s Basketball Tournament in virtual reality through the FOX Sports VR app, beginning with four quarterfinal games on Thursday, March 9.

With presenting sponsorship from Jeep®, the immersive, four-camera VR effort includes user-selected views, with two basket and two foul line cameras as well as original 360-degree tournament content, all managed from the FOX Sports VR app’s “Virtual Suite.” There also will be a live “director’s cut” which automatically moves viewer’s vantage points around the court to keep them on top of the action. After the game, viewers can tune in and watch a tournament highlight package where users can choose replays from multiple vantage points.

“This blend of virtual reality provides the promise of the second screen in a way that has not been delivered before,” said Michael Davies, FOX Sports Senior Vice President of Field & Technical Operations. “With the ongoing refinement of virtual reality and support from Jeep, FOX Sports now offers a unique blend of presence and interactivity that has not been available previously.”

The FOX Sports VR App can be enjoyed without special “glasses” through the interactive, 360-degree viewing experience built specifically for iOS and Android devices or with a Gear VR or cardboard headset. Fans can access the BIG EAST Tournament VR experience by downloading and installing the FOX Sports VR app and signing in with their television-provider credentials.

Teaming together on a first-of-its-kind Super Bowl VR highlights package last month, FOX Sports and LiveLike continue to work together across multiple sports, including soccer and college football, as part the ongoing FOX Sports Lab directive, a designed approach to exploring technical partnerships that give viewers a fresh perspective and ad sales teams more targeted sports integrations.

“We’re thrilled to give every college basketball fan the opportunity to sit at virtual courtside at Madison Square Garden, where year in, year out, the BIG EAST Tournament provides some of the most entertaining basketball of the season,” said Miheer Walavalkar, co-founder and chief business officer, LiveLike.

Since January 2016, FOX Sports has delivered a wide variety of sports offerings in virtual reality, including NASCAR’s Daytona 500 (2016), Premier Boxing Champions title fights (2016, 2017), the BIG EAST Men’s Basketball Tournament (2016, 2017), the U.S. Open Golf Championship (2016), the Bundesliga season opener (2016), the MLS Cup (2016) and Monster Jam monster trucks (2016), as well as multiple college football games, including the Big Ten Football Championship Game (2016).

Complete coverage of the BIG EAST Men’s Basketball Tournament is available across the FOX Sports family of networks and digital platforms, with first round, quarterfinal and semifinal games available on FS1 and FOX Sports GO, beginning Wednesday, March 8, and the championship game airing on the FOX broadcast network on Saturday, March 11. For more information on FOX Sports coverage of the 2017 BIG EAST Men’s Basketball Tournament, please visit FOX Sports Press Pass.

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UFC TONIGHT Quotes – Bisping Picks Woodley

Florian on Why Ferguson Beats Nurmagomedov: “Ferguson has gone five rounds before, at altitude. I like his reach and his ability to defend on the ground.”
Bisping on Fighting Georges St-Pierre: “I want this fight for my legacy. I’ve beaten legends in Dan Henderson and Anderson Silva. Georges St-Pierre is another legend that I want to add to my resume.”

LOS ANGELES, CA – On UFC TONIGHT, host Kenny Florian and guest host Michael Bisping preview the upcoming UFC 209: WOODLEY VS. THOMPSON 2. The crew catches up with headliners Tyron Woodley and Stephen Thompson, along with Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson. Plus, Karyn Bryant adds reports.

UFC TONIGHT guest host Michael Bisping on how the fight with Georges St-Pierre came about: “This fight was offered me last October, but it didn’t work out. Then I got a call a week ago from Dana White and was offered the fight. GSP is a legendary fighter. He’s one of the biggest pay-per-view draws. This is a no-brainer. If you’re Yoel Romero, Luke or Jacare, I know if you were offered this fight, you’d take this fight. I want this fight for my legacy. I’ve beaten Dan Henderson and Anderson Silva. Georges St-Pierre is another legend that I want to add to my resume.”

UFC TONIGHT guest host Michael Bisping on Tyron Woodley vs. Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson 2: “In the first fight, Tyron was successful with his right hand. He actually dropped Wonderboy with that. But he wasn’t busy enough. This time he has to push forward, close the distance and get a takedown. In the first fight, he landed a takedown in the first round and held him down the whole round. Woodley should use the right hand to set up the takedown.”

UFC TONIGHT host Kenny Florian on how Woodley should approach the rematch with Thompson: “Tyron needs to be busy with takedowns, but not too busy. More than anything else, if Wonderboy expects the takedown, it shuts down his offense. So the threat of the takedown will serve Tyron well.”

Florian on what Thompson can change this time around: “Thompson does very well establishing range with his kicks and he uses many different kicks. He needs more volume in this fight. In the last fight, he didn’t throw enough volume at Woodley.”

Florian on Woodley’s keys to victory: “Key number one, Woodley has got to utilize the feints. Key two, he’s got to land the takedowns. And three, he’s got to throw counterstrikes. He’s got to counter-strike the counter striker.”

Bisping on Thompson’s keys to victory: “First, Thompson has to stop the takedown. Then, he has to use his footwork, which will help stop the takedown, and use the space in the Octagon. And finally, he’s got to vary his attack. He has an array of striking and has to use them.”

Bisping picks Woodley to win: “I think Woodley will learn from the first fight. He’ll push forward more and get the takedowns.”

Florian picks Woodley to stay champion: “I think seeing Thompson for 25 minutes in the first fight is a big advantage for Woodley. He’ll make some nice adjustments.”

VIDEO: UFC 209 Predictions
http://www.foxsports.com/ufc/video/887801411659

Tyron Woodley on his relationship with Thompson: “It’s fight week, we’re professionals. When they lock us in the Octagon, I’m going to play T-ball with his head.”

Woodley on his relationship with Dana White after being called a drama queen: “I called the apple an apple. It takes one to know one. You might be a drama queen, yourself.”

Woodley on not wanting the rematch with Thompson: “It’s not that I looked for another opponent. When other guys are interested in fighting you, you have to entertain those guys. I walked away thinking I won, but I knew I’d have to face him again at some point.”

Woodley on why he’s been an underdog in his last three fights: “People in Vegas like to lose money, I guess. I do pretty good as the underdog.”

Stephen Thompson on if he thought he won the first fight: “Tyron definitely won the first and fourth rounds. I felt like I had the second, third and fifth rounds and the fight. I finished out on top and I thought I won it.”

Thompson on if he learned a lesson from the first fight: “I did learn a lot about myself in that fight. I didn’t get to take that belt back to South Carolina, but whoever steps in that Octagon with me is in for a hell of a fight.”

Thompson on Woodley not wanting to take the fight: “He knows he’s got to fight me one more time, and that’s scary. That might have gotten in his head. That’s an advantage for me. I want to fight the best Woodley in the world and put on a war.”

VIDEO: Interview: Thompson on headlining UFC 209
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=18TTJH2sTp0

Bisping on Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Tony Ferguson: “Tony is a guy who’s getting better and better and getting more confidence. He’s very unpredictable. He’s willing to take risks. He wanted this title shot for a long time. But Khabib has the best takedowns in the game, and he has unbelievable ground and pound.”

Bisping picks Ferguson: “This could go two ways. Khabib hold him down and grind out a decision or Tony wins by a submission. I believe Tony wins by a decision.”

Florian on why Ferguson wins: “Tony has gone five rounds before, at altitude. I like his reach and his ability to defend on the ground. I’m going with Tony.”

Tony Ferguson on if he took Nurmagomedov’s offer that he’d pay him for the fight: “Absolutely not. I told him to wipe my ass with it. I said donate it, I don’t want your money. I want the UFC’s money.”

Ferguson on Nurmagomedov being a one-trick pony: “He’s a lay-and-pray guy, like Danny Castillo, and lets it go to the judges. When I’m done with him, he’s going to retire. He’s never seen a fighter like me. I keep my elbows sharp like a meat grinder. If this guy tries to take me down, he’s going to mess with 20 years of USA grappling here. I’m going to bring it to him.”

Khabib Nurmagomedov on where the hatred for Ferguson came from: “I don’t know. I don’t feel nothing about him. I don’t like him a little bit. But we have to give him respect. His skills, his win streak, his ground game and striking. I don’t want to underestimate this guy. I want to finish this guy.”

Nurmagomedov on if he changes his training camp for every fight: “I change my training camp for every fight. I trained for Michael Johnson with a lot of boxing guys. For this fight, I trained for everything. I’m ready. I’m the best shape in my life.”

VIDEO: Interview: Nurmagomedov previews his fight vs. Tony Ferguson
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=De6Y0IXp_mc

Rob Stone

Minnesota United and Atlanta United Make MLS Debuts on FS1 and FOX Deportes

Katie Witham Joins FOX Sports as MLS Sideline Reporter
Exclusive Interview Friday with MLS Commissioner Don Garber

LOS ANGELES, CA – FOX Sports begins its coverage of the 2017 Major League Soccer season with the league’s two new franchises, Minnesota United and Atlanta United, both making their MLS debuts on FS1 and FOX Deportes. Coverage begins Friday, March 3 when the 2015 MLS Cup champion Portland Timbers host Western Conference newcomers Minnesota United.

Rob Stone hosts FS1’s first-ever Friday night MLS pregame show live from a field-level set at Portland’s Providence Park beginning at 9:30 PM ET. Lead play-by-play announcer John Strong calls the match alongside former MLS star Alexi Lalas. Emmy Award-winning broadcaster Katie Witham serves as FOX Sports’ new MLS sideline reporter. Friday’s coverage includes an exclusive interview with MLS Commissioner Don Garber. On FOX Deportes, coverage kicks off at 9:00 PM ET with a special edition of FOX DEPORTES EN VIVO. John Laguna and Mariano Trujillo have the call in Spanish with Jaime Motta reporting from the sideline.

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. Strong and Lalas are on the call with Witham reporting from the sideline. Laguna and Trujillo are on the call in Spanish with Motta reporting from the sideline.

FOX Sports’ 2017 MLS schedule features 33 regular-season matches, including four on the FOX broadcast network and 29 on FS1, with all 33 matches simulcast in Spanish on FOX Deportes. In addition, FOX Sports’ Facebook Live soccer show “The Rec League” features weekly MLS segments and PROcast highlights MLS players throughout the season across TV, digital and social platforms.

FOX broadcast network’s first match of the season comes Saturday, April 15 at 2:30 PM ET when Orlando City hosts the LA Galaxy at the club’s brand new stadium in downtown Orlando. Other matches on FOX include the 2016 MLS Cup champion Seattle Sounders against the Portland Timbers on May 27; a crosstown battle between the 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 – the first ever sporting event played in the brand new facility. In addition, FOX Sports provides coverage of the 2017 MLS All-Star Game from Chicago’s Soldier Field on Wednesday, Aug 2.

All regular season games 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

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Three College Basketball Conference Championships on the Line Beginning this Week on FS1 and FOX

BIG EAST Men’s Basketball Tournament Celebrates 35 Years at Madison Square Garden; Championship Game Returns to FOX
FS1 Televises BIG EAST and Big 12 Women’s Tournament Finales

NEW YORK, NY – With the calendar having flipped to March, madness is in the air and on the FOX Sports family of networks. FOX Sports showcases three conference tournaments beginning this week with full coverage of the BIG EAST men’s and women’s and Big 12 women’s tournaments from Friday, March 3 through Saturday, March 11.

The BIG EAST Men’s Basketball Tournament returns to Madison Square Garden for the 35th consecutive year, marking college basketball’s longest-running conference tournament held at the same venue. The championship game airs on the FOX broadcast network for the second straight season, Saturday, March 11, with coverage beginning at 5:00 PM ET. First-round, quarterfinal and semifinal action is televised on FS1 with FOX Sports’ comprehensive tournament coverage once again featuring on-site pregame, halftime and postgame coverage each day.

FS1’s lead college basketball game crew of Gus Johnson and Bill Raftery call BIG EAST Tournament first-round games on Wednesday, March 8, and evening quarterfinal matchups on Thursday, March 9, joined by sideline reporter Lisa Byington. Justin Kutcher, Jim Jackson and Steve Lavin have the afternoon games on Thursday, and Johnson, Jackson and Byington are courtside for the semifinals and championship game on Friday, March 10, and Saturday, March 11. Lavin is joined by Donny Marshall and host Rob Stone for studio coverage live from the “World’s Most Famous Arena” throughout the tournament. Nick Bahe also joins the studio on Thursday while Lavin calls games courtside.

FS1, FS2 and the BIG EAST Digital Network, available to all fans on FOX Sports GO, present full coverage of the entire BIG EAST Women’s Basketball Tournament, held Saturday, March 4 through Tuesday, March 7, at the Al McGuire Center in Milwaukee. First-round games can be seen on the BIG EAST Digital Network, via FOX Sports GO, while quarterfinals are televised on FS2, and the semifinals and final are on FS1. Byington calls play-by-play for the duration of the tournament alongside analyst LaChina Robinson.

The entire Big 12 Women’s Basketball Tournament, from Oklahoma City’s Chesapeake Energy Arena from Friday, March 3 through Monday, March 6, is televised across the FOX Sports family of networks. First-round games are available on FOX College Sports; quarterfinals are televised on FOX Sports Regional Networks; and the semifinals and championship game can be seen on FS1. Ron Thulin and Brenda VanLengen call the action, and Missy Heidrick reports from the sidelines.

College basketball games televised on the FOX broadcast network, FS1, FS2, FOX Sports Regional Networks and FOX College Sports are live-streamed on FOX Sports GO through participating pay-TV providers. Games on the BIG EAST Digital Network are available to all fans on FOX Sports GO. 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.

The full schedule of college basketball conference tournament programming across the FOX Sports family of networks, including broadcaster information, can be found on the following page.

For more information on FOX Sports’ coverage of college hoops, including photography, broadcaster information and more, visit FOX Sports Press Pass.

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Saturday’s PBC on FOX Heavyweight Title Fight Viewed By More Than 2.5 Million

FS1 PBC Card is Most-Watched To Date
PBC on FOX Deportes Delivers Fourth Most-Watched Show

LOS ANGELES, CA – Saturday’s exciting Premier Boxing Champions on FOX heavyweight title fight, which saw undefeated champion Deontay Wilder successfully defend his belt with a sensational KO in the fifth round against Gerald Washington, peaked with 2.57 million viewers from 10:00 PM ET – 10:15 PM ET, according to Nielsen Media Research. The full card, featuring three bouts from 8:00 PM ET – 10:15 PM ET, averaged a 1.2/2 rating with 1.862 million viewers. Viewership was up +6% vs. FOX’s last PBC event that aired July 2016 (1.76 million viewers). Among Adults 18-49, Saturday’s fight card was +7% better than last July’s PBC event on FOX (602,000 vs. 564,000).

The top markets on Saturday were led by Birmingham, Wilder’s hometown, which did a 7.6/12, followed by Detroit with a 3.0/5 and Columbus with a 2.3/4.

Saturday night’s PBC on FOX fight card currently ranks as the highest-rated and most-watched nationally rated boxing event of 2017 and is the best since August of 2016 on NBC (PBC Event).

On FOX Deportes, the fight brought in 68,000 viewers, making it the fourth-most watched PBC event to date on the network.

Following the main event on FOX, PBC action moved to FS1 from 10:21 PM ET – 12:20 AM ET and averaged 357,000 viewers, making it the most-watched PBC on FS1 show to date. It was up +55% from the network’s Saturday PBC average (230,000 viewers). Among A18-49, it was up +37% (106,000 vs. 77,000). The PBC on FS1 audience peaked with 405,000 viewers from 10:45 – 11:00 PM ET. The fights on FOX Deportes had 55,000 viewers.