Month: August 2019

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“We’re All Superstars”: New Campaign Launches WWE’s FRIDAY NIGHT SMACKDOWN on FOX

Celebrities and Fans Go to Extremes Emulating Superstars Past and Present as SmackDown Live Becomes FRIDAY NIGHT SMACKDOWN on FOX

Los Angeles – WWE’s FRIDAY NIGHT SMACKDOWN debuts on FOX Friday, October 4, and FOX Sports is setting the stage with the “We’re All Superstars” campaign launch. The first spot “Superstars” premieres tonight, Friday, August 30, during FOX Sports’ new college football pregame show, BIG NOON KICKOFF, at 6:30 PM ET on FS1.
In the spot, a wide range of everyday and celebrity WWE fans embrace their inner “Superstar” – a grocery store clerk, a spelling bee winner, kids at the swimming pool and more. These fanatics imitate their favorite WWE Superstars’ signature moves, celebrating the WWE’s outsized influence on pop culture.

WWE Superstars “Stone Cold®” Steve Austin, John Cena®, Kofi Kingston, Becky Lynch, Ric Flair, Charlotte Flair, The Undertaker™ and The Rock® together with celebrities including Snoop Dogg, Gordon Ramsay and athletes from across the sports world are featured in the campaign.

In addition, beginning with its 20th anniversary celebration on Friday, October 4, SmackDown Live will become FRIDAY NIGHT SMACKDOWN and air on the FOX broadcast network 52 weeks a year.

The campaign will consist of four total spots, with three fan-focused videos debuting in the coming weeks. The “We’re All Superstars” campaign was created by Wieden+Kennedy New York and FOX Sports.

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Welterweight Contender Josesito Lopez Joins Ray Mancini and Kate Abdo for FOX PBC FIGHT NIGHT: Erislandy Lara vs. Ramon Alvarez Programming

FOX PBC FIGHT NIGHT Features WBA Super Welterweight Title Fight Between Erislandy Lara and Ramon Alvarez
Former Undisputed Heavyweight Champion Lennox Lewis, Legendary Trainer Joe Goossen and Kenny Albert Call Fights Saturday on FOX

LOS ANGELES – Today, FOX Sports announces welterweight contender Josesito Lopez joins International Boxing Hall of Famer Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini and host Kate Abdo for FOX PBC FIGHT NIGHT: ERISLANDY LARA VS. RAMON ALVAREZ programming Thursday, Aug. 29 and Friday, Aug. 30.

Saturday’s FOX PBC FIGHT NIGHT on FOX and FOX Deportes is headlined by former world champion Erislandy “The American Dream” Lara (25-3-3, 14 KOs) versus Ramon Alvarez (28-7-3, 16 KOs) for the WBA Super Welterweight title. Plus, super welterweights Sebastían “The Towering Inferno” Fundora (13-0, 9 KOs) and Jamontay “The Quiet Assassin” Clark (14-1, 7 KOs) battle in a 10-round attraction, while fast-rising Cuban heavyweight Frank Sánchez (12-0, 10 KOs) faces Puerto Rican Olympian Victor Bísbal (23-3, 17 KOs) in a 10-round heavyweight showdown.

Below is programming information, the weekend’s on-air broadcaster roster and fight card lineup:

FOX PBC FIGHT NIGHT WEIGH-IN
• Network: FS2, FOX Deportes
• Date/Time: Friday, Aug. 30 (1:30 PM ET)
• Studio Announcers: Host Kate Abdo, analysts Hall of Famer Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini and Josesito Lopez
• Weigh-in Announcer: Jimmy Lennon Jr.
• Reporter: Heidi Androl

FOX PBC FIGHT NIGHT: ERISLANDY LARA VS. RAMON ALVAREZ
• Network: FOX, FOX Deportes
• Date/Time: Saturday, Aug. 31 (8:00 PM ET)
• Announcers: Blow-by-blow announcer Kenny Albert, analysts former Undisputed Heavyweight Champion Lennox Lewis and legendary trainer Joe Goossen
• Reporter: Heidi Androl
• Ring Announcer: Jimmy Lennon Jr.
• Unofficial Scorer: Marcos Villegas
• FOX Deportes: Blow-by-blow announcer Adrian Garcia-Marquez, analysts Jaime Motta and Jessi Losada

FOX SPORTS PBC PROGRAMMING
• Digital: FOX Sports App, FOX Now, FOXSports.com
• SiriusXM: FOX Sports on SiriusXM channel 83
• Social: @PBConFOX, #PBConFOX

–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.

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FOX Sports Delivers Historic 65th NHRA U.S. Nationals Over Labor Day Weekend

Tony Schumacher, Winningest Driver in NHRA Top Fuel History, Joins FOX NHRA Booth on Monday
Coverage Culminates with Five Hours of Live Monday Programming

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The 65th running of the prestigious Chevrolet Performance NHRA U.S. Nationals from Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis airs Labor Day weekend, culminating Monday with five hours of live coverage on FOX, FS1 and the FOX Sports app.

“Knowing some of the most shocking, awesome, unexpected, tragic and triumphant moments in the sport’s history have happened in the same place we’ll be working from this weekend gives me chills,” said FOX NHRA play-by-play voice Brian Lohnes, who is calling his first U.S. Nationals for the network. “It’s a long race, with poetry often written into the competition each year.”

Lohnes teams with two-time NHRA Funny Car champion Tony Pedregon in the booth, with reporting from two-time NHRA Competition Eliminator champion Bruno Massel, Jamie Howe and Amanda Busick. Lewis Bloom and John Kernan provide additional analysis for FS1’s weekend coverage.

Eight-time NHRA champion and 10-time U.S. Nationals winner Tony Schumacher, the winningest NHRA Top Fuel driver in drag racing history with 83 victories, joins the FOX NHRA broadcast team on Monday.

Known in the racing community as the “Big Go,” the U.S. Nationals is the final race in which drivers can qualify for the NHRA Countdown to the Championship, which begins Sept. 12-15 from Maple Grove Raceway in Reading, Pa., and the FOX NHRA production team has a full arsenal of equipment, including:

  • The Lucas Oil helicopter for overhead perspective
  • Enhanced SMT system – an advanced touchscreen telestrator with virtual ID capability and enhanced animation elements
  • Updated “interval graphics,” which break down elapsed time at standard distance benchmarks along the track … displays which vehicle is in the lead at these distance markers, highlighting where each car may gain or lose ground during the race

So, who does Lohnes see taking home the “Wallys,” event trophies named for NHRA founder Wally Parks, and etching their names in U.S. Nationals history?

“Boy howdy, this is a tough one,” Lohnes said. “I like the way Erica Enders has trended in Pro Stock. She was matching Jason Line blow for blow at Brainerd and just didn’t quite have enough in the Final. She’s built for this type of stage mentally, so she is my Pro Stock pick.

“In Nitro Funny Car, I just can’t lay my imaginary money on J.R. Todd this weekend, because of their recent performance. I feel as though the Indy conditions this year will favor Matt Hagan’s team and Robert Hight’s team. Look for some monster numbers there with Hight getting the job done.

“Lastly, in Top Fuel, the Torrence boys were both gone by the semi-finals in Brainerd, our last race. I think that they’ll be racing with Texas-sized chips on their shoulders. The winner in Top Fuel will carry the Torrence name. Pick one.”

FOX NHRA broadcast schedule for the 65th U.S. Nationals (all times ET; subject to change):

  • Sunday, Sept. 1 – Qualifying (2:00 PM to 4:00 PM, FS1)
  • Sunday, Sept. 1 – NHRA SUNDAY LIVE (4:00 PM to 6:00 PM, FS1)
  • Monday, Sept. 2 – Finals (11:00 AM to 1:00 PM, FS1)
  • Monday, Sept. 2 – Finals (1:00 PM to 4:00 PM, FOX)

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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Saturday’s FS1 PBC FIGHT NIGHT Most-Watched Since January

Saturday’s FS1 PBC FIGHT NIGHT averaged 345,000 viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research.
  • FS1’s best performance of a PBC FIGHT NIGHT telecast since Jan. 2019
  • Up +48% from Saturday average of FS1 PBC cards (233,000)
  • FS1 peaked with 421,000 viewers from 12:00 AM ET – 12:15 AM ET
  • FOX Deportes averaged 85,000 viewers
  • 432,000 total watched on FS1, FOX Deportes and FOX streaming services

Rob Stone, Brady Quinn, Reggie Bush, Matt Leinart and Urban Meyer

BIG NOON KICKOFF Makes Preseason Debut

FOX COLLEGE FOOTBALL KICKOFF Season Preview Airs Saturday at 4:00 PM ET on FOX

NEW YORK – BIG NOON KICKOFF, FOX Sports’ new college football pregame show, makes its preseason debut Saturday with a one-hour season preview. FOX COLLEGE FOOTBALL KICKOFF airs at 4:00 PM ET on FOX and features host Rob Stone with analysts Brady Quinn, Reggie Bush, Matt Leinart and Urban Meyer, plus lead game analyst Joel Klatt. The program examines the top storylines heading into the season and takes an in-depth look at each of the Power 5 conferences.

This season, Saturdays start strong on FOX with BIG NOON KICKOFF at 11:00 AM ET ahead of the network’s biggest college football game of the weekend at 12:00 PM ET.

BIG NOON KICKOFF makes its regular-season debut Saturday, Aug. 31, at 11:00 AM ET on FOX, leading in to FAU at No. 5 Ohio State at 12:00 PM ET.

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150th Runhappy Travers to Air on FOX Broadcast Network for the First Time

Travers Day to Feature 6.5 Hours of National TV Coverage on FOX Networks

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) and FOX Sports today highlighted television coverage for Saturday’s blockbuster Travers Day at historic Saratoga Race Course. As a result of an expanded commitment and partnership between NYRA and the FOX Sports family of networks, sports fans and horseplayers will be treated to 6 ½ hours of live racing and comprehensive analysis of all seven Travers Day stakes races.

For the first time in history, the Grade 1, $1.25 million Runhappy Travers will be televised live on FOX as part of a one-hour telecast from 5:00-6:00 PM ET on Saturday.

Saratoga Live will air a special, expanded edition on FS2 and MSG+ beginning at 11:30 AM ET with live coverage and analysis of five Grade 1 races including a contentious Grade 1 Personal Ensign presented by Lia Infiniti; the return of Shancelot in the Grade 1 H. Allen Jerkens Memorial presented by Runhappy; and a fascinating renewal of the Grade 1 Forego presented by Encore Boston Harbor that will see Mitole and Promises Fulfilled go head to head for bragging rights in the sprint division.

Saturday’s Travers Day coverage will feature a world-class broadcast team that includes Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens, veteran hosts Greg Wolf and Laffit Pincay III, Andy Serling, Maggie Wolfendale, Acacia Courtney, Tom Amoss, Jonathon Kinchen and former Major League Baseball all-star Paul LoDuca. Larry Collmus, NYRA announcer and voice of the Triple Crown, will provide live race calls.

An annual highlight of the Saratoga season and one of the most sought-after wins in all of racing, the Runhappy Travers is the oldest stakes race for 3-year-olds in the United States. The inaugural Travers took place on August 2, 1864 as the first race ever held at the present-day Saratoga Race Course and was named for William R. Travers, a co-founder of the Spa who won the inaugural running with a horse named Kentucky.

Familiar foes Tacitus and Tax will meet for the fifth time this year as they headline a field of 12 for the 150th Runhappy Travers. Last time out, in a dramatic edition of the Grade 2 Jim Dandy presented by NYRA Bets, Tacitus stumbled badly at the start as Tax tracked Grade 1 Preakness winner War of Will through swift splits. Although Tacitus gamely made up ground down the backstretch, and surged strongly the final 70 yards, Tax got first jump turning for home and held on strong for a three-quarter length score. With one win apiece, the Runhappy Travers will serve as a lucrative tie-breaker as both rivals arrive in search of their first Grade 1 victory.

The Runhappy Travers field will also feature multiple-graded stakes winners Code of Honor, Mucho Gusto and Owendale, plus a pair of formidable contenders from Saratoga leading trainer Chad Brown in Highest Honors and Looking At Bikinis.

The 150th Runhappy Travers will be one of six Grade 1s on Travers Day, including the Grade 1, $850,000 Sword Dancer; Grade 1, $700,000 Personal Ensign presented by Lia Infiniti; Grade 1, $500,000 Ketel One Ballerina; Grade 1, $600,000 Forego presented by Encore Boston Harbor; and Grade 1, $500,000 H. Allen Jerkens Memorial presented by Runhappy. Rounding out the blockbuster card is the Grade 2, $400,000 Woodford Reserve Ballston Spa.

NYRA and FOX Sports began their collaboration during the summer of 2016 with the launch of the critically-acclaimed Saratoga Live airing on FS2. In November of 2018, NYRA and FOX Sports announced a new long-term television programming deal to make FOX Sports the year-round national television home for NYRA racing. As a result of this groundbreaking deal, FOX Sports will broadcast 500 hours of thoroughbred racing from NYRA tracks in 2019 including coverage of nearly every race day at Belmont and Saratoga.

Racing at Saratoga Race Course is held five days a week, Wednesdays through Sundays. Closing week will run Wednesday, August 28 through Labor Day. For more information about Saratoga Race Course, visit NYRA.com.

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FOX Sports Presents MLS Heineken Rivalry Week Triple-Header Sunday on FS1

Zlatan’s LA Galaxy Take Center Stage Against Vela’s LAFC

LOS ANGELES – MLS Heineken Rivalry Week concludes Sunday, Aug. 25, with an action-packed FOX Sports triple-header. Coverage begins at 5:30 PM ET, featuring back-to-back Eastern and Western Conference derbies on FS1.

In the day’s marquee matchup, Carlos Vela and first-place LAFC host Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s LA Galaxy in “El Trafico” at 10:30 PM ET. Earlier in the day, FC Cincinnati battle Columbus Crew at 6:00 PM ET in the “Hell is Real” Derby, followed by the Texas Derby between FC Dallas and Houston Dynamo at 8:20 PM ET.

John Strong hosts pregame and postgame coverage for all three matches alongside analysts Alexi Lalas and Stu Holden live from Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles.

Strong, Holden and reporter Katie Witham will also call the LA matchup, while JP Dellacamera calls FC Cincinnati-Columbus alongside Dan Kennedy and Jackie Montgomery. Mark Followill, Danielle Slaton and Marisa Pilla are on the call for FC Dallas-Houston Dynamo.

All matches are available via FOXSports.com and the FOX Sports app on iOS and Android as well as connected devices, including Apple TV (3rd and 4th generation) Android TV, FireTV, Roku, Chromecast and Xbox One.

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.

Shannon Spake balances a demanding schedule as a Fox Sports broadcaster along with a regimented training schedule for her upcoming Ironman races.

Shannon Spake Brings Out the ‘Iron Woman’ in the Ironman 70.3 Twice in One Month

Veteran  FOX Sports Broadcaster Shannon Spake Recalls Ironman Journey Through Personal Essay

As I pore over NASCAR and NFL notes to prepare for my NASCAR RACE HUB hosting duties and my FOX NFL sideline reporting role that kicks off in a couple of weeks, I’m simultaneously preparing for my fifth Ironman 70.3 this weekend.

The Traverse City, Mich., Ironman 70.3 marks my fifth overall and my second in the past month. I competed in the Santa Rosa 70.3 in late July, and I will take everything I learned there to “The Wolverine State.”

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I had some familiarity with the Santa Rosa course because I raced it last year. That previous knowledge was good and bad for me. Why? I knew the first three miles of the bike ride were straight downhill, so I was incredibly anxious over that challenge. It’s so steep and fast, and I’m not confident in my downhill biking abilities. This part of the ride spooked me last year, so I fixated on and dreaded the start of the bike portion since I committed to the Santa Rosa race. As a result, I performed more mental visualization and meditation for this event than any other in which I have competed.

It was too bad I couldn’t visualize a later wakeup call on race day. My alarm went off at 2:55 a.m. local (which I convinced myself was doable because it was technically almost 6 a.m. on the East Coast). Mind over matter, right? I got up and went through my race morning routine. Although that was my fourth Ironman, the sense of pride I felt when I put on my timing chip and pulled on my Ironman Foundation race kit was as strong as the first time.

It was about a 30 or 40-minute bus ride to the swim start. On that 4 a.m. ride, I sat next to fellow Ironman Foundation athlete Mike Ergo, a Marine veteran who was stationed in Iraq and lost several friends in battle. Mike helped start the Ironman “Gold Star Initiative,” which pairs an athlete/military veteran who carries an American Flag during the run in select Ironman races, with a Gold Star family. After the run, the athlete/veteran presents the flag to that family at the finish line. Three veterans ran with the flag at Santa Rosa, and Mike was responsible for carrying one of the flags to the start line. I was honored to share my early-morning journey to the race with Mike.

After I set up my bike and dropped off my gear bags, I gathered a few of the athletes together for a prayer. This is an important and poignant part of my race morning routine – a moment to block out nervous energy and anxieties and be thankful to be part of such a special event.

The Swim:
The air temperature was just below 60 degrees with the water around 75 degrees. I met a few “first timers” while waiting to start. There always is a great deal of nervous energy during this time, and the electricity was palpable. Ironman implemented a new swim procedure, which starts athletes based on their estimated swim time rather than age group. Slower swimmers start later, and this was a major improvement. In the past, men and women in the age groups behind me always caught up and swam over me. The new start prevented that.

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The swim began with me looking directly into the sun, which shook me a bit. It took about 10 minutes to find my groove, and I had to backstroke a few times just to catch my breath and settle my heart rate. Once I calmed down, I felt great and coasted for the remainder of the swim. With a light fog on the water and mountains in the background, I enjoyed breathtaking scenery.

The Bike:
The T1 Transition was very long and required that we ascend a long ramp to the transition area. I chose to walk it because there was no sense in wearing out my legs that early in the event. I jumped on my bike and set out for the dreaded downhill start. Time to face my downhill fear. It wasn’t as bad as I remembered, but it wasn’t fun either. I dragged the rear brake the entire way down, which freaked me out about a possible tire blowout, and I talked to myself the entire descent: “You’ve got this, Shannon. You are stronger than this. You aren’t even going that fast.” I repeated this over and over until the descent was complete, and I managed to survive. Mind over matter.

The bike course was fairly hilly but scenic. We rode past wineries including Sonoma-Cutrer. This is one of my favorite chardonnays, and truth be told, if an Uber driver (heck, any driver) had appeared with a bike rack, I might have called it a day and headed to the vineyards (I’m kidding of course!).

The ride was so hilly with times when I averaged 22 mph and others when I barely broke 10 mph. I did a respectable job of keeping my heart rate at a moderate level, but I was worn out at the end of the bike. My legs felt decent, but I overall was exhausted and nervous about how that would translate to the 13.1-mile run. Fortunately, once I got off my bike and into my run gear, I came alive.

The Run:
Seeing family and friends during the race is always uplifting, and while my family didn’t travel to Santa Rosa, I was far from alone. Amber Robinson and Katie Cobb-Weaver were there supporting their husbands who were competing. I saw both ladies at the start of the run, and although their spouses were already finished, they waited just outside the run transition to cheer me on. Katie even took a short video for my husband and kids. Thank you, ladies. Your kindness didn’t go unnoticed and was so appreciated.

I always try to mentally break the 13.1-mile run into three-mile segments, using those numbers as milestones/goals to reach. The first three miles were a breeze; I actually had to slow down several times out of fear my quick pace would wear me out too soon. That’s one of the hardest parts of long-distance races. Slowing down and pacing yourself when you feel strong isn’t easy, but if you don’t, you’ll end up having to walk. The finish line is much farther away when you’re walking.

The sun aside, I always look at mile nine as a turning point in the run. In my experience, this is when things start to fall apart. My body starts to question its strength and my mind starts to ask “why?” I wasn’t the only one. I realized many of my fellow athletes were fighting the same mental battle. People stop running and start walking around this time. The energy changes from excitement to doubt, fear and desperation. It’s so difficult to block all that out when it’s just “you” with “you”. The mental battle begins, and it’s real.

There was a long, silent stretch from miles 10 to 12 when I was fairly isolated without too many athletes in my immediate proximity. I started counting down the steps, trying to stay focused and calm, but I could feel the panic building. Could I finish? I slowed several times simply to reset my mind. Then I heard cheers, music and the noise from the finish line. I was almost there. The day was almost over. I made the turn into downtown Santa Rosa and knew I would make it.

The Finish:
While the finish line of every race is special, the end of an Ironman event is somewhat spiritual — the red carpet, fans lined along the fencing, hearing your name called out as you cross the line. As an Ironman Foundation Ambassador, my IMF family is always waiting for me, and they are the ones who place my medal over my head. Despite the fact I was drenched in sweat, I got a big hug from Executive Director of the Foundation, and my friend, Sarah Hartman.

Last year when I crossed the finish line, Sarah whispered in my ear, “Do you know how many lives you are changing?” I ponder that a lot. The 70.3 miles are not just about me; they are about being part of something so much bigger. As I crossed the finish line last month, the race announcer not only said my name but also shared the amount of money I raised for the Ironman Foundation this year. I felt an amazing sense of pride and accomplishment. Thank you to everyone who made that moment possible through donations, radio time and bids on the auction items. Your support helped propel me to that finish line.

As mentioned above, my husband and kids were not with me in Santa Rosa. That was the first race I’ve flown solo, but it gave me an opportunity to do things I’ve never done before, such as the amazing post-race massage and hanging out until the last athlete crossed the finish line. I watched three athletes push through pain and exhaustion to finish just ten seconds before the cutoff time. They were hurting, crying and striving for the finish line, but at least a dozen people were leaning over the side rails cheering them on. I watched one woman accept her medal and then break into tears, crying, “That was so hard!” I was inspired by her strength to fight through the physical pain.

That day in Santa Rosa was magical. The human body is amazing, yet the mind is even more so. Months of training, sacrifice and hope all played out in a nine-hour period for me. For some crazy reason, I can’t wait to do it again this weekend in Michigan. This time, however, I’ll take with me even more inspiration from those who have gone before and with me on this journey.

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FOX Sports Unveils Deep Roster of College Football Broadcasters for 2019 Season

Gus Johnson, Joel Klatt and Jenny Taft Return as Network’s Lead Game Crew
Brock Huard and Shane Vereen Join FOX Sports as Game Analysts; Coley Harvey Added to College Football Sideline

NEW YORK – Saturdays get off to a strong start on FOX this college football season, voiced by an impressive lineup of broadcasters, announced today by FOX Sports Executive Vice President, Head of Production & Operations, and Executive Producer Brad Zager.

Gus Johnson, the most exciting play-by-play announcer in sports, once again teams up with Joel Klatt, one of college football’s most trusted authorities, and reporter Jenny Taft to call the network’s top matchup each Saturday. Johnson, Klatt and Taft open the 2019 season on Saturday, Aug. 31, with the first game of the Ryan Day era in Columbus, as No. 5 Ohio State welcomes Lane Kiffin and FAU to the Horseshoe at 12:00 PM ET on FOX.

Veteran college football analyst and former Washington quarterback Brock Huard makes his FOX Sports debut this season, joining play-by-play announcer Joe Davis and reporter Bruce Feldman. Davis, Huard and Feldman kick off their season with a pair of games on opening weekend, beginning Thursday, Aug. 29, with South Dakota State at Minnesota at 9:00 PM ET on FS1. The three then head to Palo Alto for a battle between the Pac-12 and Big Ten, as No. 25 Stanford hosts Northwestern Saturday, Aug. 31, at 4:00 PM ET on FOX.

Familiar college football voices Tim Brando and Spencer Tillman return to the broadcast booth for FOX Sports, this season joined by reporter Coley Harvey who comes to the network having covered both college football and the NFL for several years. Brando, Tillman and Harvey open the season in East Lansing on Friday, Aug. 30, as No. 18 Michigan State hosts Tulsa with coverage beginning at 6:30 PM ET on FS1.

This season, FOX Sports college football analyst Robert Smith moves from the studio to the broadcast booth, calling games alongside play-by-play announcer Brian Custer. The duo makes its debut in prime time on Saturday, Aug. 31, as No. 20 Iowa hosts Miami (OH) at 7:30 PM ET on FS1.

A running back at Cal and in the NFL, Shane Vereen joins FOX Sports’ college football lineup as part of a three-person booth with play-by-play announcer Justin Kutcher and analyst Petros Papadakis. They begin the 2019 campaign under the lights on Friday, Aug. 30, with Oklahoma State at Oregon State at 10:30 PM ET on FS1.

Throughout the 2019 college football season, Ben Leber, Evan Moore and Jordan Palmer also contribute to FOX Sports’ coverage as game analysts. The full Week 1 college football schedule with broadcasters is below.

FOX CFB 2019 Week 1 Schedule

This fall, Saturdays start on FOX with the BIG NOON KICKOFF pregame show. Host Rob Stone and analysts Brady Quinn, Reggie Bush, Matt Leinart and Urban Meyer bring viewers the biggest storylines from around the country at 11:00 AM ET leading into the network’s biggest game of the day at 12:00 PM ET. BIG NOON KICKOFF premieres Saturday, Aug. 31, on FOX.

FOX Sports’ coverage of the 2019 college football season gets underway Saturday, Aug. 24, with FOX COLLEGE FOOTBALL KICKOFF at 4:00 PM on FOX. The one-hour season preview is hosted by Stone with analysis from Meyer, Bush, Leinart, Quinn and Klatt.

Games are simulcast online at FOXSportsGO.com as well as on the FOX Sports app, which provides live streaming video of FOX Sports content through iOS and Android devices as well as Roku, Apple TV and Fire TV.

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Former World Champion Austin Trout Joins Ray Mancini and Ray Flores to Call FS1 PBC Fight Night: Brandon Figueroa vs. Javier Chacon Saturday

PRELIMS Begin Saturday on FS2 and FOX Deportes at 8:00 PM ET, Main Card continues on FS1 and FOX Deportes at 10:00 PM ET

LOS ANGELES – Today, FOX Sports announces former super welterweight champion Austin “No Doubt” Trout joins International Boxing Hall of Famer Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini and host Ray Flores to call FS1 PBC FIGHT NIGHT: BRANDON FIGUEROA VS. JAVIER CHACON on Saturday, Aug. 24 (10:00 PM ET) live from Bert Ogden Arena in Edinburg, Texas. In addition, the same crew announces the PBC FIGHT NIGHT PRELIMS on FS2.

Below is programming information, the weekend’s on-air broadcaster roster and fight card lineup:

FOX SPORTS PBC FIGHT NIGHT

  • Announcers: Austin Trout, Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini, Ray Flores
  • Reporter: Jordan Hardy
  • Unofficial Scorer: Marcos Villegas
  • FOX Deportes: Jaime Motta, Jessi Losada
  • Digital: FOX Sports App, FOX Now, com
  • SiriusXM: FOX Sports on SiriusXM channel 83
  • Social: @PBConFOX, #PBConFS1

FS2 PBC FIGHT NIGHT PRELIMS

  • Network: FS2, FOX Deportes
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Aug. 24 (8:00 PM ET)
  • Bouts:
    • Sean Garcia (4-0, 2 KOs) vs. Michael Gaxiola (4-16) – 4 Rounds – Featherweight
    • Raymond Guajardo (2-0, 1 KO) vs. McArio del Castillo (0-1) – 4 Rounds – Super Welterweight
    • Darwin Price (14-0, 7 KOs) vs. Aaron Herrera (35-10-1, 24 KOs) – 10 Rounds – Super Lightweight

FS1 PBC FIGHT NIGHT: BRANDON FIGUEROA VS. JAVIER NICOLAS CHACON

  • Network: FS1, FOX Deportes
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Aug. 24 (10:00 PM ET)
  • Bouts:
    • Jaime Arboleda (14-1, 12 KOs) vs. Victor Betancourt (26-2, 13 KOs) – 10 Rounds – Super Featherweight
    • Omar Juarez (4-0, 2 KOs) Gino De La Paz (2-2-1, 1 KOs) – 4/6 Rounds – Super Lightweight
    • Stephen Fulton (16-0, 7 KOs) vs. Isaac Avelar (16-0, 10 KOs) – 10 Rounds – Super Bantamweight
    • Brandon Figueroa (19-0, 14 KOs) vs. Javier Chacon (29-4-1, 9 KOs) – 12 Rounds – Interim WBA Super Bantamweight Championship