Month: August 2017

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FOX Sports Renews Deal with BIG3 Professional 3-on-3 Basketball League

Inaugural Championship Game Airs Live This Saturday on FOX Broadcast Network at 4:30 PM ET

NEW YORK, NY – With the inaugural BIG3 Championship game set for Saturday, Aug. 26, FOX Sports today announces it has extended its media rights agreement with the BIG3, the professional 3-on-3 basketball league co-founded by Ice Cube and Jeff Kwatinetz. The announcement was made today by FOX Sports Head of Business Operations David Nathanson.

“We think we have something great with the BIG3 and are thrilled to add another year to our partnership,” said Nathanson. “In its inaugural year, the league provided competitive, entertaining basketball that really resonated with fans, as evidenced by its television ratings on FS1 and packed arenas across the country.”

Throughout the course of the season, the BIG3 attracted a high level of attention from media, fans and celebrities thanks to an impressive roster of basketball superstars, headlined by player captains such as Allen Iverson, Kenyon Martin, Al Harrington, Stephen Jackson, Rashard Lewis and Chauncey Billups; along with coaches including Julius “Dr. J” Erving, Gary Payton, Charles Oakley, Clyde Drexler, George Gervin, Rick Barry and Rick Mahorn.

“Working with FOX Sports for another season is an opportunity we are very excited about,” said Ice Cube. “The network understands that the BIG3 is about competitive, hard-nosed, compelling basketball and they’ve been a great partner to work with during our inaugural season. Our shared vision makes this partnership an ideal fit.”

The BIG3 crowns its inaugural champion live on Saturday, Aug. 26 at 4:30 PM ET on the FOX broadcast network, as undefeated Trilogy, captained by Kenyon Martin and Al Harrington, takes on the No. 2 seed 3 Headed Monsters, led by player captain Rashard Lewis and Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

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Longtime Broadcaster Jenna Wolfe Joins FS1’s FIRST THINGS FIRST WITH CRIS CARTER AND NICK WRIGHT

FS1’s New Early Morning Show Debuts Tuesday, September 5

NEW YORK, NY – As FOX Sports descends on New York City for the launch of its new early morning show, FIRST THINGS FIRST WITH CRIS CARTER AND NICK WRIGHT, the network makes a critical addition to its roster. Longtime broadcaster, Jenna Wolfe, joins FS1 as host of FIRST THINGS FIRST, bringing a wealth of journalistic experience to the live studio show, premiering Tuesday, September 5 at 6:30 AM ET.

“We’re thrilled to have Jenna join the FOX Sports family,” said Whit Albohm, Vice President, Daily Studio Production for FS1. “Her chemistry with Nick and Cris is unmistakable, and her extensive broadcast experience makes her an obvious choice for the role.”

A fixture on national television for nearly a decade, Wolfe served as a correspondent on NBC’s “Today” show and an anchor on “Weekend Today” from 2007 to 2015. While reporting on the weekend’s biggest stories, she also served as the show’s first fitness and lifestyle correspondent. Following her “Today” tenure, Wolfe continued to build her brand around personal fitness, writing a book and creating an online show devoted to personal well-being.

Wolfe has an extensive background in sports broadcasting, spending three years as a sports reporter at WABC New York from 2004 to 2007, following two years at MSG Network where she hosted the network’s flagship program “MSG SportsDesk.” In 2001, Wolfe became Philadelphia’s first female sportscaster on local broadcast television while at WPHL, following five years of sports reporting at various stations in upstate New York.

“I am very excited to join FOX Sports and FIRST THINGS FIRST and get back to my roots in sports television,” said Wolfe. “We have an incredible opportunity to create a fantastic new show for viewers and I can’t wait to work with Nick, Cris and the rest of our team.”

A native of Kingston, Jamaica, Wolfe moved to the United States with her family in 1989. She graduated from SUNY-Binghamton with Bachelor of Arts degrees in French and English. She is fluent in French and Creole.

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NASCAR RACE HUB Honors Women & Crew Chiefs with Pair of Special Edition Episodes this Week on FS1

Specials Feature All-Female “Women in Wheels” Panel on Wednesday and “Crew Chief” Episode on Thursday

CHARLOTTE, NC – NASCAR RACE HUB, the sport’s most-watched daily news and highlights program, will air two special, one-hour episodes this week honoring the women and crew chiefs in NASCAR.

An outgrowth of NASCAR RACE HUB’s regular series with reporter Kaitlyn Vincie titled “Women in Wheels,” Wednesday’s edition of HUB (6:00 PM ET on FS1) will carry the same theme. Co-hosts Shannon Spake, Adam Alexander and Jamie Little welcome to the studio a prestigious panel of females working in NASCAR in various roles. Panelists include JR Motorsports co-owner Kelley Earnhardt Miller, Chevrolet Program Manager Alba Colon, Hendrick Motorsports tire specialist Lisa Smokstad and Hailie Deegan, a member of the NASCAR Next Class and the first female to win a Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series championship and race. The group will discuss topics such as the state of the sport, ways in which NASCAR continues to develop, the evolution and growth of women in the industry and more.

Features on Wednesday’s special include Vincie sit-downs with JTG-Daugherty co-owner Jodi Geschickter, NASCAR SVP and CMO Jill Gregory and tire changer/developmental crew member Brehanna Daniels, as well as a piece exploring Danica Patrick’s impact on young fans.

Thursday’s NASCAR RACE HUB edition is co-hosted by Spake and Alexander with FOX NASCAR analysts and former championship-winning crew chiefs Jeff Hammond and Andy Petree. Features include Larry McReynolds sit-down interviews with Justin Alexander, Scott Graves and Brian Pattie, in addition to an all-access/day-in-the-life look at Drew Blickensderfer. Seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson voices an essay on his crew chief, Chad Knaus. Finally, several current crew chiefs, including Jeremy Bullins, Rodney Childers, Alan Gustafson, Chad Johnston, Pattie, Mike Wheeler and Paul Wolfe, reflect on the crew chiefs who had the most influence on their careers.

Average viewership for NASCAR RACE HUB is up +17% year-to-date versus 2016 (171,000 vs. 146,000). NASCAR RACE HUB airs Monday through Thursdays at 6:00 PM ET on FS1.

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Pro Football Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson Joins FOX Sports

NFL Analyst Contributes to FS1’s Daily Studio Programming

NEW YORK, NY – With the NFL regular season set to kick-off in a few short weeks, FOX Sports adds Pro Football Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson to its impressive roster. Dickerson joins the network as an FS1 NFL analyst, contributing to a number of the network’s daily studio show offerings.

Dickerson was officially introduced today on SKIP AND SHANNON: UNDISPUTED, where he discussed the fate of the Cowboys offense among several other sports topics.

“We couldn’t be more excited to add Eric’s voice to our programming slate,” said Whit Albohm, Vice President, Daily Studio Production for FS1. “His incredible passion for the game and intimate understanding of the NFL make him a great addition to FS1.”

Drafted second overall in the 1983 NFL Draft by the Los Angeles Rams, the gutsy running back quickly made a name for himself on the field. In his inaugural season, Dickerson set rookie records for most rushing attempts (390), most rushing yards gained (1,808) and most touchdowns rushing (18), earning him All-Pro, Pro Bowl, Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year honors. In his second season playing in the NFL, Dickerson went on to shatter the total yards rushing in a single-season record (2,105), which continues to lead the league today.

In 1987 Dickerson was traded to the Indianapolis Colts where he became the first player in history to gain more than 1,000 yards in seven consecutive seasons. Dickerson ended his 11-year career in 1993 with the Atlanta Falcons, after a brief run with the Los Angeles Raiders in 1992. During his time in the league, Dickerson gained 13,259 yards rushing, was a six-time Pro Bowl selection, and went All-Pro in 1983, 1984, 1986, 1987 and 1988.

“I‘m thrilled to join the team at FS1,” said Dickerson. “I couldn’t be more excited to discuss a league that gave so much to me alongside some of the industry’s best analysts.”

Following his playing days, Dickerson worked in a few broadcast reps as a color-commentator at CBS2 Los Angeles. He also flirted with the entertainment industry, making a cameo appearance in the television series “Hawaii Five-O.”

A native of Sealy, Texas, Dickerson attended Southern Methodist University where he was a two-time All-American and Heisman Trophy candidate.

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UFC TONIGHT Quotes – Florian on McGregor

Cormier on Mayweather: “Conor is fighting the best boxer of all time. Floyd is a magician.”
Florian on Mayweather and McGregor fighting with 8oz gloves: “At end of the day, this will give Conor an advantage. In the early rounds it benefits Conor, but later it benefits Floyd.”

LOS ANGELES, CA – UFC TONIGHT was hosted by Kenny Florian and Daniel Cormier, with Karyn Bryant adding reports. The crew interviews former UFC contender Dan Hardy and former world champion boxer Victor Ortiz about Mayweather vs. McGregor. They also caught up with THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER Season 26 coach Eddie Alvarez and contestant Barb Honchak, plus more.

UFC TONIGHT host Daniel Cormier on losing the title at UFC 214: “It takes time to get over something so big, but day by day, you get over it. I’m a guy who really loves what I do, and I take it very hard when I’m unsuccessful. Fighting is like a cruel mistress. If fighting was a nice ex-girlfriend, she would have knocked me out in 10 seconds, she wouldn’t have given me some success in the fight.”

Cormier on Jon Jones saying they could be friends in the future: “I believe he’s being genuine and trying to turn over a new leaf and be a different person than he was in the past. We don’t have to be friends. That I’ve always respected him as a fighter. But with that, friendship would be difficult because of our past. We will be professional as we have to, until the cage door closes again.”

VIDEO: Daniel Cormier returns to UFC TONIGHT after his UFC 214 fight with Jon Jones
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2WzJdQgBA6M

UFC TONIGHT host Kenny Florian on the announced title fight between Cody Garbrandt vs. TJ Dillashaw: “These are two of the most technical fighters in the UFC period. Both have phenomenal footwork, power and come from wrestling. They’ve both trained together and they don’t like each other. I like this fight.”

Cormier on Mayweather vs. McGregor: “The betting odds have made Conor McGregor a smaller underdog than the likes of Andre Berto or Marcos Maidona or Robert Guerrero. Conor is fighting the best boxer of all time. Floyd is a magician. He’s showed the ability to adjust and adapt like no other in all of combat sports. He just has to be Mayweather in this fight.”

Florian on Mayweather’s advantages: “That pull counter is the best in all combat sports. He will nail you with it from anywhere. He has to beat up the body. The angles his gets when he’s fighting are so good. He puts his back to the ropes and still gets you to miss, and then he lands those short shots. Floyd does things other boxers only dream of.”

Cormier on McGregor’s advantages: “Conor is big, powerful, and confident. Conor believes he’ll win the fight and people think he’s out of his mind. But being out of his mind, he believes he’ll knock him out in two rounds. He is confident and size will help him out.”

Florian on McGregor’s unorthodox style: “He does a lot of unusual things that will help him out. You can’t box Floyd, you have to fight Floyd Mayweather. Those fights where he was cut, it was on the front side. Floyd keeps his lead hand down. If Conor switches stances, and tries to hit him with the right hook and left cross, he might catch Mayweather.”

Florian on Mayweather vs. McGregor fighting with 8oz gloves: “I’ll tell you I don’t want to get hit by Floyd for 12 rounds in 8oz gloves. It’s the shots you don’t see that will wear on you. And he uses the body shots. Normally, he uses the big gloves to protect his head. Him having the smaller gloves, at end of the day, this will give Conor an advantage. In the early rounds it benefits Conor, but later it benefits Floyd.”

Cormier on the clip of McGregor fighting Paulie Malignaggi: “I thought Conor looked fantastic in that clip, but the boxing world didn’t.”

Cormier on what Mayweather needs to do in the fight: “Let’s look at the pull-back right hand. One of his weapons is his body jab. It upsets your breathing. It interrupts your timing. Floyd Mayweather is a wizard in the ring. He needs to fight behind his jab. Body jab, body jab, and when Conor lowers his hands he goes high with left hook or the lead right hand.”

Florian on what McGregor needs to do to be effective in the fight: “For McGregor, he needs to switch stances. Boxers aren’t used to it. He needs to attack the lead side, and work the body and then go upstairs. Being the bigger guy, Conor can catch him. One other thing, he also should punch with him. He needs to make it a brawl, not a boxing fight.”

Victor Ortiz on his opinion of Mayweather vs. McGregor: “It’s two different sports. It’s like the champion in tennis vs. the champion in ping pong. They both great in what they do, they have balls and rackets, but they’re very different sports.”

Ortiz on advice to McGregor: “Don’t let him pressure you or smother you because that’s where he’s comfortable. Floyd is pretty awesome at that.”

Ortiz on if Mayweather is taking McGregor for granted: “I don’t think he takes anyone for granted – he did me, though. For once, maybe, McGregor is not as big a worry. So maybe he is. I saw the game face at the press conference. I haven’t seen that game face in a while. So he’s there. But I think McGregor has the upper hand in the talking.”

Ortiz on Paulie Malignaggi being upset by the sparring video being released: “Absolutely. Nobody saw the whole session. It’s one of those things. You’ve been clipped in sparring. You step the wrong way and slip. I think it’s a valid point that Paulie is upset.”

Ortiz if he’d train with McGregor and fear similar results that Malignaggi received: “You guys know as champions, I don’t let people record me. That’s a big no-no. Not when they come to my gym.”

Ortiz on his last fight: “It was the first time in a while I felt comfortable. I came out too aggressive in the first. I got clipped in the first round, but went back there and focused on what we needed to do. He said your baby is watching. Thanks to Coach Haas, he got me out of there.”

VIDEO: Victor Ortiz talks Mayweather and McGregor with the UFC Tonight crew
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-zkhsVgP8Ok

Dan Hardy on what he thinks of Mayweather vs. McGregor: “He has to stay unpredictable. Floyd has beaten 49 boxers, but he’s never beaten an MMA fighter. Conor should stay out of boxing range. Floyd is used to staying about four inches back. If he has to cover six or seven inches, that would be different for Floyd and would let Conor use his reach. There are a lot of advantages to not being a boxer.”

Hardy on what the other boxing analysts he’s working with think of these fights: “They’re very intrigued. I don’t want to be the voice of all mixed martial arts. I want to be a lover of all combat sports and have an objective opinion.”

Hardy on if he’s getting the desire to fight again: “Yes! I’m learning so much in this process. My focus has been on this. I love it and I’m learning so much. They’re such polarizing characters and superstars in their sports.”

VIDEO: Dan Hardy drops by UFC Tonight to break down Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ki-5hhEa8yo

Eddie Alvarez on coaching THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER against Justin Gaethje, who only has one fight and win in the UFC: “It depends on who he fought. It was a big risk for him on his first fight in the UFC and a top five guy, and his risk turned out to be a good thing.”

Alvarez on being in wars in his fights: “As Simba in The Lion King says: ‘I laugh in the face of danger.’ Throughout my career, the more dangerous opponent, I step up. I trust and believe in myself and I keep going at a high level and enjoy it and embrace it and look at Justin being a dangerous guy with a lot of weapons.“

Barbara Honchak on having beaten some big names in MMA: “I assumed I’d have a target on my back. I’ve had some big wins in pocket, but I’ve been out for a while. The second we got to the TUF house, I’ve had girls sizing me up as the competition to beat.”

Honchak on being the first Invicta champion and possibly the 125 pound UFC champ: “It means I make history, twice. I want that.”

Alvarez on saying that McGregor can beat Mayweather: “The movement he has from MMA is different from boxing. But my words were twisted. I believe Conor can knock him out, but the probability is small, but it’s there. People are writing it off as a joke of a fight, but I’m saying Conor can box, he has the ability to knock him out. Is it small? Yes, but it’s there and probably early in the fight. He doesn’t want it to turn into a boxing match.”

VIDEO: Eddie Alvarez and Barb Honchak dropped by UFC TONIGHT to talk TUF 26
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2MMNe4BwNSI

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World’s Best Compete for the 117th U.S. Amateur Championship on FOX & FS1

Joe Buck, Paul Azinger and Brad Faxon Anchor 18th Tower

PACIFIC PALISADES, CALIF. – Today, FOX Sports’ expansive slate of USGA championship coverage continues with the 117th U.S. Amateur Championship at The Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif., teeing off with coverage from the round of 64 from 5:00 to 8:00 PM ET on FS1.

On Thursday, Aug. 17, digital coverage of the round of 32 streams on usga.org from 2:00 to 4:00 PM ET, followed by coverage of the round of 16 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM ET on FS1. On Friday, Aug. 18, quarterfinal rounds air from 6:00 to 9:00 PM ET on FS1.

Weekend coverage airs on the FOX broadcast network, with semifinal round coverage on Saturday, Aug. 19 airing from 12:00 to 3:00 PM ET. On Sunday, Aug, 20, early coverage of the 36-hole championship match can be found on usga.org from 12:30 to 2:30 PM ET, before shifting to FOX from 4:30 to 7:30 PM ET for the crowning of the 117th U.S. Amateur champion. All coverage on FS1 and FOX will be streamed concurrently on FOX Sports GO.

On Wednesday and Thursday, Shane Bacon performs play-by-play duties alongside lead analyst and major champion Paul Azinger, and eight-time PGA Tour winner Brad Faxon. Seven-time Emmy Award-winning announcer Joe Buck joins the 18th Tower for the remaining rounds Friday through Sunday.

They are joined on-course by two-time U.S. Open winner Curtis Strange and Buddy Marucci, a veteran of over 60 USGA championships, while Bacon also contributes as a hole announcer. Additional coverage includes rules expert and former USGA executive director David Fay, with reporter Holly Sonders conducting post-round interviews.

FOX Sports’ full digital and linear broadcast schedule follows:

Date Program Time (ET) Network
Wednesday, Aug. 16 Round of 64 5:00 – 8:00 PM FS1/ FSGO

 

Thursday, Aug. 17 Round of 32 2:00 – 4:00 PM USGA.org

 

Round of 16 6:00 – 9:00 PM FS1/FSGO
Friday, Aug. 18 Quarterfinals 6:00 – 9:00 PM FS1/FSGO

 

Saturday, Aug. 19 Semifinals 12:00 – 3:00 PM FOX/FSGO

 

Sunday, Aug. 20 Championship 12:30 – 2:30 PM USGA.org
4:30 – 7:30 PM FOX/FSGO

Our nation’s oldest golf championship, the U.S. Amateur is one of three USGA championships contested in Southern California this summer, preceded by the U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship at San Diego Country Club and followed by the Walker Cup, to be contested at Los Angeles Country Club and airing Saturday and Sunday, September 9 and 10 on FS1.

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FOX Sports Unveils Broadcast Teams for 2017 NFL Season

14-Time NFL Pro Bowler Tony Gonzalez Debuts As Studio Analyst On FOX NFL KICKOFF
Former NFL Pro Bowler Mark Schlereth Gears Up For Inaugural Season in the Booth

NEW YORK, NY – FOX Sports today announces its broadcast teams for the network’s 24th season of NFL coverage. The award-winning lineup touts seven distinguished crews featuring an exceptional mix of veteran voices and new personalities. The announcement was made today by John Entz, President of Production and Executive Producer, FOX Sports.

After calling a record-breaking Super Bowl LI, Emmy Award-winning play-by-play announcer Joe Buck and Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman return for their 16th season as FOX Sports’ lead NFL broadcast team. Erin Andrews again joins the league’s longest-running duo, reporting from the sidelines. Buck, Aikman and Andrews open the season Week 1 with FOX’s first edition of AMERICA’S GAME OF THE WEEK, as the Green Bay Packers face the Seattle Seahawks in a conference showdown from Lambeau Field on Sunday, Sept. 10, at 4:25 PM ET, highlighting the day’s slate of NFL games.

Play-by-play announcer Kevin Burkhardt pairs with Charles Davis and veteran sideline reporter Pam Oliver. 2017 marks Oliver’s 23rd season of FOX NFL coverage. The crew opens Week 1 with the Chicago Bears hosting the Atlanta Falcons at 1:00 PM ET.

Three-time Super Bowl Champion Mark Schlereth spends his first season in the booth alongside play-by-play announcer Dick Stockton and sideline reporter Shannon Spake. For Week 1, Stockton, Schlereth and Spake call the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Miami Dolphins at 1:00 PM ET. Additionally, FOX NFL game analyst Chris Spielman and sideline reporter Peter Schrager join play-by-play announcer Thom Brennaman and open the season in San Francisco for the Week 1 contest between the 49ers and Carolina Panthers at 4:25 PM ET.

Along with Stockton, play-by-play announcer Kenny Albert has the distinction of working FOX NFL games full-time since the network’s inception in 1994. He returns for his 24th season and works alongside analyst Ronde Barber and sideline reporter Kristina Pink. The group calls their first game from the nation’s capital; a clash between NFC East rivals when the Washington Redskins battle the Philadelphia Eagles at 1:00 PM ET.

Another seasoned group of veterans comes together with play-by-play announcer Chris Myers, analyst Daryl “Moose” Johnston and sideline reporter Laura Okmin, all of whom have been with the network for at least a decade. Myers, Johnston and Okmin travel to Detroit as the Arizona Cardinals take on the Detroit Lions Week 1 at 1:00 PM ET. Longtime play-by-play announcer Sam Rosen fills out FOX Sports’ roster alongside analyst David Diehl and sideline reporter Jennifer Hale. Rosen, Diehl and Hale open their season during Week 2 with the 49ers at Seahawks from CenturyLink Field in Seattle.

2017 FOX NFL BROADCAST TEAMS
Joe Buck, Troy Aikman and Erin Andrews
Kevin Burkhardt, Charles Davis and Pam Oliver
Kenny Albert, Ronde Barber and Kristina Pink
Chris Myers, Daryl Johnston and Laura Okmin
Dick Stockton, Mark Schlereth and Shannon Spake
Thom Brennaman, Chris Spielman and Peter Schrager
Sam Rosen, David Diehl and Jennifer Hale

For the first time in the network’s history, two former NFL Vice Presidents of Officiating will serve as rules analysts throughout the season. Dean Blandino joins Mike Pereira to provide rules analysis and expertise on the week’s most critical calls. Pereira also enters a new role, heading on the road with Buck, Aikman and Andrews for select games.

Each Sunday morning at 11:00 AM ET throughout the season, FOX NFL KICKOFF welcomes fans to another NFL Sunday. Along with 14-time NFL Pro Bowler Tony Gonzalez as studio analyst, the one-hour pregame show is hosted by Charissa Thompson, with analysts Colin Cowherd and Dave Wannstedt and features Cooper Manning who contributes weekly segments to FOX NFL KICKOFF.

FOX NFL SUNDAY, America’s top NFL pregame show for the last 23 seasons, immediately follows at 12:00 PM ET. The Emmy Award-winning, one-hour program returns with co-hosts Terry Bradshaw and Curt Menefee, analysts Howie Long, Jimmy Johnson and Michael Strahan, premier NFL insider Jay Glazer, comedic prognosticator Rob Riggle and rules analysts Pereira and Blandino. Washington Redskins All-Pro cornerback Josh Norman revives his role with FOX Sports’ NFL pregame coverage, making several appearances on FOX NFL KICKOFF and FOX NFL SUNDAY.

FOX Sports’ regular-season schedule is highlighted by nine installments of AMERICA’S GAME OF THE WEEK, television’s No. 1 show for eight consecutive seasons. AGOTW debuts with the Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay Packers from historic Lambeau Field on Sunday, Sept. 10 at 4:25 PM ET.

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U.S. Internationals Christian Pulisic, John Brooks Headline Return of European Soccer to FOX Sports

LOS ANGELES, CA – U.S. internationals Christian Pulisic and John Brooks headline the return of European soccer this week across the FOX Sports family of networks. Coverage of the 2017-2018 UEFA Champions League and Bundesliga seasons kicks off Tuesday, Aug. 15 and Friday, Aug. 18, respectively.

Carlo Ancelotti’s Bayern Munich opens Bundesliga action when they face Bayern Leverkusen Friday, Aug. 18, beginning at 2:00 PM ET on FS1 and FOX Deportes. The next day, U.S. MNT star Christian Pulisic and Borussia Dortmund battles U.S. defender John Brooks’ Wolfsburg, beginning at 9:00 AM ET on FS1 and FOX Deportes. Kate Abdo hosts Bundesliga studio coverage alongside former FC Saarbrücken striker Eric Wynalda and former Borussia Dortmund forward Jovan Kirovski, with Dr. Joe Machnik weighing in as rules analyst. Friday’s studio coverage includes a special feature on Video Assistance Referee. On FOX Deportes, Mariano Trujillo and John Laguna host Spanish-language studio coverage.

FOX Sports’ coverage of the 2017-2018 UEFA Champions League seasons begins this week with playoff action Tuesday, Aug. 15 and Wednesday, Aug. 16 at 2:00 PM ET on FS1 and FOX Deportes. FOX Sports’ lineup includes 10 matches, highlighted by Hoffenheim vs. Liverpool and Napoli vs. Nice. Ian Joy hosts UEFA Champions League studio coverage throughout the month of August alongside Wynalda, Brad Friedel and Warren Barton. Studio coverage is available in Spanish on FOX Deportes with hosts Trujillo and Laguna. The full schedules can be found here and here.

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.

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FOX College Football: Every Game is Everything

In college football you don’t have the luxury of looking ahead. Every Saturday is an attack. Each a different way of destroying your season. The biggest game, the only game, is the one you’re playing. Every game is everything. Big Ten, Pac-12 and Big 12 college football is on FOX and FS1 starting this Fall.

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FOX NASCAR Quotes: Byron Takes Over No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet Ride in 2018

Joy, McReynolds, Waltrip and Alexander Weigh in on the Youngster’s Meteoric Rise to the MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES & the Changing of the Guard at Hendrick Motorsports
Joy: ‘He’s always been a great talent … He will be a great asset to the Cup Series in its search for a younger demo.’

CHARLOTTE, NC – Hendrick Motorsports announced today that William Byron will pilot the No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet in the 2018 MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES, replacing Kasey Kahne. Byron is the second young driver announced as part of the organization’s four-car lineup for 2018, joining Alex Bowman, who takes over for Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the No. 88 Chevrolet, Chase Elliott and seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson.

Below are quotes from FOX NASCAR play-by-play announcer Mike Joy, NASCAR RACE HUB co-host and FOX Sports announcer Adam Alexander and analysts Larry McReynolds and Darrell Waltrip regarding the Byron announcement and the changing of the guard at Hendrick Motorsports.

On reaction to the news and whether William Byron is ready for a full-time MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES ride:

“That’s almost a question that can’t be answered until he climbs into the race car and gets some races under his belt. It seems he figures out every type of car quickly and adapts immediately. My biggest question is whether Hendrick and the team are ready for Byron. They’re a little behind over there, and the numbers support that.”
–Larry McReynolds

“When a driver is winning regularly at the level he is racing in, it’s hard to argue against a move up.”
–Mike Joy

“I think he’s ready. You learn at the level at which you’re going to compete, and Byron has shown himself a quick learner. Plus, he fits the Hendrick mold. He has that corporate look – a nice, polite, good-looking young man who fits right in with what Rick (Hendrick) likes and is looking for.”
–Darrell Waltrip

“Byron is ready to move up. When you look at the success young drivers are having and add that to the talent Byron brings, it’s a no brainer. Two rookies made the playoffs last year. Daniel Suarez and Erik Jones have competed at a high level this year. Byron fits the same mold.”
–Adam Alexander

On the last time a powerhouse organization had so many major driver changes within a couple of seasons:

“We’d probably have to look back years ago at Roush-Fenway Racing to find the last time there was such a major shift in the driver lineup at a high-profile organization. Other than Mark Martin, they had a lot of cars with a lot of turnover back in the ‘90s.”
–Mike Joy

“I don’t know that I can recall the last time such a major team underwent so many major driver changes in succession. But Hendrick Motorsports is a rarity because they field four cars, so there are more drivers to potentially change out. However, it’s hard to believe that just three years ago, Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kasey Kahne made up 75-percent of the organization’s lineup, and in 2018, they all will be gone. I don’t think we saw all that coming.”
–Larry McReynolds

On William Byron as a driver:

“I’ve known William since he garaged next to my son, Scott, in Legends cars at Charlotte Motor Speedway’s Summer Shootout series a few years ago. He’s always been a great talent, running at or near the front, not overdriving or tearing up his equipment. He will be a great asset to the Cup Series in its search for a younger demo.”
–Mike Joy

“When I heard Byron had signed with Hendrick a year ago, I immediately thought ‘What a perfect fit.’ He checks every box when you look at the ‘Hendrick way.’ He’s a big time talent. His on-track ability reminds me of (Jeff) Gordon and (Jimmie) Johnson. He always maximizes what the car has to offer and never beats himself. Off track, he is a model citizen and handles himself like a true gentleman.”
–Adam Alexander

On the young driver lineup at Hendrick Motorsports as a possible sign of things to come in the Cup Series:

“Rick (Hendrick) has always been the leader in the youth movement. He ushered it in with Jeff Gordon and he’s doing it again now. He will have three young guys under the wing of Jimmie Johnson, who is a great mentor. Plus, it’s that time in our sport — that crossroads. It’s the changing of the guard, and you can’t change the guard without someone to hand it off to. There are a lot of talented young drivers ready to step up.”
–Darrell Waltrip

“The Hendrick lineup absolutely is a sign of things to come in the Cup Series. As Dale Jr. explained so well in his press conference at Watkins Glen, a new generation of hungry young talent is waiting to take charge. Driver supply and demand makes this a team owner’s market, and with sponsor dollars scarce, it creates a great opportunity for owners to balance their checkbooks yet be competitive.”
–Mike Joy

“It’s the business model we are headed toward. It’s not all about talent anymore — it’s also about dollars. Of course, a top Cup owner won’t take someone who can’t perform and stick them in a car just because they’re cheaper. But if you can hire William Byron, Alex Bowman, Daniel Suarez or Erik Jones for significantly less money than you are paying Matt Kenseth or Kasey Kahne or Dale Earnhardt Jr., and they can also perform, it’s not hard to make that decision given today’s business and sponsor platform. It’s a trend that will continue. Are the veterans worth a lot of money? Hell yeah. They’ve proven they can win races and championships. If Jay Cutler can go to the Miami Dolphins for $10 million for one year to throw interceptions weekend after weekend, then the veteran Cup guys are worth that or more. But the business model isn’t there anymore.”
–Larry McReynolds

“The youth movement is on, and the trend will not change anytime soon. These young drivers are talented, and it’s becoming impossible to keep them out of the Cup Series. They also are budget friendly for their owners.”
–Adam Alexander

On what would be considered a successful season for Byron and Alex Bowman in 2018:

“Several top-five finishes and a good helping of top 10s and/or making the playoffs would be a great year for Byron and Bowman next season.”
–Mike Joy

“While Rick (Hendrick) is looking at drivers, there may be some other changes he could make as far as what crew chiefs fit best with what drivers. The No. 5 hasn’t been all that competitive, and changing the driver doesn’t necessarily mean you will change the outcome, unless you make another swap to go with that. It’s cause and effect. With a new driver coming in, it might be time to think about a different lineup when it comes to crew chiefs and crews.”
–Darrell Waltrip

“The worst thing you can do for a rookie in the Cup Series, regardless of his credentials, is set expectations. It’s the toughest series in all of motorsports. The only expectation I would set for him is to run all the laps and see where he finishes. Halfway through the season, it might be easier to set expectations for the rest of the year.”
–Larry McReynolds