Month: January 2018

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FOX Sports Reaches Agreement with NFL to Broadcast Thursday Night Football presented by Bud Light

FOX SPORTS REACHES FIVE YEAR RIGHTS AGREEMENT
WITH NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE TO BROADCAST

THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL PRESENTED BY BUD LIGHT

New York – The National Football League, America’s most popular sports league and home to the most popular programming on television, today reached an agreement with FOX Sports, the leader in live sports events, to broadcast the next five seasons of Thursday Night Football beginning with the 2018 season. The announcement was made together today by Roger Goodell, NFL Commissioner and Peter Rice, President of 21st Century Fox.

“This agreement is the culmination of over 10 years of strategic growth around Thursday Night Football, a period during which this property has grown from a handful of late season games on NFL Network to a full season of games and one of the most popular shows on broadcast television with additional distribution via cable and digital channels,” said Goodell. “As one of the leaders in sports television and a recognized innovator of NFL game broadcasts for many years, we’re excited to be extending our partnership with FOX Sports, one of our most trusted and valued partners, to include Thursday Night Football.”

The agreement awards FOX Sports with a five year deal that includes 11 games between Weeks 4-15 (excluding Thanksgiving night) to be broadcast on FOX, simulcast via NFL Network, and distributed in Spanish on FOX Deportes. In addition, NFL Network will exclusively televise seven games next season, with FOX producing the full slate of 18 games. As home to the No. 1 NFL package for the past 24 seasons, FOX Sports complements its current Sunday NFC package agreement with the addition of Thursday Night Football.

This landmark announcement allows FOX Sports and the NFL to each expand its digital rights, enabling the network to distribute both Thursday Night Football and its Sunday games to FOX subscribers over a wide array of digital platforms including mobile phones for the first time. The agreement also allows the NFL to further develop digital distribution models for Thursday Night Football as well as FOX’s Sunday games.

“Football is in our blood at FOX and we understand that nothing beats the NFL when it comes to television that captures people’s attention,” said Rice. “Our historic relationship with the NFL dates back to the earliest days of FOX, and we couldn’t be more excited to expand our deep and enduring partnership to include primetime games on Thursday night.”

The NFL is the most valuable content in all of sports with nine of television’s 10 most-watched programs of the calendar year in 2017. The 2017-18 FOX NFL regular season came to a close with AMERICA’S GAME OF THE WEEK averaging 22,745,000 viewers which ranks as televisions No. 1 show for the ninth straight year. Additionally, FOX NFL KICKOFF (11:00 AM ET) and FOX NFL SUNDAY (12:00 PM ET) enter the 2018 season as the No. 1 NFL pregame shows in their respective time slots. The OT, FOX’s postgame show ranks 8th among prime time’s top-20 programs.

Presented by Bud Light, Thursday Night Football is a top-5 show in all of television and the No. 2 show in primetime. In securing the Thursday Night Football package, FOX now has 3 of the 5 most-watched shows in all of television (AGOTW; NFL Sunday singleheader; Thursday Night Football).

The power of an NFL audience is unmatched in television. Live sports programming will be a catalyst in providing a robust promotional platform for FOX’s entertainment programming during the NFL season.

This marks the fifth media rights deal between FOX Sports and the NFL dating back to the landmark agreement struck in December 1993 that essentially solidified FOX as a major broadcast network.

 

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 Thursday Night Football

Thursday Night Football started in 2006 with an eight game schedule exclusively on NFL Network. By 2012, Thursday Night Football had grown to a 13-game schedule exclusively on NFL Network, where it remained through the 2013 season. For both the 2014 and 2015 seasons, CBS partnered with NFL Network to present an expanded 16-game Thursday Night Football schedule. For both the 2016 and 2017 seasons, NBC and CBS partnered with NFL Network to present Thursday Night Football with additional digital distribution via Twitter (2016 season) and Amazon Prime Video (2017 season).

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UFC Welterweight Champion Woodley and Retired Contender Edwards Serve as Desk Analysts with Host Bryant for FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT: MACHIDA VS. ANDERS

UFC Lightweight Contender Felder and Fitzgerald Call Action Live from Brazil on FS1 and FOX Sports GO

LOS ANGELES, CA – Today, FOX Sports announces current UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley (@TWooodley) and retired lightweight contender Yves Edwards (@thugjitsumaster) serve as desk analysts alongside lead UFC host Karyn Bryant (@KarynBryant) for FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT: MACHIDA VS. ANDERS programming on Saturday, Feb. 3.

Blow-by-blow announcer Brendan Fitzgerald (@BrendanFitzTV) and UFC lightweight contender Paul Felder (@FelderPaul) call the bouts live Octagon-side from Belem, Brazil. Heidi Androl (@HeidiAndrol) adds reports and interviews fighters on-site. Victor Davila (@mastervic10) and Brandon Moreno (@theassassinbaby) have the call in Spanish on FOX Deportes.

As soon as unbeaten rising star Eryk Anders (10-0) defeated Markus Perez on Dec. 9, he called for his next fight to be against a Brazilian icon in Brazil. On Feb. 3, Anders gets his wish when he faces former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida (22-8) in the main event of UFC FIGHT NIGHT in Belem, Brazil. Despite growing up in Belem, Machida never fought in his hometown as a professional, until now. Attempting to spoil the homecoming party will be the hard-hitting Anders, a former linebacker for the University of Alabama, who is unbeaten in 10 MMA bouts, a run that includes UFC victories over Perez and Rafael Natal.

FOX Sports UFC programming starts on Friday, Feb. 2 (5:00 PM ET), with the UFC WEIGH-IN SHOW on FS2 and FOX Sports GO with Bryant, Woodley and Edwards in studio discussing the fights, while Androl reports onsite. The same crew kicks off Saturday’s programming at 7:00 PM ET with the UFC FIGHT NIGHT PREFIGHT SHOW on FS2 and FOX Sports GO, previewing the evening’s fights.

The two-hour UFC FIGHT NIGHT PRELIMS begin at 8:00 PM ET on FS2, FOX Deportes and FOX Sports GO with four exciting bouts. Welterweight Sergio Moraes (12-4-1) faces Tim Means (27-9-1, 1NC). Alan Patrick (14-1) and Damir Hadzovic (11-3) meet in a lightweight tilt. Douglas Silva de Andrade (24-2, 1NC) and Marlon Vera (10-4-1) square off in a bantamweight battle. Vet Iuri Alcantara (34-9, 1NC) and Joe Soto (18-6) open the PRELIMS with another bantamweight bout.

The three-hour main card begins on FS1, FOX Deportes and FOX Sports GO at 10:00 PM ET and features five more action-packed bouts. No. 8-ranked bantamweight John Dodson (20-9) fights No. 10 Pedro Munhoz (15-2, 1NC). No. 1-ranked bantamweight Valentina Shevchenko (14-3) moves to 125 pounds to face Priscila Cachoeira (8-0), while Michel Prazeres (22-2) and Desmond Green (20-5) square off at 155 pounds. No. 15-ranked heavyweight Tim Johnson (11-4) battles Marcelo Golm (6-0). Plus, Thiago Santos (16-5) and Anthony Smith (28-12) open the main card with a middleweight bout.

The action wraps up immediately following the main event with the FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT POSTFIGHT SHOW, where Bryant, Woodley and Edwards recap the evening, while Sanko interviews fighters.

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

Feb. 2

5:00 PM FS1 UFC WEIGH-IN SHOW FS2

 

Saturday,

Feb. 3

7:00 PM FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT PREFIGHT SHOW FS2
Saturday,

Feb. 3

8:00 PM FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT PRELIMS FS2 / FOX Deportes
Saturday,

Feb. 3

10:00 PM FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT: MACHIDA VS. ANDERS FS1 / FOX Deportes
Saturday,

Feb. 3

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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FOX Sports Partners with NYRA and The Stronach Group to Present ‘FOX Sports Saturday At The Races’

Key Triple Crown prep races at Aqueduct Racetrack, Gulfstream Park and Santa Anita Park headline live broadcasts

OZONE PARK, NY – FOX Sports, the New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) and The Stronach Group today announced a partnership to present FOX Sports Saturday At The Races, a new live racing television program sponsored by Claiborne Farm. Airing on FS2, the telecasts begin on February 3 and continue over six Saturdays in February and March, culminating with a 3 ½ hour show on March 31 headlined by the Grade 1 Florida Derby.

FOX Sports Saturday At The Races will offer national coverage of marquee racing from Aqueduct Racetrack, Gulfstream Park and Santa Anita Park highlighted by coverage of several key Triple Crown prep races including the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth, the Grade 3 Gotham, the Grade 2 San Felipe and the Grade 3 Withers.

“FOX Sports Saturday At The Races is going to be essential viewing for anyone following the Triple Crown trail. These races have produced four of the last five Kentucky Derby champions, including the last two winners, and have jump-started the three-year-old campaigns of legends from Secretariat to California Chrome,” said Michael Mulvihill, FOX Sports Executive Vice President, Research, League Operations & Strategy. “We look forward to presenting the best of the road to the Triple Crown, with the best team of handicappers in the business.”

“We’re excited to partner with FOX Sports to highlight great thoroughbred racing from across the country,” said Tim Ritvo of The Stronach Group. “FOX Sports Saturday At The Races will showcase many of the top three-year-olds leading up to the Triple Crown. We’re look forward to being part of these great broadcasts.”

“FOX Sports Saturday At The Races will provide fans across the country with an unprecedented level of national coverage of the best racing on the road to the Triple Crown,” said Tony Allevato, President of NYRA Bets and Executive Producer of NYRA TV. “Thanks to FOX Sports and our partners at The Stronach Group, FS2 will shine a light on the best racing from Aqueduct, Gulfstream, and Santa Anita throughout the next two months.”

Hosted by Greg Wolf, FOX Sports Saturday At The Races will include commentary and analysis from a combination of FOX Sports, NYRA and XBTV personalities including
Paul LoDuca, Andy Serling, Maggie Wolfendale, Gabby Gaudet, Acacia Courtney, Richard Migliore and Michelle Yu.

In conjunction with the telecasts of FOX Sports Saturday At The Races, NYRA will host a Cross County Pick 4 featuring races at Aqueduct, Gulfstream and Santa Anita. The popular multi-track, multi-race wager will have a 50-cent minimum bet.

2018 schedule for FOX Sports Saturday At The Races:

February 3:

  • 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. EST
  • Featured Races:
    • Grade 2 Holy Bull, Grade 2 Forward Gal, and Grade 2 Swale at Gulfstream Park
    • Grade 3 Withers at Aqueduct Racetrack

February 10:

  • 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Featured Races:
    • Grade 1 Gulfstream Park Turf, and Grade 3 Suwanee River at Gulfstream Park

March 3:

  • 6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • Featured Race:
    • Grade 2 Fountain of Youth at Gulfstream Park

March 10:

  • 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. EST
  • Featured Races:
    • Grade 3 Gotham, Grade 3 Tom Full, and Heavenly Prize at Aqueduct Racetrack
    • Grade 2 San Felipe Stakes at Santa Anita Park
    • Silks Run at Gulfstream Park

March 24:

  • 4:00 p.m to 6:30 p.m.
  • Featured Races:
    • Grade 3 Hutchinson at Gulfstream Park
    • Maddie May at Aqueduct Racetrack

March 31:

  • 4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. EST
  • Featured Races:
    • Grade 1 Florida Derby, Grade 2 Hardacre Mile, Grade 2 Gulfstream Park Oaks,
    • Grade 2 Honey Fox, and Grade 2 Pan American at Gulfstream Park
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U.S. Men’s National Team Opens 2018 Campaign on FS1

LOS ANGELES, CA – The U.S. Men’s National Team opens its 2018 slate with a friendly against Bosnia and Herzegovina on FS1 Sunday, Jan. 28 (9:30 PM ET).

Lead play-by-play announcer John Strong calls the match live from Stubhub Center in Carson, Calif., alongside former U.S. MNT midfielder Stu Holden, with Katie Witham reporting from the sideline.

The Americans defeated Bosnia 4-3 in the first-ever meeting between the two countries in 2013.

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 available on several connected devices, including Apple TV, Android TV, FireTV, Roku, Chromecast and Xbox One.

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FOX Sports Supports Partners with Girls Inc. and Ticket to Dream Foundation

FOX Sports Pledges Support to Several Additional Initiatives Representing Wide Range of Important Issues
Network Has Aided More Than 40 Charities Through FOX Sports Supports

LOS ANGELES, CA – Today FOX Sports announces that Girls Inc. and Ticket to Dream Foundation have joined the network’s roster of non-profit organizations participating in FOX Sports Supports, the charitable branch of FOX Sports that has aided more than 40 charities to date. FOX Sports will focus its charitable resources toward these two organizations through the 2019 calendar year in campaigns that span all FOX Sports assets and premier events.

Selected by FOX Sports employees, Girls Inc. and Ticket to Dream join a growing list of organizations under the FOX Sports Supports umbrella that have helped give back to the community in a variety of areas, from youth sports and environment issues to assisting military personnel and their families.

“FOX Sports Supports is proud to partner with these two inspiring organizations that are truly committed to making a difference in their respective communities,” said Andrew Fegyveresi, FOX Sports Senior Vice President, Communications. “We are excited to support their efforts and work together to raise unprecedented awareness for their causes.”

Girls Inc. inspires girls to be strong, smart and bold through direct service and advocacy that focuses on the development of the whole girl. Long-lasting mentoring relationships, a pro-girl environment, and research-based programming equip girls to lead healthy and productive lives, break the cycle of poverty, and become role models in their communities.

“We are thrilled to have been selected as a FOX Sports Supports partner,” said Judy Vredenburgh, Girls Inc. President & CEO. “This initiative will help bring awareness to the challenges facing girls and how together, with our communities and supporters, we can create solutions and positive change so girls have the opportunities needed to thrive.”

The Ticket to Dream Foundation provides hope and opportunity to foster children across the nation, so they can just be kids. Their impactful programs work to ensure foster youth of all ages have the essentials they need to thrive, and the educational support they need to graduate, while fueling their strengthens and passions through sports and extracurricular access. Ticket to Dream is committed to strengthening the future of our nation’s foster youth.

“Ticket to Dream is thrilled to partner with FOX Sports and join their ranks of non-profit partners doing good in our communities,” said Ticket to Dream President and Executive Director, Gina Davis. “We are excited to bring awareness to our nation’s foster youth and find impactful ways we can help foster kids participate in extracurricular activities that bring joy, teach important life skills and show these children they matter. We know sports fans will rally around these children to create happy childhood memories.”

FOX Sports Supports also extends its resources to several additional initiatives activated for particular campaigns throughout the year. Among FOX Sports’ initiative organizations for 2018 are Good Sports, providing brand-new sports equipment to youth organizations in high-poverty areas, impacting more than five million children across the country, so that no child misses out on the crucial physical, social, academic and emotional benefits of sports; and The Jackie Robinson Foundation, which administers one of the nation’s premier education and leadership development programs for minority youth by providing four-year scholarships and support services to help students excel in the classroom and become leaders through college and beyond. FOX Sports’ support of our armed forces has been a long-standing priority, and this year’s annual military support is dedicated to The Mission Continues, which empowers veterans to find growth, purpose, and connectedness through community impact by bringing together veterans and innovative community organizations to create transformational change for communities in need all across the country.

FOX Sports Supports has contributed millions of dollars to previous partners through the production of public service announcements, broadcast and cable air time, special event activations, verbal and special messages during FOX Sports programming and in-kind support, including monetary and gift donations. It has become the industry leader in raising awareness for worthwhile causes associated with youth, sports, education and military. In the last nine years, FOX Sports Supports has supported more than 40 charities, from tackling youth sports and environment issues to assisting military personnel and their families. Through its various media channels and on-site support, FOX Sports Supports has successfully helped generate millions of dollars in donations to these organizations. In addition, the PSAs have received tens of millions of dollars’ worth of air time across all 21st Century Fox channels, helping to support causes such as the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Positive Coaching Alliance, Folds of Honor, Girls on the Run, National Alliance on Mental Illness and many more. For more information, visit FOXSportsSupports.com.

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Former UFC Bantamweight Champion Cruz and Anik Call Saturday’s FOX UFC FIGHT NIGHT: JACARE VS. BRUNSON 2

Welterweight Champion Woodley and Former Middleweight Champion Bisping Serve as Desk Analysts Alongside Hosts Bryant and Menefee

LOS ANGELES, CA – Today, FOX Sports announces former UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz (@DominickCruz) joins blow-by-blow announcer Jon Anik (@Jon_Anik) to call FOX UFC FIGHT NIGHT: JACARE VS. BRUNSON 2 live from Charlotte on Saturday, Jan. 27 (8:00 PM ET). Victor Davila (@mastervic10) and Mario Delgado (@mariodelgadorzm) have the call in Spanish on FOX Deportes.

UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley (@TWooodley) and former middleweight champion Michael Bisping (@Bisping) work as desk analysts alongside lead UFC host Karyn Bryant (@KarynBryant) on FS1, and Curt Menefee (@CurtMenefee) on FOX. Reporter Megan Olivi (@MeganOlivi) reports from Charlotte for Friday and Saturday’s coverage.

More than five years after their first bout, surging middleweight contender Derek Brunson (18-5) gets a chance to even the score with fellow 185-pound standout Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza (24-5, 1NC) in the five-round main event. After back-to-back knockouts of Dan Kelly and Lyoto Machida, No. 8-ranked Brunson is showing the best form of his career heading into his rematch with Jacare, who stopped him in a 2012 matchup in Strikeforce. Currently ranked No. 3 in the middleweight division, Brazil’s Jacare has earned Performance of the Night bonuses in his last two wins against Vitor Belfort and Tim Boetsch.

FOX UFC analyst Kenny Florian believes Brunson and Jacare’s styles make for a very exciting fight: “These are two finishers, through and through. Brunson, with those heavy hands. He’s fighting another southpaw in Jacare Souza, who is very heavy handed as well. But Jacare is also known for his ground game. Both these guys can end this fight in an instant either on their feet or on the ground. I can’t wait for it.” Watch Florian preview the fight from last Sunday’s FS1 UFC 220 POSTFIGHT SHOW here.

FOX Sports UFC programming starts on Wednesday, Jan. 24 with UFC TONIGHT airing at a special time, 7:00 PM ET, on FS2 with host Florian and guest host Woodley interviewing Brunson about his Saturday headliner. UFC strawweight champion Rose Namajunas joins in studio as well. On Friday, Jan. 26 (6:00 PM ET), the FS1 UFC WEIGH-IN SHOW begins with Bryant, Woodley and Bisping discussing the fighters, and Olivi reporting. The same crew gets things started on Saturday at 4:30 PM ET with the FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT PREFIGHT SHOW, previewing the evening’s fights.

The three-hour UFC FIGHT NIGHT PRELIMS on FS1 and FOX Deportes begin at 5:00 PM ET and feature six thrilling bouts. Lightweight Erik Koch (15-5) and Bobby Green (23-8-1) collide. No. 15-ranked featherweight Mirsad Bektic (11-1) takes on Godofredo Pepey (14-5), while No. 11 bantamweight Katlyn Chookagian (9-1) moves to flyweight to face No. 9 flyweight Mara Romero Borella (12-4, 1NC). No. 11-ranked strawweight Randa Markos (7-6) battles Juliana Lima (9-4). Justine Kish (6-1) and Ji Yeon Kim (6-1-2) face each other at 125 pounds. Vinc Pichel (10-1) and Joaquim Silva (10-1) open the PRELIMS with a lightweight scrap.

Saturday’s two-hour main card (FOX and FOX Deportes, 8:00 PM ET), also features No. 11-ranked featherweight Dennis Bermudez (17-7) and Andre Fili (17-5). Lightweights Jordan Rinaldi (13-5) and Gregor Gillespie (10-0) square off. Plus, Drew Dober (18-8, 1NC) and Frank Camacho (21-5) open the main card with a lightweight bout.

Saturday’s action wraps up after the main event with the UFC FIGHT NIGHT POSTFIGHT SHOW on FS2.

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 #UFCCharlotte fights Saturday.

Viewers can live stream the UFC shows on FOX Sports GO, available in English or Spanish through the FOX, 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 NET*
Wednesday, Jan. 24 7:00 PM UFC TONIGHT FS2
Friday,

Jan. 26

6:00 PM FS1 UFC WEIGH-IN SHOW FS1
Saturday,

Jan. 27

4:30 PM FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT PREFIGHT SHOW FS1
Saturday,

Jan. 27

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

Jan. 27

8:00 PM FOX UFC FIGHT NIGHT: JACARE VS. BRUNSON 2 FOX / FOX Deportes
Saturday,

Jan. 27

10:00 PM FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT POSTFIGHT SHOW FS2

*All programs also available on FOX Sports GO

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FOX & FS1 Home To Five Top-11 Teams During SUPER HOOPS WEEK

New York – FOX Sports is home to several of the nation’s top college basketball teams during SUPER HOOPS WEEK on FOX and FS1, beginning tonight with a Big Ten doubleheader on FS1. SUPER HOOPS WEEK also showcases top programs from the BIG EAST and Pac-12 conferences, including No. 1 Villanova twice, as well as one of the sport’s biggest in-state rivalries.

SUPER HOOPS WEEK tips off tonight on FS1 at 7:00 PM ET as Indiana hosts Maryland. Pregame coverage begins at 6:30 PM ET with host Rob Stone, analyst Donny Marshall and bracketologist Howie Schwab live from Los Angeles before Joe Davis and Jim Jackson call the action live from Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind. Then, at 9:00 PM ET, Illinois hosts No. 6 Michigan State with Tim Brando and Bill Raftery courtside from State Farm Center in Champaign, Ill.

BIG EAST doubleheaders highlight the schedule on back-to-back nights, beginning Tuesday, Jan. 23, as Villanova looks to defend its top spot in the polls at home against Providence at 6:30 PM ET on FS1. Pregame coverage with Marshall, Schwab and host Mike Hill begins at 6:00 PM ET before Brian Custer and Len Elmore take the call. Play continues that night at 8:30 PM ET with Creighton at St. John’s before another full evening of BIG EAST hoops on Wednesday, Jan. 24, featuring Marquette at No. 8 Xavier at 6:30 PM ET and DePaul at Georgetown at 8:30 PM ET.

The Pac-12 takes center stage on FS1 on Thursday, Jan. 25, beginning with Colorado at No. 11 Arizona. Justin Kutcher and Donny Marshall anchor pregame coverage live from the McKale Center in Tucson, Ariz., at 8:00 PM ET before Aaron Goldsmith and Casey Jacobsen have the call at 8:30 PM ET. In the nightcap, Raftery is with play-by-play announcer Gus Johnson and sideline reporter Jenny Taft for Cal at UCLA at 10:30 PM ET

Big Ten play continues the following night on Friday, Jan. 26, with another matchup of big-name programs. Brando and Jackson are courtside as sixth-ranked Michigan State welcomes Wisconsin to the Breslin Center in East Lansing, Mich., at 8:00 PM ET on FS1.

FOX college hoops doesn’t take a day off once the weekend hits, beginning Saturday, Jan. 27, with St. John’s at Butler at 2:30 PM ET on FS1 before the FOX broadcast network presents Utah at No. 11 Arizona at 5:30 PM ET. Coverage begins at 5:00 PM ET with Jacobsen and host Kevin Burkhardt in Los Angeles before Johnson calls the action with Marshall and Taft.

SUPER HOOPS WEEK wraps up Sunday, Jan. 28, with a big-time BIG EAST-Big Ten doubleheader on the FOX broadcast network. Pregame coverage from Los Angeles begins at 12:30 PM ET with Burkhardt, Jacobsen and Marshall in studio, plus features including Villanova head coach Jay Wright wired up and a look at Golden Eagles high-scoring sophomore guard Markus Howard. Elmore, along with play-by-play announcer Brian Anderson and sideline reporter Shannon Spake call the action once the game tips off at 1:00 PM ET. Later in the afternoon, Brando, Jackson and Lisa Byington are live from Bloomington’s Assembly Hall as Indiana hosts in-state rival and third-ranked Purdue at 3:30 PM ET.

This week, INSIDE THE BIG EAST premieres Sunday, Jan. 28 at 7:00 PM ET on FS1. The latest episode profiles Howard, as well as DePaul’s Max Strus, and compares this season’s Seton Hall squad to the 1989 program that advanced to the NCAA Championship Game only to suffer a heartbreaking 80-79 overtime loss to Michigan.

Click HERE for this week’s full college hoops schedule, including broadcaster information.

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Vikings-Eagles Lands Most-Watched Broadcast on FOX Since Super Bowl LI

FOX Sports GO Sees Record Average-Minute Audience, +43% Over Last Year’s NFC Championship Game

NEW YORK, NY – FOX Sports’ final NFL broadcast of the 2017-18 season, a dominant 38-7 victory by the Philadelphia Eagles over the Minnesota Vikings, registered as FOX’s highest-rated and most-watched broadcast on the network since Super Bowl LI. Last night’s game delivered a 21.7/35 household rating/share with 42.303 million viewers on the FOX broadcast network, according to Nielsen Media Research.

Combined with FOX Deportes and FOX Sports GO, Sunday evening’s NFC Championship Game produced 42,849,086 total viewers.

“With our 24th NFL season now in the rearview mirror, we finish with television’s No. 1 show, AMERICA’S GAME OF THE WEEK, and with both of our NFL pregame shows, FOX NFL KICKOFF and FOX NFL SUNDAY, No. 1 in their respective timeslots,” said FOX Sports President, Chief Operating Officer and Executive Producer Eric Shanks. “Looking ahead to our 25th season, FOX Sports continues to be a proud partner of the NFL.”

While off -9% compared to the average audience delivery of 46,283,000 viewers for last year’s Green Bay Packers at Atlanta Falcons NFC Championship Game, Sunday night’s game broadcast opened with 36.192 million viewers and peaked with 47.737 million viewers prior to halftime and before the Eagles lead became insurmountable. On FOX Deportes, last night’s game averaged 78,000 viewers, down -15% vs. last year’s contest.

As anticipated on the local front, Philadelphia and Minneapolis posted incredibly strong numbers on FOX with Philadelphia registering an astounding 50.3/69, +14% over 2009’s 44.3/69, the last time the Eagles appeared in the NFC Championship Game. Minneapolis led all markets with an impressive 54.4/76.

On digital platforms, the NFC Championship Game saw record-setting numbers with an average minute audience of 468,085 across FOX Sports GO, FOX Now, and off-platform mobile carriers, +43% over last year’s Packers and Falcons (vs. 326,327 average minute audience). The 2018 NFC Championship Game ranks as the second-best performing event ever on FOX Sports GO, trailing only Super Bowl LI.

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FOX Sports, IMSA Set Broadcast Team for 2018 Rolex 24 at Daytona

Sam Posey to Pen, Narrate Gurney Tribute; Pruett to be Honored
NASCAR Champion, Rolex Winner Gordon to Conduct Pre-Race Interview with F1 Champ Fernando Alonso

CHARLOTTE, NC – FOX Sports and IMSA roll into this weekend’s 56th running of the iconic Rolex 24 at Daytona with a formidable lineup of their own. Brian Till, as lead play-by-play, and Greg Creamer team to host the multi-platform production that begins Saturday, Jan. 27 (2:00 PM ET) on the FOX broadcast network and streaming live on FOX Sports GO.

Former racers Calvin Fish and Tommy Kendall join the booth as analysts, and Jamie Howe, Jamie Little, Justin Bell and Matt Yocum report from the pits.

In addition, Howe hosts the FOX Sports pre-race show, which is dedicated to the late racing legend Dan Gurney, who passed away earlier this month. A tribute penned and narrated by former racer and longtime FOX Sports analyst and essayist Sam Posey will close the FOX broadcast portion of Rolex 24 at Daytona coverage.

“It’s not just that Dan won the first sports car race at Daytona in 1962, or that one of his AAR Toyotas set the Daytona road course lap record that stands to this day; there is so much more to Dan Gurney than a resume of racing accomplishments,” said Frank Wilson, FOX Sports VP of Production. “That’s why we’ve asked Sam to offer a personal perspective on who Dan was, and why Dan Gurney will forever be an icon of American motorsport.”

Four-time NASCAR champ and 2017 Rolex winner Jeff Gordon joins the pre-race program and is scheduled to interview Formula One champion Fernando Alonso, who is competing in his first Rolex 24 at Daytona. Alonso, with two FIA Formula One Championship titles and 32 race wins, is acknowledged as one of the top Grand Prix drivers of all time.

Five-time Rolex 24 at Daytona winner Scott Pruett, who has served as a FOX Sports analyst, also will be honored during pre-race, as the versatile driver announced earlier this year that after five decades of racing across NASCAR, CART, IMSA, Trans-Am and Grand-Am, he will retire after this race.

Television and streaming schedule for the Rolex 24 at Daytona (All times ET; subject to change):

Saturday January 27

  • FOX: 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM (Green Flag drops at 2:40 PM)
  • FS2: 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
  • FSGO: 10:00 PM – 11:00 PM
  • FS1: 11:00 PM – 1:00 AM (Sunday)

Sunday January 28

  • FSGO: 1:00 AM – 8:00 AM
  • FS2: 8:00 AM – 10:30 AM
  • FS1: 10:30 AM – 3:00 PM
FOX NFL SUNDAY

All-Star Broadcast Team Returns for 2018 NFC Championship Game on FOX

NEW YORK, NY – Following an exhilarating NFC divisional round matchup that saw the NFC North champion Minnesota Vikings eek a narrow victory over the NFC South champion New Orleans Saints, FOX Sports’ lead NFL broadcast team travels to the city of brotherly love for the network’s exclusive presentation of the 2018 NFC Championship Game between the Vikings and the NFC East champion Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, Jan 21 at 6:30 PM ET.

“On the heels of last weekend’s thrilling divisional round, from top to bottom our broadcast crew is poised to again deliver on what we are expecting to be an exciting NFC Championship Game on FOX,” said John Entz, President of Production & Executive Producer, FOX Sports.

Play-by-play announcer and seven-time Emmy Award winner Joe Buck is joined in the booth by lead analyst, Pro Football Hall of Famer and three-time Super Bowl Champion Troy Aikman. The duo has worked together since 2005 and no other current NFL broadcast team has worked together longer.

Following her third regular season with Buck and Aikman, reporter Erin Andrews contributes from the sidelines with Chris Myers, who joins the trio as an additional game reporter for the postseason. Former NFL Officiating executives and FOX Sports’ rules experts Mike Pereira and Dean Blandino offer insight and analysis, with Pereira on-site in the broadcast booth.

FOX NFL SUNDAY, America’s No. 1 NFL pregame show, co-hosted by Terry Bradshaw and Curt Menefee, with analysts Howie Long, Jimmy Johnson, Michael Strahan and insider Jay Glazer, originates live on-site at the NFC Championship Game beginning at 6:00 PM ET. Game coverage begins at 6:30 PM ET from Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pa.