FOX Sports Programming Highlights: College Football, MLB, NASCAR & More

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL: 2014 Season Kicks Off With Four Days of Action Including #10 Baylor vs. SMU and #15 USC vs. Fresno State

MLB: Reds Face Pirates Saturday on FOX Sports 1

NASCAR: FOX Sports 1 Covers NASCAR from Canada to Atlanta on Labor Day Weekend 

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL

 

FOX SPORTS OPENS 2014 COLLEGE FOOTBALL SEASON WITH FOUR STRAIGHT DAYS OF HARD-HITTING ACTION

  • Network/When/Talent:

o   Rutgers vs. Washington St.

  • Thursday, Aug. 28 (10:00 PM ET), FOX Sports 1 / FOX Sports GO, Tim Brando, Joel Klatt and Jenny Taft

o   Colorado St. vs. Colorado

  • Friday, Aug. 29 (9:00 PM ET), FOX Sports 1 / FOX Deportes / FOX Sports GO, Craig Bolerjack and Ryan Nece (Deportes: Pablo Alsina and Francisco X. Rivera)

o   North Dakota St. at Iowa St.

  • Saturday, Aug. 30 (12:00 PM ET), FOX Sports 1 / FOX Sports GO, Justin Kutcher & Coy Wire

o   Troy at UAB

  • Saturday, Aug. 30 (12:00 PM ET), FOX College Sports / FOX Sports GO, Mike Morgan, JC Pearson and Steffi Sorensen

o   Central Arkansas at Texas Tech

  • Saturday, Aug. 30 (7:00 PM ET), FOX Sports Regional Networks / FOX Sports GO, Mark Followill, Brian Baldinger and Lesley McCaslin

o   Samford at TCU

  • Saturday, Aug. 30 (7:00 PM ET), FOX Sports Regional Networks / FOX Sports GO, Brendan Burke, Ben Leber and Christian Steckel

o   Fresno St. at #15 USC

  • Saturday, Aug. 30 (7:30 PM ET), FOX / FOX Sports GO, Gus Johnson, Charles Davis and Molly McGrath

o   SMU at #10 Baylor

  • Sunday, Aug. 31 (7:30 PM ET), FOX Sports 1 / FOX Sports GO, Joe Davis, Joey Harrington and Kris Budden
  • This Week: FOX Sports kicks off the 2014 college football season with four straight days of action, highlighted by Fresno State at No. 15 USC on prime time Saturday night on the FOX broadcast network. Action kicks off Thursday night, as Rutgers takes the field for the first time as a member of the Big Ten Conference, facing Washington State at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, and wraps up with a rare Sunday night contest, as No. 10 Baylor opens its beautiful new facility, McLane Stadium in Waco, against SMU.

 

FOX SPORTS LIVE: COUNTDOWN TO KICKOFF

  • Network/When: Friday, Aug. 29 (12:00 AM ET), FOX Sports 1 / FOX Sports GO
  • Talent: Analysts Joel Klatt, Matt Leinart, Petros Papadakis and Dave Wannstedt with college football insiders Bruce Feldman, Stewart Mandel and Clay Travis
  • This Week: FOX SPORTS LIVE: COUNTDOWN TO KICKOFF gets fans ready for a full Saturday of college football action, breaking down the biggest stories in the game before kickoff the next day.

 

FOX DEBUTS NEW ONE-HOUR PRIME TIME COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREGAME SHOW

  • Network/When: Saturday, Aug. 30 (6:30 PM ET), FOX / FOX Sports GO
  • Talent: Host Rob Stone with analysts Joel Klatt and Dave Wannstedt and college football insiders Bruce Feldman, Stewart Mandel and Clay Travis
  • This Week: FOX Sports debuts its new one-hour prime-time college football pregame show on the FOX broadcast network on Saturday, leading into its biggest game of the night – Fresno St. at No. 15 USC. Host Rob Stone is joined by former Colorado quarterback Joel Klatt, former college and NFL head coach Dave Wannstedt and college football insiders Bruce Feldman, Stewart Mandel and Clay Travis, who provide news, analysis and updates from a full day of college football action. This week, Klatt sits down with first-year USC head coach Steve Sarkisian and breaks down his top five quarterbacks in the Pac-12. Feldman and Travis discuss Alabama’s quarterback dilemma and Bret Bielema’s fate at Arkansas. The group checks in with Gus Johnson, Charles Davis and Molly McGrath, who get ready to call Fresno State at No. 15 USC, and Davis discusses Notre Dame’s academic scandal.

STUDIO SHOWS

 

FOX SPORTS LIVE – INTENSIFIED COLLEGE FOOTBALL COVERAGE, COUNTDOWN TO KICKOFF PREMIERES FRIDAY, NFL PRESEASON AND SEASON PREVIEW ANALYSIS, WYNALDA IN-STUDIO FOR CHAMPIONS LEAGUE INSIGHT

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 / FOX Sports GO, nightly (11:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Jay Onrait, Dan O’Toole, Charissa Thompson, Cole Wright, Ryan Field, Gabe Kapler, Joel Klatt, Matt Leinart, Donovan McNabb, Petros Papadakis, Clay Travis, Eric Wynalda.
  • This Week: With the college football season kicking off from Seattle this Thursday night in a Rutgers-Washington State matchup on FOX Sports 1, FOX SPORTS LIVE ramps up its coverage throughout the week. Coverage also leads up to Friday’s debut of FOX SPORTS LIVE: COUNTDOWN TO KICKOFF (12:00 AM ET), an hour-long programming block that airs weekly throughout the fall. During the week, college football analysts Matt Leinart, Petros Papadakis and Clay Travis provide nightly analysis with the season right around the corner. The dawn of college football means the NFL is not far behind, and with the season opener just eight days away, six-time Pro Bowl quarterback Donovan McNabb is in-studio each night to discuss all of the day’s news as training camp battles are decided and teams finalize their rosters for the regular season. Also joining the show on Wednesday and Thursday nights is U.S. Soccer Hall of Famer and FOX Sports 1 soccer analyst Eric Wynalda to recap the Champions League playoff matches airing on FOX Sports 1. Wynalda also breaks down Thursday’s Champions League draw that determines the highly anticipated group stage matches in September.

           

AMERICA’S PREGAME – CONTINUED NFL TRAINING CAMP SITE HITS AND COVERAGE, PREEMPTED FRIDAY

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 / FOX Sports GO, weekdays (6:00 PM ET), preempted Friday, Aug. 29
  • Talent:  Mike Hill, Molly McGrath, Royce Clayton, Joel Klatt, Kirk Morrison, Ephraim Salaam
  • This Week: With the NFL preseason wrapping up this week, local correspondents continue to lend daily reports and wraps in addition to live pregame site hits from New Jersey (N.Y. Giants), Philadelphia and Miami from FOX Sports 1 reporters Mike Garafolo, Alex Marvez and Peter Schrager. The show also maintains its focus on the world of college football this week, highlighted by a satellite interview on Wednesday with always colorful Washington State head coach Mike Leach in advance of the program’s season-opener Thursday night vs. Rutgers.With a NASCAR Nationwide Final practice at Atlanta, the show is preempted on Friday evening.      

 

MLB

 

CINCINNATI REDS TAKE ON PITTSBURGH PIRATES SATURDAY ON FOX SPORTS 1

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 / FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Aug. 30 (4:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Kenny Albert, Sean Casey & Ken Rosenthal

MLB WHIPAROUND FEATURES QUICK-TURNAROUND HIGHLIGHTS

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 / FOX Sports GO, weekdays
    • Thursday, Aug. 28 – Friday, Aug. 29 – Dark
    • Monday, Sept. 1 – Wednesday, Sept. 3 (10:00 PM ET)
  • Talent:  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.

MISSION OCTOBER DEBUTS ON FOX SPORTS 1

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 / FOX Sports GO, Monday, Sept. 1 (7:30 PM ET)
  • What: Major League Baseball Productions and FOX Sports collaborate on MISSION OCTOBER, a weekly series on FOX Sports 1 that gives fans an exclusive behind-the-scenes look with specific teams fighting to reach the postseason and win the World Series.  Camera crews follow players, coaches and front office personnel over the course of a weekend series, and each show is produced and edited as the series unfolds with episodes airing Monday evenings each week.

BIG STICKS WITH KEN GRIFFEY JR. FEATURES MARLINS’ SLUGGER

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 / FOX Sports GO, Tuesday, Sept. 2 (7:30 PM ET)
  • Talent: Ken Griffey Jr.
  • This Week: Future Hall of Famer Ken Griffey, Jr. spends a day with Marlins’ slugger Giancarlo Stanton, discussing his philosophy on hitting, reliving great moments from his career and giving exclusive play-by-play commentary on that night’s game.

NASCAR

FOX SPORTS 1 COVERS NASCAR FROM CANADA TO HOT-LANTA ON LABOR DAY WEEKEND – NASCAR has North America covered this Labor Day Weekend as the NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES competes on Sunday, Aug. 31 (1:30 PM ET) in Canada, live on FOX Sports 1, while the NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES hits the track that evening down South at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

The championship battle heats up in the NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES, as the last-minute rush to qualify for the NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup is on, with only Atlanta and Richmond remaining for drivers to lock themselves into the 16-driver Chase field by virtue of a victory. With 12 different winners and, therefore, 12 spots locked up, four remain up for grabs – two of which will be awarded based on points. Matt Kenseth, Ryan Newman, Clint Bowyer and Greg Biffle current sit 13-16th, looking either to win at Atlanta or to pad their lead on drivers further back, such as Kyle Larson, Kasey Kahne, Austin Dillon and Paul Menard.

 

FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports 2 and FOX Sports GO provide comprehensive, live coverage of Friday and Saturday’s Sprint Cup and NASCAR NATIONWIDE SERIES on-track activities from Atlanta, beginning at 2:30 PM ET, in addition to shoulder programming surrounding both series.

The NASCAR on FOX on-air team of Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds reunites to call Friday and Saturday’s Sprint Cup practice and qualifying sessions, while Sam Hornish Jr. joins the Nationwide Series booth on Friday.

In addition, FOX Sports 1 continues to follow the latest in the investigation of the death of sprint-car driver Kevin Ward Jr. at Canandaigua Motorsports Park in New York.

LARRY MCREYNOLDS SAYS KASEY KAHNE MIGHT HAVE TROUBLE REBOUNDING FROM BAD BRISTOL FINISH TO MAKE THE CHASE: “I know 33 points is doable and Kasey Kahne has won twice at Atlanta and once at Richmond, but I’m not so sure that Bristol wasn’t the nail in the coffin for his Chase chances in 2014. These drivers who are on the outside of the Chase looking in, like Kyle Larson, Austin Dillon and Kasey Kahne, could have a top-five finish and still not make up a lot of ground. We saw it with Kyle Larson at Bristol, where he finished 12th and still lost ground as far as getting into the Chase is concerned.”

MCREYNOLDS THINKS CREW CHIEF DAVE ROGERS FINALLY REACHED BREAKING POINT WITH KYLE BUSCH AT BRISTOL: “Everybody has a breaking point, and I think Dave Rogers finally reached it. But I think that in 2015 when they add a team (Carl Edwards), which will create another crew chief position, the only driver/crew chief combination that will be the same at Daytona in 2015 will be Matt Kenseth and Jason Ratcliff.”

MCREYNOLDS SAYS A SURPRISE WINNER COULD EMERGE AT ATLANTA: “I’m still not ready to give up the thought that we’ll see Kyle Larson in Victory Lane at some point, and Clint Bowyer dominated at Atlanta last year before he had an engine failure.  Either of them could get it done.”

NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES RACE FROM CANADIAN TIRE MOTORSPORT PARK

  • Network/When:  FOX Sports 1 / FOX Sports GO; Sunday, Aug. 31  (1:30 PM ET)
  • Talent:  Adam Alexander, Phil Parsons, Michael Waltrip, Ray Dunlap and Hermie Sadler
  • This Week: Seventeen points separate the top three drivers with nine races to go in the 2014 NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES season. Johnny Sauter leads teammate and reigning champ Matt Crafton (-8), four-time champion Ron Hornaday Jr. (-17), Ryan Blaney (-24) and Darrell Wallace Jr. (-33).

NCWTS SETUP FROM CANADIAN TIRE MOTORSPORT PARK

  • Network/When:  FOX Sports 1 / FOX Sports GO; Sunday, Aug. 31 (1:00 PM ET)
  • Talent:  Krista Voda, Adam Alexander, Phil Parsons, Michael Waltrip, Ryan Dunlap and Hermie Sadler
  • This Week:NCWTS SETUPoffers a feature and sit-down interview with German Quiroga Jr.; a look at last week’s race at Bristol in which former Sprint Cup champ Brad Keselowski won his first Truck Series race; the 2013 race at Canada, in which Chase Elliott won in controversial fashion over Ty Dillon and another competitor’s girlfriend slapped Max Papis in the garage; and discussion regarding what Ron Hornaday Jr., who consistently has run in the top five recently, needs to do to break his lengthy winless streak.

 

NASCAR RACE HUB

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 / FOX Sports GO; Monday – Thursdays (5:00 PM ET); Special Edition on Friday, Aug. 29 (1:30 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: Kaitlyn Vincie sits down with Matt and Katie Kenseth for a two-part interview, “Crunching the Numbers” feature for Sprint Cup race at Atlanta. The show also includes full Atlanta race preview and a “Let it Ride” odds segment on Thursday, Aug. 28.

 

NASCAR RACEDAY FROM ATLANTA MOTOR SPEEDWAY

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 / FOX Sports GO; Sunday, Aug. 31 (5:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: John Roberts, Larry McReynolds, Kenny Wallace, Bob Dillner and Rutledge Wood
  • This Week: Kaitlyn Vincie sits down with Bristol winner Joey Logano regarding the upcoming Chase; Rutledge Wood presents seven-time champion and friend Richard Petty with a 1953 Plymouth that Petty gave him and Wood restored; Austin Dillon interviews younger brother, Ty Dillon, regarding his Sprint Cup debut at Atlanta; and a complete recap of the new 2015 NASCAR race schedule

 

UFC

 

BARAO WILL BE MORE PREPARED FOR DILLASHAW REMATCH AT UFC 177, SAYS ELLENBERGER: In an epic rematch, UFC 177: DILLASHAW vs. BARAO pits bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw (11-2) against the No. 1-ranked Renan Barao (34-2, 1 NC) on Saturday, Aug. 30. UFC on FOX analyst Jake Ellenberger believes this fight will play out much differently than the first. “TJ was very unpredictable in the first fight and brought some skills to the table that we hadn’t seen before. Barao is going to be much more prepared this fight and it’ll be fun to watch.” Follow the link to watch the complete preview: http://bit.ly/1taG3XJ

 

UFC TONIGHT – UFC 177 PREVIEW, DILLASHAW, BASZLER, WEIDMAN AND DAVIE INTERVIEWS

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 / FOX Sports GO, Wednesday, Aug. 27 (8:00 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 177 and interview headliner TJ Dillashaw before his title defense against former champ Renan Barao this Saturday night. They also catch up with Shayna Baszler before her Saturday night UFC debut. Plus, the team talks to middleweight champion Chris Weidman andUFC founder Art Davie. Insider Helwani add reports.

UFC PRESENTS: TJ DILLASHAW: FEARLESS

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 / FOX Sports GO, Wednesday, Aug. 27 (7:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: TJ Dillashaw
  • This Week:TJ Dillashaw emerged from the tiny town of Angels Camp, Calif. and was crowned UFC champion in the fight capital of the world, Las Vegas. FEARLESS takes you to Dillashaw’s hometown and to his Sacramento training camp to show how a natural-born competitor became a top-ranked wrestler, a prospect on THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER television series and the bantamweight champion of the world.

UFC FIGHT FLASHBACK: BARAO VS. DILLASHAW

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 / FOX Sports GO, Thursday, Aug. 28 (7:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: TJ Dillashaw, Renan Barao
  • This Week: UFC FIGHT FLASHBACK: BARAO VS. DILLASHAW is an enhanced replay of the one of the most memorable title fights in UFC history, featuring never-before-seen footage from state-of-the-art cameras, and exclusive new sound. Watch it again, like you’ve never seen it before.

UFC 177 WEIGH-IN SHOW, FORMER BANTAMWEIGHT CHAMP CRUZ SERVES AS ANALYST

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 2 / FOX Sports GO, Friday, Aug. 29 (7:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Karyn Bryant, Kenny Florian, Dominick Cruz, Ariel Helwani
  • This Week:The UFC WEIGH-IN SHOW features host Karyn Bryant, with former UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz and Kenny Florian as analysts, as the fighters tip the scales. Ariel Helwani interviews fighters during the show.

UFC 177 PREFIGHT: DILLASHAW VS. BARAO PREVIEW

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 / FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Aug. 30 (7:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Karyn Bryant, Kenny Florian, Dominick Cruz, Ariel Helwani
  • This Week: Host Bryant and analysts Cruz and Florian preview the main card and prelim fights at UFC 177: DILLASHAW VS. BARAO II.

                                                                 

UFC 177 PRELIMS LIVE ON FOX SPORTS 1

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 / FOX Deportes / FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Aug. 30 (8:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Mike Goldberg, Joe Rogan, Karyn Bryant, Kenny Florian, Dominick Cruz, Ariel Helwani (FOX Deportes: Víctor Dávila and Fabricio Werdum)
  • This Week: The two-hour UFC 177 PRELIMS features four fights including Lorenz Larkin (14-3, 1NC) versus Derek Brunson (11-3) in a middleweight scrap. Heavyweight Ruan Potts (8-2) faces Anthony Hamilton (12-3), while No. 15-ranked flyweight Scott Jorgensen (15-9) fights Olympic gold medal wrestler Henry Cejudo (6-0). Bantamweights Joe Soto (15-2) and Anthony Birchak (11-1) kick off the PRELIMS.

UFC 177 POSTFIGHT SHOW RECAPS BANTAMWEIGHT TITLE BOUT

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 / FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Aug. 30 (1:00 AM ET)
  • Talent: Karyn Bryant, Kenny Florian, Dominick Cruz, Ariel Helwani
  • This Week: Host Bryant and analysts Florian and Cruz recap the bantamweight title fight rematch between TJ Dillashaw and Renan Barao. The group also interviews winners of the main bouts.

 

UFC ULTIMATE INSIDER: INSIDE THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER TRYOUTS, DERRICK LEWIS, JOE LAUZON AND CAT ZINGANO

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 2 / FOX Sports GO, Sunday, Aug. 31 (7:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Jon Anik
  • This Week: Go behind the scenes as the world’s best 115-pound female fighters jockey to make a groundbreaking season of the hit reality show THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER, where for the first time the finalists will fight for UFC gold. Then, travel to Houston where UFC heavyweight Derrick Lewis has left behind a troubled past to experience a remarkable rise in the UFC’s hardest hitting division. Watch jiu-jitsu masters Rener and Ryron Gracie dissect the precision and skill of Joe Lauzon’s impressive submission win against Jamie Varner. Plus, the first mom to ever triumph inside the Octagon, Cat Zingano, illuminates the Warrior Code that drives her hunt for a UFC belt.

COUNTDOWN TO UFC FIGHT NIGHT: JACARE VS. MOUSASI

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 / FOX Sports GO, Monday, Sept. 1 (9:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Jacare Souza, Gegard Mousasi
  • This Week: COUNTDOWN TO UFC FIGHT NIGHT takes you inside the training camps of Gegard Mousasi and Jacare Souza as these top-10 middleweights prepare for a rematch between two completely different fighters than the ones who first met six years ago. In the co-main event, fearsome heavyweights Alistair Overeem and Ben Rothwell brace for a massive clash in Connecticut. Plus, New England fan favorite Joe Lauzon will meet a fellow submission specialist, THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER Season 15 winner Michael Chiesa.

UFC ROUNDTABLE: THE ULTIMATE FIGHTERS

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 / FOX Sports GO, Wednesday, Sept. 3 (9:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Jay Glazer, Rashad Evans, Matt Serra, Forrest Griffin, Chuck Liddell
  • This Week: Host Jay Glazer is joined by former UFC champions Rashad Evans, Matt Serra, Forrest Griffin and Chuck Liddell to discuss all things THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER. Griffin, Evans and Serra relate their experiences competing on the show, while all of them relate their impressions of coaching on the series. This one-hour special is filled with insights, never-been-told stories and intriguing memories of the long-running reality series.

 

MOTOGP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

DEFENDING CHAMP MARQUEZ LOOKS TO GET BACK ON TRACK AT SILVERSTONE

  • Network/When:  FOX Sports 1 / FOX Sports GO, Sunday, Aug. 31 (7:00 AM ET)
  • Talent:  Host Bob Varsha; analysts Gregory Haines and Nick Harris
  • This Week: The Hertz British Grand Prix at Silverstone will be the first event on the MotoGP calendar to welcome a winner other than Marc Marquez, as the defending champ’s streak of race wins to start the season ended at 10, when teammate Dani Pedrosa captured the top spot at Brno. The 3.666-mile, 18-turn Silverstone circuit easily is one of the most prestigious venues in the world dedicated to motor sports.

ORIGINAL PROGRAMMING

NFL FILMS PRESENTS: A WHOLE LOTTA NOISE GOES INSIDE LEGION OF BOOM

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 / FOX Sports GO, Tuesday, Sept. 2 (8:30 PM ET)
  • Talent: Joe Buck
  • This Week: This week’s episode features a roundtable with the Seattle Seahawks “Legion of Boom” secondary and listens in on NFL head coaches wired for sound during training camp.

SOCCER

 

WORLD CUP STARS FEATURED ON FOX SPORTS AS ENGLAND TAKES ON NORWAY IN AN INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY

  • Network/When: England vs Norway, FOX Sports 2 / FOX Sports GO, Wednesday, Sept. 3 (2:55 PM ET)
  • Talent: Keith Costigan hosts in-studio.

RED BULL

 

BRITISH PILOTS LOOK FOR HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE AT RED BULL AIR RACE ASCOT

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 / FOX Sports GO, Monday, Sept. 1 (7:30 PM ET)
  • Talent: Host Nick Fellows, analysis by former Air Race pilot Mike Mangold
  • This Week: The famous Ascot thoroughbred horse race track outside of London hosts the next stop of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship. Britain’s Paul Bonhomme and Nigel Lamb are counting on home support in the wooded countryside near the Britain Royal Family’s Windsor Castle as they to narrow the gap to Red Bull Air Race World Championship leader Hannes Arch of Austria at the first race in Britain since 2008. Arch leads the eight-race championship at the mid-way point by 13 points, but Bonhomme (second place) and Lamb (third place) are still in the thick of the title battle with four races remaining in 2014. “The British combo of Nigel Lamb and Paul Bonhomme will try to hold off Hannes Arch, because if he wins in England, the Austrian will be a lock to win the season title,” says FOX Sports 1 analyst Mike Mangold. “This will be a technical racecourse full of high G turns and pilots will be faced with strong and constantly changing winds.” In the Red Bull Air Race, pilots race against the clock as they try to navigate their race planes as fast as possible through a challenging low-altitude slalom course filled with Air Gate obstacles.

College Football on FOX Season Preview Press Call Highlights

260px-Fox_College_Football_logoNew York – Yesterday afternoon, FOX Sports conducted a press call to preview the 2014 college football season. FOX Sports kicks off the season with four straight days of hard-hitting action, led by Fresno State at No. 15 USC on Saturday in prime time on the FOX broadcast network. Other games include Rutgers vs. Washington State on Thursday at 10:00 PM ET and SMU at No. 10 Baylor on Sunday at 7:30 PM ET, both on FOX Sports 1. A full schedule of this week’s games, including broadcaster information, can be found below.

 

FOX Sports also debuts two college football studio shows beginning Friday night at 12:00 AM ET with FOX SPORTS LIVE: COUNTDOWN TO KICKOFF on FOX Sports 1. The live one-hour program features analysts Joel Klatt, Dave Wannstedt, Matt Lienart and Petros Papadakis with college football insiders Bruce Feldman, Stewart Mandel and Clay Travis getting fans ready for kickoff on Saturday. On Saturday evening, FOX COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREGAME airs at 6:30 PM ET on the broadcast network with host Rob Stone joined by analysts Wannstedt and Klatt breaking down the biggest stories from the sport before FOX Sports’ biggest game of the day – Fresno State at No. 15 USC – kicks off at 7:30 PM ET, with Gus Johnson, Charles Davis and Molly McGrath on the call.

 

FOX Sports presents college football fans some of the most exciting matchups in the country this season, with more than 100 games scheduled across its national and local broadcast and cable platforms. Top contests featuring Big 12, Pac-12 and Conference USA teams appear on the FOX broadcast network, FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports Networks (FSN), FOX College Sports, FOX Deportes and FOX Sports GO all season long, culminating with the Pac-12 and Big Ten conference championship games on back-to-back nights on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 5 and 6.

 

Highlights of today’s call are transcribed below.

Joel Klatt expressed concerns about how the College Football Playoff selection committee defines the four “best” teams and about how sitting athletic directors can remain impartial:

“I do have a couple of concerns – one is the contradiction in the verbiage that they’ve thrown out there. I know they’ve made it painstakingly clear that they’re going after the four best teams in college football, not the four most deserving teams in college football, which on its face sounds great, but when you put “best” rather than “deserving,” subjectivity comes in, perception comes in, and all of a sudden you’re looking at teams that might have done something that was extraordinary and truly played above their heads in games that they probably shouldn’t have won, and this committee might be able to say, accurately, that they’re not one of the four best teams, but they’ve had one of the four best seasons. I would rather see that team in than out, so I think that this is going to value recruiting and perception much more than it is the team that really comes from nowhere and is able to play above their heads and really deserves to have a shot at it.

“The other piece that I’m concerned about is I know there’s a lengthy refusal policy, but what it doesn’t apply to is the sitting athletic directors and teams in their own conferences. The level of money that we’re talking about – $18 million for a semifinal, $22 million for a potential national championship game – if a team from your conference that’s not your team goes to the Playoff, rather than one of the other marquee bowls, then they have a chance at that extra $22 million. That extra $22 million would be roughly about $1 million – depending on how many schools are in your conference – it would mean that amount of money to you as an athletic director due to conference revenue-sharing. That’s a really clear bias that could be entered into the equation, and I’m really interested to see how it all comes out. They’ve protected themselves by keeping the final vote private, which I don’t agree with – if you’re going to have transparency in part of the process, it should be in all of the process.”

Charles Davis says strength of schedule and perception will likely play a big role in the selection committee’s decision:

“The mindset of the public is going to be different, because they’re trying to get the four best teams – whether they call them “best,” “deserving,” or whatever. When you start talking about Cinderella not being a part of this, it goes against what people have loved about the NCAA basketball tournament, which is picked by a committee. Let’s say Marshall runs the table. What if they go 13-0 or 14-0? If they are presented for possibility there and are up against a two-loss Power Five conference team, do you really think that the people on the committee are going to look at it and say, ‘Who would you take on a Saturday? Marshall, or one of those Power Five teams?’ What if Marshall had that special year? They’re not likely to get a sniff.

“We keep hearing about strength of schedule. You’re never going to equalize it out in college football – it’s just not going to work that way. Some years when you think you’ve got a great schedule, the teams that you thought were going to be tough turn out not to be. Will some of those brand-name teams get little a bit of a pass down the road if their strength of schedule isn’t as great, but they’re a Brand-X team, versus another team that may not be that may or may not have a tougher schedule? It’s all still out there for us to find out, and I wish the committee luck. I think they’ve got an almost-impossible job in so many different ways. I can’t wait to watch them try and do it.”

Stewart Mandel believes the playoff and selection committee are huge improvements over the BCS system:

“The selection committee as a concept is a big improvement from the BCS standings. There was not any accountability with the coaches poll or the BCS computers. Anybody that has studied those has said they were stripped down without scoring margin as part of it, and it wasn’t true math. I think the idea of 13 people who are solely dedicated to focusing on this – spending their Mondays and Tuesdays watching game tape, breaking down stats and of course debating among themselves, is an improvement. That being said, there’s never going to be a “right” four teams. In my research that I did for my book, where I went back and applied it to the past five seasons, not once would we have said that those are the obvious top four. Whereas in the BCS last year, everybody pretty much agreed it was Florida State-Auburn. The more teams you add to it, the more controversy there’s going to be because there are just more teams that are going to have a legitimate claim to those last couple spots.”

Davis breaks down the Week 2 matchup between Michigan State and Oregon:

“For some reason, people kind of anointed Ohio State prior to the Braxton Miller injury, and it’s almost like people forgot that Michigan State won the conference last year and returns a whole lot of great players. They beat Ohio State head-to-head. They’re going on the road carrying the banner for the Big Ten. For Oregon, their nemesis in recent years has been Stanford, and what’s Stanford’s style of play? It’s heavy-duty running the ball on offense, being extremely physical – a physical, excellent tackling team on defense. All those yards-after-catch, yards-after-contact, open-field plays that Oregon is used to getting, that hidden yardage they weren’t getting against Stanford. For Oregon to win the Pac-12, they have to beat Stanford. They know that. For Oregon to clearly get into playoff consideration and have a chance to be an undefeated team, they have to beat Stanford twice this year, and what I mean by that is Michigan State is Stanford. If you take Michigan State, Stanford and Wisconsin and strip their identity in terms of uniform, you’re essentially getting the same team, same style, same philosophy. Oregon has to do that twice this year.”

Dave Wannstedt on the situation involving Josh Shaw and if it will be a distraction:

“I’ll say one thing – the quickest way to be defeated is to be distracted.”

Wannstedt on the University of Miami and if the Hurricanes can contend for the ACC Championship:

“Al Golden knows what it takes to get it done. They have had some tough issues with the probation, and that’s behind them. Everyone is talking about them starting a freshman quarterback, and to have to go there is a little bit of a concern. More importantly, how they play defense is just crazy. I’m pulling for them, but they have some issues to deal with.”

 

COLLEGE FOOTBALL ON FOX SPORTS WEEK 1 SCHEDULE​

·         Rutgers vs. Washington St. (CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Wash.)

o   Thursday, Aug. 28 (10:00 PM ET), FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Tim Brando, Joel Klatt and Jenny Taft; #RutgersvsWazzu

·         Colorado St. vs. Colorado (Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver, Colo.)

o   Friday, Aug. 29 (9:00 PM ET), FOX Sports 1, FOX Deportes & FOX Sports GO, Craig Bolerjack and Ryan Nece (Deportes: Pablo Alsina and Francisco X. Rivera); #RockyMountainShowdown

·         North Dakota St. at Iowa St.

o   Saturday, Aug. 30 (12:00 PM ET), FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Justin Kutcher & Coy Wire; #NDStvsIowaSt

·         Troy at UAB

o   Saturday, Aug. 30 (12:00 PM ET), FOX College Sports & FOX Sports GO, Mike Morgan, JC Pearson and Steffi Sorensen; #TroyvsUAB

·         Central Arkansas at Texas Tech

o   Saturday, Aug. 30 (7:00 PM ET), FOX Sports Regional Networks & FOX Sports GO, Mark Followill, Brian Baldinger and Lesley McCaslin; #CentralArkvsTTech

·         Samford at TCU

o   Saturday, Aug. 30 (7:00 PM ET), FOX Sports Regional Networks & FOX Sports GO, Brendan Burke, Ben Leber and Christian Steckel; #SamfordvsTCU

·         Fresno St. at #15 USC

o   Saturday, Aug. 30 (7:30 PM ET), FOX & FOX Sports GO, Gus Johnson, Charles Davis and Molly McGrath; #FresnoStvsUSC

·         SMU at #10 Baylor

o   Sunday, Aug. 31 (7:30 PM ET), FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Joe Davis, Joey Harrington and Kris Budden; #SMUvsBaylor

 

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FOX Sports Unveils Expanded NASCAR Coverage for 2015

NASCAR_on_FOXFOX Carries 10 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Races,

Four NASCAR Nationwide Series Races Over-the-Air

FOX Sports 1 Adds NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Race Coverage;

Increases Already Strong Motor Sports Lineup

Charlotte, N.C. – FOX Sports, the leader in televised motor sports, today unveils its expansive NASCAR race schedule for 2015, including the first eight NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES point races on FOX, plus six coming to FOX Sports 1 for the first time.  The season kicks off from Daytona Speedweeks with the SPRINT UNLIMITED, DAYTONA 500 POLE QUALIFYING and 57th running of the DAYTONA 500 all on the broadcast network.

The FOX over-the-air schedule, which boasts more races than any other outlet, features point events at Atlanta, Las Vegas, Phoenix, California, Martinsville, Texas, Bristol, Talladega and Charlotte. In addition, six NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES point races are scheduled to air live on FOX Sports 1 for the first time, joining the BUDWEISER DUEL and the NASCAR SPRINT ALL-STAR RACE.

As part of the new 10-year television package, NASCAR on FOX delivers, for the first time, the initial 14 races of the NASCAR NATIONWIDE SERIES season, with four events – Phoenix, Talladega, Charlotte and Dover – on FOX, and the remaining 10 on FOX Sports 1. The NASCAR NATIONWIDE SERIES is second only to Sprint Cup as the most-watched racing in the country.

”Everyone at FOX Sports welcomes the NASCAR Nationwide Series, and is pleased with the changes that NASCAR made to the Sprint Cup schedule for 2015,” said Bill Wanger, Executive Vice President, Programming, Research and Content Strategy, FOX Sports.  “We worked closely with NASCAR to have a strong second race and Atlanta fits the bill beautifully.  We now have a powerful 1-2 punch to start the season with Daytona and Atlanta before heading out West.”

In 2015, the NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES returns to FOX (Talladega) and FOX Sports 1 for a full 23-race season of competition, beginning in Daytona. FOX Sports 1 also continues to deliver live coverage of practice and qualifying sessions across all three national series and the popular programs NASCAR RACE HUB, NASCAR RACEDAY, NASCAR LIVE and NASCAR VICTORY LANE, as well as live updates to viewers of FOX SPORTS LIVE, the network’s flagship news program.

In addition to extensive coverage from Winter Testing and Daytona Speedweeks, NASCAR on FOX also continues its 10 DAYS OF THUNDER campaign, highlighting the back-to-back Charlotte race weekends in May that culminate with a Memorial Day Weekend salute to our troops.

All races on FOX and FOX Sports 1 also are available through FOX Sports GO, the app that provides live streaming video of FOX Sports content.

2015 NASCAR on FOX/FOX Sports 1 lineup:

  • 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series on FOX (10 point races): Sprint Unlimited, Daytona 500 Pole Qualifying, Daytona, Atlanta, Las Vegas, Phoenix, California, Martinsville, Texas, Bristol, Talladega, Charlotte
  • 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series on FOX Sports 1 (6 point races): Budweiser Duel, Richmond, Kansas, NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race, Dover, Pocono, Michigan, Sonoma
  • 2015 NASCAR Nationwide Series on FOX (4 point races): Phoenix, Talladega, Charlotte, Dover
  • 2015 NASCAR Nationwide Series on FOX Sports 1 (10 point races): Daytona, Atlanta, Las Vegas, California, Texas, Bristol, Richmond, Iowa, Michigan, Chicagoland
  • 2015 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series on FOX (1 point race): Talladega
  • 2015 NASCAR Camping World Series on FOX Sports 1: Remaining 22 races

For a look at the complete 2015 NASCAR television schedule, please visit www.NASCAR.com.

The NASCAR on FOX lineup highlights a strong commitment to motor sports, which includes coverage of Monster Energy Supercross, the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the MotoGP™ World Championship, the ARCA Racing Series and, beginning in September, the inaugural season of the FIA Formula E Championship.

About FOX Sports

FOX Sports is the umbrella entity representing 21st Century FOX’s wide array of multi-platform US-based sports assets.  Built with brands capable of reaching more than 100 million viewers in a single weekend, FOX Sports includes ownership and interests in linear television networks, digital and mobile programming, broadband platforms, multiple web sites, joint-venture businesses and several licensing partnerships.  FOX Sports includes the sports television arm of the FOX Broadcasting Company; FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports 2; FOX Sports Regional Networks, their affiliated regional web sites and national programming; FOX Soccer Plus; FOX Deportes and FOX College Sports.  In addition, FOX Sports also encompasses FOX Sports Digital, which includes FOXSports.com, FOX Sports GO, Whatifsports.com and Yardbarker.com.  Also included in the Group are FOX’s interests in joint-venture businesses Big Ten Network, BTN 2Go and a licensing agreement that establish the FOX Sports Radio Network.

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

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FOX SPORTS HIGHLIGHTS – 3 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

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 http://bit.ly/1p77hvM

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 NFL

TWO UNIQUE SHOWS KICK OFF NFL SEASON PREVIEW COVERAGE

THE BIG CATCH: 2014 FOX SPORTS FOOTBALL PREVIEW

  • 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.

FANTASY FOOTBALL UNCENSORED

  • 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.

PRESEASON NFL COVERAGE CONTINUES WITH CHARGERS-49ERS ON SUNDAY

  • 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.

 

STUDIO SHOWS

FOX SPORTS LIVE – COLLEGE FOOTBALL HEAD COACHES WEEK AIRING NIGHTLY 1-ON-1 INTERVIEWS, NFL TRAINING CAMP NEWS AND PRESEASON COVERAGE, MLB PLAYOFF RACE HIGHLIGHTS

  • 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: http://foxs.pt/1uT9M8d.

AMERICA’S PREGAME – CONTINUED NFL TRAINING CAMP SITE HITS AND COVERAGE, FEDERER INTERVIEW WEDNESDAY

  • 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.

 

FOX SPORTS EXPERTS GET FANS READY FOR  2014 COLLEGE FOOTBALL SEASON WITH FOX SPORTS 1 COLLEGE FOOTBALL KICKOFF

  • 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.

 

MLB

MLB ON FOX SPORTS 1 DOUBLEHEADER THIS SATURDAY FOLLOWED BY TUESDAY CLASH BETWEEN TWINS & ROYALS

  • 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)

 

MLB WHIPAROUND

  • 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.

 

NASCAR

FOX SPORTS 1 OFFERS LIVE COVERAGE OF RARE WEDNESDAY NIGHT NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES RACE; SPRINT CUP SERIES RACE AT BRISTOL COULD HAVE HUGE CHASE IMPLICATIONS

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.

NASCAR ON FOX’S JEFF HAMMOND SAYS BRISTOL COULD BE PIVOTAL TO MAKING THE CHASE

“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.”

HAMMOND SAYS TIME IS RUNNING OUT ON A FEW DRIVERS

“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.”

HAMMOND PUTS IMPORTANCE ON QUALIFYING AT BRISTOL

“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.”

NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES RACE FROM BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY

  • 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

NCWTS SETUP FROM BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY

  • 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.

 

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, 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.

 

NASCAR RACEDAY FROM BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY

  • 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.

 

TUDOR UNITED SPORTSCAR CHAMPIONSHIP

OAK TREE GRAND PRIX MARKS FIRST TIME GTLM & GTD FEATURED IN STAND-ALONE EVENT

  • 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 www.IMSA.com.

 

UFC

UFC FIGHT NIGHT HEADLINER HENDERSON A TORNADO OF ELBOWS AND PUNCHES, SAYS CRUZ

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: http://bit.ly/1qgtF1S

 

UFC TONIGHT – UFC FIGHT NIGHT: HENDERSON VS. DOS ANJOS PREVIEW, HENDERSON, PYLE, AND MCGREGOR INTERVIEWS

  • 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.

 

UFC WEIGH-IN SHOW, SERRA DEBUTS AS ANALYST

  • 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.

UFC FIGHT NIGHT PREFIGHT: HENDERSON VS. DOS ANJOS PREVIEW, ELLENBERGER DEBUTS AS ANALYST

  • 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.

                                                                 

UFC FIGHT NIGHT PRELIMS LIVE ON FOX SPORTS 2

  • 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.

HENDERSON FACES DOS ANJOS AT UFC FIGHT NIGHT LIVE ON FOX SPORTS 1

  • 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.

FOX SPORTS LIVE RECAPS UFC FIGHT NIGHT BOUTS

  • 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.

COUNTDOWN TO UFC 177: DILLASHAW VS. BARAO

  • 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.

SKATEBOARDING

HUSTON ONE TO WATCH AT STREET LEAGUE SUPER CROWN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

  • 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 Whitleyhttp://bit.ly/VFUJPH

 

BOXING

UNDEFEATED AVILA FACES FRIAS AT GOLDEN BOY BOXING

  • 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.

SOCCER

 

UEFA CHAMPONS LEAGUE AND CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE ACTION CONTINUES NEXT TUESDAY

  • Network/When:

UCL

  • 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)

CCL

  • 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.

SPORTS LIVE EVENT AND STUDIO PROGRAMMING SCHEDULE (8/20 – 8/27)

All Times Eastern/Subject to Change

FOX SPORTS (BROADCAST) – BLUE; FOX SPORTS 1 – BLACK; FOX SPORTS 2 – GREEN

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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

Audience:

-          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 FOXSports.com 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.

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FOX SPORTS LIVE Launches Friday Night College Football Pregame Show, COUNTDOWN TO KICKOFF

260px-Fox_College_Football_logoWeekly Hour-Long Special on FOX Sports 1 Includes News, Insider Perspective, Strategic Analysis and Insight, and On-Site Game Previews

Los Angeles – Beginning Aug. 29, and continuing every Friday for the duration of the football season, FOX Sports 1’s flagship highlight, news and opinion show, FOX SPORTS LIVE, features a dedicated hour of college football programming with the newly minted FOX SPORTS LIVE: COUNTDOWN TO KICKOFF.

Slated to air weekly during the 12:00 AM ET hour, the show activates all reaches of FOX Sports’ deep college football talent stable to provide viewers with a dynamic, entertaining, and informational head start on all of Saturday’s action.

“Few things in sports rival the enthusiasm and passion fans have for college football,” FOX SPORTS LIVE executive producer Michael Hughes said. “We are really excited about this concept and feel like we have an awesome group of insiders and analysts who have covered the game and competed at its highest level.”

In-studio analysts include Joel Klatt, Matt Leinart, Petros Papadakis and Dave Wannstedt. In addition, FOX Sports’ trio of college football insiders, Bruce Feldman, Stewart Mandel and Clay Travis, are on hand to provide news breaks and insights on each week’s most relevant topics, including explanations and analysis of the sport’s first-ever playoff system.

The format counts down the week’s biggest stories from 10 to 1, mixing in related analysis and conversation from the panel of experts. With FOX Sports also holding an expansive rights package for games this season, the show cuts away to on-site reports from the respective crews for previews of Saturday’s contests airing on FOX and FOX Sports 1. On-site game talent includes veteran broadcasters Gus Johnson, Charles Davis and Tim Brando among others.

FOX SPORTS LIVE: COUNTDOWN TO KICKOFF airs live at 12:00AM ET, followed by a series of re-airs on Saturday mornings that lead into FOX Sports 1’s first game each Saturday, set for kick off at 12:00 PM ET.

 

FOX SPORTS LIVE: Countdown To Kickoff

In-Studio Talent

Talent Role Note
Joel Klatt Analyst Former Univ. of Colorado QB; Set 44 school records
Matt Leinart Analyst Former Univ. of Southern Calif. QB; 2004 Heisman Trophy winner;

Two-time first-team All-American

Dave Wannstedt Analyst 39 years of coaching experience; Two-time National Championship winner as assistant coach – Pittsburgh (1976), Miami (1987)
Petros Papadakis Analyst Former Univ. Of Southern Calif. FB; 2000 team captain
Bruce Feldman Insider FOXSports.com senior CFB reporter and columnist;

Author – Meat Market, Cane Mutiny, Swing Your Sword

Stewart Mandel Insider FOXSports.com senior CFB columnist; Author – Bowls, Polls and Tattered Souls, The Thinking Fan’s Guide to the College Football Playoff
Clay Travis Insider FOXSports.com/Outkick The Coverage college football blogger;

Author – Dixieland Delight, On Rocky Top

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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.

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.

–FOX SPORTS–

FOX Sports Programming Highlights: UFC, NASCAR, Soccer & More

fox-sports-logoFOX SPORTS HIGHLIGHTS – 3 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

UFC: Lawler vs. Brown Title Eliminator Live on FOX

NASCAR: Trucks Return to Eldora Dirt; Cup Cars at Brickyard

SOCCER: Guinness International Champions Cup

Brings World Cup Stars to the States

 

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STUDIO SHOWS

 

FOX SPORTS LIVE – COLLEGE FOOTBALL MEDIA DAYS, TOP-10 NFL TEAM-BY-TEAM PREVIEWS AND REPORTING AS TRAINING CAMPS OPEN

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports GO, nightly (11:00 PM ET)
  • Talent:  Jay Onrait, Dan O’Toole, Charissa Thompson, Ryan Field, Gabe Kapler, Donovan McNabb, Petros Papadakis, Peter Schrager, Cole Wright.
  • This Week: The sound of helmets being strapped into place and pads popping at high speeds can only mean one thing: NFL training camps have begun and the season is fast upon us. FOX SPORTS LIVE has full coverage with nightly reports from FOX Sports 1 NFL insider Mike Garafolo in the midst of his training camp tour and Peter Schrager in-studio every night to discuss all of the day’s top stories. Also continuing on the show this week are team-by-team NFL preview packages, as the list narrows into the top 10. In the pieces, a panel featuring Jay Glazer, Joel Klatt, Donovan McNabb, Randy Moss and Brian Urlacher sit down in a roundtable format to analyze one team per night, weighing each club’s offseason transactions and attempting to forecast their prospects for the looming 2014 season. The Baltimore Ravens, Chicago Bears and Philadelphia Eagles all appear on the countdown this week as the panel works its way to No. 1. The official commencement of the NFL season, of course, coincides with the dawn of the college football calendar, and conference media days continue this week. FOX Sports 1 college football insider Bruce Feldman contributes nightly reports from both the Big 12 and Pac-12 gatherings, highlighted by interviews with players and coaches from each.

AMERICA’S PREGAME – REGGIE BUSH INTERVIEW, BROWNS’ FIRST PRACTICE , PAC-12 MEDIA DAYSAND MORE

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports GO weekdays (6:00 PM ET)
  • Talent:  Mike Hill, Julie Stewart-Binks, Molly McGrath, Royce Clayton, Joel Klatt, Peter Schrager
  • This Week: The show is preempted on Wednesday night, July 23, by the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series qualifying race from the Eldora Speedway in Ohio on FOX Sports 1. Returning Thursday, Hill is joined by guest co-host Julie Stewart-Binks who filled in during the early portion of the week. The duo is joined on Thursday for a satellite interview by Detroit Lions’ running back Reggie Bush. Also on Thursday, FOX Sports 1 NFL insider Mike Garafolo reports live from the first day of Cleveland Browns training camp where rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel participates in his first practice of the new season. Thursday’s show features hits from Pac-12 Media Days in Los Angeles, where FOX Sports 1 college football insider Bruce Feldman and college football analyst Joel Klatt provide reports.

UFC

 

UFC TONIGHT – UFC FIGHT NIGHT: LAWLER VS. BROWN PREVIEW, LAWLER AND BROWN INTERVIEWS, BISPING GUEST HOSTS

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 2, FOX Sports GO Wednesday, July 23 (8:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Kenny Florian, Karyn Bryant, Ariel Helwani and guest host Michael Bisping
  • This Week: On UFC TONIGHT, Florian and Bryant are joined in the studio by guest host and middleweight contender Michael Bisping. They preview UFC FIGHT NIGHT: LAWLER VS. BROWN and interview welterweight contenders Robbie Lawler and Matt Brown before their headlining bout on FOX this Saturday night. Plus, Helwani and Bryant add reports.

SOMEBODY IS GOING TO GET KNOCKED OUT AT LAWLER VS BROWN TITLE ELIMINATOR LIVE ON FOX, SAYS UFC ON FOX ANALYST CHRIS LYTLE: The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returns to the SAP Center in San Jose with an epic title elimination bout pitting two knockout artists against one another at UFC FIGHT NIGHT: LAWLER vs. BROWN live on FOX on Saturday, July 26 (8:00 PM ET). In the exciting headliner, No. 1-ranked welterweight Robbie Lawler (23-10, 1 NC, fighting out of Coconut Creek, Fla.) takes on No. 5-ranked Matt Brown (21-11, fighting out of Columbus, Ohio), with the winner earning a shot at champion Johny Hendricks.  Coming off an impressive third-round finish over Jake Ellenberger, Lawler takes on the surging Brown in hopes of securing his second crack at UFC gold. Brown, who has put together one of the most impressive runs in mixed martial arts today, currently rides a seven-fight win streak, and looks to lock down the title shot he feels is long overdue. It’s often said that styles make fights, and UFC on FOX analyst Chris Lytle believes that’s the case with this main event: “You’ve got two dynamic strikers. Robbie comes at you with one-punch knockout power, making it very exciting. And you’ve got Matt Brown, who is going to come at you and overwhelm you with a lot of different punches. I promise you one thing: this one is not going to go the distance. Somebody is going to get knocked out in this fight.” Watch the UFC ON FOX analysts break down the Lawler vs. Brown matchup: http://foxs.pt/1jUBVrC, and the fight promo here: http://bit.ly/1oOzMd1

UFC WEIGH-IN SHOW: LAWLER VS. BROWN

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 2, FOX Sports GO, Friday, July 25 (7:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Jon Anik, Brian Stann, Daniel Cormier, Ariel Helwani
  • This Week:The UFC WEIGH-IN SHOW features host Jon Anik, with UFC light heavyweight contender Daniel Cormier and Brian Stann as analysts, as the 24 fighters on the card attempt to make weight. Ariel Helwani interviews fighters during the show.

UFC FIGHT NIGHT PREFIGHT: LAWLER VS. BROWN PREVIEW

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 2, FOX Sports GO, Saturday, July 26 (5:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Jon Anik, Brian Stann, Daniel Cormier, Ariel Helwani
  • This Week: Host Anik and analysts Cormier and Stann preview the main card and prelim fights at UFC FIGHT NIGHT: LAWLER VS. BROWN.                                                                 

UFC FIGHT NIGHT PRELIMS LIVE ON FOX FOR FIRST TIME EVER

  • Network/When: FOX, FOX Sports GO, Saturday, July 26 (6:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Jon Anik, Brian Stann, Daniel Cormier, Joe Rogan, Mike Goldberg, Ariel Helwani
  • This Week: For the first time ever, the two-hour UFC FIGHT NIGHT PRELIMS air on FOX, featuring four thrilling fights including second degree taekwondo black belt Daron Cruickshank (15-4) versus No. 14th-ranked Jorge Masvidal (26-8) in a lightweight scrap. San Jose native Kyle Kingsbury (11-5, 1 NC) returns to action in the light heavyweight division against Patrick Cummins (5-1), while welterweight Tim Means (20-6-1) fights Rio de Janeiro’s Hernani Perpetuo (17-4, 1 NC). Rounding out the prelims, lightweights Mike De La Torre (12-4) and Brian Ortega (8-0) square off.

LAWLER FIGHTS BROWN FOR TITLE SHOT AT UFC FIGHT NIGHT LIVE ON FOX

  • Network/When: FOX, FOX Deportes, FOX Sports GO, Saturday, July 26 (8:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Curt Menefee, Brian Stann, Daniel Cormier, Joe Rogan, Mike Goldberg, Ariel Helwani (FOX Deportes: Víctor Dávila and Fabricio Werdum)
  • This Week: In the exciting headliner, No. 1-ranked welterweight Robbie Lawler (23-10, 1 NC) takes on No. 5-ranked Matt Brown (21-11), with the winner earning a shot at champion Johny Hendricks. In addition, No. 5-ranked light heavyweight Anthony Johnson (17-4) faces Brazilian star Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (21-5). Also, No. 3-ranked lightweight Josh Thomson (22-6, 1 NC) looks to put on a show in front of his hometown fans against late replacement Bobby Green (22-5). The No. 13-ranked Green is riding a seven-fight win streak, with three of those coming since joining the UFC. Rounding out the main card, No.7-ranked featherweight Clay Guida (31-11) takes on four-time “Fight Night” bonus winner and 12th-ranked Dennis Bermudez (14-3).

FOX SPORTS LIVE RECAPS UFC FIGHT NIGHT BOUTS

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports GO, Saturday, July 26 (10:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Jon Anik, Brian Stann, Daniel Cormier, Ariel Helwani
  • This Week: Host Anik and analysts Stann and Cormier recap and break down UFC FIGHT NIGHT and also interview winners of the main bouts.

UFC ULTIMATE INSIDER: INTERNATIONAL FIGHT WEEK, PLUS TJ DILLASHAW’S WARRIOR CODE

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports GO, Sunday, July 27 (2:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Jon Anik, Megan Olivi
  • This Week: From the first moments of the UFC 175 blockbuster through the conclusion of The Ultimate Fighter Finale, experience never-before-seen moments and incredible cinematic action from two extraordinary back-to-back events. Straight from the source, get the Warrior Code philosophy that drives newly minted UFC bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw.

 

MLB

FOX SPORTS 1 DELIVERS THREE MLB GAMES THIS WEEK HIGHLIGHTED BY NEXT TUESDAY NIGHT’S YANKEES AT RANGERS GAME

  • Network:FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports GO Saturday, July 26

o   Washington Nationals at Cincinnati Reds: Kenny Albert & CJ Nitkowski (4:00 PM ET)

o   Cleveland Indians at Kansas City Royals: Justin Kutcher & Rex Hudler (7:00 PM ET)

  • Network:FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports GO, Tuesday, July 29

o   New York Yankees at Texas Rangers: Joe Buck & Tom Verducci (8:00 PM ET)

BASEBALL’S NEWEST NEWS & INFORMATION SHOW, MLB WHIPAROUND, RETURNS FRIDAY

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

o   Thursday, July 24 (12:00 AM ET) – Greg Wolf, Ken Rosenthal & Gabe Kapler

o   Friday, July 25 – OFF

o   Monday, July 28 (10:00 PM ET)

o   Tuesday, July 29 (12:00 AM ET)

o   Wednesday, July 30 (10:00 PM ET)

  • 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.

 

SOCCER

 

WORLD CUP STARS COME TO THE STATES

Guinness International Champions Cup and Preseason Friendlies on FOX, FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports GO (All times ET and subject to change):

Date/Time Property Match-up TV Commentary Teams, Sideline
Wed., 7/23 at 10:30 PM Preseason Friendly Manchester United vs. LA Galaxy FOX Sports 1 Rob Stone, Eric Wynalda, Warren Barton, Julie Stewart-Binks
Thurs., 7/24 at 7:30 PM Guinness ICC Olympiakos vs. AC Milan FOX Sports 1 Mark Rogondino, Cobi Jones
Sat., 7/26 at 4:00 PM Guinness ICC Manchester United vs. AS Roma FOX JP Dellacamera, McBride, Keith Costigan
Sat., 7/26 at 6:00 PM Guinness ICC Real Madrid vs. Inter Milan FOX Sports 2 Steve Cangialosi, Brian Dunseth, Kyndra de St. Aubin
Sun., 7/27 at 3:30 PM Guinness ICC AC Milan vs. Manchester City FOX Sports 1 Rogondino, Jones, Heather Mitts
Sun., 7/27 at 6:00 PM Guinness ICC Liverpool vs. Olympiakos FOX Sports 1 John Strong, Warren Barton, JSB
Tues., 7/29 at 9:30 PM Guinness ICC Real Madrid vs. AS Roma FOX Sports 2 Steve Cangialosi, Brian Dunseth, JSB
Wed., 7/30 at 7:00 PM Guinness ICC Manchester City vs. Liverpool FOX Sports 1 John Strong, Warren Barton, Keith Costigan


NASCAR

 

FOX SPORTS 1 OFFERS LIVE COVERAGE OF WEDNESDAY’S TRUCK SERIES RACE ON DIRT & SUPPORT PROGRAMMING FROM INDIANAPOLIS THIS WEEKEND

Following NASCAR’s highly successful return to dirt racing in 2013 for the first time in more than four decades, the NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES heads back to Eldora Speedway for its second-ever dirt race on Wednesday, July 23 (9:00 PM ET), live on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports GO.

In addition, FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports GO offer live shoulder programming surrounding the NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES and NASCAR NATIONWIDE SERIES from Indianapolis Motor Speedway this weekend, which marks the 20th anniversary of the inaugural Brickyard 400.  After the final off-weekend of the 2014 season, Sprint Cup drivers return to the track with only seven races remaining to lock in one of 16 spots in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.

Heading into Wednesday’s NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES race at Eldora, the 10th of the season, only seven points separate the top three drivers.  Reigning champion Matt Crafton leads Ryan Blaney by two points, followed by Johnny Sauter (-7), German Quiroga (-19) and four-time champion Ron Hornaday Jr. (-23).  In the series’ last outing — July 11 at Iowa Speedway — 18-year-old Erik Jones won his second-career race, marking Kyle Busch Motorsports’ seventh win of the season and capping Toyota’s perfect season.

FOX Sports GO, the app that provides live streaming video of FOX Sports content, offers live coverage of the Truck Series race, as well as all practice and qualifying sessions and shoulder programming telecast on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports 2.   Customers of participating video providers may access the live streams of the race through the FOX Sports GO app for iOS and Android devices, as well as on desktops through FOXSportsGO.com.

NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES RACE FROM ELDORA SPEEDWAY

  • Network/When:  FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports GO on Wednesday, July 23 (9:00 PM ET)
  • Talent:  Rick Allen, Phil Parsons, Michael Waltrip, Krista Voda, Bob Dillner, Ray Dunlap and Hermie Sadler

NCWTS SETUP FROM ELDORA SPEEDWAY

  • Network/When:  FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports GO, Wednesday, July 23  (8:30 PM ET)
  • Talent:  Krista Voda, Bob Dillner, Ray Dunlap and Hermie Sadler
  • This Week:  Krista Voda sits down with Norm Benning, journeyman Truck Series owner/driver who survived nearly being wrecked three times in last year’s last-chance qualifier at Eldora to make the field for the race; a look back at youngster Erik Jones’ second-career Truck Series victory last week at Iowa; a recap of the 2013 inaugural Truck Series race on dirt at Eldora; a review of Timothy Peters’ two bad finishes in 2014 at Texas and Iowa; and a look at dirt phenom/Cup Series rookie Kyle Larson’s chances at reaching Victory Lane at Eldora.

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:  Feature on 20th anniversary of inaugural Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and an interview with Juan Pablo Montoya on Thursday, July 24
  • Next Week:  Danielle Trotta’s sit-down interview with Jeff Gordon on Wednesday, July 30

 

NASCAR RACEDAY FROM INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports GO, Sunday, July 27 (10:00 AM ET)
  • Talent: John Roberts, Jeff Hammond, Kenny Wallace, Bob Dillner and Rutledge Wood

This Week:Kaitlyn Vincie sits down with rookie Kyle Larson for an in-depth look at his life away from the track, beginning with home video of him as a four-year-old. The lengthy feature is shot at locations ranging from his new dirt shop to the go-kart track, chronicling his personal life and including his fast success in the Sprint Cup Series, on-track rivalry with Austin Dillon, his recent purchase of a new home, his engagement and upcoming parenthood.  In addition, the expanded, two-hour NASCAR RACEDAY offers a feature on the first Brickyard 400, including footage from Jeff Gordon’s hometown following his win in the inaugural race; Rutledge Wood’s lighthearted sit-down interview with Danica Patrick; a Ryan Newman piece recapping his Brickyard 400 win last season; and a tour of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum with Juan Pablo Montoya.

 

ARCA RACING SERIES

 

YOUNG TALENT CONTINUES TO DOMINATE 2014 ARCA RACING SERIES

  • Network/When:  FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports GO, Friday, July 25 (9:00 PM ET)
  • Talent:  Rick Allen, Phil Parsons, Jim Tretow and Wendy Venturini
  • This Week:  Mason Mitchell rides a wave of momentum into Friday’s race at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis after grabbing his first career win last week at Chicagoland — a win that followed runner-up finishes in three of the previous four races.  In addition, Mitchell, who claimed the points lead with his victory, holds a 20-race streak of consecutive top-10 finishes that extends back to 2013.  The 20-year-old leads Grant Enfinger, a four-time winner in 2014, by 25 points after 11 of 20 races, as the duo begins to pull away from the rest of the field in the point standings.

TUDOR UNITED SPORTSCAR CHAMPIONSHIP

NEW INDY TRACK LAYOUT EVENS PLAYING FIELD

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports GO, Friday, July 25 (5:30 PM ET)
  • Talent:Bob Varsha, Calvin Fish and Dorsey Schroeder in the booth; Brian Till and Chris Neville reporting from pit road.
  • This Week: Tight races in the Prototype and GT Daytona heat up as drivers prepare for the challenge of a new course layout at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Friday night for the Brickyard Grand Prix. The race will be run on the 14-turn, 2.435-mile course, first used by IndyCar in May. “A reconfiguration of a known track is the hardest to learn,” Schroeder said. “No matter how you try, your mind has memorized the old circuit.  So if the new circuit is vastly different, it becomes hard to forget, and re-learn.  At a first-time track, a driver spends time walking, driving — moped, golf cart, pit cart, anything — to set up sight pictures of the corners.  You try to memorize the look of the entry to every corner, and memorize which is next? Left or right?  A new circuit requires a cautious approach so as not to have a mishap and lose valuable track time.  All new circuits are slippery with low mechanical grip until rubber is laid down.  It is important not to chase chassis set up in the first driving sessions.”

 

RED BULL

BRITS LOOKING STRONG AS RED BULL CLIFF DIVING WORLD SERIES HEADS TO IRELAND, SAYS WORTHINGTON

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports GO, Sunday, July 27 (2:30 PM ET)
  • Talent: Trace Worthington, David Boudia
  • This Week: Following the first two stops, in Cuba and the USA, won by high divers from the United Kingdom, cliff diving’s elite take on the rugged coast of Ireland’s Inis Mór for the next stop of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series. Who will step up at this stop of the tour? “The first two stops of the year were owned by the Brits, as their technically difficult dives took top honors from the judges,” says FOX Sports 1 host Trace Worthington. “Last year’s champ, Artem Silchenko, from Russia and the USA contingent led by Steve LoBue will need to match the Brits dive-for-dive to take the crown in Ireland.” Here is a preview clip leading into the broadcast on FOX Sports 1: http://www.redbullcliffdiving.com/en_US/video/video-dropping-action-first-day

SHERWOOD LOOKS TO GET BACK ON TOP IN MOST CHALLENGING SEASON EVER AT RED BULL X-FIGHTERS MUNICH, SAYS MANERING

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports GO Monday, July 28 (7:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Troy Manering, Andy Bell, reporter Ronnie Renner
  • This Week:At Munich´s world famous Olympic Park, a floating track and the planet’s best freestyle motocross riders headline the fourth stop of the Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour. New Zealand’s Levi Sherwood looks to win his third stop of the year after coming in second in Madrid. FOX Sports 1 host Troy Manering believes the field is one of the deepest and most challenging in years. “This is one of the most competitive seasons in X-Fighters history, and points leader Sherwood knows he has strong challengers breathing down his neck. There’s Frenchman Thomas Pagès, who launched the first-ever bike flip at the last stop in Madrid, as well as Australia’s Josh Sheehan, who is known for the gnarliest double backflips.” This marks the second time the world’s most prestigious freestyle motocross event series has visited Munich, but a track like this has never been seen in the Bavarian capital – or anywhere. Here is a clip featuring the top tricks fans can expect to see on FOX Sports 1: http://www.redbullxfighters.com/en_US/video/best-tricks-las-ventas-ever

 

BOXING

 

GOMEZ HAS TOOLS TO BECOME WORLD CHAMPION, SAYS MALIGNAGGI

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, FOX Deportes, FOX Sports GO, Friday, July 25 (10:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Brian Custer, Paulie Malignaggi and Jessica Rosales
  • This Week: Unbeaten Frankie “Pitbull” Gomez (17-0, 13 KOs) is considered to be the most dangerous prospect in the junior welterweight division, and he faces his toughest challenge yet when he meets Detroit native Vernon Paris (28-1, 16 KOs) in the 10-round main event at Golden Boy Live! at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. The co-main event is expected to be just as heated when rising bantamweight star Ivan “Nino Maravilla” Morales (25-0, 14 KOs) is featured in a 10-round battle against Sergio “Finito” Frias (15-3-2, 8 KOs). “People have been talking about Frankie Gomez for a long time, and for good reason,” says FOX Sports boxing analyst Paulie Malignaggi. “He’s got all the tools to become a world champion, and the fact that he’s taking on a top veteran like Vernon Paris after just 17 fights shows just how confident he and his team are that he’s ready for the next level. As for Ivan Morales, when you’re the brother of Erik Morales, you better know how to fight, and he’s proven that he is a legit prospect on his way to the top. I think 2015 is going to be a big year for him.” Opening up the televised portion of the card is an eight-round middleweight bout between 2012 U.S. Olympian Terrell Gausha (10-0, 5 KOs) and Oklahoma’s Ronnie Warrior Jr. (15-8-1, 5 KOs).

SKATEBOARDING

 

STAKES HIGH AT STREET LEAGUE SKATEBOARDING AS LA STOP LAST CHANCE FOR COMPETITORS TO QUALIFY FOR SUPER CROWN

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports GO Sunday, July 27 (8:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Andrew Cannon, Felix Arguelles, Geoff Rowley, Jordan Whitley
  • This Week: The world’s best skateboarders converge at USC’s Galen Center in Los Angeles for the second stop of the 2014 Street League Skateboarding Nike SB World Tour, hoping to win the $100,000 first-place prize and a Golden Ticket to compete in the SLS Nike SB Super Crown World Championship in August. Vets like 2013 Super Crown World Champion Chris Cole, 2012 Champ Nyjah Huston, Paul Rodriguez, Ryan Sheckler and Shane O’Neill battle at their last chance to earn a spot in the Super Crown World Championships next month.

ORIGINALS

CURRENT & FORMER PLAYERS TALK STEROIDS AND MORE ON BACK OF THE SHOP

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports GO, Saturday, July 26 (2:30 PM ET)
  • Talent: Washington Wizards guard John Wall, NBA legend Kenny Anderson and Jose Bautista and Jose Reyes from the Toronto Blue Jays all take their turn with Jordan the barber.
  • This Week: A new series from FOX Sports Originals and Relativity Media, BACK OF THE SHOP showcases some of the biggest names in sports and entertainment as they talk smack, let their opinions fly and share hilarious stories. In this week’s episode, John Wall, Kenny Anderson, Jose Bautista and Jose Reyes talk about similarities and differences between the NBA and MLB, including steroid use.

“It’s unfortunate that it happens, because we’re role models, too,” Bautista says. “You never want kids to associate that with your sport.”

FORBES SPORTSMONEY

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports GO, Saturday, July 26 (10:00 AM ET)
  • Talent: Bob Lorenz and Michael Ozanian
  • This Week: Forbes Sportsmoney is a monthly series covering the business of sports, featuring Bob Lorenz and Forbes national editor Michael Ozanian with in-studio guests, in-depth interviews, newsmaker profiles and analysis.

FOX Sports Boasts Loaded Roster of College Football Broadcasters

260px-Fox_College_Football_logoStalwarts Johnson, Davis & Klatt Joined

By Newcomers Brando & Wannstedt

Insiders Feldman, Mandel & Travis Form Cross-Platform Triple-Threat

New York – The calendar may say “summer,” but college football fans know that even as hot weather prevails, it won’t be long until the days shorten, leaves turn and college football gets underway. As conference media days continue, FOX Sports unveils the studio personalities and game broadcast teams calling its exciting college football matchups from late August through early December. The announcement was made today by FOX Sports President and COO Eric Shanks and FOX Sports Executive Vice President, Production, John Entz.

“We’ve been methodically developing our college football depth chart for a few years now,” Entz said. “The group we’ve assembled for 2014 is an exciting mix of veterans and FOX Sports newcomers that represents our deepest college football roster ever. We couldn’t be more excited about the level of coverage we’ll be delivering this season.”

This year, FOX broadcasts a one-hour prime-time pregame show on Saturdays leading into the biggest game of the week. Rob Stone (@RobStoneONFOX) hosts alongside analysts Joel Klatt (@joelklatt) and former college and NFL head coach Dave Wannstedt, a new addition to the FOX Sports lineup. College football insiders Bruce Feldman(@BruceFeldmanCFB), Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) and Clay Travis (@ClayTravisBGID) also contribute to the network’s studio coverage.  Feldman and Mandel joined FOX Sports since last season, leaving their prior positions at CBSSports.com and SI.com, respectively.

The most exciting voice in sports, play-by-play announcer Gus Johnson once again teams with analyst Charles Davis (@CFD22), an All-SEC defensive back at Tennessee, to form FOX Sports’ lead college football broadcast team. Johnson and Davis are joined by sideline reporter Molly McGrath (@MollyMcGrathFS1), who continues as co-host of FOX Sports 1’s AMERICA’S PREGAME.

Analyst Joey Harrington returns for his second season in the booth and is joined by a new addition to FOX Sports, Joe Davis(@JoeDavisFOX), a former ESPN play-by-play broadcaster, who at age 25 became the youngest person ever to call a college football bowl game (2013 Poinsettia Bowl) for the network. FOX Sports San Diego’s Kris Budden (@KrisBudden) joins Harrington and Davis on the sidelines.

Veteran broadcaster Tim Brando(@TimBrando), a recent addition to FOX Sports’ college football and basketball coverage, calls Thursday night games on FOX Sports 1 with Klatt serving as analyst, and is also in the booth on Saturdays. Play-by-play announcer Craig Bolerjack (@BuckleUpBoler) returns to FOX Sports for his fourth season and teams with analyst Ryan Nece (@ryannece). The pair worked together last season with Nece serving as a sideline reporter/on-field analyst.

In addition, analysts Petros Papadakis (@PetrosAndMoney) and Coy Wire (@CoyWire) as well as rules expert Mike Pereira (@MikePereira) contribute to FOX Sports’ wide-ranging college football coverage. FOX Sports’ rich stable of college football analysts also offer their expertise regularly on FOX Sports 1 studio shows AMERICA’S PREGAME and FOX SPORTS LIVE.

FOX Sports kicks off the 2014 college football season with four straight days of action, beginning Thursday, Aug. 28 (10:00 PM ET) on FOX Sports 1 as Rutgers takes the field for the first time as a member of the Big Ten Conference, facing Washington State at CenturyLink Field in Seattle. Play continues the following evening with Colorado State vs. Colorado at Sports Authority Field at Mile High (9:00 PM ET on FOX Sports 1), followed by a full slate of Saturday games, highlighted by Fresno State at USC (7:30 PM ET) on the FOX broadcast network. Then, in a rare Sunday showdown, FOX Sports 1 helps Baylor debut  its beautiful new facility, McLane Stadium, as the Bears host SMU (7:30 PM ET).

FOX Sports presents college football fans some of the most exciting matchups in the country this season, with more than  100 games scheduled across its national and local broadcast and cable platforms. Top contests featuring Big 12, Pac-12 and Conference USA teams appear on the FOX broadcast network, FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports Networks (FSN), FOX College Sports, FOX Deportes and FOX Sports GO all season long, culminating with the Pac-12 and Big Ten conference championship games on back-to-back nights on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 5 and 6.

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