Month: August 2017

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FOX Sports Showcases MLS-NFL FOX Broadcast Doubleheader for Second Straight Year

Atlanta United-Montreal Impact and Sporting Kansas City-LA Galaxy Take Center Stage Sept. 24

LOS ANGELES, CA – FOX Sports today announced the FOX broadcast network will feature two MLS matches airing live adjacent to regional National Football League broadcasts on Sunday, Sept. 24. FOX Sports’ MLS and NFL presentation features a battle between Atlanta United and the Montreal Impact at brand new Mercedes-Benz Stadium, and a clash between Sporting Kansas City and the LA Galaxy at Children’s Mercy Park.

Live coverage begins at 2:00 PM ET when the 2013 MLS Cup champions, Sporting Kansas City, hosts the LA Galaxy. The matchup will be available in both competing teams’ home markets, as well as select additional cities around the country. Those areas without the MLS match will receive a regional NFL broadcast at that time. Soccer fans in markets with the NFL game have the opportunity to watch full coverage of the Sporting KC-Galaxy match live on FOX Sports GO.

Action continues as the Montreal Impact travels to Mercedes-Benz Stadium to face Tata Martino’s Atlanta United at 5:00 PM ET. Those areas not receiving the broadcast on television will receive a regional NFL broadcast at that time and can watch the full MLS match on FOX Sports GO. Both MLS matches will also be available in Spanish on FOX Deportes.

This is the second consecutive season FOX Sports showcases a joint MLS and NFL lineup, televising games from the two leagues on the same network at the same time. Originally scheduled kickoff times for the two matches have been updated to align with the FOX broadcast network lineup.

Similar to FOX’s process with regional NFL broadcasts, market assignments for the network’s coverage of the Sept. 24 MLS matches will be made public at a later date. When market assignments are announced, MLSsoccer.com will provide a complete overview of the coverage for both the Sporting Kansas City-LA Galaxy and Atlanta United-Montreal Impact matches.

All FOX soccer matches can be live streamed via FOX Sports GO and FOX Soccer Match Pass. 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.

FOX Sports and Big Ten Executives Ring the NASDAQ Opening Bell

Every Game is Everything: FOX Sports Kicks Off College Football Season with Four Straight Days of Action

Big Ten Football Comes to FOX and FS1
UCLA Hosts Texas A&M in Sunday Night Primetime Showdown
FOX Sports Celebrates “Texas Football Days”

NEW YORK, NY – FOX Sports kicks off its best college football schedule yet with four straight days of games, from Thursday, Aug. 31, through Sunday, Sept. 3, including, for the first time ever on FOX and FS1, Big Ten regular-season home games.

FS1’s season opens tonight as quarterback Mason Rudolph leads No. 10 Oklahoma State against Tulsa. Hosted by Rob Stone, pregame coverage begins at 6:30 PM ET with studio analysts Matt Leinart, Robert Smith and Dave Wannstedt. Play-by-play announcer Joe Davis, analyst Brady Quinn and sideline reporter Bruce Feldman have the call live from Boone Pickens Stadium at 7:30 PM ET.

The action continues Friday night with the first-ever Big Ten regular-season home game on FS1, as Rutgers hosts No. 8 Washington and Heisman Trophy candidate Jake Browning in “The War Before the Shore.” Pregame coverage begins at 7:00 PM ET and includes live hits from High Point Solutions Stadium, plus a segment from Cris Carter, Nick Wright and Jenna Wolfe, whose new show FIRST THINGS FIRST premieres Tuesday, Sept. 5, at 6:30 AM ET on FS1. FOX Sports’ lead college football broadcast team of play-by-play announcer Gus Johnson, analyst Joel Klatt and sideline reporter Jenny Taft call the action when the game kicks off at 8:00 PM ET.

FOX Sports presents a full day of games on Saturday, beginning with the first game of the Tom Herman era at Texas, as the No. 23-ranked Longhorns host Maryland on FS1. Pregame coverage begins at 11:00 AM ET before former Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich calls his first game in the broadcast booth alongside play-by-play announcer Justin Kutcher, fellow analyst Petros Papadakis and sideline reporter Jennifer Hale. The Maryland-Texas matchup also marks the first of 13 games this season televised on FS1 and simulcast in 4K to outlets including DirecTV.

On the FOX broadcast network, No. 7 Oklahoma, led by first-year head coach Lincoln Riley, hosts UTEP with coverage beginning at 3:00 PM ET, before No. 16 Louisville and reigning Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson face Purdue, led by new head coach and former Cardinals quarterback Jeff Brohm, at 7:30 PM ET at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Davis, Quinn and Feldman have the call in the second half of their weekend doubleheader.

The first full weekend of the college football season continues the following day with Texas A&M at UCLA, the first Sunday primetime college football game to air on the FOX broadcast network. Stone, Leinart, Smith and Wannstedt are live from the Rose Bowl in Pasadena for a half-hour edition of FOX COLLEGE FOOTBALL KICKOFF at 7:00 PM ET before Johnson, Klatt and Taft call the action in their second game in three days. The full Week 1 schedule of games on the FOX broadcast network, FS1, FS2, FSN and BTN is below.

Led by FOX Sports Southwest, FOX Sports this week celebrates “Football Days in Texas,” a week-long event highlighting the game at all levels throughout the state. Featuring the first two Friday night high school football games to ever be televised, “Football Days in Texas” recognizes the importance of the sport in helping communities come together, especially in light of the ongoing impact from Hurricane Harvey. For more information, visit FOXSports.com/Southwest.

In 2017, FOX Sports televises top games from the Big 12, Big Ten and Pac-12 conferences. FOX Sports is home to some of the most anticipated matchups of the season, including Ohio State at Michigan, Oklahoma State at Oklahoma in the annual Bedlam rivalry, and Texas at USC in the first rematch of the 2006 BCS National Championship Game. FOX Sports is also home to the Big Ten and Big 12 championship games and the Foster Farms Bowl and San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl.

GAME BROADCASTERS DATE TIME (ET) NET
Buffalo at Minnesota Brandon Gaudin, Glen Mason

& Kyndra de St. Aubin

8/31 7:00 PM BTN
Tulsa at #10 Oklahoma State Joe Davis, Brady Quinn & Bruce Feldman 8/31 7:30 PM FS1
#8 Washington at Rutgers Gus Johnson, Joel Klatt & Jenny Taft 9/1 8:00 PM FS1
Maryland at #23 Texas Justin Kutcher, Mark Helfrich,

Petros Papadakis & Jennifer Hale

9/2 12:00 PM FS1
Ball State at Illinois Chris Denari & J Leman 9/2 12:00 PM BTN
Wyoming at Iowa Kevin Kugler, Matt Millen & Lisa Byington 9/2 12:00 PM BTN
UTEP at #7 Oklahoma Joe Davis, Brady Quinn & Bruce Feldman 9/2 3:30 PM FOX
Nevada at Northwestern Brandon Gaudin, Chuck Long

& Michelle McMahon

9/2 3:30 PM BTN
Eastern Washington at

Texas Tech

Brendan Burke, Dave Anderson

& Christian Steckel

9/2 4:00 PM FSN
Liberty at Baylor Eric Collins, Danny Kanell & AJ Hawk 9/2 7:00 PM FS2
Purdue vs #16 Louisville Tim Brando, Spencer Tillman

& Holly Sonders

9/2 7:30 PM FOX
Jackson State at TCU Mark Followill, Brian Baldinger

& Lesley McCaslin

9/2 8:00 PM FSN
Arkansas State at Nebraska Joe Beninati, Glen Mason

& Elise Menaker

9/2 8:00 PM BTN
Montana State at

#24 Washington State

Brian Custer & Ben Leber 9/2 10:30 PM FS1
Texas A&M at UCLA Gus Johnson, Joel Klatt & Jenny Taft 9/3 7:30 PM FOX

 

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FOX Sports Scores Ratings Knock Out with Mayweather vs. McGregor Programming

FOX PRELIMS Peak at More Than Three-Million Viewers

LOS ANGELES, CA – FOX Sports coverage of Mayweather vs. McGregor Saturday night delivered a resounding ratings knockout with the MAYWEATHER VS. MCGREGOR PRELIMS posting 2,568,000 viewers across FOX, FOX Deportes and FOX Sports GO, according to Nielsen Media Research.

Fueled by two exciting bouts, as well as anticipation for the main event, the PRELIMS on FOX scored 2,438,000 viewers from 7:00 – 9:00 PM ET, up +71% compared to the 2017 average to date of boxing events on the network (1,427,000) and FOX’s most-watched boxing event since January of 2016. Among A18-49, it was up +155% (1,156,000 vs. 453,000) vs. the average to date for FOX and was the most-watched telecast of the day on any network.

Viewership continued to grow throughout the evening’s broadcast. FOX’s first preliminary bout featuring unbeaten prospect Juan Heraldez scored a decision victory over Jose Miguel Borrego from 7:45 – 8:00 PM ET delivering 2,360,000 viewers. The show peaked with 3,110,000 viewers from 8:45 – 9:00 PM ET, for the end of the exciting 10-round welterweight showdown in which 2008 Olympic bronze medalist Yordenis Ugas edged out a decision victory over former title challenger Thomas Dulorme.

Additional Highlights

  • The MAYWEATHER VS. MCGREGOR PREFIGHT SHOW on FOX delivered 1,463,000 viewers.
  • The MAYWEATHER VS. MCGREGOR POSTFIGHT SHOW on FS1 tallied 368,000 viewers, up +15% over the UFC POSTFIGHT SHOW for McGregor-Diaz 2 on the network last August (320,000).
  • The MAYWEATHER VS. MCGREGOR WEIGH-IN SHOW on FS1 Friday garnered 287,000 viewers, up +288% over the weigh-ins for UFC 202: McGregor vs. Diaz 2 on the same Friday in 2016 (74,000).
  • Compared to live UFC Weigh-Ins on FS1, this telecast would rank as the third-most watched in FS1 history.
  • On FS1 Friday, the live Premier Boxing Champions show posted 269,000 viewers, a +35% gain over the lone card on the network last August (199,000). Among A18-49, it was up +174% (93,000 vs. 34,000).
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FOX Sports Adds Former NCAA Coaches Mark Helfrich and Les Miles Along with Veteran Broadcaster Danny Kanell to College Football Game Coverage

NEW YORK, NY – FOX Sports today officially announces that former NCAA football coaches Mark Helfrich and Les Miles and veteran broadcaster and former NCAA and NFL player Danny Kanell have joined the network for coverage of its best-ever college football schedule this fall. Today’s announcement was made by John Entz, President of Production & Executive Producer, FOX Sports.

“We are thrilled to have Mark, Les and Danny join FOX Sports for what is going to be our best college football season yet,” Entz said. “Mark and Les give us decades of coaching experience and an inside knowledge of the college game, while Danny is a polished broadcaster with a great reputation. We can’t wait to get the season started later this week.”

Helfrich calls a full slate of games this season alongside play-by-play announcer Justin Kutcher and fellow analyst Petros Papadakis. They open the season on Saturday, Sept. 2, for Maryland at Texas at 12:00 PM ET on FS1. Helfrich begins his broadcasting career with FOX Sports following his successful tenure with Oregon, where he served as head coach of the Ducks for four seasons after spending the previous four years as the program’s offensive coordinator. As head coach, Helfrich led Oregon to an appearance in the inaugural College Football Playoff National Championship Game and guided quarterback Marcus Mariota to a Heisman Trophy following the 2014 season.

Miles also tackles the sport from a different point of view, calling select FOX Sports college football games this season. He makes his debut during Week 3 of the season, joining play-by-play announcer Tim Brando, fellow analyst Spencer Tillman and sideline reporter Holly Sonders from Lincoln., Neb., for Northern Illinois at Nebraska on Saturday, Sept. 16, at 12:00 PM ET on FS1. Miles moves to television following a successful coaching career, most recently at LSU, which culminated in a Tigers’ Citrus Bowl victory last season. An offensive lineman with Michigan under legendary head coach Bo Schembechler, Miles began his coaching career as an assistant with the Wolverines, and after several years in the NCAA and NFL, received his first head coaching post with Oklahoma State. He spent four seasons with the Cowboys before moving on to LSU where he led the Tigers for more than a decade, winning the 2007 BCS National Championship.

A broadcaster with ESPN for the last eight years, Kanell calls select college football games for FOX Sports in 2017, opening the season with play-by-play announcer Eric Collins and fellow analyst AJ Hawk in Waco, Texas, for Liberty at Baylor on Saturday, Sept., 2, at 7:00 PM ET on FS2. Kanell is a former collegiate and professional football and baseball player, having quarterbacked Florida State for four years while playing two seasons with the Seminoles’ baseball team. Kanell was selected by the New York Giants in the 1996 NFL Draft and also played with the Atlanta Falcons and Denver Broncos. Following his playing career, Kanell joined ESPN in 2010 as a college football game and studio analyst and contributed to the network’s coverage, including on his weekday radio show “Rusillo & Kanell,” for nearly eight years.

Helfrich, Miles and Kanell join FOX Sports’ previously announced lineup of Gus Johnson, Joel Klatt and Jenny Taft, who open the season with Washington at Rutgers on Friday (8:00 PM ET on FS1) before flying cross-country for Texas A&M at UCLA on Sunday (7:30 PM ET on FOX); Joe Davis, Brady Quinn and Bruce Feldman, who call Tulsa at #10 Oklahoma State on Thursday (7:30 PM ET on FS1) and UTEP at Oklahoma on Saturday (3:30 PM ET on FOX); and Brando, Tillman and Sonders, who open the season with Purdue vs. Louisville Saturday (7:30 PM ET on FOX).

Host Rob Stone is in studio for pregame, halftime and postgame coverage on FOX and FS1, joined by analysts Matt Leinart, Robert Smith and Dave Wannstedt with rules experts Mike Pereira and Dean Blandino.

In 2017, FOX Sports televises top games from the Big 12, Big Ten and Pac-12 conferences. FOX Sports is home to some of the most anticipated matchups of the season, including Ohio State at Michigan, Oklahoma State at Oklahoma in the annual Bedlam rivalry, and Texas at USC in the first rematch of the 2006 BCS National Championship Game. FOX Sports is also home to the Big Ten and Big 12 championship games and the Foster Farms and San Diego County Credit Union bowl games.

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FOX Sports, NHRA Team to Deliver Record Nine Hours of Live Coverage from Prestigious U.S. Nationals

The ‘Big Go’ from Lucas Oil Raceway Marks End of Regular Season, Sets Field for Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship

CHARLOTTE, NC – FOX Sports and the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) are set to deliver a record nine hours of live multi-platform coverage from drag racing’s biggest, oldest and richest weekend of the year, as the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals close out the regular season from Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis on Aug. 30 – Sept. 4.

“We’re thrilled to bring our fans the most live coverage ever from a single NHRA event,” said Ken Adelson, NHRA VP of Broadcasting & Chief Content Officer. “As our drivers and teams battle for points and positioning in the last race before the Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship, fans for the first time can follow the action live on both Sunday and Monday from ‘The World’s Biggest Drag Race.’”

Veteran broadcaster Dave Rieff handles play-by-play from the “Big Go,” drag racing’s long-running Labor Day event, with two-time Funny Car champion Tony Pedregon offering analysis. Jamie Howe and Bruno Massel report from the pits, with John Kernan and Amanda Busick providing feature coverage.

“I see the pressure on two fronts for drivers and teams,” Pedregon said. “The biggest, most prestigious race with more points and prize money is where it starts. Then, because it’s the last opportunity to accumulate points, positioning becomes such an important factor.

“The battle for the 10th spot in Funny Car is the most intriguing,” Pedregon continued. “Cruz (Pedregon, Tony’s brother) seemed to be in the best position until Alexis (Dejoria) won the last race and bumped him out. There are still five drivers that have a chance in Funny Car … and it will not be decided until the final day of competition.”

On the production side, the Lucas Oil helicopter provides aerial shots on Sunday and Monday, with SMT virtual graphics included across multiple offerings, including the Finish Line, Player Cards, Telestrator and Virtual Tracking Lines.

“There are several annual motor sports events that deliver another level of energy for fans and for television audiences and the U.S. Nationals certainly is one of them,” said Frank Wilson, FOX Sports VP of Production. “And when you are launching hot rods peaking at 11,000 horsepower every weekend like the NHRA does, that’s saying something.”

Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals on FOX (times Eastern and subject to change):
• Sunday, Sept. 3 – Qualifying (12:00 PM to 2:00 PM, Live, FS1)
• Sunday, Sept. 3 – Qualifying (5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Live, FS1)
• Monday, Sept. 4 – Final Rounds (11:00 AM to 1:00 PM, Live, FS1)
• Monday, Sept. 4 – Final Rounds (1:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Live, FOX)

Heading into the U.S. Nationals, points leaders in the professional categories include three-time champion Antron Brown (Top Fuel), defending champion Ron Capps (Funny Car), Bo Butner (Pro Stock) and LE Tonglet (Pro Stock Motorcycle).

Schedule of events: Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals

Throughout the weekend, the television team is set to deliver behind-the-scenes access to teams on the bubble as the field is set for the Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship, which begins Sept. 13 at Bruton Smith’s zMAX Dragway in Concord, N.C.

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21CF Chats: Exec Producer David Neal on International Diplomacy of FOX Sports’ First World Cup Broadcast, Russia as ‘33rd Team’

By Jason Hahn for 21st Century Fox Blog

We are fewer than 300 days away from the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, which means FOX Sports is that many days away from broadcasting its first World Cup presentation. When the biggest tournament for the biggest sport in the world begins on June 15, 2018, it will be the culmination of more than four years of planning, practice and “international diplomacy,” according to David Neal, Executive Producer of FIFA World Cup on FOX and Vice President of Production for FOX Sports.

The 21st World Cup will feature 32 nations playing 64 games over 32 consecutive days. To be invited into a family’s living room multiple times during the tournament is a privilege, and FOX Sports knows it has to have a top-notch team in place for those audiences, both behind and in front of the cameras.

I recently spoke with David to find out how he and his team are ensuring that they’re ready for the biggest global event. During our conversation, he talked about the ups and downs of the past year for the U.S. Men’s National Team, how FOX Sports will make the host nation of Russia a special part of its coverage, and the complexities of broadcasting an international spectacle like the World Cup.

It’s been more than a year since we spoke last June about the Copa America tournament, among other topics. What have been some of the highlights of soccer coverage on FOX Sports since our last conversation?
It’s been a year of plot twists, like a great action movie. On an early November night during election week, a large audience saw the U.S. lose to Mexico in their qualifying opener. A few days later, the U.S. lost again. That led to a coaching change and Bruce Arena coming on board. Since then, it’s been a much more positive story for the U.S. Men’s National Team, and happily for us, we’ve been documenting a good portion of that success, culminating with the U.S. going against Mexico again in early June on FS1 and getting a hard-fought draw, which is very important for qualifying. We had over 2 million viewers on FS1, which made it easily the most watched U.S. Men’s National Team game on FS1 ever.

How has FOX Sports been preparing to broadcast its first World Cup presentation?
The process began in 2013 with initial meetings with FIFA; the local organizing committee, which is called the LOC, based in Moscow; and the host broadcaster, HBS. Those meetings have been ongoing since 2013. With any big project like this, there’s only so much groundwork you can lay early on, and there are some things which, out of necessity, must be done closer to the event. Some of that is because you need to wait and see who qualifies. You also have to wait for the draw, which is a hugely important event that occurs on Dec. 1, in Moscow. It’s going to be in a historic theater inside the Kremlin walls.

Can you tell us about the location of FOX Sports’ set for the World Cup?
We’ll be in Red Square, and it’s taken every bit of the 3.5 years since we started on this back in 2013 to win those approvals. As you can imagine, wanting to be in a sensitive area like Red Square has taken very lengthy negotiations, a lot of relationship building between us and the organizing committee in Moscow. The location is spectacular. When our viewers see our studio, they’ll know exactly where we’re broadcasting from.

How does FOX Sports plan on portraying Russia as the backdrop of this World Cup?
The 32 teams at the World Cup are the cast of characters – they are the protagonists, antagonists, heroes and villains. But the 33rd team, for us, is the host nation. Russia is a source of fascination and mystery, and there are things about Russia that Americans are very curious about. So for us, we will make that a very big part, a constant component of our coverage. A major resource for us is the collaboration with our colleagues at National Geographic, part of the 21st Century Fox family. National Geographic has been in Russia since before the revolution, so they’ll be a very big part of our effort to bring Russia, the Russian people, the Russian landscape, the Russian cities and the diversity of Russia to life for our viewers.

I know you led efforts for the 2015 Women’s World Cup, which was hugely successful for FOX Sports, and this summer’s Confederations Cup. How can you draw from both of those experiences as you prepare for the World Cup?
The Women’s World Cup was a spectacular success: The final reached over 25 million viewers on FOX, easily making it the most watched English-language soccer broadcast of all time in the U.S. It gave us all a great first taste of the world of the World Cup, working with FIFA and working with international broadcasters. We remind each other internally that the challenges for the Men’s World Cup will be vastly different from the Women’s World Cup in Canada given there are 12 more teams, not to mention the distance between the U.S. and Russia, and having to account for multiple time zones. We did extensive multiday debriefs after both the Women’s World Cup and the Confederations Cup where we had our production team and our talent group talk about the lessons learned, things that worked very well, things that need to be addressed. In some ways, these are both test events that allow us to get ready for the show that matters the most, and that’s the World Cup next year.

You’ve also produced nine Olympics, as well as a number of NBA Finals, World Series, a Super Bowl pregame show – how does preparing for the World Cup compare to the Olympics or other big events you’ve been involved with?
It’s very similar to the Olympics. The first point of understanding that a broadcaster has to have about the World Cup or the Olympics is that there are hundreds of other rights holders from around the world. If we go in to broadcast the Super Bowl, World Series or NBA Finals, we are essentially the only broadcaster in the building, and that gives you a great deal of flexibility. When you enter an arena like the World Cup or the Olympics, you are one of 200 or 300 broadcasters, and everyone has paid their rights fee to be there, everyone has their own point of view about how to do things, everyone has their own needs. So you rely much more on relationship building within a global event like the World Cup or the Olympics. You have to spend years building relationships with the organizing committee and the governing body, whether it’s FIFA or the IOC, and building relationships with other broadcasters. In some ways, running the production, planning and ultimately the execution for us at the World Cup is a lot like international diplomacy because you can’t come in and expect everything to be given to you.

What do you hope will set FOX Sports’ coverage of the World Cup apart from previous broadcasts?
One of the things I love about being part of the FOX Sports family is that we are about putting informed opinions on the air. Something that started with [former senior FOX executive] David Hill and goes now through [FOX Sports President, Chief Operating Officer and Executive Producer] Eric Shanks and [FOX Sports President of Production and Executive Producer] John Entz is that we want our broadcasters to tell us “why” not “what.” Tell us why something just happened – why did a goal just get scored, why was a penalty called? Don’t just tell us what we can see with your own eyes; tell us why something happened.

Speaking of which, what can you tell us about your on-air team for the World Cup?
The group of on-air talent that we’re compiling for next summer is the finest, most accomplished and most entertaining group of on-air talent I’ve ever worked with in any sport, at any network. These are people who know the sport inside and out and are also fun and relatable, individuals whom a viewer sitting at home would say, “Wow, I’d like to be in a sports bar watching the game with him or her.” That’s what it’s about. I honestly can’t wait to get started because I think we’re going to take the level of coverage of the World Cup in the U.S. to a new level.

What’s your favorite part of broadcasting huge events like the World Cup?
My favorite part of events like the World Cup is the way they bring a country together. The co-viewing you see for a World Cup are families that actually watch together, which is so rare these days. When you get research that tells you that families are watching these big events together, you realize you have an added responsibility because you’re putting together broadcasts that are going to reach entire families and huge parts of the population who might not even consider themselves sports fans. The other thing that’s really gratifying, which we experienced back in 2015 for the Women’s World Cup, is the way the entire company comes together. The level of support we enjoyed for the Women’s World Cup throughout every part of the 21CF family was extraordinary. The support that we’re getting from every part of the company is just breathtaking.

For those who may not be familiar with the World Cup qualifying process, can you walk us through what it looks like?
It’s slightly different for each region. There are regional confederations that govern different parts of the world. One that many fans are familiar with is UEFA, which is Europe. The one that covers the U.S. is called CONCACAF, and that’s the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. Each confederation gets a certain number of the 32 qualifying spots for the World Cup. In CONCACAF, we were allocated 3.5 spots, which is kind of interesting. So the top three teams that finish in qualifying get automatic berths into the World Cup, and the fourth-place team gets to play off against another runner-up from a different part of the world. This time around it’s from Asia. Right now, we’re basically halfway through qualifying. The U.S. sits in third place, so if the qualifying process ended today, we would be in an automatic qualifying spot. Our editorial research people tell me looking at the road ahead looks very good for the U.S. to qualify.

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FS1 MAYWEATHER VS. MCGREGOR Postfight Show Quotes and Videos

Woodley on Mayweather’s Victory: “Floyd knew he could figure him out and walked him down.”
Jacobs on McGregor: “Conor needs the respect for taking on the best boxer of our generation. He showed he had the heart and determination to fight.”
Mayweather on fighting McGregor: “I saw in his MMA fights where he’d come and shoot a heavy load in the beginning and then start to fade. I let him shoot his heavy shots early and then down the stretch took control.”
McGregor on Mayweather: “Floyd stayed composed. I give him credit.”

LOS ANGELES, CA – The FS1 MAYWEATHER VS. MCGREGOR POSTFIGHT SHOW was hosted by Kate Abdo, with analysts Dominick Cruz, Daniel Jacobs and Tyron Woodley breaking down the fight. Megan Olivi and Heidi Androl added reports and interviewed Mayweather and McGregor.

Dominick Cruz on his Mayweather vs. McGregor: “It exceeded my expectations. I thought it would last six rounds. Mayweather’s defense help up early. Floyd’s ringmanship helped him. He said ‘I’m going to let him punch me in two or three rounds.’ But he knew if Conor moves back on his heels, he’s less efficient. By the fourth round, Floyd started the forward march and eventually took him out.”

Daniel Jacobs on his opinion of the fight: “Conor won a couple of rounds. You can see he has the skills to pay the bills. He impressed me, but I thought Floyd could have finished this earlier.”

Tyron Woodley on if McGregor earned respect: “No one can say anything about Conor McGregor in the boxing ring. He can fight anyone in there now. Floyd was losing rounds. He knew he could figure him out and walked him down. I know that surprised Conor McGregor. I think Floyd had to figure him out.”

Jacobs on how Mayweather paced himself in the fight: “Conor really slowed down by round five or six. Conor didn’t know how to handle the punches. I give it to the mentality that Mayweather had to give McGregor three rounds. He looked perfect after those three rounds. But I would have liked him to knock him out earlier.”

Cruz on the length of the fight: “This went longer than I thought it would. Both of them said it would end earlier. This was a statement, as much as you thought he should have gotten him out there earlier, he didn’t, because MMA fighters train in boxing. Yes, Conor didn’t have boxing experience. But he has fight experience. We’ve now seen you can transfer the fight experience from MMA to boxing.”

Woodley on how McGregor could have changed his style: “I think Floyd was frustrated early. Conor was throwing those mini pat-pat combinations. He should have used the range and bigger punches better. Using the mini punches, McGregor was fatiguing himself out. He got tired and Mayweather let him get tired.”

Cruz on if it was a good stoppage: “I know Conor wanted to go longer. Floyd was picking it up and he wasn’t going to back off. Mayweather didn’t look tired.”

Jacobs on if the fight was stopped early: “I felt the stoppage could have waited a little longer. I wanted to see him go out. For Floyd to not have any questions. This was still great. It was the job of the referee to protect the fighter. I agree with the decision.”

Woodley on McGregor’s mistakes and if it was ended too early: “I wanted to see a good fight. This was a great fight. I think Floyd would have liked to see him hit the floor. Conor had no more left. He didn’t know how to properly clinch. He would have gotten knocked out later if the ref hadn’t stopped it. This wasn’t a video game. Conor wasn’t going to get his power back. I think Conor was in good condition, but I think he was missing some of his efficiency. He didn’t know how to position his punches. He’s used to being the hammer, but when you’re the nail, things change. It was mental pressure and boxing experience that Conor lacked.”

Jacobs on if McGregor earned some respect tonight: “We saw Conor McGregor have some success early and I was worried. Conor was really landing at will. It took Floyd a while to figure him out. Conor needs the respect for taking on the best boxer of our generation. He showed he had the heart and determination to fight.”

Woodley on if Mayweather’s 50-0 record should have an asterisk: “Not at all. The way Conor went out after Floyd, this was a legit fight.”

Cruz on how the fight played out: “Both these guys did their homework, followed game plans and did their style of fight.”

Cruz on if the loss by McGregor will still benefit him in MMA: “Yes, the mental preparation he just went through for this fight was amazing. You just faced the best boxer of all time. Nobody in mixed martial arts can say that. Now he’ll get his six other weapons back when he fights again.”

Floyd Mayweather on the fight: “I told fans I was going to give them an exciting fight. He was going to land some shots and I was going to move forward. He’s a tough competitor, is still young and has a long career to go. I saw in his MMA fights where he’d come and shoot a heavy load in the beginning and then start to fade. I let him shoot his heavy shots early and then down the stretch took control. He caught me with a couple of punches. He’s got a pretty good punch. ”

VIDEO: Heidi Androl’s full interview with Floyd Mayweather after getting his 50th consecutive win
https://twitter.com/UFCONFOX/status/901675939129462784
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7XFMqsgkFjg

McGregor on Mayweather: “He’s not a powerful puncher. I wanted to go on. I’ve never gone 12 rounds. I thought the first four rounds were mind. Maybe he got one. I got fatigued rounds 8, 9 and 10. Floyd stayed composed. He didn’t have a speed advantage. I give him credit. I almost got him with the uppercut. If it had just been a little closer.”

McGregor on what’s next: “I don’t know what’s next. Who’s next? I want to figure out what I did wrong.”

VIDEO: Conor McGregor Interview with Megan Olivi
https://twitter.com/UFCONFOX/status/901692884155490306

VIDEO: Mayweather vs. McGregor highlights and reactions from Dominick Cruz, Daniel Jacobs and Tyron Woodley
https://twitter.com/UFCONFOX/status/901678128350674944
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TQXW3X-7RR4

Dana White on what McGregor does next: “I don’t know. We’re not talking fighting right now. We’ll see what he does next.”

VIDEO: Dana White interview
https://twitter.com/UFCONFOX/status/901682825656598528

VIDEO: Why was Daniel Jacobs turned all the way up at the finish of Floyd vs. Conor?
https://twitter.com/UFCONFOX/status/901690256969261056

Michael Vick

Four-Time NFL Pro Bowler Michael Vick Joins FOX Sports

Former Quarterback Contributes As Studio Analyst for FOX NFL KICKOFF & FS1 Studio Shows

NEW YORK, NY – One of the most thrilling quarterbacks to ever play in the National Football League, four-time NFL Pro Bowler Michael Vick joins FOX Sports as a studio analyst for FOX NFL KICKOFF, as well as FS1 studio programming during the 2017 NFL season. The announcement was made today by John Entz, President of Production and Executive Producer, FOX Sports.

“Michael will be a huge addition to both FOX NFL KICKOFF and our FS1 studio shows,” Entz said. “He was obviously an outstanding player but we feel he has an incredibly bright future as an analyst. He has stayed close to the game and has many relationships with today’s current coaches and players. We feel he can bring a truly unique perspective that intrigues and engages our viewers.”

Vick joins a talented FOX NFL KICKOFF roster, including host Charissa Thompson and fellow studio analysts Tony Gonzalez, Dave Wannstedt and Colin Cowherd. FOX NFL KICKOFF features weekly segments from Cooper Manning and regular guest appearances from current Redskins cornerback Josh Norman. The 11:00 AM ET pregame show, which airs immediately preceding FOX NFL SUNDAY, concluded its second season in 2016 with a 0.9/3 national household rating and 1.341 million viewers, a +14% improvement over the program’s 2015 average of 1.181 million viewers (0.8 HH). During the 2017 season, Vick will also make guest appearances on FOX NFL SUNDAY.

“It truly is a blessing to continue to be involved each and every Sunday during the NFL season and have a platform to speak about the game I love,” Vick said. “And to hop on and contribute to several of the FS1 studio shows and reunite with several former competitors during the week is icing on the cake.”

Already in 2017, Vick has been a guest on FS1’s SKIP AND SHANNON: UNDISPUTED, THE HERD WITH COLIN COWHERD and SPEAK FOR YOURSELF.

As the first truly elite dual-threat NFL prospect at the quarterback position, Vick was selected by the Atlanta Falcons with the first overall pick in the 2001 NFL Draft. Vick enjoyed a 13-season NFL career as a unique figure who impacted the history of the league by redefining his position while simultaneously paving the way for future generations of NFL stars. In Vick’s first five seasons with the Falcons, he reached three Pro Bowls (2002, 2004 and 2005) and led the team to two playoff appearances, including the NFC Championship Game in 2004. However, his sixth and final season with Atlanta was his most prolific with the franchise; Vick broke the single-season rushing record for a quarterback and became the first quarterback in NFL history to rush for 1,000 yards in a season.

Vick signed with the Philadelphia Eagles after the 2008 season and had a career year in 2010, amassing over 3,000 yards passing, close to 700 yards rushing and 30 total touchdowns, in addition to winning the NFL Comeback Player of the Year Award and being selected to his fourth Pro Bowl. He retired from the NFL after the 2016 season as the league’s all-time quarterback rushing leader, with more than 6,100 yards on the ground, 22,000 yards through the air, a career passer rating of 80.5 and 169 career touchdowns.

Vick is a proud supporter of the Boys & Girls club of Hampton Roads in Newport News, VA.

Four-Time NFL Pro Bowler Michael Vick Joins FOX Sports (295 kB, last updated August 2017)
Jim Jackson and Gus Johnson

FOX Sports to Stream BIG3’s Power vs. Ghost Ballers on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube

Live Stream Begins Saturday at 3:00 PM ET from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas
Championship Game Tips off at 4:30 PM ET Live on FOX Broadcast Network

LAS VEGAS, NV – With the BIG3’s inaugural season set to reach its exciting conclusion Saturday during the BIG3 Championship game live on the FOX broadcast network, FOX Sports today announces that the BIG3’s third-place game will be streamed live on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

The action tips off at 3:00 PM ET live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and features the No. 3 seed Power vs. the No. 4 seed Ghost Ballers. Michael Rapaport, Rachel Bonnetta and Joy Taylor are on hand to call the game and conduct interviews in an interactive, fan-friendly broadcast experience.

Following the third-place game, the BIG3 crowns its inaugural champion at 4:30 PM ET on the FOX broadcast network as top-seeded and undefeated Trilogy, led by coach Rich Mahorn and captains Kenyon Martin and Al Harrington, takes on the No. 2 seed 3 Headed Monsters, led by coach Gary Payton, captain Rashard Lewis and Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf. The most exciting voice in sports, Gus Johnson calls the action alongside former NCAA and NBA player Jim Jackson with Rapaport and Taylor conducting interviews and reporting from the sidelines.

After Saturday’s title game, fans can look forward to another exciting season of BIG3 next summer, as FOX Sports and the BIG3 announced an extension of their rights agreement earlier this week, bringing the professional 3-on-3 basketball league co-founded by Ice Cube and Jeff Kwatinetz back to FS1 in 2018.

Rob Stone and Alexi Lalas MLS Desk

MLS Postseason Implications on the Line Sunday on FS1 and FOX Deportes

Rivalry Week Doubleheader Features Cali Clásico and Cascadia Rivals Seattle Sounders-Portland Timbers

LOS ANGELES, CA – FOX Sports is home to a thrilling MLS Heineken Rivalry Week doubleheader on Sunday, Aug. 27, beginning at 7:00 PM ET on FS1 and FOX Deportes. The Cali Clásico kicks off Sunday’s lineup when the LA Galaxy host the San Jose Earthquakes at StubHub Center in Los Angeles, followed by the top Western Conference seed Seattle Sounders FC battling Cascadia rival Portland Timbers at CenturyLink Field in Seattle.

Rob Stone hosts studio coverage live from a field-level set at Stubhub Center in Los Angeles alongside former MLS legend Alexi Lalas. Once the action begins on the field, JP Dellacamera calls the Galaxy vs. Earthquakes match alongside former Houston Dynamo midfielder Stu Holden with Danielle Slaton reporting from the sideline. Immediately following, the Western Conference leading Seattle Sounders square off against No. 4 seed Portland Timbers at 9:30 PM ET on FS1 and FOX Deportes. Lead play-by-play announcer John Strong calls the match alongside former Columbus Crew star Brad Friedel, with Katie Witham reporting from the sideline.

In Spanish, Ernesto Amador and Martin Zuñiga call the Galaxy-Earthquakes matchup, with Elmur Souza reporting from the sideline. Mariano Trujillo and Troy Santiago are on the call for Sounders-Timbers on FOX Deportes.

With the San Jose Earthquakes sitting in seventh place, Sunday’s Cali Clásico carries added weight as the two-time MLS Cup winners look to climb into the top six in the Western Conference standings in time for the postseason and clinch a playoff berth.

All FOX soccer 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.