FOX Sports Boasts Loaded Roster of College Football Broadcasters

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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.

For more on FOX College Football, follow @CFBONFOX on Twitter and “Like” FOX Sports on Facebook (facebook.com/foxsports).


-FOX SPORTS-

Pam Oliver Elevated to Senior Correspondent

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Veteran Broadcaster to Contribute Exclusive Interviews,

Commentary and Essays on Variety of Sports

 Los Angeles – Pam Oliver, one of the premier reporters and interviewers in sports television, has been elevated to senior correspondent, FOX Sports, effectively immediately.  The announcement was made today by Eric Shanks, President, COO and Executive Producer, FOX Sports.  Oliver, the longest-tenured NFL sideline reporter, a fixture at games since joining FOX Sports in 1995, continues in that role, this year working with play-by-play announcer Kevin Burkhardt and analyst John Lynch.

In Oliver’s new position, she expands her influence beyond the NFL to include the wide breadth of sports and events covered by FOX Sports year-round, with her exclusive interviews, commentary and essays featured on a variety of FOX Sports programs and platforms, including FOX NFL SUNDAY, FOX SPORTS LIVE, AMERICA’S PREGAME, FOX SPORTS 1 ON 1, college football and basketball and FOXSports.com.

“FOX Sports has grown tremendously over the last few years, and we’ve secured and retained the rights to many of the country’s most popular sports,” said Shanks.  “After years of admiring Pam’s consistently incredible work on the NFL, we realized that there was so much more she could do for us, on a variety of sports, all year long.  Her intelligence and skills as a reporter and interviewer are unparalleled, and we’re excited to have her take a much larger role here.”

“I’m excited and grateful to my Fox family for providing this thrilling new chapter in my career,” said Oliver.  “I’m over the moon for the opportunity to expand my contributions to include a wider variety of sports and programs, while still getting to report from the sidelines on NFL Sundays.  I’ve already spoken with Kevin and John and I’m really looking forward to being part of their outstanding team this season, my 20th and final season the sidelines.”

Armed with the respect and esteem of NFL players, coaches and executives alike, Oliver’s straightforward and direct interviewing style consistently produced topical and substantive reports which she’ll now apply to the greater sports universe.

In her 19 years covering the NFL for FOX Sports, Oliver has worked the sideline for over 350 games, including 19 NFC Championship Games and seven Super Bowls.  In addition, she’s provided hundreds of exclusive one-one interviews with the sports’ news-making athletes, coaches and owners.  She also served as co-anchor of FSN South’s SOUTHERN SPORTS REPORT from 2000 to 2003, and also contributes to Turner Sports coverage of the NBA playoffs.

In 2008, Oliver was honored by WISE (Women In Sports and Events) and chosen in their “Women of the Year” class alongside Rita Benson LeBlanc, Owner and Executive Vice President, New Orleans Saints and Molly Solomon, Coordinating Producer, NBC Olympics.

Before joining FOX Sports, Oliver served as a reporter at ESPN, where she covered NFL regular and postseason games, the NBA Finals and Dream Team II at the 1995 World Championships of Basketball.

Prior to joining ESPN, Oliver worked at KHOU in Houston WTVT in Tampa as a sports reporter and anchor.  Hers additional career stops include WIVB in Buffalo, WAAY in Huntsville, Ala., WALB in Albany, Ga., and WFSU in Tallahassee. Oliver began her broadcasting career as a community affairs reporter for public television.

A graduate of Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Oliver received her degree in broadcast journalism.  As an undergraduate, she held school records in the 400 meters and was an AIAW track and field All-American in both the 400 meters and the mile relay, and as a member of the mile relay team, she had the distinction of participating on the first women’s team from Florida A&M to win a national championship (AIAW.)  She was inducted into the Florida A&M Sports Hall of Fame in 1996.

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2014 MLB All-Star Game on FOX Broadcast Guide

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Tuesday, July 15 – 4:30 PM ET – Live from Target Field in Minneapolis

  •  Links to new ALL-STAR GAME ON FOX photography featuring Buck, Reynolds, Verducci, Rosenthal, Andrews, Burkhardt, Kapler, Thomas and more
  • Descriptions & schedules for the more than 25 hours of original programming across FOX, FOX Sports 1, FOX Deportes, FOXSports.com, FOX Sports Radio & FOX Sports Go
  • Details of production enhancements planned for the most technologically advanced MLB All-Star Game in television history
  • All-Star Game Tale of the Tape – Fun Facts about the Years the Twin Cities hosted the Mid-Summer Classic: 1965, 1985 and 2014

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FOX Presents Most Technologically Advanced ASG Broadcast in History

MLB ON FOX: LOGONetwork Introduces SideTrax;

Applies Other Technologies to Mid-Summer Classic for First Time 

New York – The MLB All-Star Game, baseball’s jewel of July, annually gathers baseball’s best and brightest, and to illustrate the action this year FOX Sports has mustered an all-star roster of high-tech gear, the most sophisticated ever deployed for the Mid-Summer Classic, befitting the evening’s honorees.  FOX Sports’ 85th All-Star Game effort is consistent with its 20-year tradition of offering its audiences the latest technical, graphic and audio innovations, regularly setting industry standards.  The game is set for Tuesday, July 15 with pregame coverage beginning with AMERICA’S PREGAME (4:30-7:30 PM ET) on FOX Sports 1, and game coverage on FOX beginning at 7:30 PM ET, live from Target Field in Minneapolis.

New to MLB on FOX coverage and this year’s All-Star arsenal is SideTrax from Hawkeye Technology.  True to its moniker, SideTrax graphically presents the pitched baseball as it travels through the strike zone from a side perspective and also offers a view of the ball as it sails through a virtual 3D strike zone that appears suspended over home plate.

Several production enhancements used previously in other broadcast settings are making their way to the All-Star Game for the first time, while Home Run Tracker returns:

-       Diamond Cam, first deployed in 2005 in SD, returns to the All-Star Game this year, but for the first time in crystal-clear HD. The camera, using a specially crafted prism not much larger than a few grains of infield soil, is positioned in-ground in front of home plate and creates striking images via wireless, radio frequency transmission.

-       N-Cam is an optical tracking technology that is also new to the All-Star Game, N-Cam creates the appearance of 3D graphics in the real environment and has been used in FOX Sports’ studio production since 2013, Super Bowl XLVIII and during SpeedWeeks in the 2014 Daytona 500 .

-       FOX Super Zoom 4K Cameras – Introduced in 2012, 4K “Super Zoom” cameras produce pictures with five times the resolution of normal HD cameras and capture action at 120 frames-per-second. The resulting detail is remarkable and can zoom into an area of interest with incredible detail.

-       FOX Home Run Tracker, previously used during MLB on FOX postseason coverage in 2012 and 2013.  Used in replays, the FOX Home Run Tracker graphically represents the trajectory of a batted ball’s travel and measures its distance.

Included in the arsenal of 36 state-of-the-art HD cameras positioned throughout Target Field are the following “Hyper-Motion” cameras slow the action down for a detailed look:

-       Phantom Cameras (2) – Range from 2,000-3,000 frames per second located in the low first base and low third base camera wells.  It was the “Phantom Cam” that famously captured San Francisco Giants batter Hunter Pence’s bat strike the ball three times as it broke apart in Game 7 of the 2012 NLCS.

-       X-Mo Cameras (3) – Located at centerfield and along the first and third base lines, X-Mo cameras shoot at up to 400 frames-per-second.

-       Super-Mo Camera (1) – This “Super-Mo” camera in centerfield shoots up to 540 frames-per-second.

Eric Shanks is President, COO and Executive Producer and John Entz is Executive Vice President, Production & Executive Producer, FOX Sports.  Ed Delaney serves as Executive Vice President, Operations and Michael Davies is Senior Vice President, Field Operations, FOX Sports.  Gary Hartley is Executive Vice President, Graphics and Zac Fields is Vice President, Graphics & Technology, FOX Sports.

– FOX SPORTS –

FOX Sports Programming Highlights: UFC, NASCAR, Jockey Club & More

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UFC:  Record 16 Hours of Live UFC Programming on FOX Sports 1

For RED, WHITE & FIGHT WEEK

NASCAR: Special Thursday Night Daytona Edition

of NASCAR RACE HUB in Prime Time

JOCKEY CLUB: Horse Racing from Monmouth Park

#ICYMI: BIG STICKS WITH KEN GRIFFEY JR. Premiered Last Week With Red Sox Slugger David Ortiz; Next Episode, Featuring Pirates’ Andrew McCutchen,

Airs July 12 at 2:00 PM ET

Griffey Jr. & Ortiz talk about their toughest matchups

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 STUDIO SHOWS

FOX SPORTS LIVE – IN-DEPTH NBA FREE AGENCY COVERAGE, TEAM-BY-TEAM NFL PREVIEWS, UFC FIGHT WEEK INTERVIEWS LEAD THE WAY

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, nightly (11:00 PM ET)
  • Talent:  Jay Onrait, Dan O’Toole, Charissa Thompson, Ryan Field, Cole Wright, Cobi Jones, Gabe Kapler, Joel Klatt, Bill Reiter, Andy Roddick, Adrian Wojnarowski.
  • This Week: With NBA free agency having commenced on Tuesday, FOX SPORTS LIVE has it covered from top to bottom with the sport’s preeminent news-breaker, Yahoo Sports/FOX Sports 1 NBA Insider Adrian Wojnarowski, in-studio on Wednesday night. Wojnarowski was on the show for the dawn of free agency Monday and Tuesday, providing up-to-the-minute news on the comings and goings of basketball’s biggest stars. Also debuting on the show this week were FOX SPORTS LIVE team-by-team NFL Preview packages. In the pieces, a panel featuring Jay Glazer, Joel Klatt, Donovan McNabb, Randy Moss and Brian Urlacher sit down to analyze one team per night, weighing each club’s offseason transactions and attempting to forecast their prospects for the 2014 season. FOX Sports and the UFC’s “Red, White & Fight Week” begins in Las Vegas, and FOX SPORTS LIVE has several appearances from fighters of all ranks and classes. On-site interviews with Chris Weidman, Lyoto Machida, Urijah Faber, Ronda Rousey, Alexis Davis, BJ Penn, Frankie Edgar and UFC President Dana White appear on the show between Wednesday – Friday nights in anticipation of Saturday night’s UFC 175 and Sunday’s THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER 19 finale card.

AMERICA’S PREGAME – BUCCANEERS’ PRO BOWL SAFETY GOLDSON IN STUDIO WEDNESDAY, SHOW PREEMPTED THURSDAY, STERLING TRIAL COVERAGE EARLY NEXT WEEK

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, weekdays (6:00 PM ET), preempted Thursday, July 3
  • Talent:  Mike Hill, Molly McGrath, Warren Barton, Royce Clayton, Cobi Jones, Andy Roddick, Frank Thomas, Adrian Wojnarowski, Eric Wynalda.
  • This Week: Wednesday’s show is marked by an in-studio visit from Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ two-time Pro Bowl safety Dashon Goldson. Goldson stops by to recap an offseason of change in Tampa and preview the Bucs’ upcoming season in the always hotly contested NFC South. NASCAR Nationwide Series final practice at Daytona preemptS the show on Thursday, but AMERICA’S PREGAME returns Friday in advance of all of the weekend action. On Monday, Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling’s probate trial commences as he continues to challenge his wife, Shelly Sterling’s, legal right to sell the franchise. FOX Sports 1 correspondent Kevin Vaughan is on-hand filing reports from the proceedings, and legal analyst Rob Becker also gives insights as to the strategies and implications of what transpires in the court room.

The United States Men’s National Team saw its inspiring run come to an end in the knockout stage on Tuesday, but AMERICA’S PREGAME and FOX SPORTS LIVE’S robust coverage of the World Cup continues on a nightly basis. There are no tournament games on Wednesday or Thursday, but National Soccer Hall of Famer Cobi Jones is in-studio for recap analysis and previews of the weekend matches. Warren Barton and National Soccer Hall of Famer Eric Wynalda return to the studio for Friday and Saturday coverage, while Sports Illustrated senior soccer writer and FOX Sports 1 contributor Grant Wahl continues to file daily reports from Brazil.

UFC

FOX SPORTS 1 FEATURES A RECORD 16 HOURS OF LIVE UFC PROGRAMMING FOR “RED, WHITE & FIGHT WEEK”: This year, FOX Sports 1 celebrates the July 4th holiday weekend as never before with the culmination of “Red, White & Fight Week,” featuring 16 hours of live UFC programming, including two huge UFC fight cards and a pair of 90-minute UFC TONIGHT specials live from Las Vegas. In what can only be described as a UFC fan’s dream, “Red, White & Fight Week” delivers a record number of UFC programming hours for Saturday’s UFC 175 and its two title fights, as well as for the epic finale of THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER: TEAM EDGAR VS. TEAM PENN, as UFC legends and this season’s coaches, Frankie Edgar and BJ Penn, headline five hours of fights live from Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas on Sunday, July 6.

UFC TONIGHT – UFC 175 TITLE FIGHTS PREVIEWED, PLUS WEIDMAN, MACHIDA, ROUSEY AND FABER INTERVIEWS

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Wednesday, July 2 (8:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Kenny Florian, Daniel Cormier, Karyn Bryant, Ariel Helwani
  • This Week: On UFC TONIGHT, Kenny Florian and guest host Daniel Cormier preview UFC 175. The weekend’s headliners, Chris Weidman, Lyoto Machida and Ronda Rousey, are interviewed about their upcoming title fights. Urijah Faber talks about his upcoming UFC 175 bout. Ariel Helwani and Karyn Bryant add reports.

THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER – BATTLE FOR SPOTS IN FINALE

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Wednesday, July 2 (10:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: BJ Penn, Frankie Edgar
  • This Week:On this episode of THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER, the remaining finale spots are determined in two semifinal fights. First, it’s a middleweight battle as Dhiego Lima takes on Roger Zapata. Then, light heavyweights Matt Van Buren and Daniel Spohn bring their heavy hands to the cage, facing off in the most vicious bout of the season.

SPECIAL UFC 175 WEIGH-IN FEATURED AS PART OF AMERICA’S PREGAME, TATE MAKES HER ANALYST DEBUT

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Friday, July 4 (6:30 PM ET)
  • Talent: Jay Glazer, Daniel Cormier, Brian Stann, Miesha Tate, Ariel Helwani
  • This Week: FOX Sports 1 presents the UFC 175 weigh-in as part of a special 90-minute AMERICA’S PREGAME. The 22 fighters take the scales ahead of the exciting UFC 175, including headliners Chris Weidman, Lyoto Machida, Ronda Rousey and Alexis Davis. Current UFC light heavyweight contender Daniel Cormier, former UFC middleweight Brian Stann and FOX Sports 1 host Jay Glazer welcome top UFC women’s bantamweight contender Miesha Tate, as she makes her debut as television analyst.

SPECIAL FRIDAY NIGHT UFC TONIGHT LIVE FROM LAS VEGAS FEATURES THE BIGGEST NAMES IN THE UFC

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Friday, July 4 (8:30 PM ET)
  • Talent: Jay Glazer, Kenny Florian, Karyn Bryant, Ariel Helwani
  • This Week: A special 90-minute Friday edition of UFC TONIGHT takes place in front of a live audience from the stage at Mandalay Bay Events Center. FOX Sports 1’s Jay Glazer hosts the program with UFC TONIGHT’s Kenny Florian, Karyn Bryant and Ariel Helwani, where they breakdown the next day’s action and capture the fanfare that is UFC International Fight Week. They are joined by UFC president Dana White, UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta, heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez, lightweight champion Anthony Pettis, legends Chuck Liddell, Matt Hughes and Dan Severn, plus former champions Rashad Evans and Dominick Cruz.

THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER FINALE WEIGH-IN SHOW

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 2, Saturday, July 5 (4:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Karyn Bryant, Daniel Cormier, Brian Stann, Ariel Helwani
  • This Week: The fighters, including UFC legend BJ Penn and former champion Frankie Edgar and THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER Season 19 finalists, tip the scales as they attempt to make weight before the exciting Sunday fights.

UFC 175 PREFIGHT SHOW PREVIEWS WEIDMAN VS. MACHIDA AND ROUSEY VS. DAVIS TITLE FIGHTS

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Saturday, July 5 (7:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Jay Glazer, Brian Stann, Daniel Cormier, Miesha Tate, Ariel Helwani
  • This Week: The UFC 175 PREFIGHT SHOW previews the middleweight title fight between champion Chris Weidman and No. 3-ranked Lyoto Machida, and women’s bantamweight title fight between champion Ronda Rousey and No. 2-ranked Alexis Davis. Host Jay Glazer, UFC lightweight heavyweight contender Daniel Cormier, women’s bantamweight contender Miesha Tate and former middleweight Brian Stann break down the fights.

UFC 175 PRELIMS FEATURE FOUR EXCITING FIGHTS INCLUDING URIJAH FABER

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Saturday, July 5 (8:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Mike Goldberg, Joe Rogan
  • This Week:The two-hour UFC 175 PRELIMS feature an exciting bantamweight bout between No. 2-ranked Urijah Faber (30-7) and No. 11-ranked Alex Caceres (10-5, 1NC). Kenny Robertson (13-3) faces Ildemar Alcantara (20-6) in a welterweight fight. Middleweights Chris Camozzi (19-7) and Bruno Santos (13-1) and bantamweights George Roop (15-11-1) and Rob Font (10-1) kick off the prelims.

UFC 175 POSTFIGHT SHOW RECAPS TWO TITLE FIGHTS, INTERVIEWS WINNERS

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Saturday, July 5 (1:30 AM ET)
  • Talent: Jay Glazer, Daniel Cormier, Brian Stann, Miesha Tate, Ariel Helwani
  • This Week:The UFC ON FOX crew recaps UFC 175 and analyzes the middleweight and women’s bantamweight title fights. The one-hour review also features exclusive interviews with the winners.

SPECIAL SUNDAY UFC TONIGHT LIVE FROM LAS VEGAS FEATURES THE BIGGEST NAMES IN THE UFC

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Sunday, July 6 (3:30 PM ET)
  • Talent: Jay Glazer, Daniel Cormier, Brian Stann
  • This Week: A special 90-minute Sunday edition of UFC TONIGHT begins live from the UFC Fan Expo at Mandalay Bay, featuring special guest appearances by some of the biggest names in the UFC. The crew welcomes UFC welterweight champion Johny Hendricks and UFC lightweight champion and THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER Season 20 coach Anthony Pettis, among others. Additionally, fighters from the previous night of fights join host Jay Glazer, Daniel Cormier and Brian Stann on-set.

THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER FINALE PREFIGHT SHOW PREVIEWS NIGHT’S ACTION

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Sunday, July 6 (6:30 PM ET)
  • Talent: Jay Glazer, Daniel Cormier, Brian Stann, Ariel Helwani
  • This Week: THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER FINALE PREFIGHT SHOW live from inside the arena previews the night of exciting action, including breaking down the battle between coaches and former UFC champions BJ Penn and Frankie Edger.

THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER FINALE PRELIMS FEATURES FOUR EXCITING BOUTS

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Sunday, July 6 (7:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Jon Anik, Kenny Florian
  • This Week: The prelims of THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER FINALE kicks off the evening of fights with four exciting bouts. Bout order will be announced on Thursday, July 3.

UFC LEGEND BJ PENN FACES FORMER CHAMP EDGAR IN THE UTLIMATE FIGHTER FINALE

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Sunday, July 6 (9:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Jon Anik, Kenny Florian
  • This Week: In the main event of THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER FINALE,  the TUF coaches face off in their third battle in the Octagon – UFC legend BJ Penn and former champion Frankie Edgar are preceded on the six-fight main card by TUF Season 19 contestants fighting for a six-figure UFC contract and a Harley Davidson. The main card also features a matchup between heavyweights Derrick Lewis (10-2, 1NC) and Guto Inocente (6-0). Finale bout order will be announced on Thursday, July 3.

FOX SPORTS LIVE RECAPS THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER FINALE WITH INTERVIEWS OF WINNERS

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Sunday, July 6 (12:00 AM ET)
  • Talent: Jay Glazer, Daniel Cormier, Brian Stann, Ariel Helwani
  • This Week: The UFC ON FOX analyst crew joins FOX SPORTS LIVE to recap THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER FINALE and analyzes the headlining fight between BJ Penn and Frankie Edgar. The review also features exclusive interviews with the winners of THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER.

BOXING

GOMEZ’S AGGRESSIVE STYLE COULD BE DIFFERENCE OVER PAREDES AT FOX FIGHT NIGHT GOLDEN BOY PROMOTIONS, SAYS MALIGNAGGI

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 / FOX Deportes, Wednesday, July 9 (10:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Brian Custer, Paulie Malignaggi
  • This Week: An exciting Wednesday night FOX FIGHT NIGHT GOLDEN BOY LIVE! features former world title contender Alfonso Gomez (23-6-2, 12 KOs) against Ed “The Lion” Paredes (35-3-1, 23 KOs) in the 10-round welterweight main event, along with rising stars Joseph Diaz Jr. (10-0, 7 KOs) and Diego De La Hoya (5-0, 4 KOs) live from The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. FOX Sports 1 analyst Paulie Malignaggi believes that 33-year-old Gomez has experience that will give him the edge. “I’m a big fan of Alfonso Gomez and his aggressive style. He’s an underrated fighter who’s only lost to the best in the world, and I don’t know if Ed Paredes is going to take him lightly, but if he does, he’s going to be in for a long night. If Paredes is on top of his game, though, this will be an interesting fight to call. Joseph Diaz has a great amateur background and shows a lot of poise in the ring. I expect him to do big things in this game, and I can say the same thing about Diego De La Hoya. They are two of the best prospects in the sport today.”

MLB

FOUR MLB GAMES COMING TO FOX SPORTS & FOX SPORTS 1 THIS SATURDAY WITH REGIONALIZED PRIME-TIME CONTESTS

  • Network: FOX Sports 1, Saturday, July 5 (4:00 PM ET)

o   Arizona Diamondbacks at Atlanta Braves: Justin Kutcher & C.J. Nitkowski

  • Network/When: FOX Sports Broadcast Network, Saturday, July 5 (7:00 PM ET).

o   Baltimore Orioles at Boston Red Sox: Joe Buck, Tom Verducci, Harold Reynolds & Ken Rosenthal

o   San Francisco Giants at San Diego Padres: Matt Vasgersian & Eric Karros

o   Texas Rangers at New York Mets: Kenny Albert & Cliff Floyd

MLB WHIPAROUND CONTINUES ON FOX SPORTS 1

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

o   Thursday, July 3 (10:00 PM ET) – Ryan Field, Frank Thomas & Gabe Kapler

o   Friday, July 4 (10:00 PM ET) – Kevin Burkhardt, Frank Thomas & Mark Sweeney

o   Monday, July 7 (10:00 PM ET) – TBD

o   Tuesday, July 8 (10:00 PM ET) – TBD

o   Wednesday, July 9 (9:00 PM ET) – TBD

  • What: This nightly 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 Los Angeles.

NASCAR

NASCAR HEADS TO WORLD CENTER OF RACING FOR JULY 4TH WEEKEND  – When the NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES last competed at Daytona International Speedway — in February’s Daytona 500 — NASCAR’s favorite son broke his lengthy winless streak to punch his ticket to the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.  In his return to the “World Center of Racing” on Saturday night, Dale Earnhardt Jr. remains a favorite at the 2.5-mile superspeedway and hopes to become just the sixth driver in history to win the Daytona 500 and the July Daytona race in the same season.  But first he must battle his Hendrick Motorsports teammates, the strong Team Penske contingent and everyone else hoping a win in the “wild card” race paves his or her way to the playoffs.    FOX Sports 1 kicks off July 4th weekend from Daytona with live shoulder programming surrounding the NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES and NASCAR NATIONWIDE SERIES on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

FOX Sports GO, the app that provides live streaming video of FOX Sports content, offers live coverage of 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 RACE HUB

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Monday through Thursdays (5:00 PM ET; 9:00 PM ET prime-time special on Thursday, July 3)
  • Talent:  Co-hosts Steve Byrnes, Danielle Trotta and Adam Alexander; Matt Clark, Bob Dillner, Jeff Hammond and Larry McReynolds
  • This Week:  Thursday’s special, prime-time edition, hosted by Steve Byrnes and Matt Clark, includes a Dale Earnhardt Jr. feature; analysis of Danielle Trotta’s interview with NASCAR President Mike Helton; a feature on Jeff Gordon’s remaining window of opportunity to win a fifth championship and Carl Edwards’ chances to win his first; and a look at Turner Scott Motorsports crew member Ashley Parlett.
  • Next Week:  Driver/guest analyst AJ Almendinger on Monday, July 7

NASCAR RACEDAY

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 2 & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, July 5 (5:30 PM ET)
  • Talent: John Roberts, Jeff Hammond, Kenny Wallace, Krista Voda and Rutledge Wood
  • This WeekJeff Hammond’s sit-down interview with Daytona 500 pole winner and NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES rookie Austin Dillon; a look back at this year’s rookie race as the season approaches the second half; and interviews with Tony Stewart, Brad Keselowski, Jamie McMurray and Kyle Larson.

MOTOCROSS

SHERWOOD LOOKS TO WIN THIRD IN A ROW AT RED BULL X-FIGHTERS MADRID

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Monday, July 7 (7:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Troy Manering, Andy Bell, reporter Ronnie Renner
  • This Week: The Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour makes its third stop of the season at the famous Las Ventas bullfighting ring in the Spanish capital city of Madrid, where New Zealand’s Levi Sherwood looks to win his third straight, after his emphatic victories in the season opener in Mexico City and a spectacular triumph in Osaka, Japan. FOX Sports 1 host Troy Manering believes the competition will challenge Sherwood this time around: “Madrid’s Red Bull X-Fighters stop marks the middle point of the 2014 season and Sherwood is looking to extend his leading position,” says Manering. “However, France’s Thomas Pagès and a strong rider field will make this a tough battle.” After Madrid, Spain, the five-leg tour continues on to Munich, and the world tour final in Pretoria, South Africa. Watch this preview clip featuring some of the best tricks: http://www.redbullxfighters.com/en_US/video/best-tricks-las-ventas-ever

JOCKEY CLUB

JOCKEY CLUB ON FOX SPORTS 1 RETURNS WITH HORSE RACING FROM MONMOUTH PARK

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Sunday, July 7 (5:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Host Greg Wolf is joined by analyst Richard Migliore, analyst/handicappers Simon Bray and Andy Serling and reporter Alyssa Ali.
  • This Week: A full weekend of horse racing takes place from Monmouth Park in Oceanport, N.J., culminating with the running of the Grade 3 Salvator Mile and the 63rd running of the Grade 1 United Nations Stakes.

ORIGINALS

TRASH TALK TAKES CENTER STAGE ON BACK OF THE SHOP

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Tuesday, July 8 (8:30 PM ET)
  • Talent: Carlos Gomez and Francisco Rodriguez from the Milwaukee Brewers, Chris Young of the New York Mets and Super Bowl Champion receiver Plaxico Burress 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, Super Bowl Champion wide receiver Plaxico Burress, New York Mets outfielder Chris Young and the Milwaukee Brewers’ Carlos Gomez and Francisco Rodriguez discuss trash talk on the field, in the stands and even trash talk each other over who’s tougher – baseball or football players.

“We were watching some [NFL] game last year, and somebody had a punctured lung or something like that, and they played through it,” Young says. “A broken arm – they’re out there on the field with a cast on. I’m like, man, in baseball, you get a tweaked hammy and you’re going to shut it down. But going out there day after day after day, I’d have to argue that it takes a toll on your body – not as much, though.”

“I’m trying to figure out how standing in right field with a bag of sunflower seeds in your back pocket takes a toll on your body,” Burress jokes.

“It does, man,” Young responds. “You don’t understand – it’s rough!”

Award-Winning College Sports Writer Stewart Mandel to Join FOXSports.com

fox-sports-logoAWARD-WINNING JOURNALIST AND POPULAR COLLEGE SPORTS WRITER STEWART MANDEL TO JOIN FOXSPORTS.COM

Mandel Will Be Senior Columnist Focusing on College Football and College Basketball

New York – Stewart Mandel, one of the nation’s leading college football and basketball writers, will join FOXSports.com as a senior columnist, it was announced today.  He will make his FOXSports.com debut in July.

“FOX Sports is one of the dominant media companies in college sports today,” said Mandel.  “FOXSports.com is a great platform for me to continue writing compelling stories to reach a rabid college sports fan base.”

“Stewart is one of the best college sports writers in the business, and we’re thrilled to have him,” said Pete Vlastelica, Executive Vice President, Digital, FOX Sports.  “Stewart’s opinions and analysis are going to strengthen FOXSports.com’s already formidable team covering college sports.”

Mandel joins Bruce Feldman, one of the nation’s leading college football journalists, and Clay Travis, long-time SEC blogger and outspoken TV and radio personality, in comprising a team for FOX Sports that rivals that of any other covering college football today.

Mandel joins FOXSports.com from Sports Illustrated, where he was a senior writer for SI.com and where he frequently contributed to the magazine.  “College Football Mailbag” and “College Football Overtime” were among his most popular features.  During his career, Mandel has covered 15 BCS national championship games and eight Final Fours.

Mandel’s first book, Bowls, Polls and Tattered Souls: Tackling the Chaos and Controversy That Reign Over College Football, was published in 2007.  In 2008, he took first place (enterprise category) and second place (game story) in the Football Writers Association of America’s annual writing contest.  He also placed first in the 2005 contest (columns).

Mandel graduated from Northwestern University with a B.S. in journalism.

Recent Stewart Mandel Columns: His Hand-Picked Favorites

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FOX Sports Programming Highlights: MLB, Golden Boy, FOX SPORTS LIVE Covers the World Cup and More

fox-sports-logoFOX Sports Live Nightly Reports & Analysis on

World Cup & Team USA

MLB on FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports Features Four Thrilling Matchups This Saturday Night

Golden Boy Boxing Event on FOX Sports 1 Headlined by IBF Flyweight Title Elimination Bout Thursday From Puerto Rico

#ICYMI: Does Alex Rodriguez shave his legs? Carlos Beltran had the story on last week’s BACK OF THE SHOP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kDTQLU_YF4M

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FOX SPORTS LIVE – NIGHTLY WORLD CUP WRAPS AND TEAM USA REPORTS LEAD THE WAY

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, nightly (11:00 PM ET)
  • Talent:  Jay Onrait, Dan O’Toole, Charissa Thompson, Ryan Field, Cole Wright, Gabe Kapler, Bill Reiter, Andy Roddick, Cobi Jones, Warren Barton, Mario Melchiot, Eric Wynalda, Grant Wahl.
  • This Week: In the wake of both the NBA and NHL Finals’ series being clinched last weekend, FOX SPORTS LIVE’S focus shifts to the World Cup this week, with both on-site and in-studio coverage of soccer’s global event. Warren Barton, Mario Melchiot and Eric Wynalda join the crew in-studio, while Sports Illustrated senior soccer writer and Fox Sports 1 contributor Grant Wahl files daily reports from the United States’ team camp in Brazil.

AMERICA’S PREGAME – WORLD CUP BAR TOUR, CROMARTIE IN-STUDIO, SPECIAL GUEST HOSTS FRIDAY

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, weekdays (6:00 PM ET)
  • Talent:  Mike Hill, Molly McGrath, Jay Onrait, Dan O’Toole, Jenny Taft, Ronde Barber, Royce Clayton, Mario Melchiot, Frank Thomas, Eric Wynalda
  • This Week: Each night’s show features a new installment from FOX Sports 1 reporter Peter Schrager’s New York City World Cup Bar Tour. Throughout the week, Schrager scours different establishments accompanied by a camera crew, finding the most festive fans for the day’s biggest games, providing a unique perspective on the tournament. On Thursday, Arizona Cardinals’ three-time Pro Bowl cornerback Antonio Cromartie comes to the studio in advance of the team’s minicamp, previewing his first season with the club and a secondary that is now considered among the league’s elite. With Mike and Molly traveling to officiate the closing ceremonies of the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games in New Jersey, hosting duties on Friday’s show belong to FOX SPORTS LIVE’S regular anchor duo of Jay Onrait and Dan O’Toole.

 

NASCAR

NASCAR ON FOX SPORTS 1 FROM SONOMA RACEWAY

NASCAR, a sport that spends all its time turning left, cranks the wheel in both directions this weekend when the NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES descends on picturesque Sonoma Raceway in northern California, site of one of only two road-course races each season. FOX Sports 1 offers live practice and qualifying coverage from the 2.52-mile course, in addition to shoulder programming throughout the weekend.

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

In addition, FOX Sports 1 continues exclusive, live coverage of the entire 2014 NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES next week with a rare Thursday night race on June 26 from Kentucky Speedway (7:30 PM ET).

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:  Part 2 of Danielle Trotta’s exclusive sit-down interview with NASCAR President Mike Helton regarding hot topics affecting the sport in 2015, a Marcos Ambrose interview regarding Sonoma, “Crunching the Numbers” and “Let it Ride” odds segment on Thursday, June 19

NASCAR RACEDAY FROM SONOMA RACEWAY

Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Sunday, June 22 (1:00 PM ET)

  • Talent: John Roberts, Jeff Hammond, Kenny Wallace, Bob Dillner and Rutledge Wood
  • This Week:NASCAR RACEDAY examines five surprise winners at Sonoma, as well as the nine different winners thus far in 2014

MLB

FOX SPORTS 1 CAPS SATURDAY NIGHT WITH THE TEXAS RANGERS TAKING ON  THE LOS ANGELES ANGELS OF ANAHEIM

  • Network: FOX Sports 1, Saturday, June 21 (10:00 PM ET)

o   Texas Rangers at Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim: Justin Kutcher & Eric Karros

  • Network/When: FOX Broadcast Network, Saturday, June 21 (7:00 PM ET).

o   Atlanta Braves at Washington Nationals:Joe Buck, Tom Verducci, Harold Reynolds & Ken Rosenthal

o   Detroit Tigers at Cleveland Indians: Kenny Albert & Cliff Floyd

o   Pittsburgh Pirates at Chicago Cubs: Len Kasper & C.J. Nitkowski

MLB WHIPAROUND CONTINUES ON FOX SPORTS 1

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

o   Thursday, June 19 (10:00 PM ET) – Ryan Field, Frank Thomas & C.J. Nitkowski

o   Friday, June 20 (12:00 AM ET) – Ryan Field & Frank Thomas

o   Monday, June 23 (10:00 PM ET) – TBD

o   Tuesday, June 24 (10:00 PM ET) – TBD

o   Wednesday, June 25 (12:00 AM ET) – TBD

  • What:  This nightly 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 Los Angeles.

UFC

UFC TONIGHT – CORMIER, ROCKHOLD AND PEARSON INTERVIEWS

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Wednesday, June 18 (8:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Kenny Florian, Chael Sonnen, Karyn Bryant and Ariel Helwani
  • This Week: On UFC TONIGHT, Florian and Sonnen interview light heavyweight contender Daniel Cormier, middleweight Luke Rockhold and lightweight Ross Pearson. They are also joined by Dr. Robert Klapper, who discusses recent injuries. Plus, Helwani and Bryant add reports.

THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER – PENDRED AND GORDON BATTLE IN SEMIFINALS

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Wednesday, June 4 (10:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: BJ Penn, Frankie Edgar
  • This Week:On this episode of THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER, the semifinals kick off with a middleweight battle between the highly touted Irishman Cathal Pendred and the underdog from New York, Eddie Gordon. But first, UFC president Dana White brings the semifinalists to the MGM Grand, delivering an inspiring speech to those still in the tournament.

UFC ULTIMATE INSIDER: ALBUQUERQUE, UFC 100, EA SPORTS UFC

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Sunday, June 22 (7:30 PM ET)
  • Talent: Jon Anik
  • This Week: Albuquerque’s finest weigh in on how fighting has put the city at the forefront of the MMA revolution, as the Duke City hosts its first ever UFC event. Then, UFC stars honor the five-year anniversary of UFC 100 by looking back on what was billed as the biggest, baddest event in UFC history. Finally, get an inside account of how the UFC and EA Sports teamed up to make the most realistic fighting game the world has ever seen.

UFC PRESENTS MANA: BJ PENN

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Sunday, June 22 (8:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: BJ Penn
  • This Week: UFC PRESENTS MANA: BJ PENN is an in-depth portrait of one of the greatest mixed martial artists of all time. Through candid new interviews and extensive archive footage, this program will tell the story of BJ Penn’s journey from MMA “Prodigy” to UFC legend.

UFC FIGHTER’S CUT: GILBERT MELENDEZ

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Monday, June 23 (7:30 PM ET)
  • Talent: Gilbert Melendez
  • This Week: UFC lightweight contender Gilbert Melendez relives his epic, three-round slugfest with Diego Sanchez, an instant classic and one of the best fights in UFC history.

UFC FROM ALL ANGLES: CAIN VELASQUEZ

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Wednesday, June 25 (7:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Karyn Bryant, Cain Velasquez
  • This Week:Cain Velasquez has established himself as the greatest heavyweight champion in UFC history. From humble beginnings to the pinnacle of mixed martial arts, he remains true to his values despite soaring fame and adoration. Now, UFC FROM ALL ANGLES provides a candid and enlightening look at one of the most iconic fighters in UFC history.

BOXING

OLYMPIC EXPERIENCE AND HOMETOWN ADVANTAGE FAVOR ARROYO IN TITLE ELIMINATOR AT GOLDEN BOY BOXING

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Thursday, June 19 (8:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Beto Duran, Daniel Jacobs and Jessica Rosales
  • This Week: GOLDEN BOY BOXING is headlined by the 12-round IBF Flyweight Title elimination bout between Puerto Rican rising star McWilliams Arroyo (14-1, 12 KOs) and unbeaten Filipino Froilan “The Sniper” Saludar (19-0-1, 12 KOs). FOX Sports boxing analyst Daniel Jacobs believes experience and the hometown crowd favor Arroyo. “A title fight is on the line with Arroyo and Saludar, and while Saludar is a great talent, Arroyo’s amateur experience as an Olympian, plus his home advantage in Puerto Rico may make the difference in that fight,” he says. Plus, in the 10-round super bantamweight co-main event, Puerto Rican favorite, Cesar Seda (25-2, 17 KOs), faces Alex Rangel (15-2-2, 9 KOs). “As far as the Seda vs. Rangel co-main event goes, we all know that when Puerto Rico takes on Mexico, it’s always a great fight,” adds Jacobs.

ORIGINALS

MLB AND NBA MIX IN THIS WEEK’S BACK OF THE SHOP

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Tuesday, June 24 (8:30 PM ET)
  • Talent: Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Dee Gordon, NBA Hall of Famer Dominique Wilkins, New York Mets closer Jenrry Mejia, Mets legend Dwight Gooden, and Houston Rockets forward Chandler Parsons 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, top stars from the MLB and NBA, past and present, come together.

FOX Sports 1 Has 2014 FIFA World Cup Covered

fox-sports-1-logoLos Angeles – This summer, work productivity is expected to plummet as the mercury rises and the 2014 FIFA World Cup, the world’s biggest single-sport event, gets underway. For 30 days, all eyes are fixed on Brazil and FOX Sports 1 has the personnel and programming to cover it all.

FOX Sports has gathered a small army of respected soccer analysts to contribute daily to AMERICA’S PREGAME and FOX SPORTS LIVE, as well as FOXSoccer.com, America’s most-visited online soccer destination. Most notably are FOX Sports’ soccer contributor and Sports Illustrated Senior Columnist Grant Wahl who heads to Brazil to report live for both shows from the USA team base, while FOX Sports reporter Geoff Schreeves is primarily entrenched within the England camp.

Daily studio coverage includes opinions from U.S. Soccer Hall of Famers Eric Wynalda and Cobi Jones who both played in a record three World Cups and were part of the legendary 1994 U.S. squad that forever changed soccer in America. Former England international Warren Barton and former Dutch international Mario Melchiot also provide unparalleled analysis throughout the month-long tournament.

Each weekday highlights, news and analysis come first on AMERICA’S PREGAME (daily, 6:00 PM ET) and later on FOX SPORTS LIVE (nightly, 11:00 PM ET) beginning with the opening match on Thursday, June 12 and continue until a champion is crowned on Sunday, July 13.  The U.S. kicks-off its FIFA World Cup quest against familiar foe Ghana on Monday, June 16.

Gaming analyst Todd Fuhrman contributes entertaining segments on the odds and ends of the FIFA World Cup groups and matches for AMERICA’S PREGAME and FOX SPORTS LIVE, while the shows also offers features on the stars and up-and-comers to watch; the U.S. team without forward Landon Donovan; and the rest of their so-called Group of Death with Portugal, Germany and Ghana.

FOXSoccer.com has also assembled a full team of writers on the ground, with Leander Schaerlaeckens embedded with the U.S. Men’s National Team and Amy Lawrence, Patrick Barclay, Jonathan Wilson and Jamie Trecker all providing unrivaled coverage of the events on the streets of Brazil. FOXSoccer.com offers exclusive daily web hits along with statistical analysis and real-time commentary via MatchTrax across smartphones, tablets and computers. The FOX Sports GO app live streams all World Cup coverage on AMERICA’S PREGAME and FOX SPORTS LIVE.

In addition, FOX Sports draws from its vast array of assets with the latest updates from FOX Sports Brasil, Sky Sports Germany, Sky Sports Italia and Sky Sports Japan. Viewers can follow on social media with @FOXSoccer, @FOXSoccerTrax, @AmericasPregame and @FOXSportsLive for match commentary and up-to-the-minute reporting.

FOX Deportes’ leading news program Central FOX and talk show La Ultima Palabra bring viewers complete commentary around the World Cup. Renowned soccer stars Alberto Garcia Aspe, Luis Hernandez, Daniel “El Ruso” Brailovsky, Raul Orvananos, Fabian Estay and top anchors Alejandro Blanco and Andre Marin are set to cover the biggest headlines direct from Brazil.

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Champions Crowned on FOX as 2014 College Football Schedule Unveiled

260px-Fox_College_Football_logoFOX Presents Big Ten and Pac-12 Conference Championship Games

on Back-to-Back Nights in December

Premier Big 12, Conference USA and Pac-12 Matchups Showcased

on FOX, FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports Networks and FOX College Sports

New York – FOX Sports presents college football fans with some of the most exciting matchups in 2014, as over 100 games are scheduled to air 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 (FCS), 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.

The college football season kicks off with four straight days of action, beginning Thursday, August 28 (10:00 PM ET), with a FOX Sports 1 Thursday night game as Rutgers first takes the football field as a member of the Big Ten, 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.

The first Saturday of the season is jam-packed with games across the FOX Sports family of networks, highlighted by the first game in USC’s Steve Sarkisian era, as the Trojans host Fresno State on Saturday, August 30, (7:30 PM ET) on FOX and FOX Deportes in a rematch of last season’s Las Vegas Bowl. On FOX Sports 1, three-time defending FCS champion North Dakota State has made a habit of knocking off FBS schools, and looks to do it again when the Bison take on Iowa State at 12:00 PM ET. Wrapping up the first weekend of action, reigning Big 12 champion Baylor hosts SMU in a rare Sunday showdown at 7:30 PM ET on FOX Sports 1 to open the Bears’ beautiful new facility, McLane Stadium.

More college football heavyweights come to FOX and FOX Deportes on Saturday, Sept. 6, and 13, with a matchup of two potential top-10 teams on the second weekend of the season when Heisman candidate Marcus Mariota and Oregon host Michigan State (6:30 PM ET). FOX has a broadcast doubleheader the following weekend, beginning at 4:00 PM ET with another Big Ten vs. Pac-12 clash, as Washington hosts Illinois. Then, in prime time, Texas and UCLA meet under the lights at AT&T Stadium at 8:00 PM ET on FOX and FOX Deportes.

The 2014 FOX Sports college football schedule includes 15 straight Saturdays of afternoon or primetime action, capped off by the Big Ten Championship Game on Saturday, Dec. 6 (8:00 PM ET) live from Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. The Pac-12 crowns its champion the night before on FOX at 9:00 PM ET on Friday, Dec. 5, from the brand-new Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. The two contests determine which squads face off in the Rose Bowl Game or which advance to the first-ever College Football Playoff.

FOX Sports 1 each Saturday carries one to three contests from the Big 12, Pac-12 and Conference USA, and also presents a package of Thursday and Friday night games, this season highlighted by top teams like Arizona, Texas and UCLA.

FOX Sports once again gives thanks for rivalries on Thanksgiving weekend, beginning with a primetime showdown between Texas and TCU on Thursday, Nov. 27 (7:30 PM ET) on FOX Sports 1, followed by Arizona vs. Arizona State Friday, Nov. 28, on FOX (3:30 PM ET). The holiday action continues on Saturday, Nov. 29, with an afternoon matchup on FOX and three big games from Noon to night on FOX Sports 1.

Customers of participating video providers may access the live streams of FOX Sports’ college football telecasts through the FOX Sports GO app for iOS devices, as well as on desktops through FOXSportsGO.com. In addition, FOX Deportes carries 12 games this college football season, kicking off with Fresno State at USC on Saturday, August 30.

The 2014 college football schedule for FOX Sports, FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports Networks, FOX College Sports and FOX Deportes can be found below. The remainder of the schedule will be announced as the season progresses.

2014 FOX COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE

(All times listed are Eastern)

 

Thursday, August 28 Conference Network
10:00 PM Rutgers at Washington State

(CenturyLink Field)

Pac-12 FOX Sports 1
Friday, August 29
9:00 PM Colorado State vs. Colorado

(Sports Authority Field at Mile High)

Pac-12 FOX Sports 1
Saturday, August 30
7:30 PM Fresno State at USC Pac-12 FOX / FOX Deportes
12:00 PM North Dakota State at Iowa State Big 12 FOX Sports 1
7:00 PM Central Arkansas at Texas Tech Big 12 FSN
7:00 PM Samford at TCU Big 12 FSN
12:00 PM Troy at UAB C-USA FCS
7:00 PM Louisiana Tech at Oklahoma Big 12 FOX Sports Oklahoma PPV
 

Sunday, August 31

   
7:30 PM SMU at Baylor Big 12 FOX Sports 1
Thursday, September 4    
8:00 PM Arizona at UTSA C-USA FOX Sports 1
Saturday, September 6    
6:30 PM Michigan State at Oregon Pac-12 FOX / FOX Deportes
12:00 PM K-State at Iowa State Big 12 FOX Sports 1
7:30 PM BYU at Texas Big 12 FOX Sports 1
11:00 PM Texas Tech at UTEP C-USA FOX Sports 1
12:00 PM SMU at North Texas C-USA FSN
3:30 PM Missouri State at Oklahoma State Big 12 FSN
7:30 PM Northwestern State at Baylor Big 12 FSN
Saturday, September 13
4:00 PM Illinois at Washington Pac-12 FOX
8:00 PM UCLA vs. Texas

(AT&T Stadium)

Big 12 FOX / FOX Deportes
12:00 PM Pittsburgh at FIU C-USA FOX Sports 1
4:00 PM Minnesota at TCU Big 12 FOX Sports 1
7:00 PM UTSA at Oklahoma State Big 12 FSN
7:00 PM Tulsa at Florida Atlantic C-USA FCS
Saturday, September 20    
7:30 PM TBA at TBA TBA FOX
3:30 PM TBA at TBA TBA FOX Sports 1
11:00 PM TBA at TBA TBA FOX Sports 1
12:00 PM TBA at TBA TBA FSN
3:30 PM TBA at TBA TBA FSN
Thursday, September 25    
10:00 PM UCLA at Arizona State Pac-12 FOX Sports 1
Friday, September 26    
8:00 PM Middle Tennessee at Old Dominion C-USA FOX Sports 1
     
Saturday, September 27    
7:30 PM TBA at TBA TBA FOX
12:00 PM TBA at TBA TBA FOX Sports 1
4:00 PM TBA at TBA TBA FOX Sports 1
12:00 PM TBA at TBA TBA FSN
3:00 PM Rice at Southern Miss C-USA FCS
Thursday, October 2    
7:00 PM Florida Atlantic at FIU C-USA FSN
     
Saturday, October 4    
7:30 PM TBA at TBA TBA FOX
12:00 PM TBA at TBA TBA FOX Sports 1
4:00 PM TBA at TBA TBA FOX Sports 1
12:00 PM TBA at TBA TBA FSN
4:00 PM TBA at TBA TBA FSN
7:00 PM UTEP at Louisiana Tech C-USA FCS
Saturday, October 11    
7:30 PM TBA at TBA TBA FOX
12:00 PM TBA at TBA TBA FOX Sports 1
4:00 PM TBA at TBA TBA FOX Sports 1
12:00 PM TBA at TBA TBA FSN
7:00 PM FIU at UTSA C-USA FCS
Thursday, October 16    
10:00 PM Utah at Oregon State Pac-12 FOX Sports 1
Saturday, October 18    
7:30 PM TBA at TBA TBA FOX
12:00 PM TBA at TBA TBA FOX Sports 1
4:00 PM TBA at TBA TBA FOX Sports 1
12:00 PM TBA at TBA TBA FSN
3:30 PM TBA at TBA TBA FSN
3:30 PM UAB at Middle Tennessee C-USA FCS
 

Friday, October 24

   
10:00 PM Oregon at Cal Pac-12 FOX Sports 1
Saturday, October 25    
3:30 PM TBA at TBA TBA FOX
10:00 PM TBA at TBA TBA FOX Sports 1
12:00 PM TBA at TBA TBA FSN
7:00 PM Florida Atlantic at Marshall C-USA FCS
Saturday, November 1    
7:30 PM TBA at TBA TBA FOX
3:00 PM TBA at TBA TBA FOX Sports 1
7:00 PM TBA at TBA TBA FOX Sports 1
11:00 PM TBA at TBA TBA FOX Sports 1
12:00 PM TBA at TBA TBA FSN
3:30 PM TBA at TBA TBA FSN
8:00 PM Southern Miss at UTEP C-USA FCS
Saturday, November 8    
7:30 PM TBA at TBA TBA FOX
12:00 PM TBA at TBA TBA FOX Sports 1
3:30 PM TBA at TBA TBA FOX Sports 1
7:00 PM TBA at TBA TBA FOX Sports 1
12:00 PM TBA at TBA TBA FSN
3:30 PM TBA at TBA TBA FSN
7:00 PM Florida Atlantic at North Texas C-USA FCS
Saturday, November 15    
7:30 PM TBA at TBA TBA FOX
3:00 PM TBA at TBA TBA FOX Sports 1
10:00 PM TBA at TBA TBA FOX Sports 1
12:00 PM TBA at TBA TBA FSN
3:30 PM TBA at TBA TBA FSN
     
Thursday, November 20    
7:00 PM K-State at West Virginia Big 12 FOX Sports 1
     
Friday, November 21    
8:00 PM UTEP at Rice C-USA FOX Sports 1
Saturday, November 22    
7:30 PM TBA at TBA TBA FOX
12:00 PM TBA at TBA TBA FOX Sports 1
4:00 PM TBA at TBA TBA FOX Sports 1
12:00 PM TBA at TBA TBA FSN
3:30 PM TBA at TBA TBA FSN
1:00 PM Louisiana Tech at Old Dominion C-USA FCS
     
Thursday, November 27    
7:30 PM TCU at Texas Big 12 FOX Sports 1
     
Friday, November 28    
3:30 PM Arizona State at Arizona Pac-12 FOX
12:00 PM WKU at Marshall C-USA FOX Sports 1
Saturday, November 29    
3:30 PM TBA at TBA TBA FOX
12:00 PM TBA at TBA TBA FOX Sports 1
4:00 PM TBA at TBA TBA FOX Sports 1
8:00 PM TBA at TBA TBA FOX Sports 1
12:00 PM TBA at TBA TBA FSN
   
Friday, December 5    
9:00 PM Pac-12 Championship Game

(Levi’s Stadium)

Pac-12 FOX
Saturday, December 6    
8:00 PM Big Ten Championship Game

(Lucas Oil Stadium)

Big Ten FOX
3:00 PM TBA at TBA Big 12 FOX Sports 1

 

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Snoop Dogg Joins Cano, Hernandez, Bryant and Pierre-Paul on BACK OF THE SHOP

fox-sports-1-logoHip-Hop Legend Joined by Robinson Cano, Felix Hernandez, Dez Bryant and Jason Pierre-Paul in Episode 2 of FOX Sports 1 Series

 “Rapping is the Cousin to Athletics,” Says Snoop

 

Photos: http://www.foxflash.com/div.php/main/page?aID=2z2z2z39z15z6

Hip-hop legend Snoop Dogg takes his turn in Jordan’s barber chair in the latest episode of FOX Sports 1’s BACK OF THE SHOP. Snoop Dogg is joined by Seattle Mariners superstars Robinson Cano and Felix Hernandez, Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant and New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, and the five take on topics like rookie hazing, playing in All-Star Games, baseball’s unwritten rules, changes in the rap game and more. The episode premieres Tuesday, June 3 (8:30 PM ET) on FOX Sports 1.

In the episode, Cano mentions that he likes the format of MLB’s All-Star Game. “It’s good, because now everybody goes and plays hard. You’ve got something you can play for,” he says. “Now you want to go; now you want to win; now everybody has to play hard.”

In addition, Snoop talks about the business of rap, how it has changed, and why musicians and athletes get along so well. “I think the rap game is a business now,” he says. “I think it’s turned into a conglomerate to where now you’ve got young millionaires. You’ve got people who can take care of their families and do something the right way and constructive as opposed to when I came up where it was drugs and gang violence.”

BACK OF THE SHOP, a new reality series from FOX Sports Originals and Relativity Media, is an unfiltered look at conversations between some of today’s biggest names in sports and entertainment set in the back of Jordan Sport Barbershop, which sits a tape-measure home run away from Yankee Stadium. Among the stars taking their turn in Jordan’s chair are Red Sox slugger David Ortiz, recent MLB 500 home run club member Albert Pujols, NBA Hall of Famer Dominique Wilkins and many more yet to come.

QUOTES FROM BACK OF THE SHOP – EPISODE 2

On rookie hazing:

Jason Pierre-Paul: “Some things they made me do that I didn’t want to do, but you come and learn like, in order for you to get better you’ve just got to do it.”

Snoop Dogg: “You ain’t bigger than the system.”

Pierre-Paul: “Right.”

Dez Bryant: “The way I look at that is some guys do it just to be [expletive]. I paid $55,000 for a dinner, and it struck me the wrong way. I could’ve easily went off on every last one of them, but I didn’t. I kept myself together, and I wanted to change that. So you know what I did, went out there and did my thing. Now they’re allowing me to call the shots.”

Robinson Cano: “That’s the same thing in baseball. You’ve got a guy that says, you know what, you’re a rookie, bring me coffee, or you’re a rookie, you can’t sit here, stay over there. I don’t like that.

 

On playing in the Pro Bowl and All-Star Game:

Snoop Dogg: “Did you like the Pro Bowl this year, Dez?”

Dez Bryant: “It was cool. It was my first experience.”

Snoop Dogg: “So you don’t know what it’s like to play in the other one, when they were going like, half speed, nobody was hitting.”

Bryant: “No, when I played, they were trying to knock your head off.”

Snoop Dogg: “I saw somebody from the same team trying to bust his homie up.”

Bryant: “The Kansas City players, they were going at it.”

Snoop Dogg: “Your All-Star Game, is it for real?”

Robinson Cano: “Yes. Whoever wins, so [if the American League wins] let’s say, if we go to the World Series this year, we start at home. It’s good because now everybody goes and plays hard. You’ve got something you can play for. Before, guys would go to the All-Star Game and just, okay, that’s it, that’s good for me. Now you want to go; now you want to win; now everybody has to play hard.

Snoop Dogg: “I like that because you feel like the whole league is playing for the whole league now.”

On baseball’s unwritten rules:

Snoop Dogg: “You know what I don’t understand – in football and basketball, if we score a touchdown, we celebrate; if we slam dunk on somebody, we celebrate; when you hit a home run, if you all look at the pitcher, they feel like you all are going to start a fight.”

Robinson Cano: “They get mad.”

Snoop Dogg: “That ain’t cool to me.”

Cano: “I agree with you on that one.”

Snoop Dogg: “Can you all ever say something? Can you all, as the players, be like, that’s an old-ass rule from the 1950s and the ‘60s that don’t apply to us. We like to celebrate.”

Felix Hernandez: “I’m a pitcher, and I will tell you this – I don’t get mad. If they hit a homer, next at-bat, I try to strike him out, same thing.”

Snoop Dogg: “But as a pitcher, you’ve got to understand, if a [expletive] hits a home run off you, he should be entitled to celebrate and be like ah-ha. Because when you strike the [expletive] out, you go boom and do all that. Why can’t he do that?”

Hernandez: “Yeah, that’s why I don’t get pissed.”

Snoop Dogg: “But, you see, you’re the young generation. It’s probably the old guys. I’m going to fight for that rule for you. I’m going to talk to Bud Selig, because there should be celebration after a home run. You should be able to look at the pitcher, look at the crowd, fix your outfit and trot around the bases.”

 

On how the rap game has changed:

Snoop Dogg: “I think the rap game is a business now. I think it’s turned into a conglomerate to where now you’ve got young millionaires. You’ve got young people who can take care of their families and do something the right way and constructive as opposed to when I came up where it was drugs and gang violence. The rap game cleared that away, and that’s not cool no more. Rapping is cool, sports are cool. Rapping is the cousin to athletics because athletes want to be musicians and musicians want to be athletes.”

 

On locker room culture:

Snoop Dogg: “Is it hard getting everybody to get that dog mentality in the NFL locker room knowing that money’s involved, as opposed to when you were a kid, when you played, everybody just naturally wanted to win?”

Dez Bryant: “Everybody’s mind is different. Everybody’s got a different way of expressing themselves to the game. Like me, I love the game. I don’t even think about the money until it’s time. A lot of guys aren’t like that. All they care about is the check that will keep them moving.  Like I tell a lot of guys in that locker room, [expletive] the talent – confidence and effort, that’s all you really need. You’ve got to believe.”

Snoop Dogg: “I needed to hear that because I’ve got of kids that follow you or follow football, and they need to know that. So you believe in yourself and you put forth that effort…”

Robinson Cano: “I don’t want to say names, but I’ve played with guys that have been like, you know what, I don’t want to play today. They come in and I don’t feel good or I don’t want to come in. You need to have respect for your teammates. If you don’t want to play, just go home.”

Snoop Dogg: “In the rap world, you all give us some money, we want some more of it. And we try to go get more of it. And we try to do more to get more of it, because that’s our mentality. Our mentality is like that; we’re about that. That’s why we love sports so much, because we feel like you’ve got the same attitude and the same mentality that we’ve got. Just because you’ve got it doesn’t mean you’re content with it. You all want more.”

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