Month: July 2018

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FIFA World Cup™ Final on FOX Peaks at Nearly 15 Million Viewers

FOX & FS1 World Cup Coverage Accounts for All 20 of Top 20 Shows Among Men 18-49 in English-Language TV over Last Month
World Cup Content Delivers 3.6 Billion Total Minutes, 558 Million Total Video Views across FOX Sports Streaming, Digital and Social Platforms

NEW YORK & MOSCOW – FOX Sports’ delivery of the FIFA World Cup™ Final peaked at 14,620,000 viewers on the FOX broadcast network Sunday, according to Nielsen Media Research. France’s dominant 4-2 victory over Croatia averaged 11,824,000 viewers across FOX and streaming sources.

France’s win was the most-watched non-NFL telecast of any kind on FOX in 2018, and the most-watched telecast on television since the NBA Finals among Men, Women and Adults 18-34 and 18-49, according to Nielsen. It was the first FIFA World Cup™ Final not to go to extra time since 2002, and the first World Cup Final where a team held a three-goal lead before the 90th minute mark since 1970.

As the leader in live sports consumption, FOX and FS1 coverage of the FIFA World Cup™, airing in morning and early afternoon time slots in the U.S., accounted for all 20 of the top-20 shows among Men 18-49 in English-language TV over the last month. In addition, the World Cup delivered the 15 most-watched soccer matches since the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup™.

With a live-match average-minute audience of 552,000 on streaming platforms, the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ Final delivered the largest authenticated Sunday event in FOX Sports history, surpassing the 2018 NFC Championship by 18% (468,000 AMA).

The FIFA World Cup™, a crown jewel of the FOX Sports portfolio, delivered the top three authenticated streaming events in FOX Sports history (ranked in order of live-match average-minute audience):

  • Croatia-England Semifinal: 830,000
  • France-Belgium Semifinal: 657,000
  • Brazil-Belgium Quarterfinal: 615,000

FIFA World Cup™ content delivered 3.6 billion total minutes and 558 million total video views across streaming, digital and social platforms. Prior to the 2018 FIFA World Cup, the previous record for a one-month period was October 2017, with 1.5 billion total minutes. Streaming alone amassed a total of 2.6 billion minutes, 87 million views and 9.1 million unique streamers.

FOX Sports digital reached 38 million unique visitors for World Cup content across FOX owned and operated platforms, with FOXSports.com scoring 28.3 million visitors for tournament coverage.

FOX Sports unique partnerships across digital and social platforms paid major dividends, as World Cup Now, a Twitter-only program hosted by Rachel Bonnetta, delivered 7.1 million video views. On Snapchat, 30 million U.S. viewers watched FOX Sports-partnered World Cup content, with more than 70% of the audience under the age of 25. The FIFA World Cup™ Highlight Machine, sponsored by adidas and developed in cooperation with IBM Watson, had nearly 800,000 video views.

According to Nielsen Media Research, the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ on FOX/FS1 produced the following U.S. television marks:

  • The highest Household Delivery for any Semifinal since at least 1990: Croatia-England – 4,153,000 – Saturday, July 14
  • The most-watched Quarterfinal on record: Croatia-Russia – 6,386,000 viewers on FOX, Saturday, July 7
  • The most-watched Quarterfinals day on record – Saturday, July 7
  • The most-watched weekday non-U.S. Round of 16 match on record: Croatia vs. Denmark – 5,966,000 on FOX, Sunday, July 1
  • The most-watched non-U.S. Group Stage match on record on English language television: Germany vs. Sweden – 5,452,000 on FOX, Saturday, June 23
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FS1 Pulls Out All the Stops to Preview the 2018 MLB All-Star Game on FOX

MLB ALL-STAR PREVIEW SHOW Features Player Interviews, Highlights and Analysis from the FOX MLB Studio Crew
Tomorrow on FIRST THINGS FIRST: MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred, Dave Winfield, John Smoltz and Nick Swisher Live On-Site at Nationals Park

Washington – Ahead of the 2018 Major League Baseball All-Star Game, FOX Sports is pulling out all the stops to preview this year’s Midsummer Classic. FS1’s FIRST THINGS FIRST WITH CRIS CARTER AND NICK WRIGHT is on-site at Nationals Park with the latest updates and special guests from the baseball world, with additional preview coverage on the network’s studio shows throughout the day.

Today, three-time Emmy Award-winning broadcaster and FOX MLB analyst Tom Verducci joined FIRST THINGS FIRST and three-time American League MVP and FOX MLB analyst Alex Rodriguez appeared on THE HERD WITH COLIN COWHERD.

(Video) Rodriguez on how Bryce Harper’s reputation will impact his free agency

Verducci on Harper’s struggles at the plate:

FS1’s coverage continues this afternoon with MLB ALL-STAR PREVIEW SHOW from 3:00 to 5:00 PM ET, featuring highlights of 2018’s best baseball moments to-date, in addition to player interviews and analysis from the FOX MLB studio crew live on-site from Nationals Park in Washington, D.C.

Charlie Blackmon and Nick Swisher discuss the Rockies:

Max Scherzer on the significance of the All-Star Game:

Scherzer on the mood in the Nationals’ clubhouse:

David Ortiz has a surprise for Chris Sale:

Ortiz’s advice for Jacob DeGrom:

Ken Rosenthal on Harper’s future:

On the best landing spots for Manny Machado:

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts discusses the team’s turnaround:

On Tuesday, July 17, FIRST THINGS FIRST boasts a packed lineup – MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred, MLB Hall of Famers Dave Winfield and John Smoltz and World Series champion Nick Swisher join the show from the ballpark.

FOX Sports’ coverage of the 2018 MLB All-Star Game continues on Tuesday at 7:00 PM ET on FS1 with Emmy-nominated broadcaster Kevin Burkhardt, World Series champion David Ortiz, five-time all-star Frank Thomas and Rodriguez on-site, before switching to the FOX broadcast network at 7:30 PM ET for additional preview coverage and first pitch.

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FOX Sports Reporter & Dirt Legend Kenny Wallace Pulling Double Duty at Eldora Speedway

Bell and Larson Make FOX Sports Broadcasting Debuts July 18 at Eldora

CHARLOTTE, NC – At least half of FOX Sports’ broadcast team for Wednesday’s NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES race at Eldora Speedway, Tony Stewart’s half-mile dirt track, has extensive dirt-racing experience.

NASCAR stars and veteran dirt aces Christopher Bell and Kyle Larson make their FOX NASCAR broadcasting debuts Wednesday during FS1’s live, full-day coverage, culminating with the race telecast at 9:00 PM ET. Larson offers analysis from the FOX Sports television booth alongside Vince Welch and Michael Waltrip, while Bell teams with Hermie Sadler, former NASCAR driver and 1988 World Karting Association champion (on dirt), and fellow dirt-racing legend Kenny Wallace to cover pit road.

Bell, the reigning Truck Series champion, won the Chili Bowl Nationals championship in 2017 and 2018 and the 2013 USAC National Midget championship. Additionally, he went to victory lane in the 2015 NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES race at Eldora. Larson took the honors in 2016 and also won the 2011 4-Crown Nationals at Eldora, becoming just the second driver in history to win in all three types of USAC cars in a single night. He also earned the 2011 Belleville Midget Nationals championship.

Wallace, a FOX Sports reporter and two-time winner at Eldora, won the 2005 Prelude to the Dream and has competed at Eldora annually ever since. Renowned for “racing anything and everything,” he is scheduled to drive the No. 36 Toyota DIRTcar in more than 60 dirt races across the country this year, scaling back a bit from last year’s 80 to afford himself more family time. Last weekend (July 14-15), Wallace was north of the border, racing at Riverside International Speedway in Nova Scotia, Canada.

Before he hits the airwaves on FS1, Wallace has a date with the dirt at the clay oval, climbing behind the wheel Tuesday and Wednesday. On Wednesday, he’ll jump out of his race car and straight into a FOX Sports polo for his broadcasting duties.

In the Q&A below, FOX Sports catches up with Wallace for his take on everything Eldora, as well as his advice for Bell and Larson:

FOX SPORTS: You have enjoyed quite a bit of success at Eldora, including wins in the 2005 Prelude to the Dream and an A-main, and have more than a dozen starts there. What about Eldora suits your driving style so much?

Wallace: “Eldora is what we call ‘momentum racing’ in the dirt world. Ninety-five percent of dirt racing is bullring racing where you go down the straightaway, use the brakes, toss the car in the corner, turn around and come back. Eldora is unique because you always have to keep speed up and use very little brakes, if none at all. I have been successful there because I grew up on momentum racing on asphalt in ASA. The people who are the best there keep their car straight all the time — they don’t try to get it sideways. Sideways is bad at Eldora.”

FOX SPORTS: What’s the most challenging aspect of driving a truck at Eldora?

Wallace: “A truck is an incredibly hard vehicle to drive there because it doesn’t have really wide tires. In the dirt racing world, you can do whatever you want with your chassis, within reason. But in NASCAR, you are limited in what you can do. You do what you can with the chassis and then adapt as a driver. When you run really high against the wall in the truck, it provides good momentum and keeps your speed up. The key is to run high and maintain momentum, but don’t hit the wall so badly that you destroy your truck.”

FOX SPORTS: How does a driver achieve success at Eldora?

Wallace: “The driver who will be successful at Eldora is one who is able to adapt well and goes in prepared. A few years ago, I started seeing Matt Crafton at dirt tracks in Kentucky. He told me he loves dirt racing and wanted to get prepared because he knew he would have to run Eldora in the truck. There’s so much to learn. It paid off when he won last year – running right through the middle of the track. He put a lot of effort in it. If you go into Eldora and don’t want to be there, you won’t be any good. It’s no different than Bristol or a road course – you better like it or you won’t be good. I’ve seen great asphalt drivers study, learn, adapt and win at Eldora. But you don’t just show up unprepared and win.”

FOX SPORTS: Should the MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES have a dirt race on the schedule?

Wallace: “One year ago on SiriusXM Radio, I said times have changed and NASCAR probably needs to consider it. Who would have ever thought we would see a dirt track inside Indianapolis Motor Speedway or a ‘roval’ at Charlotte? So many of us started out racing on dirt, so it would only make sense to give it a shot. If NASCAR doesn’t, it risks falling behind. Times have changed in such crazy ways, and we can’t keep doing the same thing over and over. It’s time to shake things up.”

FOX SPORTS: Who is your pick to win at Eldora?

Wallace: I believe there are some names coming – Stewart Friesen is incredible in the Super DIRTcar Series. There’s Kyle Strickler, who is very good at Eldora. Mike McLaughlin’s son, Max, is young and talented. There is some new talent this year that should make folks take notice, but to be the man, you have to beat the man. [Matt] Crafton has been running dirt lately and won last year.”

FOX SPORTS: If you could give one piece of advice to a newcomer at Eldora, what would it be?

Wallace: “Do not drive terribly fast. You will be amazed by how little throttle you need to give it. You can actually win by pushing the throttle only halfway. The track is incredibly slippery, so don’t think your truck will hook up and go fast. You will be amazed by how fast your truck will go with minimal throttle.”

FOX SPORTS: What will be the biggest challenge for Kyle Larson and Christopher Bell moving from the driver’s seat to a broadcasting role at Eldora?

Wallace: “My advice to them would be don’t change. Just be yourself. Don’t try to be a TV guy. Talk like a dirt racer and give fans dirt-racing lingo. Just do what you normally do and the fans will appreciate and enjoy it. They are arguably the greatest dirt racers of this era and at such a young age. Either could have entered this race and won, so FOX is extremely fortunate to have them on the broadcast.”

FOX SPORTS: You’re pulling double duty Wednesday at Eldora between your dirt car and your FOX NASCAR duties. How are you going to make it all work?

Wallace: “I’m racing my Toyota dirt modified car in the full show Tuesday night. On Wednesday, I was invited to be in the invitational race because I won the Prelude to the Dream and have won an A-main at Eldora. I’ll be coming right out of my car and putting my headset on. It’s going to be a crazy day for me, but running my dirt car keeps me young, happy and sane.”

Bell and Larson are on-hand for all Truck Series action telecast on FS1 from Eldora, including single-truck qualifying (4:30 PM ET), qualifying races (7:00 PM ET), the race (9:00 PM ET) and post-race coverage (11:00 PM ET). Pre-race coverage for Wednesday’s Truck Series race begins at 8:30 PM ET with NASCAR RACEDAY-NCWTS on FS1, hosted by John Roberts, Todd Bodine and Phil Parsons.

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FIFA World Cup™ on FOX Programming Highlights: Sunday, July 15

Today’s Schedule & Results (all times ET):

  • France def. Croatia, 4-2 (WATCH: 90 in 90: France vs. Croatia)
  • 7:00 PM – FIFA WORLD CUP NOW (Twitter)
  • 8:30 PM – FIFA WORLD CUP TONIGHT (FS1)
  • 12:00 AM – FIFA WORLD CUP TONIGHT (FOX / airs at midnight in all U.S. time zones)

Today’s Top Quotes:

FOX Sports lead studio analyst Alexi Lalas sums up the 2018 FIFA World Cup:

“This has been the best World Cup ever, for the surprises, the drama, the goals. Each and every day, we were gifted stories on and off the field. It was just a wonderful month.”

FOX Sports lead game analyst Stu Holden believes this World Cup delivered a great tournament:

“What I know for certain, at the end of this tournament, is soccer and this tournament have been the real winners. And all the action has been about the game, and the game is all that really matters at the end of the day. I love that people have enjoyed every ounce of drama that we’ve seen in this tournament.”

FOX Sports studio analyst and former England women’s international Kelly Smith sums up the World Cup Final between France and Croatia:

“This game had it all. It had VAR. It had the mistake by Lloris. Luckily enough, that didn’t cost them the game. You had Mbappe — 19 years old — winning his first World Cup. It was just a fantastic occasion. Well done to France, picking up that trophy.”

Lalas says France showed their talent winning the tournament:

“This is an undeniably talented team. They’re just getting better and better. We never saw the finished product, but they didn’t need it, and they went through the tournament. They scored the goals. They had wonderful defense. I thought Umtiti and Varane were wonderful in terms of clearing their lines. [Mbappe] is a star. He’ll be forever etched in the history books — 19 years old, scoring a goal in the final, World Cup winner. No matter what he does in his career, everyone will start the sentences when they talk about Mbappe with ‘World Cup winner in 2018’.”

FOX Sports studio analyst Guus Hiddink thinks France can be an even better team:

“I hope we will see more of France in the future, because to be honest, this France team didn’t perform well today. And I hope they step up — several players. For me, it was a bit disappointing.”

Lalas says France earned the victory:

“I know Guus wants to see more out of this team, and they are a work in progress. That’s what [France manager] Didier Deschamps would tell you. But man, if you can be a work in progress to win the World Cup, that’s not bad. I happened to like the way that they played. The ability to counter attack, with the speed, pace and recognition to do that was consistent through the tournament. Today, even when the pressure came, and they weren’t able to get out on that break, they still found ways to score goals in the final.”

Holden on what set France apart this tournament:

“They showed a maturity beyond their age for the team that’s the second youngest age in the tournament. And the manager, Didier Deschamps, to bounce back after losing in a final two years ago on home soil. They’ve been tough to beat. They’re good defensively, sound tactically, and they have difference makers with Mbappe, Pogba, Griezmann and Olivier Giroud. They’ve all played their part. They are worthy champions.”

Smith on Paul Pogba having a breakthrough World Cup tournament and final:

“This will probably be the making of Paul Pogba. He’s had a lot of criticisms back in England, playing for Manchester United: he doesn’t defend, he gets caught out of position, he doesn’t score enough goals.

“And in this game, he got himself a goal. He controlled the midfield, especially in the second half. He certainly delivered today. He took control of the game in the second half when it opened up and allowed himself to get a goal.”

Lalas believed Pogba redefined himself with this World Cup:

“If you’re not a Croatian fan, today you probably felt genuinely happy for Paul Pogba for putting the ball in. It comes from the fact that you can get defined by a World Cup and you can also be redefined. The way that he played, and the way that we view him, is so different from the way that he was playing at Manchester United. It’s wonderful, this transformation, this maturity, this leadership, and the sacrifice he made to do the work that needs to be done, even when he’s not scoring goals, even when he’s not getting a lot of attention. It was a wonderful tournament for him.”

Smith says Croatia was the better team, despite the loss:

“They had the majority of possessions, especially the way they started the game. The first 20 minutes, they were all over France. They just couldn’t convert any chances. The second half they looked a bit leggy in the last 20 minutes. They were putting crosses in by Rebic and Perisic, to Mandzukic, but he wasn’t getting on the end of them. For me, they played the better football. But France, going forward, you’ve got the threat of Mbappe. I thought Giroud was outstanding. He didn’t get a goal, but his hold-up play was good. And Griezmann lifted up his game. I felt Croatia had the better game, but obviously, come away losers.”

FOX Sports studio analyst Clarence Seedorf says Croatia should be proud of their performance: WATCH

“They should be really proud. They played a great final. They gave everything. A bit of luck, you need, and the luck was there for France today — the own goal, the handball, the penalty kick. All very crucial moments where Croatia was dominating and creating. But then again, you have to score the goals and France did that, and have done it through the whole tournament.”

Lalas gives his final grade on VAR for the tournament: 

“I give it an A- because you can always improve some things. But I think it went off without a hitch, for the most part. We’re always going to have agreements and disagreements, but ultimately these are human beings making subjective decisions.

“I think it made the game better, it modified behavior of players, it was efficient, it was fast, and it was good.”

Today’s Top Videos:

For notes, coverage, bios, photography and more, visit the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ page on FOX Sports Press Pass.

Cobi Jones, Fernando Fiore, Kate Abdo and Guus Hiddink at 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ Studio in Moscow’s Red Square

FIFA World Cup™ on FOX Programming Highlights: Saturday, July 14

Today’s Schedule & Results (all times ET):

  • Belgium def. England, 2-0 (WATCH: 90 in 90: Belgium vs. England)
  • 6:00 PM – FIFA WORLD CUP TONIGHT (FS1)
  • 7:00 PM – FIFA WORLD CUP NOW (Twitter)
  • 12:00 AM – FIFA WORLD CUP TONIGHT (FOX / airs at midnight in all U.S. time zones)

ICYMI Friday on FIFA WORLD CUP TONIGHT

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Today’s Top Quotes:

FOX Sports game analyst Tony Meola credits Belgium and England for the way they played today:

“Credit both of these managers, both of these teams – they came out today and they played with the right spirit; they went for it. It’s really easy, after you lose a semifinal, just to pack it in and say ok, just one more day and I’m going on vacation for three weeks. But I don’t think we saw that today from either side, and that’s a credit to both of these managers and the way their teams are set up.”

FOX Sports lead studio analyst Alexi Lalas questions how history will look back on this year’s England team: 

“I’ll be really interested to see how history treats this team as we get further and further away. Did we blow it out of proportion or not in terms of how they played on the field and ultimately how they did? Certainly not in the way they affected the hearts and minds of the English and people around the world.”

FOX Sports studio analyst and former England women’s international Kelly Smith says England has a lot to be proud of:

“They have done extremely well. They’ve won the hearts of England fans back in England. My question is, we compete with the better teams, but we don’t beat them when it matters.

“Moving forward, we should be very proud of England and what they’ve achieved. They’ve won a lot of hearts and changed the perception of people in England as to how they view this England team.”

FOX Sports studio analyst Guus Hiddink praises Belgium’s creativity:

“The difference between the two teams was the creativity. If you see Hazard, if you see De Bruyne, they know how to play with a rhythm. They can speed up a game, they can slow down a game.”

Prior to the match, Lalas said that the third-place match was about having a chance to earn a spot in World Cup history:

“This game will come and go, but that 1, 2 and 3 in the 2018 World Cup – that will remain forever for either Belgium or for England.”

FOX Sports game analyst Stu Holden on if Croatia has enough left in the tank for tomorrow’s final:

“Do you have enough in the tank? This is a World Cup final. If you don’t, you need to have a word with yourself.”

Lalas says France has a chance to redeem themselves after falling to Portugal at home in the championship of the 2016 Euros

“This is unfinished business. This is an opportunity for them to come in against a team that – I think France is a better team, they are obviously more rested, I think they have more talent, and I think ultimately this is a game that they should win.

“This is an opportunity for this France team to say what happened a couple years ago was a different team and a different time.”

Hiddink says France won’t make the mistake of underestimating an opponent again:

“They underestimated Portugal without Ronaldo in the Euro – they won’t do that a second time.

“I think the battle will be in midfield … I think it’s important that France will dominate, and they will. With Pogba, Kante, Matuidi, they’re well aware what they have to do in midfield.”

Smith gives the edge to France in tomorrow’s final:

“For me, this is such a tough game to call. They’re so close. But there’s something special about this Croatian team – capable of upsetting the odds, three extra times, two penalties, For me, France has so much quality within their side – you’ve got Griezmann, you’ve got Pogba playing with expression and freedom – he’s really set this tournament alight. And Mbappe – his speed – I think it will be too much for whoever plays for Croatia on that left-hand side. He’s been fantastic every time he gets the ball.”

Meola, a former U.S. MNT goalkeeper, praises France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris:

“Lloris doesn’t have nearly the number of saves some of the other goalkeepers do, but the quality of saves and the timing of the saves that he’s made in this competition have set him apart a bit.”

Holden says France’s defense will be key against Croatia tomorrow:

“What I’ve been really impressed by from this team is the way that they’ve transformed … What Deschamps has done that has really impressed me, he’s made this team really hard to beat … If they are hard to beat defensively and you have game-winners like Mbappe, you give yourself a really good chance.”

Today’s Top Videos:

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FOX Sports Presents Extensive Coverage of 2018 FIFA World Cup Final™

Rob Stone and Kate Abdo Co-Anchor Pre and Post-Match Studio Coverage Alongside Expert Analysts
John Strong and Stu Holden Call France vs. Croatia in Sunday’s Final
JP Dellacamera and Tony Meola in Saint Petersburg for Saturday’s Third-Place Match Between England and Belgium

MOSCOW & NEW YORKFOX Sports closes out the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with extensive live coverage of the tournament’s final from multiple locations on Sunday, July 15. As the most exciting World Cup in a generation comes to a close, FOX Sports begins its televised coverage at 9:00 AM ET on FS1, continuing on the FOX broadcast network at 10:00 AM ET.

Rob Stone and Kate Abdo kick off the day as co-anchors on WORLD CUP LIVE from Red Square and Luzhniki Stadium, respectively, with Fernando Fiore and Maria Komandnaya reporting from Moscow’s Fan Fest. Stone is joined by studio analysts Alexi Lalas, Kelly Smith and Clarence Seedorf. Guus Hiddink is with Abdo at Luzhniki Stadium, with special reports from reporters Jenny Taft and Geoff Shreeves. Dr. Joe Machnik weighs in as rules analyst.

Lead play-by-play announcer John Strong and lead analyst Stu Holden call the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ Final, with Taft and Shreeves reporting from the sidelines (11:00 AM ET, FOX). Global soccer powerhouse France looks for its second World Cup title and Croatia looks to cement its legacy as the ultimate Cinderella.

Following the match, FOX Sports presents an hour-long WORLD CUP TODAY featuring player interviews and reactions. Fiore and Abdo wrap the day’s action on WORLD CUP TONIGHT alongside Cobi Jones, Hiddink, Rachel Bonnetta, Grant Wahl and DJ Rudenko at 8:30 PM ET on FS1 and Midnight ET on FOX across all U.S. time zones.

On Saturday, July 14, veteran play-by-play announcer JP Dellacamera, is joined by former U.S. Men’s National Team goalkeeper Tony Meola to call the third-place match featuring Belgium and England live from Krestovsky Stadium in Saint Petersburg. Coverage begins at 9:00 AM ET on FOX.

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2018 Big 12 Football Media Days to be Televised Live on FS2, FOX College Sports, FOX Sports Regional Networks

Two-Day Coverage Will Also Stream Live on FOX Sports GO

FOX Sports will provide live national and regional coverage of the 2018 Big 12 Conference Football Media Days on Monday, July 16 and Tuesday, July 17 from The Star in Frisco, Texas.

Big 12 Media Days will be televised both days from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. CT nationally on FS2 and FOX College Sports Central, and on FOX Sports Regional Networks in the Big 12 footprint, including FOX Sports Southwest, FOX Sports Oklahoma, FOX Sports Midwest and FOX Sports Southeast.

FOX Sports’ Big 12 Conference Football Media Days coverage will also be available on FOX Sports GO, the live streaming platform that showcases all of FOX Sports’ events and studio programming through pay-TV providers.

FOX Sports GO is available on FOXSportsGO.com or on the FOX Sports GO app, which can be downloaded from iTunes,Google Play, Amazon App Store and Windows Store. Streaming is also now available on several connected devices, including Apple TV, Android TV, FireTV and stick, Roku, Chromecast, Xbox One and YouTube TV.

Additionally, 30-minute recap shows will be televised as per the schedule below.

  • FOX College Sports Central: July 16 & July 17 at 11:00 p.m. CT
  • FOX Sports Southwest & FOX Sports Oklahoma: July 16 & July 17 at 10:30p.m. CT
  • FOX Sports Midwest: July 16 & July 17 at 11:00 p.m. CT
  • FOX Sports Southeast: July 17 at 1:00 a.m. and 1:30 a.m. CT

FOX Sports Southwest’s Lesley McCaslin will host the live Big 12 Media Days broadcast alongside college football analyst Gary Reasons. Jennifer Hale will serve as reporter and interview Big 12 coaches and players throughout the two-day event.

Big 12 Football Media Days coverage will include coaches’ press conferences, team previews, analysis, and interviews with student-athletes and special guests.

Monday’s lineup will feature Iowa State, Kansas, Oklahoma, TCU and Texas Tech. Scheduled to appear on Tuesday are Baylor, Kansas State, Oklahoma State, Texas and West Virginia.

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FOX Sports Scores Strong FIFA World Cup™ Semifinal Numbers as Croatia’s Cinderella Story Continues

Croatia-England is Most-Streamed Semifinal Match in FIFA World Cup™ History
Wednesday’s Extra-Time Thriller Delivers 6,265,000 Viewers across FOX and Streaming Sources, Peaks on Television at 7,495,000

NEW YORK & MOSCOW – Wednesday’s FIFA World Cup™ Semifinal that saw first-time finalist Croatia defeat favored England 2-1 in extra time, scored 5,504,000 viewers on the FOX broadcast network and set an all-time FIFA World Cup™ Semifinal streaming record.

Peaking at nearly 7.5 million viewers (7,495,000), the match was up +61% from the Spain-Germany match in the corresponding 2010 window (3,425,000), and up +75% from the Portugal-France match in the corresponding 2006 window (3,137,000). Against 2014’s match, televised in a more favorable time zone, the match was virtually flat, down less than just one half of 1% from Netherlands-Argentina (5,513,000).

The victory by Croatia, sending them into Sunday’s Final with France (11:00 AM ET, FOX), delivered the most Households of any FIFA World Cup™ Semifinal match since at least 1990 (4,159,000).

According to Nielsen Media Research, the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ on FOX/FS1 has now produced the following U.S. television marks:

  • The highest Household Delivery for any semifinal since at least 1990
  • The most-watched Quarterfinal on record – Croatia-Russia – 6,386,000 viewers on FOX, Saturday, July 7
  • The most-watched Quarterfinals day on record – Saturday, July 7
  • The most-watched weekday non-U.S. Round of 16 match on record – Croatia vs. Denmark – 5,966,000 on FOX, Sunday, July 1
  • The most-watched non-U.S. Group Stage match on record on English language television – Germany vs. Sweden – 5,454,000 on FOX, Saturday, June 23

The complete 2018 FIFA World Cup™ Semifinals on FOX averaged 5,033,000 viewers over both matches, down just -6% from the 2014 Semifinals (5,334,000), and up +49% from the 2010 Semifinals (3,380,000).

Delivering 6,265,000 viewers across FOX and streaming sources, Croatia’s 2-1 win is the most-streamed FIFA World Cup™ Semifinal in history, garnering an average-minute audience of 830,000 for the live match. Recording 146 million streaming minutes, the Croatia-England Semifinal outperformed 2014’s match between Netherlands-Argentina (140 million minutes) by +4%.

The streaming audience also set a FOX Sports record for best authenticated event ever, and led FOX Sports to its best single day of the tournament, with 2,000,000 unique streamers consuming the match, up +8% over the previous high (1.9 million) set on Matchday 18 of this year’s tournament.

FOX Sports delivered its best day of the tournament on social platforms, with 23 million video views (+13% vs. previous high on Matchday 21), as Twitter achieved another record day, with 16 million views across @FOXSports and @FOXSoccer handles.

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100,000 Cameras & Thousands of Fans to Tell the Story of Tuesday’s MLB All-Star Game at Nationals Park

Crowd Sourcing and Fan-Generated Content Lay the Framework for FS1’s 100,000 CAMERAS: THE MLB ALL-STAR GAME, Premiering July 28
100,000 CAMERAS Franchise a Two-Time Sports Emmy Winner across Four Episodes

NEW YORK – FOX Sports’ 20th presentation of the MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard on Tuesday, July 17 from Nationals Park will be chronicled through the lenses of 100,000 cameras and thousands of fans across the country.

As the best players from MLB’s American and National Leagues take the field in the 89th MLB All-Star Game, FOX Sports Films and Major League Baseball team to document the night in a way never-before-seen in baseball. 100,000 CAMERAS: MLB ALL-STAR GAME premieres Saturday, July 28 at 7:00 PM ET on FS1 immediately following the Cubs at Cardinals game.

The groundbreaking franchise, winner of two Sports Emmy Awards, incorporates fan-generated video from MLB All-Star Week to tell the story of the midsummer classic from every conceivable angle, illustrating how baseball connects people and communities at the ballpark and across the country.

The high-energy, highly produced special also features additional FOX Sports camera angles and content not seen in FOX‘s live broadcast of the game, delivering an unprecedented portrayal of the week’s events in Washington, D.C., including the Home Run Derby, from all perspectives until the lights go out at Nationals Park.

Fans everywhere are invited to tell their own MLB All-Star Week story by using their cameras and camera phones (record horizontally) to capture the event and the days preceding it (whether at the ballpark, at home, in a bar, etc.). Simply upload the videos to social accounts using #100KCams during the week and immediately following the game.

CLICK HERE for instructions on how to shoot and upload video.

The hour documentary marks the fifth installment in the two-time Sports Emmy-winning franchise. Last December’s 100,000 CAMERAS: OHIO STATE VS. MICHIGAN, the franchise’s fourth edition and first venture outside motor sports, earned the Sports Emmy for Outstanding Social TV Experience at the 39th Annual Sports Emmy® Awards in May 2018.

The series also took honors for Outstanding Social TV Experience in May 2017 for its innovative use of fan, team and driver-generated video to tell the story of the 2016 DAYTONA 500. Additionally, 100,000 CAMERAS: TALLADEGA earned a Sports Emmy nomination in 2015 for its focus on the 2015 MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES race at Talladega. The franchise debuted on FS1 in May 2014 with a fascinating look at the May 2014 NASCAR ALL-STAR RACE at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Rob Stone, Ian Wright, Kelly Smith and Alexi Lalas at 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ Studio in Moscow’s Red Square

FIFA World Cup™ on FOX Programming Highlights: Wednesday, July 11

Today’s Schedule & Results (all times ET):

  • Croatia def. England, 2-1, in Extra Time (WATCH: 90 in 90: Croatia vs. England)
  • 7:00 PM – FIFA WORLD CUP NOW (Twitter)
  • 10:00 PM – FIFA WORLD CUP TONIGHT (FS1)
  • 12:00 AM – FIFA WORLD CUP TONIGHT (FOX / airs at midnight in all U.S. time zones)

ICYMI Tuesday on FIFA WORLD CUP TONIGHT

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FOX Sports lead game analyst Stu Holden on Croatia’s victory:

“Agony for England, and there will be plenty of time to digest that, but now is the time to celebrate Zlatko Dalić and this Croatian group of warriors that have battled their way to a World Cup final. They have ridden Luka Modrić, Rakitić – all these players – and their golden generation has an opportunity to win a World Cup.”

FOX Sports lead studio host Rob Stone reacts to today’s match:

“England is coming home, and they’re not coming home with a trophy, but they’re coming home to a country that has been inspired by their play.

“Zlatko Dalic – just his 14th match in charge. He’s been on the job for nine months. All he’s done is take his nation, for the first time ever, to a World Cup final. Please start giving Croatia the respect they are due.

“Three straight wins in the group stage, then three straight matches in extra time. This is the first time in World Cup history a nation has won three straight matches that went to extra time.”

FOX Sports lead studio analyst Alexi Lalas on today’s result:

“This Croatian team recognized the moments, and they capitalized on them. Split seconds, loss of concentration can change games, and that’s exactly what happened to England.

“You have two equally matched teams, you have fatigue mentally, and you’re going to switch off. Both goals that England let in are just moments where you don’t let someone know somebody is coming – you let somebody come across.”

Lalas on England’s overall World Cup performance:

“While it might not be coming home, this team is coming home – they are coming home winners. They are coming home having changed the culture and the perception and ultimately the future of this team.

“This is a team to look forward to in the future, because as we mentioned time and time again, this is a team of youth. This is a team of change, and they’re only going to get better.

FOX Sports studio analyst and former England women’s international Kelly Smith has pride for her national team:

“England should have their heads held very high. The nation fell in love with them and is proud of them. They didn’t make the final, but there’s a lot to look forward to with this England side. This is a great experience. They’re going to take this on the chin. This will hurt them, but this will make them grow and they’ll be back next tournament. They didn’t create enough chances in the second half. They had no real shots on target and that hurt them.”

“They’ve shown to wear those three lions on the shirt is a very proud moment, and all the fans in England are going to support the team moving forward.”

FOX Sports studio analyst Clarence Seedorf on how Croatia kept going:

“They had the mental strength to keep pushing. This Croatia team has shown this generation is a special generation.”

Smith on Croatia overcoming possible fatigue:

“You have to have full admiration for Croatia. They have something special. The fitness levels were unreal. I thought at the 60-minute mark, they would be tired, emotionally fatigued, but they just got stronger and stronger. Modric was taking over the game late. It was fantastic to watch because this team has done this and it’s fantastic to see.”

Seedorf says the seeds of this Croatia team were planted years ago:

“We always need to go back to where everything started with this nation. They were kids of parents who went to war, but that’s why you have the mentality, the fighting spirit in them. That team in 1998 inspired this generation. Coming all the way to the semifinals, and these guys pulling off something that was a big dream for them.”

Holden on Croatia having a shot to win the World Cup:

“We have to go back to the group they came out of, that people thought was one of the hardest groups in this tournament with Argentina, Iceland and Nigeria. They won all three of their games in that. They’ve have a couple of games in extra time, they’ve had penalty kicks. Whatever you want to say about this team, they have a will and a desire to win, unlike any other that I have seen in this tournament. Yes, they have players like Modric, Rakitic, and Mandzukic — you could probably say they have the best midfield in this tournament, although France is a close second. But the way that they have rallied together and fought moments and going down a goal in the semifinal tonight, it’s incredible.

“And Zlatko Dalic deserves a ton of credit. The coach that took over at the end of qualifying and only had three matches to get them to this tournament. And they have been riding the wave, they have a belief about them, they have a look in their eye, and they still have game changers, so it’s going to be an exciting final with France.”

Lalas on Croatia overcoming physical and mental fatigue to win:

“We’re waiting for this team to get tired, and evidently they’re only going to get tired on Monday. And it’s amazing to see, not just the physical part, but the mental part, because at times, they’re under it. And they’re able to come out of it. Luka Modric is able to get back into it. I’m looking forward to seeing that midfield battle with Pogba and Kante and Modric and Rakitic, and see how that all shapes up. Once Modric started getting into the game tonight, it spelled trouble for the opposition.”

Seedorf on what to look forward to in France vs. Croatia:

“If you look back in this tournament, we always speak about the great strikers, but football, we know, is about the midfielders, and we have Modric and Rakitic and Pogba and Kante in the final. These guys have set the tone for their teams, and I’m looking forward to it because they’re completely different in terms of playing style. So, it’ll be a really interesting battle.”

Holden and play-by-play announcer John Strong react to Croatia’s increased tempo after scoring the equalizer:

Holden: “England are out of sorts right now, and Croatia are just dialing it up. That goal has given them energy and life and belief.”

Strong: “This thing has been flipped on its head.”

Prior to the match, Lalas said England has not just won the hearts of their home nation, but the hearts of many around the world:

“It’s not just the nation that’s fallen in love with this team, a lot of people around the world have. You’re looking at one right here. They are a fun team to watch.”

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