Month: October 2019

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Nationals’ Historic World Series Win Delivers Nearly 24 Million Viewers for FOX Sports

2019 MLB Postseason on FOX and FS1 Averages 7,835,000 Viewers, Up +12% Compared to 2018
Game 7 Earns Primetime Win for Sixth Time on Average Audience and in Coveted A18-49 Demographic

NEW YORK – The 2019 World Series champion Washington Nationals’ historic triumph over the Houston Astros delivered nearly 24 million (23.99 million) viewers across all FOX Sports platforms, according to Nielsen Media Research.

Last night’s game drew 23,013,000 viewers on FOX, peaking at 27,058,000 viewers. This is FOX’s best performance for a primetime telecast this broadcast season. It also marks the most-watched baseball telecast of any kind since Game 7 of the 2017 World Series. The viewership number lifts the FOX broadcast network atop the primetime rankings for the sixth time this Series on average audience and in the coveted A18-49 demographic.

Through Game 7 of the 2019 World Series presented by YouTube TV, the MLB Postseason on FOX and FS1 averaged 7,835,000 viewers. This is up +12% over last year’s average of 6,996,000 viewers.

FOX DEPORTES
On FOX Deportes, Game 7 earned an average of 613,000 viewers. This ranks as the second most-watched baseball telecast of any kind in Spanish-language television history.

FOX DIGITAL
Across all FOX Sports streaming platforms, Game 7 drew an average minute audience of 373,021 viewers. This marks the most-streamed baseball game in the network’s history.

LOCAL MARKETS
The telecast earned a rating of 42.7/63 in Houston and 31.8/53 in Washington D.C., the best performance ever for an MLB game in the market since at least 1998. Of the available markets, the following are the next top-rated for Game 7: Austin (26.5/46), San Antonio (21.9/36), St. Louis (18.9/32) and San Diego (18.8/35).

Throughout the 2019 World Series, Washington D.C. averaged a 23.3/43 and Houston a 35.1/57.

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 NFL THURSDAY Lands Exclusive Sit-Down Interviews with Garoppolo and Murray Tonight

Tonight’s FOX NFL THURSDAY features an exclusive with quarterbacks Jimmy Garoppolo and Kyler Murray in their first-ever network sit-down interviews as leaders of the San Francisco 49ers and Arizona Cardinals, respectively.

FOX NFL KICKOFF host Charissa Thompson and FOX NFL sideline reporter Kristina Pink sit down with Garoppolo and Murray, respectively, prior to FOX’s THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL PRESENTED BY BUD LIGHT PLATINUM matchup between their teams.

Garoppolo discusses his team’s 7-0 season, returning from knee injury, Tom Brady’s record and Joe Montana, among other topics.

Murray shares his journey from Gatorade Player of the Year in high school to backup quarterback at Texas A&M to backup at Oklahoma and, subsequently, his Heisman Trophy win and No. 1 NFL Draft selection, among other topics.

Quotes from tonight’s interviews:

Murray on whether he has a timetable in mind for the Cardinals:
“I don’t really put a timetable on us. For me I think we’re a very good team. I think, obviously, people are going to say what they want to say about us. But at the end of the day, like I said, we’re the ones on the field. We go out and execute. I feel like we have a good chance against anybody.”

Murray on his NFL “eye opener:”
“Guys are a lot smarter. Defenders are a lot smarter. They’re faster, they’re bigger, stronger. It’s the best of the best. Each and every weekend, that’s what you’re going to get. There’s really no bad teams in the league. And I think that’s one thing that people don’t really realize. Everybody’s got guys and every team is good, and if you don’t respect them you can get beat on any given Sunday.”

Garoppolo on what makes his defense special:
“How they work together. It’s not one guy making the play. One game is the D line making the play. The next game, we got two, three interceptions in the secondary. And just how they all complement each other. I don’t know – it’s contagious and it doesn’t matter who’s in there. Someone’s going to make a play.”

FOX NFL THURSDAY airs live from New York tonight at 7:30 PM ET with host Michael Strahan and analysts Tony Gonzalez and Reggie Bush.

Bill Raftery and Gus Johnson at the 2019 BIG EAST Tournament

FOX Sports College Hoops Coverage Led by Iconic Voices on the Mic

Gus Johnson, Bill Raftery and Jim Jackson Return to Lead FOX Sports College Basketball Game Coverage

NEW YORK – As college basketball is set to tip off Tuesday, Nov. 5, FOX Sports unveils its lineup of broadcasters calling games and providing studio analysis for the 2019-20 season. The most exciting voice in sports, Gus Johnson returns as the network’s lead play-by-play announcer with Emmy Award-winning analyst Bill Raftery and former NCAA All-American and NBA veteran Jim Jackson serving as FOX Sports’ lead game broadcasters.

In studio, hosts Rob Stone, Mike Hill and Kevin Burkhardt work alongside a rotation of analysts, highlighted by Steve Lavin, Casey Jacobsen, Donny Marshall and Jackson. College basketball insider Andy Katz also contributes to the network’s coverage, while Mike DeCourcy, renowned writer for Sporting News and Big Ten Network contributor, takes on a new role this season as FOX Sports’ bracketologist.

Also new to the network’s college basketball coverage, former NCAA head coach Tim Miles joins FOX Sports as a game analyst this season. Miles most recently served as head coach at Nebraska, spending seven seasons in Lincoln after leading Colorado State for five seasons, including an appearance in the NCAA Tournament.

Lavin, Marshall, Jacobsen, Nick Bahe and Len Elmore also call games on FOX, FS1 and FS2 this season, while Burkhardt, Tim Brando, Joe Davis, Brian Custer, Aaron Goldsmith, Brian Anderson, Kevin Kugler and Brandon Gaudin serve as play-by-play announcers.

College basketball on the FOX Sports family of networks begins Tuesday, Nov. 5, highlighted by a BIG EAST doubleheader on FS1. No. 12 Seton Hall, the preseason conference favorite, hosts Wagner at 6:30 PM ET, followed by Army at No. 10 Villanova at 8:30 PM ET. Click HERE for FOX Sports’ complete college basketball schedule.

This season, FOX Sports televises top games from the BIG EAST, Big Ten and Pac-12 conferences, plus women’s games from the BIG EAST and Big 12. Highlighting the 2019-20 schedule are seven Gavitt Tipoff Games, the early-season conference challenge between the BIG EAST and Big Ten, including preseason No. 1 Michigan State at No. 12 Seton Hall. In December, FOX Sports televises five matchups in the newly created BIG EAST-Big 12 Battle, including No. 3 Kansas at No. 10 Villanova, Texas at Providence and Oklahoma at Creighton.

In addition to conference contests from the BIG EAST, Big Ten and Pac-12, highly anticipated non-conference matchups include No. 6 Florida at Butler, Syracuse at Georgetown, Wisconsin at Marquette, Texas at No. 23 Purdue, Cincinnati at No. 18 Ohio State and more. FOX Sports also televises the full BIG EAST Tournament, select games from the Pac-12 Tournament, including the championship, and games from the BIG EAST and Big 12 Women’s tournaments.

College basketball games on FOX, FS1 and FS2 can be streamed live on the FOX Sports app.

For more information on FOX Sports’ college basketball coverage, including schedules, photography, biographical information and more, visit FOX Sports Press Pass.

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, PBA Announce Expanded Television Schedule for 2020

Go Bowling! PBA Tour Includes Additional Live Telecasts, Five Majors and More

LOS ANGELES – Today, FOX Sports and the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) announced the 2020 Go Bowling! PBA Tour television schedule, which includes more shows on the FOX broadcast network, the first show featuring women bowlers and more live telecasts. The announcement was made today by Bill Wanger, FOX Sports’ EVP, Head of Programming and Scheduling and PBA CEO Colie Edison.

The second year of the PBA-FOX Sports agreement features six telecasts on FOX, the most PBA action on network broadcast TV since 1999. Plus, there will be 25 shows on FS1 and a total of 23 live broadcasts, the most in 12 years (up from 19 live shows last year). Altogether, the 2020 TV schedule includes more than 60 hours of coverage.

“We are delighted to expand our Go Bowling! PBA Tour offerings,” says Wanger. “In our first season, we brought new energy and excitement to the tour, highlighting the star bowlers and enhancing the broadcasts with Kegel’s Specto ball-tracking technology StrikeTrack to provide real-time ball tracking during all events.”

Kicking off the 2020 PBA on FOX season will be a bonus event – PBA Clash – on Sunday, Nov. 3 on FOX. The 90-minute telecast will feature top PBA stars in a unique, $50,000 winner-take-all competition, plus a look at the new year and upcoming events on FOX and FS1.

“We’re making major investments in the PBA and the future of the tour by expanding TV coverage and increasing prize money across our tournaments,” said Edison, the PBA’s CEO and Chief Customer Officer of Bowlero Corp, its parent company. “Bowlero Corp purchased the PBA with the goal of strengthening its presence throughout all media and our partnership with FOX is an essential part of that objective.”

Other highlights of the 2020 PBA on FOX Sports schedule include:

• Live coverage of five PBA major championships: the PBA Tournament of Champions on Sunday, Feb. 9, from suburban Akron, Ohio; the PBA Players Championship on Saturday, Feb. 15, from Columbus, Ohio; the US Open on Sunday, Feb. 23, from Lincoln, Nebraska; PBA World Championship on Wednesday, March 18, from Las Vegas, and the United States Bowling Congress Masters on Sunday, March 29, from Reno, Nevada.

• Revolutionary coverage of professional bowling’s biggest event, the PBA World Series of Bowling XI. Five consecutive days of WSOB coverage, including live finals of four PBA title events, will air from Las Vegas, March 15-19.

• The PBA Playoffs are back bigger and stronger, taking place from April 6 through May 17. The playoffs will be held in four different locations, allowing fans across the country to see their favorite bowlers in the exciting tournament.

• The PBA/PWBA Mixed Doubles take place on Sunday, July 5 live on FS1 from Denver and will include the debut of professional female bowlers on FOX Sports.

• The PBA League team competition returns to Portland, Maine, where the hometown team looks to defend its PBA League title in four live primetime telecasts on FS1 for three consecutive nights, July 21-23.

Viewers can live stream the PBA shows on the FOX Sports and FOX NOW apps or at FOXSports.com.
In addition to the 60 hours of broadcast television, FOX Sports digital also will play a key role in expanding the PBA’s visibility. Select highlights will be available on @FOXSports social handles across Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.

Additional details concerning tournament formats, host bowling centers and more, will be announced by the PBA soon through the PBA Network’s social media outlets.

2020 PBA-FOX SPORTS GO BOWLING! PBA TOUR SCHEDULE (All Times Eastern)

 

DATE EVENT NET* TIME (ET)
Sunday,

Nov. 3

PBA Clash, Lake Wales, Fla. FOX 2:30 PM / 4:30 PM
Sunday,

Jan. 19

PBA Hall of Fame Classic, Arlington, Texas FS1 1:00 PM Live
Sunday,

Jan. 26

PBA Oklahoma Open, Shawnee, Okla. FS1 2:00 PM Live
Saturday,

Feb. 1

PBA Jonesboro Open, Jonesboro, Ark. FS1 4:30 PM Live
Sunday,

Feb. 9

PBA Tournament of Champions, Fairlawn, Ohio FOX 5:00 PM Live
Saturday,

Feb. 15

PBA Players Championship, Columbus, Ohio FS1 5:30 PM Live
Sunday,

Feb. 23

US Open, Lincoln, Neb. FOX 1:00 PM Live
Saturday,

Feb. 29

PBA Indianapolis Open, Indianapolis FS1 8:30 PM

Live

Sunday, March 8 PBA Roth/Holman Doubles Championship, Indianapolis FS1 12:00 PM
Sunday, March 15 PBA World Series of Bowling XI Cheetah Championship,

Las Vegas

FS1 1:30 PM Live
Monday, March 16 PBA World Series of Bowling XI Chameleon Championship,

Las Vegas

FS1 8:00 PM Live
Tuesday, March 17 PBA World Series of Bowling XI Scorpion Championship,

Las Vegas

FS1 8:00 PM Live
Wednesday, March 18 PBA World Series of Bowling PBA World Championship,

Las Vegas

FS1 8:00 PM Live
Thursday, March 19 PBA World Series of Bowling XI USA vs The World,

Las Vegas

FS1 8:00 PM
Sunday, March 29 USBC Masters, Reno FOX 2:30 PM

Live

Monday, April 6 PBA Playoffs Round of 24, (four matches), Norco, Calif. FS1 7:00 PM Live
Monday, April 13 PBA Playoffs Round of 24, (four matches), Norco, Calif. FS1 9:00 PM
Monday, April 20 PBA Playoffs Round of 16, (two matches), Lone Tree, Colo. FS1 7:00 PM Live
Monday, April 20 PBA Playoffs Round of 16, (two matches), Lone Tree, Colo. FS1 9:00 PM

Live

Monday,

April 27

PBA Playoffs Round of 16, (two matches), Lone Tree, Colo. FS1 9:00 PM
Monday,

May 4

PBA Playoffs Round of 16, (two matches), Lone Tree, Colo. FS1 9:00 PM
Sunday,

May 10

PBA Playoffs Quarterfinal (two matches), Euless, Texas FS1 2:00 PM Live
Monday,

May 11

PBA Playoffs Quarterfinal (two matches), Euless, Texas FS1 9:00 PM
Saturday, May 16 PBA Playoffs Final Four (two semifinal matches),

North Brunswick, N.J.

FOX 2:00 PM Live
Sunday,

May 17

PBA Playoffs Championship 1 on 1 Match,

North Brunswick, N.J.

FOX 2:00 PM Live
Sunday,

July 5

PBA / PWBA Mixed Doubles, Denver FS1 7:00 PM Live
Tuesday,

July 21

PBA Summer League Quarterfinals,

Portland, Maine

FS1 7:00 PM Live
Tuesday,

July 21

PBA Summer League Quarterfinals,

Portland, Maine

FS1 9:00 PM Live
Wednesday,

July 22

PBA Summer League Semifinals,

Portland, Maine

FS1 9:00 PM Live
Thursday,

July 23

PBA Summer League Elias Cup Finals,

Portland, Maine

FS1 9:00 PM Live

 

–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 the PBA
The Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) is the world’s preeminent organization dedicated to the sport of bowling and its professional competition, with thousands of members and millions of fans throughout the world. The PBA plays host to bowling’s biggest tournaments from the Go Bowling! PBA Tour, PBA Regional Tour, and PBA50 Tour. In 2019, the PBA was acquired by Bowlero Corporation, the world’s largest owner and operator of bowling entertainment centers with more than 300 locations throughout North America. For more information, please visit PBA.com and BowleroCorp.com.

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Reggie Bush Joins FOX NFL Thursday

NEW YORK – FOX Sports College Football studio analyst and former NFL standout Reggie Bush joins Pro Football Hall of Famers Michael Strahan, Tony Gonzalez and NFL insider Peter Schrager on FOX NFL THURSDAY this Thursday, Oct. 31 at 7:30 PM ET on FOX. Bush appears live in studio from New York to discuss Thursday’s NFC West matchup between the undefeated San Francisco 49ers as they visit the Arizona Cardinals.

Once the action begins on the field, Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews, Kristina Pink and Mike Pereira are on the call live from State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., at 8:20 PM ET. The 49ers-Cardinals will air on FOX, NFL Network and Amazon Prime Video.

On Saturday, Bush is back in FOX Sports’ Los Angeles studio for BIG NOON KICKOFF, beginning at 11:00 AM ET on FOX. He is joined by Urban Meyer, former USC teammate Matt Leinart, Brady Quinn and host Rob Stone.

Bush joined FOX Sports as a college football studio analyst prior to the 2019 season. He also contributes to FS1 daily studio shows, discussing both the NFL and college football. Bush spent 11 seasons in the NFL and won Super Bowl XLIV in 2010 as a member of the New Orleans Saints. He was inducted into the team’s Hall of Fame this past weekend.

–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.

ATLANTA, GA - AUGUST 27: Josef Martinez #7 of Atlanta United controls the ball during the U.S. Open Cup Final vs Minnesota United at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on August 27, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)

Champs Collide Wednesday on FS1 as Atlanta and Toronto Meet for Berth in MLS Cup

Sporting Kansas City’s Benny Feilhaber Joins Studio Team as Analyst for Audi 2019 MLS Cup Playoffs Eastern Conference Final

LOS ANGELES – FOX Sports broadcasts the Audi 2019 MLS Cup Playoffs MLS Eastern Conference Final, Wednesday, October 30 at 7:30 PM ET on FS1, as the last two MLS Cup Champions Atlanta United and Toronto FC meet in front of a frenzied Mercedes-Benz Stadium crowd. The match features three stars in the recently-announced MLS Best XI — Atlanta’s Josef Martinez, who scored in a record 15 straight matches this season, his teammate/young defender Miles Robinson and Toronto’s Alejandro Pozuelo, who tallied double-digit goals and assists. The winner heads to MLS Cup on November 10.

2013 MLS Cup Champion and U.S. National Team veteran Benny Feilhaber of Sporting KC joins studio host Rob Stone for pregame, halftime and postgame coverage alongside analysts Alexi Lalas (2002 MLS Cup Champion) and Maurice Edu, live from the stadium in Atlanta.

FOX Sports lead play-by-play announcer John Strong and lead match analyst Stu Holden (two-time MLS Cup Champion) call the action, with Katie Witham reporting from the sideline.

The match is available to stream 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.