Month: November 2018

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FOX Sports Reigns Supreme in Most Important Metric in All of Television: Live Sports Event Viewing

NEW YORK – In the single most important metric in today’s television landscape, FOX Sports delivers in live sports event viewing this fall across its NFL, postseason baseball and college football properties. Beginning with Week 1 of the college football season on FOX, the network has a total of 103 billion minutes-viewed, ranking 1st among sports networks with a staggering +68% advantage over second place.

“The numbers don’t lie,” said Michael Mulvihill, FOX Sports Executive Vice President, Research, League Operations & Strategy. “FOX Sports owns the Fall. We’re delivering on our promise to be the leaders in the most valuable content at the most valuable time of the year.”

When combining college football with the NFL, football on FOX amassed a total of 80.7 billion minutes-viewed, a sizable +34% gain over the next nearest competitor in 2018.

In October, when sports fans are glued to television sets across America watching postseason baseball, college football and NFL on FOX, the network owned 60% of the top 20 most-watched events in all of television for the month. With 54.2 billion minutes of live sports event viewing, FOX came out more than double the 2nd best broadcast or cable network for the month of October.

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.

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UFC Champion Tyron Woodley and Retired Contender Kenny Florian Join Host Megan Olivi on FOX Sports Desk for FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT: MAGNY VS. PONZINIBBIO Saturday

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

LOS ANGELES – Today, FOX Sports announces UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley and retired title contender Kenny Florian serve as analysts with UFC host Megan Olivi for FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT: MAGNY VS. PONZINIBBIO programming on Friday, Nov. 16 and Saturday, Nov. 17, while Heidi Androl reports and interviews fighters.

Veteran MMA analyst Jimmy Smith joins blow-by-blow announcer Brendan Fitzgerald to call FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT: MAGNY VS. PONZINIBBIO live from Buenos Aires, Argentina on Saturday, Nov. 17 on FS1 and the FOX Sports app. Former UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum and Victor Davila call the fights in Spanish on FOX Deportes.

Saturday, the UFC makes its first visit to Buenos Aires, Argentina, as No. 8-ranked welterweight Neil Magny (21-7) faces No. 10 Santiago Ponzinibbio (27-3) in the main event. Magny, who’s coming off back-to-back wins over Carlos Condit and Craig White, faces Ponzinibbio, who fights in his home country for the first time since 2010. He’ll put his six-fight winning streak on the line as he hopes to move closer to a title shot with a victory over Magny.

FOX Sports UFC programming begins Friday, Nov. 16 with the UFC FIGHT NIGHT WEIGH-IN SHOW on FS2 and streaming on the FOX Sports app at 5:00 PM ET, with Woodley, Florian and Olivi on the desk, previewing the fights. Androl interviews fighters onsite.

Action continues Saturday at 7:00 PM ET on FS2 and the FOX Sports app with the 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 FS1, FOX Deportes and the FOX Sports app, with Fitzgerald and Smith calling the four exciting fights. Michel Prazeres (25-2) takes on Bartosz Fabinski (14-2) in a welterweight bout, while No. 9-ranked flyweight Alexandre Pantoja (19-3) and No. 14 Ulka Sasaki (21-5-2) clash. Featherweights Humberto Bandenay (14-5, 1NC) and Austin Arnett (15-5) face off, while Laureano Staropoli (7-1) and Hector Aldana (4-1) open the PRELIMS with another 170-pound battle.

The main card continues at 10:00 PM ET on FS1 and FOX Deportes, featuring five more thrilling bouts, including the headliner between Magny and Ponzinibbio. No. 12-ranked featherweight Ricardo Lamas (18-7) faces No. 13 Darren Elkins (25-6). Khalil Rountree, Jr. (8-2, 1NC) takes on Johnny Walker (13-3) in a light heavyweight bout. Cezar Ferreira (14-6) faces Tom Breese (11-1) in a welterweight bout, while Guido Cannetti (8-3) and Marlon Vera (11-5-1) battle at 135 pounds. Cynthia Calvillo (6-1) and Poliana Botelho (7-1) begin the main card with an exciting strawweight scrap.

The weekend wraps with the FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT POSTFIGHT SHOW at 1:00 AM ET, as Woodley, Florian and Olivi 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 #UFCArgentina 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*
Friday,

Nov. 16

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

 

Saturday,

Nov. 17

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

Nov. 17

8:00 PM FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT PRELIMS FS1 / FOX Deportes
Saturday,

Nov. 17

10:00 PM FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT: MAGNY VS. PONZINIBBIO FS1 / FOX Deportes
Sunday,

Nov. 17

1:00 AM FS1 UFC FIGHT NIGHT POSTFIGHT SHOW FS1

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

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FOX Sports Inks Multi-Year Rights Agreement with Major League Baseball

World Series, League Championship Series, Division Series and All-Star Game Broadcast on FOX Sports for the Next Decade

New York – FOX Sports and Major League Baseball have reached a new multi-year, multiplatform rights agreement expanding the network’s television, digital and Spanish-language rights and cementing FOX Sports as the home to baseball’s marquee events for the next decade. The agreement was announced today by Baseball Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr. and Executive Chairman of 21CF Lachlan Murdoch.

FOX Sports and FOX Deportes maintain the television rights to MLB’s jewel events, including serving as the exclusive television broadcast partner of the World Series, one League Championship Series, two Division Series and the All-Star Game. The network’s League Championship Series and Division Series coverage will remain the same as it’s been since 2014, alternating leagues each season. As in previous agreements, MLB Network will continue to have the rights to two games from the League’s Division Series that FOX is airing. Under terms of the new deal, FOX Sports will also expand its digital rights.

Under the new agreement, FOX Sports continues its Saturday regular-season broadcast windows – two per Saturday (52 total) – with highlights packages as well as MLB-centric programs and Spanish-language rights through FOX Deportes. Beginning in 2022, the amount of regular season and postseason games televised by the FOX broadcast network will increase.

In addition, the new MLB and FOX agreement will include expanded streaming, social media and highlight rights. FOX also will televise special event games to be determined over the term of the agreement.

“FOX Sports has been our national television partner for over 20 years and I could not be more pleased to announce the extension of our relationship through the 2028 season,” said Commissioner Manfred. “We value FOX Sports’ commitment to baseball and are excited to continue our partnership with this new agreement. Their innovative presentation of Major League Baseball through game telecasts and special programming across all their platforms has helped strengthen and elevate our sports’ popularity.”

“Since we began our historic partnership with Major League Baseball more than 20 years ago, MLB games on FOX have provided some of the most iconic moments in American sports,” said Murdoch. “This significant multi-year agreement not only cements FOX’s role as Major League Baseball’s number one broadcast partner, it ensures that FOX will remain America’s leader in live sports well into the future.”

“Major League Baseball has been a cornerstone of FOX Sports since 1996,” said FOX Sports CEO and Executive Producer, Eric Shanks. “It’s an honor to have shared countless historic moments with our viewers over the last 22 seasons. We are extremely proud to continue to be the home of Major League Baseball’s jewel events for the next decade.”

FOX Sports has been a national MLB rights-holder since 1996 and the sport’s exclusive national broadcast partner since 2001.To date, FOX Sports has carried 21 World Series and 20 All-Star Games since its inaugural national rights deal with MLB.

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 Major League Baseball
Major League Baseball (MLB) is the most historic professional sports league in the United States and consists of 30 member clubs in the U.S. and Canada, representing the highest level of professional baseball. Major League Baseball is the best-attended sport in North America, and since 2004, MLB has enjoyed its best-attended seasons in the history of the game. Led by Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr., MLB currently features record levels of labor peace, competitive balance and industry revenues, as well as the most comprehensive drug-testing program in American professional sports. MLB remains committed to making an impact in the communities of the U.S., Canada and throughout the world, perpetuating the sport’s larger role in society and permeating every facet of baseball’s business, marketing and community relations endeavors. With the continued success of MLB Network and MLB digital platforms, MLB continues to find innovative ways for its fans to enjoy America’s National Pastime and a truly global game. For more information on Major League Baseball, visit www.MLB.com.

–FOX SPORTS–

FOX Sports Contacts:
Andrew Fegyveresi
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Eddie Motl
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MLB Contacts:
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Ileana Peña
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FOX Sports and Premier Boxing Championships Press Conference

FOX Sports and Premier Boxing Champions Announce Eight Title Fights Over First Three Months, Spence Jr. vs. Garcia, March 16

Click HERE for Photos from the FOX Sports – PBC Media Experience 
Five FOX, Four FS1 PBC Fight Nights, Plus First Pay-Per-View Highlight Schedule Unveiled at FOX Sports – PBC Media Experience 
Former Champions Lennox Lewis, Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini, and Erik “El Terrible” Morales Head Up FOX Sports, FOX Deportes Broadcast Teams

LOS ANGELES – FOX Sports and Premier Boxing Champions today announced eight televised world title fights in the first three months of the new deal, featuring eight world champions and more than two dozen of the world’s best boxers going toe-to-toe. The schedule includes five world-class boxing fight nights live on FOX and FOX Deportes, four more on FS1 and FOX Deportes, and the first FOX PBC Pay-Per-View in March. You can re-watch the PBC-FOX Sports Media Experience on FOXSports.com, the FOX Sports App and Caffeine.

“We’re thrilled to have Premier Boxing Champions’ brightest stars coming to FOX Sports reaching the biggest audiences on broadcast television,” says Mark Silverman, FOX Sports President, National Networks. “The 2019 PBC schedule kicks off with high-stakes action and excitement, making FOX the premier home for boxing and the continued leader in live sporting events.”

Schedule highlights include world champion twins Jermall and Jermell Charlo defending their titles in separate fights live in primetime on FOX on December 22; followed by welterweight champion Keith Thurman’s ring return on FOX January 26; featherweight champion Leo Santa Cruz headlining on FOX February 23; 147-pound Champ Shawn Porter defending his world title March 9 on FOX; and the blockbuster showdown between welterweight Champ Errol Spence Jr. and four-division world champion Mikey Garcia, on FOX Sports PBC Pay-Per-View March 16, live from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

FOX Sports and FOX Deportes also announced the on-air personalities who will call all the thrilling action. Former heavyweight world Champion Lennox Lewis and former lightweight world champion Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini join FOX Sports as boxing analysts, while Emmy Award-winning broadcaster Chris Myers and Emmy Award-nominee Kenny Albert serve as blow-by-blow announcers. Seasoned FOX broadcaster Kate Abdo joins as a studio and fight night host. Plus, Boxing Hall of Famer Larry Hazzard works as a Rules Expert/Unofficial Scorer.

FOX Deportes taps International Boxing Hall of Fame member and former four-division world champion Erik “El Terrible” Morales, working with Jaime Motta and Lifetime Achievement Emmy Award winner Jessi Losada.

More on the FOX Sports PBC Schedule:

Jermall Charlo vs. Willie Monroe, Jr. and Jermell Charlo vs. Tony Harrison, Saturday, December 22, 2018, 8:00 PM ET on FOX. Barclays Center, Brooklyn

Twin titans kick off the new season of PBC on FOX, as Jermall Charlo (27-0, 21 KOs) defends his WBC interim middleweight title against top-rated contender Willie Monroe, Jr. (23-3, 6 KOs), while Jermell Charlo (31-0, 15 KOs) makes the fourth defense of his WBC Super Welterweight Championship against hard hitting former title challenger Tony Harrison (27-2, 21 KOs). Rounding out the evening, WBC mandatory challenger and 2012 U.S. Olympian Dominic “Trouble” Breazeale (19-1, 17 KOs) battles Carlos Negron (20-1, 16 KOs), a member of the Puerto Rican boxing team at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Jose Uzcategui vs. Caleb Plant, Sunday, January 13, 2019, 8:00 PM ET on FS1. Microsoft Theater at L.A. Live in Los Angeles

IBF Super Middleweight Champion Jose Uzcategui (28-2, 23 KOs) battles undefeated, top-rated challenger Caleb Plant (17-0, 10 KOs).

Keith Thurman vs. Josesito Lopez, Saturday, January 26, 2019, 8:00 PM ET on FOX. Barclays Center, Brooklyn

Undefeated WBA Welterweight Champion Keith Thurman (28-0, 22 KOs) ends a long injury layoff to defend his title and starts to reclaim the division against battle-hardened veteran Josesito Lopez (36-7, 19 KOs). Also that evening, Adam Kownacki (18-0, 14 KOs), one of the fastest rising stars in the heavyweight division, takes on his toughest challenge to date when he steps in against U.S. Navy veteran and USC football standout Gerald Washington (19-2-1, 12 KOs).

Leo Santa Cruz vs. Miguel Flores, Saturday, February 16, 2019, 8:00 PM ET on FOX. Los Angeles

WBA Featherweight Champion Leo Santa Cruz (35-1-1, 19 KOs), one of the highest volume punchers in the sport, defends his title against the always tough Miguel Flores (23-2, 11 KOs). Plus, former WBC Lightweight Champion Omar Figueroa Jr. (27-0-1, 19 KOs) returns after a long injury layoff to face former title challenger John Molina Jr. (30-7, 24 KOs).

Anthony Dirrell vs. Avni Yildirim, Saturday, February 23, 2019, 10:00 PM ET on FS1. The Armory, Minneapolis

Former WBC Super Middleweight Champion Anthony Dirrell (32-1-1, 24 KOs) battles once-beaten Avni Yildirim (21-1), who faces the stiffest competition of his career, in a clash for the vacant WBC Super Middleweight Championship.

Shawn Porter vs. Yordenis Ugas, Saturday, March 9, 2019, 8:00 PM ET on FOX. Las Vegas

WBC Welterweight Champion Shawn Porter (29-2-1, 17 KOs) makes his first title defense against top-rated mandatory challenger Yordenis Ugas (23-3, 11 KOs), who gets his first world title shot.

Errol Spence Jr. vs. Mikey Garcia, Saturday, March 16, 2019, 9:00 PM ET on FOX Sports PBC Pay-Per-View. AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas

In one of the most highly anticipated and intriguing matches in boxing, IBF Welterweight Champion Errol Spence (24-0, 21 KOs) will defend his title against four-division world champion and current WBC Lightweight Champion Mikey Garcia (39-0, 30 KOs), who is moving up two weight classes to challenge Spence.

Lamont Peterson vs. Sergey Lipinets, Sunday, March 24, 2019, 8:00 PM ET on FS1. MGM National Harbor, Oxon Hill, MD

Former junior welterweight and welterweight world champion Lamont Peterson (35-4-1, 17 KOs) clashes with former junior welterweight champion Sergey Lipinets (14-1, 10 KOs).

Caleb Truax vs. Peter Quillin, Saturday, April 13, 2019, 10:00 PM ET on FS1. The Armory, Minneapolis

Former super middleweight champion Caleb Truax (30-4-2, 19 KOs) meets former middleweight champion Peter Quillin (34-1-1, 23 KOs) in a battle to determine who climbs back into title contention.

Danny Garcia vs. Adrian Granados, Saturday, April 20, 2019, 8:00 PM ET on FOX.

Former junior welterweight and welterweight champion Danny Garcia (34-2, 20 KOs) wants to rebound from a razor-thin loss in his last bout to take on battle-tested Adrian Granados (20-6-2, 14 KOs).

FOX Sports PBC Additional Dates:
(Fights confirmed on a later date.)

Saturday, May 11, 2019, FOX
Saturday, May 25, 2019, FS1
Saturday, June 1, 2019, FS1
Sunday, June 23, 2019, FOX
Saturday, July 13, 2019, FS1
Saturday, July 20, 2019, FOX
Saturday, August 3, 2019, FOX
Saturday, August 24, 2019, FS1
Sunday, September 1, 2019, FOX
Saturday, September 21, 2019, FS1
Saturday, November 9, 2019, FS1
Saturday, December 14, 2019 on FOX
Saturday, December 21, 2019 on FS1

With the recently announced four-year deal, the FOX broadcast network will feature 10 marquee fight nights in prime time each year, while FS1 and FOX Deportes will telecast 12 fight nights annually. The package includes FOX Sports-PBC Pay-Per-View events. The Emmy Award-winning FOX Sports production team will produce more than 175 hours of original PBC boxing content per year across its channels.

All PBC on FOX Sports events and programming will be streamed live on the FOX Sports app, available in English or Spanish through the FOX, FS1 or FOX Deportes feeds. FOX Sports will offer a platform inside the app to allow viewers to stream the PPV events. In addition, FOX Sports Digital will have a dedicated FOXSports.com and FOX Sports App page for PBC coverage, in addition to dedicated YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram channels.

FOX Sports and PBC launched the highly regarded primetime boxing series TOE-TO-TOE TUESDAYS on FS1 and FOX Deportes in the fall of 2015, featuring PBC’s brightest up-and-coming boxers. The deal was expanded to include several fight nights on the FOX broadcast network, including exciting title fights such as heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder defending his title in February of 2016, July of 2016, and again in February of 2017, plus the exciting welterweight showdown between Danny Garcia and Robert Guerrero in January of 2016.

The Premier Boxing Champions series is created for television by Haymon Sports. Please visit www.premierboxingchampions.com and follow Premier Boxing Champions on Facebook and Twitter. For more information on FOX Sports, 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, 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 Premier Boxing Champions
The Premier Boxing Champions series was created and is produced by Haymon Sports, LLC. It features the most accomplished and decorated array of international professional boxing talent across the most popular weight divisions.

Contacts:
John Stouffer, FOX Sports: john.stouffer@fox.com; (310) 369-2606
Tim Smith, Premier Boxing Champions: Timothy@haymonboxing.com; (702) 843-3400
Swanson Communications: (202) 783-5500

Kenny Albert, Kate Abdo and Chris Myers

FOX Sports and Premier Boxing Champions Press Conference Streams Live TODAY at 6:00 PM ET/3:00 PM PT on FOX Sports App, Caffeine and FOXSports.com

Tuesday, November 13 at 6:00 p.m. ET/3:00 p.m. PT
Find Out when Boxing’s Biggest Champions Return to Action on FOX, FS1 & FOX Deportes

FOX Sports and Premier Boxing Champions will live stream the FOX-PBC Media Experience live on FOX Sports App, Caffeine and FOXSports.com today, November 13 at 6:00 p.m. ET/3:00 p.m. PT.

FOX Sports and PBC will announce the 2019 schedule through April. Find out when boxing’s biggest stars will return to action as part of the jam-packed PBC schedule.

CONTACTS:
Swanson Communications: (202) 783-5500, contact@swansonpr.com
Tim Smith, Premier Boxing Champions: timothy@haymonboxing.com
John Stouffer, FOX Sports: john.stouffer@fox.com

Aly Wagner and JP Dellacamera at 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup™ Qualifier

U.S. Women’s National Team Closes 2018 Campaign on FS1

LOS ANGELES – The U.S. Women’s National team closes its 2018 campaign with an international friendly against Scotland, Tuesday, Nov. 13 on FS1.

Beginning at 2:00 PM ET, Rob Stone anchors pregame and postgame coverage alongside former U.S. WNT captain Christie Pearce Rampone and Portland Thorns defender Meghan Klingenberg.

2018 Colin Jose Media Award recipient JP Dellacamera calls the match alongside FOX Sports analyst and former U.S. WNT midfielder Aly Wagner.

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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HEARD ON HUB: Waltrip, McReynolds & Hammond

FOX NASCAR QUOTES

HEARD ON HUB: WALTRIP, MCREYNOLDS & HAMMOND
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – On Monday’s NASCAR RACE HUB on FS1 (Monday-Thursday at 6:00 PM ET), co-host Adam Alexander welcomed a panel of FOX NASCAR analysts to the “War Room” to break down last weekend’s race at Phoenix and discuss which of the four championship contenders is best positioned to win the title next Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Below are excerpts from three-time champ and Hall of Famer Darrell Waltrip, Larry McReynolds and Jeff Hammond.

Who is your pick to win the championship?
“I’m going with the 78. Homestead is one of his best tracks, and based on what he did there last year, he will prevail to be a repeat champion. All these teams have big toolboxes with magic wands and pit crews, but qualifying will make a huge difference. If the 78 wins the pole, and I think he will, he gets the No. 1 pit stall, which takes a lot of pressure off the pit crew. If he wins the pole, he’s on his way to the championship.”
–Darrell Waltrip

“I’m going with Kevin Harvick. He’s going to Homestead on a bit of a mission, much like he did at Phoenix, and he’ll throw caution to the wind. Plus, he has won more races on a mile-and-a-half track this year than the other three.”
–Larry McReynolds

“Kevin Harvick can handle the pressure, no matter who is on his pit box. His pit crew will fix their issues this week. He already showed at Phoenix that he is good enough to be on the pole.”
–Jeff Hammond

How would you assess Kevin Harvick’s performance at Phoenix in light of penalties he sustained earlier in the week and adversity he faced in the race?
“He’s a scrambler. At Phoenix, he cut a tire and lost laps. But he got back in the hunt with a shot at winning the race and making the Championship 4. He’s an instigator, and I think he likes the spotlight on him. Sometimes that spotlight shines a little brighter than he’d like. I wouldn’t want to go up against him at Homestead.”
–Darrell Waltrip

How much does the emotion of the No. 78 team shutting down after Homestead factor in?
“Nobody wants to win it more than Martin Truex Jr. and Cole Pearn. They want to give the championship to Barney before they move on to their next venture. But I still see hiccups when the 78 comes to pit road. There will be a lot of pit stops on Sunday; every time the yellow flag waves, they’ll all take four more tires. Can they nail it every single time and be mistake-free?”
–Larry McReynolds

How will the Championship 4 finish at Homestead?
“It will be the 78, 18, 4 and 22. The 78 bunch wants to go out in style in their last race together with Barney Visser. They’ll be playing with a lot of emotion, and they’d love to be able to give Barney another championship trophy before they all go their separate ways. The 78 team will be on fire when they get to Homestead.”
–Darrell Waltrip

Which of the four championship contenders has the most to be concerned about at Homestead?
“If there’s a team that has to lick their wounds after Phoenix a bit, it’s Joey Logano and the No. 22. They expected to be competitive but had problems. Of the four championship drivers, he’s one of the hungriest because he has never won a championship. It’s going to be interesting to see whether he can bring enough Penske luck and Ford power to contend for the championship. But he had a good run there last year.”
–Jeff Hammond

HEARD ON HUB: Waltrip, McReynolds & Hammond (244 kB, last updated November 2018)
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FOX Sports Films’ “They Fight” Film Re-Airs on FS1, Continues NYC/LA Theater Run This Week

“THEY FIGHT” TRAILER

On the heels of Sunday, November 11’s FOX network premiere of “They Fight,” FOX Sports will re-air the boxing documentary on FS1 starting Monday, Nov. 12. The film will also continue its run at Laemmle Glendale in Los Angeles and Village East Cinema in New York until Thursday, Nov. 15. The film is also available on-demand on the FOX Sports app. “They Fight,” directed by Andrew Renzi (North of Now), is the latest film in FOX Sports Films’ critically-acclaimed “MAGNIFY” documentary film series.

From Common’s Freedom Road Productions and Argent Pictures including partner Drew Brees, the film follows young boxers Ragahleak “Peanut” Bartee, Quincey Williams and Lamar “Twin” Odoms’ journeys with the Lyfe Style Boxing program in Washington, D.C.’s Ward 8. Coach Walt Manigan mentors them on the path to the 2017 Junior Olympics, while also searching for a permanent home for the gym and fighting his own personal demons.

Common on the film:

Drew Brees on the film:

The documentary features original music from multiplatinum artist 6lack, Odie, Octavian, Boogie, and more, reflecting the films’ themes and characters’ journeys. LVRN, headed by Justice Baiden, collaborated on the soundscape.

PROGRAMMING SCHEDULE

(Schedule is subject to change)

Date Time (ET) Networks
Mon 11/12/2018 10:30 PM FS1
Fri 11/16/2018 12:00 AM FS1
Sat 11/17/2018 10:00 AM FS1
Sun 11/18/2018 05:30 PM FS1
Sat 12/08/2018 07:30 AM FS1
Sat 12/29/2018 11:30 PM FS2
Sun 12/30/2018 01:00 AM FS1
Sun 12/30/2018 11:00 AM FS1
Sun 12/30/2018 08:30 PM FS1
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FOX Deportes to Air Historic Copa Libertadores Final Saturday

Soccer’s fiercest rivalry will reach new heights this Saturday, November 10 when Guillermo Barros Schelotto’s Boca Juniors and Marcelo Gallardo’s River Plate meet in the Copa Libertadores final for the first in the tournament’s history. Coverage begins at 8:00 AM ET on FOX Deportes from the legendary La Bombonera in Buenos Aires. The two-leg final concludes Saturday, November 24 at 3:00 PM ET when a winner is crowned at River Plate’s Estadio Monumental.

Saturday’s lineup includes a special edition of FOX DEPORTES EN VIVO at 11:30 AM ET with Rodolfo Landeros, Mariano Trujillo, John Laguna and Alvaro Izquierdo and the Bundesliga Clasico between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund at 12:30 PM ET.

Immediately following the Bundesliga match, all eyes will be on Buenos Aires as Mariano Closs and ex Boca Juniors and Cruz Azul striker Diego Latorre call the highly-anticipated final. Coverage begins at 2:30 PM ET.

The two clubs first met in 1913 and have gone on to face off nearly 250 times in official competitions. The matches have featured some of the greatest players in the history of the game including Diego Maradona, Alfredo Di Stefano, Juan Roman Riquelme, Hernan Crespo, Radamel Falcao and Carlos Tevez.

Boca Juniors is looking for its seventh Libertadores title while River Plate hopes to earn its fourth crown. Both are also the two most successful teams in Argentina with River Plate leading Boca Juniors in First Division titles 36 to 33.

The final will also be streamed on the FOX Sports Go App. Fans can also visit
www.foxdeportes.com and follow FOX Deportes on twitter, Instagram and Facebook for scores, analysis and highlights.

Spanish Version:

FOX DEPORTES TRANSMITIRÁ LA FINAL HISTORICA DE LA COPA LIBERTADORES ESTE SÁBADO

La rivalidad mas intensa y apasionada del fútbol alcanzará un nuevo nivel este sábado, 10 de noviembre cuando Boca Juniors de Guillermo Barros Schelotto y River Plate de Marcelo Gallardo se enfrentan en la final de La Copa Libertadores por primera vez en la historia del torneo. La cobertura arranca a las 8:00 AM hora del Este de la La Bombonera en Buenos Aires. La final de dos partidos concluye el sábado, 24 de noviembre a las 3:00 PM hora del Este cuando se corone el campeón en el Estadio Monumental de River Plate.

Inmediatamente después de la previa de la Copa Libertadores a las 11:30 AM hora del Este, se transmitirá FOX DEPORTES EN VIVO con Rodolfo Landeros, Mariano Trujillo, John Laguna and Álvaro Izquierdo antes del Clásico de la Bundesliga entre Bayern Munich y Borusia Dortmund a la 12:30 PM hora del Este.

Después del partido de la Bundesliga, todos los ojos estarán puestos en Buenos Aires para la final de la Copa Libertadores con Mariano Closs y el ex jugador de Boca Juniors y Cruz Azul Diego Latorre. La cobertura arranca a las 2:30 PM hora del Este.

Los dos clubes por primera vez se enfrentaron en 1913 y desde entonces se han jugado casi 250 veces en competencias oficiales. En los partidos han destacado algunos de los mejores jugadores de todos los tiempos incluyendo a Diego Maradona, Alfredo Di Stefano, Juan Román Riquelme, Hernán Crespo, Radamel Falcao and Carlos Tevez.

Boca Juniors busca su septimo titulo de la Libertadores mientras que River Plate va por su cuarta corona. Ambos clubes son los dos mas ganadores en su país con 36 titulos de liga para River Plate a 33 de Boca.

La final también será transmitida en el FOX Sports Go App. Los aficiados también pueden visitar www.foxdeportes.com y seguir FOX Deportes on twitter, Instagram andFacebook para resultados, analisis y video for scores, analysis and highlights.

Curt Menefee, Terry Bradshaw, Howie Long, Michael Strahan and Jimmy Johnson

FOX Sports Salutes Military with Dual Veterans Day Broadcasts Live from Fort Benning on Sunday

Tribute to Service Members Includes Live Audiences for FOX NFL SUNDAY and FOX NFL KICKOFF

LOS ANGELES – As America collectively pauses on Veterans Day to honor those who have served our country, FOX Sports pays tribute to those U.S. service members with special editions of FOX NFL KICKOFF and FOX NFL SUNDAY, live from the grounds of Fort Benning, Ga., before an audience of hundreds of active soldiers and veterans.

The Sunday, Nov. 11, editions of FOX NFL KICKOFF and FOX NFL SUNDAY (11:00 AM ET & 12:00 PM ET on FOX) originate from the U.S. Army installation that celebrates its centennial this year and is the Home of Infantry and the Armor. Fort Benning supports more than 120,000 active-duty military, family members, reserve component soldiers, retirees and civilian employees on a daily basis.

“Honoring the Armed Forces on Veterans Day and throughout the year is one of FOX Sports’ most intrinsic commitments and passions,” said FOX Sports President & Executive Producer, Eric Shanks. “We are incredibly thankful to Fort Benning for graciously hosting us again, and we look forward to highlighting U.S. service members there and around the world who bravely defend our freedoms.”

This year’s live broadcast from Fort Benning, through which Generals Eisenhower, Patton and Powell have passed, continues a longstanding tradition of FOX NFL SUNDAY broadcasting from a military installation on the holiday weekend, while it marks FOX NFL KICKOFF’s second military remote. Fort Benning also provided the backdrop for FOX NFL SUNDAY on Veterans Day weekend in 2014. Historically, FOX Sports has saluted the troops from Naval Station Norfolk (2017), Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (2015), Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan (2009), and the USS Harry S. Truman in the Mediterranean Sea (2000), among multiple other locations.

Hundreds of active service members and veterans will be part of the live audience for Sunday’s pregame shows, which showcase Fort Benning and its soldiers throughout the two hours of live programming. In addition, FOX Sports’ cameras will capture festivities underway at Fort Benning’s York Field as thousands of military members, their families and the larger community gather on the post to celebrate Veterans Day.

FOX NFL KICKOFF host Charissa Thompson and analysts Michael Vick, Dave Wannstedt, Tony Gonzalez and Peter Schrager welcome viewers to Fort Benning with multiple looks at the Georgia post throughout the hour. Features include skydiving with the Golden Knights and touring the National Infantry Museum & Soldier Center and its Global War on Terrorism Memorial. The program also airs a feature on the building of the venerable military installation and its 100th anniversary.

At Noon ET, FOX NFL SUNDAY continues FOX Sports’ salute to the Armed Forces with co-hosts Curt Menefee and Terry Bradshaw and analysts Howie Long, Jimmy Johnson, Michael Strahan and insider Jay Glazer. Features include a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the group receiving instruction regarding M1 Abrams tanks. Additionally, FOX NFL SUNDAY illustrates the breadth of Fort Benning’s current-day mission and previews the day’s Week 10 NFL matchups.

Rounding out the day’s events, FOX NFL broadcasters from both shows will play a game of flag football with soldiers at Doughboy Stadium, where Eisenhower served as an assistant football coach, and serve and eat lunch with soldiers. Special segments in both shows will profile the Army’s Soldier of the Year and winners of the International Sniper Competition, while the 32-piece Maneuver Center for Excellence Band provides the Veterans Day soundtrack for both shows, including a live performance of the National Anthem to conclude FOX NFL SUNDAY.

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