Notes from “Sunday MLB on TBS” – Dodgers vs. Brewers – Sunday, August 10, 2014

mlb-on-tbsSunday MLB on TBS continues August 17 at 1 p.m. ET with the Seattle Mariners vs. Detroit Tigers.

The telecast will be available nationally.

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Los Angeles Dodgers (5) at Milwaukee Brewers (1)
Brian Anderson (play-by-play), Ron Darling and Cal Ripken, Jr. (analysts)

 

 

Darling on Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw: “Pedro Martinez was the last pitcher that I watched that every one of his pitches – fastball, curve and change-up – were the best in baseball. I think the same thing when I see Clayton Kershaw pitch. All three of his pitches are the best in the game right now.”

 

Anderson on Kershaw: “He has really evolved. He was really good to start and he has turned into something historically good at this point in his career.”

 

Ripken on the Dodgers losing shortstop Hanley Ramirez to injury: “They are going to miss their shortstop [Ramirez]. He’s a good two-way player, he’s a presence in the middle of the lineup and defensively as well. They are really going to miss his offense. He can carry a team all by himself.”

 

Darling on first baseman Adrian Gonzalez: “He might be one of the most underrated hitters in the game. He’s never mentioned when you talk about the great hitters in both leagues.”

 

Ripken on outfielder Carl Crawford: “He can do so many things to create havoc on the base paths and he’s got a lot of power. It would be nice to see him really get going.”

 

 

Ripken on how the Brewers’ aggressive base running resulted in missed opportunities: “You want to be aggressive and move up [on the bases] but those were the mistakes that led to outs on the bases. That limits the opportunities against a pitcher like Clayton Kershaw.”

Darling on how teams try to create offense when facing dominant pitchers: “Teams facing pitchers like Kershaw try to think outside the box when they’re on the bases. They try to do everything they can to push the envelope to try to get some runs because it’s too difficult to put three or four hits together.”

Ripken on the Brewers feeling disappointed despite winning the series against the Dodgers: “The Brewers should be happy. They won two out of three against the Dodgers but they’re a little disappointed because they had their chances [against Kershaw]. They had guys in scoring position and they couldn’t capitalize. They could’ve beaten him today.”

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.

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

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Levi’s Stadium NFL Debut Highlights NFL Network’s Week 2 Live Preseason Schedule

NFL_Network_2012_LogoPRESEASON WEEK 2:

LEVI’S STADIUM NFL DEBUT HIGHLIGHTS NFL NETWORK’S WEEK 2 LIVE PRESEASON SCHEDULE

 

Five Live Week 2 Preseason Games on NFL Network:

Philadelphia Eagles at New England Patriots – August 15 at 7:30 PM ET

San Diego Chargers at Seattle Seahawks – August 15 at 10:30 PM ET

Green Bay Packers at St. Louis Rams – August 16 at 4:00 PM ET

Baltimore Ravens at Dallas Cowboys – August 16 at 7:00 PM ET

Denver Broncos at San Francisco 49ers – August 17 at 4:00 PM ET

Special Preseason ‘NFL RedZone’ Saturday, August 16 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 five live games, re-airs of every Week 2 preseason game and a special preseason edition of the NFL RedZone channel.

On Friday, August 15, NFL Network features a doubleheader of live Week 2 preseason games, beginning at 7:30 PM ET when quarterback Tom Brady and the New England Patriots host running back LeSean McCoy and the Philadelphia Eagles. Immediately following the conclusion of Eagles-Patriots, quarterback Russell Wilson and the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks host quarterback Philip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers. The game will be joined live in progress.

Hosts Dan Hellie and Amber Theoharis, and analysts Steve Mariucci and LaDainian Tomlinson host editions of NFL Total Access on Friday at 7:00 PM ET, during halftime of Eagles-Patriots, and before and during halftime of Chargers-Seahawks.

NFL Network’s live coverage of Week 2 preseason games continues on Saturday, August 16 with a doubleheader. At 4:00 PM ET, quarterback Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers face quarterback Sam Bradford and the St. Louis Rams, followed by wide receiver Dez Bryant and the Dallas Cowboys hosting quarterback Joe Flacco and the Baltimore Ravens at 7:00 PM ET.

Before kickoff of Packers-Rams on NFL Network, NFL Total Access airs at 3:00 PM ET with Hellie, and analysts Willie McGinest and Heath Evans. During halftime of Packers-Rams and Ravens-Cowboys, NFL Total Access airs with host Rich Eisen and analysts Kurt Warner and Warren Sapp. Following Ravens-Cowboys, host Amber Theoharis, Warner and Evans wrap up the day’s action.

On Sunday, August 17 at 4:00 PM ET, the San Francisco 49ers play their first game in their new stadium when they welcome quarterback Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos to Levi’s Stadium live on NFL Network. Ari Wolfe and Kurt Warner call the game from NFL Network’s studios.

Before kickoff of Broncos-49ers on NFL Network, NFL Total Access airs at 3:00 PM ET with Hellie, Theoharis, analyst Terrell Davis and NFL Media’s Mike Silver. During halftime of Broncos-49ers, Hellie, Theoharis, Davis and Silver provide analysis and highlights of the first half. Following the game, Theoharis, McGinest, Davis and Silver wrap of the day’s action.

Additionally, NFL Network provides complete game re-airs of every Week 2 preseason game.

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 www.verizoninsider.com/nfl.

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

On Saturday, August 16 at 7:00 PM ET, the second preseason edition of NFL RedZone will provide live highlights and coverage of Cowboys-Ravens, Giants-Colts, Jets-Bengals, Bills-Steelers, Dolphins-Buccaneers, Falcons-Texans and Cardinals-Vikings, hosted by Matt “Money” Smith. The final two preseason editions of NFL RedZone will air Saturday, August 23 at 7:00 PM ET and Thursday, August 28 at 7:00 PM ET.

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 www.NFL.com/preseasonlive.

Below is NFL Network’s Week 2 broadcast schedule.

NFL NETWORK 2014 WEEK 2 PRESEASON GAMES SCHEDULE

(ALL TIMES EASTERN; LIVE GAMES IN BOLD; ALL GAMES IN HIGH DEFINITION)

Friday, August 15

7:30 PM ET – Philadelphia Eagles vs. New England Patriots – LIVE

10:30 PM ET – San Diego Chargers vs. Seattle Seahawks – LIVE (joined live in progress)

1:00 AM ET – Tennessee Titans vs. New Orleans Saints

4:00 AM ET – Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Chicago Bears (condensed version)

Saturday, August 16

6:30 AM ET – Tennessee Titans vs. New Orleans Saints (condensed version)

9:00 AM ET – Philadelphia Eagles vs. New England Patriots

12 Noon ET – San Diego Chargers vs. Seattle Seahawks

4:00 PM ET – Green Bay Packers vs. St. Louis Rams – LIVE

7:00 PM ET – Baltimore Ravens vs. Dallas Cowboys – LIVE

11:00 PM ET – New York Giants vs. Indianapolis Colts

2:00 AM ET – Arizona Cardinals vs. Minnesota Vikings

Sunday, August 17

6:00 AM ET – Atlanta Falcons vs. Houston Texans

9:00 AM ET – Detroit Lions vs. Oakland Raiders

12 Noon ET – Buffalo Bills vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

4:00 PM ET – Denver Broncos vs. San Francisco 49ers – LIVE

12 Midnight ET – Baltimore Ravens vs. Dallas Cowboys

3:00 AM ET – Miami Dolphins vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Monday, August 18

10:00 AM ET – New York Jets vs. Cincinnati Bengals

1:00 PM ET – Detroit Lions vs. Oakland Raiders

4:00 PM ET – San Diego Chargers vs. Seattle Seahawks

12 Midnight ET – Denver Broncos vs. San Francisco 49ers

3:00 AM ET – Atlanta Falcons vs. Houston Texans

Tuesday, August 19

10:00 AM ET – Buffalo Bills vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

1:00 PM ET – Kansas City Chiefs vs. Carolina Panthers

4:00 PM ET – New York Giants vs. Indianapolis Colts

8:00 PM ET – Philadelphia Eagles vs. New England Patriots

12 Midnight ET – Green Bay Packers vs. St. Louis Rams

3:00 AM ET – Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Chicago Bears

Wednesday, August 20

10:00 AM ET – Miami Dolphins vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

1:00 PM ET – New York Jets vs. Cincinnati Bengals

4:00 PM ET – Denver Broncos vs. San Francisco 49ers

8:00 PM ET – Cleveland Browns vs. Washington Redskins

12 Midnight ET – Arizona Cardinals vs. Minnesota Vikings

3:00 AM ET – Kansas City Chiefs vs. Carolina Panthers

Thursday, August 21

10:00 AM ET – Detroit Lions vs. Oakland Raiders

1:00 PM ET – Baltimore Ravens vs. Dallas Cowboys

4:00 PM ET – Philadelphia Eagles vs. New England Patriots

12 Midnight ET – San Diego Chargers vs. Seattle Seahawks

3:00 AM ET – New York Jets vs. Cincinnati Bengals

Friday, August 22

10:00 AM ET – Green Bay Packers vs. St. Louis Rams

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

The following broadcast teams will be calling each Week 2 matchup on NFL Network:

Game Play-by-Play Analyst Sideline
Jaguars at Bears* Mike Tirico Jon Gruden Lisa Salters
Eagles at Patriots Dan Roche Christian Fauria Matt Chatham
Titans at Saints Joel Meyers Jon Stinchcomb John Deshazier
Chargers at Seahawks Curt Menefee Brock Huard N/A
Lions at Raiders Greg Papa Tom Flores & Jim Plunkett JT the Brick
Packers at Rams Andrew Siciliano Marshall Faulk & Torry Holt Casey Phillips & Martin Kilcoyne
Ravens at Cowboys Bill Jones Babe Laufenberg Steve Dennis
Giants at Colts Don Fischer Barry Krauss N/A
Jets at Bengals Brad Johansen Anthony Munoz Mike Valpredo
Bills at Steelers Bob Pompeani Edmund Nelson Jeff Verszyla
Dolphins at Buccaneers Chris Myers Ronde Barber Dan Lucas
Falcons at Texans Kevin Kugler Spencer Tillman Drew Dougherty
Cardinals at Vikings Paul Allen Pete Bercich Greg Coleman & Ben Leber
Broncos at 49ers** Ari Wolfe Kurt Warner N/A
Chiefs at Panthers*** Kevin Burkhardt John Lynch Pam Oliver
Browns at Redskins* Mike Tirico Jon Gruden Lisa Salters

* – ESPN

** – Special NFL Network presentation

*** – FOX

The Grantland Basketball Show with Bill Simmons to Debut October 21 on ESPN

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First Grantland-branded Television Series to Include Up to 18 One-hour Episodes during NBA Season

ESPN will debut the first Grantland-branded television series – The Grantland Basketball Show – featuring Grantland Editor-in-chief Bill Simmons, on Tuesday, October 21, at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN. The Grantland Basketball Show will feature lively discussion about a variety of NBA topics, facilitated by Simmons, with a rotating group of Grantland commentators and other contributors. Up to 18 one-hour, primetime episodes of The Grantland Basketball Show will air throughout the NBA season on ESPN, including eight during the regular-season and eight during the NBA Playoffs and NBA Finals. Other episodes are planned for the NBA Draft and the NBA’s free agency period.

The Grantland Basketball Show will emanate from ESPN’s Los Angeles Production Center. Elements from the show will also be showcased on several ESPN platforms, including SportsCenter and Grantland.As a result of the new NBA opportunity, Simmons will no longer appear as an analyst on NBA Countdown. He will continue to serve as Editor-in-chief of Grantland and co-executive producer of 30 for 30.

The Grantland Basketball Show will be created as one of the first projects from ESPN’s new Exit 31 production studio, overseen by Marie Donoghue, [senior vice president, global strategy, business development and business affairs].  Production for The Grantland Basketball Show will be overseen by Connor Schell, [vice president and executive producer, ESPN Films and original content].

John Wildhack, executive vice president, production and programming:

“We’re thrilled that Bill will continue to have a presence as part of ESPN’s NBA television efforts. The nature of The Grantland Basketball Show schedule will allow Bill to stay connected to the sport he loves, while focusing on his other priorities, including the successful Grantland site and the acclaimed 30 for 30 series.”

Marie Donoghue, senior vice president, global strategy, business development and business affairs:

The Grantland Basketball Show is a great step forward for Grantland as it continues to evolve and to expand its presence across ESPN platforms. In addition, this show is precisely the type of innovative, smart content we’re aiming to create at Exit 31. Bill is one of the industry’s leading commentators, who also happens to be a human NBA encyclopedia, with a vast knowledge of the league and its history. We couldn’t be more excited to work with Bill and help bring his vision to life.”

The Grantland Basketball Showon Twitter:@BillSimmons | @Grantland33

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Sunday MLB on TBS Continues August 10 with Dodgers vs. Brewers at 2 p.m. ET

MLB_TBS-lacedTBS Telecast to be Seen Locally Throughout L.A. Dodgers Broadcast Territory

Sunday MLB on TBS will continue August 10 with a matchup of National League contenders when the Los Angeles Dodgers and Yasiel Puig visit the Milwaukee Brewers and Jonathan Lucroy at 2 p.m. ET.  Reigning NL Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw (13-2) is scheduled to take the mound for Los Angeles against Milwaukee’s probable starter Jimmy Nelson (1-2). In the TBS broadcast booth, Brian Anderson will provide play-by-play alongside analysts Ron Darling and Cal Ripken, Jr.  The Sunday MLB on TBS telecast will be seen locally throughout the Dodgers’ broadcast territory.

The upcoming Sunday MLB on TBS schedule will include the Seattle Mariners visiting the Detroit Tigers on August 17 at 1 p.m. and the Washington Nationals hosting the San Francisco Giants on August 24 at 1:30 p.m. Both games will be full national telecasts.

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 10
2 p.m. ET Los Angeles Dodgers @ Milwaukee Brewers
Brian Anderson (play-by-play), Ron Darling and Cal Ripken, Jr. (analysts)

 

Upcoming Schedule:

Sun., August 17  
 
1 p.m. Seattle Mariners @ Detroit Tigers
Ernie Johnson (play-by-play) and Darling (analyst)
Sun., August 24
1:30 p.m. San Francisco Giants @ Washington Nationals
Johnson (play-by-play) and Darling (analyst)

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

 

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FOX Sports Programming Highlights: UFC, FOX SPORTS LIVE, MLB & More

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MLB: Yankees Host Indians and Orioles Welcome Cardinals in Doubleheader Saturday on FOX Sports 1

STUDIO SHOWS: FOX SPORTS LIVE and AMERICA’S PREGAME Report from NFL Training Camps

UFC: UFC Champion Jon Jones and Challenger Daniel Cormier Address Recent Brawl

on FOX Sports 1’s UFC TONIGHT

#ICYMI:FOX SPORTS LIVE takes an in-depth look the Cleveland Cavaliers potentially trading No. 1 overall draft pick Andrew Wiggins for Minnesota Timberwolves All-Star Kevin Love: http://bit.ly/1qWUpL8

 

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 MLB

BACK-TO-BACK MLB ON FOX SPORTS 1 DOUBLEHEADER THIS SATURDAY

  • Network: FOX Sports 1 / FOX Sports GO, Saturday, August 9

o   Cleveland Indians at New York Yankees: Kenny Albert & Eric Karros (1:00 PM ET)

o   St. Louis Cardinals at Baltimore Orioles: Joe Davis & Billy Ripken (4:00 PM ET)

MLB WHIPAROUND

  • Network/When/On-air Talent: FOX Sports 1 / FOX Sports GO, weekdays

o   Thursday, August 7 (1:00 AM ET) – Ryan Field & Gabe Kapler

o   Friday, August 8 (12:00 AM ET) – Ryan Field & Mark Sweeney

o   Monday, August 11 (10:00 PM ET) – TBD

o   Tuesday, August 12 (10:00 PM ET) – TBD

o   Wednesday, August 13 (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.

 

NASCAR

 

NASCAR TURNS RIGHT AT WATKINS GLEN THIS WEEKEND; HORNISH JR. JOINS FOX SPORTS 1 BOOTH ON FRIDAY - The NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES hits the road to turn right for the second and final time this weekend during its stop at Watkins Glen International, a road course in New York. With only five races remaining to qualify for the NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup, many view Watkins Glen as the best opportunity for some drivers, such as Marcos Ambrose and AJ Allmendinger, to punch their ticket to the Chase with a trip to Victory Lane. FOX Sports 1 offers live coverage of Friday’s Sprint Cup and NASCAR NATIONWIDE SERIES practice sessions, beginning at 9:30 AM ET on Friday, August 8. NASCAR driver Sam Hornish Jr. joins the FOX Sports 1 broadcast booth as analyst for Friday’s Nationwide Series sessions.

NASCAR RACE HUB

  • 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, Bob Dillner, Jeff Hammond and Larry McReynolds
  • This Week: Sit-down interview with Steve Letarte, Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s crew chief, and “Crunching the Numbers” feature for the weekend on Thursday, August 7
  • Next Week: Feature marking the 25th anniversary of the death of driver Tim Richmond on Tuesday, August 12

NASCAR RACEDAY FROM WATKINS GLEN INTERNATIONAL

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 2, FOX Sports GO; Sunday, Aug. 10 (11:00 AM ET)
  • Talent: John Roberts, Jeff Hammond, Kenny Wallace, Bob Dillner and Rutledge Wood
  • This Week: NASCAR RACEDAY offers a detailed look at the art of the pit stop at a road course with Team Penske pit crew coach, Trent Cherry, and a feature on the evolution of road courses in NASCAR.

 

UFC

 

UFC TONIGHT – JON JONES AND DANIEL CORMIER ADDRESS ALTERCATION AND UFC 178, HOLLY HOLM INTERVIEW, STANN GUEST HOSTS

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 / FOX Sports GO, Wednesday, August 6 (8:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Kenny Florian, Karyn Bryant, Ariel Helwani and guest hosts Daniel Cormier and Brian Stann
  • This Week: Guest host Daniel Cormier discusses his recent brawl and upcoming fight with Jon Jones at UFC 178. Brian Stann also joins as a guest host. The crew interviews newly signed women’s bantamweight Holly Holm, plus Karyn Bryant attends UFC 178 media day and interviews Jones about the altercation with Cormier and the upcoming title fight. Bryant also interviews Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier and adds reports alongside Ariel Helwani.

UFC UNLEASHED: FROM THE BRINK OF DEFEAT

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 / FOX Sports GO, Wednesday, August 6 (9:00 PM ET)
  • This Week: Inside the UFC’s Octagon, anything can happen, and these unbelievable come-from-behind victories from Brock Lesnar, Jim Miller, Donald Cerrone, and more prove it.

UFC ULTIMATE INSIDER – DILLASHAW PREPS FOR TITLE REMATCH, CUNG LE ACTION HERO, JURY TAKEDOWN

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 2 / FOX Sports GO, Sunday, August 10 (7:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Jon Anik
  • This Week: Newly minted UFC bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw credits much of his success to coach and former UFC fighter Duane “Bang” Ludwig. As the duo prepares for a momentous rematch against former champ Renan Barao, witness how they plan to solve the notorious Brazilian for a second time. Cung Le’s creative and dynamic striking has made him into a MMA icon, and Hollywood has taken notice. From starring alongside A-listers to working with top directors, Le recounts how his work as an action star has elevated his game, and helped prepare him for his upcoming headliner against Michael Bisping in Macau. At 14-0, lightweight phenom Myles Jury is one of the UFC’s fastest rising stars. Jury weighs in on how he has handled the pressures mounting with each fight, and how he intends to continue his momentous trajectory. Watch UFC champions Demetrious Johnson and TJ Dillashaw’s exclusive Octagonside play-by-play for the middleweight title fight barnburner between Chris Weidman and Lyoto Machida.

UFC FIGHTER’S CUT: JOHNY HENDRICKS RELIVES LAWLER TITLE FIGHT

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 / FOX Sports GO, Wednesday, August 13 (7:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: UFC welterweight champion Johny Hendricks
  • This Week: UFC welterweight champion Johny “Bigg Rigg” Hendricks takes viewers through the top knockouts of his career and relives his epic five-round battle with Robbie Lawler for the UFC title.

BEST OF THE WEC – JOHNSON, LAMAS AND THE KOREAN ZOMBIE

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 / FOX Sports GO, Wednesday, August 13 (9:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Kenda Perez
  • This Week: The WEC’s lighter-weight fighters were known for their nonstop cardio and action that looked like it was unfolding in fast-forward. See three of these memorable brawls including Demetrious Johnson, Ricardo Lamas and Chan Sung Jung (The Korean Zombie) on THE BEST OF WEC.

STUDIO SHOWS

FOX SPORTS LIVE – FOCUS INTENSIFIES ON COLLEGE AND PRO FOOTBALL WITH SEASONS LOOMING, ROBERT QUINN FEATURE, NIGHTLY PGA CHAMPIONSHIP REPORTS,

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 / FOX Sports GO, nightly (11:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Jay Onrait, Dan O’Toole, Charissa Thompson, Ryan Field, Mike Garafolo, Gabe Kapler, Joel Klatt, Donovan McNabb, Petros Papadakis, Brady Quinn, Cole Wright.
  • This Week: With both the NCAA and NFL seasons on the immediate horizon, FOX SPORTS LIVE’s focus shifts to football with enhanced nightly reporting and analysis of all the day’s news from the gridiron. The panel enhances this week’s coverage, featuring regular analysts Donovan McNabb and Joel Klatt, Insider Mike Garafolo and the show debut of former college and pro quarterback Brady Quinn. Thursday night marks the airing of a special feature Garafolo shot with St. Louis Rams’ all-pro defensive end Robert Quinn, focusing on his ascension among the league’s elite defensive players and his unusual off-the-field passion for skateboarding. Beginning Wednesday night and continuing through the week, FOX Sports 1 golf analyst Robert Lusetich provides nightly wraps from the Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, KY, site of this year’s PGA Championship that begins Thursday morning. Another highlight this week was an essay that aired during Tuesday night’s program, taking an in-depth look at the high-stakes decision facing the Cleveland Cavaliers as they explore a potential trade of No. 1 overall draft pick Andrew Wiggins for Minnesota Timberwolves All-Star Kevin Love. Tracked by host Ryan Field, the essay can be viewed in its entirety here: http://bit.ly/1qWUpL8.

AMERICA’S PREGAME – NFL TRAINING CAMP SITE HITS

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 / FOX Sports GO, weekdays (6:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Mike Hill, Molly McGrath, Mike Garafolo, CJ Nitkowski, Kirk Morrison, Brady Quinn
  • This Week: With Mike and Molly both back in-studio and a full week’s worth of shows, AMERICA’S PREGAME offers comprehensive NFL coverage with daily training camp hits from FOX Sports 1 correspondents in local markets and in-studio analysis from former players Kirk Morrison and Brady Quinn, in addition to NFL Insider Mike Garafolo. On the heels of Monday’s brawl with light heavyweight champion Jon Jones in the lobby of the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, contender Daniel Cormier is in-studio to recap the week’s events and offer a preview for the main event showdown at UFC 178 on Sept. 27.

SOCCER

MANCHESTER CITY TAKES ON ARSENAL IN THE FA COMMUNITY SHIELD

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 / FOX Sports GO, Sunday, August 10 (9:30 AM ET)
  • Talent: Rob Stone hosts in-studio with Eric Wynalda, Warren Barton, Julie Stewart-Binks and Brian McBride
  • This Week: The FA Community Shield features the Barclays Premier League champions Manchester City and the FA Cup champions Arsenal in an attractive encounter at London’s Wembley Stadium.

REAL MADRID FACES SEVILLA IN THE UEFA SUPER CUP

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 / FOX Sports GO, Tuesday, August 12 (2:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Rob Stone hosts in-studio with Eric Wynalda, Warren Barton, Julie Stewart-Binks and Brian McBride
  • This Week: The UEFA Super Cup takes place between UEFA Champions League winners Real Madrid and UEFA Europa League victors Sevilla.

BOXING

BELMONTES HAS HOMETOWN EDGE AGAINST COTTO IN EXCITING GOLDEN BOY BOXING NIGHT, SAYS DURAN

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 / FOX Deportes / FOX Sports GO, Thursday, August 7 (10:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Dave Bontempo, Beto Duran and Jessica Rosales
  • This Week: In the main event of Golden Boy Live!, Jerry “The Corpus Christi Kid” Belmontes (19-4, 5 KOs) returns to his hometown to face Puerto Rico’s Abner “Pin” Cotto (17-2, 8 KOs) in a 10-round junior lightweight bout at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas. FOX Sports boxing analyst Beto Duran is excited to see Belmontes fighting at home: “A Jerry Belmontes fight in Corpus Christi is going to be something to see, especially after his great fight with Omar Figueroa. I’d love to see that fight again, but first Belmontes has a tough fight against a young man with good bloodlines in Abner Cotto. This is a great main event.” Plus, rising junior welterweight star KeAndrae Gibson (10-0-1, 3 KOs), fighting out of Austin, Texas, squares off with Fort Worth’s Jose Hernandez (14-7-1, 6 KOs) in the eight-round co-main event. “I’m really eager to see how Gibson looks in the co-main event against a quality veteran in Hernandez,” says Duran.

IRON MIKE PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS VASQUEZ JR. VS. STEVENSON TITLE BOUT BETWEEN UNDEFEATED FIGHTERS

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 / FOX Deportes / FOX Sports GO, Friday, August 8 (9:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Bob Sheridan, Raul Marquez (FOX Sports 1); Mauricio Cardenas, Daniel Ponce De Leon (FOX Deportes)
  • This Week: Sammy Vasquez Jr. (15-0, 11 KOs) and James Stevenson (21-0, 14 KOs) square off in a main event IBF/USBA Welterweight title bout presented by Mike Tyson’s Iron Mike Productions from CONSUL Energy Center in Pittsburgh. Vasquez fights in his third nationally televised fight of the year against undefeated Stevenson. After opening in July live from Miami, this event marks the second Iron Mike fight card to air on FOX Sports 1.

HORSE RACING

SARATOGA SPECIAL & ADIRONDACK STAKES DELIVER JOCKEY CLUB ON FOX SPORTS 1 THIS SUNDAY

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 / FOX Sports GO, Sunday, August 10 (5:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Greg Wolf, Richard Migliore, Simon Bray, Andy Serling, Alyssa Ali
  • What: FOX Sports 1 welcomes another 90-minute edition of THE JOCKEY CLUB this Sunday from the 109th running of the Toyota Saratoga Special Stakes and the 98th running of the Adirondack Stakes, both Grade II events carrying purses of $200,000. The broadcast team looks back at the great two-year-olds that have run at Saratoga through the years and looks ahead with a feature about a group of young bloggers from Boston visiting Saratoga for the first time. The program also features a young female jockey by the name of Taylor Rice.

RED BULL

RED BULL AIR RACE TITLE STILL WIDE OPEN SAYS MANGOLD

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 / FOX Sports GO, Monday, August 11 (7:00 PM ET)
  • Talent:  Host Nick Fellows and analyst Mike Mangold
  • This Week:In the Red Bull Air Race, pilots fly against the clock as they try to navigate their planes as fast as possible through a challenging low-altitude slalom course filled with air gate obstacles, enduring forces of up to 10 Gs in the tight air-course turns. After three races, Hannes Arch of Austria leads the championship with 30 points. Arch – who in 2008 became the first European to claim the world title – has been the most consistent this year. But Paul Bonhomme of Great Britain, the defending world champion, is a mere five points behind in second. “With no clear favorite for the season title, the pilots are aware that a perfect performance in Poland could shake up the standings or solidify a lead,” says FOX Sports 1 analyst Mike Mangold. “This is a thinking man’s track and it will take smart flying on the Baltic Sea to capture the win.” At the Polish port of Gdynia, one of the largest container ports on the Baltic and a port of call for many cruise ships, temperate conditions will enable the planes to achieve top performance, though any Baltic winds could be a significant factor.

NBA TV to Exclusively Televise 2014 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony on Friday, Aug. 8, at 7:30 p.m. ET

NBA-TV-LogoNBA TV Special Looking Back at Alonzo Mourning to Debut Monday, Aug. 4, at 7 p.m.

Mitch Richmond to Live Tweet During NBA TV Telecasts Showcasing His Memorable Performances Tuesday, Aug. 5, at 4 p.m.

NBA TV will exclusively televise the 2014 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony from Springfield, Mass., on Friday, Aug. 8, at 7:30 p.m. ET. The evening will begin with the 2014 Hall of Fame Red Carpet Show at 6:30 p.m. hosted by Matt Winer alongside David Aldridge and Rick Kamla. The network’s comprehensive Hall of Fame coverage will also include Looking Back at Alonzo Mourning, a 30-minute retrospective on Mourning’s career from the Hall of Famer inductee’s playing days at Georgetown to his playoff breakthrough with the Charlotte Hornets to his fight against kidney disease and his championship performance with the Miami Heat.

Additionally, NBA TV will televise two of the most memorable performances of 2014 Hall of Fame inductee Mitch Richmond’s illustrious career with the six-time All-Star live tweeting the back-to-back game re-airs via the @NBATV Twitter handle.  The telecasts — airing Tuesday, Aug 5, beginning at 4 p.m. — were personally selected by Richmond and will feature his 40-point, eight rebound and six assist performance as a Golden State Warrior in 1991 and his 47-point, seven assist and six rebound effort with the Sacramento Kings in 1995.

NBA TV and NBA.com will also provide live coverage of the 2014 Hall of Fame inductees’ press conference on Thursday, Aug. 7, at 2 p.m. Along with Mourning and Richmond, this year’s Hall of Fame class features:

David Stern, former NBA Commissioner

  • Sarunas Marciulionis, European basketball pioneer; seven-year NBA veteran
  • Gary Williams, former University of Maryland head coach who led the Terps to the 2002 NCAA Championship
  • Nolan Richardson, former University of Arkansas head coach who led the Razorbacks to three Final Four appearances, including the 1994 NCAA Championship
  • Nat Clifton, one of the first African-American players to sign an NBA contract; 1957 NBA All-Star
  • Guy Rogers, four-time NBA All-Star and two-time NBA assists leader
  • Bob Leonard, former head coach of the American Basketball Association’s Indiana Pacers
  • Immaculata University’s 1972-74 AIAW National Championship teams, the first women’s college team to play in a nationally televised game

NBA TV’s Hall of Fame programming will also include two original Hall of Fame themed episodes of The Starters beginning with The Starters: Hall of Fame Class of 2014 on Monday, Aug. 4, at 6 p.m. and The Starters: Hall of Fame Debate on Wednesday, Aug. 6, at 6 p.m.

Additionally, NBA TV will showcase the 2014 class with a number of re-aired programs throughout the week including Hardwood Classics featuring Mourning, Richmond and Marciulionis, the Warriors-themed Run TMC: The Power of Three and David Stern: 30 Years, a discussion between the former commissioner and NBA TV’s Ernie Johnson.

About NBA TV

NBA TV is a part of NBA Digital, the NBA’s extensive cross-platform portfolio of digital assets jointly-managed by the NBA and Turner Sports including NBA TV, NBA.com, NBA LEAGUE PASS, NBA LEAGUE PASS Broadband, NBA Mobile, NBADLEAGUE.com and WNBA.com.

Visit the Turner Sports online pressroom for additional press materials; follow Turner Sports on Twitter at @TurnerSportsPR. Follow NBA TV on Twitter at @NBATV.

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Marquee Groups Highlight 96th PGA Championship Coverage on TNT and PGA.com, Aug. 7-10

tntMarquee Group Coverage Tees Off Thursday at 8:35 a.m. ET
PGA.com, Managed by Turner Sports, To Provide More Than 75 Hours of Live Original Video Content Via the Sports Emmy Award-Winning PGA Championship LIVE

Turner Sports’ comprehensive multimedia coverage of the 96th PGA Championship from Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville will include marquee coverage of some of the leading names in golf including past PGA Championship winners Rory McIlroy (2012) and Martin Kaymer (2010), along with Bubba Watson.

Additionally, if four-time PGA Championship winner Tiger Woods  (2007, 2006, 2000, 1999) is in the field, marquee group coverage will tee off Thursday, Aug. 7, at 8:35 a.m. ET with his pairing, also including 2005 winner Phil Mickelson and 2008 winner Padraig Harrington. Woods, Mickelson and Harrington would also be featured Friday, Aug. 8, at 1:45 p.m.

If Woods withdraws from the field, marquee group coverage will feature Adam ScottJordan Spieth and Lee Westwood on Thursday, Aug. 7, at 8:15 a.m. and Friday, Aug. 8, at 1:25 p.m.  The marquee group including McIlroyKaymer and Watson will be featured Thursday at 1:45 p.m. and Friday at 8:35 a.m.

Marquee groups for Saturday, Aug. 9, and Sunday, Aug. 10, will be determined following Friday’s action. Fans can follow the marquee groups and par-3 coverage via PGA.com and PGA Championship LIVE.

In addition to the live coverage of the marquee groups, TNT will televise 18 hours of exclusive live action from Valhalla including six hours each day on Thursday and Friday, Aug. 7-8, from 1-7 p.m., along with live coverage of the third and fourth rounds on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 9-10, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

This marks the 24th consecutive year of Turner Sports’ coverage of the PGA Championship and TNT’s 16th straight year televising the event. Across TNT and PGA.com, Turner Sports will provide nearly 100 hours of original content from Valhalla. TNT commentators will include Sports Emmy Award-winning host Ernie Johnson, analysts Ian Baker-Finch and Billy Kratzert, with Vince Cellini handling pre- and post-round interviews.

PGA.com, managed by Turner Sports, will offer extensive coverage of the event including live streaming via PGA Championship LIVE, a Sports Emmy Award-winning digital franchise with multiple live video streams allowing fans to follow marquee groups and par-3 coverage. Live coverage from Valhalla will consist of three streams which include the Marquee Group, Par 3 and Press Room. PGA Championship LIVE will be available across a wide array of platforms including desktop, iOS and Android tablets, smartphones and the recently announced PGA Championship TV App.

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2015 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series Game To Feature San Jose Sharks and Los Angeles Kings at Levi’s Stadium

NHL_SS15_Primary_Branded_EnglishNorthern California vs. Southern California Rivals Meet as Sharks Face Defending Stanley Cup® Champion Kings in an Outdoor Regular-Season Game Saturday, Feb. 21, at 7 p.m. PT

Limited Number of Tickets Available via Exclusive Pre-Sale for Sharks Season-Ticket Holders, Kings Season-Ticket Members and Levi’s® Stadium SBL Members Beginning Thursday, Aug. 7, at 10 a.m. PT on First-Come, First-Served Basis While Quantities Last

NEW YORK (August 6, 2014) – The San Jose Sharks will play host to the Los Angeles Kings in a regular-season outdoor NHL® game at Levi’s® Stadium on Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015, at 7 p.m. PT/10 p.m. ET, the National Hockey League announced today. Part of the 2015 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™, this Northern California vs. Southern California rivalry will be televised nationally in the U.S. on NBCSN and in Canada on Hockey Night In Canada and TVA Sports 2.

Launched last season by the NHL, the Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™ featured four games in 2014, all of which were played in sold out stadiums. The series started in Los Angeles with the NHL’s first outdoor game played in California, showcased the first two hockey games ever played at Yankee Stadium and concluded with the first-ever NHL game at Soldier Field.

“The growing excitement around NHL hockey in California, the intensity of last season’s playoff series between these teams and the state-of-the-art setting at Levi’s® Stadium will bring a thrilling new dimension to the Kings-Sharks rivalry,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said. “We thank the Sharks, the Kings, Coors Light, the San Francisco 49ers, Levi’s® Stadium and everyone involved in producing the next episode of our Coors Light NHL Stadium Series.”

Beginning at 10 a.m. PT/1 p.m. ET on Thursday, Aug. 7, a limited number of tickets to the 2015 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™ will be available for purchase by San Jose Sharks® season-ticket holders, Los Angeles Kings® Season-Ticket Members and Levi’s® Stadium SBL Members. This opportunity is available on a first-come, first-served basis, while supplies last. Information regarding ticket availability for the general public will be released at a later date.

The Sharks will be making franchise history at the 2015 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series.™ Having played 1,738 NHL regular-season games to date, when they take the ice at Levi’s® Stadium, the franchise will be making its debut in an outdoor game.

“We are honored and elated that the NHL has selected the San Jose Sharks to participate in the NHL’s 2015 Coors Light Stadium Series™ and is bringing this magnificent event to the Bay Area,” said San Jose Sharks Chief Operating Officer John Tortora.  “This event celebrates the growth of the great game of hockey in San Jose and recognizes the incredible support and passion of Sharks fans all over Northern California.  We know our fans will bring the electrifying atmosphere of SAP Center at San Jose to Levi’s® Stadium on Feb. 21 and we are looking forward to showcasing Sharks Territory outside and under the lights.”

At Levi’s® Stadium, the Kings will be participating in their second regular-season outdoor NHL game. On Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, a festive crowd of 54,099 packed Dodger Stadium to see the spectacle of the NHL’s first outdoor game played in California. In one of the most memorable days in the history of hockey in Southern California, the Anaheim Ducks defeated the Kings, 3-0.

“The LA Kings are honored to once again be selected to represent the National Hockey League at the 2015 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series,” said Luc Robitaille, Kings President, Business Operations. “This event is a tremendous example of how our game continues to grow and evolve in the state of California and it will bring a great deal of exposure to sports fans throughout the region. The event at Dodger Stadium in front of 54,099 fans this past January was a historic moment for the Kings and for our fans, and our players and the entire Kings organization are looking forward to another fun and exciting game this time against our Northern California and Pacific Division rivals, the San Jose Sharks.”

The Sharks and Kings have met 41 times (regular season and Playoffs) since the start of the 2010-11 season, the most of any two NHL clubs in that span. That total includes three postseason meetings, highlighted by seven-game series in each of the past two Playoffs.

“California has become known for outstanding NHL hockey, which will be on display in February when the San Jose Sharks host the Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings outside at the new Levi’s® Stadium,” said Don Fehr, NHLPA Executive Director. “It will be a memorable game, given the ultra-competitive rivalry between the Sharks and the Kings and the spectacular setting and facility in which it will take place.  The players are already looking forward to it.”

League partner MillerCoors returns as the title sponsor of the NHL Stadium Series™ for its flagship Coors Light brand. As the title partner for the event, Coors Light will be provided with a number of assets in addition to incorporating its logo into the official game and event mark. In 2014, the Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™ was lauded for providing Coors Light and all NHL sponsors increased brand visibility, customer engagement and fan socialization.

“The Coors Light NHL Stadium Series has been a huge hit with fans, of course, but also with our retailers, distributors, and employees,” said Adam Dettman, director, sports and entertainment marketing at MillerCoors. “The beer that is committed to delivering cold refreshment is the perfect fit for hockey, a sport that’s embracing the cold with these outdoor games.  For Coors Light, we now can build great momentum as the NHL season moves from the NHL Winter Classic®, to the Coors Light NHL Stadium Series, to the Stanley Cup® Playoffs.”

Levi’s® Stadium is the new home of the San Francisco 49ers, utilizing the best technology found in Silicon Valley to design the world’s smartest outdoor sports and entertainment venue. Having hosted its first event on August 2, the state-of-the-art facility recently became the first U.S. stadium of its kind to achieve LEED Gold certification as new construction.

“With Levi’s® Stadium located in the heart of Sharks Territory, the people of Santa Clara are ecstatic about hosting the international phenomenon that is the NHL Stadium Series,” said Julio Fuentes, Executive Director of the Santa Clara Stadium Authority, the entity that owns Levi’s® Stadium. “We look forward to the opportunity to showcase the versatility and fan-friendly nature of this venue with hockey fans around the world.”

Since the NHL established the tradition of hosting regular-season games outdoors to celebrate hockey, fan across North America have expressed their desire for those celebrations to spread across the hockey landscape.
Last season, the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® and Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™ set viewership and ratings records nationally in both the U.S. and Canada as well as locally in multiple markets. The League’s six most-watched regular season games in the U.S. within the past 39 years are all outdoor games.

NHL Network™ and NHL.com will provide extensive coverage live from the event leading up to and after the game. NHL Social™ will have exclusive coverage on all social platforms, including the use of the hashtag #StadiumSeries.

Additional information relating to the 2015 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™ will be released at a future date. Fans can sign up for news on NHL Events at www.nhl.com/StadiumSeries2015.

NHL, the NHL Shield, Stanley Cup and the word mark NHL Winter Classic are registered trademarks and the NHL Winter Classic logo, NHL Stadium Series name and logo, NHL Network name and logo and NHL Social are trademarks of the National Hockey League.  NHL and NHL team marks are the property of the NHL and its teams.  All Rights Reserved.
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NFL on FOX Stacks Broadcast Teams for 20th Anniversary Season

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NEW AND FAMILIAR FACES FOR 20TH ANNIVERSARY SEASON

Buck & Aikman Return for 13th Season As Lead Broadcast Team with Andrews

Newcomers McNabb, Quinn, Diehl, Morrison, Kutcher & Ayanbadejo in Booth

Los Angeles – Next week, FOX Sports celebrates the 20th anniversary of its first NFL on FOX game telecast, and as the season approaches, the network is proud to unveil its 2014 broadcast teams, building on the strength of its well-respected lineup by coupling promising new talent with proven broadcast veterans.  The announcement was made today by FOX Sports President, COO & Executive Producer, Eric Shanks, and Executive Producer John Entz.  Regular-season games kick off on Sunday, Sept. 7, with doubleheader coverage featuring six match-ups beginning at 1:00 PM ET.  FOX NFL SUNDAY, America’s No. 1 pregame show for 20 years and winner of 21 Emmy Awards, precedes game coverage each NFL on FOX Sunday at 12:00 PM ET.

Joe Buck (@Buck) and Troy Aikman (@TroyAikman), the NFL’s longest-running game broadcast team, return for their 13th season, this year welcoming Erin Andrews (@ErinAndrews), in her second season as an NFL on FOX sideline reporter, to the team.  This season marks Buck’s 21st with FOX Sports and Aikman’s 14th.  The trio calls its first regular-season game of the year from Dallas on Week 1, as the Cowboys host the NFC runner-up San Francisco 49ers at 4:25 PM ET.

Play-by-play announcer Kevin Burkhardt (@KevinBurkhardt) shares the booth for the second year with John Lynch, in his sixth year as an analyst, teaming up with veteran sideline reporter Pam Oliver, in her 20th and final year on the FOX sidelines.  The team’s regular-season debut comes in a Week 1 clash in Atlanta, as the Falcons host the New Orleans Saints at 1:00 PM ET.

NFL on FOX’s second-longest running broadcast team features play-by-play announcer Kenny Albert (@KennyAlbert) with analyst Daryl Johnston (@DarylJohnston) and Tony Siragusa (@TonySiragusa), the NFL’s only on-field analyst, who begin their eighth campaign together in Chicago as Jay Cutler and the Bears welcome EJ Manuel and the Buffalo Bills at 1:00 PM ET.

Chris Myers (@The_ChrisMyers) returns to call games in 2014, this time with NFL veteran Ronde Barber, in his second year as an NFL on FOX analyst, and sideline reporter Jennifer Hale (@JenHale504). The crew debuts in Tampa Bay as the Buccaneers and new signal caller Josh McCown host the Carolina Panthers and Cam Newton at 4:25 PM ET.

Thom Brennaman, longtime play-by-play announcer, welcomes FOX Sports newcomer and former New York Giants offensive lineman David Diehl (@DaveDiehl66), a two-time Super Bowl winner, as analyst with Laura Okmin (@LauraOkmin) as sideline reporter. The trio hits the air for the first time at 1:00 PM ET from Houston, where the Texans host the Washington Redskins.

Rounding out NFL on FOX broadcast teams in 2014 is veteran play-by-play man Dick Stockton with a rotation of new analysts featuring former NFL standout quarterback and FOX Sports 1 analyst Donovan McNabb (@DonovanJMcNabb), former NFL and Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn (@3rd_Goal) and former NFL linebacker and FOX Sports 1 analyst Kirk Morrison (@KirkMorrison), in addition to sideline reporter Kristina Pink (@Kristina_Pink).  Stockton’s first game kicks off in Week 1 at 1:00 PM ET alongside Morrison and Pink, when St. Louis hosts Minnesota.

Also contributing to NFL on FOX broadcasts throughout the season are play-by-play announcers Sam Rosen, Justin Kutcher (@JustinKutcher), Gus Johnson (@GusJohnson) and Mike Goldberg (@MFG16); analysts Charles Davis (@CFD22) and Brendon Ayanbadejo (@Brendon310); and sideline reporter Peter Schrager (@PSchrags).

Mike Pereira (@MikePereira), former NFL Vice President of Officiating, resumes his role as FOX Sports’ rules analyst to educate and inform viewers on the intricacies of the NFL rule book. He monitors the day’s action from the FOX Network Center in Los Angeles, from which he breaks down controversial calls and interprets rules with the NFL on FOX studio or game personnel.  Pereira also interacts with viewers throughout the day via Twitter.

2014 NFL on FOX announcer pairings:

Joe Buck, Troy Aikman and Erin Andrews

Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch and Pam Oliver

Chris Myers, Ronde Barber and Jennifer Hale

Thom Brennaman, David Diehl and Laura Okmin

Kenny Albert, Daryl “Moose” Johnston and Tony Siragusa

Dick Stockton, Donovan McNabb/Brady Quinn/Kirk Morrison and Kristina Pink

“We’re excited by the depth and quality of the personnel we’ve assembled to call NFL on FOX games this season,” said Entz.  “This blend of veterans and newcomers is going to work hard to call the action, capture the game’s nuances and keep the focus on the field, where it belongs.”

The entire FOX NFL SUNDAY cast returns for the one-hour program, including co-hosts Terry Bradshaw and Curt Menefee (@CurtMenefee); analysts Howie Long, Jimmy Johnson (@JimmyJohnson) and Michael Strahan (@MichaelStrahan), the newest member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame; top NFL insider Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer); rules expert Pereira; and comedic prognosticator Rob Riggle.  Bradshaw and Long, both Hall of Famers, have been mainstays since the show’s 1994 debut, while Johnson celebrates his 15th year.  Glazer joined in 2004, Menefee in 2006 and Strahan in 2008 following his Super Bowl XLII win with the New York Giants.

Bradshaw, Buck, Long, Stockton and Albert are original NFL on FOX broadcasters with the network since 1994.  Oliver enters her 20th year of service, followed by Rosen (19), Aikman and Johnston (14), Brennaman (12), Glazer and Siragusa (11), Myers (10) and Lynch (six).

Following its regular-season coverage, FOX Sports presents exclusive live postseason coverage including an NFC Wild Card Game, the NFC Divisional Playoffs and the NFC Championship Game.

The 2013-‘14 NFL on FOX regular season was the network’s most-watched ever (12.5/25), delivering an average of 21.2 million viewers, an 8% increase over 2012-‘13 viewership (19.7 million) and a 5% increase over 2010’s previous high.  NFL on FOX in 2013 marked a 6% household ratings and 8% audience increase over 2012 (11.8/24, 19.7 million).  The last four seasons of the NFL on FOX have been FOX’s most-watched since the network first began broadcasting the sport in 1994 (2013 – 21.2 million; 2010 – 20.11 million; 2011 – 20.96 million and 2012 – 19.7 million).

The 2013 NFL on FOX’s AMERICA’S GAME OF THE WEEK national games averaged a sensational 15.9/29, with 27.2 million viewers, and continues to rank as the most-watched show on television in households and all key male and adult demographics. AMERICA’S GAME OF THE WEEK finished +7% in rating and +10% in audience over the 2012-’13 season (14.8/26, 24.8 million viewers).

FOX NFL SUNDAY, America’s most-watched pregame show since its 1994 debut, delivered a 3.4/8 for the 2013 season, with a season-high 5.5 million viewers for its final installment of the 2013 campaign, and on the year averaged 3.2/8 with 4.8 million viewers, up +3% in rating and +4% in audience over 2012-’13 (3.1/8, 4.6 million viewers).

Every NFL on FOX broadcast day begins with FOX NFL KICKOFF on FOX Sports 1 at 11:00 AM ET.  The one-hour show, now in its second season, is hosted by Joel Klatt with three of the NFL’s all-time greats – Donovan McNabb, Randy Moss and Brian Urlacher – serving as analysts each week.

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Amy DuBois Barnett Named Executive Editor for ESPN Site Serving African-American Audiences

espn-logoESPN Digital & Print Media today announced that award-winning journalist Amy DuBois Barnett will join ESPN as Executive Editor of Jason Whitlock’s upcoming site that will provide coverage, commentary and insight about sports and culture directed towards an African-American audience.  In this role, Barnett will manage editorial operations for the site.  She will report to Whitlock, founder and Editor-in-Chief.

“Amy’s impressive resume across a wide range of publications and brands, as well as her leadership experience, will ensure that the site will be at the forefront of news and commentary relevant to African-Americans,” said Whitlock.  “Together, we aim to serve audiences with quality and innovative journalism when the site debuts.”

“We continue to attract highly-acclaimed editors that bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the ESPN Digital & Print Media team, and Amy is a prime example,” added Patrick Stiegman, vice president and editorial director, ESPN Digital & Print Media.  “She and Jason are building a tremendous team that will speak to, entertain, inform and serve African-American audiences about sports and culture.”

Most recently, Barnett was Editor-in-Chief of Ebony, the oldest and largest African-American magazine in the country. At Ebony, Barnett executed the publication’s first top-to-bottom redesign in its 68-year history and also re-launched Ebony.com, both to critical acclaim.

Prior to Ebony, Barnett was the Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Harper’s Bazaar. Barnett was also the Managing Editor of Teen People. Before Teen People, Barnett served as Editor-in-Chief of Honey magazine where she oversaw a major redesign of the magazine.  Prior to Honey, Barnett was with Essence magazine, heading up the publication’s style content and lifestyle department.

For her work as a journalist, Barnett was named the 2012 Media Executive of the Year by Target Market News.  In 2013, she was included on the Folio 100, a list that honors the most innovative and influential professionals in magazine media.

This past school year, Barnett was also an Adjunct Professor of Management & Organizations at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, teaching a Spring semester class on Shifting Business Frameworks in Media and Entertainment.

A Brown University graduate, Barnett also has an M.F.A. degree in Creative Writing from Columbia University.

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