Month: November 2017

Fernando Fiore

21CF Chats: FOX Sports Host Fernando Fiore on His Preparation for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, U.S. Team, Types of Soccer Fans

by Jason Hahn for 21st Century Fox Blog

After nearly 900 games played between more than 200 nations over almost 1,000 days, the 2018 World Cup qualification process is finally over, and FOX Sports is less than 200 days away from its first World Cup presentation. The 32 countries that will play in the big tournament hosted in Russia have finished a long journey and will soon embark on another one. The same can be said for Emmy Award-winning FOX Sports host Fernando Fiore, who will broadcast his eighth World Cup in 2018. However, next year’s World Cup will mark a significant first for Fernando.

“This will be a different World Cup experience for me – it’ll be my first one in English,” he said in a recent conversation. “I worked in Spanish-language TV for so long, I really appreciate all the support from mainstream audiences that have embraced me with open arms. I also want to acknowledge FOX Sports for allowing me to join their soccer broadcasts.”

I asked Fernando about his reaction to the U.S. Men’s National Team’s performance in the qualifiers, how he prepares for World Cup broadcasts, the similarities between Spanish-speaking and English-speaking audiences, and more.

Were you surprised that the U.S. Men’s National Team failed to qualify for the big tournament?
I don’t know if “surprised” is the right word. Disappointed? Yes. When we started the qualifiers with the top six teams from CONCACAF, the U.S. started with a loss in Columbus, Ohio, against Mexico; then we went to Costa Rica and lost again. So we finished 2016, the beginning of “The Hex,” losing against our first two rivals, followed by a coaching change. Things didn’t go right from the beginning, and when you have to change the coach that late, it’s difficult to turn things around.

How has the preparation process been for this World Cup? And how does it compare with your previous experiences preparing for the World Cup?
In the six months leading up to the World Cup, you start to look at every single detail, statistics and players. You can prepare and prepare during those six months, but you also have to be ready for a lot of changes that happen last minute, like injuries. I’ve traveled all over the world covering the last seven World Cups, but for the last four tournaments, I traveled to every single host city to make sure I’m knowledgeable about the city first hand.

What do you do when you visit each city?
I share my passion for the beautiful game with the people. I spend time talking with taxi drivers, people in the streets, at the hotels about their expectations and excitement for the games. For me, it’s great preparation because you really get a feel for the country’s expectation for this big event. I’m doing the same thing now in Russia. I hope that I can visit the 11 host cities before the World Cup. I already went to four; when I go to the draw on Dec. 1, I’m hoping to visit two or three more. That’s the best kind of preparation for me: going there, trying to get a feel for the people and country.

The broadcast team you work with seems to have great on-air chemistry. What does it take behind the scenes to make that happen?
The best way to explain why we have such great chemistry is that we are all completely different. I never played professionally, so I always try to be the link between the broadcast and analysis, and represent the fan. I won’t have the same opinion as an ex-player who played in a World Cup like Alexi Lalas. We have completely different opinions, and that’s why I think we’re interesting.

You’re popular among Spanish-speaking and English-speaking soccer fans alike. What differences and similarities do you see in the two audiences?
You’ll find two sets of fan bases in both Spanish and English-speaking audiences. You have the diehard soccer fan, the one that eats and breathes soccer every single day; and then you have the casual viewer. The difficult part is to deliver content and information to both groups in a way that doesn’t alienate the other.

What does each group want to see in a broadcast?
The diehard soccer fans want the broadcast to talk about the X’s and O’s, and dissect the game because they know so much about soccer. The casual viewer only watches the World Cup every four years, so you can’t talk too deep about soccer because you lose them. I try to balance my opinions to help serve both avid and casual fans.

I saw that you recently joined the U.S. Soccer Foundation as an ambassador, so you’re clearly invested in the growth of the sport in this country, particularly in underserved communities. Can you talk about your role?
To tell you the truth, this is one of the best things that has happened to me this year. They have a project called Soccer for Success, which I love. We need to get more kids involved in sports, and particularly soccer because it’s fun and healthy for them. We need to provide more after-school programs, guidance, coaches and places to play, especially in underprivileged areas that don’t have the luxury of a nice soccer field or mentors who can teach you the game. The goal for 2026 is to get 1 million kids playing soccer in more than 1,000 playing spaces. It might seem like a huge number that’s difficult to reach, but we have great sponsors that really believe in this project. The kids will go for the fun, to help keep out of trouble and be healthy, and from that pool you can develop the players of the future.

Go to FOX Sports’ comprehensive fan guide to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia for a helpful overview of the tournament.

The 2018 FIFA World Cup begins June 14, 2018, and ends with the final in Moscow on July 15, 2018. All games will be live on FOX Sports and FOX Sports GO.

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Daniel Cormier

UFC TONIGHT Quotes – Cormier on How Holloway Wins

Florian on what Aldo needs to do differently this fight: “Aldo’s got to use his kicks to slow Max down.”
Florian on Gaethje: “He keeps coming at you. He’s like a zombie. You can’t kill him. He just gets stronger during a fight. Gaethje is all offense all the time.”

LOS ANGELES, CA – UFC TONIGHT was hosted by Kenny Florian and Daniel Cormier, with Karyn Bryant adding reports. The crew previewed this weekend’s UFC 218 and THE UTLIMATE FIGHTER FINALE and interviewed featherweight champion Max Holloway, plus lightweight contenders Justin Gaethje and Khabib Nurmagomedov.

UFC TONIGHT host Daniel Cormier on how Max Holloway control fights: “He’s long, big and strong for the division. He controls you with his jab. When he gets in range, he throws his punches. He’s such a big guy that when Max is throwing punches from a distance, he can’t get hit. It was a straight one-two that put Jose Aldo down in the first fight.”

UFC TONIGHT Kenny Florian on Holloway: “Bruce Lee used to say the sign of a great fighter is a great counterstrike. Holloway does that so well. In the first fight with Aldo, he slips Aldo’s punch and then hits Aldo. But in this fight, Aldo’s got to use his kicks. He kicks like a mule – I’ve felt them. He’s got to slow Max down with his kicks to the legs. He’s got to go back to being the vicious kicker. He fell in love with his boxing. But it’s a mixed martial arts fight. He needs to use some takedowns as well. He’s a world class Brazilian jiu-jitsu blackbelt. I’d like to see him work on some takedowns.”

Cormier on Holloway’s keys to victory: “He’s a dynamic striker. He’s got endurance and can put a pace on people and break you. He’s got to stay in boxing range. And he needs to stop the takedown.”

Florian on Aldo’s keys to victory: “He needs to mix up his strikes. He needs to utilize his head movement. He needs to throw leg kicks to slow Max down. And he needs to land a takedown.”

VIDEO: Cormier and Florian break down Max Holloway vs Jose Aldo Tonight
https://www.foxsports.com/ufc/video/1106370627595

Max Holloway on Jose Aldo’s recent remarks about being ready for this fight: “He’s in for a fight. He’d be talking that I felt his power last time. Well, last time, he felt my power. He was the one who got knocked down.”

Max Holloway on what he learned in the first fight with Jose Aldo: “I learned he was explosive, strong. I learned he’s a cool guy. But at the end of the day, we’ve got to punch each other in the face again and I’m excited for it.”

Holloway on preparing for Aldo’s leg kicks: “We were focusing on the first one. He only did one, because when he does it, I cracked him. He keeps talking about his leg kick game. I hope he does. I want to fight the best Aldo ever and hope there are no excuses. He says he’s training boxing, so let’s it see Saturday.”

VIDEO: Max Holloway Interview
https://twitter.com/UFCONFOX/status/936021094036750336

Cormier on Francis Ngannou’s talent: “He’s a great striker. He’s very powerful. He throws uppercuts really well. It’s come natural to him. He finished Arlovski with them. And he throws them the correct way. That’s what’s putting guys to sleep.”

Florian on how Overeem should counter Ngannou: “For Overeem, he’s got to be careful not to shell up to protect himself, because that will open himself to those uppercuts. He’s fighting much smarter now. He’s been showing great footwork in his recent fights against Junior Dos Santos and Mark Hunt. He’s got to use is kicking game from the outside. He’s finished a lot of guys like Ngannou.”

Cormier on similarities between Overeem and Ngannou: “If I’m Alistair, you’re thinking Ngannou is best where I was best. You’ve got to think, I was you when I was younger. I was the big guy knocking people out. And he’s probably not too worried about it.”

Justin Gaethje on fighting Eddie Alvarez for the title of must violent man in the UFC: “He’s talking himself into a real fight. I’m still expecting him to try to stick me against the fence. All this talk, he better be ready to show up and fight.”

Gaethje on title shot: “The biggest factor is how you win. If I finish him as violent as I want to and as quick as possible, it would help. I’m taking a step in the right direction. I’ve got to focus on him. He’s dangerous and I can’t look past him.”

Gaethje on if his violent fighting will shorten his career: “I’m not planning on being around that long. I’m planning on six or eight more and I’m out.”

Gaethje on if he’d coach THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER again: “I would, preferably not right after a fight. I loved it. Before I started coaching them, I was in their same position four or five days before that. I learned as much from them as they did from me.”

VIDEO: Justin Gaethje
https://www.foxsports.com/ufc/video/1106370627597

Florian on what makes Gaethje so tough: “He’s so tough because he keeps coming at you. He’s like a zombie. You can’t kill him. He just gets stronger during a fight. He continues to move forward. He’s had so much adversity in his fights and keeps coming at you. Gaethje is all offense all the time.”

Cormier on Gaethje’s style: “He wants to win in violent dominant fashion. You saw that against Michael Johnson. He wants to take your soul. But one thing can stop him. It’s the overhand right from Eddie Alvarez, the former lightweight champion. Eddie took out Dos Anjos with it and knocked him out. If he’s not careful, he can take him out.”

Khabib Nurmagomedov on fighting Edson Barboza at UFC 219: “He’s very good on his feet. He has very good kicking. But, he has to worry about a lot of things from me. My boxing, wrestling, my pressure, my top control. I only have to stop his kicks. I don’t think he’s my toughest opponent.”

Nurmagomedov on still wanting to fight Tony Ferguson: “I think he wants to move on. But fans still want this fight. The UFC wants to make this fight. We can sell a lot of PPV. When I beat Edson, I’m going to fight Tony. He knows it.”

Nurmagomedov on missing weight in the past: “I’ve changed a lot of things. My diet, everything. One month before the fight, I’m excited. About making weight, showing I can make weight.”

VIDEO: Khabib Nurmagomedov Interview
https://twitter.com/UFCONFOX/status/936024356156719105

Florian on if Conor McGregor will fight in the UFC again: “If I had $100 million, you wouldn’t see me again. I don’t know if he’s going to make that kind of money in the UFC. But this is what he does best. This is what made him. When you’re a martial artist, you have to remind yourself of that. I think we’ll see him again. He just has to get control of his life a little bit.”

VIDEO: Cormier and Florian discuss Dana White’s comments about Conor McGregor
https://twitter.com/UFCONFOX/status/936029535056805888

UFC TONIGHT Quotes – Cormier on How Holloway Wins (268 kB, last updated November 2017)
Greg Jennings

Two-Time Pro Bowler Greg Jennings Debuts as NFL Game Analyst on FOX this Sunday

Jennings Joins Veteran Play-By-Play Broadcaster Tim Brando & Sideline Reporter Jennifer Hale to Call Buccaneers at Packers

NEW YORK, NY – On Sunday, Nov. 3, Super Bowl Champion Greg Jennings returns to Lambeau Field where he will make his broadcasting debut as an NFL game analyst on FOX. The announcement was made today by John Entz, FOX Sports President of Production & Executive Producer.

“As a regular contributor to our studio shows, we are looking forward to seeing Greg on-site as an NFL game analyst,” Entz said. “Having recently retired, Greg will bring a unique insight and contemporary analysis to viewers this Sunday.”

Jennings joins seasoned play-by-play announcer Tim Brando and sideline reporter Jennifer Hale, as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers visit Jennings’ former team, the Green Bay Packers, at Lambeau Field. Jennings shares his unique insights from FOX’s broadcast booth this Sunday only.

“Calling the game to be an absolute thrill for me,” said Jennings. “To have the opportunity to be back at Lambeau Field, a historic place where I have so many fond memories with the fans and my former teammates and coaches, is truly a blessing. I am looking forward to working with Tim, Jennifer and the entire FOX game crew for this broadcast.”

Jennings joined FOX Sports earlier this year as an NFL studio analyst contributing to a number of FS1 and FOX Sports studio shows, most notably as a regular guest on FS1’s FIRST THINGS FIRST, UNDISPUTED, THE HERD WITH COLIN COWHERD and SPEAK FOR YOURSELF. Jennings has also appeared several times this season on FOX Sports’ FOX NFL KICKOFF pregame show.

A native of Kalamazoo, Mich., Jennings attended Western Michigan University where he was a breakout star, becoming just the 11th player in NCAA Division I history to record three career 1,000-yard receiving seasons. The Green Bay Packers selected Jennings in the 2006 NFL Draft as the 52nd overall pick. In his seven seasons with the Packers he went on to help the team win Super Bowl XLV, where he caught two touchdowns in a thrilling 31-25 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers. Jennings made two consecutive Pro Bowl appearances (2010 & 2011) as a member of the Packers. In 2013, he signed with the Minnesota Vikings, where he played for two years before signing with the Miami Dolphins. Jennings retired a season later at the age of 32. Jennings is deeply committed to the Greg Jennings Foundation, a private family foundation that partners with Michigan and Wisconsin organizations in educating youth by providing the necessary resources in order to help them reach their academic potential.

Bailey Smith Photography

FOX Sports Adds Broadcasting Depth to its 18th Consecutive Season of NASCAR Coverage

Regan Smith Adds Pit Road Reporting to Expanded Role
Joy, Gordon, Waltrip and McReynolds Return to Call MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES

CHARLOTTE, NC – As NASCAR prepares to honor its MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES champion this weekend in Las Vegas and teams finalize their 2018 lineups, FOX Sports has begun stacking its broadcaster deck for 2018.

New to the FOX NASCAR arsenal next year, the network’s 18th consecutive season broadcasting NASCAR races, is veteran driver Regan Smith, who will serve as a pit reporter for the MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES and NASCAR XFINITY SERIES, in addition to continuing his role as a NASCAR RACE HUB analyst. He took a broadcasting test drive with his race analyst debut last June at Iowa Speedway for FS1’s presentation of the NASCAR XFINITY SERIES race.

“When I had the opportunity to be in the FOX Sports booth at Iowa earlier in the year, the driver in me was really intrigued by the TV side of the sport,” Smith said. “So, my biggest goal in joining pit road is to be able to give viewers something they didn’t know before or to better help them understand something going on with the driver or the car. Since I am still competing, I can put into perspective what a driver is feeling at a particular moment.”

Smith, winner of the prestigious Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway in 2011 and 2008 MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES Rookie of the Year, has regularly appeared as a driver analyst on FS1’s NASCAR RACE HUB since 2015.

“We’ve enjoyed and appreciated Regan’s insight in the NASCAR RACE HUB studio but really had our eyes opened to his broadcasting potential at Iowa last summer,” said Steve Craddock, FOX Sports SVP of NASCAR Production. “A fan and peer favorite, he has proven himself seamless in translating his years of driving experience to the viewers at home.”

MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES
For its broadcast of the first half of the 2018 MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES season, FOX NASCAR is armed with seven championships’ worth of analysis and insight. For the third year, Hall of Famer and three-time champ Darrell Waltrip pairs with four-time champion Jeff Gordon in the booth for analysis, with veteran play-by-play announcer Mike Joy, covering his 43nd DAYTONA 500 in February, and former DAYTONA 500-winning crew chief Larry McReynolds with race analysis on the strength of his 43 years in the sport.

Delivering stories and updates from pit road are pit reporters Jamie Little, Vince Welch, Matt Yocum and Smith. Chris Myers hosts FOX NASCAR SUNDAY and the network’s race coverage from the famed Hollywood Hotel alongside Michael Waltrip, Darrell Waltrip and Gordon. FOX broadcasts 10 of FOX Sports’ 16 MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES races, while FS1 telecasts the remaining six.

NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES
For the 16th consecutive year, FS1 offers exclusive coverage of the entire NASCAR CAMPING
WORLD TRUCK SERIES season. Welch calls play-by-play with veteran analysts Phil Parsons and Michael Waltrip. Hermie Sadler, Kaitlyn Vincie and Alan Cavanna deliver pit reports.

NASCAR XFINITY SERIES & “Drivers Only” Broadcast
The NASCAR XFINITY SERIES returns to FOX Sports for the fourth consecutive season in 2018, with Adam Alexander once again handling fulltime play-by-play duties alongside analyst Michael Waltrip and a rotation of prominent MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES drivers to be announced in the near future. Little, Yocum and Smith cover pit road.

Additionally, FOX Sports brings back its “Drivers Only” NASCAR XFINITY SERIES broadcast in 2018, at a track to be announced in the near future, after a wildly successful and critically acclaimed debut in June 2017 at Pocono Raceway. Throughout the 2017 NXS season, FOX Sports featured five Cup Series drivers in the booth, offering fans a variety of knowledgeable and current viewpoints.

NASCAR RACEDAY
NASCAR RACEDAY, FS1’s popular prerace show, continues to deliver the excitement behind-the-scenes and up-to-the-minute reports from the garage prior to the start of each MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES race. John Roberts and Myers share hosting duties, while the entire FOX NASCAR on-air team joins analysts Kenny Wallace, Jeff Hammond, Andy Petree and reporters Cavanna and Vincie.

In addition, FOX Sports offers a dedicated 30-minute prerace show immediately prior to each NASCAR XFINITY SERIES and NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES race. Shannon Spake returns to host NASCAR RACEDAY-XFINITY with McReynolds and Wallace providing analysis. Roberts has the honors for NCWTS SETUP leading into all Truck Series races with insight from two-time series champion Todd Bodine.

NASCAR RACE HUB
NASCAR RACE HUB, FS1’s daily news and update program, continues live at 6:00 PM ET every Monday through Thursday. Alexander and Spake co-host the hour-long program with analysts McReynolds, Hammond and Andy Petree, who are joined by a rotating team of active drivers and crew chiefs. The duo of Cavanna and Vincie are back with daily reports from NASCAR race shops, while Roberts hosts most Thursdays.

NASCAR RACE HUB WEEKEND EDITION, hosted by Roberts, is a Friday and Saturday fixture on FS1, delivering at-track updates and news as it breaks throughout the course of the race weekend.

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Blow-By-Blow Announcer Hellie Makes FS1 Debut Alongside Light Heavyweight Champ Cormier for THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER: A NEW WORLD CHAMPION FINALE

Rogan and Anik Call UFC 218, While Former UFC Champions Bisping and Evans Are Desk Analysts with Bryant for FS1’s Weekend UFC Coverage

LOS ANGELES, CA – Today, FOX Sports announces Dan Hellie (@DanHellie) makes his FS1 blow-by-blow announcer debut alongside analyst and current light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) for THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER: A NEW WORLD CHAMPION FINALE live in Las Vegas on Friday, Dec. 1. Heidi Androl (@HeidiAndrol) adds reports and interviews fighters onsite. Victor Davila (@mastervic10) and Marlon Vera (@chitoveraUFC) have the call for THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER: A NEW WORLD CHAMPION FINALE in Spanish on FOX Deportes.

On Saturday, Dec. 2, analyst Joe Rogan (@JoeRogan) and blow-by-blow announcer Jon Anik (@Jon¬_Anik) call the FS1 UFC 218 PRELIMS live from Detroit. Reporter Megan Olivi (@MeganOlivi) interviews fighters on-site. Davila and Vera are joined by Mario Delgado (@mariodelgadorzm) to call UFC 218 in Spanish on FOX Deportes.

For FS1’s weekend coverage of the back-to-back UFC events, former middleweight champion Michael Bisping (@Bisping) and former light heavyweight champ Rashad Evans (@SugaRashadEvans) serve as analysts alongside host Karyn Bryant (@KarynBryant) in FOX Sports’ Los Angeles studio.

FS1’s UFC programming starts on Wednesday, Nov. 29 with UFC TONIGHT airing at a special time, 6:00 PM ET with hosts Kenny Florian and Daniel Cormier previewing the exciting doubleheader weekend. The final episode of THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER: A NEW WORLD CHAMPION also airs at a special time Wednesday (11:00 PM ET), with TUF TALK following at midnight.

On Thursday, Nov. 30, the FS1 THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER WEIGH-IN SHOW is telecast at 8:30 PM ET with Bryant, Bisping and Evans in studio and Androl reporting onsite. The same crew kicks off Friday, Dec. 1 with the FS1 UFC 218 WEIGH-IN SHOW at 6:00 PM ET, while the FS1 THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER FINALE PREFIGHT SHOW follows at 7:00 PM ET.

Continuing on Friday, THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER FINALE PRELIMS begin on FS1 at 8:00 PM ET, with four exciting bouts, while the three-hour main card continues at 10:00 PM ET, with an additional six fights. The final line up and bout order will be announced on Wednesday following the conclusion of THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER. Friday night’s coverage wraps with the FS1 THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER FINALE POSTFIGHT SHOW at 1:00 AM ET.

On Saturday, Dec. 2, UFC 218 programming kicks off at 7:00 PM ET with the FS1 UFC 218 PREFIGHT SHOW, previewing the evening’s fights.

The two-hour FS1 UFC 218 PRELIMS begin at 8:00 PM ET on FS1 and FOX Deportes with four exciting bouts. Charles Oliveira (22-7, 1NC) and Paul Felder (14-3) collide in a lightweight bout. No. 15-ranked welterweight Alex Oliveira (17-3-1, 2NC) faces Yancy Medeiros (14-4, 1NC). David Teymur (6-1) and Drakkar Klose (8-0-1) square off in a lightweight battle. Plus, No. 9-ranked strawweight Felice Herrig (13-6) and No. 11 Cortney Casey (7-4) open the PRELIMS.

The evening’s coverage wraps with the FS1 218 POSTFIGHT SHOW at 1:00 AM ET, with Bryant, Bisping and Evans recapping the fights, while Olivi interviews fighters.

Leading up to the fights, UFC fighters offer unique, behind-the-scenes clips on FOX Sports PROcast and on the FOX UFC social pages. Follow @UFConFOX on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for updates throughout the #UFC218 fights this Saturday.

Viewers can live stream the UFC shows on FOX Sports GO, available in English or Spanish through the FS1 or FOX Deportes feeds. The shows are available on desktop at FOXSportsGO.com and through the app store or on connected devices including Apple TV, Android TV, Fire TV, Xbox One and Roku. In addition, all programs are also available on FOX Sports on SiriusXM channel 83 on satellite radios and on the SiriusXM app.

FOX SPORTS UFC PROGRAMMING SCHEDULE

DATE TIME (ET) EVENT NETWORK*
Wednesday,

Nov. 29

6:00 PM UFC TONIGHT FS1
Wednesday, Nov. 29 11:00 PM THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER: A NEW WORLD CHAMPION FS1

 

Wednesday, Nov. 29 12:00 AM TUF TALK FS1

 

Thursday,

Nov. 30

8:30 PM THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER FINALE WEIGH-IN FS1
Friday,

Dec. 1

6:00 PM FS1 UFC 218 WEIGH-IN FS1
Friday,

Dec. 1

7:00 PM THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER FINALE PREFIGHT SHOW FS1
Friday,

Dec. 1

8:00 PM THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER FINALE PRELIMS FS1 / FOX Deportes
Friday,

Dec. 1

10:00 PM THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER FINALE FS1/ FOX Deportes
Friday,

Dec. 1

1:00 AM THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER FINALE POSTFIGHT SHOW FS1
Saturday,

Dec. 2

7:00 PM FS1 UFC 218 PREFIGHT SHOW FS1
Saturday,

Dec. 2

8:00 PM FS1 UFC 218 PRELIMS FS1 / FOX Deportes
Saturday,

Dec. 2

1:00 AM FS1 UFC 218 POSTFIGHT SHOW FS1

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

2017 Formula E New Your City ePrix

Fully Electric Formula E Continues Impressive Growth, Rolls into Fourth Season with FOX Sports

‘Statement Series’ Opens with Dec. 2-3 Hong Kong Doubleheader Live on FS1

CHARLOTTE, NC – The all-electric FIA Formula E Championship is fully charged for the 2017-18 season, opening with a doubleheader this weekend from Hong Kong’s 1.5-mile, 10-turn Central Harbourfront Circuit live on FS1.

This season, the international racing series, betting heavily on a battery-powered future, hosts 14 events across five continents, with the U.S. being the only country to have hosted ePrixs in three separate cities — Miami, Long Beach and New York. The series returns to the Brooklyn Circuit in 2018 on July 14-15, with a doubleheader from the 1.2-mile, 10-turn temporary street circuit along the Red Hook waterfront. Race 1 of the New York City e-Prix airs live on the FOX broadcast network, with Race 2 live on FS1.

Ralph Sheheen returns as the host of FOX Formula E coverage, with the race broadcast team of Bob Varsha, Jack Nicholls, analyst and four-time IndyCar Series champion Dario Franchitti and reporter Nicki Shields.

For season four, Formula E is adding to its Host Broadcast camera arsenal for race coverage, continuing the use of virtual reality (VR) as a tool for analysis and committing to the ongoing development of augmented reality (AR) graphics. All 14 events are available streaming on FOX Sports GO.

“I think it’s fair to say that Formula E organizers have a lot to be proud of given the way the series has developed in just three seasons,” said Varsha, who has been part of the broadcast team since the series premiered. “As proof that Formula E is being taken seriously by the industry, just look at the manufacturer participation, with BMW, Porsche and Mercedes gearing up to join Jaguar, Renault, Audi and Peugeot/Citroen in the championship. The driver lineup takes another step up this season, adding WEC champions and Le Mans winners Neel Jani and Andre Lotterer, plus F1 veteran Kamui Kobayashi and DYM titlist Edoardo Mortara. New cities are clamoring to join the schedule, which adds Santiago de Chile, Sao Paulo, Rome and Zurich this season.”

For series developers, along with the growing list of host cities, the move toward emission-free racing is more than just the next big thing in going fast. The series recently added Christiana Figueres, best known for her work in the formation and delivery of the Paris climate agreement, to its newly formed Global Advisory Board.

“I often refer to Formula E as a ‘statement series,’ designed to make a point about alternative energy sources for the automobile, and provide a platform for developing new technologies to take emissions-free mobility farther and faster, while providing honest racing entertainment,” Varsha added. “If you watched the dramatic two-race finale in Montreal back in July, you know what I mean. A year from now, in season five, we’ll see the debut of the single-race battery, doing away with the needs for two cars per driver, which opens up space for more teams. We’ll also unveil the next generation chassis, which series CEO Alejandro Agag promises will be ‘shocking.’ As I see it, Formula E is proving with each passing season that electric cars are not only practical, but sexy and fast. And we’re still just getting started.”

2017-18 FOX Sports Formula E broadcast schedule (all times ET and subject to change):

  • Dec. 2 – Hong Kong 1 (2:00 AM, Live on FS1)
  • Dec. 3 – Hong Kong 2 (2:00 AM, Live on FS1)
  • Jan. 13 – Marrakesh (2:00 PM, SDD on FS1)
  • Feb. 4 – Santiago (4:30 PM, FS1)
  • March 3 – Mexico City (4:30 PM, Live on FS2)
  • March 18 – Sao Paulo (12:30 PM, FS1)
  • April 15 – Rome (11:30 AM, FS1)
  • April 29 – Paris (1:30 PM, FS1)
  • May 19 – Berlin (9:30 AM, Live on FS1)
  • June 10 – Zurich (1:30 PM, SDD on FS2)
  • July 14 – New York pre-race (2:30 PM, Live on FOX broadcast)
  • July 14 – New York 1 (3:00 PM, Live on FOX broadcast)
  • July 15 – New York 2 (2:30 PM, Live on FS1)
  • July 28 – Montreal 1 (3:30 PM., Live on FS2)
  • July 29 – Montreal 2 (3:30 PM, Live on FS1)

For more information on the FIA Formula E Championship, please visit Formula E. To follow the series on Twitter: @FIAFormulaE and #FEonFOX.

Jenny Taft with Ohio State QB J.T. Barrett

FOX Sports Showcases Nation’s Best Rivalry With Expanded Coverage of Ohio State-Michigan

Special 90-Minute Edition of FOX COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREGAME Originates Live from Michigan Stadium
Crowd-Sourced 100,000 CAMERAS: OHIO STATE VS. MICHIGAN Highlights Fan Reactions to Best Moments from The Game

The final weekend of college football’s regular season is Rivalry Week, and FOX Sports televises some of the most hotly contested matchups across the country, including No. 9 Ohio State at Michigan in the 114th meeting of The Game. Play-by-play announcer Gus Johnson, analyst Joel Klatt and sideline reporter Jenny Taft are live from Michigan Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 25, to call the greatest rivalry in all of college sports.

Coverage of Ohio State at Michigan begins at 10:30 AM ET with a special 90-minute edition of FOX COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREGAME live from The Big House. Rob Stone hosts alongside College Football Hall of Fame Class of 2017 inductee Matt Leinart, former Buckeye running back Robert Smith and former NCAA and NFL head coach Dave Wannstedt. Saturday’s pregame show also includes an appearance by Klatt and features Jon Paul Morosi’s written history of The Game, read by former Buckeyes Cris Carter and Chris Spielman and former Wolverines Braylon Edwards and Steve Hutchinson.

Watch: COMPLICATED: Ohio State vs. Michigan

Continuing its coverage of Ohio State-Michigan, FOX Sports presents 100,000 CAMERAS, a crowd-sourced original program that compiles fan-gathered video into a half-hour special. 100,000 CAMERAS: OHIO STATE AT MICHIGAN tells the story of how fans around the world experienced The Game, whether in person or on television. The show premieres Saturday, Dec. 2, at 11:30 AM ET on FOX, immediately prior to coverage of the Big 12 Championship Game.

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An action-packed weekend of FOX College Football begins Friday, Nov. 24, with Baylor at No. 12 TCU. Pregame coverage begins at 11:00 AM ET on FS1 with Stone, Klatt, Leinart, Smith and Wannstedt live from Michigan Stadium. Friday’s FS1 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREGAME examines how the following two days will shape the College Football Playoff landscape and hears from current Buckeyes and Wolverines on Saturday’s rivalry matchup. FOX Sports’ pregame shows on Friday and Saturday, as well as Ohio State at Michigan and No. 16 Michigan State at Rutgers, are part of Football Week in Michigan, an initiative developed by FOX Sports Detroit which highlights the network’s involvement in the community, high school championship games and college and professional action over an eight-day span.

Friday’s lineup also features a cross-border showdown between Iowa and Nebraska at 4:00 PM ET on FS1, followed by Texas Tech at Texas at 8:00 PM ET on FOX. More “Pac-12 After Dark” concludes the evening with Cal at UCLA at 10:30 PM ET on FS1 and FOX Deportes.

On Saturday, FOX’s college football tripleheader begins with pregame coverage of No. 9 Ohio State at Michigan at 10:30 AM ET before The Game kicks off at 12:00 PM ET. That afternoon on FOX, Rutgers hosts No. 16 Michigan State at 4:00 PM ET, followed by No. 13 Washington State at No. 17 Washington in the Apple Cup at 8:00 PM ET. FS1’s Saturday lineup begins at 12:00 PM ET with Kansas at No. 19 Oklahoma State, followed by No. 22 Northwestern at Illinois in the battle for the Land of Lincoln Trophy at 4:00 PM ET, and concluding with Colorado at Utah at 10:00 PM ET. This week’s full schedule of games on FOX, FS1 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. FOX Sports also presents 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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“89 BLOCKS” Kicks Off FOX Sports Films “MAGNIFY” Series Sunday, November 26 on FOX

East St. Louis High School and NYC Premieres Connect Community to the Film, Executive Produced by SPORTS ILLUSTRATED with UNINTERRUPTED’S LeBron James and Maverick Carter
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Rounding out the network’s weekend of holiday programming, FOX Sports premieres “89 Blocks,” airing Sunday November 26, adjacent to regional NFL broadcasts. This is the first film in the new FOX Sports Films feature-length documentary series, “Magnify”.

Tuesday, November 21, ahead of the broadcast premiere, FOX Sports Films, SPORTS ILLUSTRATED and UNINTERRUPTED presented an exclusive screening to the students of East St. Louis High School, where the film is set. An additional screening took place last week in New York City.

“89 Blocks,” executive produced by Time Inc.’s SPORTS ILLUSTRATED with LeBron James and Maverick Carter’s UNINTERRUPTED, brings an authentic perspective to the story of the East St. Louis High School Flyers football team — the pride and joy of a complex, at-risk Illinois community. This look at their exceptional challenges and heartwarming triumph during the 2016 season is directed by Emmy winner Josh Oshinsky.

FOX Sports features live regionalized NFL coverage this Sunday at 1:00 PM ET and 4:05 PM ET with NFL broadcasts available in both competing teams’ home markets, as well as select additional cities around the country. Viewers with an NFL matchup airing at 1:00 PM ET can watch the documentary at 4:30 PM ET; viewers with an NFL matchup airing at 4:05 PM ET can see the documentary at 2:30 PM ET.

For additional information about “89 Blocks” and FOX Sports Films’ series “Magnify”, click here.

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Global Stars Ronaldo, Messi, Pulisic, Dempsey & More Headline FOX Sports Soccer Coverage this Week

Audi 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs Continue Tuesday on FS1

LOS ANGELES, CA –  FOX Sports presents an action-packed soccer lineup this week featuring UEFA Champions League and Audi 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs beginning Tuesday, Nov. 21 on FS1.

Led by FIFA Player of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid kick off Tuesday’s lineup against APOEL at 2:30 PM ET on FS1, while Christian Pulisic’s Borussia Dortmund host Tottenham on FS2.

On Wednesday, Nov. 22 Gianluigi Buffon’s Juventus headlines FS1’s UEFA Champions League coverage as they face Lionel Messi’s Barcelona at 2:30 PM ET. Kate Abdo hosts UEFA Champions League studio coverage both days alongside Warren Barton, Brad Friedel and Jovan Kirovski, beginning at 2:00 PM ET. This week’s full match schedule can be found here.

FOX Sports concludes its 2017 MLS coverage with Audi 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs’ Western and Eastern Conference Championships action Tuesday, Nov. 21 and Wednesday, Nov. 29 respectively. Defending MLS Cup champion Seattle Sounders FC square off against the Houston Dynamo in the first leg of the Western Conference Championship series at 9:30 PM ET on FS1, while Michael Bradley and Toronto FC host Federico Higuain and the Columbus Crew FC in the second leg of the Eastern Conference Championship series beginning at 7:00 PM ET on FS1.

John Strong calls the Dynamo-Sounders first leg of the Western Conference Championship series live from BBVA Compass stadium alongside former Houston Dynamo star Stu Holden and MLS legend Landon Donovan, with Katie Witham reporting from the sideline. Strong, Holden and Witham reunite a week later at BMO field in Toronto to call Leg 2 the Toronto-Columbus matchup (7:25 PM ET). Rob Stone hosts MLS studio coverage for both matches alongside U.S. Soccer Hall of Famer Alexi Lalas.

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 Sports Goes Live with BIG3 Basketball

BIG3 Basketball’s Second Season Airs Live Friday Nights on FOX & FS1

NEW YORK, NY – Following a competitive and engaging inaugural season of the BIG3, FOX Sports today announces fundamental changes to its presentation of the professional 3-on-3 basketball league. In 2018, the BIG3’s ten-week season will be broadcast live on Friday nights, with six windows on FS1 and four windows on the FOX broadcast network.

“Following the success of FOX Sports’ live broadcast of last season’s BIG3 championship game, we knew we wanted to expand that live access for basketball fans throughout the season,” said FOX Sports President, Production and Executive Producer John Entz. “We’re thrilled to continue to grow our partnership with the BIG3, and we look forward to another season of exciting basketball with some of the most recognized athletes in the game.”

Each week, the BIG3 will play four games back-to-back on Friday evenings, three of which will be broadcast live by FOX Sports and streamed concurrently on FOX Sports GO.

The league tips off on Friday, June 22 on FS1 from 7:30 to 10:30 PM ET. The BIG3 will then travel to nine additional cities throughout the summer, concluding with playoff rounds and the championship matchup airing in the season’s final two weeks on FOX.

FOX Sports’ BIG3 broadcast schedule is as follows:

Date Network & Platform Time (ET)
Fri., June 22 FS1 & FSGO 7:30 – 10:30 PM
Fri., June 29 FOX & FSGO 8:00 – 11:00 PM
Fri., July 6 FOX & FSGO 8:00 – 11:00 PM
Fri., July 13 FS1 & FSGO 7:00 – 10:00 PM
Fri., July 20 FS1 & FSGO 8:00 – 11:00 PM
Fri., July 27 FS1 & FSGO 8:00 – 11:00 PM
Fri., Aug. 3 FS1 & FSGO 8:00 – 11:00 PM
Fri., Aug. 10 FS1 & FSGO 8:00 – 11:00 PM
Fri., Aug. 17 (Playoff Rounds) FOX & FSGO 8:00 – 11:00 PM
Fri., Aug. 24 (Championship Match) FOX & FSGO 8:00 – 10:00 PM

Co-founded by Ice Cube and Jeff Kwatinetz, the BIG3 had an incredibly successful inaugural season, attracting attention from media, fans and celebrities thanks to an impressive roster of basketball superstars and a highly competitive level of 3-on-3 basketball. The league recently announced the return of nearly all first season talent – including 2017 BIG3 Champions Trilogy’s Kenyon Martin, Al Harrington, Rashad McCants, Dion Glover, James White and coach Rick Mahorn, and 2017 BIG3 MVP Rashard Lewis and his 3 Headed Monsters teammates Kwame Brown and Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf. Also returning are captains, co-captains and coaches Corey Maggette, Chauncey Billups, Clyde Drexler, Gary Payton, Brian Scalabrine, Stephen Jackson, DerMarr Johnson, Jermaine O’Neal, Mike Bibby, Ricky Davis, Josh Childress, Cuttino Mobley, Jerome Williams, Bonzi Wells, George Gervin, Charles Oakley, Allen Iverson and Rick Barry. Twenty-five players from the inaugural season have signed up for the draft pool including DeShawn Steven, Xavier Silas, Derrick Byars and Andre Owens among others.

For the 2018 season, BIG3 has announced expanded rosters and that each team would add an additional co-captain. Killer 3s made the first move of the off season, adding Metta World Peace who will play under his former name, Ron Artest. Additional co-captain signings are expected to follow.