Month: July 2017

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UFC Strawweight Contender Waterson Joins Middleweight Champion Bisping and Retired Contender Florian for FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT: NELSON VS. PONZINIBBIO

Gooden and Hardy Call Fights from Glasgow, Scotland

LOS ANGELES, CA – FOX Sports announces today that No. 6-ranked UFC strawweight Michelle Waterson (@karatehottiemma) joins middleweight champion Michael Bisping (@Bisping) and retired contender Kenny Florian (@KennyFlorian) as analysts on the FOX Sports desk alongside host Karyn Bryant (@KarynBryant) for FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT: NELSON VS. PONZINIBBIO on Sunday, July 16.

Former welterweight contender Dan Hardy (@danhardymma) joins blow-by-blow announcer John Gooden (@JohnGoodenUK) to call the fights live from Glasglow, Scotland, while reporter Heidi Androl (@HeidiAndrol) interviews fighters on-site. UFC bantamweight Marlon “Chito” Vera (@chitoveraUFC) and Victor Davila (@mastervic10) call the Spanish language telecast on FOX Deportes.

After earning his last five victories by submission, No. 8-ranked welterweight Gunnar Nelson (16-2-1) seeks another spectacular finish against surging No. 14 Santiago Ponzinibbio (24-3) in the main event of FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT: NELSON VS. PONZINIBBIO. Hard-hitting Argentinean Ponzinibbio has won four in a row and looks to move up the welterweight rankings with a victory over Iceland’s Nelson.

The three-hour main card begins Sunday on FS1 and FOX Deportes at 3:00 PM ET and features five more exciting fights. No. 8-ranked strawweight Joanne Calderwood (11-2) fights No. 14 Cynthia Calvillo (5-0), while lightweights Stevie Ray (21-6) and Paul Felder (13-3) square off. Middleweights Jack Marshman (21-6) and Ryan Janes (9-2) go to battle. Light heavyweight Khalil Rountree Jr. (6-2) fights Paul Craig (9-1), while James Mulheron (11-1) and Justin Willis (4-1) open the main card with a heavyweight bout.

The two-hour UFC FIGHT NIGHT PRELIMS are on FS1 and FOX Deportes Sunday at 1:00 PM ET, with four bouts. Welterweights Danny Roberts (13-2) and Bobby Nash (8-2) collide. No. 14-ranked flyweight Alexandre Pantoja (17-2) takes on Neil Seery (16-12), while Charlie Ward (3-2) fights Galore Bofando (4-2) in a welterweight tilt. Danny Henry (10-2) and Daniel Teymur (6-0) open the PRELIMS with a lightweight bout.

Sunday’s coverage begins on FS2 at 12:00 PM ET with the FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT PREFIGHT SHOW, featuring Bryant, Bisping, Florian, Waterson and Androl. The action wraps up after immediately following the main event with the FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT POSTFIGHT SHOW. The UFC WEIGH-IN SHOW takes place on Saturday, July 15 (12:00 PM ET) on FS2 with the same studio crew.

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

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World’s Best Compete in 72nd U.S. Women’s Open Championship on FOX & FS1

Over 45 Hours of Cross-Platform Championship Coverage
Joe Buck, Paul Azinger & Juli Inkster Anchor 18th Tower

NEW YORK, NY – FOX Sports continues its extensive slate of USGA championship programming with the 72nd U.S. Women’s Open Championship, live from Trump National Golf Course in Bedminster, N.J. Coverage is highlighted by over 20 hours of live golf across FS1 and the FOX broadcast network, available via concurrent live-stream, in addition to bonus coverage of featured groups and early weekday action totaling over 25 hours on usga.org and FOX Sports GO.

Live championship coverage begins Wednesday, July 12 at 10:30 AM ET with WEDNESDAY AT THE U.S. WOMEN’S OPEN, featuring practice round content, player interviews and a first look at this year’s field.

Competition coverage officially begins Thursday, July 13, from 2:00 to 7:00 PM ET on FS1, and continues Friday, July 14 on FS1 in the same window. The third and final rounds air on the FOX broadcast network on Saturday and Sunday, July 15-16, from 2:00 to 7:00 PM ET.

On Thursday and Friday, Shane Bacon performs play-by-play duties alongside analysts Brad Faxon and Juli Inkster, a two-time U.S. Women’s Open champion. Inkster is joined by Emmy Award winning broadcaster Joe Buck and lead analyst Paul Azinger in the 18th Tower for the third and final rounds.

On the course, reporting duties are performed by four-time LPGA Tour winner Natalie Gulbis and longtime broadcaster Ken Brown throughout the championship. Over the weekend, they are joined on-course by Bacon, while Faxon contributes as a hole announcer. Holly Sonders conducts interviews and former USGA Executive Director David Fay is on hand for rules analysis.

The full U.S. Women’s Open television schedule follows:

Date Program Time (ET) Network
July 12 WEDNESDAY AT THE U.S. WOMEN’S OPEN 10:30 AM-12:00 PM FS1
July 13 First Round 2:00-7:00 PM FS1
July 14 Second Round 2:00-7:00 PM FS1
July 15 Third Round 2:00-7:00 PM FOX
July 16 Final Round 2:00-7:00 PM FOX

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

FOX Sports’ digital coverage is led by play-by-play announcer Ned Michaels, alongside 14-year LPGA Tour veteran Nicole Castrale and two-time Walker Cup team member Steve Scott, who provide insight and analysis throughout the championship.

The full U.S. Women’s Open streaming schedule follows:

Date Program Time (ET) Platform
July 12 WEDNESDAY AT THE U.S. WOMEN’S OPEN 10:30 AM-12:00 PM FOX Sports GO
July 13 Bonus First Round 10:00 AM-12:00 PM usga.org
FS1 Stream 2:00-7:00 PM FOX Sports GO
Featured Groups 2:00-7:00 PM FOX Sports GO
July 14 Bonus Second Round 10:00 AM-12:00 PM usga.org
FS1 Stream 2:00-7:00 PM FOX Sports GO
Featured Groups 2:00-7:00 PM FOX Sports GO
July 15 FOX Stream 2:00-7:00 PM FOX Sports GO
Featured Groups 2:00-7:00 PM FOX Sports GO
July 16 FOX Stream 2:00-7:00 PM FOX Sports GO
Featured Groups 2:00-7:00 PM FOX Sports GO
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THE HERD WITH COLIN COWHERD Live from Marlins Park, Miami

MIAMI, FL – FS1 original studio program THE HERD WITH COLIN COWHERD is live from Marlins Park in Miami, the site of the 2017 MLB All-Star Game, today and tomorrow from 12:00-3:00 PM ET. MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred and FOX Sports MLB broadcasters Joe Buck, Kevin Burkhardt, Alex Rodriguez and John Smoltz were guests on today’s show. Highlights are below.

Coverage of the 2017 MLB All-Star Game continues tomorrow at 7:30 PM ET on the FOX broadcast network.

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred addresses the league’s increase in home runs (Video):
“The traditionalists are tough on us because they care so much about the sport. They want to make sure that we’re not ever doing the wrong thing; that we are doing the best we can to preserve and enhance the game, so I try to take it as a compliment.

“The game has changed a lot. People are focused on home runs – it’s not just home runs – it’s home runs, lots of strike outs and more tolerance for strike outs. It is a very different game now than it was even a decade ago.”

Joe Buck, who prepares for his record 19th All-Star Game from the booth, says he’s never seen anyone quite like Yankees slugger Aaron Judge:
“I have never seen anybody like that.

“You think somebody 6-7, 280 is going to be literally a stiff – like they’re not going to be able to move. He played some center field in college. He was a good basketball player; a good football player. He’s an athlete, and that’s the freak part, that he’s an athlete at that size. I think he’s played the heck out of right field – nobody’s talked about that. Everyone talks 30 home runs, but defensively he moves around well for a huge man. So I can’t, personally in baseball and in my experience, I can’t compare him to anybody.”

Alex Rodriguez says the Cubs could be suffering from a World Series hangover (Video):
“The hangover effect – it’s unbelievable. It is real and it’s tangible. What do I mean by that – you’re playing for the Chicago Cubs, you haven’t won in 108 years, your emails, your texts, they’re blowing up around the clock, 24-7. There’s opportunity everywhere to make money, to do commercials, to do appearances – we call it the banquet tour. It’s hard to focus on the next season when you’re doing so many things to celebrate the prior year.”

John Smoltz says Clayton Kershaw’s pitching transcends eras:
“You can have a guy with the greatest gifts and tools, but if he doesn’t know how to get to them, it doesn’t mean as much. He has a unique delivery. He works out extremely hard. He’s smart. He’s dedicated. But he just flat-out can throw the ball where he wants to with that stuff better than anybody.”

BONUS: Rodriguez sat down with Judge for an extensive interview that will air during tomorrow night’s pregame show, at 7:30 PM ET on FOX. Click HERE for a preview.

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FOX Sports Announces Supporting Programming for Mayweather vs. McGregor

PREFIGHT and PRELIMS Air Live on FOX and FOX Deportes Saturday, August 26; FS1 and FOX Deportes Presents Weigh-in and Postfight Shows, Plus Coverage of World Tour Telecast on FS1 and FS2

LOS ANGELES, CA – FOX Sports prepares for the most anticipated fight of the year – legendary boxing champion Floyd “Money” Mayweather vs. UFC® champion “The Notorious” Conor McGregor – with programming on FOX, FS1, FS2 and FOX Deportes leading up to the SHOWTIME PPV telecast and recapping the action afterwards.

“FOX Sports is thrilled to be involved with the buildup to this monumental fight between two of the biggest stars in combat sports,” says David Nathanson, FOX Sports Head of Business Operations. “As a broadcast partner of both the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and Premier Boxing Champions (PBC), this fight is the ultimate intersection of these worlds, making FOX Sports the prime destination for combat sports fans.”

Fight day coverage begins Saturday, August 26 on the FOX broadcast network and FOX Deportes at 6:00 PM ET with a one-hour PREFIGHT SHOW. Then, at 7:00 PM ET action moves into the ring with two hours of preliminary boxing bouts live on FOX and FOX Deportes, with the SHOWTIME PPV telecast commencing at 9:00 PM ET. The evening wraps up immediately following the main event with the FS1 and FOX Deportes POSTFIGHT SHOW. Coverage kicks off on Friday, Aug. 25 with the WEIGH-IN SHOW live on FS1 and FOX Deportes at 7:00 PM ET.

Helping build anticipation for the fight, FOX Sports presents the UFC TONIGHT Special: Mayweather vs. McGregor Press Tour live on FS2, with re-airs later each evening on FS1. The World Tour kicks off Tuesday, July 11 (5:30 PM ET) from Los Angeles; followed by Wednesday, July 12 (6:00 PM ET) from Toronto; Thursday, July 13 (7:00 PM ET) in New York; and wraps on Friday, July 14 (2:00 PM ET) from London’s Wembley Arena.

Fans can follow the action on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram at @FOXSports for all updates leading up to the fights. Viewers can live stream the shows on FOX Sports GO, available in English or Spanish through the FOX, 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 MAYWEATHER VS. MCGREGOR
PROGRAMMING SCHEDULE

DATE TIME (ET) EVENT NET*
Tuesday,

July 11

5:30 PM UFC TONIGHT SPECIAL: MAYWEATHER VS. MCGREGOR PRESS TOUR FS2
Wednesday,

July 12

6:00 PM UFC TONIGHT SPECIAL: MAYWEATHER VS. MCGREGOR PRESS TOUR FS2
Thursday,

July 13

7:00 PM UFC TONIGHT SPECIAL: MAYWEATHER VS. MCGREGOR PRESS TOUR FS2
Friday,

July 14

2:00 PM UFC TONIGHT SPECIAL: MAYWEATHER VS. MCGREGOR PRESS TOUR FS2
Friday,

Aug. 25

7:00 PM WEIGH-IN SHOW FS1 / FOX Deportes
Saturday, Aug. 26 6:00 PM PREFIGHT SHOW FOX / FOX Deportes
Saturday, Aug. 26 7:00 PM PRELIMS FOX / FOX Deportes
Saturday, Aug. 26 1:00 AM POSTFIGHT SHOW FS1 / FOX Deportes

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

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Landon Donovan, Alexi Lalas, Stu Holden and Cobi Jones Preview the CONCACAF Gold Cup

FOX Sports presents 62 hours of CONCACAF Gold Cup coverage, including live game action and studio analysis, from July 7 to July 26 across its portfolio of networks. The U.S. MNT kicks off its CONCACAF Gold Cup campaign against Panama on Saturday, July 8, on the FOX broadcast network at 4:30 PM ET. On Sunday, July 9, reigning champion Mexico squares off against El Salvador at 9:00 PM ET on FS1. French Guiana opens the tournament against Canada on Friday, July 7, at 7:00 PM ET on FS2.

Landon Donovan is most excited to watch the tournament’s younger players:
“I’m looking forward to seeing all of the young and inexperienced players from the various countries, particularly Panama, Mexico and the United States. We know a majority of the veteran players will not be participating in the tournament, so this presents an opportunity for young talent to perform for their coaches and respective countries.”

Alexi Lalas says Mexico has the most pressure to succeed:
“Mexico is under the most pressure. Juan Carlos Osorio just received a six-game suspension for his sideline behavior during the FIFA Confederations Cup that ended poorly for him with two losses. Any perceived slip-up will be used to justify a change. Maybe that slip-up is in the form of an experimental Mexico team that succeeds and entertains without ‘El Professor’ at the helm? It’s a hungry, deep and balanced Mexico team with motivated players that will see the Gold Cup as an opportunity to impress and secure a spot in the team next summer. The fan support for Mexico will also create a home-field advantage for the team.”

Stu Holden predicts a USA vs. Mexico final:
“I think it will be the USA facing Mexico in the final. Both countries are bringing their B teams to the tournament, but these teams have the most depth. The U.S. MNT is young and hungry, and they are looking to cement their place on the roster. I know how it feels, having experienced that in the 2009 Gold Cup and then making the World Cup roster in 2010.”

Cobi Jones says the U.S. MNT has what it takes to succeed:
“The USA has new motivation and energy under Bruce Arena. The young players are eager to showcase their talents and prove they should be considered for next summer.”

Lalas says the Gold Cup is an excellent chance for players to earn a spot on the World Cup roster:
“We will see 1-2 players emerge, securing their spot for next summer. I love seeing a player presented with an opportunity and grabbing it with both hands. For most on this team, it will be their last chance to turn Bruce Arena’s head and plant that seed that they should be part of the World Cup roster. This is also the first and only time we will see Arena 2.0 in a tournament setting before next summer. He is very good at orchestrating the proper pace and burn at tournaments.”

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FS1 to Televise Six Hours of the U.S. Masters, a 2017 World Series of Darts Event, July 13-15

Two-Hour Programs Follow Each Day’s Competition From the Tropicana Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS, NV – The biggest names in professional darts are coming to Las Vegas in 2017 to compete in the U.S. Masters at the Tropicana Las Vegas, July 13 – 15, and FS1 is on-board to televise six hours of action, with two-hour programs following each day’s competition. FOX Sports’ Chris Myers serves as tournament host; Jesse May calls the play-by-play; John Part, a three-time World Darts Champion, the match analyst; and Kate Abdo reporting.

The three-day tournament represents the first time the Professional Darts Corporation’s (PDC) World Series of Darts, a circuit that includes events in Dubai, Australia, New Zealand and China, has been hosted in the U.S. The tournament will be co-promoted by Barry Hearn’s PDC and David Hill’s Hilly, Inc.

Two days of qualifiers (July 11-12) allow any darts player from North America the opportunity to win their way into the eight-player North American Championship, which will be held on Thursday, July 13 and televised on FS1 via same-day delay at 12:30 AM ET/9:30 PM PT). This event determines the domestic champion, and earns said champion the right to represent North America at the 2017-18 World Championship in London.

Come Friday, July 14, the eight North American qualifiers will be drawn against eight PDC World Series of Darts players who were specifically invited to compete at the U.S. Masters. FS1 carries U.S. Masters Day One action that night at 12:00 AM ET/9:00 PM PT. The eight winners of Friday’s day one competition will play down to a single U.S. Masters Champion on Saturday, July 15, which FS1 will televise later at 12:00 AM ET/9:00 PM PT. The final round will also re-air on FS1 on Sunday, July 16 (10:30 PM ET/7:30 PM PT) and Saturday, July 29 (11:00 PM ET/8:00 PM PT).

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Versatile Spake Celebrates One Year at FOX Sports

NASCAR Race Hub, “Shannon Spokes” Mark Year of Surprises

This extended Q&A is the latest in a continuing series with FOX Sports personalities to be highlighted over the next several months. To learn more about FOX Sports NASCAR Race Hub host & multi-sport sideline reporter Shannon Spake or to download photography, please visit http://foxs.pt/2sLm9Jx, and follow her on Twitter at @ShannonSpake.

FOX SPORTS: Yesterday marked one year since the official announcement you were joining FOX Sports – Biggest takeaway after year-one on the job? Biggest item still on your to-do list and why?

SPAKE: “There is no doubt that having the opportunity to cover the Pearl Harbor Invitational on the 75th anniversary of the attacks on Pearl Harbor was the biggest moment of my career over the last 12 months. I interviewed some of the most powerful men in our country, stood courtside as a 97-year-old World War II veteran played the national anthem on his harmonica and was able to tell my 92-year-old grandfather, a WWII veteran, live on air that I was bringing him a coin I received from the General of the Army Pacific. I still get emotional thinking about the enormity of that moment.

“As far as my “to-do” list, I am adding FOX Sports NFL sideline reporter to my resume this fall and I am really excited about the opportunity to cover professional football.”

FOX SPORTS: Earlier this year, you took over the co-hosting role for well-established NASCAR Race Hub – any surprises in taking on full-time hosting duties? What have the rewards been?

SPAKE: “Every day is a reward! Everyone that works on Hub is so supportive, patient and talented. I look forward to going to work every single day. The creativity and talent flowing in that building is amazing, and I am always amazed at our lineup of guest analysts. I’ve never been a part of a show that has so much access to the biggest stars in the sport on a daily basis.”

FOX SPORTS: You and co-host Adam Alexander seemed to have clicked immediately. How important is that elusive chemistry to the success of the program?

SPAKE: “Chemistry is everything. I tried to spend as much time as possible with Adam during my first few weeks. We have even moved into the same office space because we thought it was important to spend time before and after the show with each other building that chemistry. Adam is so talented and has taught me so much about the ‘studio world’ and his patience has been so crucial to my comfort and growth in such a short period of time.”

FOX SPORTS: You are “Shannon Spokes” in the new animated movie, Cars 3 – has it sunk in just how big a deal that is?

SPAKE: “It’s crazy because until I actually heard my voice in the movie preview, I didn’t believe it was real. It was such a fun process and such an honor to represent the female reporter in the movie. Plus, I have earned major ‘cool points’ with my 7-year-old twins and their friends.”

FOX SPORTS: You seem to have found some level of work-life balance with your career, your family and your health – what has been the key to finding that balance and does it remain a daily focus?

SPAKE: “I have always said, ‘If you want it all, you have to do it all,’ and some days I feel like I do ‘all’ and more. I have a great support system and my husband certainly deals with a lot, but somehow we make it work. I have learned to eliminate things that don’t make me happy or don’t bring a positive vibe to my family unit. I also know that it’s ok if I don’t get everything done today — sometimes grocery shopping can wait ‘til tomorrow.”

FOX SPORTS: If you could work one sporting event you haven’t already done, which one would it be and why?

SPAKE: “Swimming in the Olympics. No question. I was a swimmer growing up and my father was an All-American swimmer in college. I would love to be there to see the speed and power those athletes have in the pool.”

Editor’s note: Accompanying photo is of NASCAR Race Hub co-hosts Shannon Spake and Adam Alexander. The most-watched NASCAR news and information on television, NASCAR Race Hub airs nightly Monday thru Thursday at 6:00 PM ET, with additional weekend editions as scheduled.

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2017 MLB All-Star Game on FOX Broadcast Guide

FOX Sports and Major League Baseball (MLB) are proud to present baseball’s biggest and brightest stars all on one stage on Tuesday, July 11 (7:30 PM ET) during the 88th Major League Baseball All-Star Game, live from Marlins Park in Miami, Fla. This year’s All-Star Game marks the 19th for FOX Sports play-by-play announcer and seven-time Emmy Award-winner Joe Buck, who calls the game alongside MLB Hall of Famer John Smoltz. Ken Rosenthal and Tom Verducci, both two-time Emmy Award winners, report from the dugouts during the game.

This broadcast guide has been prepared to assist media members in their coverage of the event, and includes information on broadcasters, production, technology and more. Access the guide by clicking the PDF below.

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Baseball Hall of Famer Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez Joins FOX Deportes as Analyst for MLB All-Star Game

Los Angeles – Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez joins FOX Deportes as a game analyst for the 2017 MLB All-Star Game on Tuesday, July 11 (7:00 PM ET). Rodriguez makes his FOX Deportes debut alongside play-by-play announcer Ronaldo Nichols. The announcement was made today by Orlando Silver, Vice President of Production, FOX Deportes.

“We are delighted to have Pudge, one of MLB’s greatest all-around catchers, join us for our 20th All-Star Game presentation,” said Silver. “He brings invaluable knowledge and experience to our broadcast booth, making the telecast an unforgettable experience for viewers.”

A 14-time All-Star, 13-time Gold Glove Award winner and Class of 2017 Baseball Hall of Fame inductee, Rodriguez’s illustrious career spans more than 21 years behind the plate, setting the record for games caught with 2,427. Rodriguez began his MLB tenure with the Texas Rangers in 1991 and went on to play for the Detroit Tigers, New York Yankees, Florida Marlins, Houston Astros and Washington Nationals, winning a championship with the Marlins in 2003.

“I’m very excited to be joining the FOX Deportes family for the All-Star Game,” said Rodriguez. “It’s great to be back in Miami with the team I built countless memories with, among them winning a championship in 2003. To be part of a broadcast that reaches Hispanic households and the Latino community is an honor and privilege for me.”

The American League Most Valuable Player with Texas in 1999, Rodriguez owns a lifetime .296 batting average, 2,844 base hits, 311 home runs, gunning down 661 would-be based stealers.

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FOX Sports Unveils Top-Notch Broadcast Team for CONCACAF Gold Cup

Landon Donovan Returns to Booth, Joining John Strong and Stu Holden for USA-Panama Saturday on FOX

LOS ANGELES, CA – FOX Sports unveils its top-notch roster of play-by-play announcers, game analysts and studio commentators for coverage of the CONCACAF Gold Cup. The biennial tournament crowning the regional champion of North America, Central America and the Caribbean begins Friday, July 7, across the FOX Sports family of networks. Today’s announcement was made by Jonty Whitehead, Executive Producer of Soccer, FOX Sports.

“We’ve assembled an unparalleled roster of talent for our sixth CONCACAF Gold Cup presentation,” said Whitehead. “Our broadcast team has over 20 years of combined experience, bringing extensive knowledge and depth to this year’s premier stateside tournament.”

The best-in-class broadcast team is comprised of four play-by-play announcers, six game analysts and two embedded reporters, plus pregame coverage featuring hosts Kate Abdo and Rob Stone. Abdo and Stone anchor the studio on alternate days alongside a rotation of analysts including U.S. Hall of Famer Alexi Lalas, two-time Olympic Gold Medalist Aly Wagner, former U.S. MNT and MLS star Eric Wynalda, former Mexican National Team member Mariano Trujillo, Orlando City forward Giles Barnes and Emmy-Award winning broadcaster Fernando “El Presidente” Fiore.

Lead play-by-play announcer John Strong calls all U.S. MNT matches alongside Landon Donovan, the all-time leading goal scorer for the U.S. MNT and the LA Galaxy, and former U.S. MNT midfielder Stu Holden.

FOX Sports’ CONCACAF Gold Cup broadcaster lineup is listed below:

Play-by-Play
John Strong
JP Dellacamera
Glenn Davis
Mark Followill

Game Analysts
Landon Donovan
Stu Holden
Brad Friedel
Eric Wynalda
Cobi Jones
Tony Meola

Studio Analysts
Alexi Lalas
Aly Wagner
Eric Wynalda
Mariano Trujillo
Giles Barnes
Fernando Fiore

Studio Hosts
Kate Abdo
Rob Stone

Reporters
Jenny Taft (USA)
Francisco X. Rivera (Mexico)

Rules Analyst
Dr. Joe Machnik

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

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

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