Month: June 2019

PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 28:   United States of America team huddle ahead of the second half during the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France Quarter Final match between France and USA at Parc des Princes on June 28, 2019 in Paris, France. (Photo by Naomi Baker - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

USA Victory Over France Draws More Than 6 Million Viewers; Most-Watched FIFA Women’s World Cup™ Quarterfinal Ever

FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP NOW™ on Twitter Has Record Day with More Than 1 Million Views

USA-France is Most-Streamed FIFA Women’s World Cup Match Ever

Paris – The USA’s exciting 2-1 victory over host nation France Friday in the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019™ quarterfinals pulled in 6,335,000 viewers on FOX and FOX streaming sources, peaking at 8,239,000 on television alone, according to Nielsen fast national numbers. With 6,124,000 viewers on FOX television, the match is the most most-watched FIFA Women’s World Cup™ quarterfinal on record in the U.S. and the most-watched soccer match on English-language U.S. television since last summer’s FIFA World Cup™ final.

On FOX, USA-France posted a +7% increase over the United States’ 2015 quarterfinal win over China (5,736,000) – a match which aired in prime time. It was also up +57% over the comparable quarterfinal match in 2011 (3,890,000), which also was played in a European time zone.

Following the match’s thrilling conclusion, FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP NOW™ live on Twitter posted a record day with 1.05 million views, more than doubling its previous high. Across FOX owned digital and social platforms, FIFA Women’s World Cup™ content drew 13 million views.

On FOX streaming sources, the match drew an average minute audience of 211,000, making USA-France the most-streamed FIFA Women’s World Cup™ match ever.

The U.S. WNT is next in action Tuesday vs. England in the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™ semifinals. Coverage begins at 2:00 PM ET on FOX.

On Sunday, FOX Sports televises the U.S. WNT press conference at 10:00 AM ET on FS2.

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Natalie Portman Voices FOX Sports FIFA Women’s World Cup Hype Video

Academy Award-winning actress Natalie Portman is the latest A-lister to lend her vocals to FOX Sports’ coverage of the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™. Portman voices over two special hype videos airing on FOX prior to “Le Grand Match,” France vs. USA in the FIFA Women’s World Cup™ quarterfinals today at 3:00 PM ET.

Portman joins Selma Blair, Eva Longoria, Regina King, Jessica Chastain and Ava DuVernay on a list of distinguished and powerful women to voice over hype videos preceding U.S. Women’s National Team matches during this summer’s tournament.

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Links to the U.S. WNT hype videos can be found here:

Jessica Chastain (USA vs. Thailand on June 11): https://bit.ly/2Lrcgce
Regina King (USA vs. Chile on June 16): https://bit.ly/2NzCNXJ
Eva Longoria (Sweden vs. USA on June 20): https://bit.ly/2FGeroB
Ava DuVernay (Spain vs. USA on June 24): https://bit.ly/31Rxp54
Natalie Portman (France vs. USA on June 28): https://bit.ly/2Nl7W0Q & https://bit.ly/2YsPxA0

Other celebrity support for the Women’s World Cup has come from actors Colin Hanks and Sophia Bush as well as reality and WWE stars the Bella Twins, who have made guest appearances on FS1’s nightly wrap-up show FOX SOCCER TONIGHT.

Links to those appearances can be found here:

Sophia Bush on June 13: https://foxs.pt/2YiFeyq
Bella Twins on June 17: https://bit.ly/2Yhv3dH
Colin Hanks on June 19: https://bit.ly/2YkeP3w

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USA to Face France for Women’s World Cup Semifinals Berth Today on FOX

Natalie Portman Narrates USA-France Teasers

LOS ANGELES – All eyes are on the U.S. Women’s National Team as it continues its FIFA Women’s World Cup™ title defense today, taking on host nation France at 3:00 PM ET on FOX. FOX Sports pulls out all the stops for the highly anticipated match, offering multiplatform coverage from numerous locations and two special USA-France hype videos narrated by Oscar winner Natalie Portman, as both nations look to secure a semifinals berth.

FOX Sports broadcasts pre- and postgame shows from the famed Café de l’Homme in Paris with host Rob Stone and studio analysts Heather O’Reilly, Ari Hingst, Eni Aluko and Alexi Lalas. Coverage begins at 2:00 PM ET on FOX. Once the action begins on the field, lead play-by-play announcer JP Dellacamera is on the call alongside World Cup veteran Aly Wagner. Reporter Alex Curry, who has been embedded with the U.S. Women’s National Team for the tournament, provides multiple team reports from the stadium with Jenny Taft reporting from the France sideline.

FOX Sports’ presentation of the match is simulcast on the Times Square “Mega-Zilla,” the world’s largest television screen, live in the heart of New York City.

Once coverage on FOX concludes, Karina LeBlanc and Aaron West host a special edition of FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP NOW™ live on FOX Sports Twitter at 5:30 PM ET. LeBlanc and West will have a report chronicling their day with the American Outlaws at Parc de Princes, before returning to Café de l’Homme, where they are joined by O’Reilly and Lalas for the latest reaction and analysis.

Kate Abdo wraps USA-France action on FOX SOCCER TONIGHT at 11:30 PM ET on FS1 alongside Christie Rampone, Leslie Osborne, Cobi Jones and Maurice Edu.

–FOX SPORTS–

About FOX Sports

FOX Sports is the umbrella entity representing FOX Corporation’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, the business has 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 Network; FS1, FS2, FOX Soccer Plus and FOX Deportes. FOX Sports’ digital properties include FOXSports.com and the FOX Sports App, which provides live streaming video of FOX Sports content, instant scores, stats and alerts to iOS and Android devices. Additionally, FOX Sports and social broadcasting platform, Caffeine jointly own Caffeine Studios which creates exclusive eSports, sports and live entertainment content. Also included in FOX Sports’ portfolio 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 Delivers Knockout PBC Programming Ahead of Pacquiao vs. Thurman Pay-Per-View Title Fight

PBC FACE TO FACE Premieres on FOX Sunday at 1:00 PM ET Previewing Highly-Anticipated Bout
Four-Part PBC FIGHT CAMP, Featuring Manny Pacquiao and Keith Thurman, Debuts Sunday on FOX at 1:30 PM ET

Watch A Sneak Peak of FOX SPORTS PBC FACE TO FACE

LOS ANGELES – Today, FOX Sports announces a robust programming lineup to promote the highly anticipated FOX Sports Premier Boxing Champions Pay-Per-View headlined by Manny Pacquiao vs. Keith Thurman, including the debut of FOX SPORTS PBC FACE TO FACE: MANNY PACQUIAO VS. KEITH THURMAN on FOX on Sunday, June 30 (1:00 PM ET), immediately followed by the premiere of the half-hour PBC FIGHT CAMP: MANNY PACQUIAO VS. KEITH THURMAN (Part 1) at 2:00 PM ET. Rounding out the schedule, the one-hour FOX SPORTS PBC COUNTDOWN: MANNY PACQUIAO VS. KEITH THURMAN airs on FOX on Saturday, July 6 (2:00 PM ET).

“Manny Pacquiao versus Keith Thurman is without a doubt the biggest fight of the year, and FOX Sports will get viewers pumped up for this blockbuster summer showdown with the PBC FACE TO FACE, COUNTDOWN and FIGHT CAMP shows,” said Charlie Dixon, Executive Vice President of Content, FOX Sports. “Fans will get an unprecedented look into the lives of Manny and Keith, as they prepare for the biggest fight of their career. Viewers will not only see their training, but will also get an inside look at their lives in training camp.”

In the explosive FOX SPORTS PBC FACE TO FACE: MANNY PACQUIAO VS. KEITH THURMAN, the two superstars trade verbal jabs and discuss their motivations and strategies heading into the fight with host Brian Campbell. In the show, Pacquiao says that Thurman’s trash talking won’t affect him: “I’ve been more than two decades in boxing,” says Pacquiao. “I’ve experienced all the hardest fights in life – when I fought De La Hoya, Miguel Cotto, Morales, Marquez, Hatton, Margarito, who’s much taller than me. Nobody will intimidate me.”

“I can see it, but that’s because I’m a champion, too,” says Thurman. “It’s just a fight. It’s just a black eye. It’s just another body shot. It’s not the first and it’s not the last. But this will be the first time you’ve experienced my punch, Manny.”

PBC FIGHT CAMP: MANNY PACQUIAO VS. KEITH THURMAN is a four-part series detailing the lives and training regimens of both fighters. Cameras go behind the scenes and inside the lives of both men – following Pacquiao as he arrives in Los Angeles from the Philippines, spending time with fans at his LA home and training alongside the legendary Freddie Roach at Wild Card Gym. Meanwhile on Florida’s Gulf Coast, cameras embed with Keith Thurman, who has embarked on a whole new fitness and strength regimen. With new coaches, Yo Murphy and Kimberly Doehnhart, in addition to his long-time trainer, Dan Birmingham, Keith pushes his body to peak fitness.

PBC FIGHT CAMP series is produced by Five Films, the multi-Emmy Award winning production company founded by Scott Boggins and Craig Jenest that established the popular “athlete-follow” format in sports television. Building the anticipation for the fight, PBC FIGHT CAMP: MANNY PACQUIAO VS. KEITH THURMAN Part 2 continues on FOX on Sunday, July 7 at 4:30 PM ET, with Part 3 airing on FOX on Sunday, July 14 (4:00 PM ET) and Part 4 debuting on FS1 on Thursday, July 18 at 8:30 PM ET.

The one-hour FOX SPORTS PBC COUNTDOWN: MANNY PACQUIAO VS. KEITH THURMAN explores how each fighter got to this fight. Take a look back at Pacquiao’s memorable and historic fights with Floyd Mayweather, Tim Bradley, and Adrien Broner. In addition, re-live Thurman’s battles with Danny Garcia, Shawn Porter, and Josesito Lopez. Both Pacquiao and Thurman, along with their trainers and our panel of experts break down these past performances.

Finally, on Saturday, July 20 (9:00 PM ET), boxing’s only eight-division world champion, Philippine Senator and regular WBA welterweight champion Pacquiao (60-7-2, 39 KOs) returns to face undefeated Super WBA Welterweight Champion Thurman (29-0, 22 KOs) in a powerhouse 147-pound showdown live on Premier Boxing Champions on FOX Sports Pay-Per-View event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

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

Viewers can live stream the PBC shows on the FOX Sports and FOX NOW apps or at FOXSports.com. In addition, all programs are available on FOX Sports on SiriusXM channel 83 on satellite radios and on the SiriusXM app.

For more information, visit FOX Sports Press Pass.

FOX SPORTS PBC PROGRAMMING SCHEDULE

DATE TIME (ET) EVENT NETWORK*
Sunday,

June 30

1:00 PM FOX SPORTS PBC FACE TO FACE: MANNY PACQUIAO VS. KEITH THURMAN FOX
Sunday,

June 30

1:30 PM PBC FIGHT CAMP: MANNY PACQUIAO VS. KEITH THURMAN (Part 1) FOX
Saturday,

July 6

2:00 PM PBC COUNTDOWN: MANNY PACQUIAO VS. KEITH THURMAN FOX
Sunday,

July 7

4:30 PM PBC FIGHT CAMP: MANNY PACQUIAO VS. KEITH THURMAN (Part 2) FOX
Sunday,

July 14

4:00 PM PBC FIGHT CAMP: MANNY PACQUIAO VS. KEITH THURMAN (Part 3) FOX
Thursday, July 18 8:30 PM PBC FIGHT CAMP: MANNY PACQUIAO VS. KEITH THURMAN (Part 4) FS1

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

–FOX SPORTS–

About FOX Sports
FOX Sports is the umbrella entity representing FOX Corporation’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, the business has 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 Network; FS1, FS2, FOX Soccer Plus and FOX Deportes. FOX Sports’ digital properties include FOXSports.com and the FOX Sports App, which provides live streaming video of FOX Sports content, instant scores, stats and alerts to iOS and Android devices. Additionally, FOX Sports and social broadcasting platform Caffeine jointly own Caffeine Studios, which creates exclusive eSports, sports and live entertainment content. Also included in FOX Sports’ portfolio 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.

About Five Films
Critically acclaimed, cinematic, authentic, compelling, smart – Five Films creates all-access, character-driven content. The multi-Emmy award-winning production company founded by Scott Boggins and Craig Jenest established the popular “athlete-follow” and “team-follow” formats in sports television. Five Films remains at the forefront of that format and continues to develop all-access programming in other genres, producing a diverse range of premium content that spans from episodic series (The Circus, The Boardroom, Chain of Command) to documentaries (Being Liverpool, Rise as One, and HBO’s 24/7).

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FOX Sports Presents Uninterrupted Coverage of the 2019 U.S. Senior Open Championship

Seven U.S. Open Champions Tee it Up at the Warren Course at Notre Dame

South Bend, Ind. – FOX Sports’ 2019 USGA championship programming continues with the 40th U.S. Senior Open Championship, live from the Warren Golf Course at Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind. Coverage is highlighted by 20 hours of live golf across FS1 and the FOX broadcast network, in addition to bonus coverage of featured groups and early weekday action totaling 25 hours across usga.org and the FOX Sports App. Viewers will experience an uninterrupted broadcast of the entire competition as part of the USGA Championships on FOX presented by Rolex.

On WEDNESDAY AT THE U.S. SENIOR OPEN, FOX Sports analysts discussed what to expected from the Warren Course and this week’s championship:

On Thursday, June 27, competition officially begins from 3:00 to 8:00 PM ET on FS1, and continues Friday, June 28 in the same window. The third round begins Saturday, June 29 from 3:00 to 4:00 PM ET on FS1, before switching to the FOX broadcast network from 4:00 to 7:30 PM ET. The final round airs on Sunday, June 30 from 2:00 to 7:30 PM ET on FOX.

Shane Bacon performs play-by-play duties, while two- time U.S. Open winner Curtis Strange and eight-time PGA Tour winner Brad Faxon provide analysis throughout the championship.

They are joined by a trio of on-course reporters: four-time European Tour winner Ken Brown, longtime PGA Tour competitor Brett Quigley, and PGA professional Michael Breed. Former USGA Executive Director David Fay serves as rules expert, while reporter Joel Klatt conducts special features and player interviews.

Following the USGA’s major championships, FOX Sports provides live coverage from four USGA amateur championships: the 72nd U.S. Junior Amateur, July 19-20; the 71st U.S. Girls’ Junior, July 26-27; the 119th U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship, Aug. 7-11; and the 119th U.S. Amateur Championship, Aug. 14-18.

The full U.S. Senior Open television schedule follows:

Date Program Time (ET) Network
Thurs, June 27 First Round 3:00 – 8:00 PM FS1
Fri, June 28 Second Round 3:00 – 8:00 PM FS1
Sat, June 29 Third Round 3:00 – 4:00 PM

4:00 – 7:30 PM

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Sun, June 30 Final Round 2:00 – 7:30 PM FOX

The FOX Sports App live streams all U.S. Senior Open coverage provided by FOX and FS1, and offers an alternate featured groups stream created specifically for the event.

LPGA Tour winner and two-time Solheim Cup team member Nicole Castrale serves as an on-course reporter for FOX Sports’ digital coverage, alongside play-by-play announcer Ned Michaels and analyst Steve Scott.

The full U.S. Senior Open streaming schedule follows:

Date Program Time (ET) Platform
Thurs, June 27 Bonus First Round 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM usga.org
FS1 Stream, Featured Groups 3:00 – 8:00 PM FOX Sports App
Fri, June 28 Bonus Second Round 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM usga.org
FS1 Stream, Featured Groups 3:00 – 8:00 PM FOX Sports App
Sat, June 29 FOX & FS1 Streams, Featured Groups 3:00 – 7:30 PM FOX Sports App
Sun, June 30 FOX Stream, Featured Groups 2:00 – 7:30 PM FOX Sports App

 

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FOX Sports Simulcasts Friday’s Massive U.S.-France FIFA Women’s World Cup™ Quarterfinal on Times Square Mega-Zilla Screen

FOX Sports Simulcasts Friday’s Massive U.S.-France FIFA Women’s World Cup™ Quarterfinal on Times Square Mega-Zilla Screen

FOX Sports will simulcast Friday’s can’t-miss U.S.-France FIFA Women’s World Cup™ quarterfinal, live for the public at the crossroads of the world, New York’s Times Square.

Silvercast’s high-definition “Mega-Zilla,” a 78-foot by 330-foot monster TV display – the largest in the world – will showcase the match, airing 3 p.m. ET on FOX. The screen is located on Broadway between 45th and 46th Streets  in Manhattan.

Coverage begins on FOX at 2 pm ET with FIFA Women’s World Cup™ Live. After a nail-biting win over Spain in the Round of 16, the United States faces the host nation, France at Parc des Princes in Paris. FOX Sports’ lead match analyst Aly Wagner and lead play-by-play announcer JP Dellacamera, call the match live from Paris.

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FOX Sports Delivers Viewership Increase for First Half of 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Season

Overall Season Ratings Up +3%; Digital/Social Garners Strong Growth

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – FOX Sports wrapped its half of the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season Sunday averaging 4,076,000 viewers, up +2% from last year’s 3,980,000, excluding weather-impacted races both years, according to Nielsen Media Research.

Among 11 FOX Sports 2019 races directly comparable to 2018 events, six scored viewership increases. For the season, the Nielsen U.S. Household Rating was up +3% (2.44 vs. 2.37).

The top five markets for the first half of the season are Greensboro, N.C., Greenville, S.C., Richmond, Va., Charlotte and Indianapolis.

Sunday’s race from Sonoma Raceway delivered 2,478,000 viewers, up +6% from last year’s 2,334,000.

Digital and Social highlights from the first half of the season include:

Streaming:

  • Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series average minute audience per race for the 2019 season up +37% over 2018
  • 2019 Daytona 500 was most-streamed FOX NASCAR event ever (53K AMA, +10% over 2018 Daytona)
  • Two million fans streamed NASCAR programming on FOX Sports platforms in 2019, up +79% year-over-year

Social:

  • 177 million video views of FOX NASCAR content across social platforms, up +51% year-over-year

Adding together streaming & social:

  • 380 million digital consumption minutes for NASCAR content across FOX properties on streaming and social, up +80% year-over-year

–FOX SPORTS–

About FOX Sports
FOX Sports is the umbrella entity representing Fox Corporation’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, the business has 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 arm of the FOX Network as well as FS1, FS2, FOX Soccer Plus and FOX Deportes. FOX Sports’ digital properties include FOXSports.com and the FOX Sports App, which provides live streaming video of FOX Sports content, instant scores, stats and alerts to iOS and Android devices. Additionally, FOX Sports and social broadcasting platform, Caffeine, jointly own Caffeine Studios, which creates exclusive eSports, sports and live entertainment content. Also included in FOX Sports’ portfolio 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.