FOX Sports Southwest has expanded its RANGERS LIVE pregame show to one-hour on Tuesday, September 11 to begin the network’s Military Appreciation Night live auction. The pregame show will begin at 6:00 p.m.
FOX Sports Southwest and the Texas Rangers are hosting Military Appreciation Night and the live auction during the Cleveland Indians-Texas Rangers telecast at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington to raise funds for the Wounded Warrior Project.
Fans will have an opportunity during the pregame show and game telecast to bid on several one-of-a-kind sports and entertainment packages provided by FOX Sports Southwest and participating sponsors. Proceeds from the in-game benefit will go to the Wounded Warrior Project, a national organization that raises awareness and facilitates programs and services for injured soldiers of the United States Armed Forces.
The online auction will begin at 6:00 p.m. on RANGERS LIVE and continue during the game broadcast. RANGERS LIVE host John Rhadigan will provide updates throughout the night from the Captain Morgan Club at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Fans can link to the online auction by visiting www.foxsportssouthwest.com.
Among the packages fans can bid on include:
VIP Visit To FOX NFL Sunday: Airfare and two-night hotel stay for two to Los Angeles to watch the FOX NFL Sunday pregame show and meet Terry Bradshaw, Howie Long, Curt Menefee, Jimmy Johnson and Michael Strahan. Watch all the NFL games from the VIP room at the FOX Studios in Los Angeles and enjoy a breakfast and lunch buffet. Included is a professional photograph on the set with FOX pregame show talent.
Golf with NFL on FOX analyst and former Dallas Cowboy Daryl “Moose” Johnston at Four Seasons Resort in Dallas: Winner and a guest will play 18 holes in a foursome with the former Dallas Cowboys Super Bowl champion fullback and his guest at the TPC Four Seasons course in Las Colinas designed by D.A. Weibring and Steve Wolfard. Winner and a guest also will enjoy dinner at the Four Season’s Café on the Green restaurant with Johnston and former PGA golfer and current CBS sports golf analyst David Feherty.
VIP Dallas Mavericks Experience: Eighteen-seat luxury suite at the American Airlines Center including food and non-alcoholic beverages for the Dec. 1 Mavericks game against the Detroit Pistons. Group will be a part of the “High Five Line” before the game as the Mavericks walk on the court.
Meet Rangers Legend Nolan and Ride the FOX Sports Southwest Fan Express: Winner will have access to ride the FOX Sports Southwest Fan Express and bring 49 guests to Rangers Ballpark in Arlington to watch a Rangers game in the 2013 season. Four members of the traveling party will meet Hall of Fame pitcher and Rangers CEO Nolan Ryan before the game. FOX Sports Southwest Behind-the-Scenes Experience: Behind-the-scenes at a live Texas Rangers telecast during the 2013 season. Meet FOX Sports Southwest announcers Steve Busby and Tom Grieve and sit in the broadcast booth. Winner and a guest will tour the television production truck, attend the pregame production meeting, hang out with reporter Jim Knox during the game, and appear on a future episode of the weekly Rangers Insider magazine show.
Travel with the Stars: Winner and a guest will travel on the Dallas Stars team plane to attend a game this season and stay in the team hotel. Includes two tickets to a game to be determined and two autographed team jerseys. Tailgate with the FOX Sports Southwest Girls: Winner and three guests will meet FOX Sports Southwest Girls Kaime and Liddy and join them for a pregame FOX College Football tailgate party at the Oct. 20 Texas Tech vs. TCU football game at Amon Carter Stadium in Fort Worth. Includes four game tickets and access to the FOX College Football Tailgate tent. Texas Motor Speedway VIP Experience: Four Victory Lane club suite tickets to the Nov. 4 AAA Texas 500. Included are four VIP pit passes, one VIP parking pass and four passes to the AXE Salute our Troops pre-race show featuring the Eli Young band. FC Dallas VIP Game Experience: Four on-field tickets to an FC Dallas game during the 2013 season and a photo-autograph session with players after the game.
Live! With Kelly in New York: Airfare and two-night hotel stay for two to New York to watch a taping of the syndicated talk show Live! with Kelly. Includes two VIP passes for taping of the show hosted by Kelly Rippa and former Super Bowl champion defensive end and current FOX NFL Sunday analyst Michael Strahan. Tour of Gymnastics Champions VIP Experience: Twelve-seat luxury suite at the American Airlines Center including food and non-alcoholic beverages for the 2012 Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions stop in Dallas on Oct. 6. The event features 2008 Olympic all-around champion Nastia Liukin and an impressive cast, including members of the men’s and women’s 2011 World Championships and 2012 Olympic teams.
Hollywood Red Carpet Experience: Airfare and two-night hotel stay for two to Los Angeles to attend a special screening of 20th Century FOX’s soon-to-be-released hit movie Chasing Mavericks, an inspirational true story of surfing icon Jay Moriarty starring Gerard Butler.
Blue Sky Animation Studio VIP Tour: Airfare and two-night hotel stay for two to Greenwich, Conn. to tour Blue Sky Animation Studio, the makers of box-office hit blockbusters Rio, the Ice Age franchise and Horton Hears a Who. Winner and a guest will meet a Blue Sky Animation Studio filmmaker and receive a custom drawing.
Limited edition FOX Sports Southwest/Wounded Warrior Project military dog tags also will be available for a cash donation level to be revealed on the telecast.
Other packages will include VIP experiences with several other of Dallas-Fort Worth’s professional sports teams that will be announced during the telecast.
Tuesday’s telecast also will feature pregame ceremonies the Rangers have planned that night to honor the military and support the Wounded Warrior Project.
An over-sized American Flag will be unfurled in the outfield. Members of the United States Air Force Color guard will present the colors. The National Anthem and God Bless America will be performed by an Air Force Quintet and Air Force Band member. A wounded warrior will then throw out the ceremonial first pitch. Wounded warriors in attendance also will be featured in the live broadcast.
FOX Sports Southwest and the Rangers are offering fans a special ticket offer to attend the September 11 game in honor of those who serve in the U.S. Military. Fans can purchase upper reserved seats for $11 at www.texasrangers.com by entering coupon code “Freedom.”