Month: April 2018

Regan Smith

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 Verette (editor, 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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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

Pam Oliver

Pam Oliver Named 2018 Gracie Awards Winner for Her Exemplary Contributions in Sports

LOS ANGELES – FOX Sports’ veteran sportscaster Pam Oliver has been named a 2018 Gracie Awards winner for her exemplary contributions in sports announced today by the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (AWMF). She will accept the award at the 43rd annual Gracie Awards Gala highlighting women in television, radio, cable and social media in Beverly Hills on Tuesday, May 22.

“I’m extremely thankful to be recognized by the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation with a Gracie Award,” said Oliver. “I can recall a time in sports television when there weren’t as many women in the forefront or behind the scenes but thanks to key decision makers, women are recognized more and more for their contributions to sports media.”

Oliver currently serves as senior correspondent, contributing feature stories and sideline reports for FOX NFL and FOX NFL SUNDAY. Oliver has been part of FOX Sports family for over two decades and has been part of FOX’s coverage of eight Super Bowls since joining the network in 1995. A graduate of Florida A&M University, Oliver earned her degree in broadcast journalism and was a NCAA and AIAW track and field All-American in both the 400 meters and the mile relay. She was inducted into her alma mater’s sports hall of fame in 1996.

The Gracie Awards celebrates the individual achievements and impeccable programming created by, for and about women in radio, television, cable and interactive media. Honorees were selected in national, local and student markets, including both commercial and non-commercial outlets.

“Pam Oliver is one of the most respected sportscaster’s in our industry and epitomizes what a sports reporter should represent through her tireless work ethic,” said John Entz, President, FOX Sports Production and Executive Producer. “Her professionalism and her ability to foster key relationships is why we depend on her to talk to the biggest names in the business during the most memorable moments. We couldn’t be prouder.”

The Gracie Awards celebrates the individual achievements and impeccable programming created by, for and about women in radio, television and interactive media. Honorees were selected in national, local and student markets, including both commercial and non-commercial outlets.

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FOX Sports Elevates NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES Race at Bristol Motor Speedway to FOX in August

FOX Sports announces today that the August NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES race from Bristol Motor Speedway will move from August 15 to August 16 and will air live on the FOX broadcast channel. The race, originally scheduled for August 15 on FS1, will air live on FOX at 8:30 PM ET (pre-race coverage begins at 8:00 PM ET on FOX).

FOX also will offer live coverage of the October 13 NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES race from Talladega Superspeedway (1:00 PM ET), while the balance of the series schedule airs live on FS1 in 2018.

The entire FOX NASCAR schedule is available live on FOX Sports GO. Please visit www.FOXSports.com/NASCAR/Schedule for updated versions of all three NASCAR national series schedules.

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FOX Sports’ 2018 USGA Championship Season Highlighted by 118th U.S. Open Championship from Historic Shinnecock Hills

More Than 150 Hours of Live Television Coverage Scheduled Across Nine USGA Championships
Includes Inaugural Presentation of First-Ever U.S. Senior Women’s Open Championship

NEW YORK – Today, FOX Sports unveils its 2018 USGA Championship television schedule, featuring more than 150 hours of live linear coverage across nine championships, highlighted by more than 45 hours of coverage of the 118th U.S. Open Championship at Shinnecock Hills Golf Cub in Southampton, N.Y., in June across FOX, FS1, FOX Deportes and concurrent streaming on FOX Sports GO.

FOX Sports’ 2018 USGA coverage begins with the 73th U.S. Women’s Open Championship at Shoal Creek Country Club in Shoal Creek, Ala. Coverage starts Wednesday, May 30, with live practice round action on FS1, and complete championship coverage airs on FS1 and the FOX broadcast network from Thursday, May 31 to Sunday, June 3.

On Monday, June 4, the network’s U.S. Open preview coverage begins in earnest with the U.S. OPEN SECTIONAL QUALIFYING SHOW at 10:00 PM ET on FS1, and continues Thursday, June 7 with groupings announcements on THE HERD WITH COLIN COWHERD at 12:00 PM ET on FS1.

Next, the FOX Sports team travels to Scarsdale, N.Y., for the 40th Curtis Cup Match at Quaker Ridge Golf Club, airing on FS1 from Friday, June 8 to Sunday, June 10, before making the quick trip across the Long Island Sound to Shinnecock Hills for the start of U.S. Open Week on FOX.

On Tuesday, June 12, CELEBRATION OF CHAMPIONS, a brand new event featuring the USGA’s reigning champions in a unique team competition on-site at Shinnecock Hills, tees off the week’s programming at 4:30 PM ET on FS1. Live U.S. Open championship coverage begins Wednesday, June 13, with practice rounds, player interviews, features and additional preview content on WEDNESDAY AT THE U.S. OPEN at 9:30 AM ET on FS1.

Competition officially begins on FS1 from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM ET on Thursday, June 14, while second round action airs from 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM ET on Friday, June 15, before shifting to FOX from 4:30 to 7:30 PM ET each day. Third-round competition on Saturday, June 16 airs from 11:00 AM to 7:30 PM ET on FOX and from 4:00 to 7:30 PM ET on FOX Deportes. A champion is crowned following the final round on Sunday, June 17, from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM ET on FOX and from 4:00 to 7:00 PM ET on FOX Deportes.

FOX Sports continues its presentation of the nation’s premier golf major championships from the 39th U.S. Senior Open Championship from The Broadmoor (East Course) in Colorado Springs, Colo. Coverage starts Wednesday, June 27 with live practice round action on FS2 and complete championship coverage airs on FS1 from Thursday, June 28 to Sunday, July 1. The network’s USGA coverage continues with the 1st U.S. Senior Women’s Open Championship from Chicago Golf Club in Wheaton, Ill., featuring third and final round action on FS1 on Saturday and Sunday, July 14-15.

The network also provides live coverage from four additional USGA amateur championships: the 71th U.S. Junior Amateur Championship, July 20-21; the 117th U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship, Aug. 8-12; the 118th U.S. Amateur Championship, Aug. 15-19; and the 38th Mid-Amateur Championship, Sept. 26-27.

All linear USGA championship coverage is streamed concurrently on FOX Sports GO. The U.S. Open, U.S. Women’s Open, U.S. Senior Open, U.S. Amateur and U.S. Women’s Amateur are also supplemented by unique digital bonus streams that offer viewers access a wealth of live golf action on FOX Sports GO and usga.org.

Eric Shanks is President, COO and Executive Producer of FOX Sports. Mark Silverman is President, FOX Sports National Networks. John Entz is President, FOX Sports Production & Executive Producer. Mark Loomis is the Executive Producer for USGA studio and event production. Steve Beim serves as lead director.

FOX Sports’ 2018 USGA Championship Television Schedule

(All times ET; All linear coverage streamed concurrently on FOX Sports GO)

73rd U.S. Women’s Open

Shoal Creek Country Club, Shoal Creek, Ala.

Date Program Time Network
Weds, May 30 Wednesday at the U.S. Women’s Open 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM FS1
Thurs, May 31 First Round 3:00 – 8:00 PM FS1
Fri, June 1 Second Round 3:00 – 8:00 PM FS1
Sat, June 2 Third Round 2:00 – 7:00 PM FOX
Sun, June 3 Final Round 2:00 – 7:00 PM FOX

 

40th Curtis Cup Match

Quaker Ridge Golf Club, Scarsdale, N.Y.

Date Program Time Network
Fri, June 8 Foursomes 11:30 AM – 2:30 PM FS1
Four-Ball 5:00 – 8:00 PM FS1
Sat, June 9 Foursomes 11:30 AM – 2:30 PM FS1
Four-Ball 5:00 – 8:00 PM FS1
Sun, June 10 Singles 1:00 – 6:00 PM FS1

 

118th U.S. Open

Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, Southampton. N.Y.

Date Program Time Network
Mon, June 4 U.S. Sectional Qualifying Show 10:00 – 11:00 PM FS1
Thurs, June 7 The Herd: Groupings Announcement 12:00 – 2:30 PM FS1
Tues, June 12 Celebration of Champions 4:30 – 6:00 PM FS1
Weds, June 13 Wednesday at the U.S. Open 9:30 AM – 12: 00 PM FS1
Thurs, June 14 First Round 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM FS1
4:30 – 7:30 PM FOX
Fri, June 15 Second Round 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM FS1
4:30 – 7:30 PM FOX
Sat, June 16 Third Round 11:00 AM – 7:30 PM FOX
4:00 – 7:30 PM FOX Deportes
Sun, June 17 Final Round 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM FOX
4:00 – 7:00 PM FOX Deportes


39th U.S. Senior Open

The Broadmoor (East Course), Colorado Springs, Colo.

Date Program Time Network
June 27 Wednesday at the U.S. Senior Open 12:00 – 1:00 PM FS2
June 28 First Round 4:00 – 9:00 PM FS1
June 29 Second Round 3:30 – 8:30 PM FS1
June 30 Third Round 4:00 – 9:00 PM FS1
July 1 Final Round 4:00 – 9:00 PM FS1

1st U.S. Senior Women’s Open

Chicago Golf Club, Wheaton, Ill.

Date Program Time Network
Sat, July 14 Third Round 4:00 – 6:00 PM FS1
Sun, July 15 Final Round 4:00 – 6:00 PM FS1

 

71st U.S. Junior Amateur

Baltusrol Golf Club, Springfield, N.J.

Date Program Time Network
Fri, July 20 Semifinals 2:00 – 4:00 PM FS1
Sat, July 21 Championship 1:00 – 4:00 PM FS1

 

118th U.S. Women’s Amateur

The Golf Club of Tennessee, Kingston Springs, Tenn.

Date Program Time Network
Weds, Aug. 8 Round of 64 4:00 – 7:00 PM FS1
Thurs, Aug. 9 Round of 16 4:00 – 7:00 PM FS1
Fri, Aug. 10 Quarterfinals 4:00 – 7:00 PM FS1
Sat, Aug. 11 Semifinals 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM FS2
Sun, Aug. 12 Championship 2:00 – 5:00 PM FS1

 

118th U.S. Amateur

Pebble Beach Golf Links, Pebble Beach, Calif.

Date Program Time Network
Weds, Aug. 15 Round of 64 5:00 – 8:00 PM FS1
Thurs, Aug. 16 Round of 16 7:00 – 10:00 PM FS1
Fri, Aug. 17 Quarterfinals 7:00 – 10:00 PM FS1
Sat, Aug. 18 Semifinals 12:00 – 3:00 PM FOX
Sun, Aug. 19 Championship 4:30 – 7:30 PM FOX

 

38th U.S. Mid-Amateur

Charlotte Country Club, Charlotte, N.C.

Date Program Time Network
Weds, Sept. 26 Semifinals 4:00 – 6:00 PM FS1
Thurs, Sept. 27 Championship 4:00 – 6:00 PM FS1

 

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FS1 Adds Angels-Royals to Schedule Sunday Afternoon

Angels’ Two-Way Sensation Shohei Ohtani Scheduled to Take the Mound

The most-talked about storyline of the young MLB season comes to FS1, as Los Angeles Angels two-way sensation Shohei Ohtani makes his next scheduled start on the mound against the Kansas City Royals Sunday at 2:00 PM ET.

Coverage of the matchup, which is a recent addition to FS1’s national schedule, begins at 1:30 PM ET with a 30-minute pregame show hosted by Kevin Burkhardt with analysts Nick Swisher and Dontrelle Willis. Burkhardt, Swisher and Willis return with a 60-minute postgame show to wrap up the action.

First pitch is scheduled for 2:15 PM ET from Kansas City’s Kauffman Stadium with play-by-play announcer Victor Rojas, analyst Mark Gubicza and reporter Ken Rosenthal calling the game. The game is also televised locally on FOX Sports West and FOX Sports Kansas City, as regularly scheduled.

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FOX Sports Uncovers the Stories of Aspiring MLB Players with CAPE COD: A JOURNEY TO THE BIGS

Special Highlights the Famous Cape Cod Baseball League

NEW YORK, NY – The stories behind on-field success and failure aren’t always what they seem, but players know that an invitation to the Cape Cod Baseball League means they must do one thing, prove they belong in the big leagues. CAPE COD: A JOURNEY TO THE BIGS tells the story of aspiring college and amateur baseball players as they commit on and off the field to make their dreams come true.

CAPE COD: A JOURNEY TO THE BIGS premieres Tuesday, April 17 on FS1 at 11:00 PM ET, following the network’s exclusive coverage of the Cleveland Indians at Minnesota Twins at 7:00 PM ET and weeknight program MLB WHIPAROUND at 10:00 PM ET.The special also airs on FOX Sports regional networks on Wednesday, April 18 (check local listings).

Every summer, players from around the country gather in Cape Cod, Mass. in front of top Major League Baseball scouts to try to make their dreams of making “The Show” a reality. But the Cape Cod Baseball League provides more challenges than that. It is a taste of the unseen grind of life in professional baseball.

The special follows Griffin Conine (Duke), Tristan Pompey (Kentucky) and Chandler Day (Vanderbilt) who all played in the Cape Cod Baseball League last summer with varying degrees of success. Conine, the son of former big leaguer Jeff Conine, began forging his own baseball identity by winning MVP of the league. Pompey, after hitting two homeruns in his first game, struggled to regain the form that had scouts calling him a “bigger, faster, stronger” version of his brother, Major Leaguer Dalton Pompey. Day, a pitcher from Vanderbilt University, battled demons on the mound after the drowning of his best friend and teammate. But players’ unique paths are connected by a mutual relentless desire to make it.

Six years removed from the Cape Cod Baseball League is Jason Wheeler, who, while his wife (whom he met in the Cape) cheered him on in the stands, finally saw his determination made fruitful when he stepped on the mound for the Minnesota Twins in 2017. But like all professional athletes must learn, sports is a business. Within a week of making his MLB debut, Jason was traded twice, and landed back in the Minors. Now 27 years old, Wheeler and his wife have a decision to make…retire and finally start a family or try and keep the baseball dream alive for one more season.

The Cape Cod Baseball League has produced hundreds of Major Leaguers including current players & All-Stars Aaron Judge, Andrew Miller, Jason Kipnis, as well as former Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum and former NL MVP Ryan Braun. But the league’s most star-studded class reigned in 1988. Dubbed ‘The Great Cape in ’88’, 42 players made it to the Majors that year including FOX’s own MLB analysts Frank Thomas and Mark Sweeney.

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FOX NASCAR at Bristol Motor Speedway Quotes & Programming Schedule

MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES Live Sunday on FOX; NASCAR XFINITY SERIES Live Saturday on FS1

McReynolds & Darrell Waltrip React to New All-Star Race Rules

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES heads to Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend, with FOX Sports set to offer more than 18 hours of live action from the half-mile concrete oval. Included are FOX’s live race coverage of the MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES on Sunday, April 15 (2:00 PM ET) and FS1’s live telecast of the NASCAR XFINITY SERIES on Saturday, April 14 (1:00 PM ET).

Below is programming information for the weekend ahead, as well as quotes from FOX NASCAR analysts Larry McReynolds and Hall of Famer Darrell Waltrip, NASCAR’s winningest driver of all-time at Bristol with 12 victories. Additionally, included are McReynolds’ and Waltrip’s thoughts on the new rules and format for the May 19 MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR ALL-STAR RACE (live on FS1 at 8:00 PM ET), announced on tonight’s NASCAR RACE HUB on FS1.

MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES
• Date/Time: Sunday, April 15 (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 Robert with analysts Jeff Hammond and Regan Smith; reporting by Kenny Wallace
o NASCAR RACEDAY offers: an essay on the weekend Alan Kulwicki was killed, voiced by his then-hauler driver Peter Jellen; a “Where’s Wallace” piece from the Tennessee/Virginia state line with Kenny Wallace; a feature on the life and career of Kasey Kahne; and live interviews with Kyle Busch and Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr.
• Hosts: Myers and Michael Waltrip

NASCAR XFINITY SERIES
• Date/Time: Saturday, April 14 (1:00 PM ET)
• Network: FS1
• Announcers: Adam Alexander, Michael Waltrip and driver analyst Joey Logano
• Pit reporters: Jamie Little and Regan Smith
• Pre-race: NASCAR RACEDAY-XFINITY (12:30 PM ET on FS1); hosted by Shannon Spake and Larry McReynolds; reporting by Kenny Wallace
• Post-race: 3:30-4:00 PM ET on FS1
• Hosts: Spake and McReynolds

FOX NASCAR QUOTES

What is your reaction to the news that Cup Series teams will run restrictor plates in the Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway?

“I am thrilled to hear NASCAR is looking at this package for the Cup Series teams. The All-Star Race is the perfect place to do it. We all know how good a race the Truck Series puts on everywhere it goes, and this package lends itself a bit to that look, with the increased downforce and drag, the vehicles poking a bigger hole in the air and less horsepower. When I saw the XFINITY race at Indianapolis with this package last year, I was convinced we have to try this somehow, somewhere with the Cup cars. I’m even more excited there are no gimmicks – no mandatory pit stops, no field inversion, no average-finish math involved. Just a straight-up race for $1 million.”
–Larry McReynolds

“I’ll be as interested as anyone to see how restrictor plates do in the All-Star Race. We know they will slow the cars down on the straightaways, but I’m not sure about the corners. I think back to New Hampshire when NASCAR issued restrictor plates, and I wonder if a team will figure out a setup and stink up the show. But I love the fact this is like a big R&D project where teams can throw whatever they want at it. We’ll see what the results are, and if they’re good, we may do it again. If they’re not, then NASCAR probably will scrap the idea for the future. One thing is certain – when they’re racing for $1 million, teams will give it their best shot.”
–Darrell Waltrip

If the All-Star Race rules package is a success, would you support NASCAR trying it in the Cup Series in another race down the road?
“I don’t know if it would be used again in 2018, even if it’s a raging success, but if it turns out well, it would be advantageous to try it at any track a mile-and-a-half or two miles in length. It may not improve the on-track product, but it certainly won’t make it worse. I’d like to see NASCAR give it a shot at a track like Pocono or Michigan this year if it performs well in the All-Star Race, because those tracks aren’t in the Playoffs. Maybe even Indianapolis. But we’ll see what we get in a few weeks at Charlotte.”
–Larry McReynolds

On whether his win at Texas and his extended points lead afford Kyle Busch any additional momentum headed into Bristol this weekend:
“Aside from his Texas win, Kyle Busch’s last five races were all spectacular, so you’ve got to believe the confidence is there. He celebrated that win, but I guarantee you that if he doesn’t win at Bristol, he will be miserable again. But that’s Kyle Busch, and that’s what we love about him.”
–Larry McReynolds

On his first impressions of Bristol Motor Speedway as a driver:
“The first time I competed at Bristol was in an old Mercury with Jake Elder. Going in, Jake told me, ‘You know this place is notorious for wearing out drivers and you have to be a tough SOB to run 500 laps.’ I had been running a fiberglass seat in my late model races, and Jake told me I wouldn’t last 50 laps in that seat at Bristol. I laughed at him, but boy, was I wrong. Only 50 laps into the race, I was patting my helmet, the signal that I needed a relief driver. I was falling out of the seat, with my arms killing me, my neck breaking and me feeling like I was going to die. That fiberglass seat was eating me up, cutting me all over because of all the force on the driver at Bristol. I came in, and Dick Brooks got in my car for 50 or 100 laps. I got back in afterward, backed it down to pace myself and learned a valuable lesson. Five-hundred laps at Bristol is the most grueling thing you’ll ever do. It literally takes everything a driver has to hang on there.”
–Darrell Waltrip

Who in the current field of drivers is best-suited for Bristol and the driving style it requires?
“I never in my life thought someone could win three races in a weekend there, but Kyle Busch has. I don’t know how he physically does it because all those laps in one weekend don’t appear to affect him all that much. Kyle stays up on the wheel and gets the job done. Just finishing three races there in one weekend is an accomplishment, but dominating, leading the most laps and winning is the most impressive thing I’ve ever seen a driver do there.”
–Darrell Waltrip

Who is your pick to win Sunday’s race?
“Kyle Busch because he is always good at Bristol, he has been running extremely well the past few weeks and won last weekend. But I don’t think he will run away with the race, as Kevin Harvick and Brad Keselowski should be strong. I also wouldn’t be surprised to see some of the young drivers, such as Chase Elliott, William Byron and Erik Jones, have a solid day. But I’ll take Kyle Busch for the win.”
–Darrell Waltrip

Some Cup Series teams have had issues with the newly mandated pit guns in recent weeks, and Kevin Harvick this week expressed his displeasure with them. Where do you stand on this topic? Should they be regulated or should teams again be allowed to build their own?
“I’m often puzzled when NASCAR regulates something in the interest of saving teams money because that often isn’t the result. It’s hard to believe cost-savings could be applicable now, after teams for years have spent money to research and develop pit guns and have been reaping the fruits of their labor. They have dumped so much money into building reliable, custom-made guns for their pit crew members, so why regulate them now? These pit guns are inferior to what many teams had, which was a custom piece, and are putting undue burden on pit crews. Let the teams supply their own.”
–Darrell Waltrip

Are there any surprises in the point standings headed into Bristol?
“Jimmie Johnson still is not even in the top 20 in points. In fact, the top Hendrick Motorsports driver is Alex Bowman in 14th. We saw a little glimmer of hope for that organization at Texas, but still a lot of work to be done.”
–Larry McReynolds

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

Friday, April 13
MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES practice (12:00-1:00 PM) (FS1)
NASCAR XFINITY SERIES practice (1:00-2:00 PM) (FS1)
NASCAR RACE HUB: WEEKEND EDITION (2:00-3:00 PM) (FS1)
NASCAR XFINITY SERIES final practice (3:00-4:00 PM) (FS1)
NASCAR RACE HUB: WEEKEND EDITION (4:00-4:30 PM) (FS1)
MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES qualifying (4:30-6:00 PM) (FS1)

Saturday, April 14
MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES practice (8:30-9:30 AM) (FS1)
NASCAR XFINITY SERIES qualifying (9:30-10:30 AM) (FS1)
NASCAR RACE HUB: WEEKEND EDITION (10:30-11:00 AM) (FS1)
MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES final practice (11:00 AM-12:00 PM) (FS1)
NASCAR RACE HUB: WEEKEND EDITION (12:00-12:30 PM) (FS1)
NASCAR RACEDAY-NXS (12:30-1:00 PM) (FS1)
NASCAR XFINITY SERIES Racing (1:00-3:30 PM) (FS1)
NASCAR XFINITY SERIES post-race (3:30-4:00 PM) (FS1)

Sunday, April 15
NASCAR RACEDAY (12:30-1:30 PM) (FS1)
MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES PRE-RACE (1:30-2:00 PM) (FOX)
MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES Racing (2:00-5:30 PM) (FOX)