Month: June 2017

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2017 U.S. Open on FOX Broadcast Guide

The 2017 U.S. Open on FOX broadcast guide offers a comprehensive look at the preparation and coverage FOX Sports delivers for its presentation of golf’s most difficult major championship. This guide serves to answer any and all questions relating to FOX Sports’ broadcast assignments and schedule, on-air personalities and executives, production plans and technological integrations, and includes U.S. Open television ratings history.

Click below to view the guide as a PDF.

2017 U.S. Open on FOX Broadcast Guide (571 kB, last updated June 2017)
Paul Azinger

Veteran FOX Sports Broadcasters Head to Erin Hills for 117th U.S. Open Championship

European Tour Stalwart Darren Clarke Joins FOX Sports’ USGA Coverage
Watch: Lead Analyst Paul Azinger on THE HERD Discussing U.S. Open Groupings and Championship Preview

NEW YORK, NY – With the 117th U.S. Open Championship set to tee off from Erin Hills next week, FOX Sports announces the veteran crew of broadcasters delivering over 45 hours of live coverage from Erin, Wis., from Thursday, June 15 through Sunday, June 18. The announcement was made today by FOX Sports’ John Entz, President of Production and Executive Producer, and Mark Loomis, Executive Producer, USGA Studio and Event Production.

“We are very happy to welcome back much of the same broadcast team from last year’s championship and to welcome another major champion, Darren Clarke, to our coverage,” said Loomis. “With some of the most knowledgeable names in the game in the booth and on the course, we are looking forward to what we expect will be another exciting U.S. Open.”

Clarke serves as an analyst for the 117th U.S. Open Championship, providing his unique perspective throughout the championship. A member of the European Tour since 1991, Clarke won The Open Championship in 2011 and captained Europe’s Ryder Cup team in 2016. He is a three-time winner of the English Open, and in 2003, became the second player to win more than one World Golf Championship title.

Leading coverage of the 2017 event, Joe Buck returns for his third U.S. Open Championship, joined in the 18th Tower by lead analyst Paul Azinger and analyst Brad Faxon for the second consecutive year. Azinger joined THE HERD WITH COLIN COWHERD yesterday to announce highlighted player groupings and preview the field.

Two-time U.S. Open Champion Curtis Strange returns as an on course commentator and will be joined on the fairways by Steve Flesch, Juli Inkster and Ken Brown. Brown will also bring Erin Hills to life with his series of “Brownie Points” throughout the week.

Holly Sonders hosts studio coverage throughout the championship, while reporter Shane Bacon conducts pre and post round interviews. Renowned course architect Gil Hanse provides course and design analysis and David Fay weighs in as rules expert. Play-by-play announcer Shane O’Donoghue will be joined by Clarke to call part of FOX Sports’ extensive live championship coverage.

FOX Sports once again delivers extensive digital coverage at the U.S. Open, this year anchored by Joel Klatt and Justin Kutcher who provide play-by-play for featured groups. They are joined by a team of analysts and reporters which includes Mark Brooks, Robert Damron, Jay Delsing, Luke Elvy, Jason Gore, Buddy Marucci, Ned Michaels, Joe Ogilvie and Brett Quigley.

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FOX Sports Names Broadcast Team for Multi-Platform Coverage of Iconic 24 Hours of Le Mans

Brad Kettler, Audi Sports’ ‘Mr. Everything,’ Makes FOX Sports Analyst Debut
FOX Sports GO Offers Uninterrupted Coverage of Endurance Classic

CHARLOTTE, NC – FOX Sports is gearing up for its annual coverage of the famed 24 Hours of Le Mans, the definitive sports car endurance race held annually since 1923. FOX Sports hosts Bob Varsha and Brian Till kick off the twice-around-the-clock, multi-platform coverage, which begins Saturday, June 17 (8:30 AM ET) on FS1 and FOX Sports GO.

With dozens of stories to cover throughout the exhausting race, Varsha believes one story may just rise above the rest.

“This year, no story is bigger than Toyota’s comeback from the most heartbreaking finish I can recall,” Varsha said. “After years of trying and massive effort on every front, they were leading comfortably last year when a mundane part failure caused the No. 5 car to roll to a stop at the start of the very last lap.”

Referred to as Audi Sports’ “Mr. Everything” by Autosport magazine, Brad Kettler makes his broadcast booth debut with FOX Sports, serving as a race analyst for the 10-person on-air team.

“You name it and he’s done it,” Varsha said. “He has a long list of victories with Audi at Daytona, Sebring, and Le Mans, but he’s an all-around car guy who will be able to give fans a window into the functioning of the teams and the thinking on the pit wall. I don’t want to put pressure on him, but I think he’s a big addition, and I can’t wait to work with him.”

“I’m really looking forward to the opportunity with the FOX Sports team,” Kettler said. “That alone I’m recognizing is special in the depth of experience that is brought to the production. Being part of it and having the chance to contribute is meaningful to me”.

Tommy Kendall, Calvin Fish and Jamie Howe also serve as race analysts, with Justin Bell and Andrew Marriott reporting from the pits at the 8.47-mile Circuit de la Sarthe in Le Mans.

Sam Posey returns to deliver his signature vignettes and RACER magazine’s Marshall Pruett also provides insight.

FOX Sports GO, now accessible to more than 95 million users in the U.S. through their participating pay-TV providers, offers uninterrupted coverage of endurance racing’s defining event.

FOX Sports 24 Hours of Le Mans schedule (all times ET and subject to change):

  • June 17 – FS1 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM
  • June 17 – FS2 1:00 PM to 1:00 AM (June 18)
  • June 17 – FS1 1:00 AM to 9:30 AM (June 18)
    • The entire race is streamed live on FOX Sports GO

Follow the 24 HOURS of LE MANS on Twitter: @bobvarsha, @calvinfish, @justinbelltv, @briantill19, @1JamieHowe, @Pitlaneandy, @TommyKendall11, @marshallpruett, @24HoursofLeMans, #LeMans24h, @FOXSports, @FS1

For more information on the event, please visit: www.lemans.org.

Kenny Florian

UFC TONIGHT Quotes – Florian Picks Hunt Over Lewis

Hunt on Lewis: “This is my hood. I’m going to knock his face off.”
Dillashaw to Johnson: “Demetrious is complaining about being promoted and being paid, and this fight with me is going to do that. They’re giving him a fight that they can promote. Man up and do it.”

LOS ANGELES, CA – On UFC TONIGHT, hosts Kenny Florian and Daniel Cormier preview the upcoming UFC FIGHT NIGHT: LEWIS VS. HUNT and interview headliners Derrick Lewis and Mark Hunt. They also catch up with THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER: REDEMPTION coach TJ Dillashaw about his possible fight with Demetrious Johnson. Plus, Karyn Bryant adds reports.

UFC TONIGHT host Daniel Cormier on Jimi Manuwa: “Jimi Manuwa can go play with the little boys. We’ve got big boy business going on in the main event. He’s talking about how he won’t go fight Alexander Gustafsson. There are more people who can beat Jimi Manuwa than can beat Gustafsson, so Alexander is letting you lose so he’ll get the title shot next.”

Cormier on Derrick Lewis asking to fight Mark Hunt: “Sometimes you ask for things that you don’t really want. Derrick believes he has the skill to beat Mark Hunt. He’s a very athletic heavyweight. He has unbelievable power in his hands. Derrick is developing as he’s going forward. When he first came in to the UFC, we didn’t know what we were going to get. Was he a big guy who gasses after two minutes? But he’s progressed. You can’t gas him because no one can last with him.”

UFC TONIGHT host Kenny Florian on Hunt being a bad matchup for Lewis: “This is a fight that Derrick Lewis wanted. But this might be the worst matchup for him. Mark Hunt is a kickboxing champion. He’s done it all from boxing to kickboxing to mixed martial arts. He’s only gotten better despite being the oldest guy in the UFC. He’s very dangerous. He can knock you out with either hand and his chin is legendary.”

Florian picks Hunt to beat Lewis: “I think Mark Hunt has fought a lot of guys like Derrick Lewis. He’s a slicker striker and it’s in New Zealand. I think Mark Hunt pulls it off by knockout.”

Cormier picks Lewis: “The Black Beast will win.”

Mark Hunt on if he feels pressure fighting at home: “No pressure. I’m just looking forward to working in a couple of days. I respect Derrick. He’s hopefully clean. That’s the main thing. That’s all I ask for.”

Hunt on if there’s anything he’s concerned about fighting Lewis: “Not really. This is the best in the world. This is the heavyweight division. These are the big boys and they throw a lot of heat. Nothing I’ve never seen before. I’ve fought the best in the world.”

Hunt on if people ask him about retiring: “They always ask. I’ve still got an opportunity here with the UFC. I’ve got three fights left. I’ll quit when I’m ready. I’ll quit on my terms, when this body and this mind has had enough.”

Hunt on Lewis having momentum: “Yes he has. This is my hood. This is my area of the world. I’m going to knock his face off. I didn’t get up the last couple of times, because those guys are cheating pricks. If he’s clean, we’re going to get it on.”

VIDEO: Interview: Mark Hunt on fighting in New Zealand: This is my hood.
http://www.foxsports.com/ufc/video/962385987643

Derrick Lewis on asking to fight Hunt: “I believe when it’s time for me to renegotiate my contract, it’d be easier to get what I want. So I wanted the hard guys. I picked Mark. I wanted a tough one and I wanted to fight Mark.”

Lewis on if he’d rather fight for the title or fight Francis Ngannou: “Of course the title shot. That’s where you make the money. Then I’ll be wearing the suits like you. Every interviewer asks me about Ngannou.”

Lewis on if Hunt is the hardest test he’s had: “I don’t believe so, but we’ll see Sunday.”

Lewis on if his goal three years ago was to fight for the title: “That wasn’t my main goal. My goal is to make as much money as I can.”

VIDEO: Interview: Derrick Lewis explains why he picked Mark Hunt
http://www.foxsports.com/ufc/video/962385987569

Florian on Demetrious Johnson’s complaints with the UFC: “I don’t know the whole situation. I think some of his complaints are valid. You can do a lot more to market yourself, to take fights and be that guy who fights whoever. As a champ, that’s part of his responsibility. He’s been around a long time and I’d like to see him take the biggest fight possible. In the sport of boxing it’s taken a while for the smaller guys to get the recognition. It was the heavier weights that everyone watched. For Demetrious, there are a lot of things he could do to promote himself between the fights. And the UFC could do more as well. Both are at fault.”

Cormier on Johnson’s marketability: “I feel like he’s the guy who takes the fights when they call. He’s the most active champion in the UFC. There’s more than just being good to getting PPV and everything else. I think the responsibility can be shared between Demetrious and the UFC. The UFC doesn’t really know how to market him and they have to get creative. He’s small. He’s dominant. Even when Anderson Silva was running through the division, his points weren’t that high. I believe DJ has done his part so he has some valid points. As African American’s you have to market differently. The UFC doesn’t know how to do it with him yet. It hasn’t connected yet.”

Florian on if fans would want to see Johnson vs. Dillashaw: “People want to see super fights and this is a super fight. People want to see fights that they’re not sure what will happen. With the rest of the division and what he’s done, and the level of competition, he’s going to walk through the division. But with TJ Dillashaw, we don’t know if he will.”

Cormier believes Johnson should fight Dillashaw: “I think he should take it. It’s the biggest fight he could have. And it’s monumental because he’s trying to break the record. To do that over a former champion from the division higher, it’ll mean even more for him.”

VIDEO: Kenny Florian and Daniel Cormier discuss Demetrious Johnson speaking out on ‘mistreatment’ and ‘bullying’
http://www.foxsports.com/ufc/video/962385987604

TJ Dillashaw on if he’s fighting Johnson next: “As far as I know by talking to Dana, that’s the fight I’m training for. I can’t go back. I’m changing my whole body to get down in weight. I’m a pretty lean 135 pounder as it is. I’m coming down to his weight class, I’m sacrificing so he can defend his title the record time.”

Dillashaw on giving up his show purse if he misses weight: “Yes, I said it. But I’m not going to miss the weight. It’s not going happen.”

Dillashaw on if he’d fight Cody Garbrandt next instead: “Nothing’s off the table. It’ll take me some time to put the weight back on to fight 135. I’m in this crazy position to figure this out. It’s been frustrating, to say the least. I need to know sooner than later. I’m working my butt off.”

Dillashaw on if he’s experienced similar things that Johnson is complaining about: “I’ve been frustrated before. I’ve been trying to get my title shot for two years after I lost it, after Dana told me he thought I won the fight. Demetrious is complaining about being promoted and being paid, and this fight with me is going to do that. They’re giving him a fight that they can promote. Man up and do it.”

Dillashaw on why he deserves the shot at Johnson: “The competition I’ve beaten. I was going to fight for the belt but Cody got hurt. Joseph Benavidez was in line, but he’s hurt. Johnson wants a big fight. I’m not jumping in line. I’m ready to do it.”

VIDEO: Interview: T.J. Dillashaw says he won’t miss weight vs. Demetrious Johnson
http://www.foxsports.com/ufc/video/962385987623

VIDEO: Interview: Daniel Cormier in studio to talk training for UFC 214 and fighting Jon Jones
http://www.foxsports.com/watch/the-herd-with-colin-cowherd/video/962232899900

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FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017 Broadcast Team

FOX Sports Assembles International Broadcast Team for FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017

Studio Coverage Originating From Saint Petersburg and Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES, CA – Today, FOX Sports unveils a marquee lineup of international broadcasters for its presentation of the FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017, beginning Saturday, June 17, across the FOX Sports family of networks. The best-in-class broadcast team of play-by-play announcers, game analysts and studio commentators has more than 20 years combined international on-field and television experience, including FIFA World Cups, FIFA Confederations Cups, Olympic Games, UEFA European Championships, UEFA Champions League and CONCACAF Gold Cups. The announcement was made by David Neal, Vice President of Production and FIFA World Cup Executive Producer, FOX Sports.

“As a showcase for some of the world’s biggest stars, the FIFA Confederations Cup promises to be the ultimate soccer event this summer. It was a priority for us to assemble a world-class roster of talent to deliver unparalleled coverage for our viewers,” said Neal. “We are delighted to have a deep and internationally diverse lineup that possesses extensive knowledge and experience in soccer from a global perspective.”

FOX Sports’ impressive roster for its first Confederations Cup represents multiple countries and is comprised of three broadcast teams, plus studio coverage originating from two locations – Saint Petersburg and Los Angeles. Kate Abdo hosts studio coverage from Saint Petersburg alongside former U.S. MNT member Eric Wynalda and a rotation of analysts including German legend Lothar Matthäus and former coach Guus Hiddink, who led three different countries (Netherlands, South Korea and Australia) to the World Cup. Lead play-by-play announcer John Strong and former U.S. MNT member Stu Holden call the action live from multiple locations in Russia with Maria Komandnaya reporting from the sidelines. National Geographic Explorer Sergey Gordeev will also be in Russia, showcasing the host country’s cultural richness to the American audience. Francisco X. Rivera will be embedded with the Mexico National Team, providing in-depth reports throughout the tournament for television, digital and social media platforms.

Rob Stone anchors studio coverage from Los Angeles alongside former U.S. Hall of Famer Alexi Lalas, German star Arne Friedrich, two-time U.S. WMNT Olympic Gold Medalist Aly Wagner, former Mexican National Team member Mariano Trujillo and Emmy-award winning broadcaster Fernando Fiore.

In addition to pre- and post-match studio coverage, FOX Sports presents 10 editions of CONFEDERATIONS CUP TONIGHT featuring expert analysis and commentary of the day’s events. Fiore hosts the hour-long show alongside Lalas, Wagner, Trujillo, former U.S. MNT member Cobi Jones and Mexican broadcaster Jorge Perez-Navarro.

Broadcasting pairings for FIFA Confederations Cup are listed below:

Play-by-Play / Analyst
John Strong & Stu Holden
JP Dellacamera & Brad Friedel
Jorge Perez-Navarro & Cobi Jones

Studio Analysts
Alexi Lalas
Cobi Jones
Aly Wagner
Lothar Matthäus
Guus Hiddink
Mariano Trujillo
Arne Friedrich

Studio Hosts
Rob Stone
Kate Abdo
Fernando Fiore

Reporters
Sergey Gordeev
Maria Komandnaya
Francisco X. Rivera

Rules Analyst
Dr. Joe Machnik

FOX Sports televises all 16 FIFA Confederations Cup matches live from Russia from June 17 to July 2 across its portfolio of networks. Host nation Russia opens the tournament against New Zealand on Saturday, June 17 (FS1, 10:00 AM ET). The next day, Mexico squares off against Portugal at 9:30 AM ET on FS1. Other notable group stage matches include Germany-Chile on Thursday, June 22 (FS1, 1:00 PM ET) and Mexico-Russia on Saturday, June 24 (FOX, 10:00 AM ET). Semifinal coverage airs Wednesday, June 28 (FS1, 1:00 PM ET) and Thursday, June 29 (FS2, 1:00 PM ET). The third-place and final matches are set for Saturday, July 2 on FS1 (7:00 AM ET and 1:00 PM ET). The full schedule found here.

All matches can be live streamed via FOX Sports GO and FOX Soccer 2Go. FOX Sports GO is available on FOXSportsGO.com or on the FOX Sports GO app, which can be downloaded from iTunes, Google Play, Amazon App Store and Windows Store. Streaming is also now available on several connected devices, including Apple TV, Android TV, FireTV, Roku, Chromecast and Xbox One.

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FOX Sports Travels to Colorado and Mexico for FIFA World Cup Qualifiers

Landon Donovan Returns to FOX Sports Joining John Strong and Stu Holden for USA-Trinidad & Tobago

LOS ANGELES, CA – FOX Sports continues its ROAD TO RUSSIA coverage on-site in Colorado and Mexico as the U.S. MNT faces two critical FIFA World Cup Qualifiers, hosting Trinidad & Tobago in Denver on Thursday, June 8, and battling Mexico at famed Estadio Azteca in Mexico City on Sunday, June 11.

Sitting in fourth place in the final round of World Cup qualifying, the Americans are determined to #Get3 points when they square off against Trinidad & Tobago Thursday at 7:00 PM ET on FS1. Rob Stone anchors studio coverage live from a field-level set at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park on the outskirts of Denver alongside former U.S. Hall of Famer Alexi Lalas and Emmy-award winning broadcaster Fernando Fiore. Lead play-by-play analyst John Strong, former U.S. MNT midfielder Stu Holden and U.S. MNT all-time leading goal scorer Landon Donovan call the match with Jenny Taft reporting from the sidelines.

Immediately following the USA-Trinidad & Tobago match, El Tricolor, who leads the group with 10 points, clashes against Honduras at 10:00 PM ET on FS1. Jorge Perez Navarro calls the match alongside former U.S. MNT star Cobi Jones with special reports from Francisco X. Rivera live from Azteca.

On Sunday, June 11, the USA faces CONCACAF rival Mexico in the most-anticipated match of the year beginning at 7:30 PM ET on FS1. Stone hosts pregame coverage live from Azteca alongside Lalas and Fiore. Strong calls the match alongside Holden with Taft and Rivera reporting from the sidelines.

Sports Illustrated’s Grant Wahl serves as reporter at-large, and Dr. Joe Machnik weighs in as rules analyst for the matches.

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.

Jeff Gordon

FOX NASCAR at Pocono Raceway & Texas Motor Speedway Quotes & Programming Schedule

Unprecedented “Drivers Only” NASCAR XFINITY SERIES Race Broadcast Live from Pocono Saturday at 1:00 PM ET on FOX
MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES (Pocono) & NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES (Texas) Live on FS1 Saturday and Sunday

CHARLOTTE, NC – FOX Sports makes national sports broadcasting history this weekend at Pocono Raceway with its “Drivers Only” NASCAR XFINITY SERIES race telecast Saturday, June 10 at 1:00 PM ET on FOX.

In what is believed to be the first time a nationally televised sporting event has been called entirely by active athletes currently competing in that sport, FOX’s on-air line-up features 2014 champion Kevin Harvick on play-by-play with analysis from Clint Bowyer and Joey Logano. Ryan Blaney, Erik Jones and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. cover pit road, while Danica Patrick and Denny Hamlin host race coverage from the Hollywood Hotel.

FOX Sports announcers Shannon Spake and Michael Waltrip will open FOX’s pre-race coverage at 12:30 PM ET from the Hollywood Hotel as Patrick and Hamlin make their way from the garage following MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES final practice, which concludes at 12:30 PM ET (live on FS1), to the Hollywood Hotel. For more information on the “Drivers Only” broadcast, CLICK HERE. For a look at the Cup Series driver broadcasters discussing the upcoming Pocono broadcast during last weekend’s NASCAR RACEDAY, CLICK HERE or HERE.

On Sunday, June 10, the eight aforementioned drivers compete in the MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES race, live on FS1 at 3:00 PM ET. FS1 also offers live coverage of the NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES from Texas Motor Speedway on Friday, June 9 at 8:00 PM ET. FOX Sports’ coverage of stock car racing this weekend also includes the ARCA RACING SERIES race live from Pocono on Friday, June 9 at 5:30 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 Jeff Hammond.

MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES

  • Date/Time: Sunday, June 11 (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 (1:30 PM ET on FS1), hosted by Chris Myers with analysts Darrell Waltrip and Gordon; reporters Little, Neville, Yocum and Kenny Wallace

NASCAR XFINITY SERIES

  • Date/Time: Saturday, June 10 (1:00 PM ET)
  • Network: FOX
  • Announcers: Special “Drivers Only” broadcast features play-by-play announcer Kevin Harvick with analysts Clint Bowyer and Joey Logano; pit reporters Ryan Blaney, Erik Jones and Ricky Stenhouse Jr.; network coverage hosts in the Hollywood Hotel include Danica Patrick and Denny Hamlin
  • Pre-race: NASCAR RACEDAY-XFINITY (12:30 PM ET on FS1); hosted by Shannon Spake, Danica Patrick and Denny Hamlin with analysts Michael Waltrip and Larry McReynolds; reporters Kenny Wallace and Chris Neville
  • Notes: Stenhouse Jr. will be advised by Jamie Little, Erik Jones by Matt Yocum and Ryan Blaney by Chris Neville

NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES (from Texas Motor Speedway)

  • Date/Time: Friday, June 9 (8:00 PM ET)
  • Network: FS1
  • Announcers: Vince Welch, Phil Parsons and Todd Bodine
  • Pit reporters: Hermie Sadler and Alan Cavanna
  • Pre-race: NCWTS SETUP (7:30 PM ET on FS1); hosted by John Roberts with analyst Jeff Hammond; reporters Sadler and Cavanna
  • NCWTS SETUP features a flashback to William Byron and Johnny Sauter’s wins at Texas in 2016, a look back at Johnny Sauter’s win last weekend at Dover and a live interview with Timothy Peters regarding his new ride.

ARCA RACING SERIES (from Pocono)

  • Date/Time: Friday, June 9 (5:30 PM ET)
  • Network: FS1
  • Announcers: Ralph Sheheen and Jim Tretow
  • Pit reporter: Heather DeBeaux

FOX NASCAR QUOTES

Of the eight MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES drivers calling Saturday’s NASCAR XFINITY SERIES race at Pocono Raceway on FOX, who will stand out the most?
“Kevin Harvick has a very challenging job (play-by-play announcer), and so does Danica Patrick (coverage host). Those are key spots and you have to lead. Harvick is going to realize that what Mike Joy and Adam Alexander do is very, very tough.”
–Jeff Gordon

On Jimmie Johnson tying Cale Yarborough’s 83-win mark last weekend at Dover:
“No driver has won 83 Cup races and seven championships in a shorter period of time than Jimmie Johnson. The man is a legend, plain and simple.”
–Darrell Waltrip

On the success and cohesion of the No. 48 team:
“Everyone is committed. Jimmie (Johnson) is committed. The team is devoted to him. They want to please him, and that has to make him want to go out on the track and return the favor. That’s important for a driver.”
–Darrell Waltrip

On Joe Gibbs Racing remaining winless after 13 races this season:
“Earlier in the season I would have been a little bit concerned because Joe Gibbs Racing didn’t quite have some of the speed and performance. It started coming, and now they just need to be patient. The speed is there, they’ve qualified up front, the pit stops are there. Everything is starting to come together.”
–Jeff Gordon

“Joe Gibbs Racing has led roughly half the laps this season that they had at this point last year. There is their opportunity to win. If you run up front and lead races, you can win races, but they’ve struggled to stay at the front. All their cars have had speed but not the speed we’re used to seeing on a weekly basis. After all, they set their own mark the past couple of years and established themselves as the standard. If they could just win one race per team, a lot of their problems would disappear because they’d likely be in the playoffs, which is when we oftentimes see them step up their performance.”
–Jeff Hammond

On what stands out at the halfway point in the regular season:
“Certainly the race stages. Stages have added a lot of excitement and changed up the pit strategy this year. Maybe it’s changed up who has won and who hasn’t won thus far. Kyle Larson still has been very impressive, but boy, Martin Truex Jr. and those Toyotas are coming on strong.
–Jeff Gordon

“The first-time winners. Ricky Stenhouse sat on the pole at Talladega and won the race. That was huge for him and that team. Then Austin Dillon won the Coke 600 in the No. 3 for the first time since 2000.”
–Darrell Waltrip

On how many different winners there could be by the end of the regular season:
“Look at the Gibbs cars that haven’t won yet, Kevin Harvick, who hasn’t won yet, and then you start throwing names in there like Jamie McMurray and AJ Allmendinger, who could win on road courses or superspeedways, or Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chase Elliott and Ryan Blaney. The list starts to get overwhelming. I think it’s going to be 13 or 14 winners this year.”
–Jeff Gordon

“We’ll have 12 winners. If you look at the average over the last 10 years, there should be 12. Four drivers will get in on points and 12 on wins.”
–Darrell Waltrip

On the potential of having the first NASCAR playoffs that excludes some drivers who have won races (due to the number of different winners):
“There are six drivers that won last year but who haven’t won a race yet this year. Plus, guys like Kasey Kahne, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Erik Jones are gunning to get to Victory Lane. There is a lot of potential for us to see the first playoff with drivers who have wins missing the playoffs.”
–Jeff Hammond

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

Friday, June 9
MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES practice (11:00 AM-12:30 PM) (FS1)
NASCAR RACE HUB WEEKEND EDITION (12:30-1:00 PM ET) (FS1)
NASCAR XFINITY SERIES practice (1:00-2:00 PM) (FS1)
NASCAR XFINITY SERIES final practice (3:00-4:00 PM) (FS1)
MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES qualifying (4:00-5:30 PM) (FS1)
ARCA RACING SERIES (5:30-7:30 PM) (FS1)
NCWTS SETUP from Texas Motor Speedway (7:30-8:00 PM) (FS1)
NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES racing from Texas (8:00-10:00 PM) (FS1)

Saturday, June 10
NASCAR XFINITY SERIES qualifying (9:30-11:00 AM) (FS1)
NASCAR RACE HUB WEEKEND EDITION (11:00-11:30 AM) (FS1)
MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES final practice (11:30 AM-12:30 PM) (FS1)
NASCAR RACEDAY-XFINITY (12:30-1:00 PM) (FOX)
NASCAR XFINITY SERIES Racing “Drivers Only” Broadcast (1:00-3:30 PM) (FOX)

Sunday, June 11
NASCAR RACEDAY (1:30-3:00 PM) (FS1)
MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES racing (3:00-6:00 PM) (FS1)

Real Madrid CF v FC Schalke 04 - UEFA Champions League Round of 16

UEFA Champions League Final Delivers More Than 3 Million Viewers on FOX and FOX Deportes

LOS ANGELES, CA – On Saturday, June 3, Cristiano Ronaldo’s Real Madrid defeated Italian powerhouse Juventus 4-1 to retain the UEFA Champions League title in a match that delivered more than 3 million viewers on FOX and FOX Deportes.

  • The match drew 1,762,000 viewers on FOX, up +5% over last year’s Real Madrid vs. Atletico de Madrid final (1,682,000)
  • On FOX Deportes, the match attracted 1,241,000 total viewers, making it the most-watched Spanish-language cable sports program in the U.S. for the week

FOX Sports GO: Saturday’s match delivered an average minute audience of 56,116 for both the English and Spanish streams.

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Dean Blandino Joins FOX Sports as Rules Analyst

Blandino Reunites With Mike Pereira

NEW YORK, NY – The FOX Sports rules analyst stable has doubled in size. Dean Blandino joins FOX Sports as a rules analyst for the network’s college football and NFL coverage in 2017. The announcement was made today by John Entz, President of Production & Executive Producer, FOX Sports.

“Dean is highly respected throughout the NFL,” said Entz. “He was inherently transformative in his role at the NFL, leading the officiating team with ensured integrity, and we look forward to having his expertise to turn to this fall.”

Blandino is the NFL’s former Senior Vice President of Officiating. Together with FOX Sports’ lead NFL and college football rules analyst Mike Pereira, Blandino contributes regularly to both FOX Sports’ college football and NFL telecasts from in the network’s Los Angeles studio, offering his unique insights and interpretation of the rules. Their reunion at FOX marks the second time Blandino and Pereira have joined forces, as the two began working together at the NFL office in 1998.

“Something I’ve always admired about FOX Sports is their dedication to keeping viewers as informed as possible when it comes to the rules and regulations of the game,” Blandino said. “They were the trailblazers in creating this type of position, and I’m excited to now be a part of it.”

“It pleases me to no end, and I could not be more thrilled that Dean is joining us at FOX Sports,” said Pereira. “He brings a clear expertise to the table which will be valuable to me and to all of us at FOX Sports.”

Blandino was first introduced to the world of officiating nearly two and a half decades ago when he was hired as an NFL intern. It was the spark of an illustrious career as he quickly rose to an Instant Replay Official (1999-03), and was selected to work two Super Bowls and two conference championships. As Manager of Instant Replay (2003-07), Blandino oversaw a system upgrade to high definition equipment before entering his role as Director of Officiating (2007-09, 2012-13), in which he served as the No. 2 officer behind Pereira. In 2009, Blandino formed Under the Hood, a company that provides training to instant replay officials serving the NFL and several college football conferences. During his time as Vice President of Officiating (2013-16), Blandino oversaw the NFL’s noteworthy full-time hire of line judge Sarah Thomas, the league’s first female official in 2015. In departing of his final NFL post as Senior Vice President of Officiating (2017) Blandino was recognized as a man of authenticity, admitting to missed calls on the field, but also defending his officials when accurate calls became controversial.

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Former UFC Bantamweight Champion Miesha Tate and Retired Contender Kenny Florian Serve as Analysts for FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT: LEWIS VS. HUNT

John Gooden and Brian Stann Call Fights from New Zealand

LOS ANGELES, CA – Former UFC bantamweight champion Miesha Tate (@MieshaTate) and retired contender Kenny Florian (@KennyFlorian) serve as analysts on the FOX Sports desk with host Karyn Bryant (@KarynBryant) for FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT: LEWIS VS. HUNT on Saturday, June 10.

Retired contender Brian Stann (@BrianStann) joins blow-by-blow announcer John Gooden (@JohnGoodenUK) to call the fights live from New Zealand, while reporter Heidi Androl (@HeidiAndrol) interviews fighters on-site. UFC bantamweight Erik “Goyito” Perez (@Goyito_Perez) and Victor Davila (@mastervic10) call the Spanish language telecast on FOX Deportes.

After more than 12 years as a professional mixed martial artist, No. 7-ranked heavyweight Mark Hunt (12-11-1, 1NC) has never fought in his native New Zealand. On June 10, “The Super Samoan” returns home to face No. 6 Derrick Lewis (18-4, 1NC) in the five-round headliner in Auckland. On what is sure to be an emotional night, Hunt looks to stop the rise of Lewis, who has won six in a row in the Octagon, five by knockout.

FOX UFC analyst Michael Bisping says fans shouldn’t miss the Lewis vs. Hunt headliner: “Somebody is going to get knocked out in this one. If you’re a fan of seeing big, gigantic heavyweights, throwing hell for leather in each and every single shot, then tune into this fight. Both of these guys have two of the most entertaining styles in the UFC. They’re fun to watch. Don’t miss it.” Watch the extended preview from last Saturday’s FS1 UFC 212 POSTFIGHT SHOW here.

The three-hour main card begins Saturday on FS1 and FOX Deportes at 10:00 PM ET and features five more exciting fights. No. 8-ranked middleweight Derek Brunson (16-5) fights No. 15 Dan Kelly (13-1), while Dan Hooker (14-7) and Ross Pearson (21-13, 1NC) square off in a lightweight bout. Light heavyweights Ion Cutelaba (12-3, 1NC) and Henrique da Silva (12-2) go to battle. No. 8-ranked flyweight Tim Elliot (15-7-1) fights No. 12 Ben Nguyen (16-6), while Alexander Volkanovski (14-1) and Mizuto Hirota (19-7-2) open the main card with a featherweight bout.

The two-hour UFC FIGHT NIGHT PRELIMS are on FS1 at 8:00 PM ET, with four bouts. Lightweights Damien Brown (17-9) and Vinc Pichel (9-1) collide. Luke Jumeau (11-3) takes on Dominique Steele (14-8) at 170 pounds, while No. 11 John Moraga (16-6) fights Ashkan Mokhtarian (13-1) in a flyweight tilt. Kiichi Kunimoto (18-6-2, 1NC) and Zak Ottow (14-4) open the PRELIMS with a welterweight bout.

Saturday’s coverage begins on FS1 at 7:00 PM ET with the FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT PREFIGHT SHOW, hosted by Bryant with Florian, Tate and reporter Androl. 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 Friday, June 9 (8:00 PM ET) on FS2 with the same studio crew.

On Wednesday at 8:00 PM ET on FS1, UFC TONIGHT’s Florian and Daniel Cormier preview Saturday’s FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT and interview headliners Lewis and Hunt.

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

Viewers can live stream the UFC shows on FOX Sports GO, available in English or Spanish through the FS1 or FOX Deportes feeds. The shows are available on desktop at FOXSportsGO.com and through the app store or on connected devices including Apple TV, Android TV, Fire TV, Xbox One and Roku. In addition, all programs are also available on FOX Sports on SiriusXM channel 83 on satellite radios and on the SiriusXM app.

FOX SPORTS UFC PROGRAMMING SCHEDULE

DATE TIME (ET) EVENT NET*
Wednesday,

June 7

8:00 PM UFC TONIGHT FS1
Friday,

June 9

8:00 PM FS1 UFC WEIGH-IN SHOW FS2
Saturday,

June 10

7:00 PM FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT PREFIGHT SHOW FS1
Saturday,

June 10

8:00 PM FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT PRELIMS FS1
Saturday,

June 10

10:00 PM FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT: LEWIS VS. HUNT FS1 / FOX Deportes
Saturday,

June 10

1:00 AM FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT POSTFIGHT SHOW FS1

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