Month: April 2018

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Former World Champion Robert Guerrero Serves as FOX Sports Analyst for PREMIER BOXING CHAMPIONS: LOPEZ VS. CRUZ

Sean Grande Calls Fights, With Reporter Jordan Hardy

Los Angeles – Today, FOX Sports announces former multiple-division world champion Robert Guerrero joins blow-by-blow announcer Sean Grande to call PREMIER BOXING CHAMPIONS: LOPEZ VS. CRUZ live on FOX Saturday, April 28 (8:30 PM ET), from the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas. Jordan Hardy serves as ringside reporter, while Ray Flores handles ring announcing. On FOX Deportes, Jaime Motta joins blow-by-blow announcer Jesse Losada to call the action in Spanish.

The main event features a 10-round welterweight matchup between rugged veteran Josesito Lopez (35-7, 19 KOs) and unbeaten contender Miguel Cruz (17-0, 11 KOs). In the co-main event, former super middleweight world champion Anthony Dirrell (31-1-1, 24 KOs) faces El Paso’s Abraham Han (26-3-1, 16 KOs) in a 10-round 168-pound skirmish. In addition, unbeaten Mexican featherweight contender Jorge Lara (29-0-1, 21 Kos) clashes with Dominican brawler Claudio Marrero (22-2, 16 Kos) in the 10-round opening bout.

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.

Photo Credit: Joe Pugliese for FOX Sports

Upper Left Corner (L-R): Dr. Joe Machnik, Jorge Perez-Navarro
Row 3 (L-R): Maria Komandnaya, Ian Joy, Mark Followill, Rachel Bonnetta, Warren Barton, Rodolfo Landeros (upper right, seated)
Row 2 (L-R): Tony Meola, Fernando Fiore (central, standing), JP Dellacamera, Glenn Davis, Derek Rae
Front Row (L-R): Sergey Gordeev, Cobi Jones, Kate Abdo, Stu Holden, John Strong, Alexi Lalas, Aly Wagner, Rob Stone, Mariano Trujillo, Jenny Taft

FOX Sports Announces Broadcasters, Celebrates 50-Day Countdown to 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™

FOX Sports Announces All-Star Lineup of International Broadcasters, Celebrating 50-Day Countdown to 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™

John Strong and Stu Holden Named Lead Commentary Team; Rob Stone Makes Debut as Lead FIFA World Cup™ Studio Host
Aly Wagner Becomes First Female Analyst to Call a Men’s FIFA World Cup™ Match
Newly-Announced Hernan Crespo Joins Fellow Soccer Legends Lothar Matthäus, Alexi Lalas, Kelly Smith, Guus Hiddink and Ian Wright as Studio Analysts

LOS ANGELES – Celebrating the 50-day countdown to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™, FOX Sports unveils an all-star lineup of international broadcasters for this summer’s global event, airing on FOX and FS1 from June 14 to July 15. The best-in-class broadcast team of play-by-play announcers, match analysts, studio hosts and commentators combine for a wealth of international on-field and television experience, including FIFA World Cups™, UEFA Champions League, FIFA Confederations Cups, Olympic Games, UEFA European Championships, CONCACAF Gold Cups and FA Cups. Today’s announcement was made by David Neal, Executive Producer of FIFA World Cup™ on FOX and Vice President of Production, FOX Sports.

“We have assembled a team of unparalleled talent with diverse experience and world-class knowledge for the summer’s biggest global sporting event,” said Neal. “Each member of the FOX Sports roster brings his or her unique experience, style and perspective on the beautiful game to help us create an unforgettable viewer experience.”

FOX Sports’ world-class roster is comprised of six broadcast teams led by play-by-play announcer John Strong and former U.S. Men’s National Team (U.S. MNT) midfielder Stu Holden. The duo will kick off their FIFA World Cup™ slate calling the highly anticipated Portugal-Spain match Friday, June 15 (2:00 PM ET, FOX). Renowned play-by-play announcer JP Dellacamera and former U.S. MNT captain Tony Meola are on the call as host country Russia open group stage action against Saudi Arabia on Thursday, June 14 (11:00 AM ET, FOX).

Veteran play-by-play announcer Derek Rae, who has called every FIFA World Cup™ and UEFA European Championships for a U.S. network since 2008, is joined by two-time Olympic Gold Medalist Aly Wagner, who is set to make her debut as the first female analyst to call a Men’s FIFA World Cup™ game in the United States during Morocco-Iran on Friday, June 15 (11:00 AM ET, FOX). Glenn Davis calls his fifth FIFA World Cup™ alongside the all-time U.S. MNT caps leader, Cobi Jones, while Jorge Perez Navarro calls his first FIFA World Cup™ in English and fifth overall alongside Mexican international Mariano Trujillo. Rounding out the commentary team are FC Dallas play-by-play announcer Mark Followill and former English National Team member Warren Barton, kicking off their campaign with Egypt-Uruguay on Thursday, June 15 (8:00 AM ET, FS1).

Rob Stone will make his debut as lead studio host on FIFA WORLD CUP™ TODAY with a rotation of studio analysts including FIFA World Cup™ Champion and record-holder for most appearances in a FIFA World Cup™ Lothar Matthäus, legendary coach Guus Hiddink, U.S. Soccer Hall of Famer and Sports Emmy nominee Alexi Lalas, England Women’s National Team all-time leading goal scorer Kelly Smith, Arsenal and Crystal Palace legend Ian Wright and Mexican goalkeeper Moises Muñoz.

Argentine icon Hernan Crespo has also been newly-added to the FOX Sports studio analyst team. Crespo’s illustrious professional and international career spans nearly two decades, during which he amassed more than 300 goals, including 35 in 65 appearances over 12 years for Argentina. That ranks him third on Argentina’s all-time goals list, trailing only Lionel Messi and Gabriel Batistuta.

Accomplished multilingual journalist Kate Abdo will anchor FIFA WORLD CUP™ LIVE, while two-time Emmy award-winning broadcaster Fernando Fiore hosts FIFA WORLD CUP™ TONIGHT. All studio coverage originates from a standalone set in Moscow’s iconic Red Square.

FOX Sports’ impressive list of reporters includes Sky Sports’ lead reporter Geoff Shreeves, Russian journalist Maria Komandnaya, National Geographic’s Sergey Gordeev, FOX Deportes’ Rodolfo Landeros and Jenny Taft who has served as lead reporter for U.S. Men’s and Women’s National Teams.

Sports Illustrated’s Grant Wahl serves as reporter-at-large, and Dr. Joe Machnik weighs in as rules analyst for the month-long tournament.

All FOX soccer information, including biographies, photographs and archived press releases are available on FOX Sports Press Pass.

Broadcasting pairings for the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ are listed below:

Play-by-Play / Analyst
John Strong & Stu Holden
JP Dellacamera & Tony Meola
Derek Rae & Aly Wagner
Glenn Davis & Cobi Jones
Jorge Perez Navarro & Mariano Trujillo
Mark Followill & Warren Barton

Studio Analysts
Hernan Crespo
Guus Hiddink
Alexi Lalas
Lothar Matthäus
Moises Muñoz
Kelly Smith
Ian Wright

Studio Hosts
Rob Stone
Kate Abdo
Fernando Fiore
Ian Joy

Reporters
Rachel Bonnetta (Digital)
Sergey Gordeev (National Geographic)
Maria Komandnaya
Rodolfo Landeros
Geoff Shreeves
Jenny Taft

Correspondent-at-Large
Grant Wahl

Rules Analyst
Dr. Joe Machnik

Thumbnail biographies on each broadcaster are below:

PLAY-BY-PLAY/ANALYSTS

John Strong brings a breadth of experience as FOX Sports soccer’s lead play-by-play announcer. He is the regular voice of many of the biggest matches FOX Sports has to offer across several properties including Major League Soccer, UEFA Champions League and U.S. Men’s National team competitions ranging from FIFA World Cup™ qualifying to the CONCACAF Gold Cup to Copa America Centenario.

Stu Holden, former U.S. Men’s National Team (U.S. MNT) midfielder and member of the 2010 U.S. FIFA World Cup™ team, serves as lead game analyst for FOX Sports’ coverage of soccer. A former professional soccer player, Holden has represented the United States in the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup, 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup and 2008 Beijing Olympics and had a prominent club career in Major League Soccer and England.

JP Dellacamera, regarded as the original voice of U.S. soccer, serves as FOX Sports soccer’s play-by-play announcer. He brings decades of experience, covering 13 FIFA World Cups™ (eight men’s, five women’s), including eight FIFA World Cups™ in a row.

Tony Meola, captain and goalkeeper for the 1994 U.S. FIFA World Cup™ team, serves as a FOX Sports soccer analyst. Meola played for U.S. FIFA World Cup™ teams in 1990, 1994 and 2002, spending an additional decade playing for multiple MLS teams.

Derek Rae, a prominent veteran broadcaster, serves as a FOX Sports soccer play-by-play announcer. Rae has been involved in some capacity at every FIFA World Cup™ since 1990, and is a name closely associated with major international soccer events in America. He was most recently with BT Sport in the United Kingdom and can be heard often on the world English feed of matches from the German Bundesliga.

Glenn Davis, a decorated broadcaster and also a former professional soccer player himself, is a play-by-play announcer for FOX Sports’ coverage of soccer. This summer’s FIFA World Cup™ marks the fifth men’s FIFA World Cup™ he has worked, in addition to his role as a FOX Sports play-by-play announcer for the 2015 Women’s FIFA World Cup™. Davis also is well-known for his play-by-play duties for the MLS Houston Dynamo’s local TV broadcasts, as well as his weekly radio show, “Soccer Matters with Glenn Davis” on Houston’s KFNC.

Aly Wagner, a former mainstay with the US Women’s National Team, a Women’s FIFA World Cup™ veteran and a two-time Olympic Gold Medalist, serves as FOX Sports game analyst. This summer in Russia, she will become the first woman to call a men’s FIFA World Cup™ match. Already an accomplished broadcaster, she was a featured member of the FOX Sports 2015 Women’s FIFA World Cup™ broadcast team. Playing for the U.S. Women’s National Team from 1999 to 2008, she scored 21 goals and recorded 42 assists in 131 international matches.

Cobi Jones, who holds the record for the most appearances (164) in U.S. Men’s National Team history, serves as a game analyst for FOX Sports’ soccer coverage. Jones has appeared with the U.S. MNT in three FIFA World Cups™. He also holds the record with the LA Galaxy for most games played (281), goals (66) and assists (86), and is one of only three players in MLS history to have netted 60 or more goals and 80 or more assists.

Jorge Perez Navarro, otherwise known as “The Spanish Voice of Soccer in the United States,” brings a wealth of versatile experience as he shifts to English for FOX Sports’ broadcast as a play-by-play announcer. Having covered four FIFA World Cups™ and several other international and domestic competitions, he has been a prominent contributor to FOX Sports’ 2018 FIFA World Cup™ qualifier and 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup coverage.

Mariano Trujillo, a former Mexican National Team member, serves as a FOX Sports soccer analyst. Trujillo made his professional debut in Mexico in 1996, playing on various teams over the next decade. In 2009, he joined Chivas USA in MLS, and stayed with the team through the 2011 season. After his playing career, he coached in the Mexican league, then moved to broadcasting, working at FOX Deportes, as well as on FOX Sports’ coverage of numerous international soccer tournaments.

Mark Followill is a FOX Sports soccer play-by-play announcer. He has called games for FOX Sports’ coverage of the Copa America Centenario, CONCACAF Gold Cup, UEFA Europa League, Bundesliga, MLS, FIFA U-17 World Cup™ and the FIFA U-20 World Cup™.

Warren Barton, a FOX Sports soccer studio analyst, played for the English National Team. While playing for the Premier League side Newcastle United as a defender with the elite group of players known as “The Entertainers,” he served as team captain during the 2000-01 campaign and participated in every major European cup competition.

STUDIO ANALYSTS

Hernan Crespo, the legendary Argentine striker, serves as a FOX Sports studio analyst for FIFA WORLD CUP™ TODAY and FIFA WORLD CUP™ TONIGHT. Crespo’s illustrious professional and international career spans nearly two decades, and he remains third on the list of all-time goal scorers for Argentina, for whom he played in three FIFA World Cups™. Crespo in 2004 was named among the FIFA 10, Pelé’s list of the world’s greatest living players. His club career includes championships in both England and Italy, where in 2000 he was the world’s most expensive player when he moved from Parma to Lazio.

Guus Hiddink, a Dutch football manager and former player, serves as a FOX Sports soccer analyst. Hiddink has one of the most impressive coaching pedigrees in the soccer world, taking three nations to a FIFA World Cup™, including South Korea’s legendary run to the semifinals in 2002. In addition to managing elite club teams including Real Madrid and Chelsea, Hiddink is a former manager of the national team of 2018 FIFA World Cups™ hosts Russia, where he remains a sporting celebrity to this day. He returns to FOX Sports, where he was part of coverage of the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup.

Alexi Lalas, a standout defender on the U.S. Men’s National Team (U.S. MNT) during the 1994 FIFA World Cup™, serves as a game and studio analyst for FOX Sports’ coverage of soccer. One of the sport’s most recognizable personalities, Lalas is a member of the National Soccer Hall of Fame.

Lothar Matthäus, winner of both the FIFA World Cup™ (1990) and Euros (1980) and all-time FIFA World Cup™ leader with 25 games played, is a FOX Sports soccer studio analyst. The 1991 FIFA World Player of the Year, Matthäus was Germany’s team captain for the 1990 and 1994 FIFA World Cups™, also scoring two FIFA World Cup™ runner-ups (1982, ’86).

Moises Munoz, a Mexican national team goalkeeper, serves as a FOX Sports soccer analyst. An active player in his 20th professional season, he is the starting keeper for Puebla of Liga MX. He has 19 international caps for Mexico, was a member of multiple FIFA World Cup™ qualifying cycles, and served as the starting goalkeeper for Mexico’s 3-2 win over the United States in the 2015 CONCACAF Cup playoff match that sent El Tri to the 2017 Confederations Cup.

Kelly Smith, a retired English star forward, serves as a FOX Sports soccer analyst. She recorded over 100 caps for the England women’s national football team and is England’s record goal scorer with 46 goals. In college in the United States, Smith broke records with Seton Hall University, then played professionally in various women’s pro leagues in both the United States and England, where she starred for Arsenal. She worked for FOX Sport’s 2015 Women’s FIFA World Cup™ studio coverage and is a television analyst in her native United Kingdom.

Ian Wright, Arsenal and Crystal Palace legend, serves as FOX Sports studio analyst for soccer. Wright enjoyed an illustrious career with Arsenal, scoring 185 goals, winning a Golden Boot his first season, and earning the title of top scorer for the club six seasons in a row.

STUDIO HOSTS

Rob Stone is the lead studio host for FOX Sports’ coverage of soccer, college football and college basketball. He also anchored the network’s daytime studio programming during the 2015 Women’s FIFA World Cup™. A recent inductee to the CT Soccer Hall of Fame, Stone was an All-Conference midfielder for Colgate.

Kate Abdo, an accomplished journalist who has covered events around the globe, joined FOX Sports full-time in 2017. She came to the network from Sky Sports in the UK, where she had worked since 2014, and hosted the Emmy-nominated nightly wrap-up show, WOMEN’S FIFA WORLD CUP™ TONIGHT during FOX Sports’ coverage of the 2015 Women’s FIFA World Cup™.

Fernando Fiore is an Emmy Award-winning broadcaster and contributes to FOX Sports’ expanding soccer portfolio. He made his English-language television debut with FOX Sports in 2016 during Copa America Centenario and also contributed to the network’s coverage of the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup.

Ian Joy joined FOX Sports in 2016 as the network’s lead host for Bundesliga coverage. A former player in Bundesliga and Major League Soccer, Joy spent time as a commentator at beIN Sports before joining FOX.

REPORTERS

Rachel Bonnetta (Digital) holds a variety of digital media roles across major FOX Sports events and properties. She joined the network in 2016 after working as an on-air host with Major League Soccer, and has since been part of FOX Sports’ Super Bowl LI, Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show and BIG3 Basketball coverage.

Sergey Gordeev (National Geographic) is a journalist with years of experience reporting around the globe, specializing in cultural stories. A graduate of the Columbia Journalism School with a Master’s degree in broadcast journalism, he is fluent in English and Russian and has spent time working in New York and Moscow.

Maria Komandnaya is a Russian journalist who has worked with FOX Sports previously during the network’s coverage of the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup. She co-hosted the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ Draw live from State Kremlin Palace in Moscow and is well known for her work with Moscow FM and Match TV.

Rodolfo Landeros is a Mexican reporter and television commentator who also works as an on-air broadcaster for FOX Deportes. Prior to joining FOX Sports, Landeros worked with Univision Deportes where he gained popularity for his enthusiasm and engaging personality.

Geoff Shreeves is a reporter from the UK who has also worked for Sky Sports and BT Sport. He contributes to Sky Sports’ UEFA Champions League coverage and has also appeared as a sideline reporter for Champions League coverage on FOX Sports networks.

Jenny Taft is a versatile reporter for FOX Sports and is a key component of the network’s soccer, college football and supercross coverage. A lacrosse player at Boston University, Taft’s on-air career began with FOX Sports North before she joined FS1 for the network’s launch in 2013. Taft served as an embedded reporter with the U.S. WNT during the 2015 Women’s FIFA World Cup™.

CORRESPONDENT-AT-LARGE

Grant Wahl is one of soccer’s leading journalists and is a senior writer covering the sport for Sports Illustrated. He contributes to FOX Sports’ coverage of the UEFA Champions League and U.S. Men’s and Women’s National Teams and was part of the network’s on-air lineup for the 2015 Women’s FIFA World Cup™. His new book, MASTERS OF MODERN SOCCER, drops next month.

RULES ANALYST

Dr. Joe Machnik is a former FIFA and CONCACAF Match Commissioner and was inducted into National Soccer Hall of Fame earlier this year. An All-America goalkeeper at Long Island University, he coached his alma mater to the 1966 National Championship Game and is believed to be the only person to play in the NCAA Soccer Tournament, coach in three NCAA finals and referee an NCAA Championship.

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 at Talladega Superspeedway Quotes & Programming Schedule

“Drivers Only” NASCAR XFINITY SERIES Broadcast Live on FOX Saturday at 3:00 PM ET with Star-Studded Cast
MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES Race Live Sunday on FOX at 2:00 PM ET with Qualifying Live on FOX Saturday at 1:00 PM ET

CHARLOTTE, NC – The MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES heads to Talladega Superspeedway this weekend, site of FOX’s second-annual “Drivers Only” NASCAR XFINITY SERIES broadcast, with FOX Sports set to offer more than 18 hours of live action from NASCAR’s biggest track. Included are FOX’s live race coverage of the MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES on Sunday, April 29 (2:00 PM ET), the NASCAR XFINITY SERIES “Drivers Only” race broadcast on Saturday, April 28 (3:00 PM ET) and Cup Series qualifying on Saturday (1:00 PM ET).

After FOX Sports successfully aired its first-ever “Drivers Only” NASCAR XFINITY SERIES race broadcast last June at Pocono Raceway, the first time a nationally televised sporting event had been called entirely by athletes currently competing in that sport, FOX returns this weekend for an encore.

Back for the sequel, live on FOX on Saturday at 3:00 PM ET, are Kevin Harvick (play-by-play), Clint Bowyer (analyst), Joey Logano (analyst), Ryan Blaney (pit reporter), Erik Jones (pit reporter), Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (Hollywood Hotel analyst) and newcomers Brad Keselowski (Hollywood Hotel host) and Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr. (pit road).

Regular FOX Sports announcers Shannon Spake and Michael Waltrip will open FOX’s pre-race coverage at 2:30 PM ET from the Hollywood Hotel, while Keselowski and Stenhouse Jr. make their way from the garage following MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP qualifying (live on FOX) to the Hollywood Hotel.

Mentoring the driver broadcasters throughout the day are regular FOX Sports broadcasters Adam Alexander (Harvick), Michael Waltrip (Bowyer and Logano), Jamie Little (Blaney), Regan Smith (Jones), Vince Welch (Wallace), Shannon Spake (Keselowski) and Larry McReynolds (Stenhouse Jr.).

FOX Sports’ coverage this weekend from Talladega also includes the ARCA RACING SERIES race live on Friday, April 27 at 6:00 PM ET on FS1.

Below is programming information for the weekend ahead, as well as quotes from FOX NASCAR analysts McReynolds, Jeff Gordon and Michael Waltrip, “Drivers Only” analyst Joey Logano and FOX play-by-play announcer Mike Joy.

MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES

  • Date/Time: Sunday, April 29 (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: 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); hosted by John Roberts with analysts Jeff Hammond, Bobby Labonte and Regan Smith; reporting by Kenny Wallace
  • Hosts: Myers and Michael Waltrip
  • FOX NASCAR production staff: Barry Landis (race producer); Artie Kempner (race director); Richie Zyontz (coordinating producer); and Jake Jolivette (pre-race producer)

NASCAR XFINITY SERIES (“Drivers Only”)

  • Date/Time: Saturday, April 28 (3:00 PM ET)
  • Network: FOX
  • Announcers: Play-by-play announcer Kevin Harvick; analysts Clint Bowyer and Joey Logano;
  • Pit reporters: Ryan Blaney, Erik Jones and Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr.
  • Pre-race: NASCAR RACEDAY-XFINITY (2:30 PM ET on FOX); hosted by Shannon Spake, Larry McReynolds and Michael Waltrip
  • Hosts: Brad Keselowski and Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
  • FOX NASCAR production staff: Pam Miler (race producer); Jeremy Green (race director); Richie Zyontz (coordinating producer); and Jeremy Menell (pre-race producer)

FOX NASCAR QUOTES

On Kyle Busch’s recent winning streak in the MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES:
“What dominance we’ve seen from Kyle Busch lately and Kevin Harvick earlier in the year. You have to appreciate what Kyle Busch and the No. 18 team have done and where they are. They’ve accomplished a lot of special things early in the season already. What I’m wondering, though, is which drivers are going to step up next and win. We’re going to Talladega this weekend, and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. is really tough at restrictor-plate tracks, but I’m looking at Denny Hamlin, Brad Keselowski or Joey Logano. Those guys are going to win soon.”
–Michael Waltrip

On whether Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr. and Kevin Harvick are the three to beat for the championship:
“I definitely think so. We saw Martin Truex Jr.’s dominance last year and he won the championship. He has been consistent, led laps and won.”
–Jeff Gordon

On Saturday’s “Drivers Only” NASCAR XFINITY SERIES race broadcast on FOX:
“It’s going to be a lot of fun. One of the most fun things is seeing Kevin Harvick nervous. It happened last time (at Pocono) and he calmed down eventually, but I’d never seen that before and kind of enjoyed that part. That and it’s a big race track. What I learned at Bristol (in the FOX NASCAR broadcast booth at Bristol) is things happen really quickly and it’s hard to get out what you want to say before the next caution happens or something else happens on the track. Talladega is a track that, just like Pocono last year, gives us a little room, especially under caution, to get our thoughts straight and make sure we don’t say something stupid.”
–Joey Logano, FOX “Drivers Only” analyst and driver of the No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil/Autotrader Ford Fusion

“We feel like we’re pretty well-directed by our FOX NASCAR producers, but when these guys take over the ‘Drivers Only’ broadcast, it’s a bit of a free-for-all. There’s no telling what’s going to happen or what they’ll say or see.”
–Michael Waltrip

On the performances of the driver broadcasters in last year’s “Drivers Only” race at Pocono:
“Each of them did an incredible job last year and made for an awesome race broadcast. My biggest takeaway was witnessing some of the drivers who haven’t been FOX Sports driver analysts (for the NASCAR XFINITY Series) before realize just how much work goes into a broadcast. Across the board, from the booth to pit road, they did an amazing job. But those less familiar with the process were a little surprised it wasn’t as easy it as it seems on TV.”
–Larry McReynolds

On the challenge of calling the NASCAR XFINITY SERIES race at Talladega as opposed to a track more like Pocono:
“Of the 14 NASCAR XFINITY Series races that FOX Sports airs, Talladega will be the most difficult for the drivers to call. This isn’t like Pocono or Michigan. There is a lot going on the entire race at Talladega, so it’s going to be fun watching them hang on for the ride. However, I truly think they’ll do just as good of a job as they did at Pocono. And this is so much fun for us at FOX, as well as the drivers. If we’re not having fun, then the viewer likely won’t either. And I guess if the drivers aren’t having fun calling the race, we won’t have much fun being alongside them.”

On whether a dark horse could win this weekend’s Cup Series race at Talladega:
“This is the track for one-hit wonders. Everyone has a shot.”
–Mike Joy

On whether a younger driver could break through for a win at Talladega:
“The last time a driver younger than 30 won a race this season was the Daytona 500. Could lightning strike twice? If so, I’m looking toward Chase Elliott.”
–Mike Joy

On Ford’s recent success at restrictor-plate tracks:
“It is hard to narrow down the reason for Ford’s strong showing on the plate tracks lately, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see it continue this weekend. It’s a combination of several factors: Ford drivers who really know how to draft; the Ford body being more suited for low drag than Chevrolet and Toyota; and the impressive horsepower Roush Yates puts out at plate tracks.”

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

Friday, April 27
NASCAR XFINITY SERIES practice (11:30 AM-12:30 PM) (FS1)
MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES practice (12:30-1:30 PM) (FS1)
NASCAR XFINITY SERIES final practice (1:30-2:30 PM) (FS1)
MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES final practice (2:30-3:30 PM) (FS1)
ARCA RACING SERIES Racing (6:00-8:00 PM) (FS1)

Saturday, April 28
NASCAR XFINITY SERIES qualifying (11:00 AM-12:30 PM) (FS1)
MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES qualifying (1:00-2:30 PM) (FOX)
NASCAR RACEDAY-XFINITY “Drivers Only” (2:30-3:00 PM) (FOX)
NASCAR XFINITY SERIES Racing “Drivers Only” race broadcast (3:00-5:30 PM) (FOX)

Sunday, April 29
NASCAR RACEDAY (12:00-1:30 PM) (FS1)
MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES PRE-RACE (1:30-2:00 PM) (FOX)
MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES Racing (2:00-6:00 PM) (FOX)

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Sam Darnold Joins FIRST THINGS FIRST Ahead of this Week’s 2018 NFL Draft

NEW YORK – For the first time ever, the 2018 NFL Draft is coming to FOX. Beginning Thursday, April 26, Rounds 1 through 3 are simulcast on the FOX broadcast network and NFL Network, highlighted by FOX NFL lead analyst Troy Aikman and FOX College Football lead analyst Joel Klatt offering insights as the Draft unfolds.

FOX Sports’ ongoing preview coverage continued this morning as top prospect Sam Darnold joined FIRST THINGS FIRST WITH CRIS CARTER AND NICK WRIGHT to discuss his mindset leading up to the draft, what makes him different from his peers and more.

Darnold on potentially being the No.1 selection in 2018:
“I’m not going to lie to you, it’d be awesome to be that No. 1 pick. With the teams sitting up there with the opportunity to maybe trade up, or the Browns where they’re sitting at right now, everyone has an opportunity to win in the near future. So I’d be really happy to be the No. 1 pick, but at the same time I can’t worry about that, and I’m really just looking forward to being with the team that wants me.”

Darnold on what he wants to improve on the field:
“I think just taking care of the ball, first of all. But also being able to understand what a defense is trying to do to me pre-snap, and then really understanding what they’re doing post-snap as well. There’s so much that goes into it, but I’m really just trying to get better every day, day in and day out.”

Darnold on what sets him apart from other QB prospects:
“I think I’m a very natural leader. I like to give people hope in the locker room. Whether it’s how I play or the way that I act on and off the field, I think there’s just something about me that’s a little bit different.”

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NBA and FOX Sports Announce Multi-Year Relationship to Broadcast Jr. NBA World Championship

Coverage of Inaugural Global Youth Basketball Competition for Boys and Girls to Include Live Games and Original Programming Across FOX and FS1 Networks

NEW YORK, NY – The National Basketball Association (NBA) and FOX Sports today announced a multi-year relationship in which FOX and FS1 will televise the Jr. NBA World Championship, a first-of-its kind global youth basketball tournament for elite 13- and 14-year-old boys and girls teams from around the world. The inaugural event will take place at the state-of-the-art ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Fla. from Aug. 7-12.

FOX Sports will air 16 games totaling 20 hours of programming. On Saturday, Aug. 11 and Sunday, Aug. 12, there will be more than 10 hours of programming on FOX that includes the boys and girls U.S. and international championship games as well as the World Championship games between those winners. Select domestic and international pool play and elimination games will air on FS1. All games will be simulcast on the FOX Sports app, which now provides live streaming video of FOX Sports content through iOS and Android devices.

“We jumped at the opportunity to partner with the NBA on this unique event,” said Mark Silverman, President, National Networks at FOX Sports. “The NBA’s stars of tomorrow – the next Dwyane Wade or Candace Parker – might get their first big turns in the spotlight with us, right here at FOX Sports.”

FOX Sports will also highlight the important off-court culture of the tournament in its ancillary coverage. As part of the event, outside of competition, boys and girls from dozens of countries around the world will participate in activities – often alongside current and former NBA and WNBA players – including life skills education, physical and mental wellness programming and NBA Cares community service projects.

“We are thrilled to partner with FOX to provide national coverage of the first-ever Jr. NBA World Championship,” said Kathy Behrens, NBA President, Social Responsibility and Player Programs. “FOX shares our commitment to showcasing the event’s exciting on-court competition as well as the impactful off-court programming which will showcase our core values that will help set a new standard for youth basketball competitions.”

The Jr. NBA World Championship features both boys and girls divisions, each comprised of eight U.S. and eight international teams, separated into U.S. and international brackets that include round-robin and single-elimination competition. The winning boys and girls teams from eight newly-created U.S. regional tournaments (Central, Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, Northeast, Northwest, South, Southeast and West), as well as teams representing eight international regions (Africa & Middle East, Asia Pacific, Canada, China, Europe, India, Mexico and South America), will compete in the Jr. NBA World Championship in August.

The event will align with the NBA and USA Basketball Youth Guidelines aimed at improving the way children, parents and coaches experience the game, with a specific emphasis on promoting player health and wellness and age-appropriate rules and standards. The Youth Guidelines include recommended and maximum participation amounts that will limit youth participating in the Jr. NBA World Championship to one or, at maximum, two games per day over the course of the tournament. Additionally, rules and standards detail age-and stage appropriate equipment and court specifications, game structure, playing tactics, and rules.

More information about the Jr. NBA World Championship can be found at www.jrnba.com/worldchampionship.

About the NBA
The NBA is a global sports and media business built around four professional sports leagues: the National Basketball Association, the Women’s National Basketball Association, the NBA G League and the NBA 2K League, set to launch in May 2018. The NBA has established a major international presence with games and programming in 215 countries and territories in 50 languages, and merchandise for sale in more than 125,000 stores in 100 countries on six continents. NBA rosters at the start of the 2017-18 season featured 108 international players from a record 42 countries and territories. NBA Digital’s assets include NBA TV, NBA.com, the NBA App and NBA League Pass. The NBA has created one of the largest social media communities in the world, with 1.5 billion likes and followers globally across all league, team, and player platforms. Through NBA Cares, the league addresses important social issues by working with internationally recognized youth-serving organizations that support education, youth and family development, and health-related causes.

About the Jr. NBA
The Jr. NBA presented by Under Armour is the league’s youth basketball participation program that provides a fun environment for kids to learn the fundamentals and values of the game. The Jr. NBA is focused on helping grow and improve the youth basketball experience for players, coaches and parents, and offers a free curriculum covering all levels of the game that includes 48 practice plans and more than 250 instructional videos featuring NBA and WNBA players. The Jr. NBA World Championship, a first-of-its kind global youth basketball tournament for the top 14U boys and girls teams from around the world, will take place in August 2018.

In partnership with USA Basketball, the NBA developed two sets of youth basketball guidelines which promote player health and wellness and age-appropriate rules and standards. Through a network of affiliated youth basketball organizations and programs such as the Jr. NBA Skills Challenge presented by Verizon and 3v3 Leagues presented by Shock Doctor, the Jr. NBA program has reached more than five million youth ages 6-14 in the U.S. and Canada since launching its expanded efforts in October 2015. The Jr. NBA partnership network is comprised of youth basketball programs of all NBA, WNBA and NBA G League teams as well as elementary and middle schools, military bases and longstanding community partners. For more information and to register for the Jr. NBA, visit www.JrNBA.com or download the Jr. NBA app.

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.

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FOX Sports Ushers in 25th Season of NFL Coverage with Its Strongest Broadcast Schedule Ever

Inaugural THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL PRESENTED BY BUD LIGHT To Kick Off Sept. 27 At 8:20 PM ET
AMERICA’S GAME OF THE WEEK, Television’s No. 1 Show Returns On FOX Sept. 9 At 4:25 PM ET

NEW YORK – In its 25th season of NFL coverage, FOX Sports owns the weekend with an unprecedented collection of NFL THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL games presented by Bud Light beginning Week 4, in addition to an impressive slate of NFL games airing on Sunday afternoons this fall.

Combined with 11 weeks of THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL, FOX Sports’ 2018 NFL Sunday afternoon schedule includes 113 regular-season games, led by nine editions of AMERICA’S GAME OF THE WEEK, television’s No. 1 show for nine straight years. This past January, FOX Sports was awarded a five-year deal for THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL that includes games between Weeks 4-15 (excluding Thanksgiving night) to be broadcast on FOX, simulcast via NFL Network and distributed in Spanish on FOX Deportes.

FOX’s strong 2018 regular season schedule features 35 NFC divisional matchups – 10 from the NFC South, nine each from the NFC North and NFC West, and seven from the NFC East.

AMERICA’S GAME OF THE WEEK kicks off Week 1 with the Dallas Cowboys taking on the Carolina Panthers from Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte. Other notable AGOTW matchups for the 2018 regular season include an NFC Championship Game rematch between the Minnesota Vikings and Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles (Week 5); the NFC West winning Los Angeles Rams at the NFC South winning New Orleans Saints (Week 9); a battle of “runners-up” from last season as the Minnesota Vikings take on the New England Patriots (Week 13); and the Philadelphia Eagles face the Dallas Cowboys (Week 14).

THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL premieres on FOX Thursday, Sept. 27 when the Minnesota Vikings take on the Los Angeles Rams from Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles make their 2018 debut on THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL with a Week 6 showdown against the New York Giants from MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ. Other notable THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL contests include the Green Bay Packers heading to the Pacific Northwest for a meeting with the Seattle Seahawks (Week 11) and the New Orleans Saints battling the Dallas Cowboys (Week 13).

FOX’s NFL Thanksgiving Day coverage features the Washington Redskins battling the Dallas Cowboys at 4:30 PM ET from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

Once the playoff field is determined, FOX presents live postseason coverage that includes two NFC Divisional Playoff matchups and the NFC Championship Game.

Each week during the NFL season, coverage begins with FOX NFL KICKOFF (11:00 AM ET), followed by FOX NFL SUNDAY (12:00 PM ET), America’s most-watched pregame show for 25 straight seasons. Since its inception in September of 1994, FOX NFL SUNDAY has garnered 22 Emmy Awards for its production and personalities. Every week of THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL, presented by Bud Light begins at 6:00 PM ET on NFL Network with TNF GAMEDAY. Beginning on Thursday, Sept. 27, FOX’s THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL pregame show, simulcast on NFL Network, and live from New York City, features an all-Hall of Fame cast consisting of Terry Bradshaw, Howie Long and Michael Strahan. THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL PREGAME begins at 7:30 PM ET and leads viewers to the game.

NFL preseason coverage on FOX begins Thursday, Aug. 23 as the Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles visit the Cleveland Browns. Additionally, preseason NFL action on FOX includes the Cincinnati Bengals taking on the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, Aug. 26.

2018 FOX NFL BROADCAST SCHEDULE
(ALL TIMES ET)

Sunday, September 9
(FOX NFL SUNDAY Doubleheader)

1:00 PM
Jacksonville Jaguars at New York Giants
San Francisco 49ers at Minnesota Vikings
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints
Tennessee Titans at Miami Dolphins

4:25 PM
Dallas Cowboys at Carolina Panthers
Washington Redskins at Arizona Cardinals
Seattle Seahawks at Denver Broncos

Sunday, September 16

1:00 PM
Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers
Carolina Panthers at Atlanta Falcons
Cleveland Browns at New Orleans Saints
Philadelphia Eagles at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

4:05 PM
Arizona Cardinals at Los Angeles Rams
Detroit Lions at San Francisco 49ers

Sunday, September 23
(FOX NFL SUNDAY Doubleheader)

1:00 PM
Indianapolis Colts at Philadelphia Eagles
Green Bay Packers at Washington Redskins
New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons
New York Giants at Houston Texans
San Francisco 49ers at Kansas City Chiefs

4:25 PM
Dallas Cowboys at Seattle Seahawks
Chicago Bears at Arizona Cardinals

Thursday, September 27

8:20 PM
^Minnesota Vikings at Los Angeles Rams

Sunday, September 30

1:00 PM
Detroit Lions at Dallas Cowboys
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Chicago Bears
New York Jets at Jacksonville Jaguars
Philadelphia Eagles at Tennessee Titans

4:05 PM
Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals
Cleveland Browns at Oakland Raiders

Thursday, October 4

8:20 PM
^Indianapolis Colts at New England Patriots

Sunday, October 7
(FOX NFL SUNDAY Doubleheader)

1:00 PM
Green Bay Packers at Detroit Lions
New York Giants at Carolina Panthers
Atlanta Falcons at Pittsburgh Steelers

4:25 PM
Minnesota Vikings at Philadelphia Eagles
Arizona Cardinals at San Francisco 49ers
Los Angeles Rams at Seattle Seahawks

Thursday, October 11

8:20 PM
^Philadelphia Eagles at New York Giants

Sunday, October 14

1:00 PM
Carolina Panthers at Washington Redskins
Arizona Cardinals at Minnesota Vikings
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Atlanta Falcons
Chicago Bears at Miami Dolphins
Seattle Seahawks at Oakland Raiders (from London)

4:05 PM
Los Angeles Rams at Denver Broncos

Thursday, October 18

8:20 PM
^Denver Broncos at Arizona Cardinals

Sunday, October 21

1:00 PM
Carolina Panthers at Philadelphia Eagles
Cleveland Browns at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Detroit Lions at Miami Dolphins
Minnesota Vikings at New York Jets

4:05 PM
New Orleans Saints at Baltimore Ravens

Thursday, October 25

8:20 PM
^Miami Dolphins at Houston Texans

Sunday, October 28
(FOX NFL SUNDAY Doubleheader)

1:00 PM
Washington Redskins at New York Giants
Seattle Seahawks at Detroit Lions
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Cincinnati Bengals

4:25 PM
Green Bay Packers at Los Angeles Rams
San Francisco 49ers at Arizona Cardinals

Thursday, November 1

8:20 PM
^Oakland Raiders at San Francisco 49ers

Sunday, November 4
(FOX NFL SUNDAY Doubleheader)

1:00 PM
Atlanta Falcons at Washington Redskins
Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Carolina Panthers
Chicago Bears at Buffalo Bills

4:25 PM
Los Angeles Rams at New Orleans Saints

Thursday, November 8

8:20 PM
^Carolina Panthers at Pittsburgh Steelers

Sunday, November 11

1:00 PM
Detroit Lions at Chicago Bears
Washington Redskins at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
New Orleans Saints at Cincinnati Bengals
Atlanta Falcons at Cleveland Browns
Arizona Cardinals at Kansas City Chiefs

4:05 PM
Los Angeles Chargers at Oakland Raiders

Thursday, November 15

8:20 PM
^Green Bay Packers at Seattle Seahawks

Sunday, November 18
(FOX NFL SUNDAY Doubleheader)

1:00 PM
Dallas Cowboys at Atlanta Falcons
Philadelphia Eagles at New Orleans Saints
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New York Giants
Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears
Carolina Panthers at Detroit Lions

4:25 PM
TBD

Thursday, November 22

4:30 PM
Washington Redskins at Dallas Cowboys

Sunday, November 25

1:00 PM
New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles
Seattle Seahawks at Carolina Panthers
San Francisco 49ers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

4:05 PM
Arizona Cardinals at Los Angeles Chargers

Thursday, November 29

8:20 PM
^New Orleans Saints at Dallas Cowboys

Sunday, December 2
(FOX NFL SUNDAY Doubleheader)

1:00 PM
Chicago Bears at New York Giants
Los Angeles Rams at Detroit Lions
Arizona Cardinals at Green Bay Packers
Carolina Panthers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

4:25 PM
Minnesota Vikings at New England Patriots

Thursday, December 6

8:20 PM
^Jacksonville Jaguars at Tennessee Titans

Sunday, December 9
(FOX NFL SUNDAY Doubleheader)

1:00 PM
New York Giants at Washington Redskins
Los Angeles Rams at Chicago Bears
Atlanta Falcons at Green Bay Packers
New Orleans Saints at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Carolina Panthers at Cleveland Browns

4:25 PM
Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys
Detroit Lions at Arizona Cardinals

Thursday, December 13

8:20 PM
^Los Angeles Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs

Sunday, December 16

1:00 PM
Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears
Dallas Cowboys at Indianapolis Colts
Arizona Cardinals at Atlanta Falcons
Detroit Lions at Buffalo Bills
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Baltimore Ravens
Washington Redskins at Jacksonville Jaguars

4:05 PM
Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers

Sunday, December 23

1:00 PM
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Dallas Cowboys
Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions
Atlanta Falcons at Carolina Panthers
Green Bay Packers at New York Jets

4:05 PM
Los Angeles Rams at Arizona Cardinals
Chicago Bears at San Francisco 49ers

Sunday, December 30
(FOX NFL SUNDAY Doubleheader)

1:00 PM
Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants
Philadelphia Eagles at Washington Redskins
Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers
Chicago Bears at Minnesota Vikings
Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints
Atlanta Falcons at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

4:25 PM
San Francisco 49ers at Los Angeles Rams
Arizona Cardinals at Seattle Seahawks

Saturday, January 5 or Sunday, January 6, 2019
NFC Wild Card Game (teams, site & time to be determined)

Saturday, January 12 and Sunday, January 13, 2019
NFC Divisional Playoff Games (teams, site & time to be determined)

Sunday, January 20, 2019
NFC Championship Game (teams, site & time to be determined)

* FOX NFL games scheduled in Weeks 5-10 are part of the NFL’s flexible schedule plan. During this period, flexible scheduling can be used in no more than two weeks by shifting a Sunday afternoon game into prime time and moving the Sunday night game to an afternoon start time.

** FOX NFL games scheduled in Weeks 11-17, are part of the NFL’s flexible schedule plan. After consultation with FOX Sports, the NFL will determine start times on these dates, with a game or games possibly moving from 1:00 PM ET to late afternoon, or from afternoon to prime time. FOX retains the right to protect some games from being moved into prime time during these weeks.

^Denotes game is simulcast on NFL Network and distributed in Spanish on FOX Deportes

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FOX NASCAR at Richmond Raceway Quotes & Programming Schedule

MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES Live Saturday on FOX; NASCAR XFINITY SERIES Live Friday on FS1
Special Live Edition of NASCAR RACE HUB Friday from Richmond with Gordon, Johnson, Petty and Waltrip Debating the Show’s Recently Named Top-50 Drivers List

CHARLOTTE, NC – The MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES heads to Richmond Raceway this weekend, with FOX Sports set to offer more than 15 hours of live action Friday and Saturday from the three-quarter mile oval. Included are FOX’s live race coverage of the MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES on Saturday, April 21 (6:30 PM ET) and FS1’s live telecast of the NASCAR XFINITY SERIES on Friday, April 20 (7:00 PM ET).

Additionally, a special live edition of NASCAR RACE HUB: WEEKEND EDITION airs from FOX Sports’ Hollywood Hotel at Richmond Friday (3:30 PM ET on FS1), centered around the recently revealed NASCAR RACE HUB Top-50 Drivers list.

Mike Joy hosts alongside four of the drivers ranked among the top six in the prestigious list, including seven-time champions Richard Petty (1st) and Jimmie Johnson (2nd), four-time champ Jeff Gordon (4th) and Hall of Famer Darrell Waltrip (6th). Earlier this month, 21 FOX NASCAR broadcasters and driver/crew chief analysts submitted their selections for the top-50 drivers of all time. Votes were tabulated in a manner similar to an Associated Press Top 25 or USA Today Coaches Poll, and the results, announced in a two-day special edition of RACE HUB, sparked spirited debate within the industry.

Encores of the two NASCAR RACE HUB Top-50 Drivers countdown specials will air immediately preceding the live edition of NASCAR RACE HUB: WEEKEND EDITION from the Hollywood Hotel (1:30 PM ET and 2:30 PM ET on FS1).

Below is programming information for the weekend ahead, as well as quotes from FOX NASCAR analysts Larry McReynolds, Hall of Famer Darrell Waltrip, Regan Smith and Michael Waltrip.

MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES

  • Date/Time: Saturday, April 21 (6:30 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: Vince Welch, Matt Yocum and Regan Smith
  • Pre-race: 6:00 PM ET on FOX; hosted by Chris Myers with Michael Waltrip, Gordon and Darrell Waltrip
  • NASCAR RACEDAY (3:00 PM ET on FS1); hosted by John Roberts with analysts Jeff Hammond and Bobby Labonte; reporting by Kenny Wallace
  • Hosts: Myers and Michael Waltrip
  • FOX NASCAR production staff: Barry Landis (race producer); Artie Kempner (race director); and Richie Zyontz (coordinating producer)

NASCAR XFINITY SERIES

  • Date/Time: Friday, April 14 (7:00 PM ET)
  • Network: FS1
  • Announcers: Adam Alexander, Michael Waltrip and driver analyst Kevin Harvick
  • Pit reporters: Matt Yocum and Regan Smith
  • Pre-race: NASCAR RACEDAY-XFINITY (6:30 PM ET on FS1); hosted by Shannon Spake, Larry McReynolds and Michael Waltrip; reporting by Kenny Wallace
  • Hosts: Spake and McReynolds
  • FOX NASCAR production staff: Pam Miler (race producer); Jeremy Green (race director); and Richie Zyontz (coordinating producer)

FOX NASCAR QUOTES

On whether Kyle Busch is the driver to beat right now among Martin Truex Jr. and Kevin Harvick:
“I don’t see how you can’t say that. He won the mile-and-a-half race at Texas. He won at Bristol. But at Texas, Harvick was better, so I’ll probably rank Harvick and Busch about even with Truex right behind them.”
–Michael Waltrip (on FS1’s NASCAR RACE HUB)

“I think they’re going to keep moving around as the year goes on. Someone is going to get hot, he’ll be the man and then someone else will get hot. They’re pushing each other right now, which is great.”
–Regan Smith (on FS1’s NASCAR RACE HUB)

On short tracks often allowing a variety of drivers to shine:
“Short tracks can be such an equalizer. We saw it last weekend at Bristol and likely will see it again this weekend at Richmond. The best of the best can get in trouble and open the door for guys we don’t typically see near the front.”
–Darrell Waltrip

On what Jimmie Johnson’s strong showing at Bristol could mean for the next few races:
“I like where they were when they left Texas, although the result wasn’t there. They had speed, and Jimmie had a lot of confidence headed into Bristol. I don’t care if he led the race or not. He drove aggressively – pushing, shoving and doing everything I’d like to see out of him. I think his Bristol results will motivate him and propel him nicely into the next three races, all of which the No. 48 team can win. When Jimmie hits Richmond, Talladega and Dover, I don’t care about aerodynamics. I want him behind the wheel of my race car.”
–Michael Waltrip

On Ryan Blaney’s strong run at Bristol before getting caught up in an accident:
“A lot of the younger drivers rose to the surface at Bristol – Ryan Blaney, in particular. If he can just cross over that hump, he is going to win a heck of a lot of races.”
–Larry McReynolds

On the continued battles between Kyle Larson and Kyle Busch, which played out again at Bristol:
“Kyle Larson is a fiery driver, and I think it eats at him when Kyle Busch gets the best of him, like he did at Bristol. Larson has finished second to Busch several times, and that has to be eating him alive.”
–Darrell Waltrip

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

Friday, April 20
NASCAR XFINITY SERIES practice (9:30-10:30 AM) (FS1)
MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES practice (11:00 AM-12:00 PM) (FS1)
NASCAR RACE HUB: WEEKEND EDITION (12:00-12:30 PM) (FS1)
MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES final practice (12:30-1:30 PM) (FS1)
NASCAR RACE HUB: WEEKEND EDITION (3:30-4:00 PM) (FS1)
NASCAR XFINITY SERIES qualifying (4:00-5:00 PM) (FS1)
NASCAR RACE HUB: WEEKEND EDITION (5:00-5:30 PM) (FS1)
MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES qualifying (5:30-6:30 PM) (FS1)
NASCAR RACEDAY-XFINITY (6:30-7:00 PM) (FS1)
NASCAR XFINITY SERIES Racing (7:00-9:30 PM) (FS1)

Saturday, April 21
NASCAR RACEDAY (3:00-4:00 PM) (FS1)
MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES PRE-RACE (6:00-6:30 PM) (FOX)
MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES Racing (6:30-10:00 PM) (FOX)

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FOX Sports Premieres PHENOMS Soccer Documentary Mini-Series at Tribeca Film Festival® Ahead of Network TV Debut

Exclusive “Goalkeepers” Episode Screening on April 25 with Executive Producers David Worthen Brooks and Mario Melchiot and Other Influential Contributors
Network Television Premiere Set for May 25, on FOX

LOS ANGELES, CA –  FOX Sports today announced the world premiere of the action-packed soccer documentary mini-series, PHENOMS, at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival, presented by AT&T, in its Tribeca TV section. The network will showcase the FOX Sports Films series’ third episode, “Goalkeepers,” introducing audiences to the behind-the-scenes journey with these future stars, who act as the true last line of defense for their countries on the global stage.

The premiere takes place Wednesday, April 25 at 8:30pm ET at SVA Theatre (333 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10011), followed by a panel discussion about the upcoming mini-series and road to the FIFA World Cup™. The post-film panel, hosted by FOX Sports’ Rachel Bonnetta, includes guests Mario Melchiot (Executive Producer, PHENOMS; former professional player); David Worthen Brooks (Executive Producer, PHENOMS; EVP, ALL CITY); Arbi Pedrossian (Producer, PHENOMS); Chris Perkel (Series Creative Director, PHENOMS); Directors Jane Hicks, Jeff Zimbalist and Michael Zimbalist; and Thomas Verrette (editor/producer, PHENOMS).

In its May network television premiere, PHENOMS will kick-off with back-to-back episodes, “Attackers” and “Defenders,” on Friday, May 25 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on FOX. Episode 3, “Goalkeepers,” will air on Friday, June 1, at 9 p.m. ET/PT, ahead of the finale on June 8, when Episodes 4 and 5, “Playmakers” and “Creators,” will air back-to-back at 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. ET/PT. The full schedule, including re-airs on FS1, is available below.

The five-part documentary chronicles the journey of the next great soccer players on their quests to represent their respective countries in the 2018 FIFA World Cup™. The series allows fans and viewers to experience the personal lives of players through unprecedented behind-the-scenes access. Some of the players featured include young stars from the world’s top clubs and countries such as Dele Alli, Davinson Sanchez, Marco Asensio, Paulo Dybala, Gabriel Jesus, Ousmane Dembele, Adrien Rabiot, Leon Goretzka, Corentin Tolisso, Hirving Lozano and Marquinhos.

This captivating global sports documentary series has been created by the world’s top sports documentarians and award-winning storytellers — filmmakers who’ve won Emmys, Peabodys and Academy Awards, including Jeff and Michael Zimbalist, Kevin Klauber, Chris Perkel, Leo Pearlman, Jane Preston, Alastair Uhlig, Lovinsa Kavuma, Bart van den Aardweg, Mirko Dreiling, Marco Schillaci, Gilles Rof, Joan Lloret and Sofia Geveyler.

FOX Sports has partnered with Verizon, a broadcast sponsor of FOX’s FIFA World Cup™ coverage, and associate sponsor Hisense, a global technology leader and an Official Sponsor of the 2018 FIFA World Cup™, to bring PHENOMS to life.

PHENOMS TV Schedule:

Friday, May 25
8:00 PM ET/PT – Episode 1 / Attackers, FOX
9:00 PM ET/PT – Episode 2 / Defenders, FOX

Sunday, May 27
8:30 PM ET/PT – Episode 1 / Attackers, FS1
9:30 PM ET/PT – Episode 2 / Defenders, FS1

Friday, June 1
9:00 PM ET/PT – Episode 3 / Goalkeepers, FOX

Sunday, June 3
11:00 PM ET/PT – Episode 3 / Goalkeepers, FS1

Friday, June 8
8:00 PM ET/PT – Episode 4 / Playmakers, FOX
9:00 PM ET/PT – Episode 5 / Creators, FOX

Saturday, June 9
10:00 PM ET/PT – Episode 4 / Playmakers, FS1
11:00 PM ET/PT – Episode 5 / Creators, FS1

Website: www.phenoms2018.com
Follow us on Social: @FoxSoccer #Phenoms2018

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 ALL CITY 21st Century Fox
All City is a creative content studio designed to develop and produce entertainment and branded content for major brands amplified with the platforms of Fox Networks Group, which includes FOX, FX, Fox Sports and National Geographic and media platforms including Hulu, ITunes, Netflix and Amazon. Established as a joint venture with 21st Century Fox, All City has revolutionized branded content by cultivating story-based partnerships with top brands such as Mars Candy, T-Mobile, Verizon, Walmart, USAA and NASA. All City brings networks and brands together at the creator’s table to design entertainment for the future of media. Recognized for their work by top tier festivals such as Cannes, Sundance and South by Southwest. Their latest project, Phenoms, a global scale documentary series that follows key players and their journey leading up to the 2018 World Cup, will possibly be the most epic soccer documentary ever made.

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Bradshaw, Long and Strahan Lead New THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL PREGAME SHOW from New York

Terry Bradshaw, Howie Long and Michael Strahan Lead New THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL PREGAME SHOW Live from New York City
Bradshaw & Long Provide Analysis With Strahan Serving As First Time Host

NEW YORK, NY – FOX Sports Pro Football Hall of Famers Terry Bradshaw, Howie Long and Michael Strahan will headline a new THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL PREGAME SHOW live from New York City for the 2018 NFL season. Beginning in Week 4, the new THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL PREGAME SHOW will air at 7:30 PM ET on the FOX broadcast network and NFL Network, taking viewers up to kickoff.

Each and every week of 2018 Thursday Night Football, Presented by Bud Light schedule will begin at 6:00 PM ET on NFL Network with TNF GAMEDAY. The Hall of Fame cast from NFL Network will get viewers ready for the NFL week and set the table for the upcoming Thursday Night game leading into the new THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL PREGAME SHOW. Over the next hour, the trio of Bradshaw, Long and Strahan, with additional insight and commentary from NFL Network analysts, will breakdown the night’s matchup from all angles and provide the final say leading up to kickoff. (Complete talent details will be announced prior to the start of the 2018 season)

In January, FOX Sports was awarded a five-year deal for Thursday Night Football that includes games between Weeks 4-15 (excluding Thanksgiving night) to be broadcast on FOX, simulcast via NFL Network and distributed in Spanish on FOX Deportes.

“Securing this trio of hall-of-famers to lead our inaugural THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL PREGAME SHOW was paramount in continuing the NFL’s goal of establishing this night as appointment viewing,” said Eric Shanks, President and Executive Producer FOX Sports. “Terry, Howie and Michael, along with our partners at NFL Network, will set the weekly tone with expert analysis and special guests for a dynamic lead-in to each Thursday Night matchup.”

As the host of the THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL PREGAME SHOW, Strahan, a veteran on-air personality covering news, sports and entertainment is the first former professional athlete in the host role on a FOX NFL studio show. Strahan, Bradshaw and Long remain analysts on FOX NFL SUNDAY alongside Emmy-nominated host Curt Menefee and former coach Jimmy Johnson.

“I’m very fortunate to be a part of award winning teams with Good Morning America and FOX NFL Sunday,” said Strahan. “I am looking forward to expanding FOX’s presence with the NFL and bringing the viewers a great evening of Thursday Night Football.”

In its 25th season of NFL coverage, the new THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL PREGAME SHOW will be FOX Sports first New York City-based live NFL studio show, complementing FOX NFL SUNDAY, the No. 1 NFL pregame show for the last 24 seasons and the network’s signature program, of which Bradshaw and Long have been an integral part since its inception in 1994.

The new THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL PREGAME SHOW will be produced by Executive Vice President, Production, Bill Richards, who also oversees FOX NFL KICKOFF and FOX NFL SUNDAY.

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FS1 Presents Exciting UFC Programming this Week with THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER: UNDEFEATED Premiering Wednesday and FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT: BARBOZA VS. LEE Saturday

Top-Ranked UFC Lightweight Felder and Fitzgerald Call Bouts Saturday, with Analysts Edwards, Smith and Host Olivi on FOX Sports Desk

LOS ANGELES – Today, FOX Sports announces an action-packed week of UFC programming, with the premiere of THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER: UNDEFEATED on FS1 and FOX Sports GO on Wednesday, April 18, (10:00 PM ET), followed by an exciting FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT: BARBOZA VS. LEE Saturday, April 21 (10:00 PM ET).

The highly anticipated 27th season of THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER: UNDEFEATED features a dynamic cast of eight unbeaten lightweight and eight unbeaten featherweight fighters coached by heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic and light heavyweight champion and FOX Sports analyst Daniel Cormier.

Wednesday’s FS1 UFC programming block kicks off with UFC TONIGHT (8:00 PM ET), where hosts Cormier and Kenny Florian discuss the new season of THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER, and preview UFC FIGHT NIGHT: BARBOZA VS. LEE. At 9:00 PM ET, a new episode of UFC FIGHTER’S CUT: JEREMY STEPHENS premieres, featuring the exciting No. 5 ranked featherweight Stephens breaking down some of the biggest fights of his career.

Following the premiere of THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER: UNDEFEATED, the late-night companion show TUF TALK returns with host Karyn Bryant, Bisping and RJ Clifford recapping the evening’s episode and interviewing cast members. Now in its fifth season, TUF TALK airs each Wednesday at 11:00 PM ET.

The action moves to Atlantic City, N.J. on Friday, April 20, with the UFC WEIGH-IN SHOW on FS2 and FOX Sports GO at 5:00 PM ET. Host Megan Olivi and analysts Yves Edwards and Jimmy Smith are in FOX Sports’ Los Angeles studio discussing the fighters, while Heidi Androl reports onsite. The same crew kicks off Saturday’s programming at 7:00 PM ET with the FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT PREFIGHT SHOW on FS1 and FOX Sports GO, previewing the evening’s bouts.

Saturday’s bouts are called by top-ranked UFC lightweight Paul Felder and blow-by-blow announcer Brendan Fitzgerald from Atlantic City. Brandon Moreno and Troy Santiago have the call in Spanish on FOX Deportes.

The two-hour UFC FIGHT NIGHT PRELIMS begin at 8:00 PM ET on FS1, FOX Deportes and FOX Sports GO with four exciting bouts. Ryan LaFlare (13-2) fights Alex Garcia (15-4) in a welterweight scrap. No. 15-ranked flyweight Magomed Bibulatov (14-1) and Ulka Sasaki (20-5-2) tangle, while Siyar Bahadurzada (23-6-1) and Luan Chagas (15-2-1) square off at 170 pounds. Plus, No. 10-ranked light heavyweight Corey Anderson (10-4) battles No. 11 Patrick Cummins (10-4).

The three-hour main card begins on FS1, FOX Deportes and FOX Sports GO at 10:00 PM ET and features an exciting lightweight bout between top-ranked contenders, as No. 4-ranked Edson Barboza (19-5) takes on No. 7 Kevin Lee (16-3) in the main event. Rounding out the main card, No. 3-ranked featherweight Frankie Edgar (21-6-1) faces No. 4 Cub Swanson (25-8). Justin Willis (6-1) and Chase Sherman (11-4) meet in a heavyweight tilt. No. 8-ranked middleweight David Branch (21-4) and No. 11 Thiago Santos (17-5) square off. No. 8-ranked bantamweight Aljamain Sterling (14-3) and No. 14 Brett Johns (15-0) scrap. Plus, New Jersey native Jim Miller (28-11, 1NC) and Dan Hooker (16-7) 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, Edwards and Smith recap the evening, while Androl 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*
Wednesday,

April 18

8:00 PM UFC TONIGHT FS1

 

Wednesday,

April 18

9:00 PM UFC FIGHTER’S CUT: JEREMY STEPHENS FS1

 

Wednesday,

April 18

10:00 PM THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER: UNDEFEATED FS1

 

Wednesday,

April 18

11:00 PM TUF TALK FS1

 

Friday,

April 20

5:00 PM UFC WEIGH-IN SHOW FS2

 

Saturday,

April 21

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

April 21

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

April 21

10:00 PM FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT: BARBOZA VS. LEE FS1 / FOX Deportes
Saturday,

April 21

1:00 AM FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT POSTFIGHT SHOW FS1

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