Year: 2018

Joe Buck and Troy Aikman on Thursday Night Football

2018 Thursday Night Football Increases +4% vs. 2017 10-Game Thursday Night Football Average

Thursday Night Football Streaming Platforms Up +66% vs. 2017 10-Game Thursday Night Football Average
Week 15 Chargers-Chiefs Is 2nd Most-Watched Thursday Night Football Game This Season

New York, NY – Capped off by the Los Angeles Chargers defeating the Kansas City Chiefs 29-28 last night, the 2018 Thursday Night Football Presented by Bud Light season delivered an average audience of 14.9 million viewers, including FOX, NFL Network, FOX Deportes, NFL digital, FOX Sports digital, Amazon and Yahoo Sports, up +4% versus the 2017 10-game Thursday Night Football average (vs. 14.2 million).

The Nielsen-measured audience averaged 14.3 million viewers (8.7 HH RTG), up +3% versus the 2017 10-game Thursday Night Football average (vs. 13.8 million viewers; 8.4 HH RTG).

Amazon Prime Video and Twitch reached a total of 24.4 million viewers in over 200 countries and territories for the entire THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL season, up 33% (vs. 18.4 million in 2017). Amazon Prime Video and Twitch delivered an average minute audience of 500K viewers, up 61% (vs. 310k in 2017). Across all digital platforms (FOX Sports app, NFL.com, NFL app, Amazon Prime, Twitch, Verizon, Yahoo!) through eleven games this season, THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL produced an average minute audience of 728K up +66% over last year (vs. 439K).

The 2018 finale matchup on Thursday Night Football Presented by Bud Light on Thursday, December 13 was seen by an average audience of 18.1 million viewers across all platforms, including FOX, NFL Network, FOX Deportes, NFL digital, FOX Sports digital, Amazon and Yahoo! Sports, making it the second most-watched Thursday Night Football game this season. Last night’s 18.1 million viewers is up +67% versus last year’s comparable Week 15 matchup (vs. Denver @ Indianapolis; 10.9 million viewers).

The Nielsen-measured audience for last night’s game was 17.4 million viewers (10.5 HH RTG) – up +64% versus the 2017 Week 15 Thursday Night Football game (vs. 10.6 million viewers; 6.5 HH RTG).

Digital streaming across Amazon Prime Video, Twitch, NFL digital platforms, FOX Sports digital platforms and Yahoo Sports for last night’s game produced an average minute audience of 897K – an increase of +104% versus the 2017 10-game Thursday Night Football average (vs. 439K) and up +209% versus last year’s Week 15 Thursday Night Football matchup (vs. 290K).

Amazon Prime Video and Twitch reached a total of 2.4 million combined viewers worldwide for the FOX NFL Thursday pregame show and the Chargers-Chiefs game. For the Chargers-Chiefs game alone, 2.2 million worldwide viewers initiated a stream on Prime Video or Twitch. The average worldwide audience watching Thursday Night Football for at least 30 seconds on Prime Video or Twitch was 622K.

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Thursday Night Football Package Grows 7% vs. 2017

  • Last night’s Thursday Night Football finale (Los Angeles Chargers vs. Kansas City Chiefs) delivered a 12.4/22 metered market rating
    • FOX’s second best Thursday Night Football rating of the 2018 season
    • +68% over last year’s comparable Week 15 matchup (vs. 7.4/13)
  • Inaugural Thursday Night Football season on FOX averaged a 10.3/18 among metered markets, up +7% over last year (vs. 9.6/17)

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FOX Sports Premieres INSIDE PBC BOXING this Saturday

WBC Welterweight Champion Shawn Porter and Former Three-Division World Champion Abner Mares Serve as Analysts with Veteran Host Kate Abdo

LOS ANGELES – FOX Sports today announces the premiere of its new studio show INSIDE PBC BOXING on FOX on Saturday, Dec. 15 (3:00 PM ET). INSIDE PBC BOXING is the official show of Premier Boxing Champions, hosted by Kate Abdo, along with analysts WBC Welterweight Champion Shawn Porter and former three-division world champion Abner Mares. The show also features FOX Sports boxing insider Mike Coppinger, who will add breaking news and special reports.

“FOX Sports is thrilled to be expanding PBC boxing programming with this studio show,” said Steve Becker, FOX Sports Vice President of Production. “We look to go inside the stories of the PBC boxers with in-depth interviews and feature profiles, as well as previews of upcoming fights and breakdowns of the most-recent, thrilling matchups. Having current boxers Shawn and Abner working with us will provide some honest commentary on what’s happening in the sport right now.”

Porter, who makes his first title defense against top-rated challenger Yordenis Ugas live on FOX on Saturday, March 9, 2019 is excited to be a part of the studio show: “Honestly, sports is my thing! It’s a Cleveland thing. That’s what we do back home.” Porter continued, “So, I always knew past competing, I’d want to be involved in TV, talking boxing. To be doing this show on FOX right now is an incredible opportunity for myself, especially because I know the treats [that are] about to be delivered on network television to all the boxing fans out there.”

While Mares is waiting for his next opponent to be announced, he’s enthusiastic about the studio opportunity as well: “I’m thrilled to be a part of FOX Sports’ new boxing show, INSIDE PBC BOXING and working with Kate, Shawn and Mike. I’m looking forward to talking to the biggest names in boxing, helping break down the most exciting fights, and telling viewers what’s really happening inside the ring.”

As a boxing enthusiast, who’s also hosted several FOX PBC Fight Nights, Abdo is thrilled to be a part of the regular studio show. “As a huge boxing fan, I could not be more excited to host FOX’s new INSIDE PBC BOXING show. The PBC stable is second to none, and I can’t wait to shine a light on all that talent. Talking boxing with Shawn and Abner will be zero work, all pleasure.” She’ll also continue to host FOX PBC Fight Nights throughout the year.

Porter (29-2-1, 17 KOs) won the WBC belt with a decision victory over Danny Garcia in September. The Akron, Ohio native won the IBF Welterweight title against Devon Alexander on Dec. 7, 2013, then defended it in April 2014 with a two-knockdown, fourth-round stoppage of two-division champion Paulie Malignaggie, before losing a majority decision loss to England’s Kell Brook in August 2014. His only other loss came in a Fight of the Year-caliber unanimous decision to champion Keith Thurman in June, 2016.

Mares (31-3-1, 15 KOs) is a strategic and crowd-pleasing boxer-puncher. His five-fight run between August 2011 and May 2015 produced world championships at 118, 122 and 126 pounds. Born in Mexico, Mares’ split decision win over Jesus Cuellar in December 2016 regained him a 126-pound title, but he lost it in a second classic clash with fellow Los Angeles-based, three-division champion Leo Santa Cruz in June of this year.

With the recently announced deal, the FOX broadcast network and FOX Deportes will feature 10 marquee fight nights in prime time each year, while FS1 and FOX Deportes will telecast 12 fight nights annually. The Emmy Award-winning FOX Sports production team will produce more than 175 hours of original PBC boxing content per year across its channels, including INSIDE PBC BOXING on FOX and FS1, PBC COUNTDOWN and PBC FACE TO FACE shows prior to all fights.

All PBC on FOX Sports programming and events will be streamed live on the FOX Sports app. Follow @PBConFOX on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

–FOX SPORTS–

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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UFC Double Champion Daniel Cormier, Lightweight Contender Paul Felder and Jon Anik Call FOX UFC FIGHT NIGHT: LEE VS. IAQUINTA Saturday

UFC Welterweight Champion Tyron Woodley, Former Champ Michael Bisping and Lead Host Karyn Bryant are on FOX Sports Desk Friday and Saturday

LOS ANGELES – Today, FOX Sports announces UFC heavyweight and light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier and UFC lightweight contender Paul Felder join blow-by-blow announcer Jon Anik to call FOX UFC FIGHT NIGHT: LEE VS. IAQUINTA 2 live from Milwaukee on Saturday, Dec. 15 on FOX, FS1 and the FOX Sports app. UFC bantamweight Marlon “Chito” Vera and Victor Davila call the fights in Spanish on FOX Deportes.

In addition, UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley and retired middleweight champion Michael Bisping serve as analysts with lead UFC host Karyn Bryant for FOX UFC FIGHT NIGHT programming on Friday, Dec. 14 and Saturday, Dec. 15, while Megan Olivi reports and interviews fighters.

Saturday, Milwaukee is the site for one of the most-anticipated rematches of 2018, as lightweight contenders No. 4-ranked Kevin Lee (16-4) and No. 8 Al Iaquinta (13-4-1) collide in the exciting main event of FOX UFC FIGHT NIGHT: LEE VS. IAQUINTA 2. In 2014, the two were hot prospects who engaged in an exciting three-round battle won by Iaquinta. Now, the pair is among the best 155-pounders in the world, and they have five rounds to settle their score and make a case to enter the title picture in UFC’s toughest division.

FOX Sports UFC programming begins Wednesday, Dec. 12 (7:00 PM ET) on FS1 with UFC TONIGHT, as hosts Kenny Florian and Cormier talk to both Lee and Iaquinta about their upcoming main event battle. They also preview the other fights on the card.

On Friday, Dec. 14, coverage resumes with the UFC FIGHT NIGHT WEIGH-IN SHOW on FS1 and streaming on the FOX Sports app at 6:00 PM ET, with Woodley, Bisping and Bryant on the desk, previewing the fights. Olivi interviews fighters onsite.

Action continues Saturday at 4:00 PM ET on FS1 and the FOX Sports app with the FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT PREFIGHT SHOW, as the same desk crew breaks down the upcoming battles. The UFC FIGHT NIGHT PRELIMS begin at 5:00 PM ET on FS1, FOX Deportes and the FOX Sports app, with Cormier, Felder and Anik calling the exciting fights. Zak Ottow (16-6) takes on Dwight Grant (7-1) in a welterweight bout, while No. 10-ranked flyweight Jessica-Rose Clark (9-5, 1NC) and No. 14 Andrea Lee (9-2) clash. Lightweights Bobby Green (24-8-1) and Drakkar Klose (9-1-1) face off. Jared Gordon (14-2) and Joaquim Silva (10-1) tangle in another 155-pound bout. Gerald Meerschaert (28-9) faces Jack Hermansson (17-4) in a middleweight bout. Plus, Dan Ige (9-2) and Jordan Griffin (17-5) open the PRELIMS with an exciting featherweight scrap.

The main card kicks off at 8:00 PM ET on FOX and FOX Deportes, featuring three more thrilling bouts, including the headliner between Lee and Iaquinta. No. 5-ranked lightweight Edson Barboza (19-5) faces No. 14 Dan Hooker (18-7). No. 10-ranked bantamweight Rob Font (15-4) takes on No. 2-ranked flyweight Sergio Pettis (17-5), who’s moving back up to bantamweight for this fight.
Veteran Jim Miller (29-12, 1NC) and Charles Oliveira (23-8, 1NC) begin the main card with a thrilling lightweight scrap.

The weekend wraps with the FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT POSTFIGHT SHOW at 10:00 PM ET, as Bryant, Woodley and Bisping recap the fights and Olivi interviews the winners.

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 all updates throughout the #UFCMilwaukee fights Saturday.

Viewers can live stream the UFC shows on the FOX Sports app, through the FOX, FS1 and FOX Deportes streams. The shows are available on desktop at FOXSports.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 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,

Dec. 12

7:00 PM UFC TONIGHT FS1

 

Friday,

Dec. 14

6:00 PM FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT WEIGH-IN SHOW FS1

 

Saturday,

Dec. 15

4:00 PM FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT PREFIGHT SHOW FS1
Saturday,

Dec. 15

5:00 PM FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT PRELIMS FS1 / FOX Deportes
Saturday,

Dec. 15

8:00 PM FOX UFC FIGHT NIGHT: LEE VS. IAQUINTA 2 FOX / FOX Deportes
Saturday,

Dec. 15

10:00 PM FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT POSTFIGHT SHOW FS1

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

–FOX SPORTS–

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 relationships. 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. FOX Sports also encompasses FOX Sports Digital, which includes FOXSports.com, FOX Sports App 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 establish the FOX Sports Radio Network.

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Jamie McMurray Joins FOX Sports as NASCAR Analyst for 2019 Season

Veteran NASCAR Driver Slated for NASCAR RACE HUB & NASCAR RACEDAY

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Veteran NASCAR driver and 2010 DAYTONA 500 champion Jamie McMurray has landed his next full-time ride. McMurray joins FOX Sports for the 2019 season as a NASCAR analyst for NASCAR RACE HUB, the sport’s most-watched daily show, and NASCAR RACEDAY, among other duties.

McMurray, who wrapped his 16th MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES season in the No. 1 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet last month, jumps from the race car to FOX NASCAR’s brand-new, state-of-the-art virtual studio in Charlotte.

“As FOX Sports built the new virtual studio in Charlotte, we were equally invested in hiring the right personalities for our NASCAR programming,” said Steve Craddock, SVP of NASCAR Production, FOX Sports. “Jamie McMurray brings a fresh-off-the-track perspective and a modest likeability everyone can relate to. He is a great addition to our team.”

McMurray tested the television waters with appearances on NASCAR RACE HUB as an analyst in late October and early November. Additionally, he offered analysis in the FOX Sports broadcast booth for NASCAR XFINITY SERIES races at Pocono Raceway (June 2018) and Las Vegas Motor Speedway (March 2017).

“As my driving career got closer to the end, I thought about doing TV but wasn’t sure until I did a couple of NASCAR RACE HUB shows at the end of this year,” McMurray said. “I really enjoyed it more than I expected. It’s a whole new world, but that’s what I am most excited about – the new challenge and discomfort that comes with doing something completely out of my element.”

During his Cup career, the 2003 Rookie of the Year amassed seven wins, 63 top-five and 168 top-10 finishes, in addition to a victory in the 2014 NASCAR All-Star Race. McMurray is one of only three drivers to have won the DAYTONA 500 and the Brickyard 400 in a single season (2010). In addition, he and Chip Ganassi Racing teammates Scott Dixon, Tony Kanaan and Kyle Larson formed the winning team for the 2015 Rolex 24 at Daytona. With the feat, McMurray etched his name in the record books as one of only four drivers to find Victory Lane for the Daytona 500 and the Rolex 24. Racing legends A.J. Foyt, Mario Andretti and FOX NASCAR analyst Jeff Gordon are the only other drivers to have won both races.

Announcements regarding the full FOX NASCAR broadcast team for 2019, including the lineup for studio shows airing from the new virtual studio, are forthcoming. For more information on McMurray, visit www.JamieMcMurray.com.

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MLS Cup on FOX is Most-Watched Since 1997

LOS ANGELES – FOX Sports’ presentation of the 2018 MLS Cup, Atlanta United’s win over the Portland Timbers in front of an MLS record crowd of 73,019, drew 1,563,000 viewers on the FOX broadcast network. The match is the most-watched MLS Cup since 1997 according to Nielsen Media Research.

The 2018 MLS Cup posted a viewership increase of +91% over last year’s match (819,000) and peaked at 2,065,000 viewers, from 10:00 to 10:15 PM ET.

On FOX Sports streaming sources, the match pulled in an average minute audience of 23,212, ranking as FOX Sports’ most streamed MLS event ever.

–FOX SPORTS–

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 relationships. 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. FOX Sports also encompasses FOX Sports Digital, which includes FOXSports.com, FOX Sports App 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 establish the FOX Sports Radio Network.

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FOX Deportes Airs Copa Sudamericana Final Wednesday

LOS ANGELES – FOX Deportes airs its 16th Copa Sudamericana final Wednesday, December 12 at 6:30 PM ET as Atletico Paranaense of Brazil faces Atletico Junior of Colombia.  Founded in 2002, Copa Sudamericana is one of South Americans two club championships.

Coverage begins at 6:00 PM ET with play-by-play announcers Rodolfo Landeros and John Laguna alongside analysts Mariano Trujillo and Alvaro Izquierdo.  Following the match, a one-hour edition of FOX DEPORTES EN VIVO recaps the match.

The two clubs tied 1-1 last week in Colombia in the final’s first leg.  Both clubs look to win their first Sudamericana title.

The final will also be streamed on the FOX Sports Go App.  Fans can also visit

www.foxdeportes.com and follow FOX Deportes on twitterInstagram andFacebook for scores, analysis and highlights.

Spanish Version:

FOX DEPORTES TRANSMITE LA COPA SUDAMERICANA EL MIÉRCOLES

Atlético Paranaense y Atlético se enfrentan por el título

LOS ÁNGELES – FOX Deportes transmite su decimosexta final de la Copa Sudamericana el MIERCOLES, 12 DE DICIEMBRE a las 6:30 PM, hora del Este cuando Atlético Paranaense se enfrenta a Atlético Junior de Colombia.  Fundada en 2002, Copa Sudamericana es uno de los dos campeonatos sudamericanos.

La cobertura arranca a las 6:00 PM, hora del Este con narradores Rodolfo Landeros y John Laguna con analistas Mariano Trujillo y Álvaro Izquierdo.  Tras el partido, FOX DEPORTES EN VIVO repasa todo el partido.

Los clubes empataron a un gol en Colombia en el partido de ida.  Ambos clubes buscan su primer título de la Sudamericana.

La final también se puede ver por FOX Sports Go.  Los fánaticos también pueden visitar

www.foxdeportes.com y seguir FOX Deportes en twitterInstagram and Facebook para resultados, análisis y videos.

 

 

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FOX Sports Launches Fifth Fully Electric FIA Formula E Season Live from Saudi Arabia

Matchett: ‘Formula E is Catching a New Audience … the New Crowd Plays Video Games, They are Fascinated by Electronics … They Ride-Share’

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – FOX Sports opens the FIA Formula E Championship season live from Saudi Arabia on Saturday, Dec. 15 at 6:30 AM ET on FS1, with former Formula One engineer Steve Matchett hosting coverage of the Ad Diriyah ePrix.

The 13-round season, highlighted by the premiere of the series’ wildly anticipated Gen2 car, debuts on the 1.55-mile, 21-turn street course in Ad Diriyah, with Bob Varsha, Jack Nichols and IndyCar champion Dario Franchitti on the call.

“Formula E is unique,” said Matchett, who hosts for FOX Sports all season. “The series has no rivals; it stands alone. Frankly, upon its inception, the series seemed to be treated as a quirky novelty, something all but ignored by many enthusiasts of motor sports’ established championships. However, this did nothing to dampen the ardor of this new ‘green’ series — quite the opposite.

“Formula E is catching a new audience,” Matchett added. “A whole new fan base; a younger crowd that view cars differently; a crowd disinterested in the wails of a Ferrari V12 or the thudding roar of a ‘big block’ V8. This ‘new’ crowd plays video games. They are fascinated by electronics. They do not long to own a car, rather they ride-share. They see the world differently, and, naturally, this younger crowd will outlive the rest of us. Again, the future isn’t just around the corner, rather it’s already here.”

Qualifying for the Ad Diriyah ePrix airs on FS2 prior to the race from 5:30 to 6:30 AM ET (SDD), following the Jaguar iPace Series from 4:30 to 5:30 AM ET also on FS2.

In addition to Saudi Arabia, the 2018-19 season includes races in Marrakesh, Morocco; Santiago, Chile; Mexico City; Hong Kong; Sanya, China; Rome; Paris; Monaco; Berlin and Bern, Switzerland, concluding with a pair of New York City ePrixs from Red Hook, Brooklyn.

For more information on the FIA Formula E Championship, visit Formula E.

–FOX SPORTS–

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. FOX Sports also encompasses FOX Sports Digital, which includes FOXSports.com, FOX Sports App 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 establish the FOX Sports Radio Network.

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FOX Sports Names Francois McGillicuddy President, Big Ten Network

LOS ANGELES – FOX Sports and the Big Ten Conference today announce they have named veteran media executive Francois McGillicuddy to the position of President, Big Ten Network (BTN). The announcement was made today by Eric Shanks, Chief Executive Officer & Executive Producer, FOX Sports and Jim Delany, Commissioner, Big Ten Conference.

McGillicuddy will assume his new role in early 2019 and take over the day-to-day operations for BTN currently held by Mark Silverman, who was elevated in January 2018 to the position of President, National Networks, FOX Sports. BTN is a joint venture between FOX Sports and the Big Ten Conference.

“Francois has been a key contributor and valued colleague at FOX Sports since 2006, so it is with great pleasure to now welcome him to the BTN family,” said Shanks. “We have a terrific team in place at the network and I am confident that Francois will be an outstanding addition given his strong leadership skills, wealth of experience in our industry and proven ability to work with FOX Sports’ partners.”

“On behalf of the Big Ten Conference, I would like to personally welcome Francois McGillicuddy to the Big Ten Network,” said Delany. “He is a dynamic and collaborative leader with an extraordinarily diverse background uniquely suited for his new role as President of the Big Ten Network. We look forward to having him on board.”

McGillicuddy, a 20-year media executive and no stranger to the FOX Sports family, currently serves as SVP & General Manager of FOX Sports Ohio and SportsTime Ohio. He oversees all aspects of those channels, including production, programming, advertising sales, marketing, and team relations, while also working in conjunction with FOX’s affiliate sales and marketing group on distribution matters. Prior to joining FOX Sports Ohio in January of 2013, McGillicuddy worked at FOX’s national cable channel SPEED, where he served as Vice President, Finance & Business Operations. Before joining FOX in 2006, McGillicuddy worked as an executive for Cablevision Systems Corporation as Vice President of Finance for Rainbow Sports Networks, and as Director, Strategic Planning for Madison Square Garden.

“I am excited to have the opportunity to lead the Big Ten Network, and to remain within the FOX family,” said McGillicuddy. “BTN established itself as one of the strongest networks in all of sports. I look forward to building upon that in the years ahead.”

McGillicuddy holds an MBA from Columbia University, an MFA from the University of Alabama, and a BA in Economics from Hobart College.

— FOX SPORTS —

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 relationships. 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. FOX Sports also encompasses FOX Sports Digital, which includes FOXSports.com, FOX Sports App 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 establish the FOX Sports Radio Network.

About BTN
A joint venture between the Big Ten Conference and Fox Networks, BTN is the first internationally distributed network dedicated to covering one of the premier collegiate conferences in the country. With more than 1,500 events across all platforms, the 24/7 network is the ultimate destination for Big Ten fans and alumni across the country, allowing them to see their favorite teams, regardless of where they live. BTN2Go and the Fox Sports App are the digital extensions of the Big Ten Network, delivering live games and on-demand programming to Big Ten Network customers via the web, smartphones, and tablets. Network events include football, men’s and women’s basketball games, dozens of Big Ten Olympic sports and championship events, studio shows and classic games. Original programming highlights activities and accomplishments of some of the nation’s finest universities, including the Emmy-nominated The Journey. The network is in more than 60 million homes across the United States and Canada, including carriage by all the major video distributors, such as DIRECTV, DISH, Verizon FiOS, AT&T U-Verse, Charter Communications, Comcast Xfinity, Altice USA, Cox Communications, Mediacom, RCN, WOW!, and approximately 300 additional video providers across North America. BTN is also available through the majority of OTT providers, including DirecTV Now, YouTube TV, Hulu, PlayStation Vue and fuboTV. For additional information, please visit www.btn.com.