Month: May 2017

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FOX Sports Inks Deal with Former Chicago Bears Quarterback Jay Cutler

NFL Pro Bowler Enters Next Football Chapter in FOX Booth

New York – Former NFL Pro Bowl quarterback Jay Cutler becomes a rookie once again, this time in the broadcast booth. Cutler joins FOX Sports as game analyst for the 2017 NFL season, sitting alongside play-by-announcer Kevin Burkhardt, analyst Charles Davis and sideline reporter Pam Oliver. The announcement was made today by John Entz, President of Production & Executive Producer, FOX Sports.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Jay to the FOX Sports family,” Entz said. “We’re very excited about the potential he brings to the booth and are looking forward to hearing his analysis during what is sure to be another great season of the NFL on FOX.”

Drafted by the Denver Broncos, Cutler was the 11th pick overall in the 2006 NFL Draft. The gunslinger quickly earned his spot on the field, replacing veteran quarterback Jake Plummer toward the end of his rookie season. After three years in Colorado and a trip to the 2009 Pro Bowl, Cutler achieved one of his childhood dreams when he was traded to the Chicago Bears. Cutler spent the majority of his professional career under the lights at Soldier Field, leading the Bears to an appearance in the 2010 NFC Championship Game. He ends his eight-year run in Chicago holding several franchise records, most notably the organization’s all-time passing leader. Cutler finishes his career with a total of 2,782 completions, 32,467 passing yards and 208 touchdowns.

“This is an exciting new chapter for me in football,” said Cutler. “I love the game so much and look forward to having a lot of fun on the road this year for FOX Sports.”

A leader on and off the field, Cutler is profoundly committed to the Jay Cutler Foundation. Founded in 2008, its mission is to improve the quality of life for underprivileged children and those suffering from diabetes. A native of Santa Claus, Ind. Cutler graduated from Vanderbilt University where he was a three-year captain for the Commodores. In addition to earning SEC Offensive Player of the Year accolades during his senior year, Cutler set several school records.

An additional statement from Cutler can be found by clicking the PDF below.

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FOX Deportes Travels to Las Vegas for Canelo vs. Chavez Jr. Bout

2014 Trainer of the Year Robert Garcia Joins Daniel Ponce De Leon, Jessi Losada and Fernando Schwartz on the Desk
Network Presents Extensive On-Site Coverage Across Flagship Programs

LOS ANGELES, CA – FOX Deportes presents extensive on-site coverage from Las Vegas for the highly anticipated all-Mexican bout between middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., beginning Friday, May 5 at 10:00 AM ET with a special edition of AGENDA FOX.

Coverage continues Friday afternoon live from the MGM Grand Las Vegas with a supersized edition of FOX DEPORTES EN VIVO (4:30 PM ET), featuring a world-class panel of boxing experts including 2014 Trainer of the Year Robert Garcia, former featherweight world champion and 2000 Mexican Olympic team member Daniel Ponce de Leon, Jaime Motta and renowned journalists Jessi Losada and Fernando Schwartz.

FOX Deportes televises the weigh-ins live at 6:00 PM ET, immediately followed by the premiere of EL ARTE DE GANAR, a first-of-its-kind documentary series in Spanish, hosted by Gevrina Catalina and featuring world-renowned athletes from boxing, soccer and more. The series provides an intimate look into the intricate world of sports psychology, technique, practice and diet. The debut episode features Alvarez, revealing his daily regimen and self-discipline in preparation for his fight with Chavez Jr. Friday’s full day of coverage concludes with the leading news show, CENTRAL FOX, at 11:00 PM ET, in which Valeria Marin recaps the day’s events.

On Saturday, May 6, the network covers pre- and post-fight action with three special editions of FOX DEPORTES EN VIVO (1:30 PM, 8:00 PM and 12:30 AM ET), featuring exclusive interviews and behind-the-scenes coverage.

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FOX NASCAR at Talladega Superspeedway Quotes & Programming Schedule

MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES Race & Qualifying, NASCAR XFINITY SERIES Race Live on FOX from NASCAR’s Biggest Circuit
NASCAR RACE CLASSIC: THE 1987 WINSTON 500, Hosted by Earnhardt Jr., Premieres Friday on FS1 at 9:00 PM ET

CHARLOTTE, NC – NASCAR heads to Talladega Superspeedway this weekend, with FOX Sports set to offer 22 hours of live action from the 2.66-mile circuit, NASCAR’s largest. Included are FOX’s live race coverage of the MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES (Sunday, May 7 at 2:00 PM ET) and the NASCAR XFINITY SERIES (Saturday, May 6 at 1:00 PM ET), as well as FS1’s live presentation of the ARCA RACING SERIES race on Friday, May 5 (6:00 PM ET).

On Friday, May 5, FS1 and NASCAR Productions debut NASCAR RACE CLASSIC: THE 1987 WINSTON 500, hosted by Dale Earnhardt Jr. The 30-minute cut-down version of the classic race at Talladega Superspeedway, celebrating its 30th anniversary, features pop-up fun facts and trivia about the race and pop culture in 1987. Bobby Allison’s crash in the event, for which Bill Elliott won the pole at the fastest-ever speed recorded in NASCAR at more than 212 mph, ushered in restrictor plates. The race marked Davey Allison’s first career win, which broke Dale Earnhardt Sr.’s four-race win streak.

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 Darrell Waltrip, Jeff Gordon, Larry McReynolds and Michael Waltrip.

MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES

  • Date/Time: Sunday, May 7 (2:00 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 (1:30 PM ET on FOX), hosted by Myers with Michael Waltrip, Gordon and Darrell Waltrip; reporters Little, Neville, Welch and Yocum
    • NASCAR RACEDAY (11:30 AM ET on FS1), hosted by John Roberts with analysts Jeff Hammond and Bobby Labonte; reporters Alan Cavanna and Kenny Wallace
      • Features include a sit-down with Clint Bowyer and longtime spotter/friend Brett Griffin regarding their relationship professionally and personally; a Kenny Wallace “Riding Shotgun” feature with Kyle Larson at Talladega; live interviews include Austin Dillon, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ryan Blaney and Chase Elliott, among others.
  • Post-Race: NASCAR VICTORY LANE (9:00 PM ET on FS1; delayed)

NASCAR XFINITY SERIES

  • Date/Time: Saturday, May 6 (1:00 PM ET)
  • Network: FOX
  • Announcers: Adam Alexander, Michael Waltrip and driver analyst Kevin Harvick
  • Pit reporters: Chris Neville, Vince Welch and Matt Yocum
  • Pre-race: NASCAR RACEDAY-XFINITY (12:30 PM ET on FOX); hosted by Shannon Spake with analysts Michael Waltrip and Larry McReynolds; reporters Kenny Wallace and Chris Neville
  • Hosts: Spake and McReynolds

ARCA RACING SERIES

  • Date/Time: Friday, May 6 (6:00 PM ET)
  • Network: FS1
  • Announcers: Kevin Lee and Phil Parsons
  • Pit reporters: Jim Tretow and Heather DeBeaux

FOX NASCAR QUOTES

On Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s popularity and success at Talladega Superspeedway:
“Talladega is Dale Jr.’s best track. He loves the place. It’s Earnhardt’s house. His father started there with a lot of success, and he has carried that on in recent years. Without a doubt, Dale Jr. will be strong on Sunday and the fans will cheer for him louder than ever before.”
–Michael Waltrip, FOX NASCAR analyst

On Ford’s dominance lately and at Richmond, with six cars finishing in the top 10:
“That was a great run for Richard Petty’s team. We’ve seen steady performance from Aric Almirola and the No. 43 team all season. He’s creeping up on the top five.”
–Michael Waltrip, FOX NASCAR analyst

On Kyle Busch receiving a pit-road commitment box penalty Sunday at Richmond after Joey Logano, the driver in front of him, made his turn onto pit road late, likely blocking the commitment box from Busch’s view:
“This is a change this year and something that is unique. They’re going to have to get used to that. I don’t think there’s as much wrong with what Logano did as some of the drivers understanding they need to have all four tires under the box. If you know that and you got that in the driver’s meeting, you’re going to be way below it. So, I love what Joey Logano did. He kind of pulled him (Busch), suckered him in so he couldn’t see it. I would have loved to have seen those two go at it on the restart, so Logano not having to go up against Kyle Busch – those are two of the best restarters – helped Logano’s chances of winning that race.”
–Jeff Gordon, FOX NASCAR analyst

“We saw a number of times at Richmond where the square was confusing to some of the drivers. It’s not like a cone, where you can more easily see it and know if you’re below it or not.”
–Darrell Waltrip, FOX NASCAR analyst

On the improvement of Roush Fenway Racing in 2017:
“It’s a long way to the end of the regular season at Richmond in September, but the Roush Fenway drivers, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Trevor Bayne, really jump out at me in the point standings right now. That team hasn’t put a driver in the playoffs in the last two years. Go back to 2005 when they put all five teams in the playoffs. They’ve definitely stepped their game up, and they seem more suited for a two-car operation. Obviously, it works well for Team Penske.”
–Larry McReynolds, FOX NASCAR analyst

On the points separation Kyle Larson is creating between himself and the rest of the field:
“They’re performing so well each week in stages 1 and 2 and piling up the points under the new stage format. They’re executing in the stages and overall performance when the checkered flag waves.”
–Larry McReynolds, FOX NASCAR analyst

FOX NASCAR AT TALLADEGA SUPERSPEEDWAY PROGRAMMING SCHEDULE
(All times live/Eastern unless otherwise indicated & subject to change)

Friday, May 5
NASCAR XFINITY SERIES practice (11:30 AM-12:30 PM) (FS1)
NASCAR RACE HUB WEEKEND EDITION (12:30-1:30 PM) (FS1)
NASCAR XFINITY SERIES final practice (1:30-2:30 PM) (FS1)
MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES practice (2:30-3:30 PM) (FS1)
NASCAR RACE HUB WEEKEND EDITION (3:30-4:30 PM) (FS1)
MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES final practice (4:30-5:30 PM) (FS1)
NASCAR RACE HUB WEEKEND EDITION (5:30-6:00 PM) (FS1)
ARCA RACING SERIES Racing (6:00-8:00 PM) (FS1)
NASCAR RACE CLASSIC: 1987 WINSTON 500 (9:00-9:30 PM ET; delayed) (FS1)

Saturday, May 6
NASCAR XFINITY SERIES qualifying (10:30 AM-12:00 PM) (FS1)
NASCAR RACEDAY-XFINITY (12:30-1:00 PM) (FOX)
NASCAR XFINITY SERIES Racing (1:00-3:30 PM) (FOX)
NASCAR XFINITY SERIES POST-RACE SHOW (3:30-4:00 PM) (FOX)
MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES qualifying (4:00-5:30 PM) (FOX)

Sunday, May 7
NASCAR RACEDAY (11:30 AM-1:30 PM) (FS1)
FOX NASCAR SUNDAY (1:30-2:00 PM) (FOX)
MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES Racing (2:00-6:00 PM) (FOX)
NASCAR VICTORY LANE (9:00-9:30 PM) (FS1) (delayed)

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FOX Sports Names Alexis Ginas Senior Vice President, Cross-Platform Solutions

NEW YORK, NY – FOX Sports has named Alexis Ginas to the newly created position of Senior Vice President, Cross-Platform Solutions, effective immediately. The announcement was made today by Jamie Horowitz, President, FOX Sports National Networks, to whom Ginas reports.

In this role, Ginas is responsible for shaping a 360-degree cross-platform approach to monetizing FOX Sports’ live event and studio content across linear and non-linear platforms. The cross-platform group is tasked with identifying the most effective ways to reach, engage, and monetize consumers, while leveraging FOX Sports’ extensive rights and programming portfolio in conjunction with the technology, sales, and production groups.

“We are thrilled to welcome Alexis to our team,” said Horowitz. “Her years of experience in global business development and strategic partnerships, coupled with a deep understanding of today’s increasingly multi-faceted media landscape makes her a perfect fit to lead an innovative cross-platform group at FOX Sports.”

Ginas brings a unique mix of linear, digital, and live event experience to the table, combined with expertise in business development, digital distribution, and content licensing. As consumer consumption patterns shift, she has a proven track record of harnessing a publisher’s footprint and delivering it to marketers at scale.

Most recently, she founded Madison + Valley, where she was an advisor to early stage startups. Prior to that, Ginas spent three years as Head of Global Brand Solutions at Match Group, where she oversaw sales, marketing, and ad revenue operations across 38 properties, including the launch of marketing solutions on Tinder. She also served as Senior Vice President, Global Brand Partnerships at SFX, beginning in 2013, where she built the brand partnership business from the ground up, pre-IPO.

Additional leadership positions include two years as Vice President, Sales at Viggle, and eight years at Viacom where she led digital media sales and ran a corporate business development team across MTV Networks.

Ginas earned her MBA in Finance and BA in Communications from Bentley University.

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FOX Sports Travels to Madrid for UEFA Champions League Semifinals

John Strong and Brad Friedel Call Real Madrid-Atletico Madrid On Site
Rob Stone Anchors Studio Show Alongside Alexi Lalas, Eric Wynalda and Warren Barton

LOS ANGELES, CA – FOX Sports continues its UEFA Champions League coverage on site from Madrid, as reigning European champions Real Madrid battle crosstown rivals Atletico Madrid, and a rising AS Monaco team squares off against Juventus over two-game semifinals, beginning today at 2:00 PM ET on FS1 and FOX Deportes.

Lead play-by-play announcer John Strong and analyst Brad Friedel call the all-Madrid semifinals, as Cristiano Ronaldo’s Real Madrid faces Atletico Madrid for the fourth year in a row in knockout stages, live from Santiago Bernabéu Stadium and Vicente Calderon Stadium on Tuesday, May 2 and Wednesday, May 10, respectively. Eleven-time champion Real Madrid defeated Bayern Munich 6-4 on aggregate to advance to the semifinals, while Atletico Madrid ended Leicester City’s run, 2-1.

On Wednesday, May 3 and Tuesday, May 9, defensive powerhouse Juventus battles rising force AS Monaco beginning at 2:00 PM ET on FS1. Juventus eliminated Lionel Messi’s Barcelona 3-0 on aggregate, while AS Monaco defeated Borussia Dortmund 3-1 to advance in the competition.

Rob Stone anchors studio coverage for all four matches from the FOX broadcast center in Los Angeles alongside studio analysts Alexi Lalas, Eric Wynalda and Warren Barton. FOX Deportes provides studio coverage on May 2 and May 9 with host John Laguna alongside Claudio Suarez, Mariano Trujillo and Alvaro Izquierdo with special reports from Hector Fernandez and Isabel Fomer.

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.

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