New Editions of STATE OF PLAY Debut Tuesdays in Prime Time Starting November 11







First Show Features One-On-One Interview With NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell


NEW YORK, Aug. 21, 2014 – HBO Sports and executive producers Peter Berg and Sarah Aubrey team up again for four innovative documentaries from the acclaimed STATE OF PLAY franchise, debuting Tuesdays in prime time for four consecutive weeks starting TUESDAY, NOV. 11 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO.

STATE OF PLAY: CULTURE SHOCK, the first new film in the topical series, begins with a 30-minute cinéma vérité documentary that explores how the National Football League, America’s most popular sports organization, is confronting its biggest challenge: making the game safer. This compelling film chronicles the physical toll the game takes on its players, a subject that has taken center stage at all levels of the sport over the past two years. How does the sport of football survive and thrive with long-term injuries piling up and lawsuits being filed at courthouses? The special features unprecedented access to the halls of the NFL and its Players Association, gathering viewpoints from football’s business leaders and fans.

Following the documentary, Peter Berg (HBO’s “The Leftovers”; Emmy® nominee for “Friday Night Lights”) sits down with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell for an exclusive 20-minute one-on-one interview.

The other three STATE OF PLAY shows debut subsequent Tuesdays – Nov. 18, Nov. 25 and Dec. 2 – at the same time, with topics to be announced when confirmed.

Presented by Film 44 and HBO Sports, STATE OF PLAY takes on complex and multi-layered themes in sports, exploring their relationship to larger society. Each edition spotlights a topic or person whose impact on the contemporary sports world is undeniable, opening with a brief overview, followed by a cinéma vérité documentary and concluding with an in-depth roundtable discussion that includes the filmmakers, subjects and guest experts. Berg serves as moderator of the panel discussion.

“STATE OF PLAY launched with an exceptional ‘Trophy Kids’ presentation last December, and we are eager for HBO subscribers to watch this intriguing and engaging new collection of films from Peter Berg and his talented producers,” says Ken Hershman, president, HBO Sports. “Peter and his team dig deep for compelling stories that are contemporary, strike a chord and spark discussion.”

“State of Play: Trophy Kids,” which debuted in Dec. 2013, earned rave reviews for its penetrating report on the growing obsession many parents have with the scholastic athletic performance of their children. Variety wrote, “Going beyond X’s and O’s and wins and losses, HBO Sports’ ‘State of Play’ brings much-needed reflection and a wider lens to the sports universe — tackling a particular topic in a cinema-verite-style documentary.”

            New York’s Daily News observed, “Director Peter Berg delivers a compelling look at how parents put too much pressure on children’s sports,” while the Washington Times said, “As tough as it is to watch, it should be required viewing for every adult involved in youth sports: parents, coaches, educators, and concerned family and friends.”

“State of Play: Trophy Kids” will have an encore play Tuesday, Oct. 7 (6:30-7:30 p.m.) on HBO.

The new editions of STATE OF PLAY will also be available on HBO On Demand® and HBO GO®.


NBA TV Tips Off WNBA Playoffs 2014 Presented by Boost Mobile with Doubleheader Action Friday, Aug. 22

NBA-TV-LogoNBA TV will televise up to 11 WNBA Playoffs 2014 presented by Boost Mobile games, beginning Friday, Aug. 22, with a Conference Semifinal doubleheader starting with the Eastern Conference’s Chicago Sky and 2013 WNBA Rookie of the Year Elena Della Donne visiting the Atlanta Dream and WNBA All-Star Angel McCoughtry at 7:30 p.m. ET. In the second game of the night, the Western Conference’s top seeded Phoenix Mercury led by WNBA All-Star Diana Taurasi will host the Los Angeles Sparks and 2013 MVP Candace Parker at 10 p.m. NBA TV will continue with live playoff game coverage through the Conference Semifinals and Conference Finals.

Throughout the first two rounds of the playoffs, NBA TV’s Vince Cellini, Jared Greenberg, Kristen Ledlow and Matt Winer will host the network’s pre-game, halftime and post-game coverage, along with analysts LaChina Robinson, Dennis Scott and Steve Smith, and guest analysts Swin Cash and Katie Smith. Additionally, NBA TV’s studio show, NBA GameTime, will air following each WNBA Finals game.

NBA TV’s WNBA Playoff schedule:

Date Time (ET) Matchup
Friday, Aug. 22 7:30 p.m. Chicago Sky at Atlanta Dream

(Eastern Conference Semifinals, Game 1)

10 p.m. Los Angeles Sparks at Phoenix Mercury

(Western Conference Semifinals, Game 1)

Monday, Aug. 25 TBD Washington Mystics at Indiana Fever

(Game 3, if necessary)

TBD San Antonio Stars at Minnesota Lynx

(Game 3, if necessary)

Tuesday, Aug. 26 7:30 p.m. Chicago Sky at Atlanta Dream (Game 3, if necessary)
10 p.m. Los Angeles Sparks at Phoenix Mercury

(Game 3, if necessary)

Friday, Aug. 29 TBD Western Conference Finals (Game 1)
Saturday, Aug. 30 TBD Eastern Conference Finals (Game 1)
Monday, Sept. 1 TBD Eastern Conference Finals (Game 2)
Tuesday, Sept. 2 TBD Western Conference Finals (Game 3, if necessary)
Wednesday, Sept. 3 TBD Eastern Conference Finals (Game 3, if necessary)

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Sunday MLB on TBS Continues August 24 with San Francisco Giants vs. Washington Nationals at 1:30 p.m. ET


TBS’ Giants/Nationals Telecast to be Seen Nationally

Sunday MLB on TBS will continue August 24 with a matchup of National League contenders when the Washington Nationals and Bryce Harper host the San Francisco Giants and Buster Posey at 1:30 p.m. ET. Stephen Strasburg is scheduled to take the mound for Washington against San Francisco’s probable starter Ryan Vogelsong. The Sunday MLB on TBS telecast will be seen nationally with Ernie Johnson providing play-by-play alongside analyst Ron Darling.

The upcoming Sunday MLB on TBS schedule will include the Chicago White Sox hosting the Detroit Tigers on August 31 at 2 p.m. The White Sox/Tigers telecast will be seen locally throughout the Chicago broadcast territory.

This season marks the first of Turner Sports’ new eight-year multimedia rights agreement with Major League Baseball that will extend the partnership to more than 40 years. As part of the new agreement, TBS has enhanced rights for its Sunday MLB on TBS game of the week with increased co-exist rights in the local markets. The network will also exclusively televise one Wild Card Game presented by Budweiser, two of the four Division Series with the MLB Division Series coverage on TBS presented by T-Mobile and one League Championship Series during the 2014 MLB Postseason.

Sunday MLB on TBS” Schedule:


Sun., August 24
1:30 p.m. ET San Francisco Giants @ Washington Nationals
Ernie Johnson (play-by-play) and Ron Darling (analyst)


Upcoming Schedule:

Sun., August 31  
2 p.m. Detroit Tigers @ Chicago White Sox
Brian Anderson (play-by-play) and Cal Ripken (analyst)

Visit the Turner Sports online press room for additional press materials; follow Turner Sports on Twitter at @TurnerSportsPR

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Matchup Of Last Season’s Top Two Teams Manchester City V. Liverpool Mon., Aug. 25 On NBCSN Highlights Week 2 Premier League Action

nbc-epl1Everton v. Arsenal Saturday, Aug. 23 at 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC

Tim Howard Makes ’14-15 Broadcast Debut on Monday With Lee Dixon & Matt Smith in On-Site Studio at Manchester City-Liverpool

Crystal Palace v. West Ham United Live in Theaters Saturday at 10 a.m. ET

All Matches Available on NBC Sports Live Extra

STAMFORD, Conn. – August 20, 2014 – A matchup of last season’s champions Manchester City and runners-up Liverpool on Monday at 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN and mun2 highlights NBC Sports Group’s Premier League coverage this weekend.

On Saturday, fifth-place finishers Everton and U.S. Men’s National Team goalkeeper Tim Howard host last season’s fourth-place finishers Arsenal at 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC and mun2.

Two days after playing against Arsenal, Howard makes his season broadcast debut with NBC Sports Group joining Lee Dixon and ITV Sport’s Matt Smith at the Manchester City-Liverpool match for a live on-site studio appearance for Premier League Live at 2 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

NBC Sports Group’s Premier League lead play-by-play announcer Arlo White calls both Everton v. Arsenal and Manchester City v. Liverpool, joined by Lee Dixon at Everton’s Goodison Park and Graeme Le Saux at Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium.

NBC Sports Group’s coverage on Saturday kicks off with Premier League Live at 7 a.m. ET followed by Aston Villa v. Newcastle at 7:45 a.m. ET on NBCSN. At 10 a.m. ET, NBCSN and mun2 feature coverage of Chelsea v. Leicester City. All matches not shown on NBCSN in the Saturday 10 a.m. ET window will be available on Premier League Extra Time, a bonus television package available to MVPDs at no extra cost for customers who receive NBCSN.

Sunday’s coverage kicks off at 8 a.m. ET on CNBC with Premier League Live, followed by Tottenham v. Queens Park Rangers at 8:30 a.m. ET. Coverage switches over to NBCSN at 10:30 a.m. ET for Premier League Live, followed by Sunderland v. Manchester United at 11 a.m. ET.

On Monday, August 25, prior to Manchester City v. Liverpool, NBCSN presents back-to-back new episodes of Premier League Download, which take a look back at last season’s top two clubs. The first episode, at noon ET, revisits Liverpool’s memorable campaign and features an exclusive interview with manager Brendan Rodgers, and is followed by an episode at 12:30 p.m. ET highlighting Manchester City’s title-winning season, including an interview with captain Vincent Kompany.

All matches will be preceded and followed by Premier League Live pre- and post-match shows from the NBC Sports Group International Broadcast Center in Stamford, Conn. Rebecca Lowe hosts Premier League Live joined by former Premier League footballer Robbie Mustoe, and former Jamaican National Team player Robbie Earle.

All Premier League games will be streamed on NBC Sports Live Extra, NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices and tablets.

Crystal Palace v. West Ham United on Saturday, Aug. 23 at 10am ET will be shown in select U.S. cinemas for “Barclays Premier League LIVE.” For a complete list of theater locations and prices, visit (theaters and participants are subject to change).

Below is the NBCUniversal schedule for the second week of the Premier League season (all times ET):

Date Time (ET) Home v. Away Network
Fri., Aug. 22 7 a.m. Barclays Premier League World NBCSN
Fri., Aug. 22 7:30 a.m. Barclays Premier League News NBCSN
Sat., Aug. 23 6 a.m. Barclays Premier League Match Pack NBCSN
Sat., Aug. 23 7 a.m. Premier League Live NBCSN
Sat., Aug. 23 7:45 a.m. Aston Villa v. Newcastle NBCSN
Sat., Aug. 23 10 a.m. Chelsea v. Leicester City NBCSN, mun2
Sat., Aug. 23 10 a.m. Crystal Palace v. West Ham Extra Time
Sat., Aug. 23 10 a.m. Southampton v. West Brom Extra Time
Sat., Aug. 23 10 a.m. Swansea City v. Burnley Extra Time
Sat., Aug. 23 12:30 p.m. Everton v. Arsenal NBC, mun2
Sat., Aug. 23 11 p.m. Match of the Day NBCSN
Sun., Aug. 24 8 a.m. Premier League Live CNBC
Sun., Aug. 24 8:30 a.m. Tottenham v. QPR CNBC
Sun., Aug. 24 8:30 a.m. Hull City v. Stoke City Extra Time
Sun., Aug. 24 10:30 a.m. Premier League Live NBCSN
Sun., Aug. 24 11 a.m. Sunderland v. Man United NBCSN, Telemundo
Sun., Aug. 24 1 p.m. Premier League Goal Zone NBCSN
Sun., Aug. 24 10 p.m. Premier League Download NBCSN
Sun., Aug. 24 10:30 p.m. Match of the Day II NBCSN
Mon., Aug 25 7 a.m. Premier League Review NBCSN
Mon., Aug 25 Noon Premier League Download NBCSN
Mon., Aug 25 12:30 p.m. Premier League Download NBCSN
Mon., Aug 25 1:30 p.m. Barclays Premier League News NBCSN
Mon., Aug 25 2 p.m. Premier League Live NBCSN
Mon., Aug 25 3 p.m. Man City v. Liverpool NBCSN, mun2
Mon., Aug 25 5 p.m. Goal Zone NBCSN

NBC Sports Group will once again make all 380 games from the Premier League available in the United States on the networks of NBCUniversal, on the Premier League Extra Time bonus TV package, and streamed live on NBC Sports Live Extra. Every MVPD has the option to carry every Premier League match on live television and via live streaming at no additional cost to consumers.


2014 NHL Preseason Begins Sunday, Sept. 21

nhl-logoNEW YORK (August 19, 2014) –The National Hockey League announced today the composite schedule for the 2014 preseason, which opens on Sunday, Sept. 21.

Highlighting the 15-day, 105-game slate is the 2014 Kraft Hockeyville game from Sylvan Lake, Alta., on Wednesday, Sept. 24. The people of Sylvan Lake, winners of the Canada-wide Kraft Hockeyville competition, will celebrate the grand prize when the Arizona Coyotes and Calgary Flames visit their community and face off at the Sylvan Lake Multiplex. The game will be broadcast live on CBC in Canada and NHL Network in the United States at 7 p.m., ET/5 p.m., MT.

Preseason games also are scheduled in Bridgeport, Conn. (Boston vs. NY Islanders, Oct. 3); Brooklyn, N.Y. (New Jersey vs. NY Islanders, Sept. 26); Colorado Springs, Colo. (Colorado vs. Los Angeles, Oct. 2); Kansas City, Mo.  Dallas vs. St. Louis, Sept. 27); Las Vegas, Nev. (Colorado vs. Los Angeles, Oct. 4); London, Ont. (Philadelphia vs. Toronto, Sept. 22); Quebec City, Que. (Colorado vs. Montreal, Sept. 26); St. John’s, Nfld. (NY Islanders vs. Ottawa split-squad doubleheader, Sept. 22); Saskatoon, Sask. (Chicago vs. Edmonton, Sept. 28) and Stockton, Calif. (San Jose vs. Vancouver, Sept. 23).

The 2014-15 NHL regular season opens Wednesday, Oct. 8.

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Larry Fitzgerald & The Arizona Cardinals Host Andy Dalton & The Cincinnati Bengals On “Sunday Night Football” Sunday At 8 PM ET

nbc-sundaynightfootballNBC’s Sunday Night Football Broadcast Team of Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth and Michele Tafoya Call Game from Glendale, Ariz.

STAMFORD, Conn. – August 20, 2014 – Larry Fitzgerald and the Arizona Cardinals host Andy Dalton and the AFC North champion Cincinnati Bengals for an NFL preseason game Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on NBC’s Sunday Night Football, television’s No. 1 primetime program. The game will take place at University of Phoenix Stadium, the site of Super Bowl XLIX, which will be broadcast on NBC on Sunday, Feb. 1.

Calling Bengals-Cardinals is seven-time Emmy Award-winner Al Michaels (play-by-play), in his 29th season as the voice of the NFL’s premier primetime package; 15-time Emmy Award-winner Cris Collinsworth, who has won the Emmy for Outstanding Event Analyst in each of his five seasons in the Sunday Night Football booth; and sideline reporter Michele Tafoya, who won her second Emmy for Outstanding Sports Reporter for her work during the 2013 SNF season.

NBC Sports Live Extra will live stream Sunday’s game to tablets and desktop computers.

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Highlights of the 2014 Sunday Night Football schedule:

  • 19 primetime games, including the NFL’s opening game of the season, NFL Kickoff 2014 and NBC’s annual Thanksgiving night game;
  • Every 2013 playoff team makes an appearance on Sunday Night Football; 16 of NBC’s 18 scheduled games involve at least one playoff team from last season; 9 of 18 include two playoff teams (Week 17 game TBD);
  • Three games each for the Seahawks, Broncos, Patriots, 49ers, Packers, Cowboys;
  • The 49ers host the Seahawks on NBC’s annual Thanksgiving night game. NBC will broadcast a Thanksgiving night game each season through 2022;
  • Three matchups among bitter NFC East rivals: Giants-Eagles (Week 6), Cowboys-Giants (Week 12) and Cowboys-Eagles (Week 15);
  • The 190th meeting between the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers (Week 10 in Green Bay) – the most played matchup in NFL history;
  • A pair of playoff rematches, including a rematch of the NFC Championship Game (Seahawks-49ers) on Thanksgiving, and a rematch of the AFC Divisional Playoffs (Colts-Patriots) in Indianapolis on November 16.

NBC TO BROADCAST 19 NFL GAMES IN 2014: As part of the agreement NBC signed with the NFL in December 2011, NBC, for the third straight season, will broadcast 19 regular-season games, including 17 regular-season Sunday Night Football games, NFL Kickoff 2014, and the annual Thanksgiving night game. NBC’s original Sunday Night Football agreement, which began in 2006, included 17 regular-season games. It was increased to 18 games in 2010.


For the third consecutive September-May television season, NBC’s Sunday Night Football finished as the No. 1 show in primetime in household rating, viewership and the coveted Adult 18-49 demographic, based on live plus same day data from The Nielsen Company (September-May). This marks the only three times on record that a sports series has been the highest-rated and most-watched show of the primetime TV season.  For the 2013-2014 primetime television season, Sunday Night Football ranked as the highest-rated (12.8), most-watched show (21.7 million, viewers 2+), and the No. 1 broadcast program across the key demographics of Adults 18-49, 18-34, 25-54 as well as Men 18-49, 18-34 and 25-54 and Women 18-34 and 18-49.

Thurs. Sept. 4 NFL Kickoff Green Bay Packers at Seattle Seahawks
Sun. Sept. 7 Week 1 Indianapolis Colts at Denver Broncos
Sun. Sept. 14 Week 2 Chicago Bears at San Francisco 49ers
Sun. Sept. 21 Week 3 Pittsburgh Steelers at Carolina Panthers
Sun. Sept. 28 Week 4 New Orleans Saints at Dallas Cowboys
*Sun. Oct. 5 Week 5 Cincinnati Bengals at New England Patriots
*Sun. Oct. 12 Week 6 New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles
*Sun. Oct. 19 Week 7 San Francisco 49ers at Denver Broncos
*Sun. Oct. 26 Week 8 Green Bay Packers at New Orleans Saints
*Sun. Nov. 2 Week 9 Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers
*Sun. Nov. 9 Week 10 Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers
*Sun. Nov. 16 Week 11 New England Patriots at Indianapolis Colts
*Sun. Nov. 23 Week 12 Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants
**Thurs. Nov. 27 Week 13 Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers
*Sun. Nov. 30 Week 13 Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs
*Sun. Dec. 7 Week 14 New England Patriots at San Diego Chargers
*Sun. Dec. 14 Week 15 Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles
*Sun. Dec. 21 Week 16 Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals
*Sun. Dec. 28 Week 17 TBA

*Flex Week

** Thanksgiving Night Game


FOX Sports Programming Highlights: Soccer, MLB, NFL & More



SOCCER: Eleven UEFA Champions League and CONCACAF Champions

League Matchups

MLB: Saturday Doubleheader on FOX Sports 1

NFL: Preseason coverage of the Chargers-49ers

ICYMI: Watch a preview of THE BIG CATCH: 2014 FOX SPORTS FOOTBALL PREVIEW with Randy Moss, Brian Urlacher, Joel Klatt and Peter Schrager





  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports GO; Thursday, Aug. 21 (9:00 PM ET) / re-airs on FOX, Sunday, Aug. 24 (3:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Joel Klatt, Randy Moss, Peter Schrager & Brian Urlacher
  • Overview: FOX Sports 1 NFL insider Schrager is joined by FOX Sports NFL analysts Klatt, Moss & Urlacher for a weekend of fishing and in-depth football talk on California’s Big Bear Lake.  In this candid one-of-a-kind hour-long special, the football personalities discuss teams that will surprise fans this season and predict how some of the NFL’s leading quarterbacks will adjust in 2014.


  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports GO; Saturday, Aug. 23 (12:00 PM ET) / re-airs on FOX, Sunday, Aug. 24 (2:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Jay Glazer, David Spade, Katie Nolan, Nick Swardson, Brody Stevens, Jay DeMarcus, Chuck Liddell and Jerry Ferrara
  • Overview: FOX Sports NFL insider Jay Glazer and actor/comedian David Spade bring together a few of their celebrity buddies for a weekly battle of fantasy football knowledge and fun with Glazer serving as the show’s host and league commissioner.


  • Network/When: FOX, Sunday, Aug. 24 (4:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Play-by-play announcer Joe Buck, analyst Troy Aikman and sideline reporter Erin Andrews
  • This Week: FOX Sports airs its second and final game of the 2014 preseason, as the San Francisco 49ers host the San Diego Chargers.




  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, nightly (11:00 PM ET)
  • Talent:  Jay Onrait, Dan O’Toole, Charissa Thompson, Cole Wright, Ryan Field, Gabe Kapler, Joel Klatt, Donovan McNabb, Petros Papadakis, Bill Reiter, Peter Schrager, Clay Travis
  • This Week: In anticipation of next weekend’s start of the college football season, ‘Head Coaches Week’ is underway on FOX SPORTS LIVE. Beginning Monday and Tuesday night, FOX Sports college football insider Bruce Feldman delivered the first installments of his 1-on-1 interview series with some of the most intriguing and recognizable chairmen of the sport’s biggest programs. Monday and Tuesday night’s editions featured LSU and Florida State head coaches Les Miles and Jimbo Fisher, respectively. The Wednesday-Friday shows this week are slated to include Texas Tech’s Kliff Kingsbury, Louisville’s Bobby Petrino and Texas first-year head coach Charlie Strong. As training-camp position battles reach full boil and the majority of the teams approach their telling third preseason games, the show continues to have it all covered with NFL highlights, camp reports and in-studio analysis. As the division races heat up in MLB, FOX SPORTS LIVE continues nightly highlights and analysis with analyst Gabe Kapler in studio during the week to recap the biggest stories from all of the day’s action. On Monday night’s show, Kapler addressed the continued struggles of Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim outfielder Josh Hamilton and fall out from Angels manager Mike Scioscia’s critical public comments:


  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, weekdays (6:00 PM ET)
  • Talent:  Mike Hill, Molly McGrath, Royce Clayton, Joel Klatt, Kirk Morrison, Ephraim Salaam, Frank Thomas
  • This Week: With the preseason schedule passing its proverbial midpoint, AMERICA’S PREGAME remains an early-evening go-to source for NFL coverage as site reports and pregame on-field talkback interviews come in via correspondents from team facilities and stadiums across the country. The highlights of the correspondent hits this week came from Cleveland Browns camp where longtime Cleveland Plain-Dealer beat writer Mary Kay Cabot provided an on-site report covering head coach Mike Pettine’s announcement that veteran Brian Hoyer will be the team’s starting quarterback ahead of rookie Johnny Manziel. Wednesday’s show is highlighted by a satellite interview with 17-time Grand Slam singles tennis champion Roger Federer, who joins the show to discuss the late stages of his exceptional career and his prospects of competing for next month’s U.S. Open in New York after defending champion Rafael Nadal announced this week his official withdrawal from the tournament due to injury.



  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Saturday, Aug. 23 (1:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Host Rob Stone with analysts Joel Klatt and Dave Wannstedt and insiders Bruce Feldman and Clay Travis
  • This Week: This one-hour college football preview show gets fans ready for kickoff of the 2014 season by tackling hot topics such as the inaugural College Football Playoff, Charlie Strong’s biggest challenge at Texas, if UCLA has what it takes to overtake Oregon in the Pac-12, what Braxton Miller’s injury means to Ohio State and the Big Ten and if the SEC is truly the best conference in the game. In addition, insider Bruce Feldman sits down with reigning Heisman Trophy winner and quarterback of the defending national champion Florida State Seminoles, Jameis Winston, and FOX Sports 1 kicks it to BTN’s panel to dish on who will win the new-look Big Ten and why.




  • Network: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Aug. 23
  • San Francisco Giants at Washington Nationals: Kenny Albert & Eric Karros (4:00 PM ET)
  • Atlanta Braves at Cincinnati Reds: Thom Brennaman, Tom Verducci & Harold Reynolds (7:00 PM ET)
  • Network: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Tuesday, Aug. 26
  • Minnesota Twins at Kansas City Royals: Steve Physioc & Bert Blyleven (8:00 PM ET)



  • Network/When/On-air Talent:  FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, weekdays
  • Thursday, Aug. 21 (10:00 PM ET) – Greg Wolf, Frank Thomas & Gabe Kapler
  • Friday, Aug. 22 (1:00 AM ET) – Greg Wolf, Frank Thomas & Gabe Kapler
  • Monday, Aug. 25 (10:00 PM ET) – TBD
  • Tuesday, Aug. 26 (12:00 AM ET) – TBD
  • Wednesday, Aug. 27 (10:00 PM ET) – TBD
  • What: This MLB centric program expands FOX Sports 1’s commitment to baseball coverage with quick-turnaround highlights of in-progress games, MLB news and analysis.  The hour-long program originates from Studio A in Los Angeles.




It was a short week for NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES teams, racing Saturday at Michigan International Speedway, then quickly packing up and heading for the half-mile bullring at Bristol Motor Speedway, where the series competes on Wednesday, Aug. 21 (8:30 PM ET), live on FOX Sports 1.

With 10 races to go in the 2014 season, only 19 points separate the top three drivers.  With his win Saturday at Michigan, Johnny Sauter assumed the point lead over teammate and reigning champ Matt Crafton (-9), who finished second at Michigan, Ryan Blaney (-16), four-time champion Ron Hornaday Jr. (-19) and Darrell Wallace Jr. (-36).

As the NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES rolls into Bristol this weekend, only a trio of races remains for drivers not already qualified for the NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup, NASCAR’s version of the playoffs, to lock in a spot in the 16-driver field by virtue of a win.  FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports GO provide comprehensive, live coverage of Friday’s Sprint Cup and NASCAR NATIONWIDE SERIES on-track activities, beginning at 11:00 AM ET, in addition to shoulder programming surrounding both series on Friday and Saturday.  In addition, FOX Sports 1 continues to follow the latest in the investigation surrounding the death of sprint-car driver Kevin Ward Jr. two weeks ago at Canandaigua Motorsports Park in New York when he was struck and killed by a car driven by Tony Stewart.


“Bristol is the first of the three remaining races in the ‘Race to the Chase.’  A lot of people probably have overlooked what Bristol could mean for the championship, especially now that a lot of drivers are going in there mad at each other after Sunday’s race at Michigan.  If those angry drivers, many of whom already are in the Chase, go after each other at Bristol, which is prone to wrecks and tempers already, that could spell chaos for guys hoping to have a solid day just to get in the Chase.  A lot of guys are going into Bristol with a lot of emotion, and that could be trouble for those who just need to have a good run.”


“Time is running out quickly on the ‘bubble boys’ hoping to make the Chase on points if they can’t get a win in the next three weeks.  Kyle Larson took a big blow at Michigan.  As we go into the final three races, I think the experience of some of the veteran drivers will show through.  They’ll probably start giving some of these guys like Larson a hard time.  He’s going to need a great car and will have to be smart if he’s going to get in the Chase, and he’s likely going to have to win a race.”


“Qualifying speeds are up every week this year, and they’ll be the fastest we’ve ever seen them at Bristol on Friday in qualifying.  Starting up front is going to be critical because pit selection can determine whether you have a good or bad night there.”


  • Network/When:  FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports GO; Wednesday, Aug. 20  (8:30 PM ET)
  • Talent:  Steve Byrnes, Phil Parsons, Michael Waltrip, Bob Dillner, Hermie Sadler and Krista Voda


  • Network/When:  FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports GO; Wednesday, Aug. 20 (8:00 PM ET)
  • Talent:  Krista Voda, Steve Byrnes, Phil Parsons, Michael Waltrip, Bob Dillner and Hermie Sadler
  • This Week:  In advance of his third Truck Series start of the season,NCWTS SETUP follows driver and high school senior Ben Rhodes on his first day back to high school in Louisville, Ky., where he maintains a 4.0 GPA and is a member of the National Honor Society; a flashback to last year’s Bristol race, won by Kyle Busch, and last weekend’s Michigan race; examination of front-splitter issues for both Brad Keselowski Racing trucks at Michigan and discussion regarding fuel shortage woes for both Kyle Busch Motorsports trucks at Michigan.



  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports GO; Monday through Thursdays (5:00 PM ET)
  • Talent:  Co-hosts Steve Byrnes, Danielle Trotta and Adam Alexander; Matt Clark, Ray Dunlap, Bob Dillner, Jeff Hammond and Larry McReynolds
  • This Week: Danielle Trotta’s exclusive, sit-down interview with Carl Edwards regarding his move to Joe Gibbs Racing in 2015, complete recap and highlights from Wednesday’s Truck Series race at Bristol and “Let It Ride” odds segment for Bristol Cup Series race on Thursday, Aug. 21.



  • Network/When: FOX Sports 2, FOX Sports GO; Saturday, Aug. 23 (6:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: John Roberts, Larry McReynolds, Kenny Wallace, Bob Dillner and Rutledge Wood
  • This Week: Danielle Trotta sits down with Carl Edwards to discuss his announcement he will drive for Joe Gibbs Racing in 2015; live interviews with Kurt Busch and Greg Biffle.




  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports GO; Sunday, Aug. 24 (4:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Booth – Bob Varsha, Calvin Fish, Dorsey Schroeder; Pits – Chris Neville, Jamie Howe
  • This Week: Sunday afternoon’s Oak Tree Grand Prix consists of both the GT Le Mans and GT Daytona classes of IMSA’s TUDOR United SportsCar Championship battling for the overall victory at the newly repaved Virginia International Raceway.  It’s the first-ever standalone race featuring these two classes. VIR returns to its GT roots, as the first-ever IMSA race at VIR in 1971 featured GT cars racing for the overall victory.  Only three races remain in both the GTLM & GTD season, and with the season winding down, the championship battles are heating up.  For more information on the series, please visit




A pivotal UFC lightweight match headlines UFC FIGHT NIGHT: HENDERSON VS. DOS ANJOS as No. 1-ranked Benson Henderson (21-3) takes on No. 5-ranked Rafael dos Anjos (21-7) on Saturday, Aug. 23 on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes. UFC on FOX analyst Dominick Cruz believes that Henderson has been fueled by his loss of the title to Anthony Pettis and continues to get better. “I love this matchup,” says Cruz. “You’ve got a jiu-jitsu guy, Dos Anjos, versus a wrestler with nasty jiu-jitsu in Benson Henderson. Henderson throws crazy leg kicks and mixes up elbows. He’s just a tornado of conditioning, takedowns, elbows and punches. He never stops. He’s got a new focus after the losses he’s had and it’s changed Henderson completely. He’s only gotten better.” Follow the link to watch the preview:



  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports GO, Wednesday, Aug. 20 (7:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Kenny Florian, Karyn Bryant, Brian Stann, Daniel Cormier Ariel Helwani
  • This Week: On UFC TONIGHT, Florian and Bryant are joined in the studio by guest hosts Daniel Cormier and Brian Stann. They preview UFC FIGHT NIGHT: HENDERSON vs. DOS ANJOS and interview headliner Benson Henderson before his headlining bout on FOX Sports 1 this Saturday night. They also catch up with Mike Pyle before his bout Saturday night and talk to the always exciting Conor McGregor. Plus, Helwani and Bryant add reports.



  • Network/When: FOX Sports 2, FOX Sports GO, Friday, Aug. 22 (5:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Karyn Bryant, Rashad Evans, Matt Serra, Heidi Androl
  • This Week:The UFC WEIGH-IN SHOW features host Karyn Bryant, with former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans and former welterweight champion Matt Serra as analysts, as the 22 fighters on the card attempt to make weight. Heidi Androl interviews fighters during the show.


  • Network/When: FOX Sports 2, FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Aug. 23 (7:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Karyn Bryant, Rashad Evans, Matt Serra, Jake Ellenberger, Heidi Androl
  • This Week: Host Bryant and analysts Evans, Serra and welterweight contender Jake Ellenberger preview the main card and prelim fights at UFC FIGHT NIGHT: HENDERSON VS. DOS ANJOS.



  • Network/When: FOX Sports 2, FOX Deportes, FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Aug. 23 (8:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Jon Anik, Brian Stann, Karyn Bryant, Rashad Evans, Matt Serra, Jake Ellenberger, Heidi Androl(FOX Deportes: Víctor Dávila and Fabricio Werdum)
  • This Week: The two-hour UFC FIGHT NIGHT PRELIMS air on FOX Sports 2, featuring four exciting fights including Niel Magny (11-4) versus Alex Garcia (12-1) in a welterweight scrap. Lightweight Beneil Dariush (7-1) faces Tony Martin (8-1), while bantamweight Aaron Phillips (8-1) fights Matt Hobar (8-2). Rounding out the prelims, welterweights Ben Saunders (16-6-2) and Chris Heatherly (8-1, 1NC) square off.


  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, FOX Deportes, FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Aug. 23 (10:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Jon Anik, Brian Stann, Karyn Bryant, Rashad Evans, Matt Serra, Jake Ellenberger, Heidi Androl(FOX Deportes: Víctor Dávila and Fabricio Werdum)
  • This Week: In the exciting headliner, No. 1-ranked lightweight Benson Henderson (21-3) takes on No. 5-ranked Rafael dos Anjos (21-7). In addition, No. 13-ranked welterweight Mike Pyle (26-9-1, 1NC) faces Jordan Mein (28-9). Also, No. 12-ranked middleweight Francis Carmont (22-9) faces No. 15-ranked Thales Leites (23-4). Featherweight Max Holloway (9-3) fights Clay Collard (13-4, 1NC). James Vick (5-0) and Valmir Lazaro (12-2) square off in a lightweight bout, while Chas Skelly (11-1) and Tom Niinimaki (21-6-1) kick things off with a featherweight scrap.


  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Saturday, Aug. 23 (1:00 AM ET)
  • Talent: Karyn Bryant, Rashad Evans, Matt Serra, Jake Ellenberger, Heidi Androl
  • This Week: Watch the recap and breakdown of UFC FIGHT NIGHT with host Bryant and analysts Evans, Serra and Ellenberger. The group also interviews winners of the main bouts.


  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports GO, Sunday, Aug. 24 (3:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: UFC Bantamweight Champion TJ Dillashaw, contender Renan Barao
  • This Week: This one-hour special previews UFC 177’s headlining bout between UFC bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw and former champ Renan Barao. The show also previews the co-main event between Dillashaw’s Team Alpha Male cohort Danny Castillo, who meets Tony Ferguson in a lightweight bout.



  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports GO, Sunday, Aug. 24 (9:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Andrew Cannon, Felix Arguelles, Geoff Rowley, Jordan Whitley
  • This Week: The world’s top eight street skateboarders lay it on the line for the winner-takes-all conclusion of the 2014 Street League Skateboarding Nike SB Super Crown World Championship at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.. The $200,000 prize purse and coveted title of Champion ensures that absolutely nothing is held back at the coming SLS Super Crown contest. Can the dominant Nyjah Huston, who’s won the first three events, continue his streak or will one of the other skaters rise to the challenge? Watch the link for a preview of the Super Crown Championships by Andrew Cannon and Jordan Whitley




  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, FOX Deportes, FOX Sports GO, Friday, Aug. 22 (9:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Dave Bontempo, Beto Duran and Jessica Rosales
  • This Week: The Golden Boy Live! series continues from the Allan Witt Sports Center in Fairfield, Calif. featuring Manuel “Tino” Avila (15-0, 6 KOs) vs. Sergio Frias (15-3-2, 8 KOs) in the main event. In the co-main event, it’s an eight-round heavyweight showdown when unbeaten Gerald “El Gallo” Washington (13-0, 10 KOs) faces veteran standout Nagy Aguilera (19-8, 13 KOs). In the eight-round televised opener, featherweights Guy Robb (13-1, 5 KOs) and Jonathan “Lil’ Thund’r” Arellano (14-4-2, 3 KOs) square off.




  • Network/When:


  • Zenit vs. Standard d Liege, FOX Soccer Plus, FOX Soccer 2Go, Tuesday, Aug. 26 (11:50 AM ET)
  • Celtic vs. Maribor, FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports GO, Tuesday, Aug. 26 (2:00 PM ET)
  • Porto vs. Lille, FOX Sports 2, FOX Soccer 2Go, Tuesday, Aug. 26 (2:00 PM ET)
  • APOEL FC vs. Aalborg,  FOX Soccer Plus, FOX Sports Net, FOX Soccer 2Go, Tuesday, Aug. 26 (2:00 PM ET)
  • BATE Borisov vs. Bratislava,  DirecTV, FOX Soccer 2Go, Tuesday, Aug. 26 (2:30 PM ET)
  • Arsenal vs. Besiktas,  FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports GO, Wednesday, Aug. 27 (2:00 PM ET)
  • Athletic Bilbao vs. Napoli, FOX Sports 2, FOX Sports GO, Wednesday, Aug. 27(2:00 PM ET)​
  • Bayer Leverkusen vs. Kobenhaven,  FOX Soccer Plus, FOX Sports Net, FOX Soccer 2Go, Wednesday, Aug. 27 (2:00 PM ET)​
  • Malmo FF vs. Salzburg, DirecTV, FOX Soccer 2Go, Wednesday, Aug. 27 (2:30 PM ET)
  • Ludogorets vs. Steaua Bucuresti, DirecTV, FOX Soccer 2Go, Wednesday, Aug. 27 (2:30 PM ET)


  • NY Red Bulls vs. Club Deportivo FAS, FOX Sports 2, FOX Sports GO, Tuesday, Aug. 26 (8:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Rob Stone hosts in-studio with Eric Wynalda, Warren Barton and Brian McBride.  JP Dellacamera teams up with Brian Dunseth and Cobi Jones, and John Strong joins the rotation with Janusz Michallik to call select CONCACAF Champions League games.


All Times Eastern/Subject to Change


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Defending Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks Highlight NFL Network’s Week 3 Live Preseason Schedule

NFL_Network_2012_LogoThree Live Week 3 Preseason Games on NFL Network:

Pittsburgh Steelers at Philadelphia Eagles – August 21 at 7:30 PM ET

Chicago Bears at Seattle Seahawks – August 22 at 11:00 PM ET

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Buffalo Bills – August 23 at 4:30 PM ET


Special Preseason ‘NFL RedZone’ Saturday, August 23 at 7:00 PM ET


Preseason Editions of New Show ‘NFL GameDay Live’ Friday, August 22 at 8:00 PM ET & Saturday, August 23 at 7:00 PM ET

It’s time to get ‘Back to Football’ and NFL Media remains the go-to destination to do so, with three live games, re-airs of every Week 3 preseason game, a special preseason edition of the NFL RedZone channel and two preseason editions of NFL Network’s new show NFL GameDay Live.

On Thursday, August 21 at 7:30 PM ET, NFL Network features a live head-to-head matchup when running back LeSean McCoy and the Philadelphia Eagles host quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers. NFL Network’s Ari Wolfe and Kurt Warner will call the action from NFL Network’s studios. Editions of NFL Total Access with host Melissa Stark and analysts Michael Robinson and Shaun O’Hara air before and during halftime of Steelers-Eagles. Host Dan Hellie is joined by analysts Warren Sapp and Willie McGinest onNFL Total Access following the game.

NFL Network’s live coverage of Week 3 preseason games continues Friday, August 22 at 11:00 PM ET when quarterback Jay Cutler and the Chicago Bears travel to Seattle to face the Seahawks’ quarterback Russell Wilson and the 12th man. Host Scott Hanson and analysts Warren Sapp and Kurt Warner anchor NFL Total Access Friday at 7:00 PM ET and during halftime of Bears-Seahawks.

On Saturday, August 23 at 4:30 PM ET, quarterback EJ Manuel and the Buffalo Bills host new head coach Lovie Smith and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers live on NFL Network. NFL Total Access airs at 4:00 PM ET and during halftime of Buccaneers-Bills with hosts Rhett Lewis and Erin Coscarelli, and analysts LaVar Arrington and Eric Davis.

Additionally, NFL Network provides complete game re-airs of every Week 3 preseason game.

On Friday, August 22 at 8:00 PM ET and Saturday, August 23 at 7:30 PM ET, NFL Network’s new show NFL GameDay Live debuts with two special preseason editions. Host Dan Hellie and analyst Heath Evans provide instant highlights and analysis of the games in progress each night, as well as recap the week’s games already completed. NFL GameDay Live airs every Sunday at 1:00 PM ET on NFL Network starting September 7, providing 6.5 hours of highlights and analysis of the day’s ongoing games.

On Saturday, August 23 at 7:00 PM ET, the third preseason edition of NFL RedZone will provide live highlights and coverage of Titans-Falcons, Cowboys-Dolphins, Redskins-Ravens, Saints-Colts, Vikings-Chiefs, Rams-Browns and Texans-Broncos, hosted by Scott Hanson. The final preseason edition of NFL RedZone will air Thursday, August 28 at 7:00 PM ET.

With NFL Mobile from Verizon, fans on the go can stream all 65 preseason games on their smartphones when they air on NFL Network, including a record 14 live preseason games. Plus get all the latest news and highlights with live NFL Network 24/7. Live streaming content on NFL Mobile is available to Verizon customers with a premium subscription. For more information, including how to access, visit

***Please note that all live games on NFL Network are subject to local blackouts***

For the fifth season, NFL Preseason Live enables fans in the United States to watch live and on-demand NFL preseason out-of-market games (some blackout restrictions apply). NFL Preseason Live gives fans additional viewing options including picture-in-picture, and dual and quad view modes, allowing fans to watch multiple games on the same screen. With full DVR controls, fans may also pause, rewind and replay live and archived game action. Condensed Games returns as well, which allows fans to watch any preseason game in roughly 30 minutes. NFL Preseason Live is also available on iOS, Android and Window tablet devices so that fans can watch preseason games on the go.

NFL Preseason Live is currently offered at $19.99. To learn more, visit

Below is NFL Network’s Week 3 broadcast schedule.



Thursday, August 21

7:30 PM ET – Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Philadelphia Eagles – LIVE

Friday, August 22

4:00 PM ET – Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Philadelphia Eagles

11:00 PM ET – Chicago Bears vs. Seattle Seahawks – LIVE (joined live in progess)

1:00 AM ET – Carolina Panthers vs. New England Patriots

4:00 AM ET – Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Detroit Lions

Saturday, August 23

7:00 AM ET – Oakland Raiders vs. Green Bay Packers

10:00 AM ET – New York Giants vs. New York Jets

1:00 PM ET – Carolina Panthers vs. New England Patriots

4:30 PM ET – Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Buffalo Bills – LIVE

12 Midnight ET –St. Louis Rams vs. Cleveland Browns

3:00 AM ET – Houston Texans vs. Denver Broncos

Sunday, August 24

7:00 AM ET – Washington Redskins vs. Baltimore Ravens

10:00 AM ET – Houston Texans vs. Denver Broncos

1:00 PM ET – St. Louis Rams vs. Cleveland Browns

12 Midnight ET – Dallas Cowboys vs. Miami Dolphins

3:00 AM ET – Oakland Raiders vs. Green Bay Packers

Monday, August 25

10:00 AM ET – Minnesota Vikings vs. Kansas City Chiefs

1:00 PM ET – Chicago Bears vs. Seattle Seahawks

4:00 PM ET – Carolina Panthers vs. New England Patriots

8:00 PM ET – St. Louis Rams vs. Cleveland Browns

12 Midnight ET – San Diego Chargers vs. San Francisco 49ers

3:00 AM ET – Tennessee Titans vs. Atlanta Falcons

Tuesday, August 26

10:00 AM ET – Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Buffalo Bills

1:00 PM ET – Cincinnati Bengals vs. Arizona Cardinals

4:00 PM ET – New Orleans Saints vs. Indianapolis Colts

8:00 PM ET – Chicago Bears vs. Seattle Seahawks

12 Midnight ET – Dallas Cowboys vs. Miami Dolphins

3:00 AM ET – Washington Redskins vs. Baltimore Ravens

Wednesday, August 27

10:00 AM ET – Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Detroit Lions

1:00 PM ET – New York Giants vs. New York Jets

4:00 PM ET – Dallas Cowboys vs. Miami Dolphins

8:00 PM ET – Houston Texans vs. Denver Broncos

12 Midnight ET – Oakland Raiders vs. Green Bay Packers

3:00 AM ET – New Orleans Saints vs. Indianapolis Colts

Thursday, August 28

10:00 AM ET – Washington Redskins vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

12:30 PM ET – San Diego Chargers vs. San Francisco 49ers

3:00 PM ET – St. Louis Rams vs. Cleveland Browns

***Please note that all live games on NFL Network are subject to local blackouts***

The following broadcast teams will be calling each Week 3 matchup on NFL Network:

Game Play-by-Play Analyst Sideline
Steelers at Eagles* Ari Wolfe Kurt Warner N/A
Panthers at Patriots Dan Roche Christian Fauria Matt Chatham
Giants at Jets Ian Eagle Greg Buttle Otis Livingston
Jaguars at Lions Matt Shepard Rob Rubick Tom Leyden
Raiders at Packers** Jim Nantz Phil Simms Tracy Wolfson
Bears at Seahawks Curt Menefee Brock Huard N/A
Buccaneers at Bills Ray Bentley Steve Tasker Mike Catalana
Titans at Falcons Randy Waters Dave Archer Laura Okmin
Cowboys at Dolphins Dick Stockton Bob Griese & Nat Moore Kim Bokamper
Redskins at Ravens Gerry Sandusky Stan White & Qadry Ismail N/A
Saints at Colts** Ian Eagle Dan Fouts Jenny Dell
Vikings at Chiefs Paul Burmeister Trent Green BJ Kissel & Rachel Santschi
Rams at Browns Jim Donovan Solomon Wilcots Dave Chudowsky
Texans at Broncos Ron Zappolo John Lynch Rod Mackey
Chargers at 49ers*** Joe Buck Tory Aikman Erin Andrews
Bengals at Cardinals**** Al Michaels Cris Collinsworth Michele Tafoya

* – Special NFL Network Presentation

** – CBS

*** – FOX

**** – NBC 

FOX Sports 1 Reaches 1st Anniversary as Prime Time’s Fastest Growing Sports Channel

fox-sports-1-logoYear 1 Foundation Led by UFC, NASCAR, MLB, Big 12/Pac-12 Football, BIG EAST,

UEFA Champions League Soccer & Golden Boy Boxing

MLB Postseason, FIFA Women’s World Cup, USGA Championships, NASCAR Nationwide Series and More Bolster Lineup in Year 2

New York – At precisely 6:00 AM ET on Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013, FOX Sports ushered in a new era of sports television with the official launch of FOX Sports 1 in approximately 90 million homes – the biggest sports cable network launch in history and one of the largest network launches ever – and the first words viewers heard that summer morning was a promise to “always put the fan first.”

FOX Sports 1 launched simultaneously with its companion channel FOX Sports 2, both complements to FOX’s existing sports assets, including FOX Sports’ broadcast coverage, FOX Sports Regional Networks, Big Ten Network, FOX Deportes, FOX Sports Digital Media and FOX Sports Radio, to create one of the most robust portfolios in the sports media industry.

“The last 12 months have been the most successful and eventful in the 20-year history of FOX Sports, with growth and success stories across all our brands,” said FOX Sports President & COO Eric Shanks. “None of our channels or digital platforms exists independently, and for the first time we are all truly working together as one.  Perfect examples are coordinated theme programming initiatives like Super Bowl Week (90 hours of programming), 10 Days of Thunder (a week-long block of NASCAR, MLB, UFC and originals in May) and Red, White & Fight Week (more than 18 hours of UFC programming in July, including two live fight cards) which were supported throughout the company.  There is more collaboration, creativity and resources being shared across our different groups than ever before, and my sincere thanks go out to all who have worked so hard to make that a reality.”

In keeping with its commitment to put the fan first, FOX Sports 1 delivered nearly 5,000 hours of live event, news and original programming in its first year, and the formula succeeded in making it the fastest growing sports channel in prime time.  Live programming was highlighted by UFC events; regular-season MLB; college football from the Big 12 and Pac-12 conferences; NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Qualifying and Practice events; BIG EAST college basketball; UEFA Champions League soccer; and Golden Boy boxing.  Among the channel’s many significant first-year undertakings was the establishment of a national sports news organization, providing news highlights throughout the day, including THREE THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW updates; and shows like NASCAR RACE HUB; FOX NFL KICKOFF; AMERICA’S PREGAME and FOX SPORTS LIVE, the channel’s flagship news, highlights and opinion program.

New and dynamic original programs also stocked the schedule including BEING: THE FINEST; BEING: MIKE TYSON; BEING: MARIANO RIVERA; DEREK JETER: A TRIBUTE; PECOS LEAGUE; BACK OF THE SHOP; BIG STICKS WITH KEN GRIFFEY, JR.; and CLOSER KINGDOM to highlight a few.

“Now that FOX Sports 1’s first anniversary is just behind us, we look back with a sense of tremendous pride and accomplishment,” added Shanks.  “We came out of the shoot a year ago looking long term to become the No. 1 sports channel in the country, and while we realize that ambitious goal is years away, we’re working every day to get there.  We thank the leagues, conferences and governing bodies which helped us lay a tremendous foundation in Year 1 and the marquee sports and events coming aboard in Year 2, which will lead to more and more sports fans finding us.”

The next 12 months are going to be dynamic in terms of programming growth for FOX Sports 1.  The channel adds more than 150 events, accounting for over 600 hours of live event programming, including MLB Division and League Championship Series games and Women’s World Cup Qualifiers this fall; NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide races coming in February; and FIFA Women’s World Cup and USGA championship events next spring.

FOX Sports 1 First Anniversary Highlights


-          FOX Sports 1 is the fastest growing sports cable channel in prime time, +48% over SPEED a year ago, while key demographics (A18-49 and M18-49) are +62%.

-          FOX Sports 1 ranked as the No. 1 sports channel in prime time 16 times in the past year, a rarity for any first-year channel.

-          FOX Sports 1’s prime time audience beat ESPN2 75 times.

-          The total reach of FOX Sports 1 since launch is approaching 100 million fans – 30 million people more than SPEED a year ago (+45%).

-          FOX Sports 1 is extremely strong on Saturdays (1:00 PM-1:00 AM), posting 41% audience gains over SPEED a year ago, a figure that has improved greatly since adding MLB.  Since the 2014 MLB season began, FOX Sports 1 is beating ESPN2 in audience (409,000 vs. 318,000) by 29% (3/31/14-8/3/14).

-          The FOX Sports 1 audience is more affluent, more diverse and younger than SPEED’s.

-          FOX SPORTS LIVE retains its lead-in audience at approximately the same percentage as SportsCenter (35%).

Studio Programming:

-          Weekday daytime programming has evolved since launch to now feature THE MIKE FRANCESA SHOW (1:00-5:00 PM ET), NASCAR RACE HUB (5:00-6:00 PM ET) and AMERICA’S PREGAME (6:00-7:00 PM ET), which provides the flexibility to cover topical stories and events, no matter the sport or where it’s being played using the vast resources of our national and FOX Sports Regional Networks.

-          New faces were introduced through national sports TV and digital channels, including Mike Garafolo, Gabe Kapler, Molly McGrath, Randy Moss, Katie Nolan, Jay Onrait, Dan O’Toole and Brian Urlacher.

-          New opportunities were provided to others, including Jill Arrington, Don Bell, Colleen Dominguez, Mike Hill, Joel Klatt and Charissa Thompson.

-          Editorial influence was bolstered by adding esteemed journalists, including Bruce Feldman and Stewart Mandel, to TV and digital coverage.

-          FOX SPORTS LIVE accomplished the daunting task of building and investing in a national sports news organization providing sports fans a choice.  Audience retention for FOX SPORTS LIVE has grown from 33% to 42% over the year.

FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports 2 were not launched as stand-alone channels, but as important components in the FOX Sports portfolio that provides the greatest reach and engagement of sports fans in the U.S.  FOX Sports continues its commitment to a strong broadcast presence for big events on FOX, making it the No. 1 broadcast sports network for 17 consecutive years.  Last season was the NFL on FOX’s most-watched ever, capped off by Super Bowl XLVIII, the country’s most-watched TV show of all time.  The 2013 World Series was +17% year-to-year, while the entire MLB Postseason on FOX was +26%.  The 2013 Big Ten Championship Football Game was the most-watched ever, while audience for the MLB All-Star Game in July grew for the third straight year.

It was also a record-setting year for FOX Sports Regional Networks, the unmatched leader in local sports, which posted its highest-rated MLB season ever (2013), its highest-rated NBA season in nine years (2013-14) and its highest-rated NHL season in 10 years (2013-14).

FOX Deportes has clearly established itself as a leading Spanish language cable sports channel, this year becoming the first to televise the Super Bowl, posting record viewership.  The network’s coverage of the 2014 UEFA Champions League tournament was the most-watched in the history of the tournament’s Spanish-language broadcast. The channel is a leader in social audience with 7.5 million fans on Facebook.

The launch of FOX Sports 1 also provided the perfect opportunity to reinvent FOX Sports’ digital offerings, first and foremost of which is the critically-acclaimed FOX Sports GO app.  FOX Sports GO, which recently surpassed 1 million downloads, offers a high-quality streaming platform for IOS and Android devices, providing users access to live events, like nationally televised MLB games (including jewel events like the 2013 World Series and 2014 All-Star Game for the first time), NASCAR, UEFA Champions League and UFC events.  The new partnership between and Sporting News Media creates an industry leader of video offerings online and via mobile platforms.

Big Ten Network (BTN) remains the standard for college sports channels, and with the addition of Rutgers and Maryland to the Big Ten, the network continues its rapid growth with distribution nationwide.  A product of BTN, BTN2Go is a leading mobile app for live streaming with one of the highest levels of authenticated distribution in the sports TV industry.

The last year also saw a renewed commitment to the FOX Sports Radio Network.  FOX Sports reached a new long term agreement with Clear Channel/Premier which ensures FOX Sports Radio remains a key component in the FOX Sports portfolio for years to come.

There’s no denying that the past 12 months have been the most successful in FOX Sports’ history, and on the heels of that success, Year 2 of the FOX Sports 1 era is poised for additional growth among all its national, regional and digital platforms.


Tennis Channel’s Two-Week US Open Coverage Begins August 25

tennis-channelStarting with Event’s First Match, More than 260 Hours Planned

 for Round-the-Clock Tournament Telecast


Hall of Famers Navratilova, Courier, Austin and Davenport are Back in New York for Tennis Channel, as Network Brings Eight-Hour Weekday Match Blocks, Prime-Time Labor Day Weekend Windows

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 18, 2014 - Tennis Channel will show close to 75 hours of live matches from the first day of play through the second Thursday at this year’s two-week US Open, set to begin Monday, August 25, in New York City. The network will again become the comprehensive television home of the world’s largest tennis tournament, with daylong programming blocks, prime-time weekend windows, all-night wrap-ups, half-hour morning shows live from Arthur Ashe Stadium, a Hall of Fame-laden on-air talent roster that represents 22 US Open championships and encore match coverage.

In its sixth year of televising one of the most electric, boisterous championship events in sports, Tennis Channel will devote more than 260 hours to the 15-day US Open. Beyond live coverage, this includes almost 60 hours of encore matches, four hours of daily lead-in show Tennis Channel Live at the US Open, and 130 hours of nightly US Open Tonight and daily Breakfast at the Open.

Monday, August, 25, is a typical day of Tennis Channel US Open coverage. The network is on the air at 10:30 a.m. ET with the half-hour Tennis Channel Live at the US Open from its set on the second level of Arthur Ashe Stadium. Live match coverage begins with the first ball of play at 11 a.m. ET, and runs to 7 p.m. ET. News and highlight show US Open Tonight runs from 11 p.m.-2:30 a.m. ET, followed by an immediate encore from 2:30 a.m.-6 a.m. ET. From 6 a.m.-10:30 a.m. ET Breakfast at the Open br ings morning viewers up to speed on everything up to the start of that day’s live coverage.

Since first carrying the US Open in 2009, Tennis Channel has been the prime-time home of the tournament on the scorching late-summer nights of Labor Day weekend. This year the network’s coverage will again run from 7 p.m.-11 p.m. ET that middle Saturday and Sunday, followed by the usual late-night and early morning schedule of US Open Tonight and Breakfast at the Open (with the exception of Breakfast at the Open running a half hour longer, to 11 a.m.). Eight-hour blocks of live daytime telecasts resume Tuesday, Sept. 2, and run through Thursday, Sept. 3, with the same on-air schedule arrangement as the network’s first week of coverage (complete match schedule follows).


On Thursday, Sept. 4, Tennis Channel will provide live coverage of the special exhibition doubles match that will feature retired fan favorites John McEnroe, Mats Wilander, James Blake and Tennis Channel analyst Jim Courier. The event is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.

On-Air Talent

While a team of familiar faces returns to Tennis Channel’s US Open booth in 2014, one of them has a new title next to her name. This summer longtime network analyst Lindsay Davenport (@LDavenport) was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame, making her the fifth Hall of Famer on the network’s on-air talent roster in New York. Fellow analysts Courier, Martina Navratilova (@Martina) and Tracy Austin (@thetracyaustin) are also members of the sport’s exclusive club of honor, in addition to the channel’s Bud Collins (@budcollins), de facto encyclopedia and storyteller of the game.

Austin will again pair with announcer Brett Haber (@BrettHaber) and former player Mark Knowles (@knowlzee10s) for each morning’s Tennis Channel Live at the US Open intro show, with both handling in-match duties at different points later each day. Multi-decade US Open presence Bill Macatee (@Bmacatee) also returns to the channel’s play-by-play lineup this year, as do Ted Robinson (@tedjrobinson) and Ian Eagle. Macatee has paired with Hall of Famer Navratilova at every one of Tennis Channel’s major tournament telecasts, going back to its first French Open in 2007.

Mary Carillo, who grew up in the same Queens borough that the tournament calls home, has been a part of Tennis Channel’s US Open team since 2011. This summer she returns to her annual role as host, interviewer, analyst and reporter as one of the most respected sports journalists in the business. Also returning are former players Justin Gimelstob (@justingimelstob) and Rennae Stubbs (@rennaestubbs), who will pass along analysis and insight gained from years of Grand Slam-championship experience during their careers.

Paul Annacone (@paul_annacone), renowned for his coaching successes with the likes of Pete Sampras and Roger Federer – both in “greatest of all time” conversations – is new to Tennis Channel’s US Open coverage in 2014, after having joined the network earlier this year. His on-air analysis is shared from the same tactical viewpoint that contributed to the career tallies of the two men who have won more major singles titles than anyone in history.

Sports Illustrated executive editor and senior writer Jon Wertheim (@jon_wertheim) rounds out Tennis Channel’s team, his third year in New York for the network. The author of numerous tennis and sports books will handle special reports, opinion and analysis again.


Digital Coverage

Most Tennis Channel subscribers have the ability to watch live on their mobile devices or computers with the network’s free Tennis Channel Everywhere app. The app has an authentication function that allows users to verify their pay-TV provider details and, at no extra charge, take Tennis Channel’s round-the-clock US Open coverage with them wherever they go. With updates, highlights, video clips and other features, the app is also a valuable tennis resource for fans who do not subscribe to Tennis Channel but still want to stay on top of the sport they love when on the move. All Apple and Android users can download Tennis Channel Everywhere for free, and users who would like even more like archived matches – among them the men’s and women’s singles finals and other competition from this year’s Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon – and other on-demand content can purchase the app’s annual Tennis Channel Plus subscription.


During the US Open visitors to the network’s Web site will have access to a variety of online tournament materials. Among them are Court Report news updates, video highlights, scores, interviews, features and an interactive tournament draw. Fans can also enter Tennis Channel’s US Open Sweepstakes and the network’s “Racquet Bracket” tournament prediction game. Steve Flink and Joel Drucker (@joeldrucker) will post columns throughout the event as they have done in previous years, reflective of their decades of experience reporting the sport. Also returning are‘s Matt Jones (@kysportsradio) and Drew Franklin (@DrewFranklinKSR), who will offer blog and video posts from the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center for the second consecutive summer.


The network’s social media activity includes Facebook (, Twitter (, YouTube (, Instagram ( and Pinterest (, and will remain heavily focused on the US Open during the next few weeks.


Tennis Channel’s Live 2014 US Open Coverage Schedule


Date                                        Time (ET)                  Event                                     

Monday, Aug. 25                    10:30 a.m.-7 p.m.        First Round

Tuesday, Aug. 26                    10:30 a.m.-7 p.m.        First Round

Wednesday, Aug. 27              10:30 a.m.-7 p.m.        First Round, Second Round

Thursday, Aug. 28                  10:30 a.m.-7 p.m.        Second Round

Friday, Aug. 29                       10:30 a.m.-7 p.m.        Second Round, Third Round

Saturday, Aug. 30                   7 p.m.-11 p.m.             Third Round

Sunday, Aug. 31                     7 p.m.-11 p.m.            Third Round, Round of 16

Tuesday, Sept. 2                     10:30 a.m.-7 p.m.        Round of 16, Doubles

Wednesday, Sept. 3                10:30 a.m.-7 p.m.        Doubles, Juniors

Thursday, Sept. 4                    10:30 a.m.-8 p.m.        Doubles, Juniors, Legends Exhibition


Tennis Channel’s US Open Tonight, Breakfast at the Open Schedule

US Open Tonight airs for 11 consecutive nights, from Monday, Aug. 25 to Thursday, Sept. 4. Its premiere will usually run from 11 p.m.-2:30 p.m. ET, followed immediately by an encore from 2:30 a.m.-6 a.m. ET. The exception will be Sunday, Aug. 31, when the show does not air until after midnight, from 12:30 a.m.-4 a.m. ET (early Monday, Sept. 1), followed by an encore edition from 4 a.m.-6 a.m. ET.

Breakfast at the Open also runs for 11 straight nights, from Tuesday, Aug. 26 to Friday, Sept. 5. The show airs from 6 a.m.-10:30 a.m. ET every morning except for August 30-31, September 1 and September 5, when it ends at 11 a.m. ET.