Month: September 2018

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Vikings-Rams on THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL Draws Combined Viewership of 15.1 Million Viewers Across All Platforms

Viewership Across TV and Digital up +6% vs. 2017 Thursday Night Football Average
Vikings-Rams on FOX, NFL Network, & FOX Deportes Scores a 8.9 HH Rating and 14.5M Viewers, up +6% and +5% vs. 2017 Thursday Night Football average
Average Minute Audience on All Digital Platforms, Including Amazon, Hits 816K (+86%): Highest Ever for Thursday Night Football

Thursday Night Football Presented by Bud Light on Thursday, September 27 featuring the Los Angeles Rams win over the Minnesota Vikings in Week 4 was seen by an average audience of 15.1 million viewers across all platforms, including FOX, NFL Network, FOX Deportes, NFL digital, FOX Sports digital, Amazon, and Yahoo Sports – up +6% versus the 2017 10-game Thursday Night Football average (TV + all digital).

The Nielsen-measured audience was 14.5 million viewers, up +5% versus the 2017 10-game Thursday Night Football average on NBC/CBS and NFL Network.

Digital streaming across Amazon Prime Video, Twitch, NFL digital platforms, FOX Sports digital platforms, and Yahoo Sports produced an average minute audience of 816K*, an increase of +86% over the 2017 10-game Thursday Night Football average and the highest digital viewership ever for Thursday Night Football.

Amazon Prime Video and Twitch reached a total of 2.0M combined viewers worldwide for the FOX NFL Thursday pregame show and the Vikings-Rams game. For the Vikings-Rams game alone, 1.8M worldwide viewers initiated a stream on Prime Video or Twitch. The average worldwide audience watching Thursday Night Football for at least 30 seconds on Prime Video or Twitch was 527K.

The 2018 Thursday Night Football Presented by Bud Light season continues Thursday, October 5 when the New England Patriots host the Indianapolis Colts. Coverage from New England begins at 6:00 PM ET on NFL Network with NFL GameDay Kickoff.

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FOX Sports Adds Oklahoma and Texas Legends Bob Stoops and Vince Young to Expanded Red River Showdown Coverage

Stoops and Young Join Rob Stone, Matt Leinart, Robert Smith and Dave Wannstedt Live from State Fair of Texas

New York – A pair of Big 12 Conference icons – former Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops and former Texas quarterback Vince Young – join FOX Sports’ expanded coverage of the Red River Showdown between Texas and Oklahoma on Saturday, Oct. 6. The network announced today that Stoops and Young are part of a two-hour edition of FOX COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREGAME live from the State Fair of Texas beginning at 10:00 AM ET on FS1 and continuing at 11:00 AM ET on FS1 and the FOX broadcast network.

“We are thrilled to have two of the biggest names in Oklahoma and Texas football history join FOX for our coverage of this storied rivalry,” said Mark Silverman, FOX Sports President, National Networks. “We look forward to hearing their unique perspectives and the stories they have from their days battling for bragging rights at the Cotton Bowl.”

Stoops, who led the Sooners to a national title, 10 Big 12 championships and is the program’s all-time winningest coach, and Young, an All-American and national championship quarterback with the Longhorns, sit alongside FOX Sports studio host Rob Stone and analysts Matt Leinart, Robert Smith and Dave Wannstedt for select segments from the network’s on-site studio outside Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas. Once the game kicks off at 12:00 PM ET on the FOX broadcast network, FOX Sports lead play-by-play announcer Gus Johnson, analyst Joel Klatt and reporter Jenny Taft call the action.

FOX Sports also presents complete coverage of the Red River Showdown on the FOX Sports app, as well as complementary digital coverage beginning with a special edition of Klatt’s Facebook Live show, “Breaking the Huddle presented by Dr Pepper,” on Friday, Oct. 5, from the on-site studio. During the game on Saturday, FOX Sports’ digital offerings include Field Pass content, exclusive PROcast videos, “Gus Johnson’s Call of the Game” and more. After the final whistle, Klatt gives his postgame thoughts on Facebook Live from the broadcast booth, while Taft wraps up the day’s action on “CFB Now presented by Wendy’s,” exclusively on Twitter.

In 2018, FOX Sports televises an impressive lineup of top games from the Big 12, Big Ten and Pac-12 conferences. FOX Sports is also home to the Pac-12 and Big Ten championship games in addition to the Redbox Bowl and San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl.

For more information on FOX Sports’ college football coverage, including photos, bios and updated schedules, visit FOX Sports Press Pass.

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 the FOX Sports app. Also included in the Group are FOX’s interests in joint-venture businesses Big Ten Network and BTN 2Go, as well as a licensing agreement that established the FOX Sports Radio Network.

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FOX Sports Names JP Dellacamera and Aly Wagner Lead Announcers for 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup™ Qualifiers

LOS ANGELES – JP Dellacamera, recently honored with the National Soccer Hall of Fame’s 2018 Colin Jose Media Award, and former U.S. Women’s National Team member and two-time Olympic gold medalist Aly Wagner have been named FOX Sports’ lead announce team for the 2018 Concacaf Championship. The announcement was made by David Neal, Executive Producer, FIFA World Cup™ on FOX.

The duo is set to call all USA Group Stage matches live from Cary, N.C., and the Semifinals and Final from Frisco, Texas. Alex Curry reports from the sideline. FOX Sports’ presentation of the regional qualifying tournament to the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup™ kicks off Thursday, Oct. 4 at 5:00 PM ET on FS2 as Trinidad & Tobago takes on Panama to begin Group A.

“Aly was exceptional this summer, making history as the first woman to call men’s World Cup™ matches in the United States during the 2018 FIFA World Cup™,” said Neal. “We are delighted to pair her with JP, the legendary voice of soccer in the U.S. and a future Hall of Fame inductee, to lead our tournament coverage.”

FOX Sports today also announced a star-studded roster of on-air talent that will call matches throughout the event. Play-by-play announcers will include Derek Rae, the decorated commentator fresh off his stint calling FIFA World Cup™ 2018 matches for FOX Sports; FOX Sports FIFA World Cup™ veterans Jenn Hildreth (2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup™) and Mark Followill (2018 FIFA Men’s World Cup™); and FOX Sports’ lead Bundesliga play-by-play announcer Keith Costigan.

Analysts will include Cat Whitehill, who called the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup™ final; Kyndra de St. Aubin, also a veteran of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup™ on FOX Sports and the first full-time female color commentator in Major League Soccer (Minnesota United on FOX Sports North); and former U.S. WNT member Danielle Slaton, who was recently part of the first all-female announce team to call a Major League Soccer match.

The 2018 Concacaf Championship schedule, including broadcasters, can be found below.

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FOX Sports’ digital offerings include a stream of the warmups for all USA matches, Semifinal and Final, Field Pass content created by Curry and postgame recaps with Wagner.

All matches 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.

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. FOX Sports also encompasses FOX Sports Digital, which includes FOXSports.com, FOX Sports app 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 establish the FOX Sports Radio Network.

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Now it’s a Game: Fresh, New Campaign and Matchups Kick Off THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL on FOX

Award-Winning Filmmaker Craig Gillespie Directs New Ad Spots Celebrating “TNF on FOX” Kickoff Game and Key Seasonal Moments

Week 4: Vikings vs. Rams Spot
Week 5: Patriots vs. Colts Spot
Week 6: Eagles vs. Giants Spot
Week 10: Panthers vs. Steelers Spot
Week 11: Packers vs. Seahawks Spot
Week 13: Saints vs. Cowboys Spot

LOS ANGELES – The NFL’s Thursday Night Football, Presented by Bud Light on FOX debuts September 27, energized by FOX Sports’ new “Now It’s a Game” campaign, which celebrates a schedule full of marquee NFL matchups. The campaign, comprised of an introductory “anthem” and six individual key matchup spots, is directed by award-winning filmmaker Craig Gillespie (“I, Tonya”).

“Football is in FOX Sports’ DNA, and the premiere of Thursday Night Football on our network is a big moment in our brand’s evolution,” said Robert Gottlieb, Executive Vice President and Head of Marketing, FOX Sports. “This is year one of the broadcast on FOX, and we wanted a campaign that was distinctive to our voice, but also true to what we plan to deliver to NFL fans as the network home of this franchise.”

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The campaign shows every-day fanatics – such as a dentist, a mechanic and a young student — talking up Thursday Night Football on FOX at work and on-the-go. It also features NFL stars Jared Goff, Ndamukong Suh and Saquon Barkley along with FOX Sports’ broadcaster Joe Buck and Pro Football Hall of Fame colleagues Troy Aikman, Michael Strahan, Terry Bradshaw and Howie Long. An unbridled enthusiasm for the new slate of games is shared by them all, in conversation with peers, passengers and patients – a common theme leading to the realizations that “This is different!” and “Man, these games are good!”

“The spots’ fast-paced editing reflects the hard-hitting energy of Thursday Night Football,” said Gillespie. “We wanted to do something that felt creatively unique and different, but is also authentic to the voices of people who love the game — fans, players and broadcasters — in their everyday environments.”

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Thursday Night Football debuts on FOX Thursday, September 27 at 8:20 PM ET when the Minnesota Vikings take on the Los Angeles Rams and continues through Week 15 of the NFL regular season. All eleven Thursday Night games airing on FOX are distributed in Spanish on FOX Deportes and streamed across the FOX Sports app and Amazon Prime. Each week, on-location coverage kicks off at 6:00 PM ET with NFL GAMEDAY KICKOFF on NFL Network, hosted by Colleen Wolfe, leading into FOX NFL THURSDAY featuring Bradshaw, Long and Strahan at 7:30 PM ET on FOX.

The “Now It’s a Game” campaign was created by Wieden + Kennedy New York.

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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, including FOXSports.com and the FOX Sports app. 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 THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
Thursday Night Football started in 2006 with an eight game schedule exclusively on NFL Network. By 2012, Thursday Night Football had grown to a 13-game schedule exclusively on NFL Network, where it remained through the 2013 season. For both the 2014 and 2015 seasons, CBS partnered with NFL Network to present an expanded 16-game Thursday Night Football schedule. For both the 2016 and 2017 seasons, NBC and CBS partnered with NFL Network to present Thursday Night Football with additional digital distribution via Twitter (2016 season) and Amazon Prime Video (2017 season).

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THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL on FOX Press Call Highlights

NEW YORK – This afternoon, FOX Sports conducted a press call to preview its inaugural coverage of THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL PRESENTED BY BUD LIGHT.

Pro Football Hall of Famer and three-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback Troy Aikman, seven-time Emmy Award-winning broadcaster Joe Buck, veteran reporters Erin Andrews and Kristina Pink and groundbreaking rules analyst Mike Pereira joined FOX Sports President of Production and Executive Producer John Entz ahead of the network’s first-ever THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL broadcast on Sept. 27 at 7:30 PM ET, featuring the Minnesota Vikings and the Los Angeles Rams at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

Highlights of today’s call are transcribed below. To listen to the entire replay, please dial 888-203-1112 and enter 7362863 when prompted.

FOX NFL lead game analyst Troy Aikman discusses the recent emphasis on roughing the quarterback and why he doesn’t like the rule:

“I don’t like the rule. I think that everyone understands player safety. I think the league overreacted. I think they’ll continue to look at it, with the controversy that it’s caused, that it’s created. I think sometimes some rules, even the helmet rule this year, there were some calls in the preseason, and it hasn’t been called as much. But based on the way that rule was written, I watch games every week, in preparation – a lot of film. And there are several plays in every game I watch where, by the rule and the way it’s written, there should be penalties, but they stopped calling it. And I thought that’s what was going to happen after the penalty two weeks ago on Clay Matthews. And yet it happened again in this last game and there was another penalty last night, from what I understand. I didn’t see last night’s to know whether it was a bad call or not. I don’t like it. It changes outcomes of games, which is severe, and as I’ve said before, ultimately, for some of these coaches, it’ll cost them jobs because of losing games. I think the league will look at it and the right decisions will be made going forward.”

FOX NFL rules analyst Mike Pereira shares his perspective on the new roughing the passer rule:

“I think we all have felt like it’s all gone a little bit too far. But I think it’ll seek a level that will get it back in sync with what the players think and what we all think. You know any time you put a new point of emphasis in, there’s a point of adjustment to the players and the officials, and while this one has taken a little longer than the helmet rule, there were 51 penalties that were called in first two weeks in the preseason. Then, in the first two weeks of the season, I didn’t get the stats from this third week, but there were two called. So again, an adjustment by both groups, the players and the officials. And I think we’ll see the same thing here. And the competition committee, we’ve read, is going to meet next week and talk about it on a scheduled call. This is not a call that they’re making just to address the issue, but they’re going to talk about it, and I really do think it’ll find a middle ground to where it doesn’t become as much of an issue as it is now. I’m all for player safety. I think everybody is, but you can move it a little too far. We all think that’s happened a little bit, but it’ll work back to something that’s acceptable.”

FOX NFL lead play-by-play announcer Joe Buck thinks calling two games in one week keeps things interesting and fun for the crew:

“There’s been a lot of talk about that, like this is a crazy notion of doing two games in one week. I can tell you from personal experience, having done 162 baseball games a year when I was 21, granted I’m not 21 anymore, but doing two games a week is fun. I find it invigorating. I think it’s been good for our group. It’s brought out different sides of our personalities on the air.

“Sometimes, when you do the NFL, and you go week to week, and you’ve got six days, in essence, to stew about one game, by the time you get to Sunday, in your mind, the game is kind of worn out and you’ve got so many notes and so much stuff piled up, you end up burying yourself in what’s already happened and not really looking at what’s going on in front of you…Doing two games in one week is something that is manageable. As far as how many years or how long it takes to where it becomes unmanageable? I can’t answer that.”

Buck says THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL games have a different feel to them when compared to the Sunday afternoon window:

“I think it has a little bit of a different feel. First of all, when you’re the only game in town, the only time that [we] have really felt that before, and Kristina’s new with our group so I guess it’s Troy, Erin and me, is when we’re doing a Champ game, a playoff game or a Super Bowl. So now we’ve got that feeling every week…and you need to be ready.

“[On Sunday] a lot of the time that [we] would have to talk is taken up by game breaks. So, while we’re on, on Sunday, something big could happen in our game but we’ve got a game break loaded up and we’re going to tell you what happened in another location and in another stadium. That’s not there anymore, so it gives you a little more room to play with, and I think you can play with that room in a lot of different ways. You can do straight football or you can have a little fun with it. And I think we’ve come up with a pretty good balance of football and fun. That’s the silver lining in all of this for us is it gives us a little bit more room to breathe.”

FOX NFL reporter Kristina Pink talks about working with her new crew and how reporting for a national game feels bigger:

“I approach the game the same way, in terms of I’m still going to do my homework. There’s obviously a much bigger audience, but I always think about every broadcast as if it was like covering a Super Bowl. But you do get a sense that this is ‘The Game.’ It’s a large audience, more resources, bigger crew, bigger feel and they’ve been incredible in welcoming me. I think Erin called me two minutes after the news broke and was like, ‘Hey, girl! Welcome to the crew!’ That camaraderie has been awesome.

“The feel of walking into a national game, you get that this is kind of the granddaddy of them all. But it’s been fun and I’m so looking forward to just turning to FOX now on Thursday.”

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FOX Sports Names David Katz Executive Vice President, Digital

LOS ANGELES – Today, FOX Sports announces David Katz has been named Executive Vice President, Digital. In this role, Katz will be responsible for managing the FOX Sports digital business, overseeing content and distribution for the group. The announcement was made by Mark Silverman, President, FOX Sports National Networks.

“We’re excited to bring David’s leadership to the team here at FOX Sports,” said Silverman. “We believe his breadth of sports experience will greatly enhance our existing digital team and advance our efforts to grow the FOX Sports digital business.”

Katz was most recently Founder and CEO of ThePostGame, a leading digital sports content and marketing agency, servicing leagues, teams, publishers, advertisers and athletes. Previously, Katz served as Head of Yahoo! Sports, Entertainment and Studios. Under his leadership, Yahoo! Sports became the most visited sports site in the world, and he launched and oversaw Yahoo!’s first original content division. Katz also spent eight years at CBS Television as Head of Strategic Planning and Interactive Ventures, managing the network’s business strategy and operating the digital and mobile divisions, including putting the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament online for the first time.

“With the industry’s best collection of rights, talent and viewership, no one is better positioned for the digital future than FOX Sports,” said Katz. “I look forward to working with this exceptional team to create world-class content that inspires the sports fan and our partners.”

Katz began his career as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company. He received his Master’s degree from Cambridge University in England and earned a Bachelor’s degree with first class honors from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business where he played varsity minutes for the Penn basketball team.

About FOX Sports
FOX Sports is the umbrella entity representing 21st Century FOX’s wide array of multi-platform US-based sports assets. Built with brands capable of reaching more than 100 million viewers in a single weekend, FOX Sports includes ownership and interests in linear television networks, digital and mobile programming, broadband platforms, multiple web sites, joint-venture businesses and several licensing partnerships. FOX Sports includes the sports television arm of the FOX Broadcasting Company; FS1, FS2; FOX Sports Regional Networks, their affiliated regional web sites and national programming; FOX Soccer Plus; FOX Deportes and FOX College Sports. In addition, FOX Sports also encompasses FOX Sports Digital, which includes FOXSports.com and FOX Sports GO. Also included in the Group are FOX’s interests in joint-venture businesses Big Ten Network and BTN 2Go, as well as a licensing agreement that established the FOX Sports Radio Network.

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U.S. Women’s National Team Forward Alex Morgan Joins FS1 for Sunday’s LA Galaxy-Seattle Sounders Halftime Show

LOS ANGELES – Ahead of next month’s 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship, the regional qualifying tournament to the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, U.S. Women’s National Team forward Alex Morgan joins FS1’s LA Galaxy-Seattle Sounders halftime show on Sunday, Sept. 23. Coverage begins at 7:00 PM ET.

Morgan joins lead play-by-play announcer John Strong and Houston Dynamo star Stu Holden, who are calling the match live from the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. Katie Whitham reports from the sideline.

FOX Sports televises the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship across its family of networks from Oct. 4-17.

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 Goes All In for Texas vs. Oklahoma in Annual Red River Showdown

FOX COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREGAME is Live from State Fair of Texas with Two-Hour Program Prior to 12:00 PM ET Kickoff on Saturday, Oct. 6

New York – Everything’s bigger in Texas, including FOX Sports’ plans for the Red River Showdown between Texas and Oklahoma on Saturday, Oct. 6. The network today announced that the game kicks off at 12:00 PM ET on the FOX broadcast network and is preceded by a special edition of FOX COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREGAME live from the State Fair of Texas in Dallas beginning at 10:00 AM ET on FS1 and continuing at 11:00 AM ET on FOX and FS1.

Host Rob Stone and analysts Matt Leinart, Robert Smith and Dave Wannstedt go live from outside Cotton Bowl Stadium, bringing viewers the latest news and analysis leading up to one of college football’s biggest rivalries. During Saturday’s pregame show, Leinart sits down with one of the season’s biggest breakout sensations, Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray. Once the game kicks off, FOX Sports lead college football play-by-play announcer Gus Johnson, analyst Joel Klatt and reporter Jenny Taft call the action.

The studio location, on Lone Star Boulevard between the Texas Hall of State and the Esplanade, also features special fan giveaways and activities, courtesy of FOX Sports and its partners, prior to the game on Saturday.

FOX Sports also presents complete coverage of the Red River Showdown on the FOX Sports app, as well as complementary digital coverage beginning with a special edition of Klatt’s Facebook Live show “Breaking the Huddle presented by Dr Pepper,” on Friday, Oct. 5, from the studio location. During the game on Saturday, FOX Sports’ digital offerings include Field Pass content created by FOX Sports U students as well as exclusive PROcast videos, Gus Johnson’s Call of the Game and more. After the final whistle, Klatt gives his postgame thoughts on Facebook Live from the broadcast booth, while Taft wraps up the day’s action on “CFB Now presented by Wendy’s,” exclusively on Twitter.

In 2018, FOX Sports televises an impressive lineup of top games from the Big 12, Big Ten and Pac-12 conferences. 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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Former UFC Champion Cruz and Current Lightweight Felder Join Host Bryant on FOX Sports Desk for FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT: SANTOS VS. ANDERS Saturday

Veteran MMA Analyst Jimmy Smith and Brendan Fitzgerald Call Fights Live from Brazil on FS1, FS2 and the FOX Sports App

LOS ANGELES – Today, FOX Sports announces former UFC champion and current No. 2-ranked bantamweight Dominick Cruz and current lightweight fighter Paul Felder serve as analysts with lead UFC host Karyn Bryant for FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT: SANTOS VS. ANDERS programming on Friday, Sept. 21 and Saturday, Sept. 22, while Laura Sanko reports and interviews fighters onsite in Brazil.

Veteran MMA analyst Jimmy Smith joins blow-by-blow announcer Brendan Fitzgerald to call FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT: SANTOS VS. ANDERS live from Sao Paulo, Brazil on Saturday, Sept. 22 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.

The main event highlights No. 12 middleweight Thiago Santos (18-6) and late replacement Eryk Anders (11-1) in a 205-pound clash. One of Brazil’s favorite sons returns home on Sept. 22 as Santos faces Anders in a clash of two of the sport’s heaviest hitters. After finishing five of his last six victories by knockout, Santos has never been more dangerous on fight night. In Anders, he will be facing an opponent who has the ability to end the fight with just one punch, and has finished seven of his 11 fights by KO/TKO.

FOX Sports UFC programming begins Wednesday, Sept. 19 with UFC TONIGHT at 8:00 PM ET on FS1, when hosts Kenny Florian and Daniel Cormier preview FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT.

The weekend’s coverage kicks off Friday, Sept. 21 with the UFC FIGHT NIGHT WEIGH-IN SHOW on FS2 and streaming on the FOX Sports app at 5:00 PM ET, with Cruz, Felder and Bryant on the desk, previewing the fights. Sanko interviews fighters onsite.

Action continues Saturday at 7:30 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 8:30 PM ET on FS2, FOX Deportes and the FOX Sports app, with Fitzgerald and Smith calling the four exciting bouts. Charles Oliveira (23-8, 1NC) takes on Christos Giagos (15-6) in a lightweight bout, while Francisco Trinaldo (22-6) and Evan Dunham (18-7-1) square off in another lightweight clash. Luis Henrique (10-4, 1NC) faces Ryan Spann (10-5) in a light heavyweight bout, while Augusto Sakai (10-1-1) and Chase Sherman (11-4) open the PRELIMS with a hard-hitting heavyweight bout.

The main card continues at 10:30 PM ET on FS1 and FOX Deportes, featuring five thrilling bouts, including the headliner between Santos and Anders. No. 14-ranked welterweight Alex Oliveira (18-4-1, 2NC) and Carlo Pedersoli (11-1) fight. Light heavyweight Sam Alvey (33-10, 1NC) takes on Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (22-7). Former champion Renan Barao (36-6, 1NC) and Andre Ewell (13-4) square off at bantamweight, while No. 13 Randa Markos (8-7) and Marina Rodriguez (10-0) begin the main card with a strawweight scrap.

The weekend wraps with the FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT POSTFIGHT SHOW at 1:00 AM ET, as Cruz, Felder and Bryant recap the fights and Sanko 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 #UFCSP 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,

Sept. 19

8:00 PM UFC TONIGHT FS1
Wednesday,

Sept. 19

10:00 PM THE UTLIMATE FIGHTER: HEAVY HITTERS FS1

 

Wednesday,

Sept. 19

11:00 PM TUF TALK FS1

 

Friday,

Sept. 21

5:00 PM FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT WEIGH-IN SHOW FS2

 

Saturday,

Sept. 22

7:30 PM FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT PREFIGHT SHOW FS2
Saturday,

Sept. 22

8:30 PM FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT PRELIMS FS2
Saturday,

Sept. 22

10:30 PM FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT: SANTOS VS. ANDERS FS1
Sunday,

Sept. 22

1:00 AM FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT POSTFIGHT SHOW FS1

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