Month: November 2018

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FOX Sports and the New York Racing Association Announce Most Expansive TV Programming Agreement in Horse Racing History

FOX Sports to be Primary National Carrier of NYRA Racing Beginning in 2019

OZONE PARK, N.Y. – The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) and FOX Sports today announced a long-term television programming deal that will make FOX Sports the year-round national television home for NYRA racing from Saratoga Race Course and Belmont Park.

In 2019, FOX Sports is scheduled to televise 500 hours of NYRA racing including coverage of nearly every race day at Belmont and Saratoga. The broadcast schedule will then expand to over 600 hours annually in 2020. This agreement builds upon the prior deal between NYRA and FOX Sports that resulted in more than 100 hours of NYRA coverage on FS2 in 2018.

“NYRA has been a terrific partner and we are looking forward to presenting more horse racing on a national stage than ever before,” said Michael Mulvihill, Executive Vice President of League Operations, Research and Strategy for FOX Sports. “With this commitment, FOX Sports has taken the lead in developing content in the fast-growing area of sports gaming by expanding our relationship with the most prestigious name in horse racing, the New York Racing Association.”

NYRA and FOX Sports began their collaboration around the launch of the critically-acclaimed SARATOGA LIVE during the 2016 summer meet at Saratoga, which offered 80 hours of live coverage to a national audience on FS2.

“This is a transformative agreement between NYRA and FOX Sports that will dramatically expand national television coverage of the best thoroughbred racing in the country,” said NYRA President and CEO Chris Kay. “With increased competition for wagering dollars, we recognize the importance of capturing the attention of sports fans and bettors using high quality television production to provide the best coverage and racing analysis available anywhere today, which is something our television department has been providing for the last two years.”

Reflecting the continued growth and success of NYRA’s ‘Live’ shows, FOX Sports increased its coverage of SARATOGA LIVE in both 2017 and 2018, while adding select BELMONT PARK LIVE telecasts. Earlier this year, NYRA and FOX launched FOX SPORTS SATURDAY AT THE RACES, which presented key Triple Crown prep races from a number of tracks around the country.

The NYRA / FOX Sports shows will be presented by The Jockey Club’s multimedia fan-development and awareness-building platform, America’s Best Racing, created in 2012 to develop new fans by increasing the profile and visibility of North America’s top thoroughbred racing events.

“The Jockey Club’s support of this expansion of horse racing on television is consistent with the recommendations from the most recent McKinsey & Company report to grow awareness in the sport. We are excited to work with NYRA and FOX Sports to promote americasbestracing.net and develop video features that will attract a new generation of fans to horse racing,” said James L. Gagliano, president and chief operating officer of The Jockey Club.

Produced by NYRA, the shows will be hosted by Greg Wolf from FOX Sports with handicapping and commentary from Andy Serling, Maggie Wolfendale, trainer Tom Amoss and former Major League Baseball all-star Paul LoDuca. Larry Collmus, NYRA announcer and voice of the Triple Crown, will provide the race calls.

“The goal of the ‘Live’ broadcasts is to educate and entertain the viewer through in-depth racing analysis paired with compelling storytelling,” said Tony Allevato, President of NYRA Bets & Executive Producer for NYRA TV. “The expansion of FOX’s horse racing programming, and its appeal to seasoned horseplayers and newcomers alike, is a positive for all aspects of the industry and we thank FOX Sports for their commitment to our sport.”

“Considering NYRA’s role as a driver of tourism and economic engine for New York State, we are particularly pleased to be able to provide even more viewers across the country with a greater appreciation for the energy and excitement found at historic venues like Saratoga and Belmont,” Kay added.

Along with Saratoga Live, NYRA’s TV portfolio includes Belmont Park Live during the fall and spring and Aqueduct Live during the winter months. MSG Networks will continue to be NYRA’s regional home in 2019 and beyond, presenting tri-state viewers with more than 225 hours of coverage throughout the year. In 2017, NYRA added new markets in California via agreements with FOX Sports Prime Ticket and FOX Sports San Diego. In addition, NBC and NBCSN will continue to broadcast the Belmont Stakes Racing Festival as well as other races.

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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 the New York Racing Association (NYRA)
The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) holds the exclusive franchise to conduct thoroughbred racing at Aqueduct Racetrack, Belmont Park and Saratoga Race Course. NYRA tracks are the cornerstone of New York State’s thoroughbred industry, which is responsible for 19,000 jobs and more than $3 billion in annual economic impact to New York State. Over the course of 225 days of live racing in 2017, NYRA generated $2.2 billion in all-sources wagering handle with paid attendance exceeding 1.7 million. While staging just over 5 percent of all races run in the United States in 2017, wagering on NYRA’s races again accounted for more than 20 percent of all monies bet on thoroughbred racing in the United States.

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FOX Registers Its Most-Watched College Football Regular Season Ever

Ohio State’s Win over Michigan Draws More Than 13 Million Viewers and is Most-Watched Regular-Season College Football Game in Network’s History

NEW YORK – With average viewership of 3,324,000 heading into this weekend’s Big Ten and Pac-12 conference championship games, 2018 is the most-watched college football regular season in FOX broadcast network history. This season’s average viewership on the network is up +3% over last year (vs. 3,224,000), according to Nielsen Media Research, while the average-minute audience for college football on FOX Sports streaming services is up +33% (16,000 in 2018 vs. 12,000 in 2017).

Last weekend’s rivalry matchup between Ohio State and Michigan, in which the Buckeyes defeated the Wolverines, 62-39, to earn a spot in Saturday’s Big Ten Championship Game, drew a massive audience of 13,200,000. The game ranks as FOX’s most-watched regular-season game ever and is up +26% over last year’s matchup (vs. 10,513,000). On FOX Sports streaming services, Ohio State-Michigan attracted an average-minute audience of 145,000, the platforms’ best-ever performance for a college football game.

Last Friday, Washington’s 28-15 win over Washington State, which punched the Huskies’ ticket to this Friday’s Pac-12 Championship Game, recorded an average viewership of 4,082,000 on FOX, the network’s best-ever performance for the Apple Cup. The 2018 game is up +71% over last year’s matchup (vs. 2,390,000) and drew an average minute audience of 36,000 on FOX Sports streaming services. Overall, Week 13 of FOX College Football garnered an average-minute audience of 27,592 on FOX Sports streaming services, a +56% increase over the same week in 2017 (vs. 18,000) and the 2018 season’s best-performing week to-date.

FOX Sports’ college football coverage continues this weekend with the Pac-12 and Big Ten championship games on back-to-back nights. No. 17 Utah faces No. 11 Washington Friday in the Pac-12 Championship at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., with play-by-play announcer Joe Davis, analyst Brady Quinn and reporters Bruce Feldman and Petros Papadakis on the call at 8:00 PM ET on FOX. On Saturday night, No. 21 Northwestern goes up against No. 6 Ohio State in the Big Ten title game. FOX Sports lead college football play-by-play announcer Gus Johnson, analyst Joel Klatt and reporter Jenny Taft call the action live from Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis at 8:00 PM ET on FOX. Coverage both nights begins at 7:00 PM ET on FOX with FOX COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREGAME hosted by Rob Stone with analysts Matt Leinart, Robert Smith and Dave Wannstedt. The Pac-12 and Big Ten championship games are simulcast in Spanish on FOX Deportes.

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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 relationships. 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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Former UFC Middleweight Champion Bisping and Retired Contender Florian Join Host Bryant for Back-To-Back UFC Events on FS1 This Weekend

Fitzgerald and Smith Call THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER FINALE: DOS ANJOS VS. USMAN Friday, While Former UFC Contender Hardy and Gooden Call FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT: DOS SANTOS VS. TUIVASA Saturday

LOS ANGELES – Today, FOX Sports announces former UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping and retired title contender Kenny Florian serve as analysts alongside lead host Karyn Bryant in FOX Sports’ Los Angeles studio for this weekend’s back-to-back UFC events including THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER FINALE: DOS ANJOS VS. USMAN on Friday, Nov. 30 and FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT: DOS SANTOS VS. TUIVASA Saturday, Dec. 1.

Brendan Fitzgerald and veteran MMA analyst Jimmy Smith call THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER FINALE live in Las Vegas, while Heidi Androl adds reports and interviews fighters onsite. Former title contender Dan Hardy and blow-by-blow announcer John Gooden call FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT: DOS SANTOS VS. TUIVASA live from Australia, with Laura Sanko reporting. On FOX Deportes, Victor Davila and Santiago Ponzinibbio have the call in Spanish both nights.

FS1’s UFC programming starts on Wednesday, Nov. 28 with the final episode of THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER: HEAVY HITTERS at a special time (10:30 PM ET), immediately followed by UFC TONIGHT, with hosts Florian and Daniel Cormier previewing the exciting doubleheader weekend.

On Thursday, Nov. 29, THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER FINALE WEIGH-IN SHOW is telecast at 7:00 PM ET on FS2 and streaming on the FOX Sports app, with Bryant, Bisping and Florian in studio and Androl reporting onsite. The same crew kicks off Friday, Dec. 1 with the FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT WEIGH-IN SHOW at 6:30 PM ET live on FS1 and the FOX Sports app, while THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER FINALE PREFIGHT SHOW follows at 7:00 PM ET.

Continuing Friday, THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER FINALE PRELIMS begin on FS1 and FOX Deportes at 8:00 PM ET, with four exciting bouts, while the three-hour main card continues at 10:00 PM ET, with an additional six fights. The show is headlined by a pivotal welterweight contender battle between No. 3-ranked Rafael Dos Anjos and No. 5 Kamaru Usman. In addition, the main card will feature the finals of this season’s THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER tournaments with heavyweight and women’s featherweight winners crowned. The final line up and bout order will be announced on Wednesday following the conclusion of THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER. Friday night’s coverage wraps on FS1 with THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER FINALE POSTFIGHT SHOW at 1:00 AM ET.

On Saturday, Dec. 1, programming kicks off at 7:00 PM ET with the FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT PREFIGHT SHOW, as Bryant, Bisping and Florian preview the evening’s fights.

The two-hour FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT PRELIMS begin at 8:00 PM ET on FS1, FOX Deportes and the FOX Sports app, with four exciting bouts. The main card continues at 10:00 PM ET with six more thrilling fights, headlined by former heavyweight world champion and current No. 7 Junior Dos Santos (19-5) facing No. 11 Tai Tuivasa (8-0). Plus, former light heavyweight champion and No. 13 Shogun Rua (25-11) clashes with Australian knockout artist and No. 14 Tyson Pedro (7-2). Another heavyweight legend returns as No. 10 Mark Hunt (13-13-1, 1NC) takes on No. 15 Justin Willis (7-1). Welterweights Jake Matthews (13-3) and Anthony Rocco Martin (13-4) square off, while Suman Mokhtarian (8-0) and Sodiq Yusuff (7-1) tangle in a featherweight bout. Jimmy Crute (8-0) and Paul Craig (9-2) open the main card with a light heavyweight bout.

The evening’s coverage wraps with the FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT POSTFIGHT SHOW at 1:00 AM ET, with the desk crew recapping the fights, while Sanko interviews fighters in Australia.

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 @UltimateFighter and @UFConFOX on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for all updates throughout the #TUF28 fights Friday and #UFCAdelaide Saturday.

Viewers can live stream the UFC shows on the FOX Sports app, through the FS1 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,

Nov. 28

10:30 PM THE UTLIMATE FIGHTER: HEAVY HITTERS FS1

 

Wednesday,

Nov. 28

11:30 PM UFC TONIGHT FS1
Thursday,

Nov. 29

7:00 PM THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER FINALE WEIGH-IN FS2
Friday,

Nov. 30

6:30 PM FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT WEIGH-IN FS1
Friday,

Nov. 30

7:00 PM THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER FINALE PREFIGHT SHOW FS1
Friday,

Nov. 30

8:00 PM THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER FINALE PRELIMS FS1 / FOX Deportes
Friday,

Nov. 30

10:00 PM THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER: HEAVY HITTERS FINALE FS1/ FOX Deportes
Friday,

Nov. 30

1:00 AM THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER FINALE POSTFIGHT SHOW FS1
Saturday,

Dec. 1

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

Dec. 1

8:00 PM FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT PRELIMS FS1 / FOX Deportes
Saturday, Dec. 1 10:00 PM FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT: DOS SANTOS VS. TUIVASA FS1 / FOX Deportes
Saturday,

Dec. 1

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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“The Game” Sets New Highs for FOX

No. 10 Ohio State’s 62-39 win over No. 4 Michigan yesterday on FOX drew an 8.0 metered market rating, according to Nielsen Media Research:

  • The best metered market rating for a college football game this season on any network
  • FOX’s best metered market rating for a regular-season college football game ever
  • Up +19% over last year’s matchup (vs. 6.7)

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Washington-Dallas Thanksgiving Day Matchup on FOX Projects to be Most-Watched NFL Telecast on Any Network this Season

  • Yesterday’s Thanksgiving Day matchup on FOX averaged 30,475,000 viewers (12.5 HH RTG) which projects to be the most-watched NFL telecast across all networks this season
  • Viewership for yesterday’s NFL telecast on FOX is +23% over FOX’s Thanksgiving Day performance in 2017 (Vs. 24,736,000; Minnesota-Detroit) and +16% over the comparable window in 2017 (vs. 26,277,000; LA-Dallas)
  • FOX’s Thanksgiving Day game peaked at 32,656,000 viewers from 7:00-7:15 PM ET
  • Yesterday’s Dallas-Washington matchup delivered an estimated 30,833,000 viewers across FOX, FOX Deportes and FOX Sports streaming platforms
    • FOX Deportes averaged 99,000 viewers, +125% over last year’s matchup (vs. 44,000)
    • On FOX Sports streaming services, yesterday’s Redskins-Cowboys game is the best performing Thanksgiving Day game in FOX Sports history with an average minute audience of 259,126 +82% over 2017 (vs. 142,157 AMA)

Joel Klatt Interviews Ohio State Head Coach Urban Meyer

FOX College Football Lead Analyst Joel Klatt Previews No. 4 Michigan at No. 10 Ohio State Saturday on FOX

NEW YORK – FOX College Football lead game analyst Joel Klatt appeared on FS1 daily studio shows on Wednesday to preview the biggest rivalry in college football – No. 4 Michigan at No. 10 Ohio State on FOX. Saturday’s coverage begins at 11:00 AM ET with an hour-long edition of FOX COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREGAME. Once the game kicks off at 12:00 PM ET, Klatt calls the action alongside play-by-play announcer Gus Johnson and reporter Jenny Taft.

Highlights from Klatt’s appearances are below:

On UNDISPUTED, FOX College Football lead analyst Joel Klatt said Ohio State will be the toughest test of the season for Michigan’s defense:

“This Michigan defense has not seen a quarterback or an offense anywhere near the caliber of what Ohio State is going to bring into this game. Dwayne Haskins is playing at a remarkably high level, and he should get more conversation in the Heisman Trophy race, because he’s doing exactly what Kyler Murray is doing for Oklahoma, which is carrying a team with a bad defense to a 10-1 record.

“If Michigan’s defense doesn’t play their best, Ohio State’s going to put up a lot of points. That offense is potent.

“Ohio State’s offense is more tested as the No. 2 overall total offense in the country than the No. 1 defense in Michigan, because Michigan has not seen what Ohio State will bring to this table. Not at all.”

Klatt expects Saturday’s game to be close:

“I’m not saying that Ohio State is going to win, but being at home and having that offense, it’s going to be a much closer game than a lot of people are expecting. People think Michigan’s just going to go out there and blow them out because Urban’s (Meyer) been grabbing his head on the sideline and the defense has been giving up big plays. This is going to be a one-possession game late, and somebody’s going to have to make a play. And the guy who has made more plays than anybody the entire season is No. 7 in the red jersey. That’s Dwayne Haskins. If you’re looking for an edge, it’s that quarterback right there.”

UNDISPUTED co-host Skip Bayless thinks Michigan will beat Ohio State this weekend:

“I believe Michigan will win this game, but I believed before the season started Michigan would win the national championship, and at that point they were nine-point preseason underdogs at Ohio State.”

Bayless thinks the quarterback position will be the difference-maker in Michigan-Ohio State:

“Right now, if I boil this game down, it’s quarterback vs. quarterback, and I will take Shea Patterson over Dwayne Haskins, because Jim Harbaugh finally has a quarterback. I’m not saying he’s going to be a big, great NFL quarterback, but he’s a really good college football player. He is a playmaker. He plays with poise and savvy and guts, and he can sneaky hurt you with his legs as well as his arm. He doesn’t have a big arm, but he’s got an accurate arm, and he’ll make big clutch throws in big moments.”

Klatt says Michigan quarterback Shea Patterson has the chance to be the most successful transfer in college football history:

“If he’s able to come in here as a transfer and win this game, it’s going to be the most successful transfer ever, even over Russell Wilson.

“If Patterson wins, this will be considered the most successful transfer in the history of college football.”

On THE HERD WITH COLIN COWHERD, Klatt says this weekend’s game is Jim Harbaugh’s most important since the 2013 Super Bowl:

“You can make a strong argument that this might be the most important game he’s coached since the Super Bowl.

“He’s favored. He’s got the team. It’s experienced on defense. They’re good on the offensive line. They’ve run the ball. And more importantly, he has a quarterback. With Ohio State struggling and going through what they’ve gone through this season, he’s got to win this game. This one is huge, because if you’re Michigan and you don’t win this game, when are we going to win?”

Klatt says he expects Urban Meyer to be Ohio State’s head coach next season:

“If anything, Ohio State’s not making any sort of moves. Why would they have gone through what they went through this offseason unless they wanted him to be there long-term?

“Urban’s health might be an issue – the cyst in his head that gives him these pounding headaches. He looked exasperated last week – obviously, anyone would when the defense is giving up over 50 points the week before a rival. He doesn’t seem normal to me as my history with him has shown. Having said that, I don’t see him riding away this way. He’s one of the best coaches we’ve seen in this generation – you really think this is the way he wants to ride out? I don’t. If you’re asking me, having talked to him, having been around the program, I do not think this is the last year for Urban.”

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John Strong, Stu Holden and Katie Witham Call MLS Conference Championships on FS1

LOS ANGELES – FOX Sports, the home of the 2018 MLS Cup, presents Western and Eastern Conference Championships coverage on FS1. In the first leg of the Western Conference Championship, the Portland Timbers host Sporting Kansas City Sunday, Nov. 25, at 7:30 PM ET. Four days later, Atlanta United FC face the New York Red Bulls in the second leg of the Eastern Conference Championship Thursday, Nov. 29, at 7:30 PM ET. Both matches are called by FOX Sports lead play-by-play announcer John Strong, former MLS midfielder Stu Holden and reporter Katie Witham. The winners of the two-leg aggregate-goal series advance to MLS Cup, airing on FOX Saturday, Dec. 8, at 7:30 PM ET.

Peter Vermes’ Sporting Kansas City makes its eighth conference championship appearance, while first-year Portland coach Giovanni Savarese leads the Timbers to their third Western Conference Championship. In New York on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018 MLS Coach of the Year Gerardo “Tata” Martino’s Atlanta United visit Supporters’ Shield winners, the New York Red Bulls. Rob Stone hosts pregame coverage alongside Maurice Edu live from Red Bull Arena.

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

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FOX Sports Tabs Sportradar to Boost Networks’ Data-Driven Storytelling

Sportradar’s Radar360 Analytics Platform Bolsters In-Game and Digital Content

NEW YORK, NY — FOX Sports and Sportradar, the global leader in analyzing and leveraging the power of sports data, are collaborating to push the boundaries of data-driven sports coverage.

Under terms of a recent agreement, Sportradar is developing new research tools, data products and machine learning technology that enable FOX Sports broadcasters to bolster their in-game and digital content with real-time and historic sports data via API. FOX Sports is also amongst the first broadcasters to access new functionality, robust historic data sets, and expanded sports league content within Sportradar’s cutting-edge research platform, Radar360.

In an era of always-on content, the FOX Sports-Sportradar agreement expands the expectations of today’s fans. The production team is able to reduce analytic workloads and create more opportunities for compelling narratives and increased fan engagement across platforms.

“Sportradar is in a position to provide information to our networks with cutting edge technology that is easily accessible by the staff in our production trucks and studios,” said Brad Zager, EVP, Production and Operations, FOX Sports. This will allow our production teams and announcers to stay at the forefront of storytelling using new data and analytics.”

“Sportradar is obsessed with the fan experience, and driven by the opportunity to be a good partner to today’s sports storytellers” said Steve Byrd, Head of Global Strategic Partnerships, Sportradar. “Media partners use our turnkey services to tell unique, data-driven stories. With these expanded capabilities, it will be even easier to comprehend trends and produce amazing content for pre-, in-, and post-game consumption.”

The agreement highlights Sportradar’s commitment to expanded products and services in data-led story creation for broadcast and digital media clients. With an emphasis on qualitative data – the why and how of the play by play – Sportradar tools are the market leader for media publishers like FOX Sports to slice and dice Sportradar’s extensive catalogue of rich and highly-curated statistics to uncover compelling storylines. Along with empowering leading sports media clients with this platform, Sportradar has further invested in expanding their research support and content teams to deliver customized stat requests for clients and pregame notes complete with compelling information to enhance broadcast content and storylines.

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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 relationships. 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.

About Sportradar
Sportradar is the leading global provider of sports data intelligence. The nexus between sports and entertainment, the company serves leagues, news media, consumer platforms and sports betting operators with deep insights and a suite of strategic solutions to help grow their businesses. Sportradar is the trusted partner of more than 1,000 companies in over 80 countries and serves as the official partner of the NBA, NFL, NHL and NASCAR as well as FIFA and UEFA. It is also the only provider entrusted to work with the US sports leagues in an official capacity to distribute sports data (NBA and NHL) and AV rights (MLB) around the world for betting purposes. The company monitors and delivers insights from more than 400,000 matches annually across 60 sports categories, having developed the industry’s most proficient software while setting new standards for speed and accuracy. With deep industry relationships, Sportradar is not just redefining the sports fan experience; it also safeguards the sports themselves through its Integrity Services division and advocacy for an integrity-driven ecosystem that is fair to partners, players and fans. For more information, visit www.sportradar.com.

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FOX Sports Secures NFL Experience for Stacked FS1 Studio Roster

Eight NFL Contributors Bring 30 Pro Bowls, Three Super Bowl Wins and Two Gold Jackets to FOX Sports

LOS ANGELES – As the second half of the 2018-19 NFL season heats up, FOX Sports secures an all-star lineup of NFL analysts as contributors on FS1’s daily studio shows. FS1’s strong weekday lineup is bolstered by the experience behind 30 Pro Bowl appearances, three Super Bowl wins, two Pro Football Hall of Fame careers and multiple future Hall of Famers.

Former NFL standouts Eric Dickerson, DeAngelo Hall, James Harrison, TJ Houshmandzadeh, Shawne Merriman, Bart Scott, Rod Woodson and former head coach Chuck Pagano will appear regularly on FS1 and FOX Sports’ digital properties. The announcement was made today by Whit Albohm, Vice President Daily Studio Production and Executive Producer, FS1.

“We are excited to have this amazing slate of NFL talent on our team at FOX Sports,” said Albohm. “They bring a wealth of experience and world-class knowledge of the game that strengthens our impressive roster at FS1.”

A two-time All-American running back at Southern Methodist University, Dickerson was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams and went on to become one of the franchise’s all-time greats, earning NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year (1983), three-time NFC Offensive Player of the Year (1983, 1984, 1986) and NFL Offensive Player of the Year (1986). A six-time Pro Bowler and five-time All-Pro, Dickerson’s No. 29 was retired by the Rams and he was a first ballot selection to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1999.

A Virginia native, Hall excelled at Virginia Tech receiving All-American honors as a defensive back and becoming one of the few collegiate players to score touchdowns on offense, defense, and special teams. Drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in 2004, Hall was a force in the league for 14 seasons, tying the NFL record for most interceptions in a single game (four) and being selected for three Pro Bowls, earning MVP honors in 2011.

After going undrafted out of Kent State University in 2002, Harrison joined the Pittsburgh Steelers and went on to play 15 seasons in the NFL, highlighted by five Pro Bowl appearances, two All-Pro selections and two Super Bowl victories with the Steelers. A future Pro Football Hall of Famer, the tenacious linebacker was also 2008’s NFL Defensive Player of the Year, the only undrafted player to ever receive the honor, and holds the Steelers’ all-time sack record (80.5).

An impressive offensive threat, Houshmandzadeh was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in 2001 and excelled as a wide receiver for seven seasons. In 2007, Houshmandzadeh recorded 112 receptions, the most in the NFL, and earned an appearance in that year’s Pro Bowl.

After playing collegiate ball for his home state at the University of Maryland, Merriman was the San Diego Chargers’ 12th overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft. Nicknamed “Lights Out,” he immediately made an impact in the NFL, being named the 2005 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year and the NFL sacks leader in 2006. Merriman was also a three-time All-Pro and made three consecutive Pro Bowl appearances.

A ten-season NFL veteran, Scott was a dominant defensive weapon for both the Baltimore Ravens and the New York Jets. He recorded a standout season in 2006, which culminated in a Pro Bowl appearance. Off the gridiron, Scott has made a name for himself on-air and currently co-hosts WFAN’s afternoon drive-time radio show.

A two-time All-American in both football and track at Purdue, Woodson was a standout athlete and world class sprinter prior to being drafted by the Steelers in 1987. His NFL accolades include 1993 NFL Defensive Player of the Year and AFC Player of the Year. An 11-time Pro Bowl selection, seven-time All-Pro and 2000 Super Bowl winner with the Baltimore Ravens, Woodson was inducted into both the Pro Football Hall of Fame (2009) and the College Football Hall of Fame (2016).

Boasting over two decades of coaching experience, former Colts head coach Pagano brings a fresh perspective on the game and the sports industry. With his varied roles across the NFL and collegiate sports, Pagano’s breadth of experience and defensive minded outlook is a key addition to FS1’s roster.

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.

Back-to-Back U.S. Open Champions Brooks Koepka and Curtis Strange

2018 U.S. OPEN: BROOKS GOES BACK-TO-BACK Debuts Thanksgiving Day on FOX

In-Depth Look into Brooks Koepka’s Thrilling Victory at Shinnecock Hills

New York – The USGA and FOX Sports will unveil the film 2018 U.S. OPEN: BROOKS GOES BACK-TO-BACK on Thanksgiving Day to celebrate and relive the 118th U.S. Open Championship. Narrated by actor and director Kevin Connolly, the hour-long documentary airs Thursday, Nov. 22 at 3:00 PM ET on FOX, prior to the nationally televised matchup between the Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys.

Watch the film’s trailer here:

2018 U.S. OPEN: BROOKS GOES BACK-TO-BACK chronicles Brooks Koepka’s path to claiming his second consecutive U.S. Open title at iconic Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton, N.Y. Featuring never-before-seen footage of Koepka at his home in Florida, the film explores his comeback from a serious wrist injury while handling the elevated expectations that come with being the defending champion.

FOX Sports analyst and two-time U.S. Open champion Curtis Strange (1988-89), who was the last player to win back-to-back championships before Koepka, provides commentary on the strategy, mindset and determination it takes to pull off the rare triumph, which has only been achieved six times in history.

Produced by South District Films, 2018 U.S. OPEN: BROOKS GOES BACK-TO-BACK highlights the storylines, inspirational moments and spirited performances of the 118th championship. FOX Sports analysts Brad Faxon, Paul Azinger and Shane Bacon provide additional insights on Shinnecock Hills and the quest to conquer golf’s ultimate test.