Month: June 2017


FOX Sports Begins Road to 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Marking 365-Day Countdown

Cristiano Ronaldo, David Beckham, Lionel Messi and Diego Maradona Featured In Celebratory Promo

LOS ANGELES, CA – Today, FOX Sports begins its journey to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia, the company’s first World Cup presentation that will air across the FOX Sports family of networks June 14 – July 15, 2018. In celebration of the 365-day countdown, FOX Sports launches its cross-functional marketing efforts across broadcast, digital and social media platforms kicking off the celebration with a heart-stirring promo that features some of the greatest players of all time, including Cristiano Ronaldo, David Beckham, Lionel Messi and Diego Maradona.

“Today, the countdown begins marking 365-days of celebration leading to the greatest sporting event in the world, the 2018 FIFA World Cup,” said Robert Gottlieb, FOX Sports Executive Vice President, Marketing. “We couldn’t be more excited to kick off the celebration, this is just the beginning of a robust marketing campaign as we pull together all our resources to promote and engage fans ahead of June 14, 2018.”

Throughout the day, FS1, FS2, FOX Sports Regional Networks, FOX Affiliates and commemorate the occasion with a dedicated World Cup countdown and promotional placement on their shows. Additionally, World Cup digital billboards will be featured in key markets around the country in places such as Times Square in New York City and LA Live in Los Angeles.

In addition, implements a World Cup takeover and offers preview videos for next year’s World Cup. FOX Sports’ social media accounts amplify efforts with a Facebook Live session and World Cup elements featured across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #RoadToRussia.

John Strong and Stu Holden

Sunday’s USA-Mexico World Cup Qualifier is Most-Watched in FS1 History

LOS ANGELES, CA – The U.S. Men’s National Team’s 1-1 draw against rival Mexico at iconic Estadio Azteca on Sunday, June 11 attracted 2,052,000 viewers on FS1, making it the most-watched World Cup Qualifier in the network’s history, according to Nielsen Media Research.

Viewership built throughout the game and peaked at 2.8 million viewers from 10:00 PM – 10:15 PM ET.

Michael Bradley’s stunning early goal resulted in a crucial point for the USA, which sits in third place in the group with eight points. Mexico’s Carlos Vela leveled the score in the 23rd minute, securing a point for El Tricolor, who leads the group with 14 points.

FOX Sports GO: Sunday’s match delivered an average minute audience of 58,413.


FS1 Tops All Cable Networks

  • Led by NASCAR, the USA vs. Mexico FIFA World Cup Qualifier and NHRA, FS1 was the TOP CABLE NETWORK on Sunday, June 11 (6:00 AM-3:00 AM) with an average viewership of nearly 1.2 million.
  • The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Race from Pocono scored 3.5 million viewers on FS1, up 3% from the race on the same date last year, making FS1 the No. 1 network in ALL OF TELEVISION on Sunday from 1:00-5:00 PM ET.
  • With more than 2 million viewers, USA vs. Mexico is FS1’s most-watched World Cup Qualifier and sixth most-watched soccer telecast in FS1 history.
  • Sunday’s delayed portion of NHRA from Englishtown delivered 1.6 million viewers, making it the most-watched NHRA telecast ever.

Foster Farms Bowl Returns to FOX and FOX Deportes

2017 Foster Farms Bowl Set for Wednesday, Dec. 27, at 8:30 PM ET on FOX Broadcast Network and FOX Deportes

NEW YORK, NY – FOX Sports and the San Francisco 49ers today announced the return of the Foster Farms Bowl set for Wednesday, Dec. 27, at 8:30 PM ET on the FOX broadcast network and in Spanish on FOX Deportes, Coverage of the game, which annually features teams from the Big Ten and Pac-12, begins at 8:00 PM ET with the FOX COLLEGE FOOTBALL KICKOFF pregame show on FOX.

“We are excited to once again showcase the Foster Farms Bowl on broadcast television and in Spanish on FOX Deportes,” said Larry Jones, FOX Sports Executive Vice President, Business Operations. “Last year’s game went down to the wire, and we look forward to another great showdown in 2017.”

FOX Sports announced an agreement with the Foster Farms Bowl in 2016 and aired last year’s game on broadcast television for the first time ever. Played at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., the Foster Farms Bowl annually features top teams from the Big Ten and Pac-12 conferences and also includes a day of community service performed by players and coaches from the participating teams, as fighting hunger within the community remains a staple of the yearly event. Foster Farms serves as the title sponsor of the bowl game for the fourth consecutive season.

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.

Foster Farms Bowl Returns to FOX and FOX Deportes (168 kB, last updated June 2017)
Darrell Waltrip

FOX NASCAR at Michigan International Speedway & Gateway Motorsports Park Quotes & Programming Schedule

FS1 Also Features NASCAR XFINITY SERIES (Michigan) & NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES (Gateway) Saturday Doubleheader

CHARLOTTE, NC – FOX Sports telecasts its penultimate MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES race of the 2017 season this weekend on FS1 (Sunday, June 18 at 3:00 PM ET), as well as live coverage of the NASCAR XFINITY SERIES, NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES and ARCA RACING SERIES for a total of 23 hours of on-track coverage across the four series.

FOX Sports’ monstrous stock-car racing line-up on Father’s Day Weekend spans two race tracks – Michigan International Speedway for the MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES (Sunday, June 18 at 3:00 PM ET on FS1), the NASCAR XFINITY SERIES (Saturday, June 17 at 1:30 PM ET on FS1) and the ARCA RACING SERIES (Friday, June 16 at 6:00 PM ET on FS1).

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 is available on iTunes, SoundCloud and Google Play Music.

Below are programming information and quotes from FOX NASCAR analysts Jeff Gordon, Darrell Waltrip, Larry McReynolds and Michael Waltrip.


  • Date/Time: Sunday, June 18 (3:00 PM ET)
  • Network: FS1
  • 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 and Matt Yocum
  • Hosts: Chris Myers and Michael Waltrip
  • Pre-race:
    • NASCAR RACEDAY (2:00 PM ET on FS1), hosted by Chris Myers with analysts Darrell Waltrip and Gordon; reporters Little, Neville and Yocum


  • Date/Time: Saturday, June 17 (1:30 PM ET)
  • Network: FS1
  • Announcers: Adam Alexander and Michael Waltrip; driver analyst Austin Dillon
  • Pre-race: NASCAR RACEDAY-XFINITY (1:00 PM ET on FS1); hosted by Shannon Spake with analysts Michael Waltrip and Larry McReynolds; reporters Kenny Wallace, Little, Neville and Yocum

NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES (from Gateway Motorsports Park)

  • Date/Time: Saturday, June 17 (8:30 PM ET)
  • Network: FS1
  • Announcers: Vince Welch, Phil Parsons and Todd Bodine
  • Pit reporters: Hermie Sadler and Kaitlyn Vincie
  • Pre-race: NCWTS SETUP (8:00 PM ET on FS1); hosted by John Roberts with analyst Casey Mears; reporters Sadler and Vincie

ARCA RACING SERIES (from Michigan)

  • Date/Time: Friday, June 16 (6:00 PM ET)
  • Network: FS1
  • Announcers: Kevin Lee and Phil Parsons
  • Pit reporter: Jim Tretow


On Jimmie Johnson aiming for Darrell Waltrip and Bobby Allison’s 84-win mark:
“I’m a big Jimmie Johnson fan. I always have been impressed by his humility and the fact he goes about his job with style and grace. I have never heard him draw attention to himself or brag about his unbelievable accomplishments. He is a rare breed, for sure. When he breaks my record of 84 wins, I will be happy to see it done by a true southern gentleman, one who just happens to be from the West Coast. I support him in everything he does, including breaking my record. I’d love to see Johnson get to 100. Good luck, champ!”
–Darrell Waltrip

On Ryan Blaney’s first career win last weekend at Pocono Raceway:
“How would Ryan Blaney have felt if he had heard that crowd cheering for him as he took the lead and his first win? I love the Wood Brothers. I was fortunate enough to drive for them, and I know how popular in the garage area this victory is for those guys.”
–Michael Waltrip

“With 14 races into the season, Blaney’s win didn’t just fall out of the sky. The No. 21 car has had good speed at every track and have been knocking on the door. He has a lot to be proud of after beating Kyle Busch and holding off Kevin Harvick to get that win. It certainly wasn’t handed to him.”
–Larry McReynolds

On brake failures at Pocono Raceway:
“One of the things that’s really popped into my mind is the brake issues we’re seeing this year. We’re seeing less downforce in the cars and higher straightaway speeds but a lot more braking to get the cars slowed down. Also some of the things the teams are doing with the brakes to help the handling of the race cars. They’re popping up, becoming some issues and failures, causing some big wrecks like we saw at Kansas with Joey Logano and now with Jimmie Johnson in Pocono.”
–Jeff Gordon

On Kyle Larson:
“We talk about the greatness of Jimmie Johnson. Kyle Larson is the next Jimmie Johnson of NASCAR. Absolutely.”
–Jeff Gordon

On the few numbers of drivers who led the most laps in 2017 and went on to win the race:
“It’s been interesting to watch the trend this is year of how many winners – only three so far this year – have led the most laps and gone on to win the race. It’s because of stages and the strategy that is played out late in these races. When you’re the late leader like Kyle Busch was (at Pocono), you’re just a sitting duck when the caution comes out late.”
–Jeff Gordon

On the impact of encumbered finishes on the playoff picture and Joey Logano’s three-point cushion over the cut-off to make the 16-driver playoffs (with an encumbered win):
“A lot of people had been wondering what an encumbered finish really means, and we’re seeing the effects of it now. For some drivers, although they have a win, they really need to get into the top 16 in points due to the sheer number of different winners this season and the fact we likely will have a couple more. The other thing that catches my eye is the points gap. Clint Bowyer is in 10th but is 215 points behind the leader. That’s huge. With stage points, you can lose a lot in one race but also make up a lot of points.”
–Larry McReynolds

On this weekend’s race at Michigan International Speedway:
“There is no telling what we’ll see this week at Michigan. We saw speeds through turn 1 of over 200 mph at Pocono, but they will be more than 210 mph at Michigan. The cars will be flying there. Plus the track is wide, so we’ll see two- and three-wide racing all day long.”
–Michael Waltrip

On Darrell Wallace Jr.’s Cup Series debut at Pocono:
“I was very impressed by Bubba Wallace the entire weekend. To go out there and qualify 16th, and he stayed positive and upbeat all weekend long. Just think about all the things he had to deal with that he’s never been faced with before. The race was 400 miles long – the longest race he has ever run – in very hot, humid conditions. He has never had a driver-adjustable track bar to contend with before, but the biggest thing probably was the digital dash, also his first time with that.”
–Larry McReynolds

(All times live/Eastern unless otherwise indicated & subject to change)

Friday, June 16
NASCAR XFINITY SERIES practice (12:30-1:00 PM) (FS2)
NASCAR XFINITY SERIES final practice (3:00-4:00 PM) (FS2)
MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES qualifying (4:00-5:30 PM) (FS2)
ARCA RACING SERIES Racing (Michigan) (6:00-8:00 PM) (FS1)

Saturday, June 17
NASCAR XFINITY SERIES qualifying (10:00-11:30 AM) (FS2)
MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES final practice (12:00-1:00 PM) (FS2)
NASCAR RACEDAY-XFINITY (Michigan) (1:00-1:30 PM) (FS1)
NASCAR XFINITY SERIES Racing (Michigan) (1:30-4:00 PM) (FS1)
NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES qualifying (7:00-8:00 PM) (FS1; delayed)
NCWTS SETUP (Gateway) (8:00-8:30 PM) (FS1)

Sunday, June 18
NASCAR RACEDAY (Michigan) (2:00-3:00 PM) (FS1)
MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES Racing (Michigan) (3:00-6:00 PM) (FS1)


FOX Sports University: A Year in Review

LOS ANGELES, CA – As final exams conclude, and college seniors across the country prepare to take their first steps into the real world, FOX Sports University wraps up its ninth year, covering more campuses and impacting more students than ever before. FOX Sports University is the largest, most comprehensive program of its kind, with the intent on bridging the gap between academia and the sports industry. Together with nearly 40 acclaimed University partners, the FOX Sports University program provides unique and enriching educational opportunities to students from coast-to-coast while uncovering fresh insights for our business. To date, over 5,000 students have participated in FOX Sports University.

As we graduate another class of eager young talent, FOX Sports University reflects on the past school year, and would like to thank FOX employees for their commitment to bringing their unique insights and experience into classrooms across the country. Here is a look back on some of the highlights of the last year:

For the first time ever, FOX Sports University students were challenged with a digital project surrounding the crown jewel of the sports broadcast industry: the Super Bowl.

Journalism students at the University of Missouri, and Advertising students at the University of North Carolina were challenged by FOX Sports to develop creative ways for the network to engage fans through social and digital platforms surrounding Super Bowl LI on FOX. The winning student teams from each school were invited for an exclusive, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to join the FOX Sports team in Houston during Super Bowl LI Media Week. Students networked with FOX executives, toured NRG Stadium and Radio Row, watched live tapings of FS1 studio shows, and even saw some of their ideas come to life. Our winning teams left Houston impressed, inspired, and with an experience they will never forget.

Committed to sustainability, FOX Sports and MLB teamed up to inspire change in a new generation of young adults at DePaul University.

Public Relations students at DePaul University were challenged by 21CF Social Impact, FOX Sports, and MLB to develop creative marketing and PR messaging that FOX and MLB can utilize to raise awareness for joint sustainability efforts throughout the baseball season. While many MLB team partners have worked with the FOX Sports University program, this is the first time the league office has been involved in the classroom. The students truly stepped up to the plate with strong final presentations that utilized FOX and MLB assets during jewel events – Opening Day, All-Star Week, and the Post-Season!


This Summer, 12 FOX Sports University alumni will join nine different FOX Sports departments as Summer Interns.

With its unique access to top-level student talent across the country, FOX Sports University continues to serve as a recruitment pipeline for many FOX business units. FOX Sports University’s network has led to the hiring of nearly 100 FOX Sports University students since the program’s inception in 2007. This summer, FOX Sports University students from University of North Carolina, Marquette, New York University, Syracuse, Michigan, Southern Methodist University, Villanova and Seton Hall accepted internship positions across the company. From PROcast to FOX Sports Ad Sales, Home Team Sports, FS1, PR and Marketing, the FOX Sports University Program continues to be an asset for our company.

FOX Sports On-Air Talent have the opportunity to give back by investing time and energy in the next generation of sports media.

This school year, many FOX Sports University partnerships were amplified by the integration of various FOX Sports Personalities.

    While in Bloomington, FOX Sports’ Lead College Football Analyst Joel Klatt hosted “1 Minute Drills with Joel Klatt,” during which he provided coaching and advice to Indiana University on-camera hopefuls. FS1 On-Air Talent Nick Wright and Alan Cavanna both returned to their alma mater to speak to Syracuse students about their career paths during the inaugural year of the FOX Sports University partnership with the Orangemen.
    During Fall 2016, Cal State Northridge students were challenged with an FS1-themed project. FS1 Studio Staff and On-Air Talent, including Nick Wright and Joy Taylor, welcomed the class to the Lot for a behind-the-scenes tour and a live-taping of The Herd.
    NFL on FOX On-Air Talent and Broadcast teams across the country hosted FOX Sports University students on-site to provide exclusive experiences, and a behind-the-scenes look into NFL GameDay in the booth, in the trucks, and on the sidelines. At the Big Ten Championship Game, Joel Klatt and FOX Sports’ Lead College Football Play-by-Play Announcer Gus Johnson welcomed students to the broadcast booth for a glimpse into their gameday preparation.





FOX Sports University adds Purdue and Illinois to its growing list of University Partners.

As FOX Sports prepares to “Own the Fall” during its inaugural season airing the best Big Ten football matchups, FOX Sports University celebrates partnerships with every university in the Big Ten conference beginning in the 2017 / 2018 school year. FOX Sports University looks forward to strengthening its relationships with each Big Ten University this coming Fall, and is proud to be a part of this exciting time in company history.



FOX Sports Tees Up Complete Broadcast Schedule for 117th U.S. Open Championship


NEW YORK, NY – To mark the start of U.S. Open Week, FOX Sports today announces its full television schedule and programming plan for the 117th U.S. Open Championship at Erin Hills Golf Club in Erin, Wis.

Highlighted by more than 45 hours of live golf across the FOX family of networks, including 24.5 hours scheduled for the FOX broadcast network, FOX Sports’ championship programming slate begins with WEDNESDAY AT THE OPEN, live practice round coverage at 9:30 AM ET on FS1.

Live championship coverage is live on FS1 Thursday and Friday, June 15 and 16 from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM ET, before moving to the FOX broadcast network from 6:00 to 9:00 PM ET. FOX broadcasts third round coverage from 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM ET on Saturday, June 17, and final round coverage from 11:00 AM to 8:30 PM ET on Sunday, June 18. In the event of a tie at the conclusion of Sunday’s final round, an 18-hole playoff airs Monday, June 19 at 12:00 PM ET on FOX.

FOX Deportes televises more than six hours of U.S. Open coverage in Spanish in the U.S., for the third time in the championship’s storied history, from 5:00 to 8:00 PM ET on Saturday and 5:00 to 8:30 PM ET on Sunday.

The full broadcast schedule for championship play follows:

Date Program Time (ET) Network
June 15 First Round 11:00 AM-6:00 PM FS1
6:00-9:00 PM FOX
June 16 Second Round 11:00 AM-6:00 PM FS1
6:00-9:00 PM FOX
June 17 Third Round 11:00 AM-8:00 PM FOX
5:00-8:00 PM FOX Deportes
June 18 Final Round 11:00 AM-8:30 PM FOX
5:00-8:30 PM FOX Deportes
June 19 Playoff (if necessary) 12:00-4:00 PM FOX

FOX Sports GO live streams all U.S. Open coverage provided by FS1 and the FOX broadcast network and offers ‘bonus’ content on three alternate streams created specifically for the event.

The bonus feeds include two channels following featured groups and a channel dedicated to featured holes, available daily beginning Thursday, June 15 at 8:30 AM ET on FOX Sports GO, and via the U.S. Open app.

Date Program Time (ET) Platform
June 15-16 FS1 Stream 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM U.S. Open App & FOX Sports GO
FOX Stream 6:00 – 9:00 PM U.S. Open App & FOX Sports GO
Featured Groups* 8:30 AM – 8:00 PM U.S. Open App & FOX Sports GO
Featured Holes* 8:30 AM – 8:00 PM U.S. Open App & FOX Sports GO
June 17 FOX Stream 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM U.S. Open App & FOX Sports GO
Featured Groups 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM U.S. Open App & FOX Sports GO
Featured Holes 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM U.S. Open App & FOX Sports GO
June 18 FOX Stream 11:00 AM – 8:30 PM U.S. Open App & FOX Sports GO
Featured Groups 11:00 AM – 7:30 PM U.S. Open App & FOX Sports GO
Featured Holes 11:00 AM – 7:30 PM U.S. Open App & FOX Sports GO

*On June 15-16, from 8:30 to 11:00 AM ET coverage is exclusively on app

Preceding FOX Sports’ live golf action, FS1 highlights some of the amateurs and professionals who earned their spots in the field via sectional qualifying tournaments this spring with DRIVE TO THE U.S. OPEN, Monday at 10:00 PM ET. Preview coverage continues Wednesday, June 14 with WEDNESDAY AT THE U.S. OPEN at 9:30 AM ET, before an evening presentation of 2017 U.S. OPEN SPECIAL: DUSTIN JOHNSON at 7:00 PM ET, a look back at last year’s thrilling championship.

For the first time ever, the FOX Family travels to the U.S. Open. On Thursday and Friday, June 15 and 16, special editions of FS1’s SKIP AND SHANNON: UNDISPUTED originate live from the U.S. Open at Erin Hills. Skip Bayless, Shannon Sharpe and Joy Taylor are joined by FOX Sports golf analysts Paul Azinger, Brad Faxon, Darren Clarke, Curtis Strange and other special guests to preview the championship and discuss the top sports news of the day.

FOX Business Channel’s MORNINGS WITH MARIA and CLOSING BELL WITH LIZ CLAMAN also originate live from Erin Hills, featuring guests from the FOX Sports golf team, the USGA and its corporate partners and more.

The full preview and companion programming schedule follows:

Date Program Time (ET) Network
June 12 Drive to the U.S. Open 10:00-11:00 PM FS1
June 14 Wednesday at the U.S. Open 9:30 AM-12:00 PM FS1
2017 U.S. Open Special: Dustin Johnson 7:00-7:30 PM FS1
June 15 Mornings with Maria 6:00-9:00 AM FOX Business


Skip and Shannon: Undisputed 9:00-11:00 AM FS1
Closing Bell with Liz Claman 3:00-4:00 PM FOX Business


June 16 Mornings with Maria 6:00-9:00 AM FOX Business


Skip and Shannon: Undisputed 9:00-11:00 AM FS1
Closing Bell with Liz Claman 3:00-4:00 PM FOX Business
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FOX Sports Honored at 2017 Promax/BDA Awards

Campaigns for SKIP & SHANNON: UNDISPUTED Earn Four Golds

NEW YORK, NY – FOX Sports took home 11 awards at the 2017 Promax/BDA Promotion, Marketing and Design Awards, presented last week. Among its total, FOX Sports earned four golds for its promotion of FS1 original studio show SKIP & SHANNON: UNDISPUTED.

“These honors truly speak to the creativity and dedication of our entire staff,” said Robert Gottlieb, FOX Sports Executive Vice President, Marketing. “I’m so proud of what our team was able to accomplish all year long and of the work they continue to do each and every day.”

SKIP & SHANNON: UNDISPUTED earned gold honors in four different categories, including an honor for the campaign as a whole in the category of Daytime Program Campaign. The “Movie Theater” spot, featuring Skip Bayless, took home gold for Funniest Promo, and “Welcome to My Skip Ad” earned gold for Online Advertising – Banners/Skyscrapers/Contextual. Capitalizing on a captivating election cycle, “Presidential Debate” won gold for Clip-Based Entertainment Promo.

The FOX NASCAR “Daytona Day” promo spot was also awarded gold in the Directing category, bringing FOX Sports’ gold total to five.

FOX Deportes was presented the network’s final gold award in the Best Digital Series category for @TheBuzzer.

FOX Sports also earned two honors for promotions featuring Katie Nolan, as GARBAGE TIME WITH KATIE NOLAN earned silver in the category of Clip-Based Sports Program Spot, and “FOX Sports GO T-Shirt Cannon,” starring Nolan, won silver for Channel Website or App Promotion.

A full list of FOX Sports’ Promax/BDA awards is below.

North America: Daytime Program Campaign

North America: Funniest Promo
UNDISPUTED “Movie Theater”

North America: Online Advertising – Banners/Skyscrapers/Contextual
UNDISPUTED “Welcome to My Skip Ad”

Global: Clip-Based Entertainment Promo
UNDISPUTED “Presidential Debate”

North America: Directing
NASCAR ON FOX “Daytona Day”

Best Digital Series (FOX Deportes)

Global: Sports Program Special Events Spot
PBC on FOX: Garcia vs. Guerro

Global: Live Event Campaign
Copa America

North America: Sports – Clip-Based Sports Program Spot

North America: Channel Website or App Promotion
FOX Sports GO T-Shirt Cannon

North America: Sports Program Special Events Spot
UFC 207 “Rousey Returns”


FOX NASCAR Adds Dillon and Smith as Driver Analysts for Final Two NASCAR XFINITY SERIES Races of 2017 Season

The Two MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES Drivers Join a Rotation of Fellow Drivers to Round out Season at Michigan and Iowa

CHARLOTTE, NC – FOX Sports is adding Austin Dillon and Regan Smith as driver analysts for its two final NASCAR XFINITY SERIES races of the 2017 season.

In their FOX NASCAR broadcast booth debuts, Dillon will help Adam Alexander and Michael Waltrip call the race from Michigan International Speedway on Saturday, June 17 (1:30 PM ET on FS1), while Smith offers analysis from Iowa Speedway on Saturday, June 24 (8:30 PM ET on FS1) alongside Alexander and Phil Parsons. Dillon and Smith round out FOX Sports’ use of MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES drivers as NASCAR XFINITY SERIES analysts, which began with the 2015 season.

Dillon and Smith also serve as analysts on FS1’s NASCAR RACE HUB, the most-watched daily NASCAR news and highlights program (Monday through Thursday at 6:00 PM ET), joining a solid rotation of drivers and crew chiefs that also includes Harvick, Logano, Keselowski, AJ Allmendinger, “Bootie” Barker, Bobby Labonte, Casey Mears and David Ragan.

“I’ve really enjoyed my time on NASCAR Race Hub, so the FOX Sports NASCAR XFINITY Series booth should be a fun extension of that,” Dillon said. “It has been interesting to see the sport from the TV side, and from what I’ve heard from other drivers, the perspective from the booth is enlightening — not just regarding TV but also what you learn watching the cars from up there.”

Smith also expects his stints on NASCAR RACE HUB to benefit him in his TV booth premiere.

“I love racing and sharing that passion with others, so I am looking forward to being able to use my past experience to add to what viewers see on TV at Iowa,” Smith said. “I think I have a bit of a leg up after being on NASCAR Race Hub because I have gotten used to having a producer in my ear and have learned a bit about what fans want to see and hear. To get ready, I have been studying past races much as I would if I was driving. The difference is that I’m listening to what the broadcasters say in certain situations as much as, or more than, I watch the cars.”
In 2017, FOX NASCAR added to the TV booth for the first time Chase Elliott and Jamie McMurray. Additionally, Kevin Harvick, Clint Bowyer, Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano each have taken a turn. In February, Dale Earnhardt Jr. joined the FOX NASCAR booth as a guest driver analyst during FS1’s live coverage of THE CLASH AT DAYTONA. Harvick also is serving as a driver analyst for three NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES races telecast on FS1 this year – Kansas (May), Eldora and Talladega.

FOX NASCAR’s full NASCAR XFINITY SERIES driver analyst schedule is included below.

Date Location Driver Analyst* Network Race Start**
2/25 Daytona International Speedway Harvick FS1 3:30 PM
3/4 Atlanta Motor Speedway Elliott FS1 1:30 PM
3/11 Las Vegas Motor Speedway McMurray FS1 4:00 PM
3/18 Phoenix International Raceway Harvick FOX 4:00 PM
3/25 Auto Club Speedway Keselowski FS1 4:00 PM
4/8 Texas Motor Speedway Keselowski FOX 1:30 PM
4/22 Bristol Motor Speedway Harvick FS1 12:30 PM
4/29 Richmond International Raceway Logano FS1 12:30 PM
5/6 Talladega Superspeedway Harvick FOX 1:00 PM
5/27 Charlotte Motor Speedway Bowyer FS1 1:00 PM
6/3 Dover International Speedway Logano FS1 1:00 PM
6/10 Pocono Raceway Harvick (play-by-play); Bowyer & Logano (analysts); Patrick and Hamlin (hosts); Ryan Blaney, Erik Jones & Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (pit reporters) FOX 1:00 PM
6/17 Michigan International Speedway Dillon FS1 1:30 PM
6/24 Iowa Speedway Smith FS1 8:30 PM

*Subject to change

**All times EST


BIG3 Statement in Response to Olympics Adding 3-on-3 Basketball to Tokyo 2020


“We would like to commend the Olympics for making 3-on-3 basketball, the most played sport in the world, an official Olympic sport starting at Tokyo 2020. We have worked tirelessly for the last two years to get the most loved game in the world played by some of the most skilled, brilliant players in the world broadcast on a professionally recognized stage. This announcement by the International Olympic Committee comes at a perfect time, with the BIG3 10-game season tipping off in less than three weeks on June 25 Barclays Center in Brooklyn. This decision reconfirms our gut instinct that 3-on-3 basketball is what sports and entertainment fans want to see. We are grateful to FOX Sports and FS1 for believing in this idea early and that fans who are unable to attend the games will be able to watch from home and online.”