Month: February 2018

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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 FOXSports.com, 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

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.

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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 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 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.

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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:

TOUCHSCREEN CUTAWAY CAR
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.

VIRTUAL GRAPHICS
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.

GOPHER CAM – A CAMERA IN THE TRACK
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.

HAT CAM and PIT WALK
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.

CRANK IT UP!
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.

EQUIPMENT BREAKDOWN
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
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Former World Champion Robert Guerrero and Veteran Trainer Virgil Hunter Serve as FOX Sports Analysts for PREMIER BOXING CHAMPIONS: ORTIZ VS. ALEXANDER

Sean Grande Calls Fights, While Kate Abdo Hosts Broadcast

LOS ANGELES, CA – Today, FOX Sports announces former multiple-division world champion Robert Guerrero and longtime boxing trainer Virgil Hunter join the broadcast team as analysts for PREMIER BOXING CHAMPIONS: ORTIZ VS. ALEXANDER live on FOX and FOX Deportes Saturday, Feb. 17 (8:00 PM ET), from the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas.

Guerrero and Hunter team with blow-by-blow announcer Sean Grande calling the fights. Kate Abdo hosts the broadcast. On FOX Deportes, Ernesto Amador joins blow-by-blow announcer Jaime Motta to call the action in Spanish.

The main event features a 12-round matchup between former welterweight world champions “Vicious” Victor Ortiz (32-6-2, 25 KOs) and Devon Alexander “The Great” (27-4, 14 KOs). In the co-main event, unbeaten contender Caleb “Sweethands” Plant (16-0, 10 KOs) faces Rogelio “Porky” Medina (38-8, 32 KOs) in a 12-round 168-pound world title eliminator. In addition, 2016 U.S. Olympian Karlos Balderas (3-0, 3 KOs) takes on Jorge Rojas (4-2-1, 2 KOs) in a six-round matchup.

Fans can live stream the fights on FOX Sports GO, available in English or Spanish through the FOX or FOX Deportes feeds. The fight is available on desktop at FOXSportsGO.com and through the app store, or connected devices including Apple TV, Android TV, Fire TV, Xbox One and Roku. In addition, fights are also available on FOX Sports on SiriusXM channel 83 on satellite radios and on the SiriusXM app.

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Former UFC Middleweight Champion Weidman and Retired Contender Florian Serve as Desk Analysts with Host Olivi for FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT: COWBOY VS. MEDEIROS

Veteran MMA Analyst Smith and Fitzgerald Call Action Live from Austin on FS1 and FOX Sports GO for Rare Sunday UFC Fight Night

LOS ANGELES, CA – Today, FOX Sports announces former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman and retired contender Kenny Florian serve as desk analysts alongside UFC host Megan Olivi for FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT: COWBOY VS. MEDEIROS programming on Sunday, Feb. 18.

Blow-by-blow announcer Brendan Fitzgerald and veteran MMA analyst Jimmy Smith call the bouts live Octagon-side from Austin, Texas. Laura Sanko adds reports and interviews fighters on-site. Victor Davila and Mario Delgado have the call in Spanish on FOX Deportes.

UFC’s return to Austin features a pair of welterweight gunslingers, as No. 11-ranked Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone (30-10, 1NC) takes on Yancy Medeiros (15-4, 1NC) in the main event. Winner of three bouts in a row, Hawaii’s Medeiros has looked unstoppable in the 170-pound weight class, picking up three finishes and a pair of post-fight bonuses. But if anyone knows something about thrilling bouts, it’s Cowboy, who has won 13 post-fight awards since his Octagon debut in 2011, cementing his legend as one of the UFC’s premier action heroes.

FOX Sports UFC programming starts on Saturday, Feb. 17 (6:30 PM ET), with the FS1 UFC WEIGH-IN SHOW on FS1 and FOX Sports GO with Olivi, Florian and Weidman in studio discussing the fights, while Sanko reports onsite. The same crew kicks off Sunday’s programming at 6:00 PM ET with the FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT PREFIGHT SHOW on FS1 and FOX Sports GO, previewing the evening’s fights.

The two-hour UFC FIGHT NIGHT PRELIMS begin at 7:00 PM ET on FS1, FOX Deportes and FOX Sports GO with four exciting bouts. Jared Gordon (14-1) fights Diego Ferreira (12-2) in a lightweight scrap. Welterweights Geoff Neal (8-2) and Brian Camozzi (7-4) tangle, while Roberto Sanchez (7-1) and Joby Sanchez (11-2) square off at 125 pounds. Plus, No. 13-ranked bantamweight Sarah Moras (5-3) battles Lucie Pudilova (7-2).

The three-hour main card begins on FS1, FOX Deportes and FOX Sports GO at 9:00 PM ET and features five more action-packed bouts. Heavyweights No. 6-ranked heavyweight Derrick Lewis (18-5, 1NC) faces No. 8 Marcin Tybura (16-3). No. 12-ranked James Vick (12-1) and No. 14 Francisco Trinaldo (22-5) meet in a lightweight tilt. Thiago Alves (27-11) and Curtis Millender (14-3) square off in a welterweight battle. Plus, Sage Northcutt (9-2) and Thibault Gouti (11-3) open the main card with a lightweight bout.

The action wraps up immediately following the main event with the FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT POSTFIGHT SHOW, where Olivi, Weidman and Florian 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. 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*
Saturday,

Feb. 17

6:30 PM FS1 UFC WEIGH-IN SHOW FS1

 

Sunday,

Feb. 18

6:00 PM FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT PREFIGHT SHOW FS1
Sunday,

Feb. 18

7:00 PM FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT PRELIMS FS1 / FOX Deportes
Sunday,

Feb. 18

9:00 PM FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT: COWBOY VS. MEDEIROS FS1 / FOX Deportes
Sunday,

Feb. 18

12:00 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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“Shot in the Dark,” Executive Produced by Dwyane Wade and Chance the Rapper, Airs February 24 on FOX

Second Documentary in FOX Sports Films MAGNIFY Series Focuses on Basketball, Community, Triumph and Challenge on Chicago’s West Side
“Shot in the Dark” Trailer: http://bit.ly/2EzwflT

LOS ANGELES, CA – FOX Sports Films is excited to announce the premiere of “Shot in the Dark,” February 24, 2018 on FOX. This second film in the MAGNIFY documentary series is produced by Los Angeles Media Fund, executive produced by Dwyane Wade and Chance the Rapper and directed by Dustin Nakao-Haider for Bogie Films, and in association with ZZ Productions. “Shot in the Dark” is scheduled to air at approximately 4:30 p.m. Eastern following Villanova vs. Creighton basketball.

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

Set against their hometown of Chicago, the film follows Orr Academy’s high school basketball team and its stars Tyquone Greer and Marquise Pryor as they aspire for greatness under inspirational head coach Lou Adams, facing systemic inequities that threaten to claim their future. Through incredible on and off-the-court challenges – from championship and collegiate aspirations to violence and incarceration — they assess the daily voices and influences of teammates, friends and family on their next steps as young men.

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

“Shot in the Dark grabbed our undivided attention from the very first frame,” says Gabe Spitzer, Executive Producer, FOX Sports Films. “It’s powerful to see athletes overcome unique personal challenges and then have the strength to empower and unify others. These are exactly the kinds of stories we want to tell through the ‘Magnify’ series.”

MAGNIFY is a new feature-length documentary series, leveraging sports as a lens for examining important cultural stories. The films’ deep explorations of athletes’ on and off-the-field journeys connect to the challenges, change and unity that sports can bring to communities.

For added impact, FOX Sports Supports combines the power of the FOX Sports brand with the greatest sports in the world to make a difference, in countless lives. For “Shot in the Dark,” the organization is partnering with Good Sports, which gives kids the lifelong benefits of sport and physical activity by providing brand new sports equipment, apparel, and footwear to those most in need. Anyone can visit goodsports.org/shotinthedark to donate to youth athletic programs in Chicago. FOX Sports will also host “Shot in the Dark” screenings at high schools around the country to increase awareness in communities.

“In connection to these powerful, sports and community narratives, we’re committed to meaningfully working, within our FOX Sports Supports organization and alongside others, to help neighborhoods and schools capitalize on the awareness that ‘Magnify’ brings to the stories,” says Charlie Dixon, Executive Vice President, Content at FOX Sports.”

The next series documentary is “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 has recently been accepted to the 2018 SXSW Film Festival in March.

The first documentary in the series “89 Blocks” debuted November 26, 2017 on FOX. The film was executive produced by SPORTS ILLUSTRATED with LeBron James and Maverick Carter’s UNINTERRUPTED.

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

About Bogie Films

Bogie Films was founded in 2014 by filmmakers Dustin Nakao Haider, Daniel Dewes, David Raboy, and Eric K. Yue as a home for media-blending projects ranging from commercials to music videos and beyond. Along with the documentary feature “Shot in the Dark,” directed by Dustin Nakao Haider, Bogie has produced art-driven music videos for Kelela, OKAY KAYA, Ratking and others, and is developing the narrative feature, The Giant, slated to shoot in Summer 2018.

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FOX Sports’ Jamie Little in Overdrive for Daytona 500

Veteran Broadcaster Covering Three Different Racing Series’ Season Openers

Charlotte, N.C. — Veteran FOX NASCAR pit reporter Jamie Little shifts into overdrive this weekend at Daytona International Speedway for the 60th running of the Daytona 500, live on FOX on Sunday, Feb. 18 (2:30 PM ET).

Little, covering her fourth “Great American Race” for FOX Sports, is coming off a grueling pit reporting schedule just a couple of weeks ago in the Rolex 24 at Daytona, which opened the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season. Prior to that, she hosted FOX Sports’ coverage of the kickoff of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross season, achieving a racing trifecta just six weeks into the New Year.

Little, entering her 17th year as a broadcaster, has covered everything from the Indianapolis 500 to the Winter X Games. She was the first female pit reporter for the television broadcast of the Indianapolis 500 (2004), and in 2015, became the first female pit reporter to cover both the Daytona 500 and the Indianapolis 500 for network TV’s live, flag-to-flag race coverage.

Below, as she turns her thoughts to NASCAR’s season opener, Little offers her perspective on the upcoming season, her on-air schedule, Danica Patrick’s retirement and more. For more information on Little, CLICK HERE.

You were assigned the season openers for three uniquely different racing disciplines with Supercross, the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and NASCAR. From a host and reporter’s perspective, how do the challenges differ in covering each of the three?

Little: “There definitely is a difference when it comes to hosting versus reporting. I host our Supercross coverage, so I have a script I stick to with ad-libs here and there, depending on how the races unfold. A host is essentially a traffic control cop. When it comes to on-air talent roles, reporting is the most difficult, in my opinion. It’s my job to dig up the stories pertinent to and entertaining for fans watching at home. I’m self-produced, meaning what I say on the air comes from what I have learned on my own. There’s a lot of responsibility with this role. When you cover different forms of motorsports, such as me covering the Rolex 24, there’s a whole new lineup of drivers and teams. This job is all about relationships, and the Rolex 24 is a race I have very little experience doing. Thankfully when you’re on the air, people often recognize you and know your work and credibility. That helps a lot when it comes to covering new events and forms of motorsport. But this week is about the Daytona 500, and covering that race is a blast. Although it’s so familiar to me and I know most people in the garage, it’s the first race of the year, and so many things are different and new. It’s definitely challenging and a bit of an adrenaline rush to come on the air with our biggest race as the first one of the year.”

Which race or series do you most look forward to and why?

Little: “I get excited for the first race of the Supercross season every year for so many reasons, including how much fun I have doing it. That’s where I began my career, so it’s a bit of a homecoming for me. It was my love and passion for dirt bike racing that led me to where I am. The first race of the year is like Christmas. It has been a long off-season across all forms of racing, and this one officially kicks it off. Before I moved over to FOX in 2015, I covered the Indianapolis 500 for 11 years, which was an honor and privilege. When I came to FOX, I got to cover the Daytona 500 for the first time. I look forward to Daytona every year now for the same reasons as Supercross. It’s also the biggest audience we have all year, so it’s extremely important to be on my ‘A’ game and deliver the best stories and interviews.”

What did your schedule look like for the Rolex 24, even when you weren’t on the air? When did you sleep?

Little: “It’s incredible to cover a 24-hour race. It’s a lot of work and excitement. On Saturday (the day it began), I was at the track by 8 a.m. I did prep, had meetings and organized my notes and stats and arranged my pre-race interviews. The race coverage began six hours later at 2 p.m. I then consistently repeated being on the air for two hours at a time until 1 a.m. I went back to the hotel, ate, showered and slept for four hours and then I was up again at 6 a.m. and at the track by 7:30. I was back on air from 9 a.m-3 p.m. with a couple hours’ break. By the time I flew home, I had slept four hours in a 42-hour span. That makes the days of having a newborn sound all too familiar! It was tiring but very rewarding. And our ratings were up over 20%, which made it so worth the sleep deprivation.”

Danica Patrick makes her final NASCAR start this weekend in the Daytona 500. You have covered her since her early IndyCar Series days. How would you characterize her impact on NASCAR? On young women?

Little: “She is so polarizing and always has been since 2005, her first year in IndyCar and the year she became the first woman to lead laps at the Indy 500. She has influenced women of all ages, race fans or not. I believe there are more girls racing now because of her. For her to race at the top level of NASCAR every week alongside the men is incredible. In what other sport do men and women compete against each other on the same playing field? I think her impact on the sport won’t truly be felt until years down the road. There have been so few before her who’ve made it to this level. I only hope there’s many more after her who do.”

How far away do you think NASCAR is from seeing the next Danica Patrick?

Little: “It’s hard to say. I see a few girls out there now who could make it as far as Danica as far as talent and desire, but unless they get an opportunity with a good team and a solid sponsor to back them, we may not see the next Danica for decades. Plus, being good in a go-kart is one thing. Being good and competitive in a 3,300-lb stock car is another.”

How much does your own dirt bike background help you when covering Supercross? By the same token, do you feel you can relate better to IMSA or NASCAR?

Little: “When I first made the switch from covering two wheels to four wheels, my mentality was ‘it’s all a racing mentality, just different vehicle and rules.’ For sure, riding dirt bikes helped my understanding of how they worked and how the riders ‘felt.’ I did the same thing when I began covering IndyCar and NASCAR. I put myself through about five different driving/racing schools. I actually got my racing license in California to race open-wheel Formula cars. I loved it. The only racing I did was for the Toyota Pro Celebity race in Long Beach. I went through three days of schooling and ended up winning the race! I beat a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion to the line for overall, becoming just the second woman in 32 years to win the race. Ironically, that same day, Danica Patrick won her one and only race in IndyCar in Japan. That was one of the coolest moments of my life. Those experiences truly help me in my job. And the ‘street cred’ with drivers isn’t too bad either!”

Who is your pick to win the Daytona 500?

Little: “It’s hard to pick since we haven’t seen these drivers on-track yet, but I’m going out on a limb to say Jimmie Johnson will win. Chevrolet is unveiling a new Camaro model this year, and I have a feeling they will come with a vengeance. Plus, with all of the ‘young driver’ coverage, I could see him winning it just to make a statement about the veteran guys.”

What is the biggest story you will be watching in the 2018 NASCAR season?

Little: “The new Chevy Camaro and how it performs is one. Can Toyota pick up where they left off, winning a third of the races and the championship (in 2017)? How will the rookies do and who will win first? And the over-the-wall pit crews have been cut from six to five members. Teams will be getting creative, which could lead to some injuries, mistakes and longer pit stops. Whoever figures out the choreography and executes the smoothest and fastest will be a major contender this year.”

After covering Danica Patrick since her IndyCar days, you will sit down with her just a couple of days prior to her final NASCAR start. What do you most want to ask her?

Little: “I’d love to know a few things from Danica, most specifically how she envisions herself and her brand beyond ‘race car driver’ and what does she hope people most remember about her and what she did in the sport.”

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