Month: October 2017


Saturday’s PBC on FOX Title Fights Attracts More Than 1.4 Million Viewers

LOS ANGELES, CA – Saturday’s Premier Boxing Champions on FOX, featuring two exciting title fights, peaked with 2,263,000 million viewers from 7:30 PM ET – 7:45 PM ET on Saturday, according to Nielsen Media Research. Featherweight world champions Leo Santa Cruz and Abner Mares were both victorious in title fights from StubHub Center in Carson, Calif., officially setting up a 2018 world championship rematch between the two popular southern California champions.

The full card, featuring three bouts from 7:30 PM ET – 10:00 PM ET, averaged a 1.2/2 rating, with 1,483,000 million viewers. Viewership was up +67% vs. FOX’s last PBC event that aired July 15, 2017 (886,000 viewers). Among Adults 18-49, Saturday’s fight card was +85% better than last July’s PBC event on FOX (494,000 vs. 267,000).

Top markets on Saturday included Houston (2.9/6), New Orleans (2.4/4) and Tulsa (2.0/3).

On FOX Deportes, the fight brought in 68,000 viewers, making it the fourth-most watched PBC event to date on the network.

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2017 ALCS on FOX & FS1 Averaging 5,815,000 Viewers, Off to Best Start Since 2013

Game 3 Delivered 5,393,000 Viewers Across FS1, FOX Deportes & FOX Sports GO
Game 3 Peaked with 7,096,000 Viewers on FS1

NEW YORK, NY – The 2017 American League Championship Series presented by Camping World between the New York Yankees and Houston Astros is off to a strong start, averaging 5,815,000 through three games on FOX & FS1, according to Nielsen Media Research. The series is up +57% over the 2016 ALCS (3,705,000), and is off to its best start since 2013.

With the Astros notching the first two wins of the series, Game 3 in the Bronx delivered 5,393,000 viewers across FS1 (5,108,000), FOX Deportes (200,000) and FOX Sports GO (85,000).

On FS1, the primetime matchup was up +19% over Game 3 of the 2016 ALCS that ran in the same window (4,287,000). The game peaked from 9:30 to 9:45pm ET with 7,096,000 viewers.

FOX Deportes’ coverage was up +41% over Game 3 of the 2015 ALCS contest between the Kansas City Royals and Houston Astros (142,000), airing on FOX Deportes. The 2017 ALCS on FOX Deportes is averaging 178,000 viewers, up +89% over the 2015 ALCS (90,000).

On FOX Sports GO, Game 3 was the best performing contest of the 2017 ALCS thus far, up +13% over the series average to-date (75,000). Last night’s matchup also recorded a total of 18,340,900 minutes streamed.


FOX Sports Puts Largest Baseball Arsenal of Motion Cameras in Play for 113th World Series

FOX Sports Teams with SMT, MLBAM to Continue Augmented Reality Strike Zone as Part of Colossal Tech Effort

LOS ANGELES, CA – As part of its massive lineup of production technology, including up to 41 cameras and 121 microphones, FOX Sports is deploying a battery of eight Motion Cameras for the network’s 20th year of World Series presented by YouTube TV coverage, which begins Tuesday, Oct. 24 on FOX.

“We will have eight Super Slow Motion and Hyper Motion Cameras, including the FOX Phantom Cameras, at either side of the plate to capture at-bats and close plays at a blistering 1,500 frames per second,” said Michael Davies, FOX Sports SVP of Field & Technical Operations. “Quite simply, it’s more Motion Cameras in play than at any other baseball game on any network this season.”

FOX Sports continues the groundbreaking audio work it introduced earlier this season at the MLB All-Star Game, placing 14 underground microphones strategically around the playing field. With 80-plus game-action microphones in play on-site, an additional 15 to 20 mics are available for managers, coaches, umpires and players.

In addition, FOX Sports is teaming with SMT and MLBAM to provide an in-perspective strike zone for both live action and replays. SMT provides a live strike zone that incorporates data captured using MLBAM Statcast radar technology. This data shows pitch speed and location in real time. For replay sequences FOX Sports is using MLBAM’s Pitchcast system. This system, which made its debut during the ALDS, shows pitch speed, location and ball trails, while splitting the data into different varieties. Whether it’s showing all first-pitch strikes, pitch sequences to a certain batter or other specific data, FOX Sports has the strike zone covered.

The FOX Sports 113th World Series tech initiatives are the latest effort from FOX Sports Lab, a designed approach to exploring technical partnerships that give viewers a fresh perspective and ad sales teams more targeted sports integrations.


  • Staff & Support
    140+ technicians
    36 support staff
    126+ man-hours over nine days
  • Field Support
    384+ strands of fiber
    3+ miles of fiber optic cable
    3 edit bays
    64TB of shared storage
    2 Gbps of data connectivity
    12 transmission paths
  • Cameras and Lenses
    30 HD game cameras
    6 SSMo 6X (360fps)
    1 SSMo 16X (960fps)
    2 Xmo (2000fps)
    2 RF cameras
    1 RF stabilized camera (MOVI)
    1 aerial camera
  • Replay
    64 record channels
    32 playback channels
    2,000+ hours of recording capacity
  • Audio
    All digital audio network throughout stadium
    12 RF player, announcer and umpire mics
    8 RF FX mics
    9 RF base mics
    78 field microphones
    14 RF infield microphones
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FS1 College Football Quadrupleheader Features Four Top-25 Programs

No. 6 TCU, No. 9 Ohio State, No. 14 Oklahoma State and No. 23 Stanford Take the Field Saturday on FS1
No. 7 Wisconsin and No. 21 Michigan State Highlight BTN Schedule

Four of the top teams in the nation play on FS1 Saturday in a day-to-night quadrupleheader, kicking off at 12:00 PM ET and running through Midnight. A full day of action begins in Manhattan, Kan., as No. 6 TCU, the Big 12’s only remaining undefeated team, faces K-State. Joe Davis, Brady Quinn and Bruce Feldman have the call from Bill Snyder Family Football Stadium.

In prime time, No. 9 Ohio State heads west to Nebraska to face the Cornhuskers at 7:30 PM ET. FOX Sports’ lead college football broadcast team of play-by-play announcer Gus Johnson, analyst Joel Klatt and sideline reporter Jenny Taft are in Lincoln to call the action.

Rounding out FS1’s Saturday slate, No. 14 Oklahoma State hosts Baylor at 3:30 PM ET, called by Justin Kutcher, Petros Papadakis and Mark Helfrich; and Oregon visits No. 23 Stanford at 11:00 PM ET, with Tim Brando, Spencer Tillman and Holly Sonders on the call. Throughout the day, studio host Rob Stone and analysts Matt Leinart, Robert Smith and Dave Wannstedt present the latest highlights and analysis between games and during halftimes.

This week’s full schedule of games on FS1, FSN and BTN, including broadcasters, can be found HERE.

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 biggest matchups of the season, including Ohio State at Michigan, Oklahoma at Oklahoma State 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.

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2017 ALDS is Most-Watched LDS in FS1 History

Yankees-Indians Game 5 is Most-Watched Division Series Game Ever on FS1, FOX Deportes & FOX Sports GO

NEW YORK, NY – The New York Yankees’ epic comeback to defeat the Cleveland Indians in the 2017 American League Division Series scored record-breaking viewership, securing the 2017 ALDS as the most-watched LDS in FS1 history with an average audience of 3,809,000 viewers over the seven Yankees-Indians and Red Sox-Astros games on the network, according to Nielsen Media Research.

This year’s ALDS is up +3% over last year’s NLDS on FS1 (vs. 3,690,000), and up +36% over 2015’s ALDS on FS1 (vs. 2,795,000).

Wednesday’s incredible Game 5 between the Yankees and Indians posted 7,610,000 viewers across FS1 (7,261,000), FOX Deportes (207,000) and FOX Sports GO (142,000); the most-watched LDS game ever on each platform. The game peaked from 11:15 to 11:30 PM ET with 9,175,000 viewers on FS1.

On FS1, last night’s game was the third most-watched telecast in FS1 history and the most-watched telecast since Cubs-Dodgers Game 6 of the 2016 NLCS. It also ranks as the most-watched ALDS game on any network since 2011.

FS1 and FOX Deportes air Game 1 of the American League Championship Series between the New York Yankees and Houston Astros live from Minute Maid Park on Friday, Oct. 13, with coverage beginning at 7:00 PM ET.

2017 ALDS is Most-Watched LDS in FS1 History (157 kB, last updated October 2017)

World Champions Mikey Garcia and Robert Guerrero Join FOX Sports Broadcast Team for PREMIER BOXING CHAMPIONS: SANTA CRUZ VS. AVALOS

Guerrero Calls Fights with Sean Grande, Brian Kenny Hosts

LOS ANGELES, CA – Today, FOX Sports announces multi-division and current 135-pound world champion Mikey Garcia (@mikeygarcia) and former multiple division world champion Robert Guerrero (@GHOSTBOXING) join the broadcast team as analysts for PREMIER BOXING CHAMPIONS: SANTA CRUZ VS. AVALOS live on FOX and FOX Deportes Saturday, Oct. 14 (7:30 PM ET), from StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. Garcia and Guerrero team with blow-by-blow announcer Sean Grande (@SeanGrandePBP) calling the fights. Brian Kenny (@MrBrianKenny) hosts the broadcast.

On FOX Deportes, Jaime Motta (@MottaJaime) joins blow-by-blow announcer Jesse Losada to call the action in Spanish.

The sixth installment of PBC ON FOX and FOX Deportes is headlined by sensational three-division champion Leo “El Terremoto” Santa Cruz (33-1-1, 18 KOs), who defends his featherweight world title against Chris Avalos (27-5, 20 KOs). The co-main event features four-time world champion Abner Mares (30-2-1, 15 KOs) defending his 126-pound championship against once-beaten Andres Gutierrez (35-1-1, 25 KOs).

The television broadcast opens with an exciting 10-round match featuring undefeated rising junior welterweight contender Eddie Ramirez (17-0, 11 KOs) versus former world champion Antonio DeMarco (32-6-1, 23 KOs).

Fans can live stream the fights on FOX Sports GO, available in English or Spanish through the FOX or FOX Deportes feeds. The fight is available on desktop at and through the app store, or connected devices including Apple TV, Android TV, Fire TV, Xbox One and Roku. In addition, fights are also available on FOX Sports on SiriusXM channel 83 on satellite radios and on the SiriusXM app.

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Pearl Jam’s Epic Wrigley Field Concert Documentary LET’S PLAY TWO Airs Friday on FS1

Film Makes Television Debut Following Game 1 of the ALCS
WATCH: FOX Sports’ Joe Buck Sits Down with Eddie Vedder

NEW YORK, NY – While the Chicago Cubs’ unbelievable World Series run captivated audiences last October, historic Wrigley Field was home to another incredible series last summer. Pearl Jam’s sold-out August 2016 shows from Wrigley Field are immortalized in LET’S PLAY TWO, a concert film making its television debut Friday, Oct. 13 at 11:30 PM ET on FS1.

The feature-length, two-hour film with limited commercial interruptions airs in its entirety on Friday following Game 1 of the American League Championship Series, followed by a late night replay Sunday, Oct. 15 at Midnight ET on FS1.

Watch the official trailer for LET’S PLAY TWO here:

Providing additional context for the film, Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder, a Chicago native and avid Cubs fan, sat down with FOX Sports’ Joe Buck to discuss the band’s connection to the city, their incredible Wrigley Field shows and the indelible impact of the Cubs’ World Series win on sports fans and the city of Chicago.

Watch Joe Buck’s conversation with Eddie Vedder here:

LET’S PLAY TWO was directed by Danny Clinch and produced by FOX Sports, Monkeywrench Productions, Tourgigs Productions, Universal Music Publishing Group, Republic Records and Major League Baseball in collaboration with Milkt Films and Polygram Entertainment.

Amazon Music also features exclusive bonus clips from the concert, including video performances of the single “Mind Your Manners” from the band’s 2013 release, Lightning Bolt, and “Rearviewmirror” from the 1993 hit album, Vs. Fans can also stream and download the “LET’S PLAY TWO” soundtrack on Amazon Music Unlimited. To learn more, visit:

For more information, visit the film’s official site Pearl Jam’s LET’S PLAY TWO.

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FOX Sports Statement on World Cup Qualifying Results

Los Angeles, Oct. 11, 2017 – Last night’s World Cup qualifying results do not change FOX Sports’ passion for the world’s biggest sporting event. While the U.S. was eliminated, the biggest stars in the world from Lionel Messi to Cristiano Ronaldo stamped their tickets to Russia on the same day, and will battle teams ranging from Mexico to England that have massive fan bases in America. The World Cup is the greatest sporting event on earth that changes the world for one month every four years, and FOX Sports remains steadfast in our commitment of bringing the games to America for the first time in 2018 and will continue to support the U.S. Soccer Federation as they look ahead to the 2022 World Cup.


FOX Sports Celebrates 10 Years of Investing in the Next Generation

Inaugural ‘FOX Sports U Day’ Marks 10th Year of Elite College Partnership Program

LOS ANGELES, CA – FOX Sports University, a partnership initiative that has teamed with over 40 prestigious academic and athletic institutions since launching in 2008, celebrates its 10th year of bringing the real world into the classroom. In its first decade, the program has expanded from teaming with a single university, the University of Florida, and now spans more than 10 conferences across the country.

Marking the milestone, FOX Sports employees, on-air personalities, program alumni and current students come together today, “10/10,” for FOX SPORTS U DAY, celebrating 10 years of real-world learning, exciting behind-the-scenes experiences and successful campaigns inspired by student work.

“Over the past 10 years FOX Sports University has seen unprecedented growth not only in its university expansion but concept innovation across all FOX Sports departments,” said Lindsay Amstutz, Senior VP & GM of FOX Sports West, Prime Ticket and FOX Sports San Diego. “From campaign execution to talent acquisition, FOX Sports U has proven to be a real tool in the way we think about our business today and for the future.”

For the 2017 Fall Semester, FOX Sports U has launched projects with Arizona State, Auburn, Baylor, Howard, Marquette, Maryland, Minnesota, New York University, North Carolina, Northwestern, Ohio State, Oregon, Pittsburgh, St. John’s, Syracuse and Xavier. Project topics range from 2018 FIFA World Cup strategy, to College Basketball on FS1 and the 2018 U.S. Open Championship.

The program, which has reached more than 5,000 students, is designed to provide real-world experience to graduate and undergraduate students, while developing a pipeline of innovative ideas for FOX Sports properties. FOX Sports challenges students with semester-long case studies which are timely and relevant to the company’s business needs. FOX Sports U tasks students to develop solutions – products, concepts and campaigns – that have the potential to be executed across FOX Sports businesses, giving students the opportunity to see what it takes to make their ideas come to life. FOX Sports executives and on-air broadcasters take part in the education process, giving the practical element to learning whereby students produce research, campaigns and concepts for FOX Sports.

“The partnership between FOX Sports and University of Florida has greatly enriched our creative curriculum,” said Professor Robyn Goodman of the University of Florida. “It has provided an outlet for creatively oriented students to work with a major client and then see their ideas come to fruition.”

FOX SPORTS U DAY also marks the launch of a year-long on-air promotional campaign across FS1 and each of the FOX Sports Regional Networks. During the 2017-18 school year, the program enjoys unprecedented support from top FOX Sports executives and on-air personalities as they return to their alma maters nationwide to inspire the next generation of sports media innovators.

FOX Sports has hired more than 100 FOX Sports U students since the program’s inception. To showcase the opportunities that have been created for hardworking and deserving students nationwide, digital videos will be released, profiling four recent FOX Sports U summer interns, each with their own unique story. FOX Sports U will also profile 10 program alumni working for FOX Sports in various roles.

Student-generated campaigns have won Emmy, Telly, Addy, Golden Matrix and Promax awards.

Follow @FOXSportsU on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for a look into FOX SPORTS U DAY celebrations. Additional information, including examples of past projects, can be found here. A highlight reel of the program’s previous work can be viewed here.


UFC POSTFIGHT Quotes – Florian on Demetrious Johnson’s Record-Setting Victory

Woodley on Johnson: “He’s flawless.”
Felder on Ferguson Defeating Lee: “Tony did what I thought he’d do. He had the grit and toughness and he grinds through. I think Tony matches up really well against Conor McGregor. Let’s unify that belt.”

LOS ANGELES, CA – The following quotes and videos are from tonight’s FS1 UFC 216 POSTFIGHT SHOW on FS1 hosted by Karyn Bryant, with Tyron Woodley, Kenny Florian and Paul Felder providing analysis. Megan Olivi conducted interviews.

Woodley on Demetrious Johnson’s greatness: “Johnson has so many levels to his game, it’s so hard to keep up with his pace. Those strikes weren’t all hard going against Borg. But he was tenderizing the steak, so when he went for the armbar, Borg was tired. It was an amazing finish. I think Johnson has a game plan and nothing rocks him off it. He’s flawless.”

FOX UFC analyst Kenny Florian on Johnson setting the record all time: “This is how good he is. He’s just so much better than everyone else. That was the teacher showing the student how to do it. We’ve never seen a suplex into an armbar. That’s why he’s the best of all time!”

FOX UFC analyst Paul Felder on what makes Demetrious Johnson so good and what did Ray Borg do wrong: “Johnson’s demeanor is always in control. For Borg, he only landed 22 strikes. We talked about what his key to victory was: to land the ground and pound. And he only got one strike on Demetrious on the ground.”

Florian on what sets Johnson apart: “Nothing rattles him. That’s the sign of a true master. His expression on his face never changes. It’s like he’s having a coffee and eating a donut. Nothing ever fazes him. He was playing chess, while Ray Borg was playing checkers.”

Felder on Johnson’s finish: “To pull off a move like that in a championship fight, you practice it, but he actually does it. He never seems to get tired. He gets told what to do by his coach and he does it like a video game. He’s really unstoppable in that division. He drowns his opponents in there.”

VIDEO: Kenny Florian, Tyron Woodley and Paul Felder break down Demetrious Johnson’s epic night!

Demetrious Johnson on pulling off the amazing submission to end the fight: “I’ve been working on it a long time. My coach said to explore your options in mix martial arts. When I was in there, I was feeling good and it was time to hit it. You have to shift people’s weight when they’re trying to be heavy, so once I shifted his weight and he threw the elbow, I said I’ve got you. I lifted him up and snatched his arm and did it.”

Johnson on what his plan was in the fight: “Ray Borg was saying my scrambling ability was garbage so his only option was to scramble, and we nullified that. Then, it was time to submit him and we did. It’s like my coach Matt’s playing the video game and I’m the character and he’s telling me what to do. I just do it.”

Johnson on what’s next: “I’m going to go home and spend time with my family and soak this one in.”

Johnson on what’s his motivation to keep going: “My motivation is to get better and to work on everything. Everyone is so quick to jump to the next one. It’s been 25 minutes since the fight. I’m going to spend some time with my family and kids, and enjoy this for a little bit.”

Johnson on if this was a special day or another day at the office: “It was another day in the office. Every fight is like the last one. It was special to pull that off that finish. I’ve been working on that submission in the gym. I was so tired from doing it, but I’ve practiced it a 1,000 times, and that’s what I got. My coach said: you mastered it in the gym and pulled it off in the Octagon.”

VIDEO: Interview: Demetrious Johnson on his record-setting night

Florian on what set Ferguson apart from Lee: “Nothing ever rattles Tony. Experience was the difference. Lee was scrambling, but didn’t seem to have a plan. Ferguson was just waiting and had a plan. I think Lee and his coaches will say that Lee needs to move his head more.”

Woodley on Lee: “Kevin was too pumped up and was too emotional. Tony kept calm. Lee fought well in the first round, and maybe he exerted too much in the first round. If I was his coach, I wouldn’t tell him to do the double leg takedowns that take a lot of energy when you’re tired. You keep with the jab and stay on your feet. When you’re standing in the traditional stance, you don’t move as much, while Tony was standing with his hands down and being very lose and fluid. When Kevin stood in front of Tony and started missing, he got fatigued and then it gets in your head and you start getting hit in the face.”

Felder on Ferguson’s performance: “Tony did what I thought he’d do. He had the grit and toughness and he took some shots, but he grinds through. He established long punches, then had the durability, which we talked about. I think the problem for Kevin was he tired out with the takedowns. Ferguson kept Lee swinging and missing. He did his funky stuff and kept throwing up submissions.”

Tony Ferguson on his performance: “It was amazing. It was a fun fight. It took a little longer than I thought, but I got the belt.”

Ferguson on when he’ll fight Conor McGregor to unify the belt: “We’ll soon see Conor. I’m not worried about that now. I just want to show this to my baby boy.”

Ferguson on what he planned for the fight: “The game plan was to get him so aggressive that he’d use the energy. He was pinned up against the cage, but I had him in a can opener situation, which takes energy out of him. I had a lot of hay in the barn to go five rounds. I know he was going to put on a lot of pressure. I knew the arm bar was going to be there and then there was the triangle.”

Ferguson on his eye injury: “I couldn’t see out of it, stuff happens. I knew how to weather the storm. I knew he was going to take me down, but this isn’t wrestling. I don’t care about the takedowns. If you take me down, you’re going to stuff some elbows and really take it.”

Ferguson on the trash talking before the fight: “Lee used that energy outside the fight. The fight was in the Octagon. Not one time did I feel uncomposed, except getting poked in the eye, and then I got pissed off, but it’s a fight and I weathered the storm.”

Ferguson on what he told Lee after the fight: “I told him to keep his head up. He’s got a bright future and to keep grinding. He’s a game opponent. I take my hat off to him. He took the fight.”

Ferguson on what happened in the fight: “I kept him at the end of my jab. He wasn’t flying into it. His takedowns got weaker, his kicks got weaker and his punches got weaker. I just kept composed. He was going to get weaker and I was going to get him. I’m an Ultimate Fighter winner. He’s not.”

Ferguson on wanting to fight Conor McGregor next: “Conor, he needs to defend or vacate. Conor you need to fight me. You can can’t run. I’m coming after you.”

VIDEO: INTERVIEW: Tony Ferguson Pays Respect to Kevin Lee

Florian on if Ferguson should get the next fight against McGregor: “Tony has earned this. He’s done what no one else has done it. He deserves that shot against Conor. Now there’s the business of fighting. The Nate Diaz trilogy is out there for the money fight against Conor. It comes down to what the fans want. Ferguson has done more than any other person.”

Woodley on if Ferguson deserves the fight against Conor McGregor next: “We have a lot of guys watching fights on the couch. Tony’s won 10 in a row against really tough guys. You have to respect that. He’s doing it with his four ounce gloves. If you’re going to be the champion, McGregor, you should defend the belt. If you do Nate vs. Conor, you shouldn’t do it for the belt.”

Felder on Ferguson fighting McGregor next: “Let’s get these guys together. Don’t vacate it, don’t fight anyone else. Tony, you’ve got to make him want that fight. There’re fights that need to be made. I think Tony matches up really well against Conor. Let’s unify that belt.”

UFC President Dana White on Ferguson’s victory over Lee: “He looked incredible. He kept the pressure on Lee. Lee is a tough dude and Tony outlasted him.”

White on what’s next for Ferguson: “Yes, we will unify this belt, but I don’t know when.”

White on Johnson setting the record tonight: “Greatest fighter ever. Much respect to Borg. In my anger, I disrespected Borg, but I didn’t mean to. I’m sure he wants to run up that record.”

White on this eventful week: “I’ve never been more proud to live here from first responders, and all the companies stepping up to do things. People think this isn’t a real community. This is one of the most real communities I’ve ever seen.”

VIDEO: Interview: Dana White – Will we see a title unification fight between Conor McGregor and Tony Ferguson? Dana White has the answer.

VIDEO: Is Demetrious Johnson the GOAT? Joe Rogan and Daniel Cormier say yes