Month: September 2019

TAMPA, FLORIDA - SEPTEMBER 22: Quarterback Daniel Jones #8 of the New York Giants runs in for the game winning touchdown in the fourth quarter during the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium on September 22, 2019 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)

NFL on FOX Pacing Ahead in 2019 Season

NFL on FOX Pacing Ahead in 2019 Season

Season-to-date, the NFL on FOX is powering a 12.7/27 metered market rating

  • Up +7% over last year (11.9/24)

Network’s week 3 singleheader delivers an 11.6/25 metered market rating

  • Up +40% over last year’s comparable week 3 singleheader (8.3/18)

Top local home markets:

1. Milwaukee (41.1/70)
2. Minneapolis (31.4/67)
3. Philadelphia (28.6/56)
4. Dallas (28.2/58)
5. Denver (26.1/60)

 

MADISON, WI - SEPTEMBER 21: Wisconsin Badgers running back Jonathan Taylor (23) celebrates with teammates after scoring on a long touchdown run durning a college football game between the Michigan Wolverines and the Wisconsin Badgers on September 21, 2019, at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, WI. (Photo by Dan Sanger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

FOX Wins with Best College Football Noon Rating This Season

No. 13 Wisconsin’s 35-14 win over No. 11 Michigan drew a 3.5 metered market rating, the day’s highest-rated game at Noon ET and FOX’s highest-rated college football game this season.

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FOX Sports to Deliver Thursday Night Football in 4K Ultra High Definition for the First Time

Thursday Night Football Presented by Bud Light Broadens FOX Sports Portfolio of 4K HDR Offerings

LOS ANGELES – FOX Sports is delivering Thursday Night Football in 4K Ultra High Definition (UHD) for the 2019 NFL season, making Thursday night match-ups available through the FOX Sports and FOX NOW apps, via Apple TV 4K and select Roku devices. In addition, the 4K broadcast is available through several FOX Sports distributors, including DIRECTV, Altice Optimum, Comcast Xfinity, Verizon Fios, TVision and fuboTV.

“We continue to expand our UHD offerings, serving both a growing section of our audience and our distribution partners,” said Michael Davies, SVP Field & Technical Operations, FOX Sports. “The NFL offers our largest audiences, so being able to deliver games in UHD, while at the same time continuing to serve the entire FOX Sports audience with the best possible production value, emphasizes our goal of bringing fans as close as possible to the sports they love.”

Specific Roku devices with 4K support include Roku Premiere, Roku Premiere+, Roku Streaming Stick+, Roku Ultra, 4K TV models with Roku OS built in.

FOX Sports’ 2019 Thursday Night Football schedule begins Sept. 26 with the Philadelphia Eagles at the Green Bay Packers. Adding to television availability, several streaming options will be available to fans. NFL Network exclusive games will be available through NFL digital properties and on mobile via Yahoo Sports and other Verizon Media properties. FOX Thursday Night Football games will be available to stream on Amazon via Prime Video and Twitch in addition to NFL, FOX and FOX Deportes digital properties across devices.* During the season, fans can learn all of the ways to watch at NFL.com/TNF.

Technical specifications for the authenticated broadcast: producing in 1080p/High Dynamic Range (HDR) and upconverting to 4K/HDR.

*NFL Network, Amazon Prime Video and Twitch simulcast subject to change.

–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, as well as a licensing agreement that established the FOX Sports Radio Network.

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Rondé Barber: From the NFL Record Books to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Ring of Honor

FOX NFL analyst and Super Bowl champion Rondé Barber, a five-time Pro Bowl cornerback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, will be inducted into the team’s Ring of Honor Sunday during halftime of the Giants/Bucs game on FOX. Barber, the NFL’s only member of the “40/20 club” (40+ interceptions, 20+ sacks), is the Buccaneers’ all-time interceptions leader (47), and his 28 sacks are second-most in league history among defensive backs.

The three-time first-team AP All-Pro, calling Sunday’s game alongside Kenny Albert, his twin brother, Tiki Barber, and Sara Walsh, takes a moment to share the significance of this accolade, as he prepares to become only the 13th member of the team’s Ring of Honor.

I will have an opportunity on Sunday during the Giants/Buccaneers game to put an exclamation point on a career I never dreamed possible when I was drafted by Tampa Bay in 1997 — to see my name adorned atop Raymond James Stadium as the 13th member of the Buccaneers Ring of Honor.

This incredible honor, hands down, means more than any previously bestowed upon me because of what it represents and how long I have awaited it. I am joining an esteemed group I sincerely revere – Warren Sapp, Derrick Brooks, John Lynch, Mike Alstott, Jon Gruden, Tony Dungy, Malcolm Glazer, Doug Williams, Paul Gruber, Lee Roy Selmon, John McKay and Jimmy Giles – Bucs icons who set the bar to which I always have aspired. To be immortalized with these guys and have this moment to reflect on our accomplishments is indescribably humbling.

I was blessed to play for the same team for 16 years — for an organization that is like family and players who are like brothers to me, owners who became dear friends and coaches who now are lifelong buddies. I cherish my time with the Bucs not just because we won a Super Bowl together but because I never once felt like an employee.

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My success wasn’t simply a product of my own doing but that of those around me. I can’t begin to thank enough the people who played a pivotal role in making me the player I became. Sure, I put in the work every day, but it was the many others aiding my journey who allowed me to truly thrive. I’ll take the field Sunday, look up and see my name on the stadium because of those guys. More importantly, for those guys. Everyone with whom I crossed paths during my career owns a piece of this, and I gratefully share it with each of them.

I also share this day with the entire Tampa community, who welcomed this then-shy kid, sporting a sweet, pencil-thin mustache, with open arms, faithfully hung in there during the rough times and celebrated with me during the triumphant ones. That vast and diehard group, some whose names I know but most I do not, is the reason I continued to suit up when many of my peers were long gone.

Over the years, one of the most frequent questions asked of me is “Why did you play so long?” When I walk onto the field Sunday at halftime, I’ll look up and see the thousands of reasons I played for so long. The fans who showed up every week motivated me to continue pushing, continue entertaining, continue to find a way to “give that thumb to my name.” I’m seven years removed from that last game-day crowd, but I can’t wait to experience it again Sunday, because while my name now is immortalized on the northeast corner façade of the stadium, it’s about more than me.

I am incredibly honored to be joining the Buccaneers Ring of Honor as its 13th member, but I am taking with me thousands of lifelong friends. My utmost love and appreciation to each of them. Cheers … and fire the cannons!

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Saturday Night’s Spence Jr. vs. Porter PBC FIGHT CAMP Episode Most-Watched in 2019

Saturday night’s PBC FIGHT CAMP: ERROL SPENCE JR. VS. SHAWN PORTER EP. 2 scored 664,000 viewers on FOX, according to Nielsen Media Research.

  • Best performance of a PBC FIGHT CAMP telecast in 2019
  • Up +8% over PBC FIGHT CAMP: MANNY PACQUIAO VS. KEITH THURMAN EP. 2 (612,000 viewers on 7/7/2019)
  • Up +10% over last week’s PBC COUNTDOWN (605,000 on 9/7/2019)

 

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Heavyweight Contender Dominic Breazeale Joins Ray Mancini and Ray Flores to Call FS1 PBC FIGHT NIGHT: Peter Quillin vs. Alfredo Angulo on Saturday

PRELIMS Begin Saturday on FS2 and FOX Deportes at 8:30 PM ET, Main Card continues on FS1 and FOX Deportes at 10:30 PM ET

LOS ANGELES – Today, FOX Sports announces heavyweight contender Dominic Breazeale joins International Boxing Hall of Famer Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini and host Ray Flores to call FS1 PBC FIGHT NIGHT: PETER QUILLIN VS. ALFREDO ANGULO on Saturday, Sept. 21 (10:30 PM ET) live from Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield, Calif. In addition, the same crew announces the PBC FIGHT NIGHT PRELIMS on FS2.

FS1 PBC FIGHT NIGHT features former world champion Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin dueling hard-hitting Alfredo Angulo in a 10-round super middleweight showdown. Plus, fast-rising prospect Chris “Prime Time” Colbert enters the ring for a 10-round super featherweight matchup against former title challenger Miguel Beltran Jr., and unbeaten welterweight Terrel Williams goes up against Thomas Dulorme in a 10-round attraction. Unbeaten prospect Jesus Ramos takes on Rickey Edwards in an 8-round super lightweight match to open FS1 PBC FIGHT NIGHT.

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

FOX SPORTS PBC FIGHT NIGHT
• Announcers: Dominic Breazeale, Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini, Ray Flores
• Unofficial Scorer: Marcos Villegas
• FOX Deportes: Jaime Motta, Jessi Losada
• Digital: FOX Sports App, FOX Now, FOXSports.com
• SiriusXM: FOX Sports on SiriusXM channel 83
• Social: @PBConFOX, #PBConFS1

FS2 PBC FIGHT NIGHT PRELIMS
• Network: FS2, FOX Deportes
• Date/Time: Saturday, Sept. 21 (8:30 PM ET)
• Bouts:
o Jonathan Esquivel (11-0, 10 KOs) vs. Justin Steave (10-2, 4 KOs) – 8 Rounds, Middleweight
o Petr Khamukov (3-0) vs. Randy Fuentes (9-8-1, 2 KOs) – 4/6 Rounds – Middleweight
o Michel Rivera (16-0, 10 KOs) vs. Jose Luis Gallegos (16-7, 12 KOs) – 8 Rounds – Lightweight

FS1 PBC FIGHT NIGHT: PETER QUILLIN VS. ALFREDO ANGULO
• Network: FS1, FOX Deportes
• Date/Time: Saturday, Sept. 21 (10:30 PM ET)
• Bouts:
o Jesus Ramos (10-0, 9 KOs) vs. Rickey Edwards (12-3, 3 KOs) – 8 Rounds – Super Lightweight
o Terrel Williams (18-0, 13 KOs) vs. Thomas Dulorme (24-3-1, 16 KOs) – 10 Rounds – Welterweight
o Chris Colbert (12-0, 4 KOs) vs. Miguel Beltran Jr. (33-7, 22 KOs) – 10 Rounds – Super Featherweight
o Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin (34-1-1, 23 KOs) vs. Alfredo Angulo (25-7, 21 KOs) – 10 Rounds – Super Middleweight

 

–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 Announces WWE Programming Ahead of FRIDAY NIGHT SMACKDOWN Debut

Special “Blue Carpet” Preview Show to Celebrate Arrival of WWE on FOX

FRIDAY NIGHT SMACKDOWN Air Time Details Announced

Los Angeles – Leading up to the network debut of FRIDAY NIGHT SMACKDOWN on FOX on Friday, Oct. 4, FOX Sports presents a slate of special programming, pre-event coverage and cross-platform integrations in anticipation of the marquee event.

A pair of hour-long WWE specials lead the charge, beginning with WWE SMACKDOWN’S GREATEST HITS, on Friday, Sept. 27, on FOX (8:00 PM ET/7:00 PM CT/7:00 PM MT/8:00 PM PT). Hosted by WWE Superstars Charlotte Flair and The Miz, the show highlights the most memorable moments from the storied franchise. On Sunday, Sept. 29, John Cena narrates WWE WRESTLEMANIA’S LEGENDARY MOMENTS, offering viewers a chance to relive the most spectacular WrestleMania moments from the past 35 years. Check local listings for air times surrounding Sunday’s NFL on FOX singleheader action.

Less than a week later, FOX Sports rolls out the “blue carpet” at the Staples Center in Los Angeles for the FRIDAY NIGHT SMACKDOWN KICKOFF SHOW on Friday, Oct. 4 (7:30 PM ET/6:30 PM CT/6:30 PM MT/7:30 PM PT). This star-studded show features “blue carpet” arrivals and backstage access to celebrities and athletes, as well as past and present WWE Superstars to kick off the new era of WWE on FOX.

In front of a star-studded crowd in Los Angeles, FRIDAY NIGHT SMACKDOWN airs live at 8:00 PM ET/7:00 PM CT on FOX. For viewers in the Mountain and Pacific time zones, SmackDown airs at 7:00 PM MT/8:00 PM PT on FOX. For all authenticated viewers nationwide, SmackDown will be available to stream live at 8:00 PM ET/7:00 PM CT/6:00 PM MT/5:00 PM PT on the FOX Sports App.

Today, FOX Sports also launches its WWE on FOX social handles, which will provide insight, analysis and entertainment across social platforms. For more information, explore @WWEonFOX on Twitter, @WWEonFOX on Instagram and WWE on FOX on Facebook.

Additional details on FOX Sports’ WWE programming will be announced at a later date.

– 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.

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.

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 15: Los Angeles Rams Wide Receiver Robert Woods (17) makes a diving catch just in front of the end zone during an NFL game between the New Orleans Saints and the Los Angeles Rams on September 15, 2019, at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

NFL on FOX Continues Ratings Growth Through Week 2

NFL on FOX Continues Ratings Growth Through Week 2

AMERICA’S GAME OF THE WEEK delivers 23,336,000 viewers

  • Sunday’s most-watched telecast for second consecutive week
  • Up +11% over last year’s comparable window (21,029,000 viewers)

Season-to-date, the NFL ON FOX is averaging 19,081,000 viewers

  • Best start to the season since 2016
  • Up +7% over last year (17,865,000 viewers)

Pregame shows continue to post strong gains

  • FOX NFL KICKOFF: Up +16% over last year (1,352,000 vs. 1,168,000 viewers)
  • FOX NFL SUNDAY: Up +18% over last year (5,516,000 vs. 4,674,000 viewers

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FOX Sports Preps for FRIDAY NIGHT SMACKDOWN’s Big Move with WWE Moving Truck Tour Across America

 

Los Angeles – In anticipation of the network debut of FRIDAY NIGHT SMACKDOWN on Friday, Oct. 4, FOX Sports is hitting the road to help the WWE’s Superstars on their big move.

FOX Sports’ WWE moving truck is decorated with images of WWE Superstars and contains all the essentials for the bicoastal move – folding tables, metal chairs, Championship Titles and all. WWE Superstars will also make appearances at each stop including Seth Rollins, Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch, Booker T and more.

The tour kicked off on Sunday, Sept. 15, at WWE Clash of Champions in Charlotte, N.C., and makes 15 additional stops en route to its final destination of Los Angeles on Friday, Oct. 4 for the premiere of FRIDAY NIGHT SMACKDOWN on FOX.

The truck drops in on some of sports’ major moments – from MLB on FOX’s St. Louis Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs matchup on Thursday, Sept. 19, to college football’s BIG NOON SATURDAY contest between Michigan and Wisconsin on Saturday, Sept. 21, and a pair of NFL on FOX matchups, Oakland Raiders at Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, Sept. 22 and Carolina Panthers at Houston Texans on Sunday, Sept. 29.

In addition, the tour will stop at several FOX affiliate morning shows in Austin, TX, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Kansas City, MO, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Phoenix, San Diego and Washington.

The full WWE moving truck tour is below:

Date City Event
Sunday, Sept. 15 Charlotte, NC WWE Clash of Champions
Tuesday, Sept. 17 Washington
Wednesday, Sept. 18 Detroit
Thursday, Sept. 19 Chicago MLB on FOX

St. Louis Cardinals at Chicago Cubs

Friday, Sept. 20 Chicago
Saturday, Sept. 21 Madison, WI BIG NOON SATURDAY

Michigan at Wisconsin

Sunday, Sept. 22 Minneapolis NFL on FOX

Oakland Raiders at Minnesota Vikings

Monday, Sept. 23 Minneapolis
Wednesday, Sept. 25 Kansas City, MO
Friday, Sept. 27 Dallas
Sunday, Sept. 29 Houston NFL on FOX

Carolina Panthers at Houston Texans

Monday, Sept. 30 Houston
Austin, TX
Wednesday, Oct. 2 Phoenix
Thursday, Oct. 3 San Diego
Friday, Oct. 4 Los Angeles
Rob Stone, Brady Quinn, Reggie Bush, Matt Leinart and Urban Meyer on BIG NOON KICKOFF

Cast of BIG NOON KICKOFF Travels to Coliseum for No. 10 Utah at USC Friday Night

New FOX Sports College Football Pregame Show is Live on Location for First Time this Season

NEW YORK – The full cast of BIG NOON KICKOFF, FOX Sports’ new college football pregame show, hits the road for the first time this season, heading to Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Friday evening for No. 10 Utah at USC on FS1.

Host Rob Stone and analysts Brady Quinn, Reggie Bush, Matt Leinart and Urban Meyer present a one-hour pregame show, plus halftime and post-game coverage, from the field beginning at 8:00 PM ET. Play-by-play announcer Joe Davis, analyst Brock Huard and reporter Bruce Feldman call the action once the Trojans and Utes kick off at 9:00 PM ET.

Friday’s pregame show also includes a piece on Alex Llauro, an honorary member of the USC Trojans. An eighth grader, Llauro was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy in 2011 and became an honorary Trojan over the summer. Also on Friday’s pregame show, Quinn returns to the Notre Dame campus to talk with quarterback Ian Book and head coach Brian Kelly in advance of the Fighting Irish’s matchup vs. Georgia over the weekend.

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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 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.