Month: August 2018

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FOX Sports Expands College Football Coverage with CFB: INSIDE SLANT Hosted by Jenny Taft

Weekly Program Gives Viewers an Inside Look at College Football’s Biggest Stories on FS1

NEW YORK – Expanding its college football coverage and enhancing its commitment to storytelling, FOX Sports today unveils the new weekly show CFB: INSIDE SLANT, hosted by Jenny Taft, on FS1. The 30-minute program takes viewers beyond the football field with an inside look at the sport’s top stories and biggest newsmakers through features and in-depth interviews. The show premieres Wednesday, Sept. 5, at 7:00 PM ET.

The first episode of CFB: INSIDE SLANT features first-year UCLA head coach Chip Kelly, who faces his first major test with the Bruins on Saturday, Sept. 8, against Oklahoma at 1:00 PM ET on FOX. Kelly sits down to discuss his return to the college football sidelines for the first time since the 2012 season, what it means to him to be at UCLA and what he loves about coaching student-athletes.

CFB: INSIDE SLANT runs throughout college football’s regular season on FS1, airing at 7:00 PM ET on Wednesday, Sept. 5 and Sept. 12, before moving to Tuesday nights beginning Sept. 18, where it will typically appear at 10:30 or 11:00 PM ET. Taft, FOX Sports’ lead college football reporter and moderator on SKIP & SHANNON: UNDISPUTED, serves as the show’s host.

CFB: INSIDE SLANT enhances FOX Sports’ college football coverage, which, during the 2018 season, includes an impressive lineup of top games from the Big 12, Big Ten and Pac-12 conferences. FOX Sports is home to some of the most-anticipated matchups of the season, including USC at Stanford, Michigan at Ohio State and the Red River Showdown between Texas and Oklahoma. FOX Sports is also home to the Pac-12 and Big Ten championship games in addition to the San Francisco Bowl and San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl.

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U.S. Men’s National Team Kicks Off Road to Gold Cup Against Global Powerhouse Brazil

LOS ANGELES – The U.S. Men’s National Team heads to New Jersey to battle Neymar and five-time World Cup champion Brazil, Friday, Sept. 7 on FS1, as the Americans begin the road to the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Ian Joy anchors pregame coverage live from MetLife Stadium in New Jersey alongside U.S. Soccer Hall of Famer Alexi Lalas, beginning at 7:30 PM ET. FS1’s pregame presentation features an exclusive interview with U.S. Men’s National Team General Manager Earnie Stewart.

Lead play-by-play announcer John Strong is joined in the booth by former U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder Stu Holden. Alex Curry and Rodolfo Landeros report from the sidelines.

Friday’s match will be the first encounter between the Americans and Canarinhos since 2015. The next generation of the U.S. MNT will face a Brazil roster featuring 2018 FIFA World Cup™ star Philippe Coutinho, as well as Roberto Firmino and Casemiro.

The match can be live-streamed via FOXSports.com and the FOX Sports app on iOS and Android as well as connected devices, including Apple TV, Android TV, FireTV, Roku, Chromecast and Xbox One.

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FOX Sports Live from the Prestigious NHRA U.S. Nationals this Weekend

Just How Important is Winning at Indy?
Rieff: ‘Instant Immortality. Just Ask Those Who Have Won It…and Those Who Haven’t’

CHARLOTTE – Every single NHRA drag racer has Labor Day weekend circled on their calendar. If there is any race that stands above the others for the straight-line crowd, it’s the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals, affectionately and respectfully known as “The Big Go.”

FOX Sports offers live coverage throughout the weekend, with Monday’s Labor Day coverage airing live on FS1 from 11:00 AM ET to 1:00 PM ET and live on the FOX broadcast network from 1:00 PM ET to 4:00 PM ET.

The FOX NHRA broadcast crew of host Dave Rieff, analyst and two-time NHRA Funny Car champion Tony Pedregon, analyst and two-time NHRA champion Bruno Massel and reporters Jamie Sellers and Amanda Busick, offers its perspective on what a win this weekend means for every driver that pulls up to the line.

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Pedregon

“Every race has history, but none at the level of the U.S. Nationals. The higher the stakes, the more desirable winning becomes. More prize money on the table, more points and its history all add to the prestige. Increased buildup means higher pressure for teams and drivers, because it’s the last race before the Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship (playoffs). The timing for winners can really set the tone for a championship run. I believe, in a driver’s career, a championship would be the ultimate goal, but a win at Indy would rank next.”

Rieff

“Instant immortality. Just ask those who have won it … and those who have not. It is, perhaps, the only thing that supersedes a championship. Ask anyone, the ultimate goal is to have both on your mantel. If a championship slips through a driver’s grasp, a win at the U.S. Nationals, his or her legacy is secure, simply by a Monday win, Labor Day in Indianapolis. As far as pressure goes, it definitely goes to the next level. Just like ‘points,’ drivers can say they don’t count them or don’t pay attention to them, but there is a simple word for those drivers that say the ‘Big Go’ is just another race … liar!”

Massel

“A win at Indy can right a season of wrongs. People usually remember who won the Championship and who won INDY! An Indy victory is an invitation to an exclusive club that only is earned by beating the best of the best, on the biggest stage, at the one event that everyone has earmarked on their calendar. I lost the Indy final in 2010 by 1/1,000th of a second! It was the sickest I had ever felt in my career. So, in 2014, when I rolled into the final round again, the level of pressure was more like my career was on the line rather than just another drag race. I can tell you first hand, that victory was special … more so than my first, more so than the one I won in 2009 to clinch my first World Championship, I’d finally won the race that I gave up on winning years ago.”

Howe

“I can’t say what it means to them, but the drivers are different at Indy. They have shorter verbal responses to questions and more body language. They show that there is more on the line. They carry themselves with more pride. They walk more-determined lines. They don’t seem to ever really relax.”

Busick

“In order of importance, raising a Wally (trophy) at the U.S. Nationals would be listed right after being crowned a NHRA Mello Yello Champion to a drag racer. It is the premier race of the season … every driver is looking to add a win there to their resume. Won by the biggest names of the sport throughout time — Prudhomme, Garlits, Muldowney, McCulloch, Glidden, Force, Schumacher — have you really made it if you haven’t won Indy?”

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Bundesliga is Back!

The Bundesliga broadcast schedule and talent assignments can be found attached and here.

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I’m U.S.-born and Scotland-bred, but my love for the game came into full-bloom in Germany, as a defender for the mighty St. Pauli FC from 2005-2008. The tattoo covering my upper back is a tribute to the club that’s like family to me – one of the most progressive and passionate organizations in all of European soccer. I know that’s prime body real estate, but I owe it to them.

After retiring as a player in 2010, I now cover the Bundesliga, Germany’s top-flight, for FOX Sports. This league has everything – audacious play-making, fantastic goals and amazing personality from the field to the stands. I love it with all my soul, and I try to bring the same obsessive energy to my craft now that I would’ve on the training ground, fighting for a spot in the team. Everyone at the Bundesliga and FOX behind-the-scenes that’s committed to growing the league (in its 56th season) deserves that, as do the viewers – whether they’ve always loved it or are just growing into it.

So, every week, I’m on-set with Kate Abdo, unquestionably one of the best in the game, and a cast of other teammates throughout the season. Jovan Kirovski, the only American player ever to win the UEFA Champions League title, Warren Barton, Alexi Lalas, Stu Holden (not a bad crew ex-pros for your next small-sided game) and others join us at our studio, affectionately known as the “Beer Cellar.” We’re typically there at insane west coast hours to bring you the action (be sure to check my 4:30 a.m. Instagram arrivals during the season) and dissect every inch of the games’ tactics and key storylines. Just as importantly, we try to have a little fun while we’re at it.

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So, here are some key reasons why you should join the fun for one (well, more than one) of the nearly 175 Bundesliga matches we’ll show on TV over the next nine months:

For starters, if you want to see the future of our U.S. Men’s National team, on their earliest stretch of the road toward Qatar 2022, you’ll find it right here. There are 11 Americans in the league and 7 of them are under the age of 25.

The name on the marquee in big bright lights, of course, is Borussia Dortmund’s 19-year-old Christian Pulisic — a great bet to wear the captain’s armband full-time for the Stars and Stripes someday soon. I was lucky enough to call Dortmund’s 4-1 season-opening win, roaring back after conceding a shocking goal in the opening minute.

Pulisic is dynamically skilled, confident and as promising as any player that’s ever come from the U.S. He’s also proven his ability to play regularly, score and create goals at the highest level. And I think even he would tell you that last season for the “Black and Yellow” left him wanting more. He’s got something to prove this season, and the club have brought in reinforcements, signing five new players (including Axel Witsel who’s on-form early, with flair) and a brand new manager, Lucien Favre to improve on last season’s fourth-place finish. I spent some time with the club this offseason for more insight into how they intend to do it. I see this as a very important season for both Dortmund as a team and Pulisic as a player.

Josh Sargent who ran rampant in the U-17 and U-20 World Cups for the U.S. in 2017, turned 18 earlier this year and signed his first pro contract. Sargent is an incredibly-skilled yet still-slightly-raw project and potential star in the making. He was reported to be the first one on the scene for training at his club Werder Bremen this summer, which is just the type of dedication he’ll need. We’ll be keeping our eye on his progress this season as he competes for first-team minutes. He scored twice in this summer’s preseason action, which hopefully shows he’s on his way, and also tallied a goal this weekend for Werder Bremen’s reserve team.

Then there’s Texas native, Weston McKennie, who looks primed to be a really special player. He impressed in the U.S. National Team friendlies this summer and has already showed much promise for his club, helping Schalke 04 to a surprising second-place finish last season and a spot in this season’s UEFA Champions League. As a 19-year-old, he looks more than capable of handling the adult workload required of a full-time professional, and with some players departing in the offseason, he’s ready to feature even more prominently in a key central midfield role this season.

Schalke got off to a rocky start losing 2-1 in a wild and chippy match at VFL Wolfsburg this weekend, playing down a man due to VAR-assisted red card. Some experts, including myself, have them pegged to challenge for the top four again.

We’ve also got some veteran U.S. names to highlight. John Brooks is back for Wolfsburg, figuring heavily in this weekend’s aforementioned win against Schalke — scoring the opening header from corner and then also giving up a penalty. Last season, Brooks garnered the most expensive transfer fee ever for an American player when he moved from Hertha Berlin and was then injured much of the season before returning just in-time to keep Wolfsburg from dropping out of the Bundesliga. He helped will his team to a relegation playoff win in that instance, and I think, if he remains healthy, he’ll anchor this back line with strength and smarts to get Wolfsburg closer to the top half of the league at season’s end. And farther down the road, with top form and good health, he may also lead the U.S. to Qatar 2022.

Another familiar name for US National team fans is Bobby Wood, who’s getting second life at Hannover after scoring two goals for his previous club Hamburg last season. Hamburg were relegated and now Wood has a chance to bounce back and show that he not only belongs in this top-flight league but can continue to figure prominently into the U.S. team plans for the future.

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From the management perspective, we also have two young U.S. coaches, with big opportunities plying their trade in the Bundesliga. Steve Cherundolo who played in two World Cups for the U.S. is now an assistant at Stuttgart and Jesse Marsch recently left MLS’ New York Red Bulls to join RB Leipzig. Gaining an outside international perspective to learn from the global game adds a new flair to how we teach the game here in the U.S. Seeing these opportunities come to fruition for young, bright American tacticians is a great sign of growth, in my opinion.

Finally, from the up-and-comers to one they’re all chasing. The six-time reigning, defending champion/elephant in the room: Can ANYONE (…anyone?) stop the mighty Bayern Munich??? I truly don’t know, but spent some time with them this summer trying to find out, and you’ll see some of those conversations during the season.

Frighteningly enough, a number of Bayern players have something to prove after disappointing World Cups – Robert Lewandowksi (Poland), James Rodriguez (Colombia) and Joshua Kimmich (Germany) to name a few. We saw Lewandowski start to take out some of that frustration via hat trick in the unofficial start to the season, a 5-0 win over Eintracht Frankfurt in the SuperCup Final, August 12.

This team is comically stacked and will likely make a Champions League run as they do most years. They certainly looked the part, opening the regular season Friday against Hoffenheim and stylish 31-year old manager, Julian Nagelsmann. Bayern teased us a bit, going into halftime 1-1 before turning on the style and winning 3-1. They also have a new manager, Niko Kovac who has a point to make in his quest to become one of the world’s best head coaches. I can’t wait to see how far they go and, just as importantly, who’s up for the challenge…

Being a player is an irreplaceable sensation, but I’m ecstatic to be on this side of it, with great people, doing what I love and still connected to the game. Seeing the supporter flags flying high and flares blazing in the stands again this past weekend – as a backdrop to the game being played at the highest level – was still a thrill after all these years.

The Bundesliga has captured my heart, and I hope it’ll do the same for you. Wake up early, come grab a beer and meet us at the cellar.

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FOX Sports Expands FS1 Studio Programming

SPEAK FOR YOURSELF Expands To 90 Minutes and Welcomes Marcellus Wiley as New Co-Host Alongside Jason Whitlock
Daily Sports Gambling Show LOCK IT IN Premieres with Host Rachel Bonnetta, “Cousin Sal” Iacono, Clay Travis and Oddsmaker Todd Fuhrman

LOS ANGELES – Today, FOX Sports announced the expansion of its FS1 studio programming lineup including the addition of Marcellus Wiley as new co-host of SPEAK FOR YOURSELF alongside side Jason Whitlock and the fall premiere of the network’s first-ever sports gambling show LOCK IT IN, beginning Monday, September 10. The announcement was made by Mark Silverman, President, National Networks, FOX Sports.

“We’re thrilled to expand our FS1 studio slate with the addition of a one-of-a-kind gambling show, LOCK IT IN, which will showcase the biggest topics in sports through the eyes of captive fans and new co-host Marcellus Wiley to a now 90-minute SPEAK FOR YOURSELF,” said Silverman. “These additions align with our overall strategy to deliver unparalleled programming headlined by the premier talent in the business.”

Former NFL All-Pro defensive end, author, television and radio personality, Marcellus Wiley, joins FOX Sports as co-host of SPEAK FOR YOURSELF alongside Jason Whitlock, joining the show full-time on Monday, September 10 from 3:00 to 4:30 PM ET.

“I’m excited to join the FOX Sports family and work side-by-side with Jason Whitlock on an expanded edition of SPEAK FOR YOURSELF,” said Wiley. “My blessed professional life both on and off the field continues with a show that highlights in a unique way, the biggest sports topics of the day in a fun and informative format.”

Wiley most recently co-hosted “SportsNation” on ESPN and the radio show “Afternoons with Marcellus & Travis” on ESPNLA 710am. He joined ESPN in 2007, and previously served as an NFL analyst, making regular appearances on “First Take,” “NFL Live,” “SportsCenter,” and ESPNNews, while also contributing to the network’s Super Bowl coverage. His first book, “Never Shut Up: The Life, Opinions, and Unexpected Adventures of an NFL Outlier,” will be released in October.

A 1997 second-round draft pick of the Buffalo Bills, Wiley played for Buffalo (1997-2000), San Diego Chargers (2001-03), Dallas Cowboys (2004) Jacksonville Jaguars (2005-06), and was one of the NFL’s top defensive players during the prime of his career, highlighted by a Pro Bowl start following a career-high 13 defensive sack season in 2001. Wiley played college football at Columbia University, where he was voted team captain, All-Ivy League (twice), Sid Luckman MVP and an All-American in 1997.

Whitlock and Wiley’s new SPEAK FOR YOURSELF will provide a critical lead-in to FS1’s newest venture, LOCK IT IN, also premiering Monday, September 10, from 4:30 to 5:30 PM ET. LOCK IT IN aims to make the avid sports fan smarter and more informed about the world of sports betting. The weekday show stars an eclectic cast of entertaining, sports-obsessed minds that want to make watching that night’s games as entertaining as possible. While fans tune in to see what the experts are saying – and who they are putting their hypothetical money on, they will also get smarter about the biggest sports stories of the day.

“The thing I love most about LOCK IT IN is just how much fun it will be to watch. All four cast members have such big personalities and what sets the show apart is their shared love of sports, humor and competitiveness,” said Charlie Dixon, Executive Vice President, Content, FS1. “In the end, the show is not only about being right, it’s about being interesting.”

Host Bonnetta joined FOX Sports in 2016 as a digital personality and most recently was the host of FIFA WORLD CUP™ NOW, a 30-minute show on Twitter live from Moscow’s Red Square, that provided match action previews, recaps, Twitter reaction and original segments. She has showcased her creativity in roles across a range of major FOX Sports events and properties, such as “Visa Sunday Live Show” on Facebook, UEFA Champions League coverage on FOX Soccer’s Facebook page, as well as on-location coverage at the Super Bowl LI, Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show and BIG3.

Iacono is an Emmy award-winning writer and television personality. For the past 15 years he has worked as a writer and on-air performer on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” In addition, he currently hosts his own weekly podcast, “Against All Odds” on Bill Simmons’ Ringer Podcast Network where he breaks down the world of gambling across various sports with the help of celebrities, Vegas experts and friends. Iacono is not a stranger to FOX Sports, his first television writing job was on SPORTS GENIUSES, a sports-themed game show that debuted in the spring of 2000. His other television credits include FOX NFL SUNDAY, Comedy Central’s “The Man Show” and “Win Ben Steins Money” where he served as co-host from 2002 through the end of the show’s run in 2003.

Travis is the host of FOX Sports Radio’s “Outkick the Coverage with Clay Travis,” and creator of the popular Outkick the Coverage blog. The author, radio show host, lawyer and TV analyst has previously worked with FOX Sports as a regular on the former FS1 program FOX SPORTS LIVE, as well as on FOX COLLEGE SATURDAY. Travis’ fourth book, “Republicans Buy Sneakers Too,” will be released in September.

Fuhrman’s involvement with FOX Sports dates to the launch of FS1, when he served as a Vegas insider, contributing to several studio shows, including NASCAR RACE HUB. He’s the co-founder of the sports betting podcast “Bet The Board” and a former oddsmaker at Caesars.

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BIG3 Final on FOX Delivers Power-ful Ratings Performance

2018 Championship Game Ranks as the Most-Watched BIG3 Telecast Ever

LOS ANGELES – FOX Sports’ live broadcast of the BIG3 championship game on FOX Friday reached an average of 1,004,000 viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research, making it the most-watched BIG3 telecast ever. Audience viewership of the 2018 championship was +59% better than last year’s average audience delivery of 632,000 viewers.

“Our season two shift to live production and added games on the broadcast network generated viewership growth throughout the season,” said Bill Wanger, FOX Sports EVP Programming, Research and Content Strategy. “Friday’s championship game numbers on FOX reflected a solid finish to another competitive summer of BIG3 basketball.”

The season’s final two games featured Power’s championship win against 3’s Company and 3 Headed Monsters’ triumph over Tri-State for third place, in front of a crowd of 13,504 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. The BIG3 broadcast peaked at 1,255,000 viewers during the championship game. Power Head Coach, Nancy Lieberman, the first woman to coach a men’s professional sports team, led her squad to the title in her rookie season.

Among the local markets, Kansas City and Birmingham led household ratings with a 2.5/5 and a 2.5/4, respectively. Additionally, Memphis and Tulsa tied for third with a 2.2 household rating.

Overall, the 2018 season on FOX/FS1 averaged 444,000 viewers, up an impressive +108% over last season (213,000).

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Heading into Iconic NHRA U.S. Nationals, FOX Sports Broadcast Team Shares Perspective on Ultimate Experience of Power, Speed

Pedregon: “At Wide-Open Throttle, You Experience a Small Earthquake”
FOX Sports Live from the “The Big Go” Labor Day Weekend

CHARLOTTE – How do you explain to someone who has never experienced it in person just what it’s like to witness a single-passenger automobile, equipped with more than 10,000 horsepower, pulling four times the force of gravity and covering 1,000 feet of racetrack at well over 300 mph in less than four seconds?

The speed. The sound. The smell. The involuntary reactions. Total sensory overload.

That is the weekly challenge facing the FOX NHRA broadcast crew of host Dave Rieff, analyst and two-time NHRA Funny Car champion Tony Pedregon, analyst and two-time NHRA champion Bruno Massel and reporters Jamie Sellers and Amanda Busick – artfully conveying this overall assault on the senses to the audience at home.

So, as the drag racing community prepares for the sport’s biggest event of the season, the historic Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals, the FOX NHRA team offers its perspective on just what it is like to experience the sheer muscle of nitromethane-powered Top Fuel dragsters and Funny Cars.

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Pedregon

“When describing NHRA nitro cars, I try to establish the capabilities versus a high-performance street car. Say the new ZR-1 Corvette will do 0 to 100 mph in six seconds. A dragster or Funny Car will cover that in less than one second. The NHRA’s elite nitro-powered cars can travel the length of three football fields in under four seconds. Include the fact that, at wide-open throttle, you experience a small earthquake that not only shakes the ground but also shakes your body and even blurs your vision — almost as if you are the one in the car. The smell of nitro will sting your sinuses and make your eyes water, but unexplainably leaves you wanting more. Then package all of this together, and that is a 1,000-foot NHRA drag race. I was four miles from cars testing at the track today and could hear each one blast down the track every few minutes.”

Rieff

“I tell them that there is NO WAY I can explain it to where they will understand what they are about to witness. Whether the race is in one day, one month or one year from now, I could talk to that person at length but in NO WAY prepare them for the things they are about to see, hear, smell and feel.

“Additionally, some of my favorite moments have come from actual racers dumbfounded at what they had just witnessed as spectators. Case in point, legendary racer Shirley Muldowney’s stunned look on her face after two Top Fuel cars left the starting line in Las Vegas. She just could not believe how they were right here one second … and gone the next. Former Top Fuel racer Eddie Hill and his wife Ercie had just taken Jac Haudenschild to the starting line in Phoenix in the late 1990’s to get the ‘experience’ of being between the cars at launch. Again, a perplexed look washed over Eddie’s face and when I asked him if he was all right, he explained that in all of his years he had never just stood between the cars at the line. I challenged, explaining that I witnessed him crash a Top Fuel car and reminded him that he raced boats, and then again asked him as to what he was referring. He explained (as only a Texan could) that he could only imagine the experience to be similar to being in the middle of a tornado. ‘It just doesn’t hit you from one direction, it hits you from everywhere.’”

Massel

Unfortunately, hard as we might try, we still can’t translate the shock and awe of two 10,000 HP nitro cars leaving the starting line during our FOX broadcasts. The burning of the eyes, the smell of nitro in your nose and the pounding on your chest, It’s something everyone should experience at least once. You have to be careful though, it can become quite addicting.

Howe

“To me, standing behind nitro Funny Cars is more impactful than the dragsters. The force comes out lower to the ground and hits you right in the face instead of going over your head. Either way, being around nitro cars for the first time is something you never forget. The power literally goes right through you. You don’t just hear it, you feel it. Every organ in your body is shocked by what you are experiencing. It’s an instant rush of adrenaline while your body tries to make sense of what just happened. You simply cannot process the sight, smell and feeling all at once … so, you have to stand and wait for another launch.”

Busick

“From the jaw-dropping, speechless reactions of witnessing Top Fuel dragsters and Funny Cars rocket down the track at over 300 mph to seeing the lingering smiles from personal, one-on-one interactions with the sport’s biggest stars, I’m not sure there is anything better than watching someone experience a NHRA drag race for the first time. It almost feels as good as remembering your own first time out to a NHRA event. Don Prudhomme said it best, ‘If I can get you to the drag strip and get you to watch one run, then I have made a fan for life.’ There is this universal love of speed that knows no age, gender and race that connects and runs through everyone sitting in those grandstands. Like attending your first concert, you will never forget your first visit to the most explosive, quickest and fastest, accessible sport on the planet.”

For more news and information on FOX NHRA coverage, visit FOX Sports Press Pass.

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UFC Lightweight Paul Felder and Brendan Fitzgerald Call FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT: GAETHJE VS. VICK Saturday

Retired Contender Kenny Florian and Jimmy Smith Join Host Karyn Bryant for Coverage on FS1, FS2 and the FOX Sports App

LOS ANGELES – Today, FOX Sports announces current UFC lightweight fighter Paul Felder joins blow-by-blow announcer Brendan Fitzgerald to call FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT: GAETHJE VS. VICK live from Lincoln, Nebraska Saturday, Aug. 25 on FS1, FS2 and the FOX Sports app. Victor Davila and top-ranked UFC flyweight Brandon Moreno call the fights in Spanish on FOX Deportes.

Retired UFC title contender Kenny Florian and veteran MMA analyst Jimmy Smith serve as analysts with lead UFC host Karyn Bryant for FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT: GAETHJE VS. VICK programming on Friday, Aug. 24 and Saturday, Aug. 25, while Heidi Androl reports and interviews fighters onsite.

The main event highlights top-ranked lightweight contenders No. 7 Justin Gaethje (18-2) and No. 10 James Vick (13-1). Gaethje has only battled three times in the Octagon, but has already proven himself as a threat in the toughest division in UFC. His opponent, Vick, is on a four-fight winning streak and looks to move up the rankings with a victory over Gaethje in Lincoln.

FOX Sports UFC programming begins Wednesday, Aug. 22 with UFC TONIGHT at 8:00 PM ET on FS2, when hosts Florian and guest host Michael Bisping preview FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT and interview headliners Gaethje and Vick.

The weekend’s coverage kicks off Friday, Aug. 24 with the FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT WEIGH-IN SHOW on FS1 and streaming on the FOX Sports app at 6:00 PM ET, with Florian, Smith and Bryant on the desk, previewing the fights. Androl interviews fighters onsite.

Action continues Saturday at 7:00 PM ET on FS2 with UFC FIGHT NIGHT PREFIGHT SHOW, as the same desk crew breaks down the upcoming battles. The UFC FIGHT NIGHT PRELIMS, begin at 8:00 PM ET on FS2, FOX Deportes and the FOX Sports app, with Fitzgerald and Felder calling the four exciting bouts. James Krause (23-8) takes on Warlley Alves (13-2) in a welterweight bout, while Cory Sandhagen (8-1) and Iuri Alcantara (35-9, 1NC) square off at 135 pounds. Andrew Sanchez (10-4) faces Markus Perez (10-1) in a middleweight bout, while Mickey Gall (4-1) and George Sullivan (17-6, 1NC) open the PRELIMS with an exciting welterweight bout.

The main card continues at 10:00 PM ET on FS1 and FOX Deportes, featuring six thrilling bouts, including the headliner between Gaethje and Vick. Featherweights Michael Johnson (18-12) and Andre Fili (18-5) fight. The No. 11-ranked strawweight Cortney Casey (7-5) takes on No. 14 Angela Hill (8-4). Jake Ellenberger (31-14) and Bryan Barberena (13-5) square off at welterweight, while the No. 6-ranked flyweight John Moraga (19-6) battles No. 14 Deiveson Figueiredo (14-0). Eryk Anders (10-1) and Tim Williams (15-4) kick off the main card with another middleweight scrap.

The weekend wraps with the FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT POSTFIGHT SHOW at 1:00 AM ET, as Florian, Smith and Bryant recap the fights and Androl interviews the winners.

Leading up to the fights, UFC fighters offer unique, behind-the-scenes clips on FOX Sports PROcast and on the FOX UFC social pages. Follow @UFConFOX on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for all updates throughout the #UFCLincoln fights Saturday.

Viewers can live stream the UFC shows on the FOX Sports app, through the FS1, FS2 and FOX Deportes streams. The shows are available on desktop at FOXSports.com and through the app store or on connected devices including Apple TV, Android TV, Fire TV, Xbox One and Roku. In addition, all programs are 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,

Aug. 22

8:00 PM UFC TONIGHT FS2
Friday,

Aug. 24

6:00 PM FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT WEIGH-IN SHOW FS1

 

Saturday,

Aug. 25

7:00 PM FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT PREFIGHT SHOW FS2
Saturday,

Aug. 25

8:00 PM FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT PRELIMS FS2
Saturday,

Aug. 25

10:00 PM FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT: GAETHJE VS. VICK FS1
Sunday,

Aug. 26

1:00 AM FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT POSTFIGHT SHOW FS1

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

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Rob Stone Returns as Play-By-Play Announcer for FOX Sports Telecasts of 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour

“Hambone” Creator Reunited with Analyst Randy Pedersen, Reporter Kimberly Pressler

LOS ANGELES – Today, FOX Sports and the Professional Bowlers Association announce the lead broadcasting team for the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour, including the return of Rob Stone as play-by-play announcer, along with analyst Randy Pedersen and reporter Kimberly Pressler.

The trio will make its television debut on Sunday, Dec. 23, with the PBA Clash on FOX. The announcement was made today by John Entz, President of Production & Executive Producer, FOX Sports and PBA CEO-Commissioner Tom Clark.

“Rob is a dynamic sports broadcaster who is passionate about bowling,” said Entz. “And he’s already a legend in the sport for inventing the term ‘hambone!’”

“We are very excited to have Rob Stone back with the PBA,” Clark said. “He became part of the bowling family when he was our play-by-play voice years ago with Pedersen and Pressler and he never left. We are very proud of the great career Rob has built at FOX Sports and look forward to the passion he will bring when he returns to our events.”

A veteran sports broadcaster, Stone was most recently the lead studio host for FOX Sports coverage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ live from Moscow. Since joining FOX Sports in 2012, Rob has served as the lead studio host for the network’s soccer, college football and college basketball programming.

Stone was PBA’s play-by-play announcer from 2008 until 2012. He endeared himself to the bowling public with his eagerness to learn the sport, his sense of humor, an enthusiastic personality and his immediate connection with Pedersen, a PBA Hall of Famer and veteran color analyst. Learning that three consecutive strikes in bowling is called a “turkey,” but there was no term for four strikes in a row, Stone coined the expression “hambone.” His catch phrase took on a life of its own and remains a part of bowling’s lexicon.

“Back in 2008, the PBA unexpectedly became a cherished part of my career,” said Stone. “The hope to be reunited with the world’s best bowlers has existed for years. I am honored to return and cannot wait to get back to the lanes with my old partners Randy and Kimberly, and my many other co-workers and lifetime bowling friends.”

Stone returns to the play-by-play booth with Pedersen, who will provide analysis for PBA telecasts for the 17th consecutive year. Pedersen ranked among the Tour’s top players during a 25-year career on the lanes. The 13-time PBA Tour champion was inducted into the PBA Hall of Fame in 2011. He revived his professional career in 2013 after seven years by competing on the PBA50 Tour where he won his first title in his PBA50 Tour debut.

“I’m personally very excited to have an opportunity to work with my old buddy, Rob Stone, again,” Pedersen said. “We developed a great relationship and friendship, and we’ve maintained it ever since. And I’m looking forward to the PBA moving to FOX Sports over the coming years. It’s very thrilling for professional bowling.”

Pressler has also been a fixture on the tour, serving as PBA’s reporter since 2010. The Miss USA 1999 has covered events for ABC, MTV, ESPN, FOX Sports, NBC and the SPEED Network, ranging from the ACIS Fitness National Championships, Traxxas TORC truck racing series, Red Bull X-Fighters series to the X-Games. Pressler once worked for the U.S. Department of Energy at a nuclear power plant.

The PBA makes its FOX television debut on Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018, with the PBA Clash from Houston, Texas (FOX, 2:30 or 4:30 p.m. ET, depending on viewer’s location).

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Sunday’s NCWTS Race from Canadian Tire Motorsport Park Available on Free Preview in Canada

FOX NASCAR Broadcast Team Chooses a Title Favorite; Weighs in on Unique Round of 8 Makeup

CHARLOTTE, NC – FOX Sports Racing, which carries the full NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES season live in Canada, is available on free preview this week to Canadian subscribers, highlighted by Sunday’s Truck Series race from Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (2:30 PM ET on FS1). Current FOX Sports Racing distributors are making it available to all subscribers during the preview period, which includes Sunday’s race. Sunday’s coverage begins at 2:00 PM ET with NASCAR RACEDAY-NCWTS.

Additionally, NASCAR.com is providing a free, unauthenticated live stream to all users in Canada.

The quest for the 2018 NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES championship commences this weekend with the first of seven races comprising the Playoffs. The Round of 8 kicks off Sunday from the Canadian road course, live on FS1 at 2:30 PM ET (pre-race coverage beginning at 2:00 PM ET with NASCAR RACEDAY-NCWTS)

Below is programming information for the weekend ahead, as well as quotes on the championship battle from FOX NASCAR play-by-play announcer Vince Welch and analysts Michael Waltrip, Phil Parsons and two-time NCWTS champion Todd Bodine, and reporters Hermie Sadler and Alan Cavanna.

NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES

    • Date/Time: Sunday, August 25 (2:30 PM ET)
    • Network: FS1
    • Announcers: Vince Welch, Phil Parsons and Michael Waltrip
    • Pit reporters: Hermie Sadler and Alan Cavanna
    • Pre-race: NASCAR RACEDAY-NCWTS (2:00 PM ET on FS1); hosted by John Roberts with analysis from Todd Bodine and Jeff Hammond; reporting by Cavanna and Sadler
    • FOX NASCAR production staff: Mark Smith (race producer); Roger Vincent (race director); Pete Richards (coordinating producer)

FOX NASCAR QUOTES

What is your take on the makeup of the three races in the Round of 8 Truck Series Playoffs?
“Two of the three races in the Round of 8 easily have the potential to be wildcards – Sunday’s road course at Canada and Talladega, which is the final race in the round. Either could determine who makes it through to the next round. I’ve never seen a Playoff round in any of the three series that lays out like this, particularly to begin the championship run.”
–Phil Parsons

Who is your pick to win the 2018 NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES championship?
“Today, I say Brett Moffitt. A month ago, I would have said Noah Gragson, and two months ago, I would have said Johnny Sauter. I’m so impressed with the job Moffitt has done behind the wheel and the way the team has fought through sponsorship challenges. They keep filling the gaps and building toward a championship, despite worries in the early part of the season about being able to run all year. I’m equally impressed with how Moffitt wins with late-race heroics. Then you’ve got the veteran in Sauter, who says ‘I appreciate your talent but you have some work to do to beat me.’”
-Michael Waltrip

“I’m picking Johnny Sauter because they have experience and have been there before. I don’t think it’s by a large margin, though. I was a little concerned about Sauter recently, but then he answered the bell at Michigan, ran really well and came within a half-truck length of winning. With his experience and his solid GMS team, I give him a slight edge.”
–Phil Parsons

“I picked Johnny Sauter because although Noah Gragson shows flashes, Brett Moffitt would be the 1A if there was a 1A, because his talent has proven to be the difference. When it comes to Homestead, given the fact he has been there before and won at that level, that last pressure-filled race will set him apart. I recently chose Ben Rhodes as the fourth driver to make it to Homestead and I picked Sauter to win the championship.”
–Hermie Sadler

“I’m going with Noah Gragson to win the title. He can come across as a bit wild, but I think his focus is there. Paired with Kyle Busch Motorsports and his title-winning crew chief, I think he raises the trophy in Homestead.”
–Alan Cavanna

“Even before he won at Michigan, I picked Brett Moffitt to win the championship. I like the vibe around this team. Moffitt and Scott Zipadelli are as good a driver/crew chief combo as there is in the series. They don’t lose their composure; they have speed and they’re proven winners. That’s a champion’s makeup in my mind.”
–Vince Welch

“I don’t have a favorite because on any given day, Sauter or Moffitt will win. Sauter definitely has more experience than Moffitt, but Moffitt’s driving has been spot-on all year with very little mistakes. They’re so minimal that they’re hard to pick out, so I’m putting them even for the title.”
–Todd Bodine

Will the fact this weekend’s race is run on a road course give any of the championship contenders an advantage over the others?
“I don’t think Johnny Sauter loves road courses. Noah Gragson is awfully good at road courses and was right there last year. Brett Moffitt won at Watkins Glen. I’d probably give Moffitt and Gragson a little edge over Sauter and the other title contenders at Canada. Justin Haley also has some background on road courses and ran well there before, so he should be right up there. Maybe Haley doesn’t go in with a bunch of playoff points like the rest, but wins at Canada sending him to the next round.”
–Phil Parsons

FOX NASCAR AT CANADIAN TIRE MOTORSPORT PARK
PROGRAMMING SCHEDULE
(All times live/Eastern unless otherwise indicated & subject to change)

Saturday, August 24
NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES qualifying (6:00 PM) (FS2)

Sunday, August 25
NASCAR RACEDAY-NCWTS (2:00 PM) (FS1)
NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES Racing (2:30 PM) (FS1)