Month: June 2017

Studio AR from US Open in 2016

FOX Sports Fine-Tunes Standard-Setting Golf Tech at 117th U.S. Open Championship

Next-Gen Augmented Reality, Aerial Drones, 4K and Expanded Use of Shot Tracers Add to Viewing Experience

CHARLOTTE, NC – FOX Sports continues to upgrade tools in its golf bag, elevating its use of augmented reality, expanding the use of popular shot-tracing technology and outfitting Erin Hills with strategically placed weather-gathering instruments for the 117th U.S. Open Championship airing June 15-18 on FOX, FS1, FOX Deportes and FOX Sports GO.

“Over the last two years, we’ve had some great opportunities to really enhance and develop new tools for our production team,” said Zac Fields, FOX Sports SVP Graphic Tech & Innovation. “This year’s U.S. Open features the best complement of technology that we’ve ever had. We’re incredibly excited and look forward to offering golf fans a great viewing experience.”

With any army of cameras and microphones in play at Erin Hills, the focus is squarely on delivering more of what worked well over the last two championships, beginning with four days of aerial production drone flights next week, capturing unique images from each of the 18 holes.

“Through the use of drone technology, FOX Sports is out to capture the beauty of Erin Hills and the challenges the course presents the world’s best golfers,” said Brad Cheney, FOX Sports VP of Field Operations & Engineering. “This is our third year working to give viewers the true and unique perspective of being on the golf course that only drones can deliver.”

Augmented reality offerings get a boost from a 75-foot Strada Camera Crane, enabling graphic elements to be displayed on the course, as well as a studio jib, which allows for unique analysis of the golf course in a studio setting.

Adding to its efforts to provide accurate shot-tracing graphics, FOX Sports will equip all 18 holes with the ability to trace the golf ball, whether over live video or over a graphic representation of the specific golf hole. Nine tee boxes are equipped with Toptracer technology, allowing for live ball trace over video. The remaining nine tee boxes are equipped with Trackman radar, allowing for a combination of ball tracing and enhanced data. Two of these Trackman tee boxes will show a traditional ball trace along with data captured from the radar, while seven of the Trackman-equipped tee boxes will be used to show Emmy-nominated FOX FlightTrack, a live trace over a graphic representation of the golf hole, giving more perspective to the viewer.

There also will be a reverse tracer with the ability to show shots coming into the 15th green, as well as three roaming RF Toptracer units to provide even more flexibility in showing fairway shots on any hole.

And, in cooperation with DirecTV, FOX Sports is offering three holes in stunning 4K, through the Featured Holes Channel.

With the expectation that wind may be a factor at Erin Hills, FOX Sports is deploying five weather instruments strategically around the course, capturing wind direction and wind speed in an effort to display any impact on play.

Finally, as with all of FOX Sports’ live events, unparalleled audio quality will be an integral part of the broadcast. A total of 216 microphones will be positioned across Erin Hills, including cup microphones in all 18 holes to capture natural sound and conversations among players, caddies and officials on the greens.

All of the initiatives fall under the banner of FOX Sports Lab, a designed approach to exploring technical partnerships that give viewers a fresh perspective and ad sales teams more targeted sports integrations.

FOX SPORTS U.S. OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP TECH LIST

  • Staff & Support
    • 461 technicians
    • 65 support staff
    • 62,000+ man-hours over 15 days
  • Field Support
    • 36 miles of fiber optics
    • 504 strands of fiber optics available across the course
    • Networking
      • 704 Ethernet ports distributed across the course
      • 76 distinct managed networks
      • Three Gbps of Internet data managed
      • 73 Gbps of broadcast data managed
  • Cameras
    • 26 wireless cameras
    • 7 in 1080p
    • 12 – 100x lens-based cameras
    • 19 – 95x lens-based cameras
    • 3 – Xmo High-frame-rate cameras (4,000+ fps)
    • 1 – Sony 4800 – 16x – High-frame-rate camera (960fps)
    • 3 – RF Tracer cameras
    • RF RC truck camera
    • Mobile tower camera
    • Portable robotic camera
    • 75’ Strada Camera Crane
    • 4 – Jib cameras
  • Audio
    • 12 audio consoles
    • 216 microphones
      • 8 RF announcers
      • 18 hole microphones
      •  22 RF walking microphones
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USGA, Topgolf and FOX Sports Announce First Nationwide U.S. Open Watch Party on June 15

U.S. Open Celebrations Planned Across the Country at all 29 Topgolf Locations

FAR HILLS, NJ – The USGA, Topgolf® and FOX Sports have joined forces to celebrate the 117th U.S. Open Championship through a live viewing experience on June 15 at all 30 Topgolf venues across the country.

The Ultimate U.S. Open Watch Party begins at 11 a.m. ET at each Topgolf location as FOX Sports presents live coverage from the U.S. Open at Erin Hills Golf Club in Erin, Wisconsin. Along with the immersive experience and interactive games offered in Topgolf’s hitting bays, visitors will be able to view first-round U.S. Open action on all of Topgolf’s in-venue monitors on FS1 until 6 p.m. ET and the FOX broadcast network until 9 p.m. ET.

Conducted by the USGA, the U.S. Open Championship is golf’s ultimate test for the best players in the world. More than 9,400 golfers from all 50 states and 66 foreign countries entered qualifying in their quest to claim one of the coveted 156 spots that comprise the championship field. The 72-hole championship ends on Father’s Day, June 18. Complete information can be found at usopen.com.

“We’re excited to bring the U.S. Open to new audiences, many of whom may have been introduced to the game through Topgolf, and are enthusiastic about playing,” said Diana Murphy, president of the USGA. “We know the power of the U.S. Open to excite and inspire, and opening a Topgolf-wide U.S. Open party can help advance interest in golf, and engage more people to try golf for the first time.”

The National Golf Foundation recently reported that in addition to nearly the 24 million U.S. golfers currently enjoying the game, another 12.8 million have expressed they are “very interested” in trying it – more than half of which are under the age of 29.

In 2016, Topgolf served 10.5 million guests, 53 percent of whom are between the ages of 18 and 34.

“We’re excited to celebrate one of the greatest events in sports by creating a fun social experience for our guests to play golf while they watch the golf greats compete on TV,” said Topgolf Chief Marketing Officer Brian Radics.

FOX Sports is the domestic broadcast partner for the USGA, providing at least 45 hours of live U.S. Open coverage via FS1, the FOX broadcast network and FOX Deportes, in addition to continuous live-streaming throughout the championship on FOX Sports GO.

“FOX Sports is always looking for inventive ways to engage with viewers and we’re thrilled to bring the U.S. Open to fans in this uniquely social and interactive setting,” said Whit Haskel, FOX Sports Senior Vice President of Brand Marketing.

Fans are encouraged to post a photo on social media using #usopen during the Ultimate Watch Party, and to download the official U.S. Open app for tee times and exclusive digital coverage, available June 8.

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POSTFIGHT Quotes – Evans Comments on Holloway’s Victory

Bisping on Where Holloway Fits in the Division: “He joined the company of Conor McGregor as the only other person to stop Jose Aldo.”
Swanson on Fighting Holloway Next: “I think that’s the most exciting fight you can make.”

LOS ANGELES, CA – The following quotes and videos are from tonight’s FS1 UFC 212 POSTFIGHT SHOW on FS1 hosted by Karyn Bryant, with Michael Bisping, Cub Swanson and Rashad Evans providing analysis. Laura Sanko conducted interviews.

FOX UFC analyst Michael Bisping on how Max Holloway defeated Jose Aldo: “The fight started good for Jose Aldo. As it progressed, there was a warm up period. But it’s not a sprint. Max slowly but surely took over the fight. In the second round he started channeling his inner Nate Diaz and got more and more comfortable. Jose gassed and Max was all over him. Once Max decided he wanted to make it a brawl, it was his kind of fight and he was ready.”

FOX UFC analyst Cub Swanson on Holloway’s victory: “I think we all said the same thing – ‘Wow!’ It was a slow start for Holloway, like we predicted. Then they started to bang. Holloway wasn’t using those angles, but Jose gassed himself out by throwing big punches. We were surprised that Jose didn’t throw more kicks.”

FOX UFC analyst Rashad Evans on Holloway’s confidence in the fight: “His star just got brighter. He just beat a legend. He maintained his poise at the beginning of the fight, started to believe in himself and his confidence grew through the first two rounds. Jose was circling, but Max was following him. Finally, Max got the shot that put him down. I liked how Jose was switching up the tempo. Jose was taking some power shots and missing them. Missing a power punch takes more out of you than hitting them and I think that contributed to his fade.”

Bisping on the turning point in the fight: “It looked like Max was struggling to find his range. But at the end of second round, Aldo looked like he was sucking air and then he got finished. We spoke at length about Jose’s kicks, but he didn’t use them at all. When he watches this fight back, he’s going to ask why?”

Swanson on the change in the featherweight division: “Not only did Max have that long win streak, but against different styles of fighters. I think that run could have been greater because he lost some close fights that I thought he won. What he did against Aldo can’t be called a fluke.”

Bisping on where Holloway fits in the division now: “He joined the company of Conor McGregor as the only one to stop Jose Aldo. That’s pretty special company. What Max just did was very impressive. You can’t beat what Conor did with the one hit.”

Max Holloway on how it feels to beat Aldo: “It feels great. He had everything I wanted. But his time is over. Welcome to the Blessed era. I want to go to Hawaii now!”

Holloway on who he wants to fight next: “I’m not racing through the division, I’m cleaning it out. Cub, I fought you, but you can get it again. If I haven’t fought you, come and get it.”

Holloway on if he was surprised Aldo didn’t kick more: “Yeah, I was. He had aspirations of being a boxer. You guys say I’m one of the best boxers in the division. I took my time and showed it.”

Holloway on having Aldo land some big punches in the beginning of the fight: “It is what it is. Slow and steady wins the race. I was taking my time. I knew he would fade in the later rounds. I don’t try to weather the storm. That’s a losing mentality right there. My game plan was to go where ever the fight took me.”

Holloway on how he felt fighting Aldo: “I thought he was going to be faster. When I was in there, after I got used to his timing, I loosened it up, started having fun and taunting him. The man is the Goat, but this is my reign now.”

Holloway on the UFC going to Hawaii: “Do you think it’s time? I think the whole world thinks it’s time. Let’s get the damn thing done!”

Holloway on what’s next: “I’m going home and I’m going to eat some ice cream. I’ll get fat. I’ll take a week off, then get right back in there. Dana White, you told me this is big game hunting. Bring in the big game. It’s time to get paid!”

VIDEO: Highlights: Aldo vs. Holloway
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zHh7nOMZMdk

VIDEO: Interview: Holloway on how he defeated Jose Aldo, what’s next
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BqPadmoFgRU

Swanson on who’s next for Holloway: “Clearly me. We had a good go at it. He was the better man that night. I had a few injuries and I tanked. I’ve come back and I’m better now. I think that’s the most exciting fight you can make. I’ve been waiting for the division to open up. This is huge. It’s never been more exciting.”

Bisping on Claudia Gadelha vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz: “This fight is like Claudia, it’s short and sweet. Karolina was better on the feet, but Claudia was better on the ground. Once Claudia got her hands on Karolina, she took her to the ground and it was all over.”

Evans on what was different with Gadelha this time: “She has a chip on her shoulder and has gone out to Albuquerque and reinvented herself. She was hunting for the finish the whole time and got it.”

Claudia Gadelha on what she changed going into the fight: “I’ve been saying all week, I’ve changed. I had eight hard weeks training away from my family. But I had to become the new Claudia. I felt like I needed attention. A coach and training partners. I challenged myself. And that’s what I did. The new Claudia is coming. I want to become the person to beat [champion] Joanna [Jedrzejczyk].”

VIDEO: Interview: Gadelha: I’m doing everything I can to be the girl to beat Joanna
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=us4mTl4HWQk

VIDEO: Highlights: Claudia Gadelha vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xli_5tbn3kw

Evans on how long Vitor Belfort should keep fighting: “Vitor may be at the verge of retiring. He got a solid win. But I don’t want to see him fight five more times.”

Bisping on if Belfort should keep fighting: “He’s been fighting the best in the division. With Nate, he moved down a little in the division. Maybe he can get five more wins fighting at that level. He’s out there doing the job he loves, so what? If he can continue to do that, why do you have to hate on that?”

VIDEO: Highlights: Vitor Belfort vs. Nate Marquardt
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hlP1FxCXgAM

VIDEO: Highlights: Paulo Borrachinha vs. Oluwale Bamgbose
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6FBxq4yGXqQ

VIDEO: Highlights: Erick Silva vs. Yancy Medeiros
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bX3Ni2Uw4JA

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FOX Sports Presents Super Soccer Saturday Featuring UEFA Champions League Final, US MNT and US U20 MNT Matches

John Strong and Brad Friedel Call Juventus vs. Real Madrid from Cardiff

LOS ANGELES, CA – FOX Sports presents an impressive soccer lineup Saturday, June 3, featuring the UEFA Champions League final, a U.S. Men’s National Team international friendly and the U.S. U20 Men’s National Team battling Venezuela in the U20 World Cup quarterfinals across the FOX broadcast network, FS1, FS2 and FOX Deportes.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s Real Madrid gets action underway at 2:00 PM ET on FOX, when they battle defensive powerhouse Juventus in the UEFA Champions League final. Lead play-by-play announcer John Strong and analyst Brad Friedel call the match live from Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales, with Geoff Shreeves reporting from the sidelines. Rob Stone anchors studio coverage from the FOX broadcast center in Los Angeles alongside studio analysts Alexi Lalas, Eric Wynalda and Warren Barton, with special reports from Kate Abdo from Cardiff.

FOX Deportes’ UEFA Champions League final presentation begins at 11:00 AM ET with FOX DEPORTES EN VIVO live from Millennium Stadium. John Laguna and Mariano Trujillo anchor studio coverage alongside Claudio Suarez, Hector Fernandez, Isabel Forner, Kate Abdo, Javier Aguirre, Jose Maria Baquero and Valeria Marin.

Soccer programming continues on FOX at 5:00 PM ET, with a one-hour Confederations Cup preview show highlighting this year’s tournament and expert analysis on the eight teams.

Action shifts to FS1 at 10:00 PM ET, as the US MNT battles Venezuela in an international friendly. JP Dellacamera and Stu Holden call the match live from Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah, with Jenny Taft reporting from the sidelines.

A late Saturday night matchup concludes the day’s action when the U.S. U20 MNT squares off against Venezuela in the U20 World Cup in South Korea beginning at 1:50 AM ET live on FS2.

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.

Shannon Sharpe, Joy Taylor and Skip Bayless on UNDISPUTED at the 2017 NBA Finals

Hip-Hop Icons Join SKIP AND SHANNON: UNDISPUTED Live from the 2017 NBA Finals

BIG3 Founder and Platinum-Selling Artist Ice Cube Returns to Preview the BIG3’s Upcoming Season
Three-Time Grammy Award Winner and Oakland Native M.C. Hammer Shows His Support for the Golden State Warriors

NEW YORK, NY – Ice Cube and M.C. Hammer are making some noise in the heart of Oakland’s famous Jack London Square, but not necessarily in the way you would expect. The notable music figures appeared on SKIP AND SHANNON: UNDISPUTED to break down Game 1 of the NBA Finals and give their predictions for the rest of the series. Ice Cube offered viewers a taste of what’s to come when the BIG3 debuts on FS1 on Monday, June 26 at 8:00 PM ET.

Ice Cube thinks Golden State should stay on their toes despite their win in Game 1:

“It reminds me of last year a little bit. Everybody’s got to hold their horses, come back in Game 2, and ball out. Don’t get too comfortable. Last year, the Warriors were up 3-1, and the Cavs came back. So, I wouldn’t feel too comfortable at all this year… Warriors first game, they want revenge, so they were out for blood.”

M.C. Hammer reaffirms that his Golden State Warriors will be victorious:

“I was very impressed, but it was up to expectation. The Warriors are a team to be reckoned with. No matter which way you twist it, when you’ve got to get out there and play the Warriors, it gets real – real quick. You start saying things like you heard LeBron say, ‘What’s the problem?’ [It’s] KD. It’s not going to be a long narrative. You’re going to try and figure out this man running up and down the court, not just on offense, but playing defense with tenacity.”

Ice Cube believes people are going to be impressed with what BIG3 has to offer:

“I feel great. The momentum is picking up. Fans are starting to get excited so it’s great to be at this point and on the cusp of a new league. And it’s going to be some great basketball, that’s what I can’t wait for people to see. Everybody’s got preconceived notions but when they see the actual basketball, they’re going to be very impressed.”

Special editions of SKIP AND SHANNON: UNDISPUTED continue next week live from Cleveland at Gateway Plaza, just outside the Cavs’ Quicken Loans Arena, airing Tuesday, June 6 through Friday, June 9 beginning at 9:30 AM ET.

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UFC TONIGHT Quotes – Florian Predicts ALDO VS. HOLLOWAY to be a Striking War

Bisping picks Holloway to win: “Max is going to move forward and he can throw with just as much talent, speed and power as Conor McGregor. Max gets it done.”

LOS ANGELES, CA – On UFC TONIGHT, host Kenny Florian and guest host Michael Bisping preview the upcoming UFC 212: ALDO VS. HOLLOWAY and interview interim champ Max Holloway and legend Vitor Belfort. Plus, Karyn Bryant adds reports.

UFC TONIGHT guest host Michael Bisping on when he found about Georges St-Pierre’s eye injury: “At the press conference, no, I didn’t know about it. But I found out a little later. That’s why the fight was taking so long to materialize. As far as I was aware, Georges knew, I knew and the UFC knew, but it wasn’t my news to talk about. That’s why I’m still confident the fight is going to happen. Georges says he wants to fight me whether I have the belt or not. Believe you me, I will have the belt. Yoel Romero and Robert Whittaker are fighting for the interim belt and I’ll fight one of them, but Georges and I are still going to get it on.”

Bisping on the Jose Also vs. Max Holloway title fight: “Jose Aldo was the king of featherweight division long before Conor McGregor was ever heard of. How did he get it done? His striking and his devastating leg kicks. This guy can do it all. His leg kicks are some of the best in the UFC.”

UFC TONIGHT host Kenny Florian on Aldo’s dominance: “His defensive skills were really on display in his last fight against Frankie Edgar. I was so impressed with his head movement, his ability to maintain distance, and his takedown defense. But Holloway isn’t going to try to take him down. I think this is going to be a striking war. Holloway isn’t a wrestler and with no threat of takedown, Aldo is going to really let it rip.”

Bisping on Holloway’s fighting style: “Max moves forward and throws strikes with reckless abandon. He’s very exciting. When these two meet, it’s going to be all-out action.”

Florian on Holloway: “He has every technique in his arsenal. He throws his strikes extremely well. He switches his stance so you never know what he’s going to do and does it when throwing strikes, so you don’t know where anything is coming from. He’s that talented with his striking.”

Florian on Aldo’s keys to victory: “He’s fast and powerful. Key one is to stay patient. He needs to take his time against Holloway. He can’t force the knockout. Key two is to throw the leg kicks. He doesn’t have to fear the takedown against Holloway. Key three is to land the takedowns and utilize his Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt.”

Bisping on Holloway’s keys to victory: “He gets it done by speed and aggression. He’s got to apply the forward pressure to crowd the kicker. He’s got to vary his attack. And key three is he’s got to block the leg kicks.”

Bisping picks Holloway to defeat Aldo: “The last time he fought a true striker, Conor McGregor, he got knocked out. Max is going to move forward and he can throw with just as much talent, speed and power as Conor McGregor. For those reasons, I say Max gets it done.”

Florian picks Aldo: “I’m going with Aldo. His experience and his speed is going to be the difference and he might mix in some takedowns.”

VIDEO: Aldo vs. Holloway Preview
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bq0-VbPF7Sk

Max Holloway on being concerned of fans poisoning his food in Brazil: “My nickname is blessed. I’ve got my coach cooking my foods here. I’m not worried. If they have to shoot that low, it’s pretty bad. I’m just concerned with what I can control: my team, my coaches, and my feelings.”

Holloway on if he brought in someone to mimic Aldo in his training camp: “Not really. I’ve got a great bunch of guys. When it’s fight camp, we try to mimic the opponent the best we can.”

Holloway on if it’s hard to train for Aldo, who fights so infrequently: Not really. Aldo is Aldo. You see what you get. Everyone is different, watching from the outside. When we get in the Octagon and the doors shut, it’s a different story. I can’t wait to get in there and mix it up and see how he feels in there.”

Holloway on how he’ll deal with Aldo’s devastating leg kicks: “It’s called Pay Per View. A magician never reveals his secrets. Tune in. Don’t miss it. You’ll see history in the making. I said in December a star is going to be born. A new star is going to be born on June 3rd.”

Holloway on if there was a turning point in his career: “It had to be that two losses before the Will Chope fight. I knew I was better than that and that was a turning point. Ten fights later, here we are.”

VIDEO: Interview: Max Holloway previews his UFC 212 fight vs. Jose Aldo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DPqd540Q4DU

Vitor Belfort on if he’s ready to step away from the sport: “I feel something stirring in me. I went to Tristar gym for this training camp. I feel I’ve still got some miles on this. Let’s continue this journey.”

Belfort on if he’ll keep fighting in the UFC: “Yes, the UFC. That’s the place to be. I’m very thankful to build the sport. We’re in a phase where the sport’s not just entertainment, but a sport and we’re not entertainers, but athletes.”

Belfort on if he has more fights on his contract: “I want to take one fight at a time. Fighting for me is for pleasure. I have a lot of business outside the sport. I really want to help the organization outside. I’ve done a lot for the organization. Any fight can be the last or it can be another start. I take every fight as the last. I think there’s still a legend’s league. Fighters can fight until they’re 50.”

Belfort on how he’ll fight Nate Marquardt: “I need to just let myself go and fight hard. I was waiting for the moment but you have to make it happen, throw combinations and have fun. You can’t be in the same place all the time. I need to just go out and have fun.”

Belfort on why he moved to Tristar: “In Tristar, they have great leadership, great atmosphere, training, coaches and fighters. I went back to living in a little room and a little kitchen. Sometimes you have to go back to what made you. Make the sacrifices. I felt very welcomed. I got a lot of respect from the fighters – amazing fighters from all over the world. They have a great crew and I’ve learned so much. That’s my new home.”

Belfort on what’s next: “Now is about reinventing myself. I don’t have anything to prove. The way I see it now, it’s a passion. I was like a little kid, Now, I can go again. I felt it. I’m excited and very happy to continue to do what I do with love and passion.”

VIDEO: Interview: Vitor Belfort: “Fighting is a pleasure. I want to have fun.”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TICuu7L-uvI

Bisping one fighter to watch at UFC 212 is Erick Silva: “Erick Silva is one of the most exciting fighters we’ve seen in the UFC and he always puts on a memorable occasion.”

Florian’s one fighter to watch at UFC 212 is Marlon Moraes: “I think his striking is just at a different level. He was a champion in the World Series of Fighting and this is his debut in the UFC. His coach Mark Henry is saying he’ll be champion one day.”

Bisping on Alexander Gustafsson saying he could give up a title shot to teammate Jimi Manuwa: “At the end of the day this isn’t a team sport and title shots don’t come easy. He’s already had two shots, but Gustafsson can’t give up another one. He’s losing his mind if he allows Manuwa to jump over him to get a title shot.”

VIDEO: Interview: Jonathan Tucker on the upcoming season of Kingdom
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aHbz13X1_mQ