Month: November 2017

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.

Watch: How to Participate in 100,000 CAMERAS: OHIO STATE VS. MICHIGAN

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
“89 Blocks” Trailer: http://bit.ly/2hUf85h

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.

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FOX NASCAR Quotes – Bell Crowned NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES Champion

Bell, Busch, Parsons, Waltrip and Welch Break Down Friday’s Race and Championship Battle

CHARLOTTE, NC – Christopher Bell won his first NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES championship Friday in the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, broadcast live on FS1.

Bell, who finished second in the race to beat fellow Championship 4 contenders Johnny Sauter, Matt Crafton and Austin Cindric, earned his first series championship for Kyle Busch Motorsports in just his second full season. In 2018, Bell moves to the NASCAR XFINITY SERIES to compete fulltime for Joe Gibbs Racing.

Below are quotes from Bell, Kyle Busch Motorsports co-owner Kyle Busch, FOX NASCAR analysts Michael Waltrip and Phil Parsons and play-by-play announcer Vince Welch from FS1’s post-race show.

On Sunday, FS1 also offers live, expanded pre-race coverage of the MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES finale with NASCAR RACEDAY (11:30 AM ET).

“To be able to do this for all the guys at Kyle Busch Motorsports and to win the championship for a team that deserves the championship, is something that words cannot describe. My feelings right now — to run as good as we have week-in and week-out, not just this year, but this whole organization. This whole team has been good for so many years, you just don’t want to be that guy that lets them down. Really glad I didn’t let them down tonight.”
–Christopher Bell

“He’s (Kyle Busch) the best boss you could have. How cool is it that Kyle Busch is your boss? I’m just really thankful for the opportunity to be here. I remember when I first went to Kyle Busch Motorsports, I was so star-struck by him when I was driving his late models and I’d be around him. To win a championship for him, I’m just speechless.”
–Christopher Bell

“It’s a dream come true to be a Truck Series owner and to have as much success as we’ve had as a young company. It’s all a true testament to these guys — Rudy Fugle and everybody on the No. 4 truck, but more importantly, everybody at home, everybody at Kyle Busch Motorsports who do such a great job working on these Toyotas and making them as fast as they are every year. To be able to see Christopher mature and grow and get into the role he’s in this year from where he was last year, it just goes to show you that these guys develop and we do a good job of developing these guys. Our first driver’s championship, we’ll never forget, was Erik Jones. Now with Christopher Bell bringing home our second obviously continues to solidify our legacy in the Truck Series and what we’re all about, what we’ve been able to do and I couldn’t be more proud of Christopher and his family.”
–Kyle Busch

“Bell led the series in just about every statistical category this season, and it has been a championship-caliber season for him. This was a career year for him in so many ways, and as he gets ready to leave the Truck Series and move on to the NASCAR XFINITY Series, the future is so bright for this young man. He’s one of the real rising stars in the sport.”
–Vince Welch

“We knew Bell had the talent. He made the Championship 4 last year, they paired him with (crew chief) Rudy Fugle, and they made some magic.”
–Phil Parsons

“What a great performance by Christopher Bell. I’m more impressed with his patience tonight. He had a fast truck early. We know he had the truck that could have pushed the issue, gone up there and led a lot of the race, but he was calm and reserved and took what the race vehicle gave him. And in the end, it gave him the championship trophy. What stuck out most to me about this season was the race in Atlanta when he was so dominant and won every stage. He came out firing when the season started.”
–Michael Waltrip

“I love the fact we started the season with a rookie winning at Daytona with Kaz Grala and we finished the season with another rookie winning in Chase Briscoe. What a great crop of young drivers we had this year.”
–Phil Parsons

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FOX College Football Saturday Tripleheader Kicks Off with Michigan at Undefeated Wisconsin

No. 5 Badgers Host No. 24 Wolverines Saturday at Noon ET on FOX
FOX COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF PREDICTIONS Airs Sunday Opposite Regional NFL Action

With only two weeks to go before Conference Championship Weekend, No. 5 Wisconsin puts its perfect record on the line against No. 24 Michigan Saturday on the FOX broadcast network. FOX Sports’ lead college football broadcast crew of play-by-play announcer Gus Johnson, analyst Joel Klatt and sideline reporter Jenny Taft have the call from Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, Wis., when the game kicks off at 12:00 PM ET.

Saturday’s coverage begins at 11:30 AM ET on FOX and FS1 with FOX COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREGAME hosted by Rob Stone and analysts Matt Leinart, Robert Smith and Dave Wannstedt, followed by Michigan-Wisconsin on FOX and #12 TCU at Texas Tech on FS1.

A full day of action continues on the FOX broadcast network with another battle in the Big Ten, as No. 17 Michigan State hosts Maryland at 4:00 PM ET, with Tim Brando, Spencer Tillman and Holly Sonders on the call, followed by Cal at No. 22 Stanford at 8:00 PM ET. Joe Davis, Brady Quinn and Jennifer Hale call the action from Stanford Stadium in prime time. This week’s full schedule of games on FOX, FS1, FSN and BTN, including broadcasters, can be found HERE.

FOX College Football continues Sunday with FOX COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF PREDICTIONS, a one-hour special airing opposite NFL regional coverage. Klatt, Stone, Leinart, Smith, Wannstedt, Bruce Feldman, Petros Papadakis and Danny Kannell recreate the CFB Playoff “war room” and discuss which four teams should have the right to play for a national championship. FOX COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF PREDICTIONS premieres Sunday at 3:00 or 4:30 PM ET on FOX and re-airs Monday, Nov. 20, at 10:30 PM ET on FS1.

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 next weekend. 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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UFC Welterweight Champion Tyron Woodley and Retired Vet Yves Edwards Join Host Karyn Bryant for FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT: WERDUM VS. TYBURA this Saturday

Former Welterweight Contender Dan Hardy and John Gooden Call Fights Live from Sydney, Australia

LOS ANGELES, CA – Today, FOX Sports announces welterweight champion Tyron Woodley (@twooodley) and retired vet Yves Edwards (@thugjitsumaster) work as analysts in FOX Sports’ Los Angeles studio with host Karyn Bryant (@KarynBryant) for FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT: WERDUM VS. TYBURA on Saturday, Nov. 18.

In addition, Dan Hardy (@danhardymma) joins blow-by-blow announcer John Gooden (@JohnGoodenUK) to call the bouts Octagon-side from Sydney, Australia. Heidi Androl (@HeidiAndrol) adds reports and interviews fighters onsite. Victor Davila (@mastervic10) and Marlon Vera (@chitoveraUFC) have the call in Spanish on FOX Deportes.

In the five-round main event, former heavyweight champion and No. 2-ranked Fabricio Werdum (21-7-1) faces No. 8 Marcin Tybura (16-2). FOX UFC analyst Kenny Florian believes Werdum’s jiu-jitsu skills give him the edge in the fight. “Werdum is probably in my top three as far as best grapplers to ever compete in the Octagon. He’s one of the finest submission experts you’ll ever see. Fabricio is very confident right now, coming off a quick turnaround. He wants the fight right now, which shows he’s very motivated to get that belt back.” Watch the preview from Saturday’s UFC FIGHT NIGHT POSTFIGHT SHOW here.

Coverage begins on Friday, Nov. 17 (7:00 PM ET) with the FS1 UFC WEIGH-IN SHOW with Bryant, Woodley and Edwards in studio and Androl reporting onsite. The same crew kicks off Saturday’s programming at 7:00 PM ET on FS2 with the UFC FIGHT NIGHT PREFIGHT SHOW, previewing the evening’s fights.

The two-hour UFC FIGHT NIGHT PRELIMS begin at 8:00 PM ET on FS1 and FOX Deportes with four exciting bouts. Ryan Benoit (9-5) and Ashkan Mokhtarian (13-2) collide in a flyweight bout. Lightweight Nik Lentz (29-8-2 1NC) faces Will Brooks (18-3). Rashad Coulter (8-2) and Tia Tuivasa (5-0) square off in a heavyweight battle. Lightweights Damien Brown (17-10) and Frank Camacho (20-5) open the PRELIMS.

The three-hour main card begins FS1 and FOX Deportes at 10:00 PM ET and features five more action-packed bouts. Bec Rawlings (7-6) and Jessica-Rose Clark (7-4, 1NC) face each other in a flyweight bout. Tim Means (27-8-1, 1NC) and Belal Muhammad (12-2) lock horns in a welterweight scrap, while Jake Mathews (11-3) takes on Bojan Velickovic (15-5-1) in another 170-pound battle. Middleweights Elias Theodorou (14-2) and Daniel Kelly (13-2) fight, while Alex Volkanovski (15-1) and UFC-newcomer Shane Young (11-3) open the main card with a 150-pound catchweight bout.

The action wraps up immediately following the main event with the UFC FIGHT NIGHT POSTFIGHT SHOW on FS1.

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 #UFCSydney 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*
Friday,

Nov. 17

7:00 PM UFC WEIGH-IN SHOW FS2

 

Saturday, Nov. 18 7:00 PM UFC FIGHT NIGHT PREFIGHT SHOW FS2
Saturday, Nov. 18 8:00 PM FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT PRELIMS FS1 / FOX Deportes
Saturday, Nov. 18 10:00 PM FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT: WERDUM VS. TYBURA FS1 / FOX Deportes
Saturday, Nov. 18 1:00 AM FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT POSTFIGHT SHOW FS1

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

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New FOX Sports Documentary Series “MAGNIFY” Brings the Lives of Athletes and Communities into Focus

Series Kicks Off with “89 Blocks”, Executive Produced by LeBron James, Maverick Carter and SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, Followed by “Shot in the Dark”, Executive Produced by Dwyane Wade and Chance the Rapper
“MAGNIFY” Trailer: https://youtu.be/iDIZW59FmU8 

LOS ANGELES, CA – FOX Sports Films is excited to present “MAGNIFY”, a new feature-length documentary series, leveraging sports as a lens for examining important cultural stories. The films’ deep explorations of athletes’ on and off-the-field journeys connect to the challenges, change and unity that sports can bring to communities.

“This commitment to deeper storytelling – pointing the cameras where they’re needed most — diversifies our voice and gets audiences thinking about sports in a broader context beyond wins and losses,” says Charlie Dixon, EVP, Content at FOX Sports. “The aim is to create dialogue and hopefully affect change in the communities where these stories are told.”

The first documentary in the series is “89 Blocks” (82 minutes) airing Sunday, November 26 on FOX. The film, 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.

“We want to give deep insight into sports at all levels and bring the viewer inside the journey for an entirely new perspective,” says Carter, CEO of UNINTERRUPTED. “With ‘89 Blocks,’ we found a special story that needed to be told.”

“Shot in the Dark” is the second feature film in the series, airing February 2018, produced by Los Angeles Media Fund and executive produced by Dwyane Wade and Chance the Rapper. Set against their hometown of Chicago, the film follows Orr Academy’s high school basketball team and its stars Tyquone Greer and Marquise Pryor as they aspire for greatness under inspirational head coach, Lou Adams, while facing systemic injustices that threaten to claim their future.

“Basketball empowered me to overcome the challenges of growing up on the south side of Chicago,” says Wade. “The odds were stacked against me, and the game changed the course of my life. It’s important to share these true stories of triumph to inspire the next generation to achieve their dreams when faced with life’s obstacles.”

“Shot in the Dark is an authentic and realistic look at high school sports in Chicago and what it means for our youth,” adds Chance. “It’s not really a game for some of us.”

Future series documentaries will include a film about the Brazilian soccer club Chapecoense’s tragic plane crash in Colombia one year ago and a look at Deion Sanders, one the most famous, talented and polarizing athletes of the last 25 years.

“Working with athletes and entertainers that are passionate about these documentaries is invaluable,” says Gabe Spitzer, Executive Producer, FOX Sports Films. “We’ll be an outlet for creators to highlight stories that speak to their personal journeys in an open and engaging forum.”

About FOX Sports
FOX Sports is the umbrella entity representing 21st Century FOX’s wide array of multi-platform US-based sports assets. Built with brands capable of reaching more than 100 million viewers in a single weekend, FOX Sports includes ownership and interests in linear television networks, digital and mobile programming, broadband platforms, multiple web sites, joint-venture businesses and several licensing partnerships. FOX Sports includes the sports television arm of the FOX Broadcasting Company; FS1, FS2; FOX Sports Regional Networks, their affiliated regional web sites and national programming; FOX Soccer Plus; FOX Deportes and FOX College Sports. In addition, FOX Sports also encompasses FOX Sports Digital, which includes FOXSports.com and FOX Sports GO. Also included in the Group are FOX’s interests in joint-venture businesses Big Ten Network and BTN 2Go, as well as a licensing agreement that established the FOX Sports Radio Network.

About the SPORTS ILLUSTRATED Group
Time Inc.’s SPORTS ILLUSTRATED is the preeminent journalistic enterprise covering the world of sports both on and off the field. Debuting in 1954, SI has garnered worldwide acclaim for its award-winning storytelling born from an independent voice and for its unparalleled access to the most popular athletes and newsmakers from the sports world. This is the underpinning of the Group, which boasts a collection of best-in-class consumer products, platforms and businesses. The SPORTS ILLUSTRATED Group features the most-read sports magazine, a top 10 sports digital network and marquee franchises and properties including SPORTS ILLUSTRATED SWIMSUIT, The MMQB, Planet Fútbol, the FanSided Network of sites and apps, Sportsperson of the Year, SI Fashionable 50, SI EATS, SI Kids, GOLF Magazine and GOLF.com. For more information, visit SI.com and follow @SINow on Twitter, @SportsIllustrated on Instagram and Facebook and SI_mag on Snapchat.

About UNINTERRUPTED
Founded by LeBron James and Maverick Carter, UNINTERRUPTED is a digital media company totally dedicated to athletes, fans, and lovers of sport. Producing a wide range of unique, creative, and captivating content, UNINTERRUPTED empowers athletes to let the world see what they see, develop their most creative ideas, and tell the stories most important to them. As sports media and cultural influence continues to expand, UNINTERRUPTED is committed to the voice of athletes and the audience that wants to go deeper.

About Los Angeles Media Fund (LAMF)
LAMF was launched in September 2014 by Jeffrey Soros and Simon Horsman with a mandate to finance and produce an eclectic slate of highly commercial feature films with individual budgets of up to $50 million, as well as scripted and unscripted content for television and other platforms, and live events. LAMF recently wrapped production on JULIET, NAKED based on the Nick Hornby novel; directed by Jesse Peretz, it stars Ethan Hawke, Rose Byrne and Chris O’Dowd, and is produced by Soros, Judd Apatow and Barry Mendel, Albert Berger and Ron Yerxa. LAMF’s recent feature film releases include THE SPACE BETWEEN US, and the horror film, THE BYE BYE MAN. Netflix has acquired global rights for LAMF’s dance comedy, STEP SISTERS, directed by Charles Stone (DRUMLINE), and Saban Films will release the Jim Carrey-starring thriller, DARK CRIME in 2018. LAMF has also formed a new entertainment company called Invent Media, to concentrate on the development, production and financing of unscripted series and other compelling content for television and OTT platforms, as well as the production of live events on a worldwide basis.

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FOX NASCAR at Homestead-Miami Speedway Quotes & Programming Schedule

NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES SEASON FINALE LIVE ON FS1 FRIDAY NIGHT
Keselowski, Joy, McReynolds, Hammond, Bodine & Welch Discuss Cup & Truck Series Championships, Earnhardt Jr.’s Final Race and Kenseth’s Phoenix Win

CHARLOTTE, NC – NASCAR crowns champions across its three national series this weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway, beginning with the NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES Friday (8:00 PM ET live on FS1).

FS1 also offers live, expanded pre-race coverage of Sunday’s MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES finale with NASCAR RACEDAY (11:30 AM ET). FS1’s NASCAR RACE HUB, NASCAR’s most-watched daily news and information program, previews the title races Monday through Thursday at 6:00 PM ET this week.

Below are programming information and quotes from FOX NASCAR analysts Larry McReynolds, Jeff Hammond, Todd Bodine and Brad Keselowski and play-by-play announcers Mike Joy and Vince Welch.

NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES

  • Date/Time: Friday, Nov. 17 (8:00 PM ET)
  • Network: FS1
  • Announcers: Vince Welch, Phil Parsons and Michael Waltrip
  • Pit reporters: Hermie Sadler and Kaitlyn Vincie
  • Pre-race: NCWTS SETUP (7:30 PM ET on FS1); hosted by John Roberts with analyst and two-time series champion Todd Bodine; reporters Sadler and Vincie
    • This Week: Live interviews with Championship 4 contenders Christopher Bell, Austin Cindric, Matt Crafton and Johnny Sauter; a look back at Sauter’s win last weekend at Phoenix and a flashback to William Byron’s victory last season at Homestead
  • Post-race: 10:00 PM ET on FS1
    Note: FOX NASCAR’s Jamie Little hosts post-race championship celebrations from the championship stage

NASCAR RACEDAY

  • Date/Time: Sunday, Nov. 19 (11:30 AM ET)
  • Network: FS1
  • Announcers: Hosted by John Roberts and Jamie Little (from the FOX Sports set at Homestead-Miami Speedway) with analysts Larry McReynolds, Regan Smith and Michael Waltrip (at Homestead set); reporters Kaitlyn Vincie and Kenny Wallace
    • A special two-hour edition of NASCAR RACEDAY offers: live interviews with Championship 4 contenders Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski and Martin Truex Jr.; a live interview with Matt Kenseth; a War Room feature in which FOX NASCAR’s Jeff Gordon, Michael Waltrip, Jeff Hammond, AJ Allmendinger and Adam Alexander break down the 2017 title race; personal essays from the Championship 4 drivers; a farewell tribute to Dale Earnhardt Jr. in his final race; a look back at the best moments from the 2017 season; interviews with the three Rookie of the Year contenders – Erik Jones, Daniel Suarez and Ty Dillon; and a “best of” “Where’s Wallace” features.

FOX NASCAR QUOTES

On the favorite to win the MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES championship:
“I don’t see any weaknesses in Martin Truex Jr. and the No. 78 team. They just execute. I’ve been on the Truex bandwagon nearly all year and would love to see him win the championship because of everything he has been through. But I think Harvick is the guy to beat. They found speed in his Fords as of late. His mile-and-a-half track performances have been stout, and like Tony Stewart said, when you put Harvick in this situation, it’s like dangling a piece of meat in front of a hungry tiger. I’d like to see Truex win the championship, but I think this championship goes through Harvick.”
–Larry McReynolds

On whether the champion will need to win the race:
“I don’t know that they have to. I hope so because it adds to the storyline, but some drivers who didn’t make the Championship 4 will be tough at Homestead. Kyle Larson always is tough there. Denny Hamlin and Chase Elliott will be tough there. Matt Kenseth may not have won his final race of the season either.”
–Larry McReynolds

On Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s last MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES start this weekend:
“Like everyone, I would have liked to have seen Dale Jr. be more competitive in his final season, but it doesn’t define the career of someone who has accomplished as much as he has. What he has meant to our sport is inexplicable – he has been the face of NASCAR, and that may not change with his retirement. Like Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart, what he brings to the sport won’t stop when he climbs out of the car. But when I look at what he’s been through, it’s time.”
–Larry McReynolds

On Matt Kenseth wrapping what could be his final NASCAR season with a win last weekend but failing to secure a ride for 2018:
“Kenseth’s win at Phoenix was so cool, but I feel badly for him because he became a victim of today’s world of NASCAR. Owners are looking at younger drivers, and younger drivers don’t cost as much to the owners. His win reminded me of Jeff Gordon winning at Martinsville three years ago to advance to the Championship 4. But Jeff went out on his own terms, which Kenseth, unfortunately, isn’t doing.”
–Larry McReynolds

On Jimmie Johnson failing to qualify for the Championship 4 and the opportunity to win an historic eighth title:
“It’s hard to believe 51 weeks ago they were celebrating, hoisting the championship trophy at Miami. They won three races early in the season but never got their arms around the car this year. I know the No. 48 team is ready to get 2017 behind them and move on to the 2018 season and Johnson’s next chance to chase 8 (titles).”
–Larry McReynolds

On Kevin Harvick’s confidence the past few weeks and his ability to “turn up the wick” when needed:
“Kevin Harvick had been kind of quiet until they found their speed in the No. 4 car a few races ago. That’s when I noticed his chest coming out and him getting taller and taller. That’s the swagger we often see in Harvick. He loves this scenario and time of year. He has the attention of Martin Truex, Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski.”
–Jeff Hammond

On what makes Kevin Harvick such a fierce competitor in an elimination format:
“The first thing you have to think about with Kevin Harvick in any type of championship form is he has won one before. That’s a big deal. There’s confidence that comes with that. There’s experience that comes with that, that I don’t think you can understate. He’s done that, and now he’s starting to peak at the right time. I knew it was going to be fast, but when he went to Charlotte and won the stages there, went to Chicago and won stages there, showed the mile-and-a-half speed – that’s so critical because over half the race tracks in this format are mile-and-a-halves, including Homestead. He showed the speed and now he’s won at one and he’s won a championship before. He’s going to be a tough guy to beat at Homestead.”
–former MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES champion & NASCAR RACE HUB analyst Brad Keselowski (on NASCAR RACE HUB)

On which driver or team has the most work to do headed into the off-season:
“Although they have a player in the Championship 4, Team Penske has the most work to do. They’re adding a third team with Ryan Blaney. Since everything went down at Richmond in the spring, related or not, things have been a little dismal for that organization, although Brad Keselowski is in the hunt for the title. But if I had to choose just one car, it’s the No. 48 car.”
–Larry McReynolds

On what Dale Earnhardt Jr. has meant to NASCAR over his career:
“For his father’s fans, Dale Jr. became a rallying point, a tangible healing, early in his Cup Series career. Afterward, for Dale Jr.’s generation of drivers, he became the representation of their rise to prominence as the sport’s veteran stars aged out. And for everyone, Dale Jr. became the personification of Ken Squier’s brilliant, famous description of elite racers — ‘Common men, accomplishing uncommon deeds behind the wheel.’”
–Mike Joy

On the favorite to win the NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES title Friday night:
“It’s so difficult to predict the champion because so much can transpire during a race to change its trajectory. It’s hard to go against (Johnny) Sauter who has the hot hand with back-to-back wins, but the best team over the course of the entire season has been Christopher Bell and the No. 4 team. After what happened to crew chief Rudy Fugle and this group last year with William Byron, you almost feel as if they’re owed one.”
–Vince Welch

On the possibility of Johnny Sauter winning the championship and joining an elite group of Truck Series drivers (Ron Hornaday Jr. (4), Jack Sprague (3), Todd Bodine (2) and Matt Crafton (2)) who have won multiple series championships:
“Johnny Sauter has a pretty good shot at winning the championship. He loves Homestead and the track really suits his driving style with its low grip. He has been good on mile-and-a-half tracks for a long time. Last year, he had a great truck there and finished second to win the championship. But he has to go through Christopher Bell, who beat him there last year. Bell will be tough, but Sauter has a pretty good shot.”
–Todd Bodine

On the key to winning the Truck Series championship:
“The key is to be mistake free or close to it. Avoid any missteps during practice and qualifying to set a confident tone for the race. Then when the green drops, you must execute. The driver must be aggressive while not stepping over the line. The pit crew must perform efficient stops. And if it comes down to a key decision, the crew chief must be spot-on. And a little luck won’t hurt.”
–Vince Welch

On Austin Cindric’s season and championship hopes:
“Talk about a tale of two seasons. In the first half of the year, he had an average finish of 18.2, but in the second half of the year (leading into Phoenix), they had a 7.1, so they’ve got it going on. This kid is getting it done when it counts. He’s calm, cool and collected and has a lot of confidence.”
–Todd Bodine

On any surprises in the Championship 4:
“If there’s a surprise, you’d have to say it’s Austin Cindric. Considering his lack of stock-car-type racing experience and the challenge of his team shutting down at season’s end, to be at Miami with a chance to win the title is impressive. He has continued to improve each week. I’d call him the longest shot of the four, but at least he’s got a shot.”
–Vince Welch

On the 2018 Truck Series season:
“There have so many good stories and examples of success during this season — not just the four racing for a championship. We’ve had four first-time winners, shocking moments and late race drama. There have been tears of joy and tears of pain. The beauty of live sports is you never know what’s going to happen next. On a personal level, I enjoy the intensity of competition and witnessing how teams handle the emotional rollercoaster of a 23-race season. It’s rewarding seeing drivers and teams make improvement during the course of the season. The Truck Series embodies so many aspects of what’s good about the great sport of racing.”
–Vince Welch

FOX NASCAR AT HOMESTEAD-MIAMI SPEEDWAY PROGRAMMING SCHEDULE
(All times live/Eastern unless otherwise indicated & subject to change)

Friday, Nov. 17
NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES practice (8:30-9:30 AM ET) (FS1)
NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES final practice (10:00-11:00 AM ET) (FS1)
NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES qualifying (3:30-5:00 PM ET) (FS1)
NCWTS SETUP (7:30-8:00 PM ET) (FS1)
NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES racing (8:00-10:00 PM ET) (FS1)
NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES POST-RACE (10:00-10:30 PM ET) (FS1)

Sunday, Nov. 19
NASCAR RACEDAY (11:30 AM-1:30 PM ET) (FS1)
NASCAR VICTORY LANE (9:30-10:00 PM ET) (FS1) (delayed)

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Bruce Arena Joins FOX Sports as Analyst for USA-Portugal

Former U.S. Men’s National Team coach Bruce Arena joins FOX Sports as a studio analyst for FS1’s presentation of the USA-Portugal international friendly on Tuesday, Nov. 14. Studio coverage begins at 3:30 PM ET.

Arena makes his first studio appearance since the USA’s World Cup elimination, joining host Rob Stone and U.S. Soccer Hall of Famer Alexi Lalas for pregame, halftime and postgame coverage. Once the action begins on the field, John Strong calls the match alongside former U.S. MNT midfielder Stu Holden (3:45 PM ET).