Month: August 2019

Gus Johnson and Joel Klatt at the 2018 Red River Showdown

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
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NHRA & Formula E Reporter Amanda Busick Shares World of Extremes with FOX Sports Viewers

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Standing at the top end of an NHRA drag race, FOX NHRA reporter Amanda Busick regularly interviews competitors climbing out of hot rods that generate more than 11,000 horsepower, launch at nearly eight times the force of gravity, reach speeds of more than 300 mph in about four seconds, and struggle mightily not to explode, break apart or catch fire.

  • Next NHRA on FOX Event: Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals, Brainerd, Minn. (Sunday, Aug. 18, 2:00 PM, Live on FS1)
  • Next Formula E on FOX Event: 2019-20 season opening Ad Diriyah E-Prix doubleheader from Saudi Arabia (Nov. 22-23; details TBD)

Last month, the North Carolina native spent time in Brooklyn, reporting from the paddock of socially responsible, fully electric (and much quieter) FIA Formula E Championship NYC ePrix events – twin 45-minute races, where battery-powered cars reached speeds of about 65 mph in less than three seconds, and are capable of peaking at just under 175 mph.

Somewhere in the middle of these two diametrically opposed racing worlds, Busick balances the extremes, finding both differences and similarities.

“The information varies between each series, however, my preparation in covering each is similar: Who are the participants? Teams? Key storylines? Points?” Busick said. “And, with both, I have learned to always leave a little space for the unexpected. Properly adapting to potential, often likely, chaos in the world of racing may be the most important part of both jobs.

“While the worlds of NHRA and Formula E seem like polar opposites from a sensory standpoint, motor sports enthusiasts can find similarities … the awe surrounding the ingenuity, the constant on-track unpredictability and even the impressive speeds,” Busick added. “Though not 300+ mph, 170 mph – running on a next-gen battery – is quite fast.”

Driver personalities, according to Busick, transcend the series in which they compete.

“You will find a slew of characters in each series, and while NHRA Funny Car legend John Force is undoubtedly one-in-a-million, the desire to win is present in each competitor’s eyes,” Busick said. “You have the bad boys, the nice guys, the ones that take losing extremely hard … you have the quiet ones that process results in their own time, the ‘aw-shucks maybe next time’ racers and the hot-tempered personalities that always draw the cameras.

“There is one constant, however,” Busick added. “Witnessing the pure ecstasy of winning never gets old.”

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 Presents Action-Packed Weekend Soccer Lineup

This weekend, FOX Sports presents an action-packed lineup, Friday through Sunday. The 2019-2020 Bundesliga season kicks off with seven matches featuring top teams Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, and RB Leipzig. The weekend concludes with an MLS matchup between the Portland Timbers and Atlanta United FC.

The full schedule is below.

Friday, August 16

Program Network Time

Broadcasters

Bundesliga Match Day FS2 2:00 PM ET Ian Joy, Jovan Kirovski, Stu Holden
Bayern Munich vs. Hertha Berlin FS2 2:30 PM ET

Saturday, August 17

Program Network Time

Broadcasters

Bundesliga Match Day FS1, FS2, FOX Soccer Plus 9:00 AM ET Kate Abdo, Ian Joy, Jovan Kirovski
Borussia Dortmund vs. Augsburg FS1 9:30 AM ET
Werder Bremen vs. Fortuna Dusseldorf FS2 9:30 AM ET
Wolfsburg vs. Koln FOX Soccer Plus 9:30 AM ET
Bundesliga Match Day FS1 11:30 AM ET Kate Abdo, Ian Joy, Jovan Kirovski
Borussia M’gladbach vs. Schalke FS1 12:30 PM ET Keith Costigan, Jovan Kirovski

Sunday, August 18

Program Network Time

Broadcasters

Bundesliga Match Day FS1 9:00 AM ET Kate Abdo, Ian Joy, Jovan Kirovski
Eintracht Frankfurt vs. Hoffenheim FS1 9:30 AM ET
Bundesliga Match Day FS1 11:30 AM ET Kate Abdo, Ian Joy, Jovan Kirovski
Union Berlin vs.

RB Leipzig

FS1 12:00 PM ET Keith Costigan, Maurice Edu
Portland Timbers vs. Atlanta United FC FS1 10:00 PM ET John Strong, Stu Holden, Katie Witham

 

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FOX Sports Concludes 2019 USGA Championship Season With Uninterrupted Coverage of U.S. Amateur

Village of Pinehurst, N.C. – FOX Sports completes its 2019 USGA championship broadcast season with the 2019 U.S. Amateur Championship, live from Pinehurst Resort and Country Club in the Village of Pinehurst, N.C.

Coverage is highlighted by 15 hours of live golf across FS1 and the FOX broadcast network, in addition to 4 hours of bonus coverage on usga.org. Viewers will experience an uninterrupted broadcast of the entire competition as part of the USGA Championships on FOX presented by Rolex.

Round of 64 coverage begins on Wednesday, August 14 from 4:00 to 7:00 PM ET on FS1, and continues with round of 16 and quarterfinal match coverage on Thursday and Friday, August 15 and 16 in the same window, respectively. Weekend coverage switches to the FOX broadcast network, with semifinal matches from 3:00 to 6:00 PM ET on Saturday, August 17 and championship match coverage from 3:30 to 6:30 PM ET on Sunday, August 18.

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. PGA Tour veteran Brett Quigley contributes to hole announcing, while LPGA Tour standout Nicole Castrale and longtime PGA professional Michael Breed serve as on-course reporters. Former USGA Executive Director David Fay serves as rules expert.

The full U.S. Amateur television schedule follows:

Date Program Time (ET) Network
Wednesday, Aug. 14 Round of 64 4:00 – 7:00 PM FS1
Thursday, Aug. 15 Round of 16 4:00 – 7:00 PM FS1
Friday, Aug. 16 Quarterfinals 4:00 – 7:00 PM FS1
Saturday, Aug. 17 Semifinals 3:00 – 6:00 PM FOX
Sunday, Aug. 18 Championship 3:30 – 6:30 PM FOX
Umaga gloats to the throngs of fans after having brutally defeated his opponent during a WWE Smackdown event at Rose Garden arena in Portland. (Photo by Chris Ryan/Corbis via Getty Images)

WWE® and FOX Sports Celebrate Smackdown’s 20th Anniversary on October 4

Tickets Available This Friday, August 16

Stamford, Conn., August 12, 2019 – The 20th anniversary celebration will mark the premiere of SmackDown on FOX broadcast network at 8 pm ET and take place at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday, October 4, 2019. Tickets are available starting this Friday, August 16 at 10 am PT via the Staples Center box office, www.AXS.com or by calling 1-888-929-7849.

WWE Superstars past and present will be on hand at Staples Center to celebrate the occasion including Kurt Angle, Lita, Mick Foley, Booker T, Hulk Hogan, Trish Stratus, Goldberg, Jerry Lawler, Mark Henry, Ric Flair and Sting.

“SmackDown has been delivering action-packed, family-friendly programming for two decades, and we look forward to entertaining generations to come as we begin this next chapter on FOX,” said Vince McMahon, WWE Chairman & CEO.

“Since we announced our five-year agreement last June, we have been eagerly counting down the days to the launch of SmackDown Live on FOX Sports,” said Eric Shanks, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Producer of FOX Sports. “We couldn’t be more excited and are pulling out all of the stops to commemorate SmackDown’s 20th anniversary celebration.”

Beginning with its 20th anniversary celebration on Friday, October 4, SmackDown will air on FOX broadcast network 52 weeks a year and captivate fans with a unique combination of edge-of-your-seat action, unpredictable drama and world-class athleticism.

On air since 1999, SmackDown Live is the second-longest running weekly episodic cable television show in U.S. primetime history, only behind Monday Night Raw, and is currently among the most-watched, regularly scheduled programs on primetime cable. SmackDown Live has aired more original episodes than some of the most popular television series of all time, including The Simpsons, Gunsmoke, Lassie and Monday Night Football.

In its 20-year history, SmackDown Live has also helped launch the careers of pop-culture icons including Dwayne “The Rock®” Johnson, John Cena®, Triple H®, “Stone Cold®” Steve Austin® and The Bella Twins™.

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.

About WWE

WWE, a publicly traded company (NYSE: WWE), is an integrated media organization and recognized leader in global entertainment. The company consists of a portfolio of businesses that create and deliver original content 52 weeks a year to a global audience. WWE is committed to family friendly entertainment on its television programming, pay-per-view, digital media and publishing platforms. WWE’s TV-PG, family-friendly programming can be seen in more than 800 million homes worldwide in 28 languages. WWE Network, the first-ever 24/7 over-the-top premium network that includes all live pay-per-views, scheduled programming and a massive video-on-demand library, is currently available in more than 180 countries. The company is headquartered in Stamford, Conn., with offices in New York, Los Angeles, London, Mexico City, Mumbai, Shanghai, Singapore, Dubai, Munich and Tokyo.

Additional information on WWE (NYSE: WWE) can be found at wwe.com and corporate.wwe.com. For information on our global activities, go to http://www.wwe.com/worldwide/.

Trademarks:  All WWE programming, talent names, images, likenesses, slogans, wrestling moves, trademarks, logos and copyrights are the exclusive property of WWE and its subsidiaries. All other trademarks, logos and copyrights are the property of their respective owners.

Forward-Looking Statements:   This press release contains forward-looking statements pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, which are subject to various risks and uncertainties. These risks and uncertainties include, without limitation, risks relating to: WWE Network; major distribution agreements; our need to continue to develop creative and entertaining programs and events; a decline in the popularity of our brand of sports entertainment; the continued importance of key performers and the services of Vincent K. McMahon; possible adverse changes in the regulatory atmosphere and related private sector initiatives; the highly competitive, rapidly changing and increasingly fragmented nature of the markets in which we operate and greater financial resources or marketplace presence of many of our competitors; uncertainties associated with international markets; our difficulty or inability to promote and conduct our live events and/or other businesses if we do not comply with applicable regulations; our dependence on our intellectual property rights, our need to protect those rights, and the risks of our infringement of others’ intellectual property rights; the complexity of our rights agreements across distribution mechanisms and geographical areas; potential substantial liability in the event of accidents or injuries occurring during our physically demanding events including, without limitation, claims relating to CTE; large public events as well as travel to and from such events; our feature film business; our expansion into new or complementary businesses and/or strategic investments; our computer systems and online operations; a possible decline in general economic conditions and disruption in financial markets; our accounts receivable; our revolving credit facility; litigation; our potential failure to meet market expectations for our financial performance, which  could adversely affect our stock; Vincent K. McMahon exercising control over our affairs, and his interests may conflict with the holders of our Class A common stock; a substantial number of shares which are eligible for sale by the McMahons and the sale, or the perception of possible sales, of those shares could lower our stock price; and the relatively small public “float” of our Class A common stock. In addition, our dividend is dependent on a number of factors, including, among other things, our liquidity and cash flow, strategic plan (including alternative uses of capital), our financial results and condition, contractual and legal restrictions on the payment of dividends (including under our revolving credit facility), general economic and competitive conditions and such other factors as our Board of Directors may consider relevant. Forward-looking statements made by the Company speak only as of the date made, are subject to change without any obligation on the part of the Company to update or revise them, and undue reliance should not be placed on these statements.

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FOX PBC Heavyweight Slugfest Most-Watched Sports Event on Saturday

FOX PBC Heavyweight Slugfest Most-Watched Sports Event on Saturday

Saturday’s FOX PBC FIGHT NIGHT Main event featuring Adam Kownacki defeating Chris Arreola averaged 1,727,000 viewers.

  • The headliner would rank as the most-watched sports event of the day
  • Peaked with 1,769,000 viewers from 10:45 PM ET – to conclusion
  • Up +38% over last year’s comparable PBC event that delivered 942,000 viewers on 8/4/18
  • Entire three-Fight telecast delivered 1,301,000 viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research

 

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FOX Sports Unveils 2019-2020 Bundesliga Schedule

DFL-Supercup Airs Saturday on FOX

LOS ANGELES – FOX Sports unveils its Bundesliga schedule for the 2019-2020 season featuring 220 matches across FOX, FS1, FS2 and FOX Soccer Plus, with all matches available on the FOX Sports app. And before the season’s official start, defending league champion Bayern Munich takes on Borussia Dortmund Saturday, August 3 in the 2019 DFL-SuperCup. Coverage begins at 2:00 PM ET on FOX.

Rob Stone hosts pregame coverage alongside analysts Landon Donovan, Maurice Edu, and Jovan Kirovski. Play-by-play announcer Keith Costigan calls the match alongside analyst Jovan Kirovski.

The Bundesliga season action begins Friday, August 16-Sunday, August 18 with a six-match lineup including top teams Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Shalke, and Leipzig. The schedule of matches can be found here.

All matches are available 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.

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.

LAS VEGAS - JULY 20: Fox Sports’ Deonte Wilder attends the FOX Sports PBC Pay-Per-View and PBC on Fox Fight Night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on July 20, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Stewart Cook/Fox Sports/PictureGroup)

Heavyweight World Champion Deontay Wilder Joins Lennox Lewis and Kenny Albert to Call FOX PBC Fight Night: Adam Kownacki vs. Chris Arreola

Undefeated Former Super Middleweight Champion David Benavidez, Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini and Chris Myers Anchor Thursday and Friday PBC Programming

LOS ANGELES – Today, FOX Sports announces WBC Heavyweight Champion Deontay Wilder joins former undisputed, three-time heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis and blow-by-blow announcer Kenny Albert to call FOX PBC FIGHT NIGHT: ADAM KOWNACKI VS. CHRIS ARREOLA on Saturday, Aug. 3 (8:00 PM ET) live on FOX and streaming on the FOX Sports app. Veteran combat sports journalist Heidi Androl interviews fighters, while International Boxing Hall of Famers Jimmy Lennon Jr. and Larry Hazzard Sr. join the show as ring announcer and FOX Sports PBC rules expert / unofficial scorer, respectively. On FOX Deportes, blow-by-blow announcer Jessi Losada is joined analyst Jaime Motta to call the bouts in Spanish.

Leading up to the fights, undefeated former super middleweight champion David Benavidez joins International Boxing Hall of Famer Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini and host Chris Myers live in FOX Sports’ Los Angeles studios on Thursday, Aug. 1 (4:30 PM ET) for the one-hour FOX PBC PRESS CONFERENCE on FS1, FOX Deportes and the FOX Sports app. Androl presides over the press conference. The same desk crew works the FOX PBC WEIGH-IN SHOW on Friday, Aug. 2 (1:00 PM ET) on FS2 and the FOX Sports app. Lennon Jr. hosts the weigh-ins on stage and Androl interviews fighters onsite.

Saturday’s fight action begins at 8:00 PM ET on FOX and the FOX Sports app and is headlined by undefeated heavyweight Polish star Adam Kownacki (19-0, 15 KOs) taking on veteran former title challenger Chris Arreola (38-5-1, 33 KOs). Plus, unbeaten Interim WBA Light Heavyweight Champion “Sir” Marcus Browne (23-0, 16 KOs) battles former world champion Jean Pascal (33-6-1, 20 KOs) in a 12-round Interim WBA World Light Heavyweight title bout. Super welterweights Curtis Stevens (30-6, 22 KOs) and Wale Omotoso (27-4, 21 KOs) open the show with a 10-round clash.

The evening wraps up with the FOX PBC POSTFIGHT SHOW: ADAM KOWNACKI VS. CHRIS ARREOLA at 10:00 PM ET on FS1 and the FOX Sports app, as Albert, Lewis, Wilder and Androl recap the fights and interview winners.

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.

FOX SPORTS PBC PROGRAMMING SCHEDULE

DATE

TIME (ET) EVENT

NETWORK*

Thursday,

Aug. 1

4:30 PM FOX PBC PRESS CONFERENCE:

ADAM KOWNACKI VS. CHRIS ARREOLA

FS1 / FOX Deportes**

Friday,

Aug. 2

1:00 PM

FOX PBC WEIGH-IN:

ADAM KOWNACKI VS. CHRIS ARREOLA

FS2 / FOX Deportes**

Saturday, Aug. 3

8:00 PM

FOX PBC FIGHT NIGHT:

ADAM KOWNACKI VS. CHRIS ARREOLA

FOX / FOX Deportes**

Saturday, Aug. 3 10:00 PM FOX PBC POSTFIGHT SHOW:

ADAM KOWNACKI VS. CHRIS ARREOLA

FS1

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

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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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Youth from Around the World to Meet in Orlando for Second Jr. NBA Global Championship

This article originally appeared from Bob Meadows on www.NBA.com.

Just moments after the buzzer sounded and they had won, members of the K/S Elite All Stars basketball team began an exuberant chant: “We’re going to Orlando!”

The New York City-based team had just won the Jr. NBA Global Championship Northeast Regional title, propelling them into the second annual Jr. NBA Global Championship. The tournament, which runs August 6-11 in at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World in Orlando, features the top 13- and 14-year-old boys and girls basketball players from around the world. Fox Sports will broadcast 16 games in the United States across FOX, FS1 and FS2 throughout the weeklong event, with a long list of top-tier game analysts and play-by-play talent including Vince Carter, Brian Custer, Noah Eagle, Mark Followill, Sarah Kustok, Donny Marshall and Charissa Thompson.

K/S Elite All Stars became one of 16 U.S. teams that will compete against 16 teams from eight global regions: Africa, Asia Pacific, Canada, China, Europe & Middle East, India, Latin America and Mexico. The 32 teams, which will be split into boys’ and girls’ divisions, emerged from the more than 15,000 kids in 75 countries who competed to reach the Global Championship.

“Going to Orlando is a great experience playing teams [from] around the [world],” Christian Bliss, who finished just shy of a triple-double in K/S Elite’s victory, said in a video posted on the Jr. NBA’s Instagram page. “It’s going to mean a lot. I’m excited.”

The tournament will not only crown a champion but also reinforce the Jr. NBA’s core values of teamwork, respect, determination and community by prioritizing life skills development and player health and wellness. It will also provide the players with memorable experiences off the court.

The goal is to “elevate the youth basketball experience,” said David Krichavsky, Head of Youth Basketball Development at the NBA.

The NBA was already making a positive impact on young players through its Jr. NBA program. The program for youth ages 6-14 focuses on its core values and teaching basketball fundamentals so boys and girls learn the right way to play the game. It’s reaching 52 million boys and girls in 75 countries this year. Still, Krichavsky could see something else was needed.

“One thing the program lacked was anything that unified all those players,” he said. “Now with the Jr. NBA Global Championship, you can compete locally and regionally, and if successful, earn a spot in Orlando.”

Interest in the tournament has increased from a year ago. The Jr. NBA Global Championship reached 5,000 more youth players this year and has seen a double-digit growth in corporate sponsorships. Anchoring the growth is the guiding purpose that teaches lifelong values of the game.

“As much as the tournament is a competitive on-court experience, we value the off-court experience as well,” Krichavsky said. “We have life skills seminars, educational workshops and NBA Cares community service projects. We think there’s an opportunity to create a best-in-class model for youth tournaments when it comes to the experience for the players, coaches, parents and referees.”

The players will play games on August 6 and 7, then spend a day participating in a community service project that will leave a lasting impact in Orlando. They will also attend seminars that teach life skills and other positive values. Last year Dwyane Wade surprised the players and spent time answering their questions about life and basketball – and he’ll be back this year along with current and former NBA and WNBA players Mike Conley, Breanna Stewart, Swin Cash, Bo Outlaw and Nick Anderson, among others. The games resume on August 9 and culminate with the global championship games on August 11.

The off-court activities especially appeal to Allen Skeens, head coach of Drive5 Power Elite, which won the tournament last year by defeating the Africa & Middle East team in the Finals and advanced again this year to represent the Central Region. His team plays in tournaments throughout the year, but the Global Championship stands out.

“The NBA does everything the right way. They talk to the kids about proper nutrition, a healthy lifestyle and paying attention to your social media,” said Skeens, whose team is composed of all new players. “I also make sure that my players focus on giving back too. We do community service, so I’m glad that’s a part of this tournament as well.”

He said the players also benefit from the global aspect of the tournament. “They get to see that the game they love is truly a global game,” he said. “There’s one basketball and it doesn’t matter where you’re from.