FOX Sports Programming Highlights: NFL, CBB, UFC & More

fox-sports-logoNFL: Interviews with Red-Hot Giants Rookie WR Beckham Jr.

and Lions QB Stafford on FOX NFL SUNDAY

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Syracuse at No. 7 Villanova on FOX

Headlines Big Week of College Hoops

UFC: UFC FIGHT NIGHT on FOX Sports 1: Machida vs. Dolloway

Features Top-Ranked Middleweights

#ICYMI: Fight Motion: UFC Fight Night – Junior Dos Santos vs. Stipe Miocic

http://www.foxsports.com/video/UFC?vid=373565507707

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 STUDIO

FOX SPORTS LIVE – NFL PLAYOFF PREVIEWS, RICO HARRIS FEATURE FRIDAY; ANDY RODDICK/CARMELO ANTHONY INTERVIEW SUNDAY

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, nightly (11:00 PM ET)
  • Talent:  Jay Onrait, Dan O’Toole, Charissa Thompson, Reid Forgrave, Jay Glazer, Casey Jacobsen, Joel Klatt, Donovan McNabb, Randy Moss, Petros Papadakis, Gary Payton, Bill Reiter, Ephraim Salaam.
  • This Week: The National Football League is in the home stretch of its regular-season schedule and with just two games remaining for each of the teams, FOX SPORTS LIVE continues its nightly focus on all things gridiron related. Nightly wraps from various team facilities, updated injury information and closer looks at the divisional and wild card playoff races are featured throughout the show. Nightly NHL and NBA highlights and analysis also remain an emphasis as both leagues are in the midst of their respective regular seasons. The end of the week brings the airing of two distinctly unique original features, beginning Friday night with the story of Rico Harris, a former college basketball player and Harlem Globetrotter who mysteriously disappeared in northern California on Oct. 10. Harris was driving north to move in with his girlfriend and start a new job in Seattle, but authorities found his car and personal effects in a park north of San Francisco and he has since vanished without a trace. On Sunday night’s show, analyst and FOX SPORTS LIVE panelist Andy Roddick sits down with New York Knicks forward and seven-time NBA All-Star Carmelo Anthony for an exclusive 1-on-1 interview. The franchise player for the struggling Knicks, Anthony discusses a range of topics from the team’s rebuilding effort and his learning of the triangle offense under new club president Phil Jackson to his life off the court and his recent venture as the CEO of a technology start-up.

AMERICA’S PREGAME – NIGHTLY NBA AND NHL PREVIEWS, NFL TEAM REPORTS AS PLAYOFFS NEAR

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, weekdays (6:00 PM ET)
  • Talent:  Mike Hill, Molly McGrath, Jill Arrington, Kirk Morrison, Mike Garafolo, Casey Jacobsen, Corey Maggette, Ephraim Salaam, Brian Scalabrine
  • This Week: With both the NBA and NHL regular seasons in full swing, APG uses live satellite interviews from various sites with local correspondents and insiders who provide up-to-the-minute information in previewing all of the nightly action. Additionally, former Stanford All-American Casey Jacobsen is in studio to break down the biggest college basketball games each evening as the Top 25 programs approach their conference schedules. As is the custom, the NFL headlines remain a significant part of the show as the divisional races come clearer into view and the playoff seeds are decided. Nightly reports are filed from various team headquarters in advance of this weekend’s games.

 

NFL

NFL ON FOX WEEK 16 – With time slipping away in the 2014 NFL regular season, teams on the postseason bubble battle on FOX Sunday, Dec. 21 (1:00 PM ET & 4:05 PM ET) for their right to continue playing in January. The Detroit Lions remain in the hunt for a playoff berth as they visit the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field (1:00 PM ET). The Lions can claim the NFC North with a victory Sunday, coupled with a Packers loss against the Buccaneers.  NFL announcer Joe Buck is joined in the Soldier Field broadcast booth by analyst Troy Aikman with sideline reporter Erin Andrews.  Meanwhile in New Orleans, the Saints host the Falcons (1:00 PM ET).  A win on Sunday for the Saints, coupled with a Panthers loss, would give New Orleans the NFC South division. Play-by-play announcer Kevin Burkhardt, analyst John Lynch and sideline reporter Pam Oliver are on the call from the Mercedes Superdome.

FOX Sports’ NFL coverage begins each Sunday on FOX Sports 1 at 11:00 AM ET with host Joel Klatt and analysts Donovan McNabb, Dave Wannstedt and Randy Moss. On the FOX broadcast network, FOX NFL SUNDAY immediately follows FOX NFL KICKOFF at 12:00 PM ET with co-hosts Terry Bradshaw and Curt Menefee alongside analysts Howie Long, Michael Strahan, Jimmy Johnson, insider Jay Glazer and rules analyst Mike Pereira.  In Sunday’s pregame show, Strahan sits down with New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., and Bradshaw conducts a one-on-one interview with Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford.

SUNDAY, DEC. 21

 

GAME                                                                    PLAY-BY-PLAY/ANALYST/SIDELINE            COV.             TIME (ET) 

Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints                Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch                38%               1:00PM         

         & Pam Oliver    

Mercedes-Benz Superdome – New Orleans, La.

MARKETS INCLUDE: Albuquerque, Atlanta, Austin, Birmingham, Denver, Greensboro, Greenville, Jacksonville, Knoxville, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Memphis, Nashville, New Orleans, Norfolk, Raleigh, Richmond, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, Tulsa, Washington

 

Detroit Lions at Chicago Bears                                 Joe Buck, Troy Aikman                          28%                1:00PM

                                                                                           & Erin Andrews

Soldier Field – Chicago, Ill.

MARKETS INCLUDE: Buffalo, Chicago, Cincinnati, Dallas, Dayton, Detroit, Indianapolis, Oklahoma City, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland, Seattle

 

Green Bay Packers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers    Chris Myers, Ronde Barber                  6%                 1:00PM

                                                                                           & Jennifer Hale

Raymond James Stadium – Tampa, Fla.

MARKETS INCLUDE: Fort Myers, Milwaukee, Orlando, Tampa

 

Minnesota Vikings at Miami Dolphins                     Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston                 5%                1:00PM

          & On-field analyst Tony Siragusa

Sun Life Stadium – Miami Gardens, Fla.

MARKETS INCLUDE: Louisville, Miami, Minneapolis, West Palm Beach

New York Giants at St. Louis Rams                        Thom Brennaman, David Diehl            22%                4:05PM          

          & Laura Okmin

Edward Jones Dome – St. Louis, Mo.

MARKETS INCLUDE: Baltimore, Boston, Charlotte, Cleveland, Columbus, Hartford, Houston, Kansas City, New York, Pittsburgh, Providence, St. Louis

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

 

COLLEGE HOOPS HEAVYWEIGHTS COME TO FOX & FOX SPORTS 1

  • Network/When/Talent:
    • St. Mary’s at No. 20 St. John’s, FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Friday, Dec. 19 (7:00 PM ET), Rich Ackerman and Jim Spanarkel
    • Alabama A&M at Marquette, FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Friday, Dec. 19 (9:00 PM ET), Eric Collins and Dickey Simpkins
    • Texas-Pan Am at Creighton, FOX Sports 2 & FOX Sports GO, Friday, Dec. 19 (9:00 PM ET), Kevin Kugler and Nick Bahe
    • Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Texas Tech, FOX Sports Regional Networks & FOX Sports GO, Friday, Dec. 19 (9:00 PM ET), Robert Giovannetti and John Harris
    • No. 3 Arizona at UTEP, FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Friday, Dec. 19 (11:00 PM ET), Wes Durham and Dan Bonner
    • No. 4 Louisville at Western Kentucky, FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Dec. 20 (12:00 PM ET), Ron Thulin and Mike Jarvis
    • Charlotte at Georgetown, FOX Sports Regional Networks & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Dec. 20 (12:00 PM ET), Custer and Tarik Turner
    • Syracuse at No. 7 Villanova, FOX & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Dec. 20 (1:00 PM ET), Gus Johnson and Jim Jackson
    • USF vs. Florida State (Orange Bowl Classic), FOX Sports Regional Networks & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Dec. 20 (2:00 PM ET), Justin Kutcher and Bob Wenzel
    • No. 23 Butler vs. Indiana (Crossroads Classic), FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Dec. 20 (2:30 PM ET), Joe Davis and Stephen Bardo
    • Wake Forest vs. Florida (Orange Bowl Classic), FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Dec. 20 (5:00 PM ET), Justin Kutcher and Bob Wenzel
    • Creighton at North Texas, FOX Sports Regional Networks & FOX Sports GO, Sunday, Dec. 21 (2:00 PM ET), Ron Thulin and Dan Bonner
    • UT Martin at No. 23 Butler, FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Monday, Dec. 22 (7:00 PM ET), Cory Provus and Greg Kelser
    • Weber State at No. 15 Oklahoma, FOX Sports Regional Networks & FOX Sports GO, Monday, Dec. 22 (8:00 PM ET), Bob Carpenter and Billy Tubbs
    • Providence vs. No. 18 Miami (Fla.) (Brooklyn Hoops Holiday Invitational), FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Monday, Dec. 22 (9:00 PM ET), Tim Brando and Bill Raftery
    • North Dakota at Marquette, FOX Sports Regional Networks & FOX Sports GO, Monday, Dec. 22 (9:00 PM ET), Kevin Kugler and Dickey Simpkins
    • NJIT at No. 7 Villanova, FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Tuesday, Dec. 23 (7:00 PM ET), Justin Kutcher and Ron Thompson
    • TBA vs. TBA (Las Vegas Classic), FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Tuesday, Dec. 23 (9:00 PM ET), Joe Davis and Donny Marshall
    • TBA vs. TBA (Las Vegas Classic), FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Tuesday, Dec. 23 (11:30 PM ET), Joe Davis and Donny Marshall
  • This Week: Some of the most iconic college basketball programs in the country hit the court on the FOX Sports family of networks this week, highlighted by Syracuse at No. 7 Villanova Saturday afternoon on the FOX broadcast network. The former BIG EAST rivals face off at 1:00 PM ET with Gus Johnson and Jim Jackson on the call. Over on FOX Sports 1 on Saturday, No. 4 Louisville takes on in-state rival Western Kentucky (12:00 PM ET), followed by another clash of in-state foes as No. 23 Butler meets Indiana at 2:30 PM ET at the Crossroads Classic in Indianapolis. Earlier in the week, No. 2 Arizona goes up against UTEP on Friday, Dec. 19 (11:00 PM ET) on FOX Sports 1.

UFC

UFC UNLEASHED UFC 165 TITLE FIGHTS

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Wednesday, Dec. 17 (7:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Jon Jones, Alexander Gustafsson, Renan Barao, Eddie Wineland
  • This Week: UFC Unleashed presents the two title fights featured in the main and co-main events of UFC 165. Watch light heavyweight champion Jon Jones take on Alexander Gustafsson, then see bantamweight beast Renan Barao face Eddie Wineland.

UFC TONIGHT PREVIEWS UFC FIGHT NIGHT: MACHIDA VS. DOLLAWAY, PLUS CORMIER AND VANZANT INTERVIEWS

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Wednesday, Dec. 17 (8:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Kenny Florian, Karyn Bryant, Ariel Helwani
  • This Week: This week on UFC TONIGHT, host Florian and guest host Michael Bisping preview UFC FIGHT NIGHT: MACHIDA vs. DOLLAWAY. Florian interviews light heavyweight title contender Daniel Cormier before his UFC 182 title fight and they also catch up with rising strawweight Paige VanZant.

UFC RELOADED UFC 173: BARAO VS. DILLASHAW

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Thursday, Dec. 18 (8:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Renan Barao, T.J. Dillashaw
  • This Week: Owner of a remarkable 35-fight unbeaten streak, Renan Barao puts his UFC bantamweight title on the line when he faces talented contender T.J. Dillashaw in the main event of UFC 173. 

UFC WEIGH-IN FEATURES ANALYSTS MELENDEZ AND FLORIAN

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 2 & FOX Sports GO, Friday, Dec. 19 (1:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Karyn Bryant, Kenny Florian, Gilbert Melendez and Heidi Androl
  • This Week: The UFC WEIGH-IN features host Karyn Bryant, with Kenny Florian and Gilbert Melendez as analysts, as the fighters on the card attempt to make weight. Heidi Androl interviews fighters during the show.

UFC FIGHT NIGHT PREFIGHT SHOW PREVIEWS MIDDLEWEIGHT HEADLINER

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Dec. 20 (7:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Jay Glazer, Kenny Florian, Gilbert Melendez, Heidi Androl
  • This Week: Host Glazer and analysts Melendez and Florian break down the night. The three also analyze several exciting match-ups on the PRELIMS.

 

UFC FIGHT NIGHT PRELIMS ON FOX SPORTS 1 FEATURE NO. 12 RANKED FEATHERWEIGHT ELKINS

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Dec. 20 (8:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Jon Anik, Brian Stann, Jay Glazer, Kenny Florian, Gilbert Melendez, Heidi Androl
  • This Week: The two-hour UFC FIGHT NIGHT PRELIMS feature four bouts including Marcos Rogerio de Lima (12-3-1) against Igor Pokrajac (25-11, 1NC) in a light heavyweight scrap. A pair of featherweight fights anchors the PRELIMS with Tom Niinimaki (21-7-1) vs. Renato Moicano (8-0-1) and No. 12 featherweight Darren Elkins (19-4-0) vs. Hacran Dias (21-3-1). Leandro Issa (12-4) and Ulka Sasake (18-1-2) open the PRELIMS with a bantamweight bout.

UFC FIGHT NIGHT ON FOX SPORTS 1: MACHIDA VS. DOLLAWAY FEATURES KEY MIDDLEWEIGHT BOUT

  • Network/When: FOX, FOX Deportes & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Dec. 20 (10:00 PM ET)

FOX SPORTS LIVE RECAPS HEAVYWEIGHT ACTION AT UFC FIGHT NIGHT

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Dec. 20 (1:00 AM ET)
  • Talent: Jay Glazer, Kenny Florian, Gilbert Melendez, Heidi Androl
  • This Week: Watch the recap of UFC FIGHT NIGHT, with host Glazer and analysts Melendez and Florian breaking down all the action. The group interviews winners and highlights the most exciting action of the evening.

 

NASCAR

2015 NASCAR SEASON PREVIEW SPECIAL AIRS DEC. 21 ON FOX ADJACENT TO NFL ON FOX COVERAGE

While NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES teams look forward to some downtime during the holidays, FOX takes a sneak peek at what’s to come next season in a one-hour special entitled NASCAR 2015:  A NEW ERA, premiering Sunday, Dec. 21 adjacent to NFL on FOX coverage (check local listings for airtimes).Hosted by Danielle Trotta from Daytona International Speedway, the program previews the upcoming NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES season, outlining everything fans need to know heading into one of the most anticipated seasons in years. NASCAR 2015:  A NEW ERA offers in-depth interviews with the series’ top drivers, including sit-downs with 2014 NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES champion Kevin Harvick, Dale Earnhardt Jr. with FOX NASCAR analyst Darrell Waltrip; six-time NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES champion Jimmie Johnson with FOX NASCAR host Chris Myers; and a Carl Edwards feature interview with NFL on FOX insider Jay Glazer, in addition to numerous other drivers.

  • Network/When: FOX & FOX Sports GO, Sunday, Dec. 21 adjacent to NFL on FOX coverage (check local listings for airtimes)
  • Talent:  Danielle Trotta, Darrell Waltrip, Chris Myers, Jay Glazer, Adam Alexander, Jeff Hammond, Larry McReynolds, Michael Waltrip and Matt Yocum  
  • Next Week: Encore presentation Wednesday, Dec. 24 at 9:00 PM ET on FOX Sports 1.

In addition, new “Best of 2014” NASCAR RACE HUB episodes air weekdays through Monday, Dec. 22 on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports GO.  Following a brief hiatus for the holidays, NASCAR RACE HUB resumes in January.

 

SOCCER

FOX SPORTS WRAPS UP FIFA CLUB WORLD CUP COVERAGE

  • What: FOX Sports’ exclusive coverage of the FIFA Club World Cup tournament continues this week, culminating with the final on Dec. 20.  After winning the all-Spanish UEFA Champions League Final this year, Real Madrid now looks to add the title of world’s best club to its accomplishments in 2014.
  • Matchup/Network/When:

o   Third-Place Match: Cruz Azul (MEX) vs. Auckland City (NZL), FOX Sports 2, Saturday., Dec. 20 (11:20 AM ET)

o   Final: Real Madrid vs. San Lorenzo (ARG), FOX Sports 2, Saturday, Dec. 20 (2:20 PM ET)

  • Talent: John Strong calls the third-place match alongside Cobi Jones. JP Dellacamera calls the final alongside Brian Dunseth.

Johnson: “Unless Manziel is really balling, they’re not going to make the playoffs”

Fox-NFL-2014FOX NFL SUNDAY NOTES – 12/14/14

Johnson: “Unless Manziel is Really Balling, They’re Not Going to Make the Playoffs”

Long on Watt: “He’s as Dominant a Player at Any Position in Football”

Bradshaw Defends Harbaugh

FOX NFL KICKOFF on FOX Sports 1

Six-time NFL Pro Bowl quarterback Donovan McNabb on what the Cleveland Browns need to do to take the pressure off Johnny Manziel: “In order to take pressure off Johnny Manziel, you’re going to have to continue to run the ball.  It’s more about the attempts than the yards.”

FOX NFL SUNDAY analyst and Hall of Famer Michael Strahan stopped by FOX NFL KICKOFF and talked about the San Francisco 49ers chances of making the postseason: “I don’t believe this team is going to make the playoffs.  After watching them and the way they lost last week in a game we all expected them to win or at least put forth an effort that was playoff indicative of a team with their backs against the wall, you didn’t see that.”

FOX NFL KICKOFF analyst Randy Moss says Texans defensive end J.J. Watt is more valuable to his team than Colts quarterback Andrew Luck: “Andrew Luck has a lot of help there.  J.J. Watt is all the Houston Texans have.” 

 

From FOX NFL SUNDAY on FOX

Two-time Super Bowl-winning head coach Jimmy Johnson doesn’t see the Cleveland Browns making the playoffs, even under the direction of quarterback Johnny Manziel: “The reality of it is, unless Manziel is really balling, they’re not going to make the playoffs. Cincinnati is in first place by way of a tie right now. With the way the schedule is setup right now, Baltimore wins out, win eleven games and wins this division.”

Super Bowl champion and NFL Hall of Famer Howie Long makes a case for Texans defensive end J.J. Watt winning the MVP award this year: “He’s the first, second and third thing every offensive coordinator needs to deal with. He’s as dominant a player at any position in football.  Granted there is a wide margin between Aaron Rodgers and the No. 2 guy but it’s a Grand Canyon between J.J. Watt and the second best defender.”

FOX NFL SUNDAY analyst Strahan makes a case for Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers as the MVP this season: “Over the entire season so far, he has 35 touchdowns, only three interceptions and 16 touchdowns with no interceptions over the last five games. Aaron Rodgers doesn’t turn the ball over.  If I played on that team, I’d be kissing that man’s feet because he is a defense’s best friend.”

Johnson and Strahan disagree on whether running back Adrian Peterson is serious about potentially retiring from football.

Johnson: “He’s not going to walk away from the game he loves.  He’s not going to walk away from all that money. He is not going to retire.”

Strahan: “Maybe he has something else he loves. Look at the way he came back from injury [in 2012]; when he makes his mind up to do something he gets it done and he does not back down from it. So if he retired, I wouldn’t be surprised.”

Hall of Fame defensive end Long is disappointed at the leaks coming out of the Washington Redskins organization: “The thing that is disappointing to me is all the leaks coming out of that organization. The front office, the coaching staff and in the locker room.  It’s disappointing.”

Four-time Super Bowl champion Terry Bradshaw is upset with the San Francisco 49ers’ handling of head coach Jim Harbaugh: “It seems like I’ve done this week after week in the last month, defend Jim Harbaugh. When he came to the San Francisco 49ers four years ago they were going nowhere. Trent Baalke comes in as the general manager. And now it’s already been reported that Harbaugh is out and you expect him to go on the road, week-in and week-out, and get this team to play its very best when in fact everybody in that organization knows he’s gone.  The players know he’s gone. It’s been reported that their defensive line coach Jim Tomsula will be the next head coach. How in the world can you expect a coach to coach and players to play especially in a game like this [against the Seahawks]? I am just baffled by the whole thing.”

FOX NFL Insider Jay Glazer on Manziel and his preparations leading into this week’s game:  “When he wasn’t named the starter, he took it hard. But going into this week, he acted like he was almost cramming for a test to make up for lost time. He wants to show everyone in there that they can trust him.  Because he is such a polarizing figure, there are defensive players around the league who are actually having discussions about what they are going to do if they get their hands on this guy [Manziel]. Maybe they’ll do the money sign. I was at dinner with some defensive players and they said they would take a fifteen-yard penalty just to welcome him to the league.

Glazer with the latest on Cam Newton’s injury:  “I talked to his head coach Ron Rivera this morning and when he first came back, they gave him such a huge ovation. They already have him running on a treadmill underwater. Ron said they don’t know when he is coming back because of where those fractures are in his back, they have no idea how he’s going to respond when he torques.”

Glazer on a potential rule change in the NFL:  “Goal posts have been the same width since 1920. That could now change. At next month’s Pro Bowl, they are actually going to try to move the goal posts from 18.5 feet to 14 feet. They are going to try and make things more exciting form 4th down. If it happens, in the long term it’s groundbreaking.”

FOX Sports Programming Highlights: NFL, UFC, Golf & More

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  •  FOX SPORTS HIGHLIGHTS – 3 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW
  • NFL: Doubleheader featuring Browns hosting Bengals and 49ers at Seahawks
  • UFC: First-Ever Strawweight Champ Crowned on UFC FIGHT NIGHT on FOX Sports 1 Friday, while Top-Ranked Heavyweights Battle Saturday On FOX
  • GOLF: FOX Sports’ Golf Coverage Tees off This Saturday on FOX with 26th Annual Franklin Templeton Shootout
  • #ICYMI: Watch Exclusive Interview with FOX Sports’ Brad Friedel On USMNT Goalkeeper Tim Howard’s Controversial Comments – http://bit.ly/1D4CQhY

 

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NFL OX WEEK 15 – With only a few weeks left in the 2014 NFL regular season, FOX Sports presents doubleheader coverage of six exciting matchups Sunday, Dec. 14 (1:00 PM ET & 4:25 PM ET). As first reported by FOX NFL Insider Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer), Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel gets his first NFL start this Sunday when Cleveland hosts the Cincinnati Bengals on FOX (1:00 PM ET). Play-by-play announcer Kevin Burkhardt, analyst John Lynch and sideline reporter Pam Oliver are on the call. Additionally, this week’s NFL on FOX action is highlighted by an NFC West rematch when the San Francisco 49ers fly north to Seattle to battle the Seahawks (4:25 PM ET). NFL announcer Joe Buck is joined in the booth at CenturyLink Field by analyst Troy Aikman with sideline reporter Erin Andrews.

FOX Sports’ NFL coverage begins each Sunday on FOX Sports 1 at 11:00 AM ET with host Joel Klatt and analysts Donovan McNabb, Dave Wannstedt and Randy Moss. On the FOX broadcast network, FOX NFL SUNDAY immediately follows FOX NFL KICKOFF at 12:00 PM ET with co-hosts Terry Bradshaw and Curt Menefee alongside analysts Howie Long, Michael Strahan, Jimmy Johnson, insider Jay Glazer and rules analyst Mike Pereira.  In Sunday’s pregame show, reporter Andrews sits down with Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll to talk about his team’s ups and downs this season coming off their Super Bowl XLVIII victory.

SUNDAY, DEC. 14

 

GAME                                                                    PLAY-BY-PLAY/ANALYST/SIDELINE            COV.             TIME (ET) 

Cincinnati Bengals at Cleveland Browns             Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch                46%                1:00PM         

         & Pam Oliver    

FirstEnergy Stadium – Cleveland, Ohio

MARKETS INCLUDE: Albuquerque, Austin, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dallas, Dayton Denver, Houston, Jacksonville, Knoxville, Las Vegas, Los Angeles ,Louisville Memphis, Nashville, Oklahoma City, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, St. Louis, Tulsa , West Palm Beach

 

Green Bay Packers at Buffalo Bills                        Justin Kutcher, David Diehl                   24%               1:00PM           

          & Laura Okmin

Ralph Wilson Stadium – Orchard Park, N.Y.

MARKETS INCLUDE: Birmingham, Buffalo, Chicago, Detroit, Miami, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Phoenix, Portland, Seattle

 

Washington Redskins at New York Giants          Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston                13%               1:00PM

         & On-field analyst Tony Siragusa

MetLife Stadium – East Rutherford, N.J.

MARKETS INCLUDE: Hartford, New York, Norfolk, Providence, Richmond, Washington

 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Carolina Panthers      Dick Stockton, Brady Quinn                9%                 1:00PM

          & Kristina Pink

Bank of America Stadium – Charlotte, N.C.

MARKETS INCLUDE: Charlotte, Fort Myers, Greensboro, Greenville, New Orleans, Orlando, Raleigh, Tampa

 

San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks            Joe Buck, Troy Aikman                          84%                4:25PM

                                                                                           & Erin Andrews

CenturyLink Field – Seattle, Wash.

MARKETS INCLUDE: Albuquerque, Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Birmingham, Boston, Buffalo, Charlotte, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dallas Dayton, Denver, Fort Myers, Greensboro, Greenville, Hartford, Houston, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Knoxville, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Memphis, Miami, New Orleans, New York, Norfolk Oklahoma City, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Portland, Providence, Raleigh, Richmond Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, San Francisco, Seattle, St. Louis, Tampa, Tulsa, Washington, West Palm Beach

Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions                          Chris Myers, Ronde Barber                 13%                 4:25PM

                                                                                           & Jennifer Hale

Ford Field – Detroit, Mich.

MARKETS INCLUDE: Chicago, Detroit, Louisville, Milwaukee, Minneapolis

 

 

GOLF

 

FOX SPORTS’ GOLF COVERAGE TEES OFF THIS SATURDAY WITH 26TH ANNUAL FRANKLIN TEMPELTON SHOOTOUT

  • Network/When: FOX & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Dec. 13 (1:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Joe Buck, lead analyst Greg Norman, Brad Faxon, Steve Flesch, rules analyst/editorial advisor David Fay, Scott McCarron, E.A. Tischler
  • This Week: The FOX broadcast network presents its first ever golf coverage with final-round play of the Franklin Templeton Shootout live from Tiburon Golf Club at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort in Naples, Fla. Norman, the World Golf Hall of Famer who founded the Franklin Templeton Shootout in 1989, announced the 12 two-man teams competing in this year’s event in October, featuring eight of the top 30 players in the world.  Led by FedEx Cup Champion Billy Horschel and last year’s Shootout champions Harris English and Matt Kuchar, the 12 teams battle for a piece of the tournament’s $3.1-million purse. The Franklin Templeton Shootout is the longest-running PGA Tour-sanctioned post-season event, and throughout its history the tournament has included many of golf’s greatest players.

UFC

 

FOX SPORTS PRESENTS EXCITING BACK-TO-BACK UFC FIGHT NIGHTS THIS WEEKEND WITH STRAWWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP AND EPIC HEAVYWEIGHT BATTLE: FOX Sports presents two exciting UFC FIGHT NIGHTS this weekend with 16 hours of live coverage over three days. First, history will be made at UFC FIGHT NIGHT: A CHAMPION WILL BE CROWNED on Friday, Dec. 12 (9:00 PM ET) on FOX Sports 1, when the UFC’s first-ever strawweight champion is crowned. Action moves to the FOX broadcast network on Saturday, Dec. 13 (8:00 PM ET) for UFC FIGHT NIGHT: DOS SANTOS vs. MIOCIC featuring the five-round main event between former heavyweight champion and No. 2-ranked Junior Dos Santos and No. 4-ranked Stipe Miocic. UFC on FOX analyst Kenny Florian predicts the Dos Santos vs. Miocic headliner ends in a knockout: “These are two phenomenal strikers,” Florian says. “They’re pretty similar – Miocic is more of a wrestler, but both are excellent strikers. Both men are very athletic and are very fast for the division. I don’t think this is going the distance.” Click the link for Florian’s UFC FIGHT NIGHT break down: http://foxs.pt/1Ga6UF5

 

THE UTLIMATE FIGHTER: SEMIS DETERMINE FRIDAY’S TITLE FIGHT – NO. 1 ESPARZA VS. NO. 4 PENNE AND NO. 7 NAMAJUNAS VS. NO. 14 MARKOS

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Wednesday, Dec. 10 (10:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Anthony Pettis, Gilbert Melendez and Dana White
  • This Week: This week on THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER, it all comes down to the semifinals, with the winners securing a spot in the live finale in Las Vegas and a shot at the first-ever UFC women’s strawweight belt. First up, No. 4 seed Jessica Penne looks to put personal feelings aside as she takes on top seed and close friend Carla Esparza.  Then, No. 14 seed Randa Markos tries for her third straight upset victory, as she faces No. 7 Rose Namajunas of Team Melendez.

THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER FINALE WEIGH-IN FEATURED ON AMERICA’S PREGAME THURSDAY

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Thursday, Dec. 11 (6:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Jay Glazer, Dominick Cruz, Rashad Evans, Miesha Tate and Heidi Androl
  • This Week: The weigh-ins for THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER finale is part of AMERICA’S PREGAME and features host Jay Glazer, with former UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz, former light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans and women’s bantamweight contender Miesha Tate as analysts, as the fighters on the card attempt to make weight. Heidi Androl interviews fighters during the show.

UFC FIGHT NIGHT: DOS SANTOS VS. MIOCIC WEIGH-IN SHOW FRIDAY

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Friday, Dec. 12 (5:00 PM ET)
  • Talent:  Karyn Bryant, Brian Stann, Daniel Cormier, Ariel Helwani
  • This Week: The UFC FIGHT NIGHT WEIGH-IN features host Karyn Bryant, with analysts Brian Stann and UFC light heavyweight title contender Daniel Cormier commenting on the fighters as they tip the scales. Fighters are interviewed backstage by Ariel Helwani.

UFC FIGHT NIGHT PREFIGHT SHOW: PREVIEWING STRAWWEIGHT TITLE FIGHT

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Friday, Dec. 12 (6:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Jay Glazer, Dominick Cruz, Rashad Evans, Miesha Tate and Heidi Androl
  • This Week: Host Glazer and analysts Cruz, Evans and Tate preview the first-ever women’s strawweight title fight. The three also break down the other exciting strawweight fights featuring the cast of this season’s THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER.

 

UFC FIGHT NIGHT PRELIMS ON FOX SPORTS 1 FEATURE THIS SEASON’S THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER CAST

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, FOX Deportes & FOX Sports GO, Friday, Dec. 12 (7:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Jon Anik, Kenny Florian, Jay Glazer, Dominick Cruz, Rashad Evans, Miesha Tate and Heidi Androl
  • This Week: The two-hour UFC FIGHT NIGHT PRELIMS feature four exciting fights live from the Pearl at the Palms in Las Vegas. Fight order will be announced Wednesday night after the final episode of THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER.

UFC FIGHT NIGHT: A CHAMPION WILL BE CROWNED ON FOX SPORTS 1 FEATURES FIRST-EVER UFC STRAWWEIGHT TITLE FIGHT

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, FOX Deportes & FOX Sports GO, Friday, Dec. 12 (9:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Jon Anik, Kenny Florian, Jay Glazer, Dominick Cruz, Rashad Evans, Miesha Tate and Heidi Androl
  • This Week: The three-hour UFC FIGHT NIGHT: A CHAMPION WILL BE CROWNED features six exciting fights, culminating with the inaugural strawweight championship. Plus, featherweight contenders Jeremy Stephens and Charles Oliveira square off. No. 10-ranked “Lil’ Heathen” Stephens has won three of his past four bouts, while No. 14 Oliveira is on a two-fight hot streak. Fight order is announced Wednesday night after the final episode of THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER.

FOX SPORTS LIVE RECAPS FIRST-EVER WOMEN’S STRAWWEIGHT TITLE FIGHT

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Friday, Dec. 12 (12:00 AM ET)
  • Talent: Jay Glazer, Dominick Cruz, Rashad Evans, Miesha Tate and Heidi Androl
  • This Week: Watch the recap of the first-ever UFC women’s strawweight title fight, with host Glazer and analysts Cruz, Evans and Tate breaking down the fights. The group interviews winners and highlights the evening’s most exciting action.

UFC FIGHT NIGHT PREFIGHT SHOW PREVIEWS HEAVYWEIGHTS BOUTS

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Dec. 13 (4:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Karyn Bryant, Brian Stann, Daniel Cormier and Ariel Helwani
  • This Week: Host Bryant and analysts Cormier and Stann break down the hard-hitting night featuring three heavyweight bouts. The three also analyze several exciting match-ups on the PRELIMS.

 

UFC FIGHT NIGHT PRELIMS ON FOX SPORTS 1 FEATURES UNDEFEATED STRAWWEIGHTS

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, FOX Deportes & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Dec. 13 (5:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Joe Rogan, Mike Goldberg, Karyn Bryant, Brian Stann, Daniel Cormier and Ariel Helwani
  • This Week: The three-hour UFC FIGHT NIGHT PRELIMS feature six exciting fights live from the US Airways Center in Phoenix, Ariz. Undefeated strawweight Claudia Gadelha (12-0) faces fellow undefeated Joanna Jedrzejczyk (7-0), while No. 5-ranked flyweight John Moraga (15-3) fights Willie Gates (11-4). Veteran Joe Riggs (28-9) takes on Ben Saunders (17-6-2) in a welterweight bout. Lightweights Jamie Varner (21-10-1, 2NC) and Drew Dober (14-6) and middleweights Ed Herman (22-9, 1NC) and Derek Brunson (12-3) keep the action rolling, while Joe Ellenberger (15-1) and Bryan Barberena (9-2) open the PRELIMS with a lightweight scrap.

UFC FIGHT NIGHT ON FOX: DOS SANTOS VS. MIOCIC FEATURES THREE EPIC HEAVYWEIGHT BOUTS

  • Network/When: FOX, FOX Deportes & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Dec. 13 (8:00 PM ET)

FOX SPORTS LIVE RECAPS HEAVYWEIGHT ACTION AT UFC FIGHT NIGHT

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Saturday, Dec. 13 (10:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Karyn Bryant, Brian Stann, Daniel Cormier and Ariel Helwani
  • This Week: Watch the recap of UFC FIGHT NIGHT, with host Bryant and analysts Stann and Cormier breaking down all the heavyweight action. The group interviews winners and highlights the most exciting action of the evening.

UFC ULTIMATE INSIDER:  SERGIO PETTIS ON THE BRINK, MACHIDA’S WARRIOR CODE

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Sunday, Dec. 14 (6:30 PM ET)
  • Talent: Jon Anik
  • This Week: Watch On the Brink for the UFC debut of promising prospect Sergio Pettis. Then, UFC elite discuss the philosophies behind their Octagon game plans. Finally, Lyoto Machida unlocks his Warrior Code.

UFC UNLEASHED: BIGGEST UPSETS

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Sunday, Dec. 14 (7:00 PM ET)
  • This Week: UFC UNLEASHED presents three of the most unexpected, most shocking upsets in MMA championship history, including Georges St-Pierre, Matt Hughes, BJ Penn, T.J. Dillashaw and more.

UFC UNLEASHED: PROFILES TEAM AKA

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Sunday, Dec. 14 (8:00 PM ET)
  • This Week: UFC UNLEASHED brings you fights from some of the biggest stars who train at San Jose’s American Kickboxing Academy, featuring heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez, light heavyweight title contender Daniel Cormier, Josh Thomson and Luke Rockhold.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

 

GUS JOHNSON AND BILL RAFTERY ON THE CALL FOR NO. 10 KANSAS AT GEORGETOWN WEDNESDAY ON FOX SPORTS 1

  • Network/When/Talent:

o   No. 10 Kansas at Georgetown, FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Wednesday, Dec. 10 (7:00 PM ET), Gus Johnson and Bill Raftery

o   Rhode Island at Providence, FOX Sports Regional Networks & FOX Sports GO, Wednesday, Dec. 10 (7:00 PM ET), Justin Kutcher and Vin Parise

o   No. 5 Notre Dame at No. 25 DePaul (W), FOX Sports 2 & FOX Sports GO, Wednesday, Dec. 10 (9:00 PM ET), Eric Collins and LaChina Robinson

o   Fresno State at Texas Tech, FOX Sports Regional Networks & FOX Sports GO, Wednesday, Dec. 10 (9:00 PM ET), Robert Giovannetti and John Harris

o   No. 12 Nebraska at Creighton (W), FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Thursday, Dec. 11 (9:00 PM ET), Eric Collins and LaChina Robinson

o   Radford at Georgetown, FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Dec. 13 (12:00 PM ET), Scott Graham and Ron Thompson

o   Stony Brook at Providence, FOX Sports Regional Networks & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Dec. 13 (12:00 PM ET), Justin Kutcher and Vin Parise

o   St. Mary’s at Creighton, FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Dec. 13 (2:00 PM ET), Aaron Goldsmith and Nick Bahe

o   St. Peter’s at Seton Hall, FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Sunday, Dec. 14 (12:00 PM ET), Jeff Levering and Jim Spanarkel

o   Temple at No. 7 Villanova, FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Sunday, Dec. 14 (2:00 PM ET), Joe Davis and Bill Raftery

o   No. 24 St. John’s vs. Fordham, FOX Sports Regional Networks & FOX Sports GO, Sunday, Dec. 14 (2:30 PM ET), Carrino and Ron Thompson

o   Illinois State at DePaul, FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Sunday, Dec. 14 (4:00 PM ET), Steve Physioc and Donny Marshall

o   Savannah State at K-State, FOX Sports Regional Networks & FOX Sports GO, Sunday, Dec. 14 (6:00 PM ET), Ben Boyle and Stan Weber

o   Arizona State at Marquette, FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Tuesday, Dec. 16 (9:00 PM ET), Tim Brando and Bill Raftery

  • This Week: Two of the country’s most historic college basketball teams collide Wednesday, Dec. 10, as Georgetown hosts No. 10 Kansas at 7:00 PM ET on FOX Sports 1 with the incomparable duo of Gus Johnson and Bill Raftery on the call. The week features several other exciting college hoops matchups, including a Philadelphia Big 5 showdown between Temple and No. 7 Villanova on Sunday, Dec. 14 (2:00 PM ET).

SOCCER

UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE GROUP STAGES CULMINATE WITH FINAL MATCH DAY 6 ON FOX SPORTS

  • This Week: The highly competitive UEFA Europa League group stages come to a close this week with the final Match Day 6. FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports 2 and FOX Soccer Plus all feature doubleheaders tomorrow; Brad Friedel’s Tottenham is in action followed by Tim Howard’s Everton, both on FOX Sports 1.
  • Network/When:
  • Qarabag vs. Inter Milan, FOX Sports 2, Thursday, Dec. 11 (11:50 AM ET)
  • Besiktas vs. Tottenham, FOX Sports 1, Thursday, Dec. 11 (12:30 PM ET)
  • Borussia Monchengladbach vs. Zurich, FOX Soccer Plus, Thursday, Dec. 11 (12:30 PM ET)
  • Everton vs. Krasnodor, FOX Sports 1, Thursday, Dec. 11 (3:00 PM ET)
  • Sevilla vs. Rijeka, FOX Sports 2, Thursday, Dec. 11 (3:00 PM ET)
  • Napoli vs. Bratislava, FOX Soccer Plus, Thursday, Dec. 11 (3:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Julie Stewart-Binks hosts pregame, halftime and postgame coverage alongside analysts Eric Wynalda, Warren Barton and Brian McBride.

FOX SPORTS BEGINS FIFA CLUB WORLD CUP COVERAGE

  • This Week: FOX Sports’ exclusive coverage of the FIFA Club World Cup tournament kicks-off next week with coverage of three quarterfinal matches. In total, FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports 2 and FOX Soccer Plus are scheduled to carry eight matches live beginning Dec. 10, culminating with the final on Dec. 20. After winning the all-Spanish UEFA Champions League Final this year, Real Madrid now looks to add the title of world’s best club to its accomplishments in 2014.
  • Network/When:
  • Quarterfinal: Moghreb Athletic de Tetouan (MAR) vs. Auckland City (NZL), FOX Soccer Plus, Wednesday, Dec. 10 (2:20 PM ET)
  • Quarterfinal: Entente Sportive Setifienne (ALG) vs. Playoff Winner, FOX Sports 2, Saturday, Dec. 13 (10:50 AM ET)
    Quarterfinal: Cruz Azul (MEX) vs. Western Sydney Wanderers (AUS), FOX Sports 2, Saturday, Dec. 13 (2:20 PM ET)
  • Fifth-Place Match, FOX Sports 2, Wed., Dec. 17 (11:20 AM ET)
  • Semifinal: TBD vs. Real Madrid, FOX Sports 1, Tues., Dec. 16 (2:00 PM ET)
  • Semifinal: San Lorenzo (ARG) vs. TBD, FOX Sports 2, Wed., Dec. 17 (2:20 PM ET)
  • Talent: Julie Stewart-Binks hosts pregame, halftime and postgame coverage of the Real Madrid semifinal alongside analysts Warren Barton and Cobi Jones.

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE ROUND OF 16 DRAW

  • What: With the UEFA Champions League group stages coming to a close this week, FOX Sports 1 features live coverage of the Round of 16 Draw. A total of 16 teams in Europe have qualified to now learn their fates for the knockout phase beginning in February 2015.
  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Monday, Dec. 15 (6:00 AM ET)

STUDIO SHOWS

FOX SPORTS LIVE – NFL AND COLLEGE BOWL SEASON COVERAGE, HEISMAN TROPHY COVERAGE SATURDAY, EXCLUSIVE WITH CM PUNK FOR UFC SPECIAL WEDNESDAY

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, nightly (11:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Jay Onrait, Dan O’Toole, Charissa Thompson, Reid Forgrave, Jay Glazer, Casey Jacobsen, Joel Klatt, Matt Leinart, Donovan McNabb, Randy Moss, Petros Papadakis, Gary Payton, Brady Quinn, Bill Reiter, Chris Rix, Ephraim Salaam.
  • This Week: A special one-hour UFC edition of the show airs Wednesday night, highlighted by an exclusive interview with Phil “CM Punk” Brooks, the former World Wrestling Entertainment champion and phenomenon who recently signed a contract to become a fighter in the UFC. The National Football League is in the home stretch of its regular-season schedule and with just three games remaining for each of the teams, FOX SPORTS LIVE turns its focus squarely to the gridiron. Nightly wraps from various team facilities, updated injury information and closer looks at the divisional and wild card playoff races are featured throughout the show, including coverage of Thursday night’s NFC West showdown between the Arizona Cardinals and St. Louis Rams. The college football regular season has concluded and the attention now turns to the bowls, inaugural College Football Playoff and postseason awards, including Saturday night’s announcement of this year’s Heisman Trophy winner. Nightly NHL and NBA highlights and analysis also remain an emphasis, in addition to coverage of the Major League Baseball Winter Meetings, taking place in San Diego this week.

AMERICA’S PREGAME – NIGHTLY NBA AND NHL PREVIEWS, INTERVIEW WITH GREG NORMAN WEDNESDAY

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, weekdays (6:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Mike Hill, Molly McGrath, Jill Arrington, Kirk Morrison, Jay Glazer, Bill Reiter, Ephraim Salaam, Julie Stewart-Binks
  • This Week: With both the NBA and NHL regular seasons in full swing, APG uses live satellite interviews from various sites with local correspondents and insiders who provide up-to-the-minute information in previewing all of the nightly action. Wednesday’s show is also highlighted by a satellite interview with two-time major tournament champion Greg Norman, who is making his debut this week as a golf analyst for FOX Sports’ coverage of the 26th annual Franklin Templeton Shootout from Tiburon Golf Club at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort in Naples, Fla. Earlier this week, six-time Pro Bowl wide receiver and FOX Sports 1 NFL analyst Randy Moss made a special announcement on his weekly ‘Like A Moss’ segment on the show. Commemorating New York Giants’ wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.’s electrifying, one-handed 43-yard touchdown catch in Week 12 against the Dallas Cowboys, Moss inducted Beckham as the first-ever entrant into the ‘Like A Moss’ Hall of Fame and Beckham appeared via a video message to accept the honor.

NASCAR

 

NASCAR RACE HUB PROVIDES OFF-SEASON COVERAGE ON FOX SPORTS 1

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Monday – Thursdays (5:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Co-hosts Danielle Trotta, Adam Alexander and John Roberts; analysts Matt Clark, Ray Dunlap, Bob Dillner, Jeff Hammond and Larry McReynolds
  • This Week: New, “Best of 2014” NASCAR RACE HUB episodes continue through Monday, Dec. 22. Following a brief hiatus for the holidays, NASCAR RACE HUB resumes in January.

2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup Group Stages Set On FOX Sports 1

fox-sports-1-logoUSWNT Forward Alex Morgan: It’s Definitely the Group of Death

Former USWNT Defender Heather Mitts: To Be the Best, You Have To Beat the Best

U.S. Soccer star Alex Morgan joined as a guest analyst and shared her reaction to the draw:

“It’s pretty unbelievable. We knew this was going to happen. That’s why when you saw the reaction from the rest of the team in Brazil, they were laughing, because we knew it. We got the toughest countries in all of the pots, the strongest seeds. It’s definitely the group of death. We can’t count out any team.”

Former U.S. Soccer defender and three-time Olympic Gold medalist Heather Mitts added her thoughts on the group:

“To be the best, you have to beat the best. This group of death is very fitting for us. We always struggle against Sweden and Australia. I do think we will beat them, but Sweden is going to be a very tough match. Pia Sundhage (head coach of Sweden and former head coach of USWNT) knows how our team plays and she will be prepared.”

USWNT head coach Jill Ellis joined the show from Ottawa post-draw:

“Overall it’s going to be a physically demanding group and I think that serves us well because we are deep. We are going to have to play very well to get out of there. I feel confident in the next six months to get this team primed and ready.”

Legendary 1999 USWNT head coach Tony DiCicco also weighed in on-site from Ottawa:

“This is the worst case scenario for the USA because they are playing the best team from every pot.”

Two-time World Cup winner with Germany, Ariane Hingst, thinks Germany will come out on top of its group:

“No disrespect to the other teams, but you can easily say this is a really easy group for Germany to play. Ivory Coast and Netherlands are new names on the pitch. Norway is always hard to play, but Germany definitely has to come out as position one in this group. No doubt about that.”

Retired Mexican defender Monica Gonzalez said the Mexican Women’s National Team has to win next summer:

“What Mexico is looking to do at the very minimum is get a win in this group. Mexico has never gotten a win in a major tournament neither in the World Cup or the Olympics.”

England Women’s National Team all-time leading goal scorer Kelly Smith offered her thoughts on her former team’s match-ups:

“I think coach Mark Sampson will be quite happy with this group. He has brought in a lot of youth, vibrant players that want to do well. The team is in a good place, but we have a lot of work to do. Obviously you don’t want to lose the opening game against France, that will be tough.”

All 52 matches of the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 are carried live on FOX and FOX Sports 1. Coverage kicks off on June 6 at Edmonton’s Commonwealth Stadium with hosts Canada, while the USWNT begin its campaign on June 8. The final takes place on July 5 in Vancouver. For more information and analysis, please visit FOXSoccer.com.

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FOX Sports Programming Highlights: CFB, NFL, UFC & More

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Big Ten and Pac-12 Champions Crowned on FOX

NFL: Johnny No Football; Hoyer Leads Browns on FOX This Sunday

UFC: UFC 181 Prefights on FOX Sports 1 Highlighted by No. 3 Ranked Bantamweight Urijah Faber vs. No. 11 Ranked Francisco Rivera 

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BIG TEN AND PAC-12 CHAMPIONS CROWNED ON FOX; BEDLAM COMES TO FOX SPORTS 1

  • Network/When/Talent:

o   Pac-12 Championship Game: No. 2 Oregon vs. No. 7 Arizona

  • FOX, FOX Deportes & FOX Sports GO, Friday, Dec. 5 (9:00 PM ET)
  • Tim Brando, Joel Klatt and Jenny Taft
  • #Pac12Championship
  • Deportes: Francisco X. Rivera and Erika Reidt (#PatosvsGatos)

o   Oklahoma State at No. 20 Oklahoma

  • FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Dec. 6 (3:30 PM ET)
  • Joe Davis, Joey Harrington and Kris Budden
  • #OSUvsOU

o   Big Ten Championship Game: No. 5 Ohio State vs. No. 13 Wisconsin

  • FOX, FOX Deportes & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Dec. 6 (8:00 PM ET)
  • Gus Johnson, Charles Davis and Molly McGrath
  • #B1GChampionship
  • Deportes: Francisco X. Rivera and Erika Reidt (#BucksvsBadgers)

This Week: Two of the top college football conferences crown their champions on FOX this weekend in a pair of matchups that directly impact the College Football Playoff and feature the top two contenders for the Heisman Trophy. First up on Friday, Dec. 5 (9:00 PM ET), No. 2 Oregon, led by Heisman frontrunner Marcus Mariota, faces No. 7 Arizona for the Pac-12 title at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. A win all but guarantees the Ducks a spot in the College Football Playoff, but Oregon needs to go through the team that handed them their only loss of the season back in October. On Saturday, Dec. 6 (8:00 PM ET), No. 5 Ohio State and No. 13 Wisconsin meet at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis for the Big Ten title. Ohio State is without quarterback J.T. Barrett as the Buckeyes go up against Heisman candidate running back Melvin Gordon and the Badgers. With their signal-caller lost for the season, Ohio State needs a statement win to impress the selection committee.

HOUR-LONG PREGAME SHOWS LEAD INTO BIG TEN AND PAC-12 CHAMPIONSHIPS

  • Network/When: FOX & FOX Sports GO, Friday, Dec. 5 (8:00 PM ET) and Saturday, Dec. 6 (7:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Host Rob Stone with analysts Joel Klatt, Dave Wannstedt and/or Petros Papadakis
  • This Week: FOX Sports gets fans ready for the Pac-12 and Big Ten Championship Games on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 5 and 6, with a pair of hour-long pregame shows leading into the matchups on FOX. Prior to the Pac-12 title game on Friday, Rob Stone, Dave Wannstedt and Petros Papadakis take an in-depth look at Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota, examine head coach Rich Rodriguez’s rise to success at Arizona and check in with Matt Leinart, Gus Johnson and Charles Davis, Clay Travis and Coy Wire who are on site at the Pac-12, Big Ten, SEC and ACC Championship Games, respectively, while Stewart Mandel is live from Dallas where the College Football Playoff selection committee convenes. On Saturday, Stone, Wannstedt and Joel Klatt take a look at Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon, while Bruce Feldman goes one-on-one with Buckeye head coach Urban Meyer.

 

NFL

NFL ON FOX WEEK 14 – As first reported by FOX NFL insider Jay Glazer (@jayglazer), Sunday’s contest between the Indianapolis Colts and Cleveland Browns will not see quarterback Johnny Manziel in a starting role as the Browns believe Brian Hoyer still gives them the best chance at making the playoffs.  Indianapolis at Cleveland airs on FOX Sunday, Dec. 7 (1:00 PM ET) with play-by-play announcer Kevin Burkhardt, analyst John Lynch and sideline reporter Pam Oliver on the call. Additionally, Week 14’s NFL on FOX action is highlighted by a NFC battle as the Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks pay a visit to the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday, Dec. 7 (4:25 PM ET) who, after a Thanksgiving Day victory over the Cowboys, hold the top spot in the NFC East.  Announcer Joe Buck is joined in the Lincoln Financial field broadcast booth by analyst Troy Aikman with sideline reporter Erin Andrews.

FOX Sports’ NFL coverage begins each Sunday on FOX Sports 1 with FOX NFL KICKOFF at 11:00 AM ET with host Joel Klatt and analysts Donovan McNabb, Dave Wannstedt and Randy Moss. On the FOX broadcast network, FOX NFL SUNDAY immediately follows FOX NFL KICKOFF at 12:00 PM ET with co-hosts Terry Bradshaw and Curt Menefee alongside analysts Howie Long, Michael Strahan, Jimmy Johnson, insider Jay Glazer and rules analyst Mike Pereira.  In Sunday’s pregame show, we sit down with the Philadelphia Eagles defense, which came up big in last week’s victory over their NFC East rival Cowboys.

SUNDAY, DEC. 7

GAME                                                                    PLAY-BY-PLAY/ANALYST/SIDELINE                            COV.             TIME (ET) 

Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints  Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston                         12%               1:00PM

                                & On-field analyst Tony Siragusa

 

Mercedes-Benz Superdome – New Orleans, La.

MARKETS INCLUDE: Atlanta, Birmingham, Charlotte, Greensboro, Greenville, New Orleans, Raleigh

St. Louis Rams at Washington Redskins    Sam Rosen, Kirk Morrison                               8%                1:00PM

                                & Peter Schrager 

FedExField – Landover, Md.

MARKETS INCLUDE: Baltimore, Norfolk, Richmond, St. Louis, Washington

 

New York Giants at Tennessee Titans          Thom Brennaman, David Diehl                                     16%                1:00PM           

                & Laura Okmin

LP Field – Nashville, Tenn.

MARKETS INCLUDE: Hartford, Knoxville, Memphis, Nashville, New York, Philadelphia, Providence

 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Detroit Lions      Dick Stockton, Brady Quinn                           14%               1:00PM

                                & Kristina Pink

 

Ford Field – Detroit, Mich.

MARKETS INCLUDE: Chicago, Detroit, Fort Myers, Milwaukee, Orlando, Tampa

 

Indianapolis Colts at Cleveland Browns         Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch                                      45%                1:00PM         

                 & Pam Oliver    

FirstEnergy Stadium – Cleveland, Ohio

MARKETS INCLUDE: Albuquerque, Austin, Boston, Buffalo, Cleveland, Columbus, Dallas, Dayton, Denver, Houston, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Louisville, Oklahoma City, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Portland, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Tulsa, West Palm Beach

 

Seattle Seahawks at Philadelphia Eagles      Joe Buck, Troy Aikman                                 91%                 4:25PM

                                                                                                                 & Erin Andrews

Lincoln Financial Field – Philadelphia, Pa.

MARKETS INCLUDE: Albuquerque, Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Birmingham, Boston, Buffalo, Charlotte, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland Columbus, Dallas, Dayton, Detroit, Fort Myers, Greensboro, Greenville, Hartford, Houston, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Knoxville, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Louisville, Memphis, Miami, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Nashville, New Orleans, New York, Norfolk, Oklahoma City, Orlando, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Portland, Providence, Raleigh, Richmond, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, San Diego, Seattle, St. Louis, Tampa, Tulsa, Washington, West Palm Beach

 

San Francisco 49ers at Oakland Raiders        Chris Myers, Ronde Barber                       5%                    4:25PM

                                 & Jennifer Hale

O.co Coliseum – Oakland, Calif.

MARKETS INCLUDE: Sacramento, San Francisco

 

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

 

HOOPS COMES TO FOX THIS WEEKEND; FOX SPORTS 1 FEATURES COLLEGE BASKETBALL ROYALTY

  • Network/When/Talent:

o   Seton Hall at Creighton (W), FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Wednesday, Dec. 3 (8:00 PM ET), Lisa Byington and LaChina Robinson

o   North Texas at Oklahoma State, FOX Sports Regional Networks & FOX Sports GO, Wednesday, Dec. 3 (8:00 PM ET), Mike Wolfe and Bryndon Manzer

o   Rutgers at Seton Hall, FOX Sports Regional Networks & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Dec. 6 (12:00 PM ET), Rich Ackerman and Jim Spanarkel

o   St. Joseph’s at No. 10 Villanova, FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Dec. 6 (1:00 PM ET), Justin Kutcher and Bill Raftery

o   Northwestern at No. 23 Butler, FOX & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Dec. 6 (4:30 PM ET), Tim Brando and Jim Jackson

o   Towson at Georgetown, FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Sunday, Dec. 7 (12:00 PM ET), Justin Kutcher and Donny Marshall

o   Oklahoma at North Texas (W), FOX Sports Regional Networks & FOX Sports GO, Sunday, Dec. 7 (12:00 PM ET)

o   Milwaukee at DePaul, FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Sunday, Dec. 7 (2:00 PM ET), Eric Collins and Stephen Bardo

o   No. 5 Texas A&M at TCU (W), FOX Sports Regional Networks & FOX Sports GO, Sunday, Dec. 7 (2:00 PM ET)

o   Ole Miss at Oregon, FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Sunday, Dec. 7 (4:00 PM ET), Aaron Goldsmith and Corey Williams

o   No. 10 Cal at Kansas (W), FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Sunday, Dec. 7 (6:00 PM ET), Ron Thulin and Brenda VanLengen

o   Kennesaw State at Providence, FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Monday, Dec. 8 (7:00 PM ET), Cory Provus and Tarik Turner

o   Brown at Providence, FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Monday, Dec. 8 (9:00 PM ET), Brian Custer and Steve Donahue

o   IUPUI at Xavier, FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Tuesday, Dec. 9 (7:00 PM ET), Joe Davis and Jim Jackson

o   South Dakota at Creighton, FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Tuesday, Dec. 9 (9:00 PM ET), Eric Collins and Nick Bahe

o   No. 11 Kansas at Georgetown, FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Wednesday, Dec. 10 (7:00 PM ET), Gus Johnson and Bill Raftery

o   Rhode Island at Providence, FOX Sports 2 & FOX Sports GO, Wednesday, Dec. 10 (7:00 PM ET), Justin Kutcher and Vin Parise

o   No. 2 Notre Dame at No. 25 DePaul (W), FOX Sports 2 & FOX Sports GO, Wednesday, Dec. 10 (9:00 PM ET), Eric Collins and LaChina Robinson

o   Fresno State at Texas Tech, FOX Sports Regional Networks & FOX Sports GO, Wednesday, Dec. 10 (9:00 PM ET)

This Week: For the first time this season, college basketball comes to the FOX broadcast network, as No. 23 Butler hosts Northwestern at historic Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. Coverage begins at 4:00 PM ET with the FOX COLLEGE HOOPS TIP-OFF pregame show, followed by tip at 4:30 PM ET. Tim Brando, fresh off Friday night’s Pac-12 Football Championship Game, calls the action alongside analyst Jim Jackson. Northwestern-Butler leads directly into coverage of the Big Ten Football Championship Game, held just a few miles down the road at Indianapolis’s Lucas Oil Stadium.

Some of the most historic programs in the country highlight FOX Sports 1’s schedule over the next week, beginning with a Philadelphia Big 5 showdown between St. Joseph’s and No. 10 Villanova on Saturday, Dec. 6 (1:00 PM ET). On Wednesday, Dec. 10 (7:00 PM ET), Georgetown hosts No. 11 Kansas with the iconic duo of Gus Johnson and Bill Raftery on the call.

SOCCER

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE GROUP STAGES CULMINATE WITH FINAL MATCH DAY 6 ON FOX SPORTS

  • What: The highly competitive UEFA Champions League group stages come to a close next week with the final Match Day 6. Liverpool-Basel headlines the action on Tuesday. Dec. 9 (2:00 PM ET) on FOX Sports 1, followed by Roma-Manchester City on Wednesday, Dec. 10 (2:00 PM ET) on FOX Sports 1. FOX Sports 2 sees Real Madrid-Ludogorets on Tuesday and Barcelona-PSG on Wednesday with coverage beginning at 2:00 PM ET. MULTIMATCH 90, the live UEFA Champions League whip-around show, wraps up on both days on FOX Soccer Plus and FOX Soccer 2Go at 2:30 PM ET.
  • Matchup/Network/When:

o   Liverpool vs. Basel, FOX Sports 1, Tuesday, Dec. 9 (2:00 PM ET)

o   Real Madrid vs. Ludogorets, FOX Sports 2, Tuesday, Dec. 9 (2:00 PM ET)

o   Galatasaray vs. Arsenal, FOX Sports Regional Networks, Tuesday, Dec. 9 (2:00 PM ET)

o   MULTIMATCH 90, FOX Soccer Plus, Tuesday, Dec. 9 (2:30 PM ET)

o   Juventus vs. Atletico Madrid, DirecTV, Tuesday, Dec. 9 (2:45 PM ET)

o   Monaco vs. Zenit, DirecTV, Tuesday, Dec. 9 (2:45 PM ET)

o   Benfica vs. Bayer Leverkusen, DirecTV, Tuesday, Dec. 9 (2:45 PM ET)

o   Borussia Dortmund vs. Anderlecht, DirecTV, Tuesday, Dec. 9 (2:45 PM ET)

o   Olympiacos vs. Malmo, DirecTV, Tuesday, Dec. 9 (2:45 PM ET)

o   Roma vs. Manchester City, FOX Sports 1, Wednesday, Dec. 10 (2:00 PM ET)

o   Barcelona vs. PSG, FOX Sports 2, Wednesday, Dec. 10 (2:00 PM ET)

o   Chelsea vs. Sporting Lisbon, FOX Sports Regional Networks, Wednesday, Dec. 10 (2:00 PM ET)

o   MULTIMATCH 90, FOX Soccer Plus, Wednesday, Dec. 10 (2:30 PM ET)

o   Bayern Munich vs. CSKA Moscow, DirecTV, Wednesday, Dec. 10 (2:45 PM ET)

o   Maribor vs. Schalke, DirecTV, Wednesday, Dec. 10 (2:45 PM ET)

o   Porto vs. Shakhtar Donetsk, DirecTV, Wednesday, Dec. 10 (2:45 PM ET)

o   Athletic Bilbao vs. BATE Borisov, DirecTV, Wednesday, Dec. 10 (2:45 PM ET)

o   Ajax vs. APOEL, DirecTV, Wednesday, Dec. 10 (2:45 PM ET)

  • Talent: Coverage kicks off at 2:00 PM ET on both days with a 30-minute pregame show, plus halftime and postgame, with host Rob Stone alongside analysts Eric Wynalda, Warren Barton and Brian McBride.

 

UFC

SOMEONE IS GETTING KNOCKED OUT THIS TIME BETWEEN HENDRICKS AND LAWLER, SAYS UFC ON FOX HOST ANIK: This weekend’s UFC 181: HENDRICKS vs. LAWLER 2 features a double main event with the UFC lightweight title on the line as Anthony “Showtime” Pettis defends his belt for the first time against his coaching rival on THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER, former Strikeforce champion Gilbert “El Nino” Melendez. Then, UFC welterweight champion Johny “Bigg Rigg” Hendricks and veteran knockout artist “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler meet in a rematch of their epic five-round title bout at UFC 171 that is guaranteed to produce fireworks. UFC on FOX host Jon Anik believes their rematch won’t go the full five rounds like it did the first time they met. “Someone is getting knocked out this time. Both Robbie and Johny are coming back stronger than ever, and I don’t see this going the distance. Plus, in the co-main event, I believe Pettis has the ability to be one of the all-time greats in the UFC, but Gilbert has the experience to make it a dirty fight and might have other plans.” FOX Sports 1 features the UFC 181 PRELIMS on Saturday, Dec. 6 (8:00 PM ET).

UFC TONIGHT PREVIEWS UFC 181, INTERVIEWS HENDRICKS AND PETTIS BEFORE TITLE FIGHTS, BISPING GUEST HOSTS

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Wednesday, Dec. 3 (7:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Kenny Florian, Michael Bisping, Karyn Bryant and Ariel Helwani
  • This Week: On UFC TONIGHT, host Kenny Florian and guest host Michael Bisping preview UFC 181: HENDRICKS vs. LAWLER 2 and interview headliner Johny Hendricks before his welterweight title rematch Saturday night against Robbie Lawler. Plus, they also interview lightweight champion Anthony Pettis before his title fight against Gilbert Melendez. NASCAR champion Kevin Harvick also joins for an interview.  Helwani and Bryant add reports.

THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER: TWO FIGHT SPECIAL – NO. 1 ESPARZA VS. NO. 3 TORRES, NO. 2 CALDERWOOD VS. NO. 7 NAMAJUNAS

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Wednesday, Dec. 3 (10:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Anthony Pettis, Gilbert Melendez and Dana White
  • This Week: This week on THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER, in a special two-fight episode, No. 3 seed Tecia Torres tries to make the most of her second chance in the tournament when she faces top seed Carla Esparza in the third quarterfinal fight. Then, No. 7 seed Rose Namajunas, the only fighter remaining from Team Melendez, takes on No. 2-ranked Joanne Calderwood for the last spot in the semifinals.

BEST OF WEC: WEC’S FINAL EVENT FEATURING THE SHOWTIME KICK

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Thursday, Dec. 4 (9:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Kenda Perez
  • This Week: Journey back to WEC 53 for one of the most memorable lightweight title fights ever when Anthony Pettis landed the unbelievable Showtime kick to defeat Benson Henderson. Plus, Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone faced Chris Horodecki in another epic performance.

UFC 181 WEIGH-IN FEATURED IN AMERICA’S PREGAME SHOW

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Friday, Dec. 5 (6:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Jon Anik, Kenny Florian, Michael Bisping, Ariel Helwani
  • This Week: The UFC 181 WEIGH-IN is part of AMERICA’S PREGAME and features host Jon Anik, with former UFC contender Kenny Florian and middleweight vet Michael Bisping as analysts, as the 24 fighters on the card attempt to make weight. Ariel Helwani interviews fighters during the show.

UFC’S ROAD TO THE OCTAGON ON FOX SATURDAY AFTERNOON

  • Network/When: FOX & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Dec. 6 (3:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Junior Dos Santos, Stipe Miocic, Rafael dos Anjos, Nate Diaz
  • This Week: Go inside the lives and training camps of six dynamic fighters on the main card in UFC ROAD TO THE OCTAGON: DOS SANTOS VS. MIOCIC. No. 2 ranked heavyweight Junior Dos Santos and No. 4 Stipe Miocic collide in a five-round main event. For Dos Santos, preparation involves training with Rio de Janeiro’s legendary coach André Pederneiras. In Cleveland, Miocic juggles duties as a firefighter, while also sharpening his skills as one of the division’s most devastating and effective strikers. Plus, provocative lightweight Nate Diaz returns to the Octagon positioned for another run at UFC gold. His opponent, No. 3-ranked Rafael dos Anjos, rides a wave of momentum from consecutive knockouts after relocating and finding stability in California. Plus, standing nearly seven feet tall, Stefan “The Skyscraper” Struve prepares for hulking Alistair Overeem.

UFC 181 PREFIGHT: TWO TITLE FIGHTS PREVIEWED

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Dec. 6 (7:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Jon Anik, Kenny Florian, Michael Bisping and Ariel Helwani
  • This Week: Host Anik and analysts Florian and Bisping preview the main card and prelim fights at UFC 181: HENDRICKS vs. LAWLER 2. The three break down the exciting welterweight title fight rematch between Johny Hendricks and Robbie Lawler and the lightweight title battle between Anthony Pettis and Gilbert Melendez.                                                                 

UFC 181 PRELIMS ON FOX SPORTS 1 FEATURE #3 RANKED BANTAMWEIGHT URIJAH FABER VS. #11 FRANCISCO RIVERA

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, FOX Deportes & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Dec. 6 (8:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Mike Goldberg, Joe Rogan, Jon Anik, Kenny Florian, Michael Bisping and Ariel Helwani
  • This Week: The two-hour UFC 181 PRELIMS feature four dynamic fights including No. 3-ranked bantamweight Urijah Faber (31-7) vs. No. 11-ranked Francisco Rivera (10-3, 1NC). Middleweights Eddie Gordan (8-1) and Josh Samman (10-3) face off, while undefeated light heavyweight Corey Anderson (5-0) battles Justin Jones (3-0), and No. 13 Raquel Pennington (4-5) and Ashlee Evans-Smith (3-0) open the PRELIMS with a women’s bantamweight bout.

UFC 181 POSTFIGHT SHOW RECAPS TWO TITLE FIGHTS

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Saturday, Dec. 6 (1:30 AM ET)
  • Talent: Jon Anik, Kenny Florian, Michael Bisping and Ariel Helwani
  • This Week: Watch the recap of the two title fights on UFC 181 between welterweights Johny Hendricks and Robbie Lawler and lightweights Anthony Pettis and Gilbert Melendez with host Anik and analysts Florian and Bisping. The group interviews winners of the title fights and breaks down the most exciting action of the evening.

UFC 1-ON-1: DOMINICK CRUZ DETAILS COMEBACK

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Sunday, Dec. 7 (8:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Jay Glazer and Dominick Cruz
  • This Week: In this special edition of UFC 1-ON-1, former UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz reveals the heartfelt loss of his title belt, not from fighting, but from several consecutive knee injuries. Cruz tells host Jay Glazer, for the first time ever, how he persevered over three years of injury, recovery, another injury, rehab and more recovery. He talks about overcoming both his physical and mental challenges and explains the joy he experienced when he finally returned to the Octagon and scored a decisive knockout victory in his comeback fight.

UFC ULTIMATE INSIDER: CORMIER 1 ON 1, JONES THE GOAT AND UFC 180 REVISITED

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Sunday, Dec. 7 (8:30 PM ET)
  • Talent: Jon Anik
  • This Week: Watch an all-access pass to the UFC’s historic debut in Mexico City, from the first explosive fights to the crowning of new interim heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum at UFC 180. Then, host Jon Anik visits UFC star Daniel Cormier in San Jose for a candid interview about the light heavyweight contender’s heated feud with champion Jon Jones. Plus, light heavyweight champion Jones’s exclusive take on what it would mean to become the greatest UFC fighter of all-time.

BOXING

FOX FIGHT NIGHT: GOLDEN BOY PRODUCTIONS FEATURES SANCHEZ VS. PARADES IN WELTERWEIGHT BOUT

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, FOX Deportes & FOX Sports GO, Thursday, Dec. 4 (10:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Beto Duran, Paulie Malignaggi and Jessica Rosales
  • This Week: In the exciting main event of FOX FIGHT NIGHT GOLDEN BOY BOXING, Fairfield standout Alan Sanchez (14-3-1, 8 KOs) battles veteran contender Ed “The Lion” Parades (35-4-1, 23 KOs) in a 10-round welterweight standoff. The co-feature sees popular local star Manuel “Tino” Avila (16-0, 7 KOs) in a junior featherweight matchup against Jose Luis “Tapitas” Araiza (34-9-1, 25 KOs) in a 10-round brawl. Just added as the TV opener is Australian lightweight standout “Wild” Will Tomlinson (22-1-1, 12 KOs) facing Miguel Zamudio (29-5-1, 17 KOs) in an eight-round contest.

STUDIO

FOX SPORTS LIVE – COLLEGE FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME COVERAGE, INSPIRING OHIO STATE FAN FEATURE FRIDAY, TIGER WOODS FEATURE SUNDAY

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, nightly (11:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Jay Onrait, Dan O’Toole, Charissa Thompson, Reid Forgrave, Jay Glazer, Casey Jacobsen, Joel Klatt, Matt Leinart, Donovan McNabb, Randy Moss, Petros Papadakis, Gary Payton, Brady Quinn, Bill Reiter, Chris Rix, Ephraim Salaam.
  • This Week: Building up to the network coverage of both the Big Ten and Pac-12 Championship Games this weekend, FOX SPORTS LIVE is front and center throughout the week with site hits and nightly chats featuring all of the relevant principals. One-on-one interview subjects include Baylor coach Art Briles, Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon, Oregon coach Mark Helfrich, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer, TCU coach Gary Patterson, Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty, Wisconsin quarterback Joel Stave and Arizona linebacker Scooby Wright. FOX Sports college football analysts, insiders and reporters are on-site at the various locales throughout the championship week and weekend, providing preview and review coverage for the games that decide the final entries to the inaugural college football playoff. Adding to the coverage of Saturday’s Big Ten Championship Game on FOX is Friday’s touching feature profiling Josh Chambers, a seven-year old Ohio State fan battling leukemia who has encouraged the team throughout its season and sent a video message to quarterback Cardale Jones, who is making his first career start against Wisconsin on Saturday. Sunday, FOX Sports 1 correspondent Colleen Dominguez delivers her latest feature, a story about a three-year-old Florida boy who has become a promising golf prodigy despite being born with one arm. Impressing golfers young and old with his perseverance, Tommy Morrissey caught the attention of none other than Tiger Woods, and the two have struck a bond over their shared love for the game. Dominguez sits down with both to find out more about their special friendship.

FOX SPORTS LIVE: COUNTDOWN TO KICKOFF RETURNS FOR CHAMPIONSHIP WEEKEND

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Friday, Dec. 5 (1:00 AM ET)
  • Talent: Matt Leinart, Petros Papadakis, Joel Klatt, Clay Travis, Mike Hill, Todd Fuhrman, Bruce Feldman, Dave Wannstedt, Stewart Mandel
  • This Week: FOX SPORTS LIVE: COUNTDOWN TO KICKOFF is an hour-long programming block counting down the sport’s biggest stories of the week. The show boasts a stable of insiders that includes Bruce Feldman, Stewart Mandel and Clay Travis, who provide up-to-the-minute reporting and insight on programs from across the nation. Former players Joel Klatt, Petros Papadakis and Matt Leinart are also on-hand, joining longtime collegiate and professional coach Dave Wannstedt for game analysis and breakdowns as they count down topics from 10 to 1. This week’s show has the conference championship weekend covered from all angles as the analysts break things down in studio and are joined remotely with hits from the various sites, including Feldman who is in Indianapolis for the Big Ten Championship Game, while Tim Brando and Klatt report from Santa Clara, Calif., where they are on hand to call the Pac-12 title game.

AMERICA’S PREGAME – NIGHTLY NBA AND NHL PREVIEWS, CHRIS PAUL INTERVIEW WEDNESDAY, UFC WEIGH-IN SHOW FRIDAY 

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, weekdays (6:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Mike Hill, Molly McGrath, Jill Arrington, Kirk Morrison, Jay Glazer, Brady Quinn, Bill Reiter, Ephraim Salaam, Julie Stewart-Binks

This Week: With both the NBA and NHL regular seasons underway, APG uses live satellite interviews from various sites with local correspondents and insiders who provide up-to-the-minute information in previewing all of the nightly action. Wednesday’s show is highlighted by a satellite interview with seven-time NBA All-Star and current Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul, who explains the keys to the Clippers hot 12-5 start and what they’ll need to do to take the next step in the fiercely contested Western Conference.

NASCAR

NASCAR COVERAGE CONTINUES INTO OFF-SEASON ON FOX SPORTS 1 WITH NASCAR RACE HUB & FRIDAY’S NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES AWARDS CEREMONY FROM LAS VEGAS

An entire NASCAR season culminates this week as the industry gathers in Las Vegas to honor first-time NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES champion Kevin Harvick. FOX Sports 1 offers coverage of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards Ceremony from Wynn Las Vegas on Friday, Dec. 5 at 9:00 PM ET. The ceremony, hosted by actor, comedian and radio host Jay Mohr for the second consecutive year, also recognizes the remaining 15 drivers in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.  Musical guests include singer/songwriter Aloe Blacc, seven-time Grammy winner Lady Antebellum and sisters Lennon and Maisy from Nashville. NASCAR on FOX’s Mike Joy and Krista Voda handle hosting duties inside the ballroom, while Danielle Trotta hosts the network’s coverage of the Awards Ceremony.

NASCAR RACE HUB

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Monday through Thursdays (5:00 PM ET)
  • Talent:  Co-hosts Danielle Trotta, Adam Alexander and John Roberts; analysts Matt Clark, Ray Dunlap, Bob Dillner, Jeff Hammond and Larry McReynolds
  • This Week:  New, “Best of 2014” NASCAR RACE HUB episodes kick off on Wednesday, Dec. 3, continuing through Monday, Dec. 22.  Following a brief hiatus for the holidays, NASCAR RACE HUB resumes in January.


FOX Sports 2014 CFB Championship Game Preview Press Call Quotes and Replay Info

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New York – Yesterday afternoon, FOX Sports conducted a press call to preview the 2014 college football conference championship games. FOX Sports exclusively airs the Pac-12 and Big Ten Championship Games on back-to-back nights this Friday and Saturday, Dec. 5 and 6. Coverage of the Pac-12 title game between No. 2 Oregon and No. 7 Arizona begins at 8:00 PM ET on Friday, and coverage of the Big Ten championship between No. 5 Ohio State and No. 13 Wisconsin begins at 7:00 PM ET Saturday on FOX.

Tim Brando, Joel Klatt and Jenny Taft call the Pac-12 Championship Game live from Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, while Gus Johnson, Charles Davis and Molly McGrath are at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis for the Big Ten title game.

Highlights of yesterday’s call, which featured Klatt, Davis and FOX college football insider Stewart Mandel, are transcribed below. To listen to the entire press call, please dial 719-457-0820 and enter passcode 2292287 when prompted.

FOX Sports college football insider Stewart Mandel says the College Football Playoff will expand to eight teams before the current contracts expire:

“It is going to go to eight teams. The demand is going to be too great. The logical point to do that would be halfway through this 12-year contract, when all of the bowls that are involved in the playoff rotation will have each hosted semifinals an equal number of times.”

FOX Sports college football analyst Charles Davis believes undefeated Florida State should be ranked higher in the College Football Playoff poll:

“I’d still love to totally understand ‘most deserving’ versus ‘four best teams,’ and I think we’re trying to figure that out as we go along. I still can’t quite understand how an undefeated power-conference team could be No. 4. They’re [Florida State] being held to a standard of last year, which goes counter to what other people think – they think they’re getting a benefit of last year. I think they’re being hurt by last year.”

Mandel says Ohio State needs a win in the Big Ten Championship Game, plus a loss from a top-four team, in order to make the playoff:

“If Ohio State can beat Wisconsin with the guy that was the third-string quarterback to start the season, that’s impressive enough to not drop them. But the fact is, out of those one loss teams, they have arguably the weakest resume, even if they win the game this weekend. I can’t see them vaulting over other teams if those teams take care of business. This game is to stay afloat, and then they need a little help.”

Klatt says Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston’s play has declined from his Heisman season a year ago:

“One of the hardest things to do in sports is for a player to win a Heisman Trophy and come back and be, at least in the public’s and media’s eyes, the same player. We’ve seen so many players try to do it, and it’s not just about winning the trophy again, it’s about the level of play and standards these players have set for themselves in their Heisman campaigns.

“Jameis has pressed at times, and his team’s play has forced him to press at times. He’s forced the ball into situations that he didn’t have to with large leads a year ago and it’s led to a lot more turnovers, which I know he would love to have back. His 13 interceptions in the first half lead the country and that’s something he can’t do as the opponents are going to get tougher down the line here. So to categorize it, I’d say it’s been a sub-par season for him.”

FOX Sports analyst Joel Klatt says Arizona has been able to beat Oregon recently by playing clean games:

“Playing a clean game against this Oregon team is imperative. A clean game as Rich Rodriguez explains it has probably never happened, meaning zero turnovers and zero negative plays. However, Rodriguez did say that last year against this Oregon team at home, that his team played as clean a game as he’s ever coached during his entire career going back to any level, which led to the dominating victory over Oregon. Finally, the personnel matchup that has led to Arizona’s success is Scooby Wright. He is the best defensive player in America. He leads the defense in the 3-3-5 scheme that adjusts well to the spread and they tackle well in space, which is why they have been able to limit Oregon enough to get the victory.”

Davis explains how Ohio State’s third-string quarterback Cardale Jones matches up against Wisconsin and how the Buckeye defense can stop Melvin Gordon:

“Ohio State is going to try and get him [Jones] comfortable early, but I don’t think they’re going to back away and close down the offense. Ohio State realizes that playing Wisconsin, if you close things down, then you’re just playing into their hand. That’s a really talented group that they’re dealing with.

“Everybody is susceptible to Gordon because Wisconsin has an identity. Ever since Barry Alvarez went to that campus and started resurrecting them, they’ve played with that identity – and that’s running the football; running with big horses up front that can block and people who can not only make you miss, but run you over, and Gordon has it all. The key with Gordon is that you have to have three, four, five guys sitting there after a missed tackle, making sure that he has to face that all game long.”

Mandel on the possibility of the SEC not having a team in this year’s playoff:

“[If Alabama loses this weekend], they would be out of the playoffs, no question about it. It would be a scenario that nobody ever saw coming. Most people think that the SEC is the best conference and I think the SEC West is one of the most competitive divisions that we’ve seen, but that doesn’t guarantee that you’re one of the four best teams in the country.”

Klatt says Michigan is not necessarily an attractive coaching vacancy right now:

“Michigan has to get its own house in order before that’s an attractive job. No coach in America wants to go get hired by someone that’s not going to be their long-term athletic director. The attractive candidates are going to go other places. There are some good jobs open, and right now, Michigan is not necessarily one of them.”

Davis believes Michigan is in a precarious situation as it searches for its next head coach:

“If you’re a big-time coach, and you have a school president that has come out and said, ‘I don’t know anything about athletics,’ and you have an interim athletic director, good luck because you can’t just roll out that nice Michigan helmet and say, ‘This is going to solve everything.’ It doesn’t happen at any program anymore.”

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U.S. Soccer Star Alex Morgan Joins FOX Sports’ Women’s World Cup Draw Show

fox-sports-1-logo2014 U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year Announced Live

U.S. Women’s National Team forward Alex Morgan joins FOX Sports’ soccer studio team as a guest analyst for THE OFFICIAL DRAW OF FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP CANADA 2015™. The Draw Show, with extensive coverage and analysis originating from Los Angeles and on-site in Ottawa, airs Saturday, Dec. 6 (12:00-1:00 PM ET) on FOX Sports 1.

Rob Stone anchors FOX Sports 1’s hour-long coverage live from the FOX Network Center in Los Angeles, along with analysis from Morgan, former USWNT teammate Heather Mitts and retired national team players Ariane Hingst (Germany), Kelly Smith (England) and Monica Gonzalez (Mexico).  Kate Abdo hosts on-location in Ottawa and is joined there by legendary 1999 USWNT head coach Tony DiCicco and FOX Sports soccer insider Grant Wahl.  Post-draw coverage continues for an additional 30 minutes on FOX Sports 2, and viewers have access to the full 90-minute Draw Show via FOX Sports GO, the app with live video of FOX Sports content at home or on the go. In addition, the winner of the 2014 U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year is set to be announced live during the show. The nominees are Abby Wambach, Sydney Leroux, Carli Lloyd, Christen Press and Lauren Holiday.

Morgan, an Olympic Gold medalist and 2012 U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year, is one of the most recognizable names in the sport. At age 22, she was the youngest player on the U.S. Women’s National Team at the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany. The USWNT is among the 24 teams, including host Canada, to learn its fate in the Draw as nations are placed into six groups of four teams each to determine the tournament’s group stage configuration.

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Scott Ackerson, 20-Year FOX Sports Veteran, Retires

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From 1994 Premiere to 2010

Also Held Key Positions in News, Studio Production and at FOX Sports 1

New York — Scott Ackerson, the 13-time Emmy Award-winner who joined FOX Sports in 1994 as coordinating producer for FOX NFL SUNDAY, a position he held for 17 years, is retiring.  The announcement was made today by FOX Sports President, COO and Executive Producer Eric Shanks.  Ackerson’s retirement is effective in March, after which he continues serving FOX Sports in an advisory capacity.

Ackerson is currently FOX Sports’ Executive Vice President, News, overseeing FOX Sports 1’s news gathering and studio programming, including AMERICA’S PREGAME and FOX SPORTS LIVE, the channel’s signature nightly news, opinion and highlights program, a position he’s held since 2013. He relinquished his duties as the coordinating producer of FOX NFL SUNDAY in August 2011 when he was promoted to Executive Vice President and Executive Producer of all studio programming for the networks and platforms under the FOX Sports umbrella, which at the time included FOX Sports, FOX Sports Regional Networks, SPEED, FOX Deportes, FOX Soccer, FUEL TV and FOXSports.com.  Later that year he was also named SPEED’s president and guided the channel through its transition to FOX Sports 1 in 2013.

“After a lot of thought, now seems like the right time to step down from the constant grind of running a 24/7 news operation,” explained Ackerson.  “We’ve gotten FOX Sports 1’s news shows moving in a great direction, thanks to the very dedicated, hard-working team we’ve assembled.  I’ve been in this business at full-speed for more than 30 years, and it’s been a great ride, but now it’s time for me to step back and see where the next chapter in my life takes me, hopefully part of that is improving my golf game.  I’ve enjoyed every minute of it, and I want to thank David (Hill) and Ed (Goren) who 20 years ago amazingly handed me the keys to a show that starred Terry Bradshaw, Howie Long and Jimmy Johnson; Eric (Shanks), Randy (Freer) and David Nathanson for the chance to help launch FOX Sports 1 and run the news operation; and all the amazing, gifted men and women who I have had the pleasure of calling my colleagues over the last three decades.”

“We have reluctantly accepted Scott’s decision to retire from running the expansive news operation he helped build over the last 18 months,” said Shanks.  “Axe is one of FOX Sports’ founding fathers.  While his instincts as a news producer are exceptional, he made an indelible mark on sports television as FOX NFL SUNDAY’s producer for its first 17 years.  The show’s stature as the No. 1 show in its time period places it among the most iconic shows in television history, and his contributions to the show and industry cannot be understated.”

Under Ackerson’s nurturing and guidance, FOX NFL SUNDAY immediately became America’s most-watched NFL pregame show in 1994, a title it maintains today, and took home the Emmy Award for Best Studio Show an impressive four times during his tenure as coordinating producer.  That tenure also included five Super Bowl pregame shows, highlighted by the memorable post-9/11 event in 2002.  His keen eye for talent and chemistry produced an informative, humorous and entertaining brand of NFL studio coverage that has helped advance the sports TV careers of Long, Johnson and Michael Strahan, while introducing NFL audiences to weathercaster Jillian Barberie and the hilarious prognostications of Jimmy Kimmel and Frank Caliendo.

In addition to Ackerson’s present oversight of FOX Sports 1’s news division, he was also given responsibility for the NATIONAL SPORTS REPORT on FOX Sports Net in 2000-2001.

Ackerson perfected his craft from 1987 through mid-1994 at ESPN. In addition to his nightly responsibilities as the coordinating producer of SportsCenter, a position he attained in 1993, he had numerous special studio assignments for ESPN, including the World Series (1987), Super Bowl (1989-93), and MLB All-Star Game (1993).

Ackerson broke into broadcasting as an intern at WBNS Radio in Columbus, Ohio in 1981. His first job came at WOUB Radio/TV in Athens, Ohio, in 1982. Over the next few years he honed his television skills in such markets as Huntington, W.Va. (WOWK-TV), Altoona, Pa. (WTAJ-TV), San Antonio (KMOL-TV), and Minneapolis (KARE-TV). Ackerson graduated from Ohio University with a journalism degree. He was a four-year member of the Ohio University bowling team.

Born in Ridley Township, Pa., Ackerson was raised in Columbus, Ohio. He resides in Rolling Hills Estates, Calif., with his wife and daughter.

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NBC Sports And FOX Sports Join Forces To Unleash New Era In NASCAR Television

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LAS VEGAS, Nev. — December 3, 2014 — On the heels of one of the most exciting NASCAR seasons in recent memory, the award-winning marketing teams at FOX Sports and NBC Sports have co-created an adrenaline-charged on-air promotion that is set to unfold on multiple network platforms. The announcement was made today as part of a panel featuring NBC Sports Group Chairman Mark Lazarus and FOX Sports President, COO and Executive Producer Eric Shanks at the 2014 Sports Business Journal Motorsports Marketing Forum in Las Vegas.

Overseen by NBC Sports Group’s CMO John Miller and Robert Gottlieb, EVP of Marketing, FOX Sports, the collaboration is designed to promote the 2015 season and further the momentum NASCAR has been enjoying since the thrilling conclusion of the 2014 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.  In February, the green flag waves over a new 10-year broadcasting partnership in which FOX Sports and FOX Sports 1 handle the Daytona 500 and first half of the Sprint Cup and XFINITY Series seasons, before turning over the keys to NBC and NBCSN for the seasons’ second half and the reinvigorated Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.

“It’s no secret that we compete rather fiercely in most other areas of our business, but given all of the excitement surrounding the sport, we felt the time was right to come together and celebrate our new broadcast partnership,” said Miller. “Our collective competitive spirit yielded a piece that turned out extremely well, and we’re looking forward to future collaborations as we build on NASCAR’s momentum.”

“This approach simply makes sense,” Gottlieb added. “The new distribution of NASCAR programming across FOX and NBC lends itself to a co-branded effort. We’re excited to tell NASCAR Nation about how great the 2015 season is going to be. Having FOX carry the first half, and having NBC carry the second half, is a clean and simple schedule that lets fans know where to go each weekend to get the NASCAR action they love.”

To view and/or download the NBC Sports and FOX Sports 2015 NASCAR on-air promotion video, please click here.

“As we crown a first-time Champion and celebrate what has been an exciting year for NASCAR in 2014, it’s great to see that NBC and FOX have already created a spirit of collaboration and synergy that will propel the sport forward,” said Brent Dewar, NASCAR’s chief operating officer. “Two of the world’s largest media companies collaborating on NASCAR-themed creative months before a new season begins demonstrates the level of commitment the industry and our fans can expect from NASCAR and our television broadcast partners in 2015 and beyond.”

On July 23, 2013, NASCAR and NBC Sports Group reached a comprehensive agreement that grants NBCUniversal exclusive rights to the final 20 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races, final 19 NASCAR XFINITY Series events, select NASCAR Regional & Touring Series events and other live content beginning in 2015.

The NASCAR on FOX relationship opened with the 2001 Daytona 500, adding the full NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES schedule in 2003 and, as part of the most recent television agreement, additional NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES races and 14 NASCAR XFINITY SERIES events beginning in 2015. Over the years, FOX Sports has delivered a wide variety of NASCAR programming across the broadcast network and its cable television properties, recently making programming available online through FOX Sports GO, the app that provides live streaming video of FOX Sports content. Many of the NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES races, including the Daytona 500, also are available in Spanish through FOX Deportes.

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Big Ten and Pac-12 Champions Crowned This Weekend on FOX

260px-Fox_College_Football_logoNo. 2 Oregon Meets No. 11 Arizona Friday at Levi’s Stadium in Pac-12 Showdown;

No. 6 Ohio State Faces No. 14 Wisconsin in Indianapolis for Big Ten Title on Saturday

New York – Two of the top college football conferences in the country crown their champions on FOX this weekend in a pair of matchups that directly impact the College Football Playoff and feature the top two contenders for the Heisman Trophy.

Led by quarterback and Heisman frontrunner Marcus Mariota, No. 2 Oregon battles No. 11 Arizona for the Pac-12 Championship on Friday, Dec. 5. Ranked second in the latest College Football Playoff poll, the Ducks suffered their only loss of the season at the hands of the Wildcats in early October. An Oregon win should guarantee the squad a spot in the inaugural four-team playoff. Tim Brando, Joel Klatt and Jenny Taft have the call live from Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., when the game kicks off at 9:00 PM ET, while pregame coverage begins at 8:00 PM ET with host Rob Stone and analysts Petros Papadakis and Dave Wannstedt live from the FOX studios in Los Angeles.

The following night on Saturday, Dec. 6, No. 6 Ohio State takes on No. 14 Wisconsin for the Big Ten title with OSU needing a win to remain in the playoff conversation. Ohio State is without quarterback J.T. Barrett, who suffered a season-ending injury over the weekend, as the Buckeyes go up against Heisman candidate running back Melvin Gordon and the Badgers. Gus Johnson, Charles Davis and Molly McGrath are live from Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis at 8:00 PM ET with pregame coverage featuring Stone, Klatt and Wannstedt beginning at 7:00 PM ET. College football insider Bruce Feldman is on site filing reports for AMERICA’S PREGAME, FOX SPORTS LIVE and FOX COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREGAME on Friday and Saturday.

Football isn’t the only game in town on Saturday, Dec. 6, as college basketball comes to the FOX broadcast network for the first time this season. Butler out of the BIG EAST hosts Northwestern out of the Big Ten at historic Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, just a post route up the road Lucas Oil Stadium, at 4:30 PM ET.

FOX Sports 1 closes out its college football season with Bedlam on Saturday, Dec. 6, as No. 20 Oklahoma hosts Oklahoma State (3:30 PM ET) in one of the sport’s most heated rivalries. Joe Davis, Joey Harrington and Kris Budden have the call live from Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman.

College football games on FOX and FOX Sports 1 are also available on FOX Sports GO, the app that provides live video of FOX Sports content at home or on the go. The Big Ten and Pac-12 Championship games also air in Spanish on FOX Deportes with Francisco X. Rivera and Erika Reidt on the call.

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FOX SPORTS COLLEGE FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP WEEK SCHEDULE

  • Pac-12 Championship Game: No. 2 Oregon vs. No. 11 Arizona

o   Friday, Dec. 5 (9:00 PM ET), FOX, FOX Deportes & FOX Sports GO

o   Tim Brando, Joel Klatt and Jenny Taft

o   #Pac12Championship

o   Deportes: Francisco X. Rivera and Erika Reidt (#PatosvsGatos)

  • Oklahoma State at No. 20 Oklahoma

o   Saturday, Dec. 6 (3:30 PM ET), FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO

o   Joe Davis, Joey Harrington and Kris Budden

o   #OSUvsOU

  • Big Ten Championship Game: No. 6 Ohio State vs. No. 14 Wisconsin

o   Saturday, Dec. 6 (8:00 PM ET), FOX, FOX Deportes & FOX Sports GO

o   Gus Johnson, Charles Davis and Molly McGrath

o   #B1GChampionship

o   Deportes: Francisco X. Rivera and Erika Reidt (#BucksvsBadgers)

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