Month: June 2017

John Strong and Stu Holden

FIFA Confederations Cup Crowns First-Time Champion Sunday on FS1

Kobe Bryant Exclusive in Postgame Show

LOS ANGELES, CA – Saint Petersburg Stadium will be home to history in the making on Sunday, July 2, crowning a new first-time FIFA Confederations Cup champion on FS1, as Arturo Vidal’s No. 4-ranked Chile battles Leon Goretzka’s No. 3-ranked Germany.

FOX Sports’ coverage begins at 1:00 PM ET with commentary originating from Saint Petersburg, Russia and Los Angeles. Kate Abdo hosts pre and postgame studio coverage from FOX Sports’ set overlooking Saint Petersburg Stadium alongside German legend Lothar Matthäus, coaching icon Guus Hiddink and former U.S. MNT member Eric Wynalda. Lead play-by-play announcer John Strong and former U.S. MNT member Stu Holden call the final live from Saint Petersburg Stadium with Maria Komandnaya reporting from the sidelines.

Rob Stone anchors studio coverage from the FOX broadcast studios in Los Angeles alongside U.S. Hall of Famer Alexi Lalas, Arsenal legend and leading British television pundit Ian Wright, German Arne Friedrich, Emmy-award winning broadcaster Fernando Fiore and Dr. Joe Machnik, providing expert analysis on key referring decisions.

Once the match concludes, postgame coverage features an exclusive one-on-one interview with Los Angeles Lakers legend and soccer enthusiast Kobe Bryant.

FOX Sports concludes tournament coverage with an hour-long episode of FIFA CONFEDERATIONS CUP TONIGHT at 7:30 PM ET on FS1. Fiore recaps the day’s action alongside Lalas, two-time U.S. WMNT Olympic Gold Medalist Aly Wagner, former Mexican National Team member Mariano Trujillo, Wright and Friedrich.

Third-place coverage kicks off Sunday, July 2, at 7:50 AM ET on FS1, as Marco Fabian’s No.17-ranked Mexico squares off against No. 8-ranked Portugal for the second time in the tournament. Jorge Perez Navarro calls the action alongside three-time U.S. World Cup soccer player Cobi Jones with Francisco X. Rivera reporting from Otkrytiye Arena in Moscow.

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FOX Sports’ Award-Winning Audio Team Headlines 2017 MLB All-Star Game Tech Effort with 13 On-Field Microphones

FOX Sports Lab Continues Aggressive Production Tech Initiatives

CHARLOTTE, NC – Having long driven the integration of cutting-edge audio enhancements into live sports telecasts, FOX Sports authors the next chapter of that story with its plans for the 2017 Major League Baseball All-Star Game, Tuesday, July 11 at 7:30 PM ET on FOX. Presenting the 88th Midsummer Classic live from Miami, FOX Sports adds to its award-winning audio arsenal with 13 on-field microphones installed beneath the Marlins Park playing surface, capturing natural sound from definitive moments in the game.

“We experimented with field mics last year in San Diego and got some great results,” said FOX Sports senior audio mixer, Joe Carpenter, a 10-time Sports Emmy winner. “The sounds and grunts you get from guys likes Max Scherzer and Madison Bumgarner as they complete their pitches add so much to the feeling of being there.”

Two of the 13 on-field microphones are located in front of the pitcher’s mound — one positioned for right-handed pitchers and the other for lefties. The remaining 11 spots include one behind the pitcher’s mound, two on either side of the infield, where the dirt meets the outfield grass, and six in the outfield between the infield and the wall.

“I’ve been doing this since 1996, and we are not trying to capture sounds that embarrass anyone, reveal strategies or let the audience eavesdrop on private conversations,” Carpenter said. “We’re simply capturing sounds that are situational to the game … outfielders yelling, ‘I got it!’ or the sound of the shortstop landing with a thud after a diving stop. We want to be able to share those natural game sounds with the FOX Sports audience.”

In addition to the on-field microphones, FOX Sports also has two parabolic mics positioned out of play on either side of the field, and a total of more than 100 All-Star microphones.

The MLB All-Star Game initiatives are the latest effort from FOX Sports Lab, a designed approach to exploring technical partnerships that give viewers a fresh perspective and ad sales teams more targeted sports integrations.

FOX SPORTS MLB ALL-STAR GAME TECH LIST

Staff & Support

  • Over 126 technicians
  • 24 support staff
  • 65+ man-hours over 5 days

Field Support

  • Over 264 strands of fiber
  • 3+ miles of fiber optic cable
  • 3 edit bays
  • 1 Gbps of data connectivity
  • 12 transmission paths

Cameras and Lenses

  • 33 HD game cameras
  • 4 SSMo 6X (360fps)
  • 2 SSMo 16X (960fps)
  • 2 Xmo (2000fps)
  • 2 RF cameras
  • 1 RF stabilized camera (MOVI)
  • 1 RF RC car
  • 2 c360 cameras
  • 1 aerial camera

Audio

  • Submix
  • 12 RF player/announcer/umpire mics
  • 8 RF FX mics
  • 9 RF base mics
  • 78 field microphones
  • 14 RF infield microphones
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UFC Champion Bisping, Former Champion Cruz and Retired Contender Florian Serve as FOX Sports Desk Analysts for THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER FINALE and UFC 213

Stann and Grisham Call THE UTLIMATE FIGHTER FINALE Anik, Rogan and Stann call UFC 213

LOS ANGELES, CA – Today, FOX Sports presents its stellar cast of veteran broadcasters and current and former world champions to call more than 15 hours of exciting live covering next week’s THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER FINALE: JOHNSON VS. GAETHJE and UFC 213: NUNES VS. SHEVCHENKO 2.

Former UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz (@DominickCruz) and retired contender Kenny Florian (@KennyFlorian) serve as analysts on the FOX Sports desk in Las Vegas with veteran combat sports host Karyn Bryant (@KarynBryant) for THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER FINALE: JOHNSON VS. GAETHJE on FS1 on Friday, July 7, while UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping (@Bisping) joins the desk Saturday, July 8 for UFC 213: NUNES VS. SHEVCHENKO 2.

Retired middleweight contender Brian Stann (@BrianStann) joins blow-by-blow announcer Todd Grisham (@GrishamMMA) call THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER FINALE on FS1 live from Las Vegas, while on FOX Deportes, UFC middleweight Kelvin Gastelum (@KelvinGastelum) and Victor Davila (@mastervic10) call the fights in Spanish.

For UFC 213 on Saturday evening, Stann joins Joe Rogan (@JoeRogan) and blow-by-blow announcer Jon Anik (@Jon_Anik) to call the fights, while UFC bantamweight Erik “Goyito” Perez (@Goyito_Perez), Mario Delgado (@mariodelgadorzm) and Victor Davila (@mastervic10) call the Spanish language telecast on FOX Deportes. Reporter Megan Olivi (@MeganOlivi) interviews fighters on-site both nights.

UFC 213’s bantamweight title fight main event is a rematch between champion Nunes and challenger Shevchenko. FOX Sports Florian believes this rematch lives up to the exciting battle that the two had the first time they fought.

“Nunes was dominant early on, then in the third round, it was Shevchenko who was gaining speed and beating up Nunes. It got a lot of people thinking if there was a fourth or fifth round, Shevchenko would have finished her,” said Florian. “Here’s the thing – Nunes is a very different fighter than the first time they fought. She’s confident and she’s very slick with both her grappling and striking, while Shevchenko has also gotten better. I can’t wait for this fight.”

Watch the complete breakdown from last Sunday’s UFC FIGHT NIGHT POSTFIGHT SHOW here.

Coverage of this epic week of UFC events kicks off on FS1 on Wednesday, July 5 (8:00 PM ET) with the weekly news and information show UFC TONIGHT filmed on-location at the Park Theater in Las Vegas. Florian, Bisping and Bryant preview the UFC 213 women’s bantamweight title fight and THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER FINALE, as well as interview headliners of both events including Amanda Nunes, Valentina Shevchenko, Michael Johnson, Justin Gaethje. Fabricio Werdum, Robert Whittaker, Dhiego Lima and Cody Garbrandt. The final episode of Season 25 of THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER: REDEMPTION debuts at 10:00 PM ET, followed by TUF TALK at 11:00 PM ET.

On Thursday, July 6, THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER FINALE WEIGH-IN SHOW is on FS2 at 7:00 PM ET, while UFC 213 WEIGH-IN SHOW on FS2 opens Friday’s coverage at 5:00 PM ET. Action then moves to FS1 with THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER FINALE PREFIGHT SHOW on FS1 at 6:00 PM ET, PRELIMS at 7:00 PM ET, and main card at 9:00 PM ET. The coverage wraps on FS1 with THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER FINALE POSTFIGHT SHOW at 12:00 AM ET.

Saturday’s programming begins at 7:00 PM ET with the FS1 UFC 213 PREFIGHT show. The UFC 213 PRELIMS continue at 8:00 PM ET, and action wraps immediately following the UFC 213 Pay Per View main event with the FS1 UFC 213 POSTFIGHT SHOW (1:00 AM ET).

Leading up to the fights, UFC fighters offer unique, behind-the-scenes clips on FOX Sports PROcast and on the FOX UFC social pages. Follow @UFConFOX on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for all updates throughout the #TUFFinale and #UFC213 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.

FOX SPORTS UFC PROGRAMMING SCHEDULE

DATE TIME (ET) EVENT NET
Wednesday,

July 5

8:00 PM UFC TONIGHT FS1
Wednesday, July 5 10:00 PM THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER: REDEMPTION FS1

 

Wednesday, July 5 11:00 PM TUF TALK FS1

 

Thursday,

July 6

7:00 PM THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER FINALE WEIGH-IN FS2
Friday

July 7

5:00 PM UFC 213 WEIGH-IN FS2
Friday,

July 7

6:00 PM THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER FINALE PREFIGHT SHOW FS1
Friday,

July 7

7:00 PM THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER FINALE PRELIMS FS1 / FOX Deportes
Friday,

July 7

9:00 PM THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER FINALE FS1 / FOX Deportes
Friday,

July 7

12:00 AM THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER FINALE POSTFIGHT SHOW FS1
Saturday,

July 8

7:00 PM FS1 UFC 213 PREFIGHT SHOW FS1
Saturday,

July 8

8:00 PM FS1 UFC 213 PRELIMS FS1 / FOX Deportes
Saturday,

July 8

1:00 AM FS1 UFC 213 POSTFIGHT SHOW FS1
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FOX Sports’ Summer of Soccer Continues with More Than 60 Hours of CONCACAF Gold Cup Coverage

USA Battles Panama on Saturday, July 8, on FOX

LOS ANGELES, CA – FOX Sports’ summer of soccer continues with the 12-team CONCACAF Gold Cup, crowning the regional champion of North America, Central America and the Caribbean, beginning Friday, July 7, across the FOX Sports family of networks.

FOX Sports offers 62 hours of CONCACAF Gold Cup coverage, including live game action and pregame studio coverage from July 7 to July 26 across its portfolio of networks. FS1 is scheduled to carry 18 matches, with five on FS2 and one each on the FOX broadcast network and FXX.

The biennial tournament is comprised of 12 nations (Group A: Honduras, Costa Rica, French Guiana, Canada; Group B: USA, Panama, Martinique, Nicaragua; Group C: Mexico, El Salvador, Curaçao, Jamaica) vying for a potential berth to the 2021 FIFA Confederations Cup.

The U.S. MNT kicks off its CONCACAF Gold Cup campaign against Panama on Saturday, July 8, on the FOX broadcast network at 4:30 PM ET. On Sunday, July 9, reigning champion Mexico squares off against El Salvador at 9:30 PM ET on FS1. French Guiana opens the tournament against Canada on Friday, July 7, at 7:00 PM ET on FS2. Quarterfinal coverage airs Wednesday, July 19 (FS1, 6:00 PM ET and 9:00 PM ET) and Thursday, July 20 (FS1, 6:30 PM ET and 9:30 PM ET), with the semifinals on Saturday, July 22, at 10:00 PM ET and Sunday, July 23, at 9:00 PM ET, on FS1. The championship match is scheduled for Wednesday, July 26, at 9:00 PM ET on FS1. The full schedule can be found here.

Teaming with LiveLike and presenting sponsor Buffalo Wild Wings, FOX Sports produces three live CONCACAF Gold Cup matches in virtual reality beginning with the USA-Panama match on Saturday, July 8, followed by a yet-to-be-determined match either July 22 or 23, and concluding with the Gold Cup championship. And for the first time ever, viewers can watch the matches and converse with up to three Facebook friends inside the virtual suite. For more information, visit FOX Sports Press Pass.

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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Greatest Names in Golf Head to Salem Country Club for 38th U.S. Senior Open Championship on FOX & FS1

NEW YORK, NY – Following a thrilling 117th U.S. Open Championship, today FOX Sports televises the USGA’s next event with full coverage of the 38th U.S. Senior Open Championship. Play-by-play announcer Joe Buck is joined by analysts Paul Azinger and Brad Faxon live from the 18th Tower at historic Salem Country Club in Peabody, Mass., Thursday through Sunday on FS1 and the FOX broadcast network.

With more than 21 hours of action on FS1 and FOX, coverage began Wednesday, June 28 with live practice round coverage from WEDNESDAY AT THE U.S. SENIOR OPEN. Watch highlighted interviews from the show here:

Live championship coverage begins Thursday, June 29, from 2:00 to 7:00 PM ET on FS1 and continues Friday, June 30, on FS1 in the same window. The third and final rounds air on the FOX broadcast network on Saturday and Sunday, July 1- 2, from 1:00 to 6:00 PM ET.

On the course, reporting duties are performed by Shane Bacon, two-time U.S. Women’s Open champion Juli Inkster and two-time U.S. Open champion Curtis Strange. Holly Sonders conducts interviews and former USGA Executive Director David Fay is on hand for rules analysis.

The full U.S. Senior Open television schedule follows:

Date Program Time Network
June 29 First Round 2:00-7:00 PM FS1
June 30 Second Round 2:00-7:00 PM FS1
July 1 Third Round 1:00-6:00 PM FOX
July 2 Final Round 1:00-6:00 PM FOX

FOX Sports GO live streams all U.S. Senior Open coverage provided by FS1 and FOX, and offers an alternate featured groups stream created specifically for the event. In addition, bonus coverage streams on exclusively on usga.org from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET on Thursday and Friday.

Tyron Woodley

UFC TONIGHT Quotes – Woodley on Fighting Maia at UFC 214

Florian on BJ Penn’s next move: “It’s never easy to retire. For BJ, I can relate. But he’s got to find his identity outside of the Octagon.”

LOS ANGELES, CA – UFC TONIGHT was hosted by Kenny Florian and guest host Tyron Woodley, with Karyn Bryant adding reports.

UFC TONIGHT guest host Tyron Woodley on defending his title against Demian Maia at UFC 214: “I’ll be taking on backpack, backpack. Demian Maia and I will be fighting on July 29. I’ve been training. He’s coming for the belt and guess what, I’m not giving it up easy. I’ve been training, cutting those ankles, so I can lift that head up. I know he’s going to go for the legs and will try to put me down and work his jiu-jitsu game. I’ll be very prepared. I’m excited to defend my belt.”

VIDEO: BREAKING: Tyron Woodley confirms that he’ll defend his welterweight title vs. Demian Maia at #UFC214! Details here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R6TWaEJDYhM

UFC TONIGHT host Kenny Florian on Kevin Lee’s defeat of Michael Chiesa: “Kevin really impressed me with his wrestling. He took down Chiesa and controlled him well. Chiesa is a tough guy to take down. He looked very sharp. He maintained his composure and got the win.”

Florian on who he’d like to see Lee fight next: “Dustin Poirier should be next for Kevin Lee. I’d like him to move a little slower up the rankings. Poirier has a lot of experience and is good all over. If he beats that guy, it’ll set him up for a guy in the top five.”

Woodley on who Lee should fight next: “I commend him for what he’s trying to do to fight Tony Ferguson. To be the best you have to fight the best. I like the fight against Tony. We saw the interview. How they went back and forth. I’d like to see that.”

VIDEO: Kevin Lee’s now the No. 7 lightweight in the world. Who should he fight next? We’ve got some options…
https://twitter.com/UFCONFOX/status/880208640539467776

Florian on Lee and Ferguson’s interview: “For a 24 year old, I thought Kevin handled himself very well. He’s got skills in the Octagon but he’s got skills on the mic, as well. He was talking about how people underestimate how smart he is. I think he proved he’s a smart cat.”

Florian on BJ Penn’s next move: “It’s never easy to retire. For BJ, I can relate to it. When I retired, it was difficult. But he’s got to find his identity outside of the Octagon. It’s not always an easy thing. For BJ, he wants greatness, and I don’t know if his body can perform at that level.”

Woodley on Johny Hendricks’ current skid: “This is a tough division. He’s been in a lot of really close fights. The level of competition is high. This is not the Johny we remember. Something is going on with him internally, maybe it’s the camp, losing the restaurant, or something else that’s carrying over to the Octagon.”

Florian on Francis Ngannou fighting Junior Dos Santos: “I think it’s a good matchup for Francis is a striker. We haven’t seen him against a high level wrestler yet. This is a fight that’s going to deliver. You go out there and beat JDS and you show you are for real.”

Woodley on Conor McGregor’s sparing partners preparing for Floyd Mayweather: “If I was him and his coaches, I’d have him sparring three – four times a week. Drilling and technique. One person in front of you throwing combinations, where you’re just defending and getting the muscle repetition.”

Florian on what McGregor needs to prepare for: “Conor started as an amateur boxer originally. It’ll come down to him finding that pacing for three-minute rounds. Being able to go 12 rounds is important for him.”

Woodley on what would be a moral victory for McGregor against Floyd: “If McGregor can capture 2-3 or 4 rounds and last for 12 rounds, in my mind he won.”

Florian on what would be a moral victory for McGregor against Floyd: “Winning a few rounds would be a big statement. Hurting Floyd would be big for him too. But Conor won’t settle for just winning a few rounds. He believes he’s going to beat Floyd.”

Woodley on the fight he’s most excited for in the next quarter: “I’ll say Cormier vs. Jones 2 – this is one of the strongest rivalries we’ve ever seen in the UFC. I think they’re both motivated for this. Jones is motivated by emotion. Cormier, this is his next chapter, to beat the only one who’s ever beaten him. He’s so mentally tough.”

Florian on the Cormier vs. Jones rivalry: “Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones, these are two of the best fighters I’ve ever seen. These guys don’t like each other. Their first fight was awesome and this will be even better. They’ll bring out the best in each other. Cormier, this is all he thinks about. He doesn’t like to lose. Jones is the only one guy who’s beaten him. They really bring out the best in each other.”

VIDEO: What type of boxing camp should Conor McGregor put together vs. Floyd Mayweather? Tyron and Kenny lay out plans.
https://twitter.com/UFCONFOX/status/880213489590992896

VIDEO: Robbie Lawler’s opponent Donald Cerrone off UFC 213 card after blood infection
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IuVBRGI2Jq8

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BIG3 Nets a Ratings Slam Dunk in FS1 Debut

Premiere of Ice Cube’s Professional 3-on-3 League Ranks Among FS1’s Top 10 All-Time Basketball Telecasts

NEW YORK, NY – In the viewership equivalent of draining a 4-point shot, Monday night’s debut of BIG3, a professional 3-on-3 basketball league co-founded by Ice Cube and Jeff Kwatinetz, attracted 398,000 viewers on FS1, placing it among the channel’s top 10 all-time basketball telecasts.

Week 1 featured a thrilling slate of games that saw Allen Iverson win his coaching debut with 3s Company, Rashard Lewis go off for 27 points in the 3-Headed Monsters’ come-from-behind win, and DeShawn Stevenson clinch victory for the Power with a game-winner from long range, all in front of a crowd of more than 15,000 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. Following its impressive debut, the 3-on-3 league heads to Charlotte, not far from where Trilogy’s Rashad McCants helped North Carolina to an NCAA title in 2005.

Monday’s BIG3 telecast was a smash hit with younger audiences, drawing 250,000 viewers in the Adults 18-49 demographic, FS1’s second most-watched basketball game in the demo, with a median age of 38.4.

The BIG3’s FS1 debut posted huge gains for the channel year-over-year, resulting in a +310% increase in average Monday night viewership from 8:00-11:00 PM ET from July 2016 (vs. 97,000), and a massive +594% increase in the demo during that time period (vs. 36,000).

Among the local markets, the site of this weekend’s upcoming BIG3 event performed at a high level, with Raleigh-Durham recording the second-highest rating, and Charlotte coming in at No. 9. Richmond led all local markets, while New York, site of Week 1’s exciting opener, was tied for 12th.

BIG3 also performed well among online viewers, with an average minute audience of 5,013 on FOX Sports GO.

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FOX Sports Loads Bases for 2017 MLB All-Star Game

NEW YORK, NY – Since broadcasting its first Major League Baseball All-Star Game in 1997, FOX Sports has brought memorable moments from some of the sport’s biggest stars into the homes of baseball fans across America. This year, FOX Sports steps to the plate to broadcast its 19th Mid-Summer Classic with support from FS1, FOX Sports Regional Networks, FOX Deportes, FOXSports.com, FOX Sports GO and FOX Sports Radio to highlight and showcase Major League Baseball’s best.

Superstars from the American and National Leagues face off in the 2017 All-Star Game from Marlins Park in Miami, Fla., on Tuesday, July 11, with pregame coverage beginning at 7:30 PM ET on the FOX broadcast network.

Hall of Famer and eight-time All-Star John Smoltz, who makes his second start as FOX Sports’ All-Star Game analyst, is joined in the broadcast booth by seven-time Emmy Award-winning play-by-play announcer Joe Buck, who calls his record 19th All-Star Game. In addition to Buck and Smoltz, two-time Emmy Award-winning FOX MLB Insider Ken Rosenthal and two-time Emmy Award-winning broadcaster Tom Verducci report throughout the game from the dugouts.

Coverage of the MLB All-Star Game begins Monday, July 10, at 12:00 PM ET on FS1 with a special edition of THE HERD hosted by Colin Cowherd with co-host Kristine Leahy live from Marlins Park. Immediately following, FS1 presents a two-hour MLB ALL-STAR PREVIEW SHOW, recapping the first half of the season and highlighting its biggest moments. The preview special features studio host Kevin Burkhardt who is joined by World Series Champion and three-time American League Most Valuable Player Alex Rodriguez and Hall of Famer and five-time All-Star Frank Thomas.

THE HERD returns to Marlins Park on Tuesday, July 11 (12:00 PM ET) to set the stage for the summer’s greatest night in sports before pregame coverage begins on the FOX broadcast network at 7:30 PM ET. Burkhardt, Verducci, Rodriguez and Thomas offer previews and analysis in advance of the night’s pregame ceremonies and first pitch live from FOX Sports’ set in center field.

Pete Macheska produces the 2017 MLB All-Star Game on FOX, and Matt Gangl directs. Pregame coverage is produced by Bardia Shah-Rais and Jonathan Kaplan and directed by David Faller. Judy Boyd is Senior Vice President, FOX Sports Productions. Kent Camera is Senior Vice President, FOX Sports Productions. John Entz is President, FOX Sports Production & Executive Producer. Eric Shanks is President, COO and Executive Producer, FOX Sports.

Additional FOX Sports Multi-Platform Coverage:

FOX Sports GO
FOX Sports GO, which is available to more than 90 million pay-TV customers, features two separate live streams of this year’s All-Star Game: the FOX Sports telecast in English and the FOX Deportes telecast in Spanish. 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.

FOX Deportes
FOX Deportes’ MLB All-Star game presentation begins Tuesday, July 11, with a special one-hour pregame show at 7:00 PM ET leading into the game telecast at 8:00 PM ET.

FOX Sports Florida
Beginning Tuesday, July 4, FOX Sports Florida presents 240 hours of Marlins programming over the course of 10 days. The network celebrates Marlins baseball, including 1997 and 2003 World Series replays, replays of the 2017 MLB All-Star Game, a simulcast of FS1’s All-Star Preview show and two original All-Star specials.

  • One Heartbeat: The Story of the ’97 World Series Champions
    The 1997 Florida Marlins seemingly came out of nowhere to bring South Florida its first professional sports championship in over two decades. Four years after the team’s inaugural season, a group of young players (many of whom would go on to be All-Stars), savvy veterans, and tough pitchers came together to put together a storybook run that ended with the Fish hoisting the World Series Trophy following an epic Game 7 victory. FOX Sports Florida traveled across the country and internationally to interview players for this special 30-minute documentary.
  • The Jeff Conine Show
    His nickname, “Mr. Marlin,” says it all. This hour-long special shines a spotlight on the two-time Marlins All-Star and two-time Marlins World Series Champion. Viewers will get a firsthand look at Conine’s career and his path that ended in Marlins teal.

Throughout All-Star week, FOX Sports Florida incorporates live and prerecorded “All-Star Minutes” within live and taped programming. These cut-ins featuring MLB All-Star festivities will come from the FOX Sports studio in Fort Lauderdale, Marlins Park in Little Havana, and multiple locations throughout Miami. Additionally, FOX Sports Florida televises unique short-form “Marlins Moments” throughout the week featuring some of the best moments in franchise history.

FOX Sports Social/Digital
On-site coverage from the FOX Sports social team and FOX Sports’ digital arm begins Monday, July 10 with an interactive Facebook LIVE/Periscope simulstream, ‘Ask Ken,’ featuring lead sideline reporter Ken Rosenthal. Exclusive livestream access continues on Tuesday, July 11 at 6:30 PM ET, as Kevin Burkhardt hosts a digital-only pregame show alongside analysts Alex Rodriguez, Frank Thomas, Ken Rosenthal and Tom Verducci that will stream live on Facebook and Periscope.

Joe Buck and John Smoltz host an in-game Facebook LIVE session from the booth at Marlins Park, where the dynamic pair will breakdown all of the action.

Highlights from the game will be available across all FOX Sports digital platforms and MLB on FOX social platforms.

FOX Sports Radio
Broadcasting across a network of more than 400 stations in the United States, FOX Sports Radio (FSR) offers live coverage of the MLB All-Star Game festivities in Miami on Monday, July 10 and Tuesday, July 11. THE HERD WITH COLIN COWHERD (12:00 – 3:00 PM ET) provides comprehensive, on-location coverage of the 88th annual event, including interviews with players, Hall of Famers and special guests, as well as listener interaction and commentary from baseball insiders and experts. Fans can also listen to Cowherd and his co-host Kristine Leahy live on THE HERD channel on iHeartRadio, on the FOX Sports Radio channel on iHeartRadio and through FOXSportsRadio.com.

FOX Sports Loads Bases for 2017 MLB All-Star Game (201 kB, last updated June 2017)
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FOX Sports Unveils Social Virtual Reality with Three Matches at CONCACAF Gold Cup

FOX Sports VR App Allows Group Viewing Similar to Multiplayer Video Games
Buffalo Wild Wings Sponsors ‘Virtual Suite’ Experience

CHARLOTTE, NC – Today, FOX Sports announces the worldwide debut of Social Virtual Reality, taking VR to a new level by connecting viewers experiencing select matches of the CONCACAF Gold Cup, the biennial international men’s soccer championship of the North, Central and Caribbean regions. Through its free FOX SPORTS VR app, viewers will have the ability to recognize each other’s avatars and communicate with one another throughout the experience.

Once again teaming with LiveLike, and presenting sponsor Buffalo Wild Wings, FOX Sports is producing three live CONCACAF Gold Cup matches in virtual reality, beginning Saturday, July 8 with the USA-Panama match (4:30 PM ET, FOX), followed by a TBD match either July 22 or 23, and concluding with the Gold Cup championship on Wednesday, July 26 (9:30 PM ET, FS1).

“We are thrilled to partner with CONCACAF and Buffalo Wild Wings in one of the most important soccer events of the year,” said Michael Davies, FOX Sports SVP Field & Technical Operations. “The massive feature set of this application keeps growing, and we think that social is a wildly important and seminal moment in the ongoing evolution of the technology.”

Through its “virtual suite,” the FOX SPORTS VR app will offer:

  • Multiple live-event, high-resolution camera angles w/ the ability to choose between views or sit back and simply select a director’s cut that automatically selects the best camera angle for live game action
  • Multiple pre-produced, all-access, 360-degree features
  • Ability to go back in time to relive moments within the application

When entering the experience, users will be able to select a “Social” tab and a “Join Friends” button that connects the user to Facebook upon authorization. At that point, friends who have done the same will pop up on your friends list, creating the opportunity to view the experience in a social environment. Additionally, the experience can automatically select a viewing partner at random, with viewers having the ability to seamlessly switch Social VR “on” or “off.”

The FOX SPORTS VR app can be enjoyed without any special VR equipment through the mobile specific interactive, 360-degree viewing experience built specifically for smartphone viewing, or with a Gear VR or cardboard headset. Fans can access this FOX Sports VR “virtual suite” by downloading and installing the free FOX SPORTS VR app and signing in with their television provider credentials.

The social virtual reality initiative is the latest effort from FOX Sports Lab, a designed approach to exploring technical partnerships that give viewers a fresh perspective and ad sales teams more targeted sports integrations.

Over the last 18 months, FOX Sports has offered more than a dozen major events in VR, including Super Bowl LI, the 2016 & 2017 Big East Men’s Basketball Tournaments, the 2017 UEFA Champions League Final, the 2016 U.S. Open Championship, the 2016 MLS Cup, the 2016 Bundesliga season opener, the 2016 Daytona 500, the 2016 Big Ten Football Championship and a PBC heavyweight title fight.

Rob Stone, Warren Barton, Eric Wynalda and Brad Friedel Debate UEFA Champions League

FOX Sports Teams with Facebook for 2017-18 UEFA Champions League Season

LOS ANGELES, CA – Today, FOX Sports announces it has partnered with Facebook to stream UEFA Champions League matches via Facebook Live during the 2017-18 season.

Under the terms of the deal, FOX Sports will stream UEFA Champions League matches in the United States on the FOX Sports Facebook Page, and in Spanish on the FOX Deportes Facebook Page, beginning in September during group stage competition.

“Facebook is a social media powerhouse and a great partner to help us grow soccer in the United States,” said David Nathanson, Head of Business Operations, FOX Sports. “As people spend more and more time on mobile devices and social networks, offering matches on this platform is a natural extension. This year’s UEFA Champions League final saw 34 million people have 98 million interactions on Facebook, so we are thrilled to be able to offer top-notch content to their immense soccer community.”

The partnership is a first of its kind and includes two live matches per match day in the group stage, four round of 16 matches and four quarterfinal matches. All matches on Facebook will also be available on FOX Sports GO. Half of these matches will be exhibited in English, while the other half will be exhibited in Spanish.

“The UEFA Champions League is one of the biggest football tournaments in the world, so we’re thrilled to partner with FOX Sports to deliver live matches to fans on Facebook in the U.S. next season,” said Dan Reed, Head of Global Sports Partnerships, Facebook. “This collaboration unlocks new distribution for FOX, giving the network a national platform for matches that won’t always be televised. And with different matches broadcast in English and Spanish on Facebook, our community of fans will have plenty of action to cheer on and chat about once the group stage kicks off in September.”