Month: May 2017

John Strong and Brad Friedel at 2016 MLS Cup

UEFA Champions League, FA Cup and Europa League Crowned on FOX, FS1 and FOX Deportes

John Strong and Brad Friedel Call Juventus vs. Real Madrid On Site
FOX Deportes Travels Studio Team to Cardiff for UEFA Champions League Final
Championship Coverage Features Real Madrid, Juventus, Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United and Ajax

LOS ANGELES, CA – FOX Sports is home to three thrilling championship matches when Europe’s top clubs collide to determine the 2017-2018 UEFA Champions League, FA Cup and Europa League champions, with the first clash beginning on Wednesday, May 24 at 2:00 PM ET on FS1. FOX Sports’ championship coverage features a star-studded lineup including Real Madrid, Juventus, Arsenal, Manchester United, Chelsea, and Ajax.

The Europa League final kicks off play action on Wednesday, May 24 at 2:00 PM ET on FS1 when Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United squares off against Ajax at Friends Arena in Stockholm. Kate Abdo anchors pre- and postgame studio coverage alongside Warren Barton, Stu Holden and Mario Melchiot. Keith Costigan and Alexi Lalas are on the call.

On Saturday, May 27, Arsenal seeks its third FA Cup in four years when it battles Chelsea at Wembley Stadium at 12:00 PM ET on FOX. Abdo anchors pre- and postgame studio coverage alongside Barton, Melchiot and Eric Wynalda. FOX Deportes’ coverage begins at 11:00 AM ET with a special edition of FOX DEPORTES EN VIVO hosted by Ariel Torrone and Alvaro Izquierdo.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s Real Madrid closes out FOX Sports’ championship coverage on Saturday, June 3 at 2:00 PM ET on FOX when it clashes against defensive powerhouse Juventus in the UEFA Champions League final. Lead play-by-play announcer John Strong and analyst Brad Friedel call the match live from Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, with Geoff Shreeves reporting from the sidelines. Rob Stone anchors studio coverage from the FOX broadcast center in Los Angeles alongside studio analysts Alexi Lalas, Wynalda, and Barton, with Abdo reporting from Cardiff.

FOX Deportes’ Road to Cardiff presentation kicks off Sunday, May 28 at 10:30 PM ET with a special edition of FOX DEPORTES EN VIVO live from Cardiff with hosts John Laguna, Mariano Trujillo, Claudio Suarez, Hector Fernandez and Isabel Forner. Coverage continues Monday-Friday live from Cardiff at 7:00 PM ET with a rotation of talent including Abdo, Javier Aguirre, Jose Maria Baquero and Valeria Marin. Saturday’s lineup begins at 11:00 AM ET leading up to the final.

All matches can 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. In addition, all programs are also available on FOX Sports on SiriusXM channel 83 on satellite radios and on the SiriusXM app.

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

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UFC Middleweight Champion Bisping and Lightweight Contender Melendez Serve as Analysts for FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT: GUSTAFSSON VS. TEIXEIRA

John Gooden and Dan Hardy Call Rare Sunday Fights

LOS ANGELES, CA – UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping (@Bisping) and lightweight contender Gilbert Melendez (@GilbertMelendez) serve as analysts on the FOX Sports desk with host Todd Grisham (@GrishamMMA) for FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT: GUSTAFSSON VS. TEIXEIRA on Sunday, May 28. Reporter Megan Olivi (@MeganOlivi) interviews fighters on-site in Sweden.

Retired welterweight contender Dan Hardy (@DanHardymma) joins blow-by-blow announcer John Gooden (@JohnGoodenUK) to call the fights live from Sweden. UFC middleweight Kelvin Gastelum (@KelvinGastelum) and Victor Davila (@mastervic10) call the Spanish language telecast on FOX Deportes.

The five-round headliner features No. 1-ranked light heavyweight Alexander Gustafsson (17-4) versus No. 2 Glover Teixeira (26-5) in an explosive showdown. FOX UFC analyst Brian Stann, warns against forgetting Gustafsson despite the fact he has not entered the Octagon since last September. “Gustafsson has beautiful footwork, excellent range and great combinations. A lot of people expect Teixeira to be the better wrestler, but Gustafsson takes down everyone he fights including Shogun Rua and Jon Jones. The light heavyweight division has been waiting for a new contender, and people have forgotten how good Gustafsson is.” Watch the extended preview from last week’s FS1 UFC 211 POSTFIGHT SHOW here.

The three-hour main card begins Sunday on FS1 and FOX Deportes at 1:00 PM ET and features five more exciting fights. No. 5-ranked light heavyweight Volkan Oezdemir (13-1) fights No. 7 Misha Cirkunov (13-2), while Peter Sobotta (16-5-1) and Ben Saunders (21-7-2) square off in a welterweight bout. Undefeated Abdul Razak Alhassan (7-0) fights Omari Akhmedov (16-3) at 170 pounds, while welterweights Oliver Enkamp (7-0) and Nordine Taleb (11-4) go to battle. Jake Hermansson (14-3) and Alex Nicholson (7-3) open the main card with a middleweight bout.

The two-hour UFC FIGHT NIGHT PRELIMS are on FS1 and FOX Deportes at 11:00 AM ET, with four bouts. No. 12-ranked bantamweight Pedro Munhoz (13-2, 1NC) and Damian Stasiak (10-3) collide. Trevor Smith (14-7) takes on Chris Camozzi (24-12) at 185 pounds, while Reza Madadi (14-5) fights Joaquim Silva (9-1) in a lightweight tilt. Nico Musoke (13-4, 1NC) and Bojan Velickovic (14-4-1) open the PRELIMS with a welterweight bout.

Sunday’s coverage begins on FS1 at 10:00 AM ET with the UFC FIGHT NIGHT PREFIGHT SHOW, hosted by Grisham with analysts Bisping and Melendez, and reporter Olivi. The action wraps up after immediately following the main event with the FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT POSTFIGHT SHOW. The FS1 UFC WEIGH-IN SHOW takes place on Saturday, May 27 (9:00 AM ET) on FS2 with the same studio crew.

On Wednesday at 8:00 PM ET on FS1, UFC TONIGHT’s Kenny Florian and guest host Bisping preview Sunday’s FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT and interview Gustafsson.

UFC fighters give a behind-the-scenes look at their fight week on PROcast, all-access content on the FOX Sports PROcast and FOX UFC social pages. On the popular FOXSports.com podcast “Fight Society,” host Damon Martin previews the fight card and interviews Cirkunov and Saunders about their fights. The podcast is available on iTunes and Soundcloud. FOXSports.com will be covering all of the fight action with a blend of trending news, results, and real-time highlights. Follow @UFConFOX on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for all updates throughout the #UFCStockholm fights this Sunday.

Viewers can live stream the UFC shows on FOX Sports GO, available in English or Spanish through the FS1 or FOX Deportes feeds. The shows are available on desktop at FOXSportsGO.com and through the app store or on 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 (ET) EVENT NET*
Wednesday,

May 24

8:00 PM UFC TONIGHT FS1
Saturday,

May 27

9:00 AM FS1 UFC WEIGH-IN SHOW FS2
Sunday,

May 28

10:00 AM FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT PREFIGHT SHOW FS1
Sunday,

May 28

11:00 AM FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT PRELIMS FS1 / FOX Deportes
Sunday,

May 28

1:00 PM FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT: GUSTAFSSON VS. TEIXEIRA FS1 / FOX Deportes
Sunday,

May 28

4:00 PM FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT POSTFIGHT SHOW FS1

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

 

Mike Joy and Darrell Waltrip in the Daytona International Speedway Broadcast Booth

FOX NASCAR at Charlotte Motor Speedway Quotes & Programming Schedule

MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES’ Coca-Cola 600 Live on FOX on Sunday & NASCAR XFINITY SERIES Live on FS1 Saturday
Bowyer in FS1 NASCAR XFINITY SERIES Booth Saturday as Driver Analyst

CHARLOTTE, NC – NASCAR is back at Charlotte Motor Speedway this weekend for the Memorial Day Weekend running of the Coca-Cola 600, one of its crown jewel events and the year’s longest race. FOX Sports offers 20 hours of live action from the 1.5-mile circuit, including FOX’s live coverage of the MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES’ Coca-Cola 600 (Sunday, May 28 at 6:00 PM ET) and FS1’s live coverage of the NASCAR XFINITY SERIES (Saturday, May 27 at 1:00 PM ET).

During the week, FS1’s NASCAR RACE HUB, NASCAR’s most-watched daily news and information program, continues Mondays through Thursdays at 6:00 PM ET. Additionally, the NASCAR RACE HUB PODCAST launched recently and is available on iTunes, SoundCloud and Google Play Music.

Below are programming information and quotes from FOX NASCAR analysts Jeff Gordon and Darrell Waltrip and play-by-play announcer Mike Joy:

MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES

  • Date/Time: Sunday, May 28 (6:00 PM ET)
  • Network: FOX
  • Announcers: Mike Joy, Hall of Famer and three-time champion Darrell Waltrip, four-time champ Jeff Gordon and Larry McReynolds
  • Pit reporters: Jamie Little, Chris Neville, Vince Welch and Matt Yocum
  • Hosts: Chris Myers and Michael Waltrip
  • Pre-race:
    • FOX NASCAR SUNDAY (5:30 PM ET on FOX), hosted by Chris Myers with analysts Darrell Waltrip and Gordon; reporters Little, Neville, Welch and Yocum
    • Gordon sits down with Dale Earnhardt Jr. for an in-depth interview; Lucky Logan star Channing Tatum on the FOX NASCAR “Grid Walk”; and a look at the upcoming Cars 3, in which FOX NASCAR on-air broadcasters Mike Joy, Jeff Gordon, Darrell Waltrip and Shannon Spake have roles
    • NASCAR RACEDAY (4:30 PM ET on FS1); hosted by John Roberts with analysts Jeff Hammond and Wally Dallenbach; reporters Kaitlyn Vincie and Kenny Wallace.
  • Post-Race: NASCAR VICTORY LANE (8:30 PM ET on FS1; delayed)

NASCAR XFINITY SERIES

  • Date/Time: Saturday, May 27 (1:00 PM ET)
  • Network: FS1
  • Announcers: Adam Alexander, Michael Waltrip and driver analyst Clint Bowyer
  • Pit reporters: Chris Neville, Jamie Little and Vince Welch
  • Pre-race: NASCAR RACEDAY-XFINITY (12:30 PM ET on FS1); hosted by Shannon Spake with analysts Michael Waltrip and Larry McReynolds; reporters Kenny Wallace and Neville
  • Hosts: Spake and McReynolds

FOX NASCAR QUOTES

On the natural talent of Kyle Busch, who finally won a Monster Energy Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway last weekend:

“It’s probably about time for the Kyle Busch haters to realize they’re in the presence of somebody who is really special. He was a raw talent, and now for Joe Gibbs Racing, he is a consistent winning talent. Yes, he’s easy to dislike. He expects to win. I knew someone like that once – Darrell Waltrip. Is Kyle Busch one of NASCAR’s upper-crust premier drivers today? Absolutely.”
–Mike Joy

“Jeff (Gordon) and I both raced with Dale Earnhardt, and I thought he could do things with a race car that I never saw anybody else do. Kyle Busch is in the footsteps of Dale Earnhardt. He hasn’t won seven championships or as many races, but when it comes to pure car control and getting it done, Kyle Busch is the man.”
–Darrell Waltrip

“Whether you like him or not, you have to respect his talent and abilities behind the wheel. He’s one of the all-time best. I raced against him. The kid is incredible, and he certainly showed that at the All-Star Race.”
–Jeff Gordon

FOX NASCAR AT CHARLOTTE MOTOR SPEEDWAY PROGRAMMING SCHEDULE
(All times live/Eastern unless otherwise indicated & subject to change)

Thursday, May 25
MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES practice (2:00-3:30 PM) (FS1)
NASCAR RACE HUB WEEKEND EDITION (3:30-4:00 PM) (FS1)
NASCAR XFINITY SERIES practice (4:00-5:00 PM) (FS1)
NASCAR RACE HUB WEEKEND EDITION (5:00-6:00 PM) (FS1)
NASCAR XFINITY SERIES final practice (6:00-7:00 PM) (FS1)
MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES qualifying (7:00-8:30 PM) (FS1)

Saturday, May 27
MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES practice (9:00-10:00 AM) (FS1)
NASCAR XFINITY SERIES qualifying (10:00-11:00 AM) (FS1)
NASCAR RACE HUB WEEKEND EDITION (11:00-11:30 AM) (FS1)
MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES final practice (11:30 AM-12:30 PM) (FS1)
NASCAR RACEDAY-XFINITY (12:30-1:00 PM) (FS1)
NASCAR XFINITY SERIES Racing (1:00-3:30 PM) (FS1)
NASCAR XFINITY SERIES post-race (3:30-4:00 PM) (FS1)

Sunday, May 28
NASCAR RACEDAY (4:30-5:30 PM) (FS1)
FOX NASCAR SUNDAY (5:30-6:00 PM) (FOX)
MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES Racing/Coca-Cola 600 (6:00-10:30 PM) (FOX)
NASCAR VICTORY LANE (11:30 PM-12:00 AM) (FS1) (delayed)

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FOX Sports’ Home Team Sports Acquires Impression Sports & Entertainment

NEW YORK, NY – Home Team Sports, a sales unit of FOX Sports that offers advertisers one-stop shopping for TV and digital media sponsorship of every MLB, NBA and NHL home team in the U.S., as well as a variety of college sports assets, has reached a deal to acquire Impression Sports & Entertainment, it was announced today.

  • Impression Sports & Entertainment is an international marketing agency that specializes in full-service sponsorship sales representation. Given its successful track record and recent accomplishments, the company is regarded as one of the nation’s most effective sales agencies for selling high-profile sponsorship platforms.
  • Impression Sports’ sales team has extensive experience in selling naming rights, title sponsorships and other major sponsorship platforms. Since the company’s inception six years ago, the team has secured more than $63 million in revenue for some of the most prestigious sports and entertainment properties in the country.
  • Recent examples of Impression’s success include selling the Camping World Stadium naming rights (Florida Citrus Sports), the Transamerica kit/jersey sponsorship (Colorado Rapids, MLS) and the company’s robust reputation in the college bowl game landscape with six unique title sponsorship agreements for college bowl game entities over the past several years.
  • “Adding Impression under the Home Team Sports and FOX Sports umbrella helps us broaden our business scope, especially as opportunities in naming rights are significantly increasing,” said Home Team Sports President Kyle Sherman. “Impression gives us a direct path to clients that can be used across HTS and FOX Sports College Properties and gives us the ability to add more revenue streams, including naming rights for arenas and events.”
  • “Impression and HTS share a very similar approach to business specifically in regard to how we deliver value to our clients,” said Chris Foy, President and Owner of Impression Sports & Entertainment. “Our alignment with FOX Sports and HTS will expand our reach nationally, positively impact the value we bring to our clients, and position us to be a formidable company in the ever-evolving naming rights and sales representation landscape. We are excited to work together.”

About Home Team Sports
Home Team Sports (HTS) is a sales unit of FOX Sports that offers advertisers one-stop shopping for TV and digital media sponsorship of every MLB, NBA, and NHL home team in the U.S., reaching 90+ million homes with its platforms. HTS also encompasses FOX Sports College Properties which holds the multi-media rights for USC and the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Michigan State, Auburn, San Diego State, Georgetown, Villanova and the BIG EAST Conference. HTS also has exclusive media rights in major college conferences and conference-owned television networks, including BTN, Pac-12 Networks, the ACC and Big 12. HTS is a complete sports solution featuring branded-content platforms, commercial and program production, events, naming rights and custom brand integration in live local sports. All opportunities are available on a local, regional or national scale. HTS representation includes FOX Sports Regional Networks, Comcast Sports Net, ROOT SPORTS, YES, NESN, MASN, Altitude and others.

About Impression Sports & Entertainment
Impression Sports & Entertainment (“Impression”) specializes in providing its clients with full service sponsorship sales representation and sponsorship consulting services. Regarded as one of the top sponsorship sales representation firms in North America, the company is most often engaged to sell high-profile sponsorship platforms including venue naming rights, title sponsorships and other major sponsorship platforms.

Based in Denver, Colorado, Impression’s recent sales credentials include securing the naming rights to the Orlando Citrus Bowl (Camping World Stadium), securing the title sponsorship for the Orlando Kickoff (Camping World Kickoff), securing new official partners for SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, securing 10-year naming rights agreements in Greenville (Bon Secours Wellness Arena) and Indianapolis (Farmers Insurance Coliseum), securing the primary jersey sponsorship for the Colorado Rapids (Transamerica), a leaguewide partnership for the ECHL (Geico) and title sponsorships for the Cactus Bowl (Motel 6), the Independence Bowl (Camping World), the Bahamas Bowl (Popeyes), and the Tangerine Bowl (Russell Athletic & Camping World). Over the past six (6) years, Impression has secured over $63MM in sponsorship agreements for their clients.

Impression’s current client roster includes Orlando City Soccer Club (MLS), Kroenke Sports & Entertainment (Denver Nuggets), Chip Ganassi Racing, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, Fox College Properties (University of Southern California), the Las Vegas Bowl, JMI Sports (University of Kentucky), the Battle 4 Atlantis, University of North Georgia and the St Petersburg Bowl.

For more information on Impression Sports & Entertainment, please visit www.impressionsports.com.

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FOX Sports is Exclusive English-Language Home to 2017 FIFA U20 World Cup

Los Angeles – FOX Sports is the exclusive English-language home to the 2017 FIFA U20 World Cup, carrying all 52 matches live from May 20 to June 11 on FS1 and FS2.

The 2017 edition marks FOX Sports’ second time televising the tournament, which is contested every two years and comprised of 24 teams from the six FIFA confederations, drawing six four-team groups (A-F). The action kicks off Saturday, May 20 with four matches, as Venezuela squares off against Germany and Vanuatu battles Mexico in Group B, and Argentina clashes against England and host nation Korea Republic hosts Guinea in Group A.

The U.S. U20 Men’s National Team, led by head coach Tab Ramos and assistant coach and FOX Sports analyst Brad Friedel, was drawn into Group F, where it faces Ecuador, Senegal and Saudi Arabia. The Americans open group play against Ecuador on Monday, May 22 (FS1, 3:50 AM ET) before battling Senegal on Friday, May 26 (FS1, 6:50 AM ET) and Saudi Arabia on Sunday, May 28 (FS1, 4:50 AM).

Round-of-16 coverage begins Tuesday, May 30 (FS1, 3:50 AM ET), with quarterfinal and semifinal coverage kicking off Sunday, June 4 (FS2, 1:50 AM ET) and Thursday, June 8 (FS1, 3:50 AM ET). The third-place and final matches are set for Sunday, June 11 on FS1 (2:20 AM ET and 5:50 AM ET). The full schedule can be found by clicking the PDF below.

All matches can 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.

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FOX NASCAR Announces Unprecedented “Drivers Only” Broadcast from Pocono Raceway on FOX

June 10 NASCAR XFINITY SERIES Race Features Harvick on Play-by-Play; Logano and Bowyer with Analysis; Blaney, Jones and Stenhouse Jr. on Pit Road; and Patrick and Hamlin Hosting from Hollywood Hotel

CHARLOTTE, NC – In what is believed to be an unprecedented move in national sports broadcasting, FOX Sports announced today that its live broadcast of the June 10 NASCAR XFINITY SERIES race from Pocono Raceway (1:00 PM ET on FOX) will be called entirely by active MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES drivers. The race broadcast is thought to be the first time a nationally televised live sporting event has featured an on-air team comprised strictly of athletes actively competing in that sport.

Kevin Harvick, the 2014 NASCAR premier series and two-time NASCAR XFINITY SERIES champion, serves as the play-by-play announcer for FOX Sports at Pocono alongside analysts Joey Logano (2015 Daytona 500 champion and a part of four NASCAR XFINITY SERIES owners championships) and Clint Bowyer (2008 NASCAR XFINITY SERIES champion). Ryan Blaney, (2014 NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES Most Popular Driver), Erik Jones (2015 NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES champion) and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (two-time NASCAR XFINITY SERIES champion) cover pit road, while Danica Patrick (2013 Daytona 500 pole champion and first female to lead a NASCAR race under green) and Denny Hamlin (2016 Daytona 500 champion) host FOX race coverage from the Hollywood Hotel mobile studio.

“This is something FOX Sports has talked about doing for a long time,” said John Entz, FOX Sports President & Executive Producer, Production. “Several of these competitors already have joined us in the NASCAR XFINITY SERIES booth and done a heck of a job, and we see a lot of promise in the newcomers. Regardless of their TV experience, we have one goal for all — go out and have a blast. As long as no one sets fire to the FOX Sports booth or pulls the plug that knocks us off the air, the drivers have free rein.”

Harvick, Bowyer, Hamlin, Logano and Patrick have served as driver analysts for FOX Sports’ coverage of the NASCAR XFINITY SERIES at some point since the network began rotating prominent MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES drivers in the booth beginning with the 2015 season. Additionally, Blaney and Stenhouse have contributed as driver analysts on FS1’s NASCAR RACE HUB, the sport’s most-watched daily NASCAR news and information program. Pocono marks Jones’ debut as part of a national race broadcast.

Still slated to offer analysis in the FOX Sports NASCAR XFINITY SERIES booth in 2017, alongside regular FOX Sports broadcasters Adam Alexander and Michael Waltrip, are Bowyer at Charlotte on May 27 (1:00 PM ET on FS1) and Logano at Dover on June 3 (1:00 PM ET on FS1).

“Pocono definitely is going to be different, but I am looking forward to the challenge and the fun it’s going to be for everyone,” said Pam Milller, NASCAR XFINITY SERIES race producer for FOX Sports. “For the most part, this group has broadcasting experience, so the goal will be to keep the telecast moving between all the personalities and making sure every driver’s unique views and personal experiences come through on the air. We want the viewer to feel like they are sitting with a group of friends having a racing conversation. These friends just happen to compete on the track each week.”

Chase Elliott and Jamie McMurray made their FOX NASCAR booth debuts earlier this season, in addition to two appearances by Brad Keselowski. Logano helped call the Richmond race, while Harvick offered analysis at Daytona, Phoenix, Bristol and Talladega, as well as the NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES stop at Martinsville. Harvick also is scheduled as an analyst for the upcoming Truck Series races at Eldora Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway.

In appreciation of the drivers’ participation, FOX Sports will make a donation to each driver’s individual foundation or charity of choice (see attachment).

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UFC TONIGHT Quotes – Cormier Calls Out Jones

Florian on if UFC fighters vs. boxers is a good thing: “It’s good for Conor. Conor can make a hundred million dollars. Other fighters can’t do that.”

LOS ANGELES, CA – On UFC TONIGHT, hosts Kenny Florian and Daniel Cormier recap last weekend’s UFC 211 and interview bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes and the popular Donald Cowboy Cerrone about their upcoming UFC 213 fights. Plus, Karyn Bryant adds reports.

UFC TONIGHT host Daniel Cormier his upcoming title fight with Jon Jones: “I’m so excited to be fighting this dude again. I’ve been waiting for two and a half years and I’ve started the war of words. Bottle to the face. Bap!”

Jon Jones to Cormier: “He wants what I have. He wants to be known as the guy. He’s simply not. The truth is he’s not a champion. He never won NCAA, the Olympics and he never won the UFC light heavyweight championship.

Cormier on Jones’ account of the backstage altercation: “I never said anything about his haircut. He said you can’t beat me and asked how I was going to face my kids. So it was bottle to the face. You can’t talk about my kids. Leave families out of it. It’s about me and you. All the things he mentioned: the NCAA tournament and Olympics – I went to the NCAA tournament and I went to the Olympics. All these things he wished he had done. I did them. That’s your issue, you want what I’ve got. July 29, you get to try taking it back. It’s not happening. I will beat Jon Jones in Anaheim.”

VIDEO: Cormier talks about Jones and UFC 214
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5yFk83yoeGE

Cormier on Stipe Miocic’s KO victory at UFC 211 over Junior Dos Santos: “From the moment he walked in, Stipe carried himself like the man. There’s no doubt he’s going to defend the title. He walked Dos Santos down, moved forward, and got his hands on him. This wasn’t like their first fight. JDS just isn’t capable of taking those kinds of punches anymore.”

UFC TONIGHT host Kenny Florian on Miocic’s title defense: “Stipe never let Junior Dos Santos get going in the fight. He backed him up. He went out there like a juggernaut. He looked angry and he stalked him. Junior was on his heels from the first moment and looked completely confused. It shut down his offense and allowed Stipe to do what he wanted.”

Cormier on who Miocic should fight next: “Cain Velasquez is the best fight, but I don’t know if he’ll be ready. But I say give it to the Black Beast Derrick Lewis next, if he can beat Mark Hunt. Lewis has been on a roll and he’s been active. He’s looked phenomenal.”

Florian believes the winner of Fabricio Werdum vs. Alistair Overeem should get the next title shot at Miocic: “I think that’s the best fight you can make, the winner of Werdum vs. Overeem. They’re ready and both have a history with him. But I agree that Cain is the dream fight.”

Amanda Nunes on her altercation with Valentina Shevchenko: “I gave her a push. She touched me first. She knows she did. Nobody can touch me.”

Nunes on how she’ll fight Shevchenko this time: “I’ve improved my conditioning. I’ll train for five rounds. I’ll correct my mistakes from that fight.”

Nunes on if she wants to go for the belt at 145 as well: “I throw it around. I don’t want to fight Cyborg. If I have to do that, I’ll have to be stronger. I’ll have to do the training. I beat de Randamie already. But I don’t know where she is now.”

Nunes on if she trains with Joanna Jedrzejczyk at ATT: “I don’t spar with her. We’re really not teammates, more like gym mates. I’m happy for her and her win.”

Nunes believes Nina Ansaroff will defeat Jedrzejczyk: “Nina is the one who’s going to beat Joanna.”

VIDEO: Interview: Amanda Nunes explains her altercation with Valentina Shevchenko
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lloyLs3-whE

Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone on his fight against Robbie Lawler: “If you’re a fan of fighting, this is a fight that doesn’t have to be sold. It’s going to be so fun.”

Cerrone what a win means over Lawler: “Win or lose, I love it. But a win means I’m right back in the mix.”

Cerrone on who should be headlining UFC 213 if Garbrandt pulls out: “Me and Robbie. But we’re not a title fight, and they have to have a title fight be the headliner.”

Cerrone on his six months off: “I love fighting. I don’t like to sit. My training camps are fun.”

Cerrone on if he would fight at 155 again: “I tried, but Dana said no. If the fight was right and the money was right, I’d go down to 155 for sure.”

VIDEO: Interview: Donald Cerrone previews his UFC 213 fight vs. Robbie Lawler
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUSaaxFT47o

Florian on who should headline UFC 213 if Cody Garbrandt pulls out: “I think it should be Michael Bisping vs. Yoel Romero. But if not them, then the answer is there isn’t another choice.”

Cormier on who should headline UFC 213: “Let’s see them do the TJ Dillashaw vs Demetrious Johnson fight. Dillashaw has the size to give Johnson problems and it’s a fight that’s worthy of headlining.”

Miesha Tate on a possible UFC 213 headliner: “I think Amanda Nunes vs. Valentina Shevchenko is a great headliner. Valentina is a phenomenal striker and was picking up steam in their first fight.”

Tate on if McGregor vs. Mayweather is good for the UFC: “This is a great fight. It brings exposure to both fights. Conor has nothing to lose.”

Florian on if a boxer vs. UFC fighter is good for the UFC: “It’s good for Conor. Conor can make a hundred-million dollars. He can make a payday. But Stipe Miocic can’t do it. Other fighters can’t do that.”

Cormier on McGregor vs. Mayweather: “No, it’s not good for the UFC. I’ve said it time and time again, Conor will lose. It’s embarrassing for UFC fighters taking on professional boxers. The guys will get slept.”

VIDEO: Daniel Cormier on McGregor vs. Mayweather: ‘Don’t get slept.’
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3gyePkhbSe8

VIDEO: Tyron Woodley Tells Demian Maia To Go Away | PROcast
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8b4LjdihvHw

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

UFC TONIGHT Quotes – Cormier Calls Out Jones (153 kB, last updated May 2017)
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FIRST THINGS FIRST WITH CRIS CARTER AND NICK WRIGHT Comes to FS1 this Fall

WATCH: Cris and Nick discuss their new show today on UNDISPUTED

NEW YORK, NY – Set your alarms! FS1 is expanding its daytime studio programming with its first foray into early morning television, FIRST THINGS FIRST WITH CRIS CARTER AND NICK WRIGHT, premiering Tuesday, September 5 at 6:30 AM ET.

Unveiled during Monday’s FOX Upfront, the new daily studio show is led by NFL Hall of Famer Cris Carter and celebrated sports media personality Nick Wright, who offer viewers the first opinion on the day’s most interesting issues in sports.

Today, the duo joined FS1’s SKIP AND SHANNON: UNDISPUTED to discuss their new show and shared their excitement to begin working together.

“Morning television is different,” said Carter, “People are looking for a fresh start, a new alternative. For me as a professional football player and professional broadcaster, I try to get off to a great start to start my day. We want to be part of people’s habits for what they’re doing that day.”

Wright on his expectations for the show, “I think if you can leave your house a little more informed on sports, but also have the good positive mentality that Cris exudes, I think there’s an opening for a really good show and we’re excited to do it.”

Carter continued, “Nick Wright, for people who don’t know him – this is what Skip Bayless sounded like 30 years ago, this is what Colin Cowherd sounded like 20 years ago. I’m excited about the opportunity to work with one of the bright new stars at FS1.”

A legend on the gridiron, Carter is the NFL’s second all-time leading receiver and holds the second-most touchdowns in league history. Following his playing career, he transitioned seamlessly into broadcasting, serving as a studio analyst for NFL programs on HBO and ESPN for nearly a decade.

Wright, a longtime radio and television personality, has thrived at FS1, earning a regular guest host spot on THE HERD and making appearances across all of the network’s daily studio offerings. A proven success in the mornings, prior to joining FS1 Wright hosted “In the Loop,” the #1 show in Houston sports radio’s competitive “morning drive” window.

Charlie Dixon, FS1 EVP of Content, weighed in on the duo and the evolution of their partnership, “Nick and Cris have incredible chemistry. Since meeting in January they’ve spent an incredible amount of time together off the air, and have each only had one request – please let us do a show together. They want to do the type of show the modern sports fan wants, the day’s first exchange of thoughtful perspectives on sports’ biggest stories.”

FIRST THINGS FIRST originates from New York City and will air weekdays from 6:30 to 9:30 AM ET on FS1. The addition of the new show extends FS1’s weekday studio programming slate, leading into SKIP AND SHANNON: UNDISPUTED, THE HERD WITH COLIN COWHERD, SPEAK FOR YOURSELF and NASCAR RACE HUB.

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Alex Rodriguez Makes Debut in Broadcast Booth Thursday at 8:00 PM ET on FS1 for Yankees at Royals

Rodriguez Joins Emmy-Nominated Broadcaster Kevin Burkhardt and Two-Time Emmy-Winning Reporter Ken Rosenthal

New York, NY – World Series Champion and three-time American League Most Valuable Player Alex Rodriguez makes his broadcasting booth debut Thursday night as color analyst for the New York Yankees at Kansas City Royals at 8:00 PM ET on FS1. He joins play-by-play announcer Kevin Burkhardt and reporter Ken Rosenthal, both Emmy Award nominees this year.

Rodriguez returns to the booth two days later as the New York Mets host the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at 7:00 PM ET on the FOX broadcast network as part of BASEBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA. Regionalization for Saturday’s MLB coverage is below. Rodriguez sits alongside lead FOX MLB play-by-play announcer Joe Buck with Rosenthal reporting from the field.

A 14-time All-Star, Rodriguez served as a studio analyst for FOX Sports’ MLB Postseason coverage in 2015 and 2016 and continues his studio role while adding game analysis and feature reporting to his full-time broadcasting responsibilities in 2017.

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FOX Sports Supercross Broadcast Team Weighs in on Surprise Retirement Announcement of Four-Time Champ Ryan Dungey

Minnesota Rider Exits as ‘One of the Greatest of All Time’

CHARLOTTE, NC – With four-time Supercross champion Ryan Dungey announcing his retirement just two weeks after winning the 2017 450 SX title, his third in a row, the FOX Sports Monster Energy Supercross broadcast team, including Hall-of-Fame riders Ricky Carmichael and Jeff Emig, along with veteran broadcaster Ralph Sheheen, offers its perspective:

FOX Sports: Does his decision to retire surprise you? Why or why not?

Ricky Carmichael: It sure doesn’t. Ryan’s physical and mental dedication to the sport was second to none. He had a 10-year tenure at the pinnacle of the sport with virtually zero time off due to his attendance and injury-less career. With that type of dedication and effort, and the mental taxation of being in a title hunt each and every year, it can be exhausting.

Jeff Emig: No, it doesn’t surprise me. He works at a very high-level and has 100-percent dedication; Ricky (Carmichael) can say better than I can about how that affects your decision to continue. He’s always done things his way, he’s always been very smart and patient and always thinks things through. To me, this decision is very much in line with his character.

Ralph Sheheen: No, I’m not surprised by his decision. He has won just about everything there is to win in this sport. He is, without a doubt, a first-ballot Hall of Famer. At this stage he would just be adding to his already impressive stats. With the incredible dedication it takes to stay fit, prepared and fast to compete at the highest level in Supercross, I’m not surprised that Ryan has reached a point in his life where he was ready to take a well-earned break.

FOX Sports: Where does Dungey fit all-time in the sport?

Ricky Carmichael: One of the greats for sure. All-time, I rank him Top 4 because of the titles he’s earned … that’s what this sport is based on.

Jeff Emig: Statistics alone put him as one of the top-five greatest of all time. His consistency is something that wasn’t always appreciated, but now that we’re at the end, you look back on it and his way of going about his career is something to admire and aspire to.

Ralph Sheheen: Ryan came into this sport as a bit of a surprise. He was not on the radar for most team managers when he was an amateur. But, Roger Decoster saw something in him and, boy, was he right when it came to judging Ryan’s talent. He exits the sport statistically as one of the greatest of all time. He is in rarefied air as one of only four riders to have won the prestigious Supercross championship four times.

FOX Sports: Dungey had a good points race with Eli Tomac this season; does Dungey leave the sport in good shape for the immediate future?

Ricky Carmichael: I think he leaves the sport in GREAT shape and he’s going out on his terms — healthy, and a champion. I don’t see how to leave in any better fashion than that. Good on ya, Dunge!

Jeff Emig: The heir apparent would be Eli Tomac, right, but new riders always emerge when you least expect it. And the way that Monster Energy Supercross is developing talent right now, I am confident that we will still continue to have a great championship battle in 2018.

Ralph Sheheen: Although we are all happy for Ryan, you never want to see one of your biggest stars leave the sport. However, as we saw this past season, Ryan had to battle numerous riders every Saturday night that showed they had the speed and the fitness to contend for wins and possibly championships. The 2018 Monster Energy Supercross season should be every bit as competitive as the one we just finished.

FOX Sports reporter Jenny Taft hosted the announcement.

Ryan Dungey Career Highlights:

  • Born 12/4/1989 (age 27) in Wasonia, Minnesota
  • Career Premier Class (SX/450 SX) Stats:
    • 134 Starts
    • 34 wins – sixth all-time (25.37%, seventh all-time)
    • 101 podiums – third all-time (75.37%, second all-time to Ricky Carmichael’s 75.65%)
    • 22 Top 5’s – fourth all-time (91.04%, first all-time)
    • 132 Top 10’s – sixth all-time (98.51%, first all-time)
  • Four-time Monster Energy Supercross Champion (2010, 2015, 2016 and 2017); tied for third all-time with Ryan Villopoto (Jeremy McGrath 7, Carmichael 5, Villopoto 4)
  • Fifth rider to win three or more consecutive championships (Bob Hannah 1977-78-79, McGrath 93-94-95-96 and 98-99-2001, Carmichael 2001-02-03, Villopoto 2011-12-13-14).

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