Month: February 2018


18.1 Million Viewers Watch Daytona 500 on FOX

Nielsen Out-of-Home Data Gives 18-34 Demo Viewership Lift
2018 Daytona 500 Delivers Best Streaming Performance Ever For NASCAR Event on FOX Sports GO

CHARLOTTE, NC – With today’s inclusion of Nielsen Media Research out-of-home viewing data, Sunday’s Daytona 500 on FOX averaged 9,781,000 across all platforms, peaking at more than 11.5 million viewers. According to Nielsen, more than 18.1 million viewers watched all or part of the Great American Race.

The Daytona 500, with Austin Dillon scoring a dramatic victory in the iconic No. 3 and newcomer Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr. crossing the line second in Richard Petty’s celebrated No. 43, was the highest rated and most-viewed FOX telecast of any kind since the NFC Championship Game in January, and remains the most-watched motor sports event on television.

Out-of-home data inclusion provided a 7.4% lift in the coveted 18-34 demo, the highest percentage increase of any demo.

Race coverage garnered an average-minute audience of 51,004 for the livestream telecast on FOX Sports GO and FOX Now, up 28% over last year’s 39,832, making it the best-performing NASCAR event in FOX Sports GO history.

With more than 700,000 total interactions across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the week of Feb. 13-19, FOX Sports enjoyed 44% year-to year social media growth from 2017’s 499,000.

Finishing with a Nielsen Rating of 5.3/12, top television markets for the race included Greensboro (15.1/27), Greenville (14.3/24), Indianapolis (12.2/22), Charlotte (10.7/21) and Knoxville (10.2/18).

NASCAR racing returns this weekend from Atlanta Motor Speedway, with a NASCAR Xfinity Series/NASCAR Camping World Truck Series doubleheader Saturday, Feb. 24 (2:00 PM ET/4:30 PM ET on FS1) and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race Sunday, Feb. 25 (2:00 PM ET on FOX).

18.1 Million Viewers Watch Daytona 500 on FOX (295 kB, last updated February 2018)

FOX NASCAR Reporter Cavanna Redefines the Mixing of Business with Pleasure this Weekend at Atlanta

Dual-State Couple Rendezvous in Atlanta during Cavanna’s NASCAR Duties for FOX Sports this Weekend

CHARLOTTE, NC – FOX NASCAR reporter Alan Cavanna and his CNN national correspondent wife, Dianne Gallagher, have been married for nearly one year. Unlike most newlyweds, though, their nights at home often require a suitcase – for one.

To further both their careers, Cavanna and Gallagher currently reside in different cities until work permits them a shared zip code. For now, Cavanna, a reporter for FS1’s NASCAR RACE HUB, NASCAR RACEDAY and the NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES, calls Charlotte, N.C., home. Gallagher, whom he met while working in local TV in Charlotte, is based in Atlanta, site of their next “date night,” compliments of Cavanna’s FOX NASCAR duties at Atlanta Motor Speedway this weekend.

“We see each other as often as we can, but this is the first time work has brought us together since we got married,” Cavanna said. “We’ve looked forward to the Atlanta race because it will allow us to feel ‘normal’ for a few days — both of us staying in the same place and going off to work in the morning.”

The Atlanta race weekend serves as a bit of a trial run for the geographic logistics of their latest living situation. The reporter duo had the Washington-to-Charlotte commute and its challenges down pat, logging mile after mile whenever possible, even if for only two hours of face time. Now, it’s time to negotiate the Charlotte to Atlanta trek, including the dreaded I-85 route.

“We are just coming off of spending the entire off-season together and trying to figure out how our commute will look with the new racing season,” Cavanna explained. “Now that she is in Atlanta, will we see each other much more than we did when she was in D.C. That means a lot of trips up and down I-85.

“It’s not always easy, but we do what we have to to be together, even it’s just a few hours,” he continued. “One time she was flying through Charlotte on her way to a story. We were only able to see each other on the opposite side of the security rope, but it was worth it.”

Prior to being transferred to Atlanta last October, Gallagher had been based in Washington, D.C., with CNN for two-and-a-half years. Cavanna says the distance comes with the territory, and there were no issues with her relocating either time.

“Although it’s not ideal, it was just natural for her to move both times,” said Cavanna, a Syracuse University grad who has grown to love watching his wife’s alma mater, Tennessee, play football. “We know how that goes in TV, so it never was a surprise because we discussed our career aspirations long ago – me in NASCAR with FOX Sports and her on a network news stage. There never was a question about whether or not she’d take either job. We support each other.”

For Atlanta, that support comes in the form of Cavanna taking her to the race track for the weekend.

“Dianne has been around racing and the folks in the sport because she worked in local TV in Charlotte, but she has never been nearly as immersed as I am on a daily basis,” he said. “She definitely will go to the Cup Series race on Sunday, and if I can coax her into it, I just might get to make the entire weekend a working date night.”

Cavanna and Gallagher met while on work assignment, so it is only fitting their together time sometimes involves business.

“We met when we were both news reporters — she was based in Rock Hill, S.C., and I in Charlotte, and my assignment that day took me there,” Cavanna recalled. “We literally met in a courtroom. I asked to borrow her laptop, hopped onto her Facebook account and ‘friended’ myself from her computer. In retrospect, it sounds a little creepy. But it worked.”

They quickly became friends on and off the social media platform, but that one simple word, ‘work,’ perpetually has played a large role in their relationship ever since.

“Work doesn’t often take us to the same town, but we knew going into this relationship that could be a possibility,” Cavanna said. “Obviously, it’s not an ideal arrangement, but we are making it work. That’s important for both of us at this stage in our lives. We’re happy. After all, as The Killers’ song goes, ‘I won’t shine if you don’t shine.’”


FOX NASCAR at Atlanta Motor Speedway Quotes & Programming Schedule

Dillon, Childress & Crew in NASCAR Race Hub Studio Tonight with Young Fan Who Gave Dillon the Lucky Penny Before the Daytona 500

Charlotte, NC – NASCAR heads to Atlanta Motor Speedway this weekend for the second race of the season and a unique doubleheader on Saturday, with FOX Sports set to offer 23.5 hours of live action from the 1.5-mile oval. Below are programming information and quotes from FOX NASCAR analysts Larry McReynolds, Darrell Waltrip and Regan Smith, plus NASCAR RACE HUB driver analyst Kevin Harvick, on the week’s storylines and the weekend ahead.

NASCAR RACE HUB PROGRAMMING NOTE: On tonight’s NASCAR RACE HUB (6:00 PM ET on FS1), Daytona 500 champions Austin Dillon, Richard Childress, crew chief Justin Alexander, RCR VP of Competition Andy Petree and Dillon’s spotter, Andy Houston, are in the studio. Also joining the RCR team is Jordan Wade, the young fan who gave Dillon the “lucky penny” that Dillon glued to his No. 3 Chevrolet’s dashboard prior to the start of the DAYTONA 500. In addition, NASCAR RACE HUB goes behind-the-scenes of RCR’s victory lunch at the Welcome, N.C. race shop on Wednesday, capturing the moment Wade surprised Dillon at the event.


  • Date/Time: Sunday, Feb. 25 (2:00 PM ET)
  • Network: FOX
  • Announcers: Mike Joy, Hall of Famer and three-time champion Darrell Waltrip, four-time champ Jeff Gordon and Larry McReynolds
  • Pit reporters: Jamie Little, Vince Welch and Matt Yocum
  • Pre-race: MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP PRE-RACE (1:30 PM ET on FOX); hosted by Chris Myers with Michael Waltrip, Gordon and Darrell Waltrip
  • NASCAR RACEDAY (12:30 PM ET on FS1): a Shannon Spake sit-down with Bill and Chase Elliott; an Austin Dillon feature reflecting on his Daytona 500 victory; a live interview with Richard Childress; a “Where’s Wallace” segment with Kenny Wallace; and live interviews with Jimmie Johnson and Bubba Wallace
  • Hosts: Chris Myers and Michael Waltrip


  • Date/Time: Saturday, Feb. 24 (2:00 PM ET)
  • Network: FS1
  • Announcers: Adam Alexander, Michael Waltrip and driver analyst Chase Elliott
  • Pit reporters: Jamie Little and Regan Smith
  • Pre-race: NASCAR RACEDAY-XFINITY (1:30 PM ET on FS1); hosted by Shannon Spake and Larry McReynolds
  • Hosts: Spake and McReynolds


  • Date/Time: Saturday, Feb. 24 (4:30 PM ET)
  • Network: FS1
  • Announcers: Vince Welch, Phil Parsons and Michael Waltrip
  • Pit reporters: Hermie Sadler and Alan Cavanna
  • Post-race: 6:30-7:00 PM (FS1)


How far can the momentum of Bubba Wallace’s second-place finish in the Daytona 500 carry him?
“Right now they need sponsorship to make the season, and when you look at what they did in the Daytona 500, they are well on their way to doing that but they have to allow the driver to focus on what he needs to focus on now and not wear him out.”
–Kevin Harvick on FS1’s NASCAR RACE HUB

What will you be watching for this weekend at Atlanta?
“I think we could see an excessive number of speeding penalties with teams putting pressure on the driver to get in and get out of the pits and help them out with track position.”
–Darrell Waltrip

“If there’s any race that a driver finds out right out of the box if he’s in shape or not, it’s Atlanta. You’re up on the wheel, sawing on it all day long, and it’s exhausting. There will be some tired drivers on Sunday.”
–Regan Smith

Once a driver wins a race and qualifies for the playoffs, how does he manage the remainder of the season?
“When we won our Daytona 500 (in 2007), we didn’t win another points-paying race for the whole year. Winning the Daytona 500 can make your whole year. It almost doesn’t matter what you do the rest of the year. You obviously want to go out and win and continue the momentum you have, but even if you don’t, you still are the Daytona 500 champion for that year.”
–Kevin Harvick on FS1’s NASCAR RACE HUB

“I’ve seen both ends of the spectrum. In 1992, when we won with Davey (Allison) and the No. 28 car, it was like we could do no wrong. We were winning and getting top-fives every single week. We won it in 1998 with Dale Earnhardt in the No. 3 car, we looked like we didn’t even know how to load the car in the hauler the next week.”
–Larry McReynolds

What do you think of Andy Petree’s contributions as the new VP of Competition at RCR?
“One man does not carry a magic wand, but I really believe Andy is going to make a difference at Richard Childress Racing. Even before the Daytona 500 win, I think we started seeing it at the end of last season when he was doing some consulting work for RCR.”
–Larry McReynolds

(All times live/Eastern unless otherwise indicated & subject to change)

Friday, Feb. 23
NASCAR XFINITY SERIES practice (1:00-2:00 PM) (FS1)
NASCAR XFINITY SERIES final practice (3:00-4:00 PM) (FS1)
NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES final practice (4:00-5:00 PM) (FS1)
MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES qualifying (5:00-6:30 PM) (FS1)

Saturday, Feb. 24
NASCAR XFINITY SERIES qualifying (9:00-10:30 AM) (FS1)
NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES qualifying (10:30 AM-12:00 PM) (FS1)
MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES final practice (12:00-1:30 PM) (FS1)
NASCAR XFINITY SERIES Racing (2:00-4:30 PM) (FS1)

Sunday, Feb. 25
NASCAR RACEDAY (12:30-1:30 PM) (FS1)


UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Cormier and Anik Call Saturday’s FOX UFC FIGHT NIGHT: EMMETT VS. STEPHENS

Former Champions Cruz and Bisping Serve as Desk Analysts Alongside FOX Host Menefee and FS1 Host Bryant

LOS ANGELES, CA – Today, FOX Sports announces UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier joins blow-by-blow announcer Jon Anik to call FOX UFC FIGHT NIGHT: EMMETT VS. STEPHENS live from Orlando on Saturday, Feb. 24 (8:00 PM ET) on FOX and FOX Sports GO. Victor Davila and Brandon Moreno have the call in Spanish on FOX Deportes.

Former UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz and former middleweight champion Michael Bisping work as desk analysts alongside FOX host Curt Menefee, and lead UFC host Karyn Bryant on FS1 and FS2. Reporter Megan Olivi reports from Orlando for Friday and Saturday’s coverage.

Fresh off big knockout wins, featherweight contenders No. 4 Josh Emmett (13-1) and No. 7 Jeremy Stephens (26-14) travel from California to Orlando to battle it out in a hard-hitting main event. A member of the UFC roster for more than a decade, Stephens is showing his best form yet, as he’s defeated Gilbert Melendez and Dooho Choi in his last two bouts. But Emmett is another fighter surging at the right time, with his December 2017 finish of Ricardo Lamas landing him on several Knockout of the Year lists.

“I’d say there is 100 percent chance of a knockout in this fight. Both swing for the fences. Both are knockout artists,” says FOX Sports UFC analyst Chris Weidman. “They’re not going to stop swinging until someone goes out.” Watch the FOX UFC FIGHT NIGHT preview from Sunday’s FS1 UFC POSTFIGHT SHOW here.

FOX Sports UFC programming starts on Wednesday, Feb. 21 with UFC TONIGHT airing at a special time, 7:00 PM ET, on FS2 and FOX Sports GO with host Kenny Florian and guest host Bisping interviewing Stephens about his Saturday headliner. On Friday, Feb. 23 (6:00 PM ET), the UFC FIGHT NIGHT WEIGH-IN SHOW begins with Bryant, Cruz and Bisping discussing the fighters, and Olivi reporting on FS2 and FOX Sports Go. The same crew gets things started on Saturday at 5:00 PM ET with the UFC FIGHT NIGHT PREFIGHT SHOW on FS2, previewing the evening’s fights.

The two-hour UFC FIGHT NIGHT PRELIMS on FOX, FOX Deportes and FOX Sports GO begin at 6:00 PM ET with four thrilling bouts. Bantamweight Renan Barao (36-5, 1NC) and Brian Kelleher (18-8) collide. No. 7-ranked bantamweight Sara McMann (11-4) takes on No. 8 Marion Reneau (8-3-1), while No. 14 strawweight Maryna Moroz (8-2) faces Angela Hill (7-4). Plus, Ben Saunders (21-8-2) and Alan Jouban (15-6) open the PRELIMS with a welterweight scrap.

Saturday’s two-hour main card (FOX, FOX Deportes and FOX Sports GO, 8:00 PM ET), also features No. 2-ranked strawweight Jessica Andrade (17-6) and No. 5 Tecia Torres (10-1). No. 5-ranked light heavyweight Ovince Saint Preux (22-10) and No. 8 Ilir Latifi (14-5, 1NC) square off. Plus, Mike Perry (11-2) and Max Griffin (13-4) open the main card with a welterweight bout.

Saturday’s action wraps up with the UFC FIGHT NIGHT POSTFIGHT SHOW on FS1.

Leading up to their fights, UFC fighters Jeremy Stephens and Mike Perry offer unique, behind-the-scenes clips on FOX Sports PROcast and the FOX UFC social pages. All programs are on FOX Sports on SiriusXM channel 83 on satellite radios and on the SiriusXM app.


Wednesday, Feb. 21 7:00 PM UFC TONIGHT FS2

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*All programs also available on FOX Sports GO


FOX NASCAR Quotes: Harvick, Petty, Blickensderfer & McReynolds on NASCAR Race Hub

FOX NASCAR Analysts McReynolds and Harvick, Richard Petty & Blickensderfer Joined NASCAR RACE HUB Early This Week

Blickensderfer: ‘Now that Daytona is over, we have to let Bubba be Bubba’

Harvick: Bubba Wallace ‘the biggest story that has come out of Speedweeks’

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Just hours following the DAYTONA 500, FOX NASCAR analyst Larry McReynolds and driver analyst Kevin Harvick joined FS1’s NASCAR RACE HUB co-hosts Adam Alexander and Shannon Spake on Monday to break down the race, won by Austin Dillon in the No. 3 Chevrolet, and its significance. Then on Tuesday, Richard Petty and Drew Blickensderfer, regular Hub analyst and Bubba Wallace’s crew chief, joined the gang to share their thoughts on their driver’s monumental second-place finish. Below are quotes from the episodes:

How do you continue to capitalize on what is Bubba Wallace but also let him have his space?
“It’s tough. Now that Daytona is over, we have to let Bubba be Bubba, and that means Monday through Thursday, he needs to be focused on the next race track. He did his job leading up. He had cameras in his face the entire time. He didn’t really ask for it. It came along with it and he handled it perfectly. Atlanta, Vegas, Phoenix – those aren’t Daytona. So, he has to be focused on the next race track. We gave him the last few days off. He has been home, kind of hanging out. Tomorrow (Wednesday) he’ll come to the shop and we’ll work on Atlanta and we’ll get rolling on our season.”
–Drew Blickensderfer

How has having Bubba Wallace as a part of Richard Petty Motorsports given you a new excitement or outlook on the sport?
“It really has. Starting a new chapter here, moving to a different shop … getting involved with Chevrolet and bringing a new driver on with Bubba. We had some experience with him last year and he kept getting better and better. What I like about him is that he works with the crew so good. He doesn’t tell them how to set the car up. He just says ‘it’s doing this. It’s doing that’ and leaves it up to them. From that standpoint, we got off to a good start. We go to Atlanta and it all starts over. Anytime you go to Daytona, it’s just kind of a gamble deal. You just go run, you never know how good your car is because of circumstances beyond your control. We get to Atlanta and we’re going to find out what’s going on.”
–Richard Petty

You were Dale Earnhardt Sr.’s crew chief when he finally won the 1998 Daytona 500. What were your thoughts when Austin Dillon won the race on Sunday?
“I’ve reminisced about that weekend a lot the past week because so much has been said and done since this year was the 20th anniversary of Earnhardt’s victory there. Whoever would have believed the No. 3 car and Austin Dillon would find Victory Lane on the anniversary.”
–Larry McReynolds

If anyone knows what it’s like to win in the shadow of Dale Earnhardt, it’s you. What was winning the Daytona 500 like for Austin Dillon?
“I can tell you that the first thing he probably wants to do is to realize how important the win was for RCR. With the timing and everything they’ve had happen over the years, it’s very important for RCR that Austin Dillon got to Victory Lane. It’s hard to get out from underneath that shadow. You’ve heard him talk about the 3 car … but they have a different tie to it (No. 3) than what I had to it, with their family and everything they’ve done with the 3.”
–Kevin Harvick

How has Bubba Wallace handled the intense pressure of the past few weeks?
“He has handled it very well. It concerns me a little going forward that they don’t just keep putting that weight on him, because in my opinion, this is the biggest story that has come out of Speedweeks – and the performance that he put up in the qualifying races and in the Daytona 500. Austin Dillon and Richard Childress winning in the No. 3 is a huge story for our sport from a traditional side, but when you look at what Bubba Wallace brings to the sport and the exposure that goes with it, that is the biggest story that came out of Speedweeks.”
–Kevin Harvick

What was most impressive about the No. 43 team as a group?
“Go back to late summer or early fall and they didn’t know what 2018 would hold for them. They have a new driver and made the change from Ford to Chevrolet. They have a new alliance with Richard Childress, and they moved their race shop from Mooresville to Welcome, N.C. And I’ve done this before and it’s no easy task. That’s above and beyond just getting ready for the season and all these races in a row. I was very impressed because they were fast all Speedweeks.”
–Larry McReynolds

In light of the heartbreak Mark Martin experienced when you beat him out for the 2007 Daytona 500 win in a last-lap pass, what are your thoughts on the last lap of Sunday’s Daytona 500 with Austin Dillon and Aric Almirola?
“I don’t think you can blame anyone here because you’re coming to the checkered flag of the Daytona 500. You look at the move that Aric made to block and you look at Austin not lifting and turning Aric. I don’t see where there’s any blame. I don’t know that you can emphasize how important this race is to a driver or team. As you come down to the end, you can argue all day about whether it was good or bad, but you’re just racing to the checkered flag.”
–Kevin Harvick

What are your thoughts on the last lap of the Daytona 500 between Austin Dillon and Aric Almirola?
“Even if I questioned it, and I don’t, I listen to the man who was the victim (Almirola). He gets it. He knows it’s the Daytona 500. We have three restrictor-plate races left this year, and I can almost promise you I will be sitting in the NASCAR Race Hub studio the Monday after talking about blocking.”
–Larry McReynolds


FOX Sports 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ Presentation Features Unprecedented 38 Matches Live on Network Television

More Matches on Network Television Than Last Four FIFA World Cups Combined

LOS ANGELES, CA – Today, FOX Sports announces an impressive schedule for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™, the summer’s most anticipated global event, featuring all 64 matches live, including an unprecedented 38 matches on broadcast television and 26 on FS1. From June 14 through July 15, all matches can also be live-streamed via FOX Sports GO and the new FOX Sports app. Today’s announcement was made by David Neal, FOX Sports Executive Producer, FIFA World Cup, and Vice President of Production.

For the first time ever in English-language television history, 38 matches will air live on broadcast television, more than the last four World Cups™ combined. Group stage action begins on the FOX broadcast network with host country Russia battling Saudi Arabia on Thursday, June 14 at 11:00 AM ET. The FIFA World Cup™ Champion will be crowned on FOX with the final scheduled for Sunday, July 15 at 11:00 AM ET.

“The 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ is not only the summer’s biggest sporting event, but FOX Sports’ largest production in our 24-year history,” said Neal. “Our programming team has done a terrific job curating a schedule fit for an event of this magnitude, showcasing thrilling matchups on both FOX and FS1, including more matches than ever before on broadcast television.”

Additional highlights scheduled for the FOX broadcast network include global soccer icons, Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal vs. Spain on Friday, June 15 at 2:00 PM ET) and Lionel Messi (Argentina vs. Iceland on Saturday, June 16 at 9:00 AM ET), both looking for their first World Cup titles, and reigning FIFA World Cup™ champion Germany (Germany vs. Sweden on Saturday, June 23 at 2:00 PM ET) competing for its fifth FIFA World Cup™ title.

FS1’s presentation includes 26 matches, highlighted by an action-packed opening weekend that features Germany, Brazil, France and Mexico. One of the most anticipated doubleheaders of group stage action is on tap Sunday, June 17 at 11:00 AM ET as No. 1-ranked Germany squares off against No. 17-ranked Mexico, a team seeking to end a streak of six consecutive defeats in the round of 16. Immediately following, Neymar and Brazil open their World Cup™ campaign, in search of a sixth title, against Switzerland (2:00 PM ET). On Saturday, June 16, Didier Deschamps’ France battles Australia at 6:00 AM ET, and Peru returns to the world’s biggest stage after 36 years against Denmark at 12:00 PM ET.

In addition to match coverage, FOX Sports will offer extensive coverage studio programming for the month-long tournament originating from Russia’s iconic Red Square, including pregame, postgame and late night shows.

Full schedule can be found here.

All FOX soccer matches can be live streamed via FOX Sports GO, at, through the FOX Sports and FOX Sports GO apps on iOS and Android, and on connected devices including Apple TV, Android TV, FireTV, Roku, Chromecast and Xbox One.


Dwyane Wade Hosts “Shot in the Dark” Documentary Screening and Panel Discussion in West Hollywood

Attendees Included Gabrielle Union, Aisha Tyler and Michael Rapaport

On Thursday, Feb. 15, FOX Sports Films presented an exclusive screening of the MAGNIFY film series’ second documentary “Shot in the Dark” at Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood, CA.

The film, which premieres Sunday, Feb. 24 at 4:30 PM ET on FOX, follows the journey of Chicago’s Orr Academy High School basketball team stars Tyquone Greer and Marquise Pryor alongside inspirational coach, Lou Adams. The film is executive produced by Chance the Rapper and Dwyane Wade.

Immediately following the screening, Wade, Greer, Pryor and Director Dustin Nakao-Haider participated in a panel discussion, moderated by FOX Sports’ Chris Broussard.


FOX Sports House Brings the Beautiful Game to South by Southwest®

With 100-Day Countdown to World Cup™ Underway, Interactive Venue Will Showcase Key Partnership News, Expert Panels and a Celebration of Documentary Filmmaking

LOS ANGELES, CA – The road to Russia will go through Austin, Texas as the FOX Sports House opens March 9-12 at the 2018 South by Southwest® (SXSW®) Conference and Festivals. With its sights on the World Cup™, FOX Sports kicks off a celebration of soccer at one of the world’s biggest interactive showcases for sports, innovation and the arts.

“FOX Sports and South by Southwest connect to people at the intersection of sport, culture and innovation,” says Robert Gottlieb, Executive Vice President of Marketing, FOX Sports. “At just under 100 days from broadcasting the world’s biggest sporting event, the FOX Sports House experience will be a key touchpoint in our journey. There’s no better time to partner with the festival in a big way for the first time.”

The FOX Sports House will feature expert panels connected to social media, technology and viewership in sports and serve as a hub for some of FOX Sports’ innovative brand partnership announcements ahead of the World Cup™. The venue is located in downtown Austin within walking distance of the Austin Convention Center at 318 Colorado Street. The SXSW Sports Festival Kickoff Party will be held at the FOX Sports House on the evening of Friday, March 9.

As a part of the house programming, Rachel Bonnetta will host a daily streaming FOX Sports show — a precursor to her Twitter show that’s set to air in Moscow during the World Cup™ this summer.

The FOX Sports house will also celebrate great documentary filmmaking. “Nossa Chape,” a film from Jeff and Michael Zimbalist (The Two Escobars, Pelé: The Birth of a Legend) about the Brazilian soccer club Chapecoense’s tragic 2016 plane crash in Colombia. The film is part of the official features lineup at the 2018 SXSW Film Festival and is the third documentary in FOX Sports Films’ new series, MAGNIFY, which leverages sports as a lens for examining important cultural stories.

The venue will also serve as a launching point for PHENOMS, a groundbreaking documentary series, chronicling the journey of the next generation of hopeful World Cup™ stars on their quests to represent their countries this summer.

FOX Sports will share more on the events soon, including registration details and the influential topics and names connected to the moments at the house.

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 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 SXSW
SXSW dedicates itself to helping creative people achieve their goals. Founded in 1987 in Austin, TX, SXSW is best known for its conference and festivals that celebrate the convergence of the interactive, film and music industries. The event, an essential destination for global professionals, features conference programming, showcases, screenings, exhibitions, and a variety of networking opportunities. SXSW proves that the most unexpected discoveries happen when diverse topics and people come together. SXSW 2018 will take place March 9- 18, 2018.

Brad Keselowski (right) interviews MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES race winner Ryan Blaney (left) during FOX Sports’ “Drivers Only” broadcast of the Cup Series race

FOX NASCAR Brings Back Star-Studded Cast for “Drivers Only” Race Broadcast, Set Against the Backdrop of Talladega’s High Banks

April 28 NASCAR XFINITY SERIES Race on FOX the Sequel to Successful Test Run at Pocono Last Year
FOX Sports Sets Complete NASCAR XFINITY SERIES Driver Analyst Lineup for 2018 Season

“As long as no one sets fire to the FOX Sports booth or pulls the plug that knocks us off the air, the drivers have free rein …”

Those were the words of John Entz, FOX Sports President & Executive Producer of Production, last May when FOX Sports announced it would undertake an unprecedented challenge — broadcasting a NASCAR XFINITY SERIES (NXS) race called entirely by active drivers. Fortunately, there was no fire or loss of transmission signal, so FOX Sports has issued a “callback” to the cast of characters that debuted last June on FOX in the NASCAR XFINITY SERIES race broadcast from Pocono Raceway.

Back for the sequel, live on FOX on Saturday, April 28 from Talladega Superspeedway (3:00 PM ET), are Kevin Harvick, Clint Bowyer, Joey Logano, Ryan Blaney, Erik Jones, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and newcomers Brad Keselowski and Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr.

“The fan response last year to us blending this unlikely cast of characters and their unique personalities, coupled with the drivers’ feedback, made reuniting this group a no-brainer,” said Pam Miller, FOX Sports’ NASCAR XFINITY SERIES producer. “We started talking about the next ‘Drivers Only’ broadcast as soon as the checkered flag waved in Pocono, and we’re thrilled the majority of our motley crew is back.”

Harvick again has the call alongside analysts Bowyer and Logano. Blaney, Jones welcome rookie Wallace to pit road, while Keselowski hosts FOX Sports’ coverage from the Hollywood Hotel for the first time alongside Stenhouse Jr., who worked pit road last year.

“When FOX approached me last year about the Drivers Only broadcast for Pocono, I figured it either was going to be really awesome or really bad, but there was no way I was going to miss being part of it,” said Logano, driver of the No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford. “I think we were all pleasantly surprised with how well it went, but that’s thanks to everyone at FOX doing a lot of work to make it as seamless as possible.”

“I had a ton of fun last year,” said Blaney, driver of the No. 12 Menards Ford. “It was good to step out of my comfort zone and see how the broadcast team does it on the road each week. I think doing it at Talladega will be make it even more exciting.”

FOX Sports cherry-picked Pocono for the “pilot” episode by design, but the network now is ready to throw the driver/broadcasters into the deep end at the circuit’s fastest speedway.

“One of the reasons we chose Pocono for our first Drivers Only broadcast is that it tends to lend itself to a little more reaction time for the broadcasters than a track like Talladega does,” Miller said. “But to be honest, they all handled the entire afternoon so professionally and calmly, providing their own unique insights, that we knew then they are ready for a place like Talladega.”

“I think we’ve all got confidence going into this year’s broadcast but we all know the type of racing that restrictor plates create,” Logano added. “We’ll all be on the edge of our seats with everyone at home, trying to keep up with the three and four-wide racing. It’s one of the most exciting races of the year for me as a driver, and I can’t wait to call the action from the booth with Kevin and Clint. Plus, it’s awesome to have Brad joining the group in the Hollywood Hotel.”

In addition, FOX Sports once again is opening its NASCAR XFINITY SERIES analyst chair to active MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES drivers in 2018, a practice begun in 2015. Keselowski joins FOX broadcasters Adam Alexander and Michael Waltrip to call Saturday’s Xfinity season opener (live on FS1 at 2:30 PM ET) at Daytona International Speedway, while Blaney and Jones add their names to the roster for the first time this year. Furthermore, Harvick serves as a FOX Sports analyst for the NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES races at Kentucky, Eldora and Talladega, while he and several of his fellow drivers serve as analysts on FS1’s NASCAR RACE HUB.

FOX NASCAR driver analyst schedule for the 2018 NASCAR XFINITY SERIES:

Date Location Driver Analyst* Network Race Start**
2/17 Daytona International Speedway Keselowski FS1 2:30 PM
2/24 Atlanta Motor Speedway Elliott FS1 2:00 PM
3/3 Las Vegas Motor Speedway Keselowski FS1 4:00 PM
3/10 Phoenix International Raceway Blaney FOX 4:00 PM
3/17 Auto Club Speedway Keselowski FS1 5:00 PM
4/7 Texas Motor Speedway Bowyer FOX 3:00 PM
4/14 Bristol Motor Speedway Logano FS1 1:00 PM
4/20 Richmond International Raceway Harvick FS1 7:00 PM
4/28 Talladega Superspeedway- Drivers Only Harvick, Bowyer, Logano, Blaney, Jones, Keselowski Stenhouse Jr. and Wallace FOX 3:00 PM
5/5 Dover International Speedway A.    Dillon FS1 1:30 PM
5/26 Charlotte Motor Speedway Jones FS1 1:00 PM
6/2 Pocono Raceway McMurray FS1 1:00 PM
6/9 Michigan International Speedway Logano FOX 1:30 PM
6/17 Iowa Speedway Regan Smith FS1 5:00 PM

*Subject to change
**All times ES

In appreciation of the drivers’ participation in the Drivers Only broadcast at Talladega, FOX Sports will make a donation to each driver’s individual foundation or charity of choice.

Visor Cam

Tethered Drone, Record Number of In-Car Cameras Highlight FOX Sports’ 15th DAYTONA 500 Broadcast

Tech Elements Include Next-Gen Streaming Car Channel, Visor Cams on Daytona Champ Kurt Busch & Daniel Suarez, Virtual Graphics

CHARLOTTE, NC – FOX Sports, marking its 15th Daytona 500, is raising its game yet again, adding aerial drone coverage and a record number of in-car cameras to its already standard-setting production lineup for the 60th running of the Great American Race on Sunday, Feb. 18 (2:30 PM ET) on the FOX broadcast network.

In an industry first, and working closely with NASCAR and ISC, FOX Sports is utilizing a drone to provide live coverage from behind the backstretch at iconic Daytona International Speedway. Tethered to allow it to fly for longer periods of time, it will be able to hover and move around outside of the racing area to cover the action from an entirely new angle for viewers.

“Each year, Daytona Speedweeks allows us to develop, test and deploy more and more technical enhancements than we are able to do at most other events,” said Michael Davies, FOX Sports SVP Field & Technical Operations. “The sheer amount of multi-day, multi-platform programming FOX Sports has over multiple races, qualifying sessions and practice sessions allows us the reps to do so.

Added Davies: “This year is no different, as we are using the popular Visor Cam for the first time in a Daytona 500, our first fiber NASCAR IP transmission, different stabilized camera mounts to access different areas of the pits and our digital mosaic offering.”

In addition, FOX Sports has a record number of in-car camera systems, giving fans a driver’s-eye view of the action. FOX Sports, NASCAR and their partners are deploying 14 in-car cameras (including the Daytona 500 pace car) for the race, more than in any NASCAR race in the last 15 years.

Included in the mix is the popular Visor Cam, a small camera attached to the helmet of a selected driver. Developed by Maryland’s BSI, the Visor Cam was first used by FOX Sports at Sonoma with Danica Patrick, also becoming an integral part of the Eldora NASCAR Camping World Truck Series broadcast in 2017. Defending Daytona 500 champion Kurt Busch of Stewart-Haas Racing, and Joe Gibbs Racing’s Daniel Suarez will don Visor Cams for Sunday’s race.

Stay tuned to FOX Sports GO for a unique and immersive compilation stream consisting of multiple in-car cameras, with live telemetry to dive deeper into the race. The FOX Sports streaming app also will display the linear broadcast alongside these exciting added elements.

“With such amazing resources and technology around our NASCAR coverage, we are excited to provide the fans with some great additional content,” said Zac Fields, FOX Sports SVP Graphic Tech/Integration. “We look forward to growing this throughout the season.”

The FOX Sports Daytona 500 production elements also include:

FOX Sports has enhanced its 3D-cutaway car, putting these graphics in the hands of the broadcast team. In addition to a touchscreen in the Hollywood Hotel, FOX NASCAR analyst Larry McReynolds will once again have his own dedicated touchscreen inside the booth, allowing for immediate access to enhance any technical story, giving the viewer clear illustrative explanations around the latest changes to the Cup cars.

Camera-tracking technologies from Croation Company, Stype, provide FOX Sports the ability to place 3D-graphics in the real environment by combining with VIZRT for the graphic rendering. For example, specialty graphics, including virtual leaderboards, sponsor enhancements and race summaries, are placed on Turn 3 as giant virtual billboards.

FOX’s Gopher Cam, provided by Inertia Unlimited is a tiny high-definition point-of-view camera buried underneath the asphalt track surface. This is the 10th year the camera has been used, and it is ever-improving. Advances in lens quality and materials enable FOX to provide a much wider and clearer field of view. For Daytona, there are three cameras placed in harm’s way, including one in Turn 4 and another on the backstretch, positioned so cars run the cameras over at more than 200 mph.

Viewers can go for a pre-race walk with two-time Daytona 500 winner and FOX NASCAR analyst Michael Waltrip down pit road – seeing what Michael sees with the RF hat camera.

As always, FOX Sports gives viewers a chance to truly test the ability of their home stereo system with its hugely popular “CRANK IT UP” segment, in which the FOX Sports Emmy-winning audio team allows viewers to listen to the action on the track in dynamic 5.1 surround sound as if they were there.

FOX Sports employs seven main mobile production units in the multi-network television compound at Daytona International Speedway. In addition, the network’s coverage from Speedweeks requires two satellite uplinks and a set of mobile generators that provide nearly two megawatts of power independent of the local power source. This command center directs the following arsenal of production equipment:

  • Live tethered drone
  • 300 FOX Sports personnel
  • 12 production trucks including facilities for
  • Live Television Production and Transmission
    • Digital Production
    • Editing Facility
    • RF Cameras and Audio from BSI
    • Telemetry and graphics from SMT
    • Power Generation
    • Studio Production
  • 20 manned cameras
  • 3 in-track Gopher Cam cameras
  • 2 6-times super slow motion cameras (Sony 4300)
  • 1 16-times super slow motion camera (Sony 4800)
  • 1 1000-frame-per second Xmo cameras located the start/finish line
  • 10 Robotic Cameras around the track
  • 3 robotic Hollywood Hotel cameras
  • Jib camera with Stype Augmented Reality Enhancement
  • 14 in-car camera packages, each featuring three different camera angles
  • 4 wireless roving pit/garage camera crews
  • 2 in-car Gyro-Cams
  • Massive network of digital replay devices and a rolling archive of past races
  • 40 race team communication radios, one for each car on the track
  • More than 150 microphones placed along the track and throughout Daytona International Speedway
  • Racing Radios edit unit – deployed to get the most radio chatter on the air as possible
  • The iconic Hollywood Hotel mobile studio