Year: 2018

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A Conversation with FOX Sports’ Robert Smith Morphs into an Out-Of-This-World Experience

FOX College Football Analyst and Former Ohio State and Vikings Running Back Shares Passion for Astronomy and Classical Music

New York – Interspersed among conversations one might overhear on the FOX College Football set regarding the latest stats, upsets or playoff hopes, is “Did you know one day on Venus is like 243 Earth days?”

That little-known cosmological nugget comes to you courtesy of FOX Sports college football analyst and former Ohio State and Minnesota Vikings All-Pro running back Robert Smith.

Strip away the athletic accolades, muscle and grit, and you unearth Smith’s lively passion for astronomy and classical music, nurtured since childhood, but made possible via opportunities afforded him during his NFL playing career.

“I’ve had a curiosity about the natural world and science since early in life, and I remember looking through astronomy books as a third grader and being fascinated,” Smith said. “You look at a black sky and can see some stars, but you can’t really begin to imagine the different worlds that exist until you see it for yourself.”

Smith’s interest in astronomy became a self-confessed obsession with the purchase of a singular piece of equipment.

“As a rookie in the NFL, it hit me like a flash of light that I finally could afford a telescope, so I bought my first and went nuts with it,” Smith recalled. “That’s when astronomy became an obsession for me. I began reading Stephen Hawking books on cosmology and the origins of the universe, and learning more about deep space objects and star charts and buying Astronomy and Sky & Telescope Magazine.”

Prior to being selected by the Minnesota Vikings in the first round of the 1993 NFL Draft, Smith majored in history at The Ohio State University but also studied biology, chemistry and physics pursuant to an interest in attending medical school. Among the most fascinating sights for the Buckeyes running back, who performed cloning and sequencing of genes in the school’s hematology/oncology lab during the summer of 1991, is the sixth planet from the sun.

“Seeing Saturn for the first time is mind-boggling,” Smith exclaimed. “It truly looks fake in the telescope because you just can’t believe the rings are real. Seeing something so deep in space so clearly for the first time really ignited my passion for astronomy.”

The All-Big Ten rusher, who visited his first planetarium as an elementary school student, is raising his two children with a respect for and knowledge of the universe beyond the Earth’s atmosphere. His eight-year-old daughter oftentimes is his astronomy shadow and aspires to be a scientist.

“Anyone who sees the universe for the first time is blown away, and she saw that at such a young age,” Smith explained. “The connection is that much stronger because of her age.”

Science is a frequent topic around the Smiths’ breakfast, lunch and dinner table just outside Dallas. In fact, a simple question by his six-year-old son led to a prime opportunity for a recent science lesson directly applicable to this weekend’s (September 22) autumnal equinox.

“Just the other day, the kids were asking about it getting dark earlier in the evening, and I explained the days are getting shorter, and there is a 12 hour/12 hour split with the equinox and solstice every year – the longest and shortest days of the year,” Smith related.

Think that’s impressive for mere dinner conversation? Take a look at other stats Smith spouts off nearly as effortlessly as if he were reading a box score: “A day on Venus is longer than a year on Venus — it takes Venus 243 Earth days to rotate once on its axis. Venus also produces a runaway greenhouse effect” or “The winds on Neptune are nearly 600 miles-per-hour.”

Lest one think Smith, a fan of Morgan Freeman’s “Through the Wormhole” TV series, sat in the NFL locker room alone with his savant tendencies, be advised he had at least two kindred spirits in the pro football world.

“Robert Griffith was a mechanical engineering major at San Diego State, and Pete Bercich was a goofball who went to Notre Dame, and I often talked to both about astronomy, science and the universe,” Smith said. “Theoretical physics is a fringe topic, and there aren’t that many people in the general population who discuss these topics, so it was nice to have those conversations.”

Smith also can dazzle (or befuddle) with his knowledge of music. Raised in Ohio on Motown and late ‘50s tunes, Smith fell in love with the classical genre after seeing A Clockwork Orange and taught himself to play piano late in his NFL career.

“Malcolm McDowell’s character was obsessed with Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, and in high school, when I got my first CD player, that was my first CD,” Smith recalled. “It’s a fascinating piece that really opened me up musically. Denny Green (former Vikings coach) was a drummer and had a drum set in the Vikings’ facility. He turned me onto jazz in Minneapolis. When The Lion King came out, I started getting into African music, specifically the ‘African Lullabies’ album. So, it was Public Enemy and Nine Inch Nails to pump myself up, and then relaxing to get my mind ready for a game with ‘Aretha Franklin Sings the Blues’ and ‘African Lullabies.’”

His two biggest hobbies don’t exist independently of each other. The scientist in Smith also crisscrosses the musician in him.

“There’s a great book on the intersection between science and music — ‘This is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession,’ which discusses the neurological impact of music,” Smith stated. “Different musical keys, such A-major, have different influences on a person’s emotions. The music most tied to emotions is that which you listened to when going through significant changes in early adolescence. That is the music you are most attached to for the rest of your life. Even people with significant memory loss are able to remember songs from their teens. It’s a fascinating book. Science is so incredibly fascinating.”

Robert Smith is equally fascinating. Some might even call him out-of-this-world.

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Benjamin Spencer Appointed Director, Communications and Media Relations for FOX Deportes

LOS ANGELES – Today, FOX Deportes announced Benjamin Spencer has been named Director, Communications and Media Relations. In this role, Spencer will support the network’s communications strategy across its portfolio of properties – NFL, Liga MX, MLB, UFC, PBC, MLS and NASCAR. He will report directly to Carlos Sanchez, Executive Vice President and General Manager, FOX Deportes as well as the FOX Sports Communications team.

“We are delighted to welcome Benjamin to the FOX Deportes family” said Sanchez. “He brings a wealth of multicultural experience and knowledge to his role which will help us continue to grow in this ever-changing landscape.”

Spencer comes to FOX Deportes with deep roots in the soccer world, having recently served as Director of Communications for Relevent Sports, organizers of the International Champions Cup. He began his career at Major League Soccer before transitioning to CONCACAF.

“I am thrilled to be joining FOX Deportes and the FOX Sports family,” said Spencer. “There’s an incredible roster of talent and programming here, and I’m excited to play a key role in telling those stories and building for the future.”

Spencer is a graduate of Grinnell College and a native of Brooklyn, New York.

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FOX Sports’ BIG EAST Lineup Adds to Robust 2018-19 Hoops Schedule

Defending NCAA Champion Villanova, Marquee Non-Conference Matchups, Gavitt Tipoff Games and More Highlight FOX Sports Slate
FOX and FS1 Televise Complete BIG EAST Tournament from Madison Square Garden for Sixth Consecutive Season

New York – FOX Sports is once again home to some of the nation’s best college hoops, today announcing its full BIG EAST men’s basketball schedule. Among the highlights are the full conference tournament from New York City’s Madison Square Garden on FOX and FS1, the Gavitt Tipoff Games, multiple appearances from NCAA Champion Villanova and marquee non-conference tilts. Overall, FOX Sports televises more than 150 BIG EAST games, including at least 17 on the FOX broadcast network.

FS1 and BTN are the exclusive homes to the Gavitt Tipoff Games, the annual early season challenge between the BIG EAST and Big Ten conferences. FS1 televises six of the event’s eight games beginning with a doubleheader on Tuesday, Nov. 13, as Xavier hosts Wisconsin at 6:30 PM ET, followed by Georgetown at Illinois at 8:30 PM ET. The cross-conference challenge continues on FS1 with two more games Wednesday, Nov. 14, beginning with a rematch of the 2018 NCAA Final, as Villanova hosts Michigan at 6:30 PM ET. Action continues that evening with Marquette at Indiana at 8:30 PM ET, followed on Thursday, Nov. 15, by Ohio State at Creighton (7:00 PM ET) and Penn State at DePaul (9:00 PM ET) on FS1.

The FOX broadcast network televises its first BIG EAST basketball of the season with a doubleheader on Saturday, Dec. 1, as a pair of BIG EAST programs host a pair of perennial contenders. Action tips off at 12:00 PM ET with Louisville at Seton Hall, followed at 2:00 PM ET by Gonzaga at Creighton. Another monster non-conference showdown comes to FOX the following weekend, as the Pirates continue their tough schedule against Kentucky at Madison Square Garden in the Citi Hoops Classic on Saturday, Dec. 8, at 12:00 PM ET. That evening, Marquette hosts Wisconsin for an in-state affair at 5:00 PM ET.

As the calendar year closes, conference play begins. Highlighting the early BIG EAST slate is a meeting between last year’s BIG EAST Tournament Championship Game participants, as Providence hosts Villanova Saturday, Jan. 5, at 2:00 PM ET on either FOX or FS1. On Sunday, Jan. 27, a pair of BIG EAST legends returns to Madison Square Garden, as St. John’s, led by head coach Chris Mullin, meets Patrick Ewing’s Georgetown at 12:00 PM ET on FOX. That afternoon’s broadcast doubleheader is capped by Seton Hall at Villanova at 2:30 PM ET.

FOX Sports is the home to the BIG EAST Tournament from Madison Square Garden beginning with a pair of first-round games Wednesday, March 13, on FS1. FS1 also presents the quarterfinals (Thursday, March 14) and semifinals (Friday, March 15) before the FOX broadcast network airs the championship on Saturday, March 16, at 6:30 PM ET.

College basketball games on the FOX broadcast network, FS1, FS2, FOX Sports Regional Networks and FOX College Sports are also available on the FOX Sports app.

FOX Sports’ full 2018-19 BIG EAST men’s college basketball schedule, as well as the previously announced Big Ten schedule, can be found on the attached document.

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FOX NFL Posts Strong Opening Drive with Year-Over-Year Week 1 Growth

AMERICA’S GAME OF THE WEEK on FOX Continues as No. 1 Program in All of Television
FOX NFL Streaming Platforms Up +64% vs. 2017

New York – FOX Sports’ 25th year of NFL coverage is off to a positive start with ratings and viewership increases across its Sunday NFL studio shows and regional game window as well as television’s No. 1 program, AMERICA’S GAME OF THE WEEK.

FOX’s AMERICA’S GAME OF THE WEEK (AGOTW), which featured the Dallas Cowboys taking on the Carolina Panthers last Sunday, delivered a 13.1 household rating with 23,303,000 viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research. Sunday’s AGOTW is up +2% over last year’s Week 1 performance (vs. 22,801,000 viewers) and ranks as the network’s highest-rated and most-watched broadcast of any kind since the NFC Championship game in January.

Sunday’s NFL regional window on FOX registered a 7.4 household rating with 12,538,000 viewers, up +11% over last year’s average audience delivery (vs. 11,345,000 viewers). Through Week 1 of the 2018 NFL season, FOX is averaging 17,935,000 viewers with a 10.3 household rating, up +5% over 2017.

FOX’s NFL pregame shows, FOX NFL KICKOFF (11:00 AM ET) and FOX NFL SUNDAY (12:00 PM ET), both posted increases when compared to Week 1 last year. FOX NFL KICKOFF posted 1,168,000 viewers, up +4% over last year (vs. 1,125,000 viewers) while FOX NFL SUNDAY, the network’s signature NFL pregame show, averaged an impressive 4,835,000 viewers for a +6% increase over last year (vs. 4,557,000 viewers). FOX’s THE OT postgame show wrapped up Week 1 with an average of 12,329,000 viewers.

Streaming across FOX, NFL and Yahoo Sports! digital properties are off to a strong start, with AMERICA’S GAME OF THE WEEK delivering an average minute audience of 240,000 and 1,400,000 unique streamers to rank as the most-streamed regular season NFL window in FOX Sports history (vs. 218,000 average minute audience & 837,000 unique streamers – Week 4 in 2017). Overall, the first Sunday of the 2018 season delivered an average minute audience of 216,000 across the regional and national windows, +64% over last year’s Week 1 NFL Sunday on FOX (vs. 132,000 average minute audience).

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Big Ten Hoops Returns to FOX and FS1 for 2018-19 Season

NEW YORK – Today, FOX Sports announced the return of Big Ten basketball for the 2018-19 season with nearly 40 matchups to be televised on the FOX broadcast network and FS1. This season’s schedule features multiple appearances by each of the conference’s NCAA tournament participants a season ago, including Big Ten tournament winner and NCAA runner-up Michigan and regular-season conference champion Michigan State, plus NIT champion Penn State and more.

FOX Sports’ Big Ten slate tips off on Friday, Nov. 23, as Ohio State hosts Cleveland State at 8:00 PM ET on FS1, the night before the city of Columbus prepares to host FOX Sports for another big event – the historic Michigan at Ohio State football rivalry.

A marquee non-conference matchup opens FOX Sports’ Big Ten broadcast schedule, as Louisville heads north for a cross-border showdown with Indiana on Saturday, Dec. 8, at 2:30 PM ET on the FOX broadcast network.

Once the calendar flips to 2019, the Big Ten Conference season kicks into high gear with games on FOX and FS1, including top matchups like Michigan State at Ohio State (Saturday, Jan. 5, 12:00 PM ET on FOX), Purdue at Wisconsin (Friday, Jan. 11, 9:00 PM ET on FS1) and Indiana at Purdue (Saturday, Jan. 19, 2:00 PM ET on FOX) just in the month of January alone.

Additionally, BTN televises more than 130 games from the Big Ten, including more than 75 conference matchups and 10 Big Ten Tournament contests from the United Center in Chicago. Start times and television designations for the Gavitt Tipoff Games will be announced at a later date. All eight games from the annual challenge between the Big Ten and BIG EAST conferences appear on FS1 or BTN.

FOX Sports’ Big Ten men’s basketball schedule can be found by clicking the PDF at the bottom of the page.

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, including FOXSports.com and the FOX Sports app. 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.

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FOX Sports to Offer Greater Digital Presence Across Its Sunday and Thursday NFL Games this Season

Increases in Capabilities and Inventory Coupled With Surge in Streaming Viewers Offers Greater Opportunities for Brands

LOS ANGELES – FOX Sports is poised to see its NFL digital impressions increase meaningfully this year thanks to expected continued digital viewership growth, new FOX rights to Thursday Night Football presented by Bud Light (TNF), and expanded mobile distribution of all FOX NFL games. FOX holds exclusive sales rights to national inventory within its Sunday and Thursday Night games, including all live game streaming. The increased digital inventory expands brands’ opportunities to advertise on America’s most popular sport and on FOX’s digital platforms, which are experiencing tremendous viewer growth, including a 70% increase in minutes of live sports consumed year-over-year.

FOX will stream and sell ad inventory within all of its Sunday afternoon and Thursday Night games across FOX Sports digital platforms, extending its authenticated TV Everywhere access to mobile phones for the first time. FOX also represents the national inventory within streams of its games on the NFL app across all devices, Yahoo Sports on phones and tablets, and, in addition, for the 11 FOX TNF games, on Amazon Prime Video and Twitch. These new distribution endpoints add scale to the audience and additional digital advertising opportunities for FOX Sports across its NFL games.

Fox Networks Group Executive Vice President of Advertising Revenue David Levy commented: “With the support of our partners at the NFL, we are improving the fan experience by making it easier to watch football games, while also making it more effective than ever for brands to reach fans on the digital platforms that they are increasingly turning to. Our live sports streaming is becoming more and more popular with viewers; our minutes of consumption grew ten-fold over past three years. With the addition of TNF, we believe the digital consumption of our live sports is going to increase exponentially, offering incredible opportunities for fans, brands, FOX and the League.”

Thursday Night Football games broadcast on FOX will also be distributed on television via NFL Network and FOX Deportes between Weeks 4-15 (excluding Thanksgiving night). The games also be available on FOX Sports and FOX Deportes digital platforms on an authenticated basis across devices, NFL.com and the NFL app on connected TV devices on an authenticated basis, Amazon Prime Video and Twitch across devices, and the NFL app and Yahoo Sports (along with Yahoo, AOL Sports, AOL, and Tumblr) on phones and tablets on a cross-carrier basis.

Sunday afternoon and postseason NFL games broadcast on FOX will be available on FOX Sports digital platforms on an authenticated basis across devices, NFL.com and the NFL app on connected TV devices on an authenticated basis, and the NFL app and Yahoo Sports (along with Yahoo, AOL Sports, AOL, and Tumblr) on phones and tablets on a cross-carrier basis.

About Fox Networks Group
Fox Networks Group (FNG) is a primary operating unit of 21st Century Fox (NASDAQ:FOXA). FNG consists of Fox Television Group, which includes Fox Broadcasting Company and 20th Century Fox Television; Fox Sports Media Group; Fox Cable Networks, which includes FX Networks and National Geographic Partners; and Fox Networks Group Europe, Asia and Latin America. Together these units create, program and distribute the world’s most popular entertainment, sports and nonfiction programming.

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UFC Double Champion Cormier, Rogan and Anik Call UFC 228: WOODLEY VS. TILL

Former UFC Champion Bisping and Retired Contender Florian Join Host Bryant on the Desk for FOX Sports Programming
PREFIGHT SHOW and PRELIMS Live on FX and FOX Sports App Saturday Beginning 7:00 PM ET

LOS ANGELES – Today, FOX Sports announces UFC heavyweight and light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier joins blow-by-blow announcer Jon Anik and veteran MMA analyst Joe Rogan to call UFC 228: WOODLEY VS. TILL live Octagon-side in Dallas Saturday, Sept. 8. Megan Olivi adds reports and interviews fighters on-site. In addition, former heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum, Victor Davila, and Mario Delgado call the fights in Spanish on FOX Deportes.

On the FOX Sports desk, former UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping and retired contender Kenny Florian join lead UFC host Karyn Bryant for UFC 228 programming on Friday, Sept. 7 and Saturday, Sept. 8.

A championship doubleheader takes center stage at UFC 228. In the main event, undisputed welterweight champion Tyron Woodley (18-3-1) defends his title for the fourth time against unbeaten Darren Till (17-0-1). In the co-main event, women’s flyweight champion Nicco Montano (5-2) attempts to defend her belt for the first time when she takes on No. 1 contender Valentina Shevchenko (15-3).

FOX Sports UFC programming begins on Friday, Sept. 7 (6:00 PM ET), with the UFC 228 WEIGH-IN SHOW on FS1 and the FOX Sports app with Bryant, Bisping and Florian in studio discussing the fights, while Olivi reports onsite. On Saturday, the same crew hosts the UFC 228 PREFIGHT SHOW on FX and the FOX Sports app (7:00 PM ET), previewing the evening’s fights.

The two-hour UFC 228 PRELIMS begin at 8:00 PM ET on FX, FOX Deportes, and the FOX Sports app with four exciting bouts. The No. 6-ranked strawweight Carla Esparza (14-5) faces No. 9 Tatiana Suarez (7-0). No. 8-ranked bantamweight Aljamain Sterling (14-3) battles No. 10 Cody Stamann (17-1), while No. 5 Jimmie Rivera (21-2) and No. 7 John Dodson (21-9) square off in a 135-pound bout. Middleweight Charles Byrd (9-4) faces Darren Stewart (8-3, 1NC) in the exciting PRELIMS opener.

The action wraps immediately following the main event with the FS2 UFC 228 POSTFIGHT SHOW, where Bryant, Bisping, and Florian recap the event, while Olivi interviews fighters.

Leading up to the fights, UFC fighters offer unique, behind-the-scenes clips on FOX Sports PROcast and on the @UFConFOX social pages. In addition, all programs are also available on FOX Sports on SiriusXM channel 83 on satellite radio and on the SiriusXM app.

FOX SPORTS UFC PROGRAMMING SCHEDULE

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Wednesday,

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8:00 PM UFC TONIGHT FS1

 

Wednesday,

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10:00 PM THE UTLIMATE FIGHTER: HEAVY HITTERS FS1

 

Wednesday,

Sept. 5

11:00 PM TUF TALK FS1

 

Friday,

Sept. 7

6:00 PM FS1 UFC 228 WEIGH-IN SHOW FS1

 

Saturday,

Sept. 8

7:00 PM  UFC 228 PREFIGHT SHOW FX
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Sept. 8

8:00 PM UFC 228 PRELIMS FX / FOX Deportes
Saturday,

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1:00 AM FS1 UFC 228 POSTFIGHT SHOW FS2

*All programs available on the FOX Sports app and FOX Sports on SiriusXM channel 83

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FOX Soccer Broadcasters Aly Wagner and JP Dellacamera Discuss Concacaf Women’s Championship

FOX Sports, the home of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, offers 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship coverage across the FOX Sports family of networks from October 4-17. For viewers on the go, matches can be streamed live via FOXSports.com and the FOX Sports app. Following this week’s Concacaf Championship Draw, FOX Sports soccer broadcasters Aly Wagner and JP Dellacamera preview next month’s qualifiers:

Aly Wagner on the United States facing Mexico in the 2018 Women’s Championship:

“With Mexico being one of the other top teams in Concacaf, the United States faces a more difficult challenge sitting in Group A. We saw what happened in 2010 when their path to the 2011 Women’s World Cup included a two-game playoff series against Italy. They will look at that experience and make sure not to find themselves in the same predicament. The team has played Mexico in multiple friendlies, so they’re familiar with their style of play under new head coach Roberto Medina. They should come out of the group and build confidence along the way. The U.S. should qualify without taking anything for granted. There’s a lot of depth in the squad with players like Mallory Pugh, Tobin Heath and Rose Lavelle who are coming back from injury, and the most potent duo of Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe, who is playing the best of her career. If the U.S. takes care of business, the Americans will hope Canada wins their group and avoid them in the semifinals. That is key.”

JP Dellacamera believes Canada should qualify for the 2019 Women’s World Cup:

“Under new head coach Kenneth Heiner-Moller, Canada should not be challenged by Group B opponents Costa Rica, Jamaica and Cuba. Their biggest challenge should come in the semifinals vs. a Group A opponent. Following a sixth-place finish at the 2015 Women’s World Cup, and a Bronze Medal in the 2016 Olympics, this Canadian side should advance to the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup where they could be one of the few favorites to lift the trophy. Christine Sinclair, at age 35, is still a major player here, but in this World Cup Qualifying cycle she will be surrounded by some of the best young talent in Canadian Women’s Soccer history.”

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FOX Sports and Premier Boxing Champions Sign Landmark Media Rights Deal

FOX Broadcast Network To Air 10 Prime-Time Marquee Fights Yearly Featuring The Sport’s Biggest Stars
FS1 and FOX Deportes Telecast 12 Fight Nights Annually, Plus FOX Sports – PBC PPVs and Significant Shoulder Programming Added

LOS ANGELES – FOX Sports today announced it has reached a landmark four-year, multi-platform agreement with Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) making FOX Sports the preeminent broadcaster for PBC’s top-tier championship fights featuring its biggest and brightest stars. The announcement was made by Mark Silverman, President, National Networks, FOX Sports and Alan Haymon, President and CEO of Haymon Sports, creator of the PBC series.

“We’re thrilled to expand our relationship with the PBC in coming years and take the world’s best boxers to the next level by exposing them to the widest possible audiences across FOX, FS1 and FOX Deportes,” said Silverman. “While FOX Sports has been invested in boxing as a key property on both FS1 and FOX Deportes, this will be the first time in more than 30 years that boxing will be regularly featured in prime time on network television.”

“We are pleased to continue with FOX Sports to showcase our unrivaled roster of more than 160 of the best boxers in the world, including 60 current and former world champions in the weight divisions that most excite the fans,” says Tim Smith, Vice President of Communications for Haymon Sports. “The PBC on FOX will bring the fans the best boxing and bring our boxers and the sponsors the biggest audience as we continue to pursue the goal of returning this great sport to mainstream prominence.”

With the four-year deal, the FOX broadcast network will feature 10 marquee fight nights in prime time each year, while FS1 and FOX Deportes will telecast 12 fight nights annually. The package includes FOX Sports-PBC Pay-Per-View events. The Emmy Award-winning FOX Sports production team will produce all the live events and more than 175 hours of original PBC boxing content per year across its channels.

“FOX Sports is delighted to support PBC fights with a robust boxing programming lineup across FOX, FS1 and FOX Deportes, including a variety of prefight and postfight shows,” said Bill Wanger, FOX Sports EVP, Programming, Live Operations and Research. “In addition, FOX Sports will promote PBC events across FOX’s multiple platforms, networks and powerful sports programming line-up, which includes the NFL, Major League Baseball, college football, college basketball, NASCAR, USGA, MLS and WWE SmackDown programming.”

To build anticipation for each fight, FOX Sports will surround each fight night on FOX, FS1 and FOX Deportes with top-level ancillary programming including multiple episodes of behind-the-scenes shows on FOX, fight-countdown preview shows, press conferences, fighter face-off shows, weigh-ins and prefight and postfight shows on FOX, FS1 and FOX Deportes. This programming line-up also includes two studio-based PBC-branded shows a month on FOX and FS1, with PBC boxer interviews and profiles. Fight cards will have televised preliminary fights on FOX, FS1 or FS2 and FOX Deportes.

All PBC on FOX Sports events and programming will be streamed live on the FOX Sports app, available in English or Spanish through the FOX, FS1 or FOX Deportes feeds. FOX Sports will offer a platform inside the app to allow viewers to stream the PPV events. In addition, boxing and the PBC will be prominently featured across the FOX Sports website, apps and social platforms.

FOX Sports and FOX Deportes will announce on-air personalities, as well as upcoming airdates and times soon.

FOX Sports and PBC launched the highly regarded primetime boxing series TOE-TO-TOE TUESDAYS on FS1 and FOX Deportes in the fall of 2015, featuring PBC’s brightest up-and-coming boxers. The deal was expanded to include several fight nights on the FOX broadcast network, including exciting title fights such as heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder defending his title in February of 2016, July of 2016, and again in February of 2017, plus the exciting welterweight showdown between Danny Garcia and Robert Guerrero in January of 2016.

The Premier Boxing Champions series is created for television by Haymon Sports. Please visit www.premierboxingchampions.com and follow Premier Boxing Champions on Facebook and Twitter. For more information on FOX Sports, visit FOX Sports Press Pass.

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, including FOXSports.com and the FOX Sports app. 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 Premier Boxing Champions
The Premier Boxing Champions series was created and is produced by Haymon Sports, LLC. It features the most accomplished and decorated array of international professional boxing talent across the most popular weight divisions.

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21st Century Fox Invests $100M in Social Broadcasting Platform Caffeine; Funds Creation of Caffeine Studios Focused on eSports, Video Gaming, Sports, and Entertainment Content

Andreessen Horowitz and Greylock Partners Join 21st Century Fox in Investment Round; Live Nation Boosts Caffeine Content Line-Up with Live Music

Redwood City, CA and New York, NY (September 5, 2018) – Today, 21st Century Fox (“21CF”; NASDAQ: FOXA, FOX) and Caffeine, the next-generation social broadcasting platform for gaming, entertainment, and other creative content announced that 21CF led a round of funding, which also included participation from existing Caffeine investors Andreessen Horowitz and Greylock Partners, and other undisclosed partners. Caffeine also announced a content agreement with Live Nation to bring live music concerts to the social broadcast platform in Q4 2018.

21CF invested a combined $100 million into Caffeine and a newly formed venture called Caffeine Studios that is jointly owned by FOX Sports and Caffeine. The new studio will leverage FOX Sports’ expertise in live events and programming to create exclusive esports, video game, sports, and live entertainment content for Caffeine’s next-generation social broadcasting platform. In addition, Lachlan Murdoch, 21CF’s Executive Chairman, will join Caffeine’s Board. 21CF’s stakes in Caffeine and Caffeine Studios will be part of the proposed new “Fox,” the company that will be formed upon completion of the proposed transaction between 21CF and The Walt Disney Company, and where Mr. Murdoch will serve as Chairman and CEO.

Caffeine also received additional investment from Andreessen Horowitz and Greylock Partners, as well as from other partners. The amount of their investments is undisclosed. To further underscore Caffeine’s vision of bringing people together around the content they love, Caffeine is teaming up with Live Nation to stream a series of live concerts on the platform beginning in Q4 2018, offering fans a new way to experience their favorite musical acts.

“We want to bring the world together around friends and live broadcasts,” said Ben Keighran, CEO of Caffeine. “It’s an ambitious goal, but one we believe is attainable with the support of our amazing new partners, our awesome and ever-growing community, and the content that together, we can bring onto the platform.”

“The combination of the Caffeine platform with a content studio that benefits from Fox Sports’ expertise in live events and programming will help position Caffeine to deliver compelling experiences in esports, video gaming and entertainment,” said Lachlan Murdoch. “We are excited to partner with Caffeine and build something special for fans in the growing live social streaming esports and gaming space.”

As a real-time, social broadcast platform, Caffeine is focused on bringing the more than one billion gamers, streamers, non-streamers, and fans together around the friends and content they’ll love. Users find content because of the people they follow in their social circles and come together to share that content with each other and their ever-growing group of friends. Personal conversations between friends and broadcasters happen in real-time and are given preference, enabling more meaningful social engagements while disposing of toxic chatter and endless feeds of meaningless comments. In addition, Caffeine includes a fair, ad-free monetization system that is open to everyone and is designed to encourage broadcasters and enhance the content experience. Caffeine is built on its own infrastructure, so it requires no third-party software or plug-ins. All it takes is one click for broadcasters to start delivering content, enjoying latency-free conversations, and making money.

Caffeine is currently in pre-release and will continue to release new features and functionality, as well as content from a host of new partners, including those mentioned above, as it heads toward its official launch.

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About Caffeine
Caffeine is a new kind of broadcast company. Its mission is to build the leading product and community for live broadcasting. Caffeine was originally backed by $46M in two rounds of funding led by Andreessen Horowitz and Greylock Partners. For more information or to start your own broadcast, visit www.caffeine.tv.

About 21st Century Fox
21st Century Fox is one of the world’s leading portfolios of cable, broadcast, film, pay TV and satellite assets spanning six continents across the globe. Reaching more than 1.8 billion subscribers in approximately 50 local languages every day, 21st Century Fox is home to a global portfolio of cable and broadcasting networks and properties, including FOX, FX, FXX, FXM, FS1, Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network, FOX Sports, Fox Sports Network, National Geographic Channels, Star India, 28 local television stations in the U.S. and more than 350 international channels; film studio Twentieth Century Fox Film; and television production studios Twentieth Century Fox Television and a 50 per cent ownership interest in Endemol Shine Group. The Company also holds approximately 39.1 per cent of the issued shares of Sky, Europe’s leading entertainment company, which serves nearly 23 million households across five countries. For more information about 21st Century Fox, please visit www.21CF.com.