Month: March 2018

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FOX Sports Lands First Exclusive Interview with Megastar Zlatan Ibrahimovic Since Joining LA Galaxy

LA Galaxy-LAFC Pregame Show Features Bob Bradley, Benny Feilhaber and Ashley Cole

FOX Sports, home of the 2018 MLS Cup, has landed the exclusive first interview with Swedish megastar and LA Galaxy forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic, following his official welcome to the LA Galaxy this morning. Sweden’s all-time leading scorer will join MLS legend and Sports Emmy nominee Alexi Lalas and lead studio host Rob Stone on Saturday, March 31 at StubHub Center in Los Angeles, Calif., prior to the first-ever meeting between the LA Galaxy and LAFC. Pregame coverage begins at 2:30 PM ET on FOX.

Saturday’s star-studded pregame coverage also features interviews with LAFC head coach Bob Bradley, LAFC midfielder Benny Feilhaber and LA Galaxy defender Ashley Cole. Once action begins on the field, John Strong calls the match alongside former Houston Dynamo star Stu Holden, with Katie Witham reporting from the sideline (3:00 PM ET). Mariano Trujillo, Rodolfo Landeros and John Laguna call the action in Spanish on FOX Deportes.

Earlier in the day, Bundesliga takes center stage, as Bayern Munich battles Borussia Dortmund in Der Klassiker at 12:25 PM ET on FOX. Robert Lewandowski and Bayern Munich can clinch a record 6th straight title by defeating Christian Pulisic’s Borussia Dortmund and if Schalke fails to win at home against Freiburg. FS1’s Schalke-Freiburg coverage begins at 9:00 AM ET. Kate Abdo hosts Bundesliga studio coverage alongside Warren Barton and Jovan Kirovski beginning at 9:00 AM ET on FS1 and 12:00 PM ET on FOX. Keith Costigan and Ian Joy have the Bayern Munich-Borussia Dortmund call on FOX, while Mariano Trujillo, Rodolfo Landeros and John Laguna call the match in Spanish on FOX Deportes.

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.

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FOX Sports Celebrates Nation’s Top Dogs with CROWNED: INSIDE THE 2018 WESTMINSTER DOG SHOW

Hour-Long Program Debuts Easter Sunday on FS1

New York – This Sunday, FS1 gives viewers something fluffy and adorable, and it’s not the Easter Bunny.

FOX Sports presents CROWNED: INSIDE THE 2018 WESTMINSTER DOG SHOW Sunday, April 1, at 4:00 PM ET on FS1, offering a behind-the-scenes look at the nation’s most prestigious canine event. The one-hour documentary celebrates the love that dogs and humans have for one another, while offering a unique look at one of the country’s longest-running sporting events.

CROWNED follows the stories of some of the most captivating characters from the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, whether they walk on four legs or two, as they arrive and compete in New York City. Among them:

  • Newly married handlers Adam and Katie Bernardin and Ty the Giant Schnauzer, who entered Westminster as the top-ranked dog in the country.
  • Jamie Clute, the rock n’ roll handler from South Carolina, and his best friend Slick the Border Collie.
  • Valerie Nunes-Atkinson, a Best In Show handler with CJ the German Shorthaired Pointer in 2016, who returns to Madison Square Garden with Lucy the Borzoi.
  • Biggie the Pug, who helped handler Esteban Farias and his family grieve after Biggie’s cousin, Rumble, died unexpectedly over the summer.
  • Best In Show judge Betty-Anne Stenmark who says of her appointment, “My whole life has prepared me for this.”
  • 2018 Best In Show Flynn the Bichon Frise and handler Bill McFadden who have a bond that is “on another planet.”
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FOX Sports Earns 31 Sports Emmy Award Nominations

FOX Sports received 31 Sports Emmy Award nominations for its outstanding programming and live-evet coverage across FOX, FS1, FS2, FOX Deportes, FOXSports.com, BTN and NatGeo.

FOX Sports’ nominees include a wide range of live events, studio shows and original programming. Two nominated documentaries, 89 BLOCKS from FOX Sports Films’ new MAGNIFY series and THE REASON I PLAY from BTN, explore sports as a lens for important cultural stories. FS1’s THE HERD WITH COLIN COWHERD earns its first nomination, while MLB on FOX: The Postseason follows up its win last year with another nomination. FOX Sports is once again well represented in categories that celebrate innovation and technology, including nominations for the George Wensel Technical Achievement Award for FOX College Football’s use of C360, and a special edition of 100,000 CAMERAS capturing special moments during Ohio State vs. Michigan.

Additionally, a number of FOX Sports on-air personalities were acknowledged for their work in 2017, including first-time nominees Alexi Lalas and Curt Menefee, as well as Joe Buck, Ken Rosenthal, John Smoltz, Michael Strahan and Tom Verducci.

FOX Sports’ full list of nominees can be found HERE.

FOX Sports Earns 31 Sports Emmy Award Nominations (3 MB, last updated March 2018)
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Road to Russia Heats Up with Mexico, Iceland and England FIFA World Cup™ Tune-Ups on FS1

LOS ANGELES, CA – Juan Carlos Osorio’s Mexico (El Tri) kicks off FS1’s Road to Russia slate of pre-World Cup™ tune-ups today at 10:25 PM ET in a battle against Iceland. Action continues Tuesday, March 27 with a lineup that includes England-Italy, USA-Paraguay and Mexico-Croatia, beginning at 2:30 PM ET on FS1.

El Tri continues its preparation for the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with two international friendlies against first-time World Cup™ participant Iceland, one of the biggest Cinderella stories of this summer’s event (Friday, March 23 at 10:25 PM ET), followed by Croatia (Tuesday, March 27 at 9:50 PM ET). Former Mexican National team member Mariano Trujillo calls both matches alongside Jorge Perez Navarro, with Rodolfo Landeros reporting from the sideline.

Ian Joy hosts studio coverage for England-Italy (Tuesday, March 27 at 2:30 PM ET) alongside Alexi Lalas and Mario Melchiot. Keith Costigan and Warren Barton are on the call for FS1, with John Laguna and Claudio Suarez on the call in Spanish for FOX Deportes (3:00 PM ET).

FS1’s soccer coverage continues at 7:30 PM ET as the Americans face Paraguay. JP Dellacamera and Tony Meola call the match live from Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C, with Jenny Taft reporting from the sideline.

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.

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FOX NASCAR at Martinsville Speedway Quotes & Programming Schedule

NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES Returns to Action Saturday on FS1; FS1’s First MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES Race of 2018 on Sunday

CHARLOTTE, NC – The MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES heads to Martinsville Speedway this weekend for FS1’s season debut, with FOX Sports set to offer 17 hours of live action from the historic half-mile oval. Included are FS1’s live race coverage of the MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES on Sunday, March 25 (2:00 PM ET) and FS1’s live telecast of the NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES on Saturday, March 24 (2:00 PM ET).

FS1 telecasts six MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES races in 2018. Still to come are Texas (April 8 at 2:00 PM ET); Dover (May 6 at 2:00 PM ET); Kansas (May 12 at 8:00 PM ET); Pocono (June 3 at 2:00 PM ET); and Sonoma (June 24 at 3:00 PM ET). FS1 also carries live coverage of the MONSTER ENERGY ALL-STAR RACE on Saturday, May 19 (6:00 PM ET).

Below are programming information and quotes from FOX NASCAR analysts Jeff Gordon, Darrell Waltip and Larry McReynolds on the week’s storylines and the weekend ahead.

MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES

  • Date/Time: Sunday, March 25 (2:00 PM ET)
  • Network: FS1
  • 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: NASCAR RACEDAY (12:30 PM ET on FS1); hosted by Chris Myers with Michael Waltrip, Gordon and Darrell Waltrip
  • Hosts: Myers and Michael Waltrip

NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES

  • Date/Time: Saturday, March 24 (2:00 PM ET)
  • Network: FS1
  • Announcers: Vince Welch, Phil Parsons and Michael Waltrip
  • Pit reporters: Hermie Sadler and Alan Cavanna
  • Pre-race: NASCAR RACEDAY-NCWTS (1:30 PM ET on FS1); hosted by John Roberts with analysts Todd Bodine and Jeff Hammond
  • Post-race: 4:30-5:00 PM (FS1)

FOX NASCAR QUOTES

On Jimmie Johnson rebounding with a top-10 finish at Fontana:
“I think they’re starting to make gains. They are working with the new Camaro ZL1. I think they made a few improvements (at Fontana). We saw, at times, they had speed. This is one of Jimmie Johnson’s best tracks. So this, I think, showed us where they are on speed, and he mentioned it in his post-race interview – they still are lacking. They still need more. Well, next week, we go to a short track (Martinsville) that’s another one of his best tracks, and see if they can continue to improve.”
-Jeff Gordon

On Aric Almirola’s strong start to his career at Stewart-Haas Racing and how he has fit in with the big personalities of his teammates:
“First of all, it helped that he got off to a great start by almost winning the Daytona 500. That’s a great confidence booster. We knew he was stepping into a great race car that just perhaps hadn’t gotten the finishes it could have in the past. But he has bonded with his crew chief and improved every week. He is a great driver and now is in a situation where he can prove it to everyone, and he’s doing just that.”
–Darrell Waltrip

On how the No. 42 team of this year compares with the No. 42 team of last year:
“It’s similar. They have speed every single week – it doesn’t seem to matter what type of track we go to. They have speed in practice, qualifying and in the race. They might be a little inconsistent this year. They have the speed – they just need to find a little more consistency.”
–Larry McReynolds

Does Larson’s driving style make adapting to the new car easier?
“I look back last year and they were one of the fastest Chevrolets week in and week out, and that’s certainly the case this year. There were several times at California when he was the only Chevrolet driver in the top 10. They have figured this new Camaro out over there, but having Larson as your driver certainly helps your cause.”
–Larry McReynolds

On where the strength of the No. 4 team comes from:
“It’s the sum of all the parts. You have to have everything to dominate the way they have. The driver is the cheerleader and what they feed off of. We are seeing a mature Kevin Harvick. There was a time not too long ago when he would have been ranting and hitting someone else’s car and not his (referencing Harvick hitting rear window of his No. 4 Ford in Victory Lane at Phoenix). But now he is mature and handles himself well and has confidence. The resolve of that team is unbelievable.”
–Darrell Waltrip

“I don’t think there is a more unified team now in the garage area. They rally around each other. We’ve seen this time and again. When controversy surrounds the No. 4 team or their backs are against the wall, they thrive off of it. How many times did we see it in the Playoffs when they had to go out and win the race to advance?”
–Larry McReynolds

On Kyle Busch continuing to perform well despite frustration:
“I’m sure he was frustrated at Las Vegas. He was frustrated at Phoenix. He has been frustrated to follow Kevin Harvick in a Ford to the checkered flag. But I think the frustration really kicked in at California because he can look out the windshield and see the same make of car he is driving (Toyota). That’s the same engine package. I think that’s where the frustration really kicked in. Add in the fact of making the wrong adjustments on the last pit stop, and I’m sure that’s one of the reasons he was so frustrated after the race.”
–Larry McReynolds

On whether the No. 78 team is going to start to lead the way now that they have their first win of 2018:
“I’d say that old dragon is about to start to rear its head again. He won about one-fourth of the races last year.”
–Larry McReynolds

On how Truex’s win at California puts the No. 78 team back in the mindset they were in last season:
“I don’t think that mindset went away, but we came to expect it would be Truex Jr. contending for the win at a bigger race track. We hadn’t seen that until Sunday. I didn’t see this domination coming. He sat on the pole. I felt like Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch and Kyle Larson would be the guys to beat after watching Saturday’s practice. But Truex was in his own zip code Sunday. It reminded me of his performance in the Coca-Cola 600 a couple of years ago.”
–Larry McReynolds

FOX NASCAR AT MARTINSVILLE SPEEDWAY PROGRAMMING SCHEDULE
(All times live/Eastern unless otherwise indicated & subject to change)

Friday, March 23
NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES practice (1:00-2:00 PM) (FS1)
NASCAR RACE HUB: WEEKEND EDITION (2:00-3:00 PM) (FS1)
NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES FINAL PRACTICE (3:00-4:00 PM) (FS1)

Saturday, March 24
MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES practice (10:00-11:00 AM) (FS1)
NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES qualifying (11:00 AM-12:00 PM) (FS1)
NASCAR RACE HUB: WEEKEND EDITION (12:00-12:30 PM) (FS1)
NASCAR RACEDAY-NCWTS (1:30-2:00 PM) (FS1)
NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES Racing (2:00-4:30 PM) (FS1)
NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES Post-Race (4:30-5:00 PM) (FS1)
MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES qualifying (5:00-6:30 PM) (FS1)

Sunday, March 25
NASCAR RACEDAY (12:30-2:00 PM) (FS1)
MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES Racing (2:00-6:00 PM) (FS1)

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FOX Sports Nets Most-Watched College Basketball Season Ever

Overall Viewership Up +27% on FOX and FS1
FOX Sports GO Sees +88% Increase

NEW YORK, NY – FOX Sports enjoyed its most-watched season of college basketball during the 2017-18 season, with a huge combined year-over-year increase on the FOX broadcast network and FS1. Men’s basketball games on FOX and FS1 averaged 262,000 viewers per game during the entire 2017-18 season, a +27% jump over the 2016-17 average (vs. 206,000), according to Nielsen Media Research.

“We are very pleased to see that fans are watching and enjoying college basketball on FOX and FS1 more than ever,” said Derek Crocker, FOX Sports Senior Director, Collegiate Sports. “As we wrap up an exciting season covering the BIG EAST, Pac-12 and, for the first time, Big Ten, we thank our conference partners for allowing us the opportunity to tell the stories of their exceptional teams, coaches and student-athletes.”

FOX College Hoops set records during conference championship week, as the 2018 BIG EAST Tournament was the network’s most-watched conference tournament in history. The event averaged 379,000 viewers over nine games on FOX and FS1, including 1,491,000 for Villanova’s overtime championship victory against Providence, which stands as the BIG EAST’s most-watched championship game on FOX and the fourth most-watched college basketball game ever on the network. The Pac-12 Tournament Championship Game between Arizona and USC drew 612,000 viewers on FS1, the third most-watched college basketball game ever on the channel, and an average minute audience of 11,040 on FOX Sports GO, making it the platform’s third biggest college basketball event.

Overall, nine of the top 15 college basketball broadcasts on FOX and seven of the top 15 college basketball telecasts on FS1 occurred during the 2017-18 season. The in-state Big Ten clash between Michigan and Michigan State on Saturday, Jan. 13 attracted an audience of 1,613,000 on FOX broadcast network, the channel’s most-watched college basketball game this season and its third most-watched college basketball game ever.

FOX Sports GO also saw massive year-over-year increases, with an average minute audience per game increase of +88% over 2016-17. Viewers consumed 77 million minutes of college basketball on FOX Sports GO and FOX Now this season, up +134% year-over-year. Each of the platform’s 10 biggest college basketball events took place this season, led by a pair of Big Ten in-state rivalries. Michigan at Michigan State (Jan. 13) drew an average minute audience of 16,192, while Purdue at Indiana (Jan. 28), attracted an average minute audience of 15,541.

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NFL Expanding Coverage of the 2018 NFL Draft to Include Two Broadcast and Four Cable Television Networks

For the First Time Ever, All Seven Rounds of the NFL Draft to Air on Broadcast Television
FOX NFL Lead Analyst Troy Aikman Joins NFL Draft Coverage
2018 NFL Draft Airs Thursday, April 26 – Saturday, April 28

The NFL today announced a new broadcast arrangement in which NFL Network and FOX will team up to simulcast live coverage of Rounds 1-3 of the 2018 NFL Draft. Additionally, the league has expanded its partnership with ESPN/ABC whereby ESPN2 will supplement ESPN’s coverage of Round 1 with a separate and unique college-themed production in addition to a simulcast of ESPN’s live coverage of Rounds 4-7 airing on ABC.

The 2018 NFL Draft will be held Thursday, April 26 – Saturday, April 28 from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX.

The expanded coverage gives the NFL Draft its largest audience reach ever, and marks the first time ever that the entirety of the live three-day event will air on broadcast television.

Live streaming of the 2018 NFL Draft coverage will be available across devices (smartphone, PC, tablet and connected TVs) through the NFL app or NFL.com. Fans can also stream the live 2018 NFL Draft through FOX Sports and the ESPN App, available for subscribers of the networks’ participating TV providers.

The chart below provides a comprehensive look across both linear and digital channels where live coverage of the 2018 NFL Draft will be available:

Draft Round Where to Watch
Round 1: Thursday, April 26 • 8:00 PM ET NFL Network, FOX, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Deportes; NFL, FOX Sports and ESPN digital properties
Rounds 2-3: Friday, April 27 • 7:00 PM ET NFL Network, FOX, ESPN/ESPN2; NFL, FOX Sports and ESPN digital properties
Rounds 4-7: Saturday, April 28 • Noon ET NFL Network, ABC, ESPN; NFL and ESPN digital properties

“The NFL Draft is a unique event on the NFL calendar where the promise and excitement of the future is universally felt among fans, players and clubs,” said Brian Rolapp, Chief Media and Business Officer, NFL. “Fan interest in the NFL Draft grows year after year, and we are excited for the opportunity to meet that demand with expanded draft coverage including a record six television networks, while deepening the relationship with our trusted broadcast partners ESPN and FOX.”

NFL Draft coverage simulcast on NFL Network and FOX will be produced by NFL Network and feature co-branding, as well as a mixed team of NFL Network and NFL on FOX on-air personalities. Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback, three-time Super Bowl champion and FOX’s lead game analyst for NFL coverage Troy Aikman joins live coverage of Round 1 of the 2018 NFL Draft, alongside NFL Network’s Rich EisenMike Mayock and Daniel Jeremiah, and Stanford head football coach David Shaw. Additionally, FOX’s lead college football game analyst Joel Klatt joins pre-draft coverage of Rounds 1-3, as well as live coverage of Rounds 2-3 on Friday, April 27, which also features NFL Network/FOX talent Charles Davis and Peter Schrager, and NFL Network’s Chris Rose.

“The opportunity for FOX to help shape the stories that are told around such an energetic and optimistic time for NFL fans is definitely a place we want to be,” said Mark Silverman, President, FOX Sports National Networks. “Using Troy and Joel, two of the best analysts in the business, serves the NFL Draft audience in a new and fresh way.”

In its 39th consecutive year presenting the NFL Draft, ESPN’s coverage will include a first in 2018 as College GameDay – college football’s longest-running and most-celebrated pregame show – will make its first visit to the NFL Draft. On Thursday, April 26, a special two-hour College GameDay (5:00-7:00 PM ET, ESPN) will originate from the NFL Draft Experience outside AT&T Stadium prior to Round 1, part of ESPN’s unprecedented 26 consecutive hours of NFL Draft coverage leading into Round 1. Then at 8:00 PM ET, GameDay will be part of ESPN2’s college-themed viewing option of Round 1, supplementing the traditional pick-by-pick coverage on ESPN. On Friday, April 27GameDay will have another one-hour special (5:00 PM ET) before the draft telecast of Rounds 2-3 airs on ESPN/ESPN2 at 7:00 PM ET. ESPN Deportes will also carry a Spanish-language telecast of Round 1, while Rounds 2-3 will air in Spanish on ESPN3.

“ESPN has presented the NFL Draft for nearly 40 years and we take great pride in finding new and exciting ways to continue to elevate and differentiate our coverage,” said Burke Magnus, ESPN Executive Vice President, Programming and Scheduling. “The draft is the perfect intersection of college football and the NFL, so giving fans the opportunity to experience Round 1 through the lens of College GameDay makes perfect sense. Building off the success of our NFL Wild Card and Pro Bowl simulcasts, we are also excited to present the NFL Draft on ABC for the first time with Saturday’s coverage of Rounds 4-7.”

The 2017 NFL Draft on NFL Network and ESPN/ESPN2 delivered a combined 2.9 HH rating and 4.6 million viewers across NFL Network and ESPN/ESPN2, up +2% and +6% respectively versus 2016. The 4.6 million viewers between NFL Network and ESPN/ESPN2 made the 2017 NFL Draft the second most-watched NFL Draft behind 2014.

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PBA and FOX Sports Announce Multi-Year, Multi-Platform Rights Deal

Professional Bowling Returns in 2019 with 29 Shows Across FOX and FS1

LOS ANGELES and CHICAGO – The Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) and FOX Sports today announced a multi-year, multi-platform agreement making FOX Sports the new television partner for the Go Bowling! PBA Tour starting in 2019. The package will bring a substantial schedule of live PBA events to television, including prime time events and a new bracket-style, multi-week PBA Playoffs tournament that concludes with a unique PBA championship finale. The announcement was made by PBA CEO and Commissioner Tom Clark and William Wanger, FOX Sports EVP, Programming, Live Operations and Research.

“The PBA has been searching for the best possible broadcast partner to serve our fans, players and the bowling industry, and we have determined that partner is FOX Sports,” Clark said. “We are particularly excited that the PBA Tour returns to broadcast television, where it started 56 years ago, with shows on FOX next year.”

In 2019, FOX Sports will televise four PBA Tour shows on FOX and 25 on FS1 in a series of two-hour telecasts. All programs will also be streamed on FOX Sports GO. Details pertaining to the FOX Sports-PBA package regarding PBA Tour locations, dates and times, and the television announcing team will be released at a later date.

“FOX Sports is thrilled to add the highly rated PBA Tour to our extensive lineup, joining other sport partners including the NFL, the FIFA World Cup, MLB, NASCAR, MLS, UFC, NHRA, Supercross, USGA, college football and basketball, and others,” said Wanger. “We believe that adding a FOX Sports look and feel to bowling will help bring the sport to a whole new level.”

The agreement between FOX Sports and the PBA extends a non-stop television presence for professional bowling that began in 1962 with ABC Television’s 36 years of continuous coverage of the Pro Bowlers Tour and 38 consecutive years of coverage on ESPN, beginning with ESPN’s formation in 1979.

Both parties plan to supplement the broadcast and cable coverage of the PBA Tour’s premier events with live-streaming of preliminary rounds by PBA’s Xtra Frame online bowling channel as well as extensive use of the FOX Sports and PBA Network outlets including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram and their respective websites.

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 the PBA
In 2018 the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) celebrates its 60th anniversary. The PBA is an organization of more than 3,000 of the best bowlers from 27 countries who compete in Go Bowling! PBA Tour, PBA International Tour, PBA Regional Tour, PBA Women’s Regional and PBA50 Tour events. The 2018 season also marks the 59th consecutive year of nationally-televised competition, reaching bowling fans around the world who follow PBA activities through the PBA Network which includes Xtra Frame, the PBA’s exclusive online bowling channel, ESPN and CBS Sports Network, and the PBA on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. PBA sponsors include Barbasol, Brunswick, Ebonite International, GEICO, GoBowling.com, HotelPlanner.com, MOTIV, 900 Global, PBA Bowling Challenge Mobile Game, Storm Products and the United States Bowling Congress, among others. For more information, log on to www.pba.com.

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BIG3 and FOX Sports Announce 2018 Player Combine and Draft

Player Combine on April 11; Live Draft Airing April 12 on FS1

NEW YORK, NY — FOX Sports will broadcast the BIG3 2018 Player Draft on Thursday, April 12, 8-10 p.m. ET, following the league’s Player Combine on Wednesday, April 11. The draft will air live on FS1 and the FOX Sports GO and FOX Sports apps, incorporating footage from the previous day’s combine, where nearly 100 players will vie for 19 available roster spots. The combine takes place at Santa Monica College (Calif.) followed by the 2018 BIG3 Player Draft at FOX Studios.

“The BIG3’s inaugural season showed everyone that we are all about competitive, 3-on-3 basketball being played at the highest level,” said BIG3 co-Founder and co-CEO Ice Cube. “Players know that to domi-nate in the league, you’re going to have to go hard and earn your buckets. It’s that level of intensity that has attracted so many talented new players this season. With over 100 guys in the draft pool competing for 19 roster spots, there are absolutely no guarantees. I’m looking forward to seeing who puts on a show and rises above the rest.”

Six of the BIG3’s eight teams will fill three remaining roster spots at the BIG3 Draft. Per BIG3 rules, the championship team, Trilogy, must keep its existing roster to defend the title. 3 Headed Monsters, the 2017 Runner-up, exercised the option to keep two original draft players, and chose to retain Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf and Kwame Brown, and will send Eddie Basden back into the draft pool.

BIG3 expanded its 2018 season team rosters from five to six players, adding a second co-captain to each team. Ron Artest, Amar’e Stoudemire, Nate Robinson, Baron Davis, Carlos Boozer and Drew Gooden have been announced as co-captains.

“The BIG3 is bold and different, and we’ll showcase that energy throughout our live broadcasts,” says John Entz, President, FOX Sports Production and Executive Producer, FOX Sports. “In season two, we’ll focus on both the preseason tip-off moments and on-court matchups that accelerate the league.”

The 2018 BIG3 Draft pool comprises players from the 2017 inaugural BIG3 season and newly signed players, including Jerome Williams, Lee Nailon, Marcus Banks, Mo Evans, Al Thornton, DeShawn Stevenson, Joe Smith, Brian Cook, Moochie Norris, Mike James, Mike Sweetney, Larry Hughes, Kendall Gill, Xavier Silas, Andre Owens, Jannero Pargo, Keith Bogans, Tyrus Thomas, Quentin Richardson, Eddy Curry, Greg Oden, Smush Parker, Morris Peterson and Jonathan Bender.

The BIG3 recently announced the 2018 season schedule, unveiling several new stops including Houston, Oakland, Detroit, Miami, Toronto, Boston, and Atlanta. The 10-week season will tip off in Houston, Texas on June 22 at the Toyota Center. For more information about the league, visit www.BIG3.com. All games will be broadcast on FOX and FS1 as well as streaming on FOX Sports GO and FOX Sports apps

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Innovative FOX Sports Broadcast Experience with Uninterrupted Coverage for Golf Fans Highlights Extended USGA-Rolex Partnership

New York (March 15, 2018) – Continuing a relationship that began in 1980, the USGA and Rolex have extended their partnership, assuring that together they will continue to steward some of golf’s greatest moments for the long term.

Through activation across broadcast, digital, social and emerging media, the USGA and Rolex will deliver new ways to promote and celebrate the game and its rich history.

“Rolex’s support through nearly four decades has been instrumental in helping us drive the game forward,” said Mike Davis, CEO/Executive Director of the USGA. “We are excited that the continuation of our partnership will expand our impact on golf around the world and elevate and celebrate our championships’ iconic venues, legendary champions and signature moments in innovative ways.”

This will be most clearly seen through the uninterrupted broadcast of multiple USGA championships. Beginning in 2018, Rolex will be the exclusive presenting partner of coverage for eight USGA championships on FOX and FS1, including the U.S. Women’s Open, the U.S. Senior Open and the U.S. Amateur. Rolex’s commitment will ensure an uninterrupted broadcast of these events, providing golf fans hours of continuous live golf action as history unfolds.

“We are excited to further FOX Sports’ commitment to innovative and immersive viewing experiences for our audiences, as well as targeted messaging for our partners,” said Bruce Lefkowitz, Executive Vice President, Advertising Sales, FOX Networks Group. “These uninterrupted broadcasts give us the opportunity to innovate and differentiate our telecast, while capitalizing on the unique nature of the USGA championships to provide viewers with more live action and new perspectives on the golfers and championships.”

The innovative format will allow FOX Sports and the USGA to deliver more golf content to fans around the world, while providing Rolex the opportunity to deepen their commitment to the amateur and pro game. Features and video vignettes highlighting signature moments, legendary champions, and the iconic venues that make up these championships will be seamlessly integrated to further entertain, engage and educate the audience.

With involvement at all levels of competition, Rolex has a longstanding and enduring relationship with the game of golf.

“Our deep commitment for over 50 years to championing the great game of golf and fostering individual excellence have hallmarked our USGA partnership, which stands as one of the longest and widest reaching,” said Arnaud Boetsch, Rolex SA Director of Communication and Image. “We are proud to showcase the greatest moments in golf together and to foster our commitment to developing this great game for years to come.”

During FOX Sports’ presentation of the U.S. Open from Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in June, Rolex will present the final hour of coverage in this uninterrupted format and support a rich, interactive media history experience that will launch in April on usopen.com. The innovative digital destination will honor the history and legends of the game and further the celebration of all U.S. Open champions and the grand stages that identified them as the world’s best players.

Rolex will also continue to serve as the lead partner for Rules of Golf content and remains committed to supporting the work being done to modernize the Rules of Golf globally.

The full USGA on FOX broadcast schedule, which will be released this spring, begins with coverage of the U.S. Women’s Open Championship May 31-June 3.

“The winner in this partnership, ultimately, is the fan,” said Davis. “Uninterrupted live golf coverage across eight of our championships is unprecedented. We are excited for the viewer to see the creativity of FOX Sports and be inspired by the stories that unfold across our championships.”