Month: June 2017

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FOX Sports’ Presentation of 117th U.S. Open Championship Scores More Than 26 Million Viewers

Championship Averaged 2.7 Million Television Viewers, +10% Increase Over 2016
Koepka’s Win Scores Record-Breaking Numbers on FOX Sports GO

MILWAUKEE, WI – Following four days of riveting play from a competitive field at Erin Hills, Brooks Koepka clinched his first career major at the 72nd hole of the 117th U.S. Open Championship in an event that proved to be a viewership win for FOX Sports. Presenting its third U.S. Open, FOX Sports welcomed a total of 26.5 million viewers for all or part of the four-day event between its telecasts, according to Nielsen Media Research.

Across all four rounds, FOX Sports’ complete U.S. Open presentation averaged 2.686 million viewers across coverage on the FOX broadcast network and FS1, a +10% increase over last year’s average of 2.434 million viewers.

Sunday’s final round coverage averaged 5.1 million viewers and peaked at 8.3 million viewers from 7:45-8:00 PM ET on FOX, as Koepka established a commanding lead in the final holes of the nation’s premier golf championship. The concluding round of the U.S. Open powered FOX to an easy win across all networks as the highest-rated and most-watched event of the weekend, and the 3.1/9 HH rating/share ranks as the FOX broadcast network’s highest-rated event for the summer season to-date.

Digitally, FOX Sports’ live stream of the U.S. Open on FOX Sports GO accounted for 48.7 million minutes streamed across the four rounds of the championship, with an average minute audience of 25,210, a +77% increase over last year (vs. 14,235).

In addition, Sunday’s final round is the highest-performing golf event in FOX Sports GO history, notching 18.2 million minutes streamed and an average minute audience of 30,321, a +135% increase over last year (vs. 12,879).

The 117th U.S. Open Championship was contested at Erin Hills, just outside Milwaukee, and the local market led the way with a 10.3/26 for the championship’s final round. The 2017 champion Koepka’s home market of West Palm Beach followed next with a 5.7/12. The top five markets were rounded out by Dayton (5.5/11), Fort Myers (5.4/11) and Oklahoma City (5.3/11), home to Rickie Fowler, who led following the first round and remained in contention for his first major win throughout the weekend.

FOX Sports’ coverage of the 2017 USGA Championship Season continues with the 38th Senior Open Championship at Salem Country Club in Peabody, Mass. Live championship coverage begins Thursday and Friday, June 29 and 30 from 2:00 to 7:00 PM ET on FS1, moving to the FOX broadcast network for the third and final rounds on Saturday and Sunday, July 1 and 2, from 1:00 to 6:00 PM ET.

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UFC Lightweight Contender Tony Ferguson Makes Analyst Debut with Welterweight Champion Tyron Woodley and Retired Contender Kenny Florian for FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT: CHIESA VS. LEE

Jon Anik and Dominick Cruz Call Fights from Oklahoma City

LOS ANGELES, CA – No. 2-ranked UFC lightweight Tony Ferguson (@TonyFergusonXT) joins welterweight champion Tyron Woodley (@TWooodley) and retired contender Kenny Florian (@KennyFlorian) as analysts on the FOX Sports desk with host Karyn Bryant (@KarynBryant) for FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT: CHIESA VS. LEE on Sunday, June 25.

Former bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz (@DominickCruz) joins blow-by-blow announcer Jon Anik (@Jon_Anik) to call the fights live from Oklahoma City, while reporter Laura Sanko (@laura_sanko) interviews fighters on-site. UFC bantamweight Erik “Goyito” Perez (@Goyito_Perez) and Victor Davila (@mastervic10) call the Spanish language telecast on FOX Deportes.

Top lightweights No. 7-ranked Michael Chiesa (14-2) and No. 12 Kevin Lee (15-2) headline FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT: CHIESA VS. LEE. Chiesa comes into the fight riding a three-fight winning streak. Owner of 10 submission victories – five in under three minutes – he is primed to make a run to the top of the 155-pound division and his quest starts with Lee. At just 24 years old, Lee may be one of the stars of the future in the lightweight division, but he already has 10 UFC appearances, riding a four-fight win streak and finishing his last three fights.

The three-hour main card begins Sunday on FS1 and FOX Deportes at 9:00 PM ET and features five more exciting fights. Middleweight veteran Tim Boetsch (20-11) fights former welterweight champion Johny Hendricks (18-6), while No. 13-ranked strawweight Felice Herrig (12-6) and Justine Kish (6-0) square off. Light heavyweights Joachim Christensen (14-5) and Azamat Murzakanov (7-0) go to battle. Welterweight Tim Means (26-8-1, 1NC) fights Alex Garcia (14-3), while UFC Hall of Famer BJ Penn (16-11-2) and Dennis Siver (22-11, 1NC) open the main card with a featherweight bout.

The two-hour UFC FIGHT NIGHT PRELIMS are on FS2 and FOX Deportes at 7:00 PM ET, with four bouts. Lightweights Clay Guida (32-14) and Erik Koch (15-4) collide. Vitor Miranda (13-5) takes on Marvin Vettori (11-3) at 185 pounds, while No. 8 Carla Esparza (12-4) fights No. 10 Maryna Moroz (8-1) in a strawweight tilt. Devin Powell (8-1) and Darrell Horcher (12-2) open the PRELIMS with a lightweight bout.

Saturday’s coverage begins on FS2 at 6:00 PM ET with the FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT PREFIGHT SHOW, hosted by Bryant with Woodley, Florian, Ferguson and reporter Sanko. 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, June 24 (7:00 PM ET) on FS2 with the same studio crew.

On Wednesday at 8:00 PM ET on FS1, UFC TONIGHT’s Florian and Woodley preview Sunday’s FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT and interview headliners Chiesa and Lee.

Both Chiesa and Herrig 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,” hosts Damon Martin and RJ Clifford preview the fight card and interview Chiesa and Hendricks about their upcoming 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 #UFCOKC 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,

June 21

8:00 PM UFC TONIGHT FS1
Saturday,

June 24

7:00 PM FS1 UFC WEIGH-IN SHOW FS2
Sunday,

June 25

6:00 PM FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT PREFIGHT SHOW FS2
Sunday,

June 25

7:00 PM FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT PRELIMS FS2 / FOX Deportes
Sunday,

June 25

9:00 PM FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT: CHIESA VS. LEE FS1 / FOX Deportes
Sunday,

June 25

12:00 AM FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT POSTFIGHT SHOW FS1

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

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Ice Cube Drops BIG3 Music Video Today on SKIP AND SHANNON: UNDISPUTED

Watch: WELCOME TO THE BIG3

NEW YORK, NY – Hip-hop artist and BIG3 founder Ice Cube is so amped about the BIG3’s inaugural tip-off, that he was inspired to write a new song promoting the one-of-a-kind league. He dropped the track and music video during an appearance this morning on SKIP AND SHANNON: UNDISPUTED.

Ice Cube and 11-time NBA-All Star Allen Iverson will appear in “ICE CUBE AND THE ANSWER: THE MAKING OF THE BIG3” Thursday, June 22 at 7:00 PM ET on FS1, just four days before the BIG3 makes its cable network debut on Monday, June 26 at 8:00 PM ET.

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117th U.S. Open Championship on FOX Features – Sunday, June 18, 2017

FOX Sports’ exclusive presentation of the 117th U.S. Open Championship continues today with final round coverage on the FOX broadcast network.

Throughout the championship, FOX Sports has showcased the behind-the-scenes stories of the U.S. Open, the course and the local community:

U.S. Open Features

Ken Brown’s #BrowniePoints

Neil deGrasse Tyson and the Science of Golf

Visit FOXSports.com for more FOX USGA videos.

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117th U.S. OPEN on FOX Highlights – Friday, June 16

NEW YORK, NY – Today’s live coverage of the 2017 U.S. Open began at 11:00 AM ET on FS1 and shifts to the FOX broadcast network at 6:00 PM ET, live from Erin Hills in Wisconsin.

Today’s Top Video:

Today’s Top Quotes:

Curtis Strange says that, up until The Masters, Dustin Johnson was Tiger-esque:
“I think he’s an incredible talent. In the today’s time, he’s the best driver of the golf ball because of his length, and he’s pretty good accuracy-wise. He’s not the best driver of all-time – that was Jack Nicklaus – but he’s a good iron player. He flights the ball well. He has an underrated short game. I have to tell you, up until The Masters, he was Tiger-esque, and he hasn’t been of late – meaning that he could dominate because he’s that good. He’s an incredibly gifted athlete, and we’re seeing better athletes come to this game.”

Strange says that after a strong start, it could be Rickie Fowler’s time:
“Rounds like yesterday win championships. So now that he has the lead, he has to play smart, solid golf. It is a tough golf course out there…The wind is going to blow, it will rain some, conditions were ideal yesterday. He went out early – there was plenty of moisture in the grass and a lack of wind. The scores were about what I thought with no wind.

“For Rickie, it could very well be his time …He’s playing well and momentum is on his side. He just has to continue to do what he is doing.”

Strange says Fowler’s confidence is key to his career:
“I get all of the stats, but stats sometimes are misleading. He’s still a young man. He still could win many, many tournaments and majors. His game is not going to change in the future – his confidence will. And we all know what confidence and a little bit of belief in yourself can do. I think he’s in a wonderful position to do well…It would be a very popular win.”

Darren Clarke is impressed with how Paul Casey is rising up the leaderboard:
“He made that triple bogey, then followed it on 14 and followed it with a bogey on 15, and he’s bounced back. He has gone five birdies in a row, had a chance to join the record of six and just missed it. It shows a lot of mettle and steel, and what’s required for a U.S Open. You’ve got to fight – not everything is going to come your way. A U.S Open is going to make you want to fight.”

According to Strange, times have changed when it comes to personal support at the majors:
“When I went to a major, I didn’t want my agent there, but they are all here now. I didn’t have a swing guru…Sometimes I didn’t want my wife there because you get into your own little bubble and you focus unlike anything you have ever done, like any other week throughout the year.”

Teeing Off This Weekend:

Live coverage continues tomorrow, Saturday, June 17, and Sunday, June 18, on the FOX broadcast network at 11:00 AM ET.

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117th U.S. OPEN on FOX Highlights – Thursday, June 15

NEW YORK, NY – FOX Sports’ exclusive presentation of the 117th U.S. Open includes special editions of FS1’s SKIP & SHANNON: UNDISPUTED AT THE U.S. OPEN and FOX Business Channel’s MORNINGS WITH MARIA live from Erin Hills.

Today’s live coverage of the 117th U.S. Open began at 11:00 AM ET on FS1 and shifts to the FOX broadcast network at 6:00 PM ET.

Today’s Top Video Highlights:

Today’s Top Quotes:

Paul Azinger says Dustin Johnson as the only golfer left who can intimidate:
“The sky is unlimited for that guy. He leads the tour in distance; he leads the tour in greens in regulation. He’s the No. 1 player in the world. He is the most confident player since he won the U.S. Open. He’s won five times and he’s got nine top-threes. I think he’s probably the most confident player here.

“He can overpower the place, and he’s the only guy on the field who could intimidate a little bit. Gone are the days when guys could intimidate other players. Social media has changed that, I feel.”

Azinger thinks watching his peers win majors has helped Rickie Fowler:
“Rickie can definitely win any week, anywhere. He’s not afraid of anybody…Rickie Fowler has seen a lot of his friends win majors – he plays with those guys all the time. When you see guys that you play with all the time – that you know you can beat – winning majors, it has a positive effect on you and not a negative effect. It makes you realize, and have the self-belief, ‘I can do that.’ It’s a matter of dealing with it and getting it done.

“The key for Rickie is to not get out in front of himself, to just stay in the moment. That’s the key for all of us. He knows he’s capable of doing it, He’s underachieved, in my opinion, because he’s such a great putter and has such a great short game and drives it great.”

Faxon believes Erin Hills will live up to the U.S. Open’s “Ultimate Test” reputation:
“Every U.S. Open is supposed to be the ultimate test or the most difficult course these players will challenge, physically and mentally. This one, physically, is a nine-mile walk to go around the loop. Most courses are six.

“This course is unknown, virtually.…everybody is going to have something happen to them this week, whether it is a ball that goes in the rough that they can’t find, or can’t get out of, or one of those bunkers with slippery slopes where balls are going to get wedged in a spot you can’t even stand in—but we don’t know, we don’t have history here.”

Teeing Off Tomorrow:

FS1 original daily studio show SKIP & SHANNON: UNDISPUTED is live from the U.S. Open tomorrow from 9:00 – 11:00 AM ET. FOX golf analyst Curtis Strange joins tomorrow’s show.

FOX Business Network’s MORNINGS WITH MARIA (6:00-9:00 AM ET) and CLOSING BELL WITH LIZ CLAMAN (3:00-4:00 PM ET) are also on-site at Erin Hills.

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FOX Sports Scores Arsenal and Crystal Palace Legend Ian Wright for FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017

Now-Leading British TV Pundit Wright Makes FOX Sports Debut Saturday

LOS ANGELES, CA – Ian Wright, Arsenal and Crystal Palace legend and now-leading British television football pundit, joins FOX Sports as a studio analyst for the FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017, televised June 17 through July 2 across the FOX Sports family of networks. The announcement was made today by David Neal, Vice President of Production and FIFA World Cup Executive Producer, FOX Sports.

“We are delighted to add renowned soccer star Ian Wright to our world-class FIFA Confederations Cup roster,” said Neal. “An expert on the field and in television, Ian brings unrivalled experience to the role for our first presentation of this prestigious tournament.”

Wright makes his FOX Sports debut as a studio analyst for the FIFA Confederations Cup on Saturday, June 17. He joins an all-star roster of recent FOX Sports signings that includes German legend Lothar Matthaus and coaching icon Guus Hiddink.

Wright will be based in the Los Angeles studio with former U.S. Hall of Famer Alexi Lalas, German Arne Friedrich, two-time U.S. WNT Olympic Gold winner Aly Wagner, former Mexican National Team member Mariano Trujillo, Emmy-award winning broadcaster Fernando Fiore and host Rob Stone.

“I can’t wait to work with the FOX Sports team,” said Wright. “It will be a first for me, working on American television, but everyone has already made me feel really welcomed. It’s a great bunch, and I’m sure it will be a fantastic tournament.”

Wright signed his first contract in 1985 at the age of 21 with Crystal Palace. He went on to play for Arsenal in 1991 and made his international debut with England against Cameroon that same year. Wright enjoyed an illustrious career with Arsenal, scoring 185 goals, winning a Golden Boot his first season, and earning the title of top scorer for the club six seasons in a row. He was instrumental in Arsenal earning multiple titles including two FA Cups, a League Cup, European Cup Winners Cup and Premier League title. Following his time at Arsenal, Wright joined West Ham United, Nottingham Forest, Celtic and Burnley before retiring in 2000.

Wright currently serves as a lead pundit for BT Sport in the United Kingdom. He launched his television career on London Weekend Television’s FRIDAY NIGHT’S ALL WRIGHT and hosted multiple shows for the network including GUINESS WORLD RECORDS, THIS IS MY MOMENT and HIDDEN TALENTS OF THE RICH AND FAMOUS before transitioning to the BBC. At BBC, Wright hosted FRIENDS LIKE THESE and developed RIGHT HERE WRIGHT NOW, and appeared on INTERNATIONAL MATCH OF THE DAY.

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FOX Sports Adds Holiday Bowl to Action-Packed College Football Schedule

2017 San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl is First-Ever College Football Bowl Game on FS1

NEW YORK, NY – FOX Sports adds the San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl to its loaded college football lineup for 2017. Coverage of the game begins Thursday, Dec. 28, at 8:30 PM ET, followed by kickoff at 9:00 PM ET on FS1 and in Spanish on FOX Deportes, marking FS1’s first ever college football bowl game. Today’s announcement was made by FOX Sports and the San Diego Bowl Game Association.

“We are so proud and excited to announce this new partnership, and grateful to the team at FOX Sports for their enthusiasm and support of the San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl,” said Executive Director Mark Neville. “FOX Sports is the ideal platform for our bowl game, and will most certainly be the television home to many memorable games and down-to-the-wire finishes. As we prepare for our 40th anniversary game this December, and thanks to FOX Sports, we can look forward to a very bright future.”

The San Diego County Credit Union features top teams from the Big Ten and Pac-12 conferences and is played at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego. The Holiday Bowl has been played annually in San Diego since its inception in 1978 and celebrates its 40th game this December.

“We are thrilled to add the San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl to what already is our best-ever college football schedule,” said Larry Jones, Executive Vice President, Business Operations. “The Holiday Bowl is annually one of the most entertaining games of the season, and we look forward to once again having the opportunity to showcase two of the top teams from two of the nation’s premier conferences.”

The Holiday Bowl is FOX Sports’ second bowl game of the 2017 postseason, joining the Foster Farms Bowl, which was added to the FOX Sports lineup in 2016. Coverage of the 2017 Foster Farms Bowl begins at 8:00 PM ET on Wednesday, Dec. 27, on the FOX broadcast network and in Spanish on FOX Deportes.

During the 2017 season, FOX Sports televises top games from the Big 12, Big Ten and Pac-12 conferences. FOX Sports is home to some of the most anticipated matchups of the season, including Ohio State at Michigan, Oklahoma State at Oklahoma in the annual Bedlam rivalry, and Texas at USC in the first rematch of the 2006 BCS National Championship Game.

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UFC TONIGHT Quotes – FOX Sports UFC Analysts React to Mayweather vs. McGregor

Florian on McGregor’s edge over Mayweather: “Conor doesn’t move like a boxer. Boxers are used to fighting boxers.”
Woodley: “I’m excited to watch it from an entertainment standpoint, a competitive standpoint and for a legacy standpoint.”
Tate: “Clearly Floyd is the better boxer, but what no one is taking into account is just how good Conor is at the mental game.”
Evans: “Mayweather is arguably the greatest boxer of all time going against McGregor, who has such a strong belief in himself that it seems he manifests his victories as if he has some sort of magical power.”
Melendez: “This is a huge day for combat sports. For the first time ever a UFC champion will cross over and challenge arguably the best boxer of our time. It’s a risk, it’s dangerous and I want to see it.”
UFC President Dana White and Yahoo Sports’ Kevin Iole Discuss Mayweather vs. McGregor on UFC TONIGHT

LOS ANGELES, CA – FOX Sports UFC analysts and hosts react to the Mayweather vs. McGregor announcement today. Plus, on UFC TONIGHT, host Kenny Florian, guest host Tyron Woodley and Karyn Bryant react to the Mayweather vs. McGregor news and catch up with UFC president Dana White and Yahoo Sports’ Kevin Iole.

UFC TONIGHT host Kenny Florian on Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor and what this means for McGregor: “I’m still trying to figure out what dimension we’re in. We’ve never seen anything like this. Conor McGregor has done some amazing things in mixed martial arts. He’s a two weight champion in the UFC, he’s broken UFC PPV records, and now he’s fighting the best boxer in our generation in Floyd. This is amazing.”

UFC TONIGHT guest host Tyron Woodley on Mayweather vs. McGregor: “I told you. All the barbershop fans who said it wasn’t going to happen, this is a larger than life opportunity. It would be crazy for this fight to not happen. I’m excited to watch it from an entertainment standpoint, a competitive standpoint and for a legacy standpoint. This is an amazing opportunity for both these guys.”

Woodley on if McGregor fights in the UFC again after this: “I think it depends on what happens in the fight. If he knocks out Floyd, they’ll fight again in a boxing match. If he loses, then no shame in his game. He’ll come back and fight in the UFC.”

Florian on the stakes for McGregor: “If you beat Floyd, you retired the best boxer of all time. If Floyd makes Conor look silly, it might be bad for Conor. But it’s not Conor’s sport. He doesn’t have much to lose. If he gets knocked out in two minutes, it could hurt his brand. But if he wins, I don’t know if we’ll ever see him again.”

Florian on if this will help expose more people to MMA: “This is an opportunity for more people to learn about MMA and the UFC. Plus, this opens up a whole new landscape for fighters. For the potential. It’ll show people it is possible to get a 100-million-dollar payday.”

Woodley on McGregor being an underdog: “Conor and I have had our differences, but at that money, I’ll put money down on his. This kid does not care. He has an unconventional style.”

Florian on if McGregor has an advantage: “The biggest thing Conor has is he doesn’t move like a boxer. Boxers are used to fighting boxers. So those first three to six minutes might be difficult for Floyd. He’s experienced, but boxers move very different.”

Woodley on Mayweather’s experience: “Floyd changes his styles in fights and adapts quickly. He has four or five styles. He might come out aggressive. Conor has never seen a boxer with the ability to make the adjustments. Guys who are aggressive toward Floyd, he makes them miss and miss badly.”

VIDEO: Does Tyron Woodley have a point by saying Conor McGregor could keep boxing even after fighting Floyd Mayweather?
https://twitter.com/UFCONFOX/status/875152661972004864

VIDEO: How will Conor McGregor adjust to fighting a boxer as elite at Floyd Mayweather? Tyron Woodley and Kenny Florian discuss.
https://twitter.com/UFCONFOX/status/875157805962899456

FOX UFC Hosts and Analysts React to the News:

FOX Sports UFC analyst Brian Stann: “Conor is a special athlete and entertainer. I’m happy for him to get this tremendous opportunity. He has earned it. I am also anxious for this event to be over so the UFC lightweight champion can face the top contenders in MMA’s most talented division.”

FOX Sports UFC analyst Gilbert Melendez: “This is a huge day for combat sports. For the first time ever an MMA/UFC champion will cross over into the world of boxing and challenge arguably the best boxer of our time. It’s a risk, it’s dangerous and I want to see it. Can Conor win? Can he even touch Floyd? Most likely not, but you can’t deny Conor has power in his left and I want to see what happens if it lands. At the end of the day, it’s the entertainment business and this is the Money Fight.”

FOX Sports UFC analyst Rashad Evans: “I think this fight is amazing. Not so much that I think it will be competitively close, but that two of the best combat sports have been able to make this fight happen. Mayweather is arguably the greatest boxer of all time going against McGregor, who has such a strong belief in himself that it seems he manifests his victories as if he has some sort of magical power. Win, lose or draw, I finally and forever become a true McGregor fan because he continues to challenge himself and the norms of society.”

FOX Sports UFC host Todd Grisham: “Am I excited for the fight? Yes! Will it probably be a boring, one-sided fight? Yes! But who cares? The buildup will be amazing and it will be a fight we will remember forever, no matter what happens. I can’t wait.”

FOX Sports UFC analyst Yves Edwards: “Conor McGregor is making his boxing debut in what could be the biggest fight in boxing’s history. That’s a testament to his star power. However, it’s a boxing match and as fantastic as Conor has been, I’m taking Mayweather.”

FOX Sports UFC analyst Miesha Tate: “It will be interesting to see how this thing plays out. Clearly Floyd is the better boxer, but what no one is taking into account is just how good Conor is at the mental game.”

UFC play-by-play announcer Jon Anik: “What a time to be alive! It is absolutely remarkable that Conor McGregor, in a relatively short amount of time, became the biggest money fight for Floyd Mayweather. From Conor’s standpoint, I like the fact that the fight is at 154 pounds, which is right in his wheelhouse. I’m not saying he’s going to win the fight, but I certainly will be betting on him and give him a better chance than most.”

UFC president Dana White on details of the fight: “It’ll be at 154 pounds, 12 rounds in a boxing ring and take place August 26 at the T-Mobile Arena. It’ll be 10-ounce gloves. Showtime has the deal with Floyd.”

White on if this will be the biggest fight in combat sports ever: “It’s the biggest fight in combat sports and biggest payday ever. All sides are happy with the deal.”

White on if McGregor will fight in the UFC again: “He’s one of these guys, the reason he has so much success is, other than winning fights, he’s the guy willing to fight anyone at any time. He’s telling me he’ll knock Floyd out and then he’ll turn around and fight again in the UFC before the end of the year.”

White on if this will break the PPV record: “I think this breaks the record in US, the UK, Australia and Canada, too. Floyd vs. Pacquiao did four million and rising, because with a pay-per-view, the buys keep rolling in for years.”

White on Oscar De La Hoya’s negative comments about this fight: “Why do you go out and tell people to not buy the fight? That’s crazy. I’m a fight fan and when you’re a fight fan, you want to see a great fight. We’ve got a ton of great fights coming up at the end of this year. GSP is coming back, Jon Jones is going to fight, and boxing has great fights coming, too. It’s a great end of the year for fight fans. I encourage everyone to watch the fights. And you should probably buy GGG vs Canelo, too. That will be a great fight. Oscar is out of his mind telling people to not buy this. I’ve known him for a long time, but what an absolute straight-up hater.”

White on what shoulder programming will be produced to promote the fight: “Showtime is going to put on shows leading up to the fight because they have Mayweather under contract. We’ll do Embedded series leading up to it and we’re coming up with other plans on what we’ll do.”

White on the UFC’s involvement in the fight: “None. Mayweather Promotions will build the card and Showtime will do the production. When you have great fights, the money comes with all that. The one thing I care about, that when people walk away from spending money on a night, you walk away satisfied. Conor McGregor will go in, go after Floyd and will try to knock him out. And if that’s the case, the money is part of the deal.”

VIDEO: Interview: UFC President Dana White on the Mayweather vs. McGregor deal
https://twitter.com/UFCONFOX/status/875154028983799808

Kevin Iole, Yahoo Sports, on how the deal came together: “This is one that you can thank social media for and this picked up a life on its own on social media. Then people saw the response and the media was into it and the fan base were energized and it went from there. Dana White and Al Haymon started talking in January and they moved on here. When you’re talking nine-digit pursues, you find a way to get it done.”

Iole on the impact of this fight: “This fight really hurts the Canelo-GGG fight. That fight should have been made earlier this year. Now he’s turning around what should be a two-million PPV buys fight, and you drop this in on top of it, and it will affect that.”

Iole on what this fight means for mixed martial arts and boxing: “It tells you about what a huge international star Conor McGregor is. If he was doing 600,000 buys, it wouldn’t mean anything to Floyd. But he’s doing over a million buys and selling out arenas and that got Mayweather there. Boxing is in a good place right now.”

Iole on if he thinks Mayweather is at a disadvantage at 154 pounds: “I don’t. I think Floyd is the greatest fighter ever. Floyd knows how to fight big guys and power punches. Conor has a big disadvantage because he’s never boxed. It’s like baseball and softball. MMA is more complex sport, but the art of boxing isn’t what MMA fighters train at and Floyd was training boxing since he was 18 months old.”

Iole’s prediction for this PPV: “I think it’s a three-and-half million to four-million, and could get to four-and-a-half million pay-per-view buys.”

VIDEO: Timeline: How did we finally get here for Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor? Let’s take a look at the timeline of events!
https://twitter.com/UFCONFOX/status/875142075779395584

Curtis Strange

117th U.S. OPEN on FOX Highlights – Wednesday, June 14

NEW YORK, NY – FOX Sports’ exclusive presentation of the 117th U.S. Open teed off with WEDNESDAY AT THE U.S. OPEN, live practice-round coverage, on FS1.

Tomorrow’s live coverage of the 117th U.S. Open begins at 11:00 AM ET on FS1 and shifts to the FOX broadcast network at 6:00 PM ET.

Today’s Top Video Highlights:

Today’s Top Quote:

Phil Mickelson’s caddie, Jim “Bones” Mackay, scouts the course at Erin Hills with the potential of Phil Mickelson making it to the U.S. Open in time:
“It would be an understatement to call this a championship venue…The fairways are generous. You have to be creative. If the wind blows, you’ve got to fly your irons, which I feel like he’s [Mickelson] very good at. Of course the short game. He wants it obviously, as badly as he wants anything else so it would be a really cool thing if it worked out for him tomorrow.

“Knowing Phil and knowing how much he wants to play, it wouldn’t surprise me if he left if rain wasn’t in the forecast. You never know out here with this kind of humidity, storms can roll up unexpectedly. I’m leaving him alone, but it wouldn’t surprise me if he left, flew a little bit and then if the guys tee-off at 2:20, turn around and go home.”

Teeing Off Tomorrow:

FS1 original daily studio show SKIP & SHANNON: UNDISPUTED is live from the U.S. Open on Thursday and Friday from 9:00 – 11:00 AM ET. Tomorrow’s guests include FOX golf analysts Paul Azinger and Brad Faxon.

Fox Business Network’s MORNINGS WITH MARIA (6:00-9:00 AM ET) and CLOSING BELL WITH LIZ CLAMAN (3:00-4:00 PM ET) are also on-site at Erin Hills. Azinger and Faxon both appear on tomorrow’s edition of MORNINGS WITH MARIA in addition to Shane Bacon joining CLOSING BELL WITH LIZ CLAMAN.