Month: February 2020

Kevin Wildes

Kevin Wildes Joins FIRST THINGS FIRST on FS1

Decorated Producer Added to Desk Alongside Nick Wright and Jenna Wolfe

New York – Today, decorated television producer Kevin Wildes joins FIRST THINGS FIRST on FS1 alongside Nick Wright and Jenna Wolfe. The longtime television producer and development executive makes his first foray into a full-time on-air role on the network’s acclaimed early morning show, airing weekdays from 6:30 to 9:30 AM ET on FS1.

“Kevin is a unique talent and has always been high on our radar at FS1. His passion, high sports IQ and wealth of knowledge from behind the camera make him a great fit for the show,” said Charlie Dixon, Executive Vice President, Content, FS1. “We’re thrilled to have him join the FOX Sports family.”

Prior to joining FS1, Wildes served as a producer and development executive for a number of notable projects across the television industry. He is also well-known for his contributions to the “Half-Baked Ideas” segment on the award-winning “Bill Simmons Podcast.”

“I’ve always thought of television as a team sport, and I’m excited to shift to a new part of the field with the FIRST THINGS FIRST team,” said Wildes.

Wildes spent over a decade at ESPN, rising to Vice President of Original Content, NBA Studio Production. In this role, Wildes oversaw production of “NBA Countdown,” while also launching and developing “The Jump” as well as “Detail by Kobe Bryant” for ESPN+.

Previously, Wildes served as an executive producer at “GMA Day” and Relevant Sports Group. He also served as a Senior Coordinating Producer and creative lead for ESPN’s Original Programming and Production unit. In this role, he launched and produced “Olbermann,” “Grantland Basketball Hour,” “SportsNation,” “Numbers Never Lie” and “It’s the Shoes.”

A native of Groton, CT, Wildes graduated with honors from La Salle University in Philadelphia, PA. He resides in New York with his wife Libby and their two children.

FOX Sports will announce additional FIRST THINGS FIRST on-air talent at a later date.

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FOX Sports to Call Momentous MLS 25th Season Celebration on Road to MLS Cup

FOX Sports Set to Call Major League Soccer’s Momentous 25th Season Celebration on Road to MLS Cup

John Strong, Stu Holden and Katie Witham Return as Lead Broadcast Team
Two-Time MLS Cup Champion Brad Evans Joins FOX Sports as Match Analyst

NEW YORK – Today, FOX Sports announces a top-notch broadcast roster for its presentation of Major League Soccer’s 25th Season Celebration, which culminates with the 2020 MLS Cup. The campaign kicks off Saturday, Feb. 29, as Nashville makes its league debut against 2018 MLS Cup champion Atlanta United with coverage beginning at 8:00 PM ET on FOX. FOX Sports’ full lineup of play-by-play announcers, match analysts and studio commentators is announced by David Neal, Vice President of Production and FIFA World Cup Executive Producer, FOX Sports.

“The 25th Season Celebration of Major League Soccer is bound to be a memorable one, and we’ve assembled a roster of broadcasters that will deliver unparalleled coverage to our viewers,” said Neal. “We are excited to add a few new faces to some very recognizable ones, forming a full lineup that possesses extensive knowledge and experience in soccer.”

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Play-by-play announcer John Strong, match analyst Stu Holden and reporter Katie Witham lead FOX Sports’ MLS broadcast team. The trio kicks off its slate with Nashville-Atlanta United on Saturday, Feb. 29, at 8:30 PM ET on FOX.

This season, two-time MLS Cup winner Brad Evans makes his national television debut as a match analyst, joining two-time Olympic gold medalist Aly Wagner, Maurice Edu, Kyndra de St. Aubin and Warren Barton, who contribute in the same role.

On play-by-play, renowned broadcaster JP Dellacamera, who has called matches in each of the league’s previous 24 seasons, returns with Lisa Byington, Keith Costigan, Mark Followill, Poppy Miller and Jake Zivin also calling matches throughout the season.

Danielle Slaton, Marisa Pilla, Jackie Montgomery, Kiri Bloore and Alex Curry round out the game crews as reporters.

Rob Stone and Sara Walsh share host duties for MLS studio coverage, joined by Alexi Lalas as studio analyst.

FOX Sports’ 2020 MLS slate includes 34 regular-season matches on FOX and FS1, additional postseason matchups and the MLS Cup. FOX Sports’ full regular-season schedule can be found by clicking HERE.

The matches can be live streamed 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.

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FS1 to Present Coverage of The Saudi Cup on Saturday, Feb. 29

Coverage of World’s Richest Race to be Presented by Runhappy with Limited Commercial Interruption

OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Live coverage of the inaugural Saudi Cup airs Saturday, Feb. 29 at 12:00 PM ET on FS1. The field for the Saudi Cup, the world’s richest race with a $20 million purse, is headlined by 3-year-old champion Maximum Security and will include a collection of standout runners from around the world.

The Saudi Cup will be contested at nine furlongs at the King Abdulaziz Racetrack in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia with a prize of $10 million awaiting the winner. The Saudi Cup will serve as a bookend to the two biggest days of thoroughbred racing in Saudi Arabia’s history.

FOX Sports is the exclusive broadcast provider of The Saudi Cup in the United States, where the telecast will air from 12:00-1:00 PM ET with limited commercial interruption made possible by Runhappy. Hosted by Nick Luck and Michelle Yu, the international broadcast will originate from King Abdulaziz Racetrack and include analysts Emma Spencer and Tom Stanley. Scheduled post time for the Saudi Cup is 12:40 PM ET and wagering is available in the United States via NYRA Bets.

The inaugural Saudi Cup has garnered significant interest from the United States, which will be represented by Maximum Security, among others. Gary and Mary West’s three-time Grade 1-winner – and recently crowned 3-Year-Old champion – will make his 2020 debut in the lucrative event following a successful sophomore campaign which included triumphs in the Florida Derby, Haskell Invitational and Cigar Mile at Aqueduct Racetrack.

Other North American contenders expected to compete in the Saudi Cup include the Bob Baffert-trained pair of McKinzie and Mucho Gusto. A three-time winner of the prestigious Dubai World Cup, Baffert will attempt to strike more gold in the Middle East with his duo of Grade 1 winners. McKinzie, a Grade 1-winner at ages 2, 3 and 4, will make his first start since a runner-up effort to Vino Rosso in the Breeders’ Cup Classic. Meanwhile, Pegasus World Cup victor Mucho Gusto will look to earn back-to-back wins.

Bloom Racing Stable, Madaket Stables, and Allen Racing’s Champion Older Filly Midnight Bisou will take on colts for the first time for Hall of Famer Steve Asmussen. Last year as a 4-year-old, Midnight Bisou scored three Grade 1 victories, including a thrilling renewal of the Personal Ensign at Saratoga.

Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott won the inaugural Dubai World Cup with Cigar in 1996, and he’ll attempt to win another prestigious event in the Middle East when saddling Tacitus for Prince Khaled bin Abdullah’s Juddmonte Farm. The 2019 winner of the Grade 1 Wood Memorial presented by NYRA Bets, a well-bred son of Tapit, has not raced since finishing third in last year’s Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont Park.

To sign up for NYRA Bets today, visit www.NYRABets.com.

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FOX Sports Bolsters Stellar NASCAR XFINITY SERIES Driver Analyst Roster with Addition of Stewart and Busch Brothers

Note: To play back the live stream of today’s FOX NASCAR press conference with Tony Stewart, Clint Bowyer, Kurt Busch and Brad Keselowski, click here.
Keselowski has the Call for Saturday’s NXS Season Opener at Daytona Alongside Bowyer and Alexander
FS1 “Drivers Only + Chad” Broadcast Returns to Charlotte with Newcomer Suarez
Bowyer in the FOX Sports Booth for Nine NXS Races

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – FOX Sports adds a 2020 NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee and one of the sport’s most legendary brother pairs to its NASCAR XFINITY SERIES broadcast booth this season.

Three-time champion Tony Stewart, inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in January, joins FOX NASCAR play-by-play announcer Adam Alexander and driver analyst Clint Bowyer to call the NASCAR XFINITY SERIES race at Talladega Superspeedway on Saturday, April 25, marking Stewart’s first race broadcast in the FOX Sports booth.

Kurt Busch, the 2004 NASCAR CUP SERIES champion who made his FOX NASCAR analyst debut last season, pairs with younger brother and reigning champion, Kyle Busch, to call the April 4 action at Bristol Motor Speedway.

“The sibling rivalry between us has been genuine over the years,” Kurt Busch said. “It was very unique in the beginning with our racing, but as we both have mellowed a bit, we’ll have fun in the booth going back and forth … It’s our favorite track, a track that spoke to us early in our career, and that’s how this opportunity came together. It seemed organic from FOX. When you see guys on TV calling races or football games, the gang you see from the field to the booth, that’s where Kyle and I will be going back and forth. It will probably get lost in ‘Busch translation’ at some point on what we both think needs to happen, and that’s part of the fun of it all.”

To kick off the new NASCAR XFINITY SERIES season, 2012 Cup Series champion Brad Keselowski calls the season opener with Alexander and Bowyer on Saturday, Feb. 15, (2:30 PM ET on FS1) from Daytona International Speedway.

In all, FOX Sports features 15 NASCAR CUP SERIES drivers, former drivers or crew chiefs throughout the 2020 NXS season (including the “Drivers Only + Chad” broadcast), with Bowyer (nine NXS races), Ryan Blaney (two), Kyle Busch (one), Kurt Busch (three), Austin Dillon (one), Keselowski (three), Chad Knaus (three), Joey Logano (two), Jamie McMurray (one), Stewart (one) and Michael Waltrip (three).

“The XFINITY Series is a steppingstone of our sport,” Bowyer said. “We all used that steppingstone to get to this (driving) opportunity in Cup. To be able to go back and sell the story of the Xfinity Series — these new kids coming up through the ranks — is important.”

“DRIVERS ONLY + CHAD” BROADCAST:

In addition, FOX Sports’ “Drivers Only + Chad” broadcast is back for the fourth consecutive year, with newcomer Daniel Suarez serving as a pit reporter in his FOX Sports debut. Charlotte Motor Speedway is the backdrop for the annual broadcast on Saturday, May 23 (1:00 PM ET on FS1). The original broadcast booth trio of Kevin Harvick, Bowyer and Logano has the call, while Blaney and Bubba Wallace Jr. again cover pit road, this year teaming with Suarez. Keselowski returns to host race coverage from FOX Sports’ virtual studio in Charlotte alongside analysts Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Knaus.

Furthermore, FOX Sports is adding several active NASCAR CUP SERIES drivers to its NASCAR GANDER RV & OUTDOORS TRUCK SERIES broadcast booth this season, with the full lineup to be announced in the near future.

FOX NASCAR driver analyst schedule for 2020 NASCAR XFINITY SERIES:
Race Date Race Play-by-Play Driver Analyst Driver Analyst Start Time (ET)**
2/15 Daytona Adam Alexander Clint Bowyer Brad Keselowski 2:30 PM
2/22 Las Vegas Adam Alexander Michael Waltrip Austin Dillon 4:00 PM
2/29 California Adam Alexander Joey Logano Chad Knaus 4:00 PM
3/7 Phoenix Adam Alexander Clint Bowyer Joey Logano 4:00 PM
3/14 Atlanta Adam Alexander Clint Bowyer Ryan Blaney 4:00 PM
3/21 Homestead Adam Alexander Clint Bowyer Brad Keselowski 3:30 PM
3/28 Texas Adam Alexander Clint Bowyer Kurt Busch 1:00 PM
4/4 Bristol Adam Alexander Kyle Busch Kurt Busch 1:00 PM
4/25 Talladega Adam Alexander Clint Bowyer Tony Stewart 1:00 PM
5/2 Dover Adam Alexander Clint Bowyer Chad Knaus 1:30 PM
5/23 Charlotte – “Drivers Only + Chad” Kevin Harvick Joey Logano and Clint Bowyer  

Studio: Keselowski, Knaus, Stenhouse Jr.

 

Reporters: Blaney, Suarez and Wallace Jr.

1:00 PM
5/30 Mid-Ohio Adam Alexander Michael Waltrip TBD 1:00 PM
6/6 Michigan Adam Alexander Clint Bowyer Kurt Busch 1:30 PM
6/13 Iowa TBD Michael Waltrip Jamie McMurray 8:30 PM

*subject to change

**all races live on FS1

In appreciation of the drivers’ participation, FOX Sports will make a donation to each driver’s individual foundation or charity of choice.