FOX Sports’ MLB Postseason Broadcast Teams Blend Experience, Versatility & Depth

MLB ON FOX: LOGOBuck, Reynolds, Verducci Call

Cardinals-Dodgers N.L. Division Series, NLCS & World Series

Indians 1B/OF Nick Swisher Added to World Series Pre- & Postgame Coverage

Los Angeles — As October approaches, the month when baseball legends are born, FOX Sports prepares for its 19th consecutive year of MLB postseason coverage, relying on the strength of its on-air roster and added bench strength to field a versatile team of veteran announcers and fresh voices to cover every pitch, hit and throw.

Emmy Award-winning play-by-play announcer Joe Buck, and analysts Harold Reynolds and Tom Verducci, themselves Emmy Award winners, are MLB on FOX’s new lead broadcast team and carry the bulk of the postseason load.  The trio, plus reporter Ken Rosenthal, calls the National League Division Series presented by Budweiser between the St. Louis Cardinals and Los Angeles Dodgers beginning Friday, Oct. 3 on FOX Sports 1.  Play-by-play man Matt Vasgersian, analyst John Smoltz and reporter Jon Paul Morosi call all games of the National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals against either the Pittsburgh Pirates or San Francisco Giants, also televised on FOX Sports 1.  After the Division Series round, reporter Erin Andrews joins Buck, Reynolds, Verducci and Rosenthal as the five-person team calling every game of the National League Championship Series and 110th World Series.

“As we gear up for our of MLB postseason coverage on FOX and FOX Sports 1, we’re proud to provide viewers the deepest roster of announcers, analysts and reporters we’ve had since baseball arrived at FOX Sports in 1996,” said John Entz, EVP, Production & Executive Producer, FOX Sports.

This October, to complement its game telecasts, FOX Sports is providing more hours of pre and postgame coverage devoted to MLB’s postseason than in any year prior.  FOX, FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes have more than 60 hours of pre, between-game and postgame coverage planned, including expanded 90-minute editions of AMERICA’S PREGAME, hosted by Mike Hill with news anchor Molly McGrath and special guest analyst Royce Clayton; special editions of FOX SPORTS LIVE, FOX Sports 1’s signature news, highlights and analysis program between games; and regularly scheduled FOX SPORTS LIVE programs immediately following most games.  FOX Sports’ programming schedules are to be announced alongside MLB’s postseason game schedule.

FOX Sports’ comprehensive pre and postgame coverage is led by host Kevin Burkhardt alongside analysts Gabe Kapler, Frank Thomas, Eric Karros and CJ Nitkowski.  Come the World Series, current Cleveland Indians first baseman/outfielder Nick Swisher, a World Champion with the New York Yankees in 2009 and one of MLB’s more ebullient personalities, joins the MLB on FOX studio team.  FOX Sports’ pregame and postgame coverage originates at the FOX Network Center in Los Angeles during the National League Division Series presented by Budweiser and National League Championship Series before arriving on-site for the World Series.

“Between Gabe, Frank, CJ and Royce, we have a lot of baseball experience to break down the action,” added Entz.  “We’re also very excited to welcome Nick Swisher to our World Series studio team. He’s always been one of baseball’s best on-field ambassadors, and his personality is infectious.”

FOX Sports 1 is scheduled to televise up to eight of 10 National League Division Series presented by Budweiser games beginning with the historic Friday, Oct. 3 doubleheader.  FOX Sports’ coverage of the National League Championship Series gets underway with Game 1 on the FOX broadcast network, Saturday, Oct. 11.  NLCS Games 2, 3 and 4 are scheduled for telecast on FOX Sports 1, as are NLCS Games 5 and 7, if necessary.  NLCS Game 6, if necessary, is also set for broadcast on FOX, Saturday, Oct. 18.  Coverage of the 110th World Series, the 15th straight broadcast by FOX and the network’s 17th overall, begins Tuesday, Oct. 21 in the home ballpark of the American League pennant winner.

In another first, FOX Sports offers fans watching NLCS Game 1 a unique opportunity to experience postseason baseball as never before. While FOX Sports provides a traditional broadcast on FOX, FOX Sports 1 offers fans a more analytics-driven game viewing experience under the banner of FOXSports.com’s exciting new baseball blog, Just a Bit Outside (JABO).  NLCS ON FOX SPORTS 1 Powered by JABO is an unconventional game-viewing experience, with an emphasis on statistics, sabermetrics and graphics with open debate and conversation.  Burkhardt hosts NLCS ON FOX SPORTS 1 Powered by JABO, with analysis from Kapler, Nitkowski and Rob Neyer with special guests joining via video remote or phone.

All postseason MLB games televised by FOX and FOX Sports 1 also are televised in Spanish exclusively on FOX Deportes, the leader in Spanish-language sports media, and for the first time via FOX Sports GO, the app that provides live streaming video of FOX Sports content at home or on-the-go. FOX Deportes is poised to deliver its most comprehensive MLB postseason coverage ever, with pregame shows, plus special reports, interviews and postgame analysis on its signature studio show, CENTRAL FOX. Former Houston Astros first baseman Jose Tolentino and seasoned commentator Pablo Alsina are joined by retired Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Duaner Sanchez to call the action. FOX Deportes’ Digital platforms supplement efforts with live coverage across its social media networks, and provide behind-the-scenes access on FOXDeportes.com.

– FOX SPORTS –

FOX Sports Welcomes Jamie Little to NASCAR on FOX Family in 2015

 

NASCAR_on_FOXVeteran Pit Reporter to Cover NASCAR Sprint Cup,

XFINITY Series & Special Events

Charlotte, N.C. – FOX Sports announces the addition of veteran motor sports reporter Jamie Little to the NASCAR on FOX family beginning in January 2015.

Little serves as a pit reporter for NASCAR on FOX’s 15th season of NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES coverage and its first year televising the NASCAR XFINITY SERIES.  Her assignments also include select additional races and special events throughout the year.

“Bringing Jamie into the NASCAR on FOX fold is a huge addition for FOX Sports,” said John Entz, EVP, Production & Executive Producer, FOX Sports.  “While her versatility is remarkable, her ability to think on her feet and report not only the news but also the sport’s human-interest stories, with a down-to-earth presentation, makes her a perfect fit for FOX.”

The move to FOX after multiple years with ABC and ESPN represents a “homecoming” of sorts for Little.  She covered a variety of motor sports events for FOX Sports’ SPEED in 2002 and 2003, including the network’s live coverage of Daytona Supercross.

“Of all the racing events I’ve covered in my career, one of the most special was my first-ever live national broadcast in 2002 when I covered Daytona Supercross for SPEED,” Little recalled.  “At that time, most of the shows I worked were pre-packaged and tape-delayed, so being live on a national broadcast was a reporter’s dream.”

More than 12 years later, Little remains equally grateful for the opportunity with the FOX Sports family.

“Jumping over to FOX will be a big change for me, but this is the perfect time in my life and I welcome the challenge,” Little said.  “For some broadcasters, NASCAR often is a steppingstone to where they want to be in another sport or realm of entertainment.  But NASCAR is my NFL, and the Daytona 500 is my Super Bowl.  All I’ve ever wanted to do is cover racing, so the fact FOX approached me with the opportunity to continue covering the sport I love so much is a true honor. I’ve covered 11 Indy 500s and eight Brickyard 400s, and now I’ll have the chance to cover my first Daytona 500 in February.  That will be a huge feather in my cap.”

The versatile broadcaster has covered the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series for ESPN since 2007, and the IZOD IndyCar Series since 2004, in addition to extensive work with the Summer and Winter X Games. She was the first female pit reporter for the television broadcast of the prestigious Indianapolis 500, the first female to cover a televised Supercross and Motorcross event, and was one of the first female reporters in X Games history. Little, who has worked for ABC, ESPN, SPEED, NBC and TNN, has hosted non-racing sporting events ranging from Paintball Championships to the Great Outdoor Games.

Little embarked on her broadcasting career in 2002 as a motocross and motorcycle reporter, and credits her passion for the sport and affinity for dirt bikes as the springboard for her entry into television. The Las Vegas resident is well-rounded outside the four corners of a race track, as well.  In 2013, she released her first book, entitled Essential Car Care for Women, and has worked the red carpet for the ESPYs, in addition to hosting numerous NASCAR events away from the track. Furthermore, the popular racing video game “MX World Tour Featuring Jamie Little” bears her name and likeness.  She also held a cameo role in the 2005 feature film, Fantastic Four, which included an X Games-themed scene.

The San Diego State University graduate got her television start on ESPN2 reporting on various motor sports while interning at a local news station, in addition to live announce work for Supercross as a college student.

In 2013, FOX Sports extended its media rights agreement with NASCAR, ensuring the FOX family of networks’ broadcast of the first 16 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races each season beginning in 2015, as well as the first 14 NASCAR XFINITY Series races of the season and all NASCAR Camping World Truck Series events, through 2024.

Note:  FOX Sports will announce its full 2015 NASCAR on FOX on-air lineup in the near future.

–FOX SPORTS–

FOX Sports 1 Presents DEREK JETER: A NIGHT 2 REMEMBER

fox-sports-1-logoFor those lucky enough to attend Yankees Captain Derek Jeter’s final home game, the farewell scene was indescribable. Tens of thousands gathered in a 21st century sports cathedral to witness the final pinstriped chapter of a 20-year career no doubt guided by the baseball gods.  How else can one explain how New York’s rain-soaked skies miraculously gave way to a game-time rainbow and the storybook drama that unfolded in the ninth?

Fortunately, for those who wish to re-live the evening, FOX Sports 1 presents, DEREK JETER: A NIGHT 2 REMEMBER, a cinematic journey through his final home game as a New York Yankee.  Produced by Major League Baseball Productions and FOX Sports Originals, the special 30-minute program premieres Monday, Sept. 29 (7:30 PM ET).

Throughout the day and evening of Sept. 25, Major League Baseball Productions had an exclusive look at Jeter at Yankee Stadium, and along with elements from YES Network’s extensive coverage and that of MLB Network, a gripping mini-documentary that chronicles Jeter’s final home game, and its Hollywood script ending, has emerged.  DEREK JETER: A NIGHT 2 REMEMBER is a must-see original work featuring previously unseen images that pays tribute to a once-in-a-generation baseball hero’s final hours in his beloved home uniform.

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FOX NFL Kickoff & FOX NFL Sunday Notes – 9/28/14

Fox-NFL-2014Terry Bradshaw on NFL Overtime Rule: It Should Absolutely Be Changed

Howie Long: Playing Defensive Back In This League Is Impossible To Do

in Today’s Game

Dave Wannstedt: I’d Have Michael Vick Ready To Go If Geno Smith

Turns the Ball Over

Arizona Cardinals Cornerback Antonio Cromartie Joins FOX NFL KICKOFF

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From FOX NFL KICKOFF on FOX Sports 1

NFL on FOX analyst John Lynch joined FOX NFL KICKOFF from Soldier Field where he’s calling today’s Packers at Bears game. Lynch offered analysis regarding the Packers slow start on offense this season: “There are issues in Green Bay but it’ll work itself out.  With Aaron Rodgers, it’s trust issues.  He’s got wide receivers Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb, who is having an off year, thus far and he doesn’t trust any of his other receivers.”   

FOX NFL KICKOFF analyst and seven-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Randy Moss feels the Chicago Bears need to win today to show other NFC North teams that they are here to take the division:  “Over the last few years, late in the season was when they would determine who the winner of the NFC North division would be. Right now, today, the Chicago Bears need to set the tone, set the tempo and let the NFC North know they’re coming for the division and they need to do it in Week 4.”

Former NFL head coach, defensive coordinator and FOX NFL KICKOFF analyst Dave Wannstedt would have New York Jets backup QB Michael Vick ready to take over for Geno Smith if Smith turns the ball over:  “There’s an expression among coaches: ‘Good coaches lose games but they never lose the team’ and head coach Rex Ryan has lived that the last couple of years. His players play for him. If I were Rex Ryan right now in the back of my mind I’d have Michael Vick ready to go.  If Geno goes in there and turns the ball over, he’s coming out. You can’t win by turning the football over.”

With his team on a bye, three-time NFL pro bowler and Arizona Cardinals CB Antonio Cromartie joined FOX NFL KICKOFF live in-studio today. Earlier this season, the Cardinals defense had to make adjustments due to key injuries to their linebackers.  Given those adjustments, Wannstedt asked Cromartie how the safeties defended the run: “Those safeties came in and tried to do a tremendous job.  It’s not a point of trying to replace guys, it’s just the safeties trying to play at a high level.  Safety Deon Bucannon Tony Jefferson and Rashad Johnson – those guys like playing in the box and they were able to make plays.”   

Wannstedt on how he’d advise San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio to defend against Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly’s fast offense:  “The key to defending this isn’t necessarily the defensive calls they make. It’s getting your guys lined up and having everyone on the same page, making the call and not having mental mistakes where they give up on cheap plays.”

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From FOX NFL SUNDAY on FOX

FOX NFL SUNDAY analyst Howie Long on what stands out to him most after the first three weeks of this NFL season: “You better get there with pressure from your front four. With the emphasis on old rules in terms of coverage, it’s impossible to cover these big wide receivers in the league particularly in the red zone.  Playing defensive back in this league is impossible to do in today’s game.”    

On the heels of Denver’s 26-20 overtime loss to Seattle, co-host, NFL Hall of Famer and FOX NFL SUNDAY studio analyst Terry Bradshaw disagrees with the NFL’s overtime rule, which allows the team that wins the coin toss to win the game if they score a touchdown on their first drive:  “I absolutely disagree with the rule – score a touchdown after the coin toss in overtime and then the game is over, without the other team’s offense getting an opportunity.”

Added Long, who agreed that the rule needs to be changed:  “There’s not a football fan in America outside of those in Seattle that didn’t want to see Peyton Manning get an opportunity to answer Russell Wilson particularly after he drove the team 80 yards on six plays in 41 seconds to send the game to overtime.”

FOX NFL SUNDAY analyst and recent NFL Hall of Famer Michael Strahan disagrees with Bradshaw on the topic of overtime:  “If it’s not Peyton Manning, or Aaron Rodgers, or Drew Brees, we’re not having this conversation.  There’s more than one player on that field there is more than a quarterback. It’s a team game. You need the other people on your team to step up and stop somebody.  They [Denver Broncos] didn’t do it.  You lost the game and you go home.”

Bradshaw tries to determine the problem with the San Francisco 49ers might be:  “Something is definitely wrong.  You look at a football team that is built to win right now.  Are they not listening to head coach Jim Harbaugh?  Or are they not making the proper adjustments in the second half?  I think they answer it this week.  If not, I can see Harbaugh coaching in Michigan next year.”

FOX NFL SUNDAY analyst Jimmy Johnson believes the Atlanta Falcons are back mostly due to the stellar performance this season from WR Julio Jones:  “I am amazed how one player who is not a quarterback can make such a difference on a football team.  Julio Jones is back out there, averaging 16 yards a catch with three touchdowns plus an improved offensive line.  The Atlanta Falcons are back.”

FOX NFL Insider Jay Glazer reported that Chicago Bears DE Jared Allen lost a considerable amount of weight just this week due to pneumonia.  Allen has been deactivated today and his streak of playing in 113 straight games will come to an end:  “He went from 255 pounds down to 237 pounds just in this week.  He said, ‘I’ve played through a torn labrum, torn hip, torn shoulder, a torn everything and my streak ends because of pneumonia?’  He’s very frustrated today but feeling just horrible.”

Barring several bad performances, Glazer reports that the New York Jets will stick with QB Geno Smith:  “The Jets are sticking with Geno Smith. The plan is to stick with him long term unless he puts together several horrible games where he just digresses. This week, they did extra work with him in the red zone, something that he struggled with Monday night against the Bears.”

FOX Sports Airs More Than 200 College Basketball Games This Season

fox-sports-logoFOX SPORTS HITS THE HARDWOOD WITH MORE THAN 200 COLLEGE BASKETBALL GAMES THIS SEASON

2014-15 Schedule Features BIG EAST, Pac-12, Conference USA and Big 12 on FOX, FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports 2, FOX Sports Regional Networks

and FOX College Sports

Five-Game, 12-Hour New Year’s Eve Marathon Tips Off BIG EAST Slate

New York – FOX Sports is home to more than 200 men’s and women’s college basketball games this season featuring the BIG EAST, Pac-12, Conference USA and Big 12. FOX Sports also presents coverage of three prestigious regular-season tournaments, the entire BIG EAST men’s tournament, the Conference USA men’s championship game, the BIG EAST women’s tournament semifinals and final and the full Big 12 women’s tournament.

This season, a minimum of 10 games are scheduled to air on the FOX broadcast network – more than ever before – while FOX Sports 1, America’s new sports network, carries more than 150 men’s and women’s contests, including the entire BIG EAST men’s tournament live from Madison Square Garden in New York. The event is played at the “World’s Most Famous Arena” for the 33rd consecutive year, marking college basketball’s longest running postseason basketball conference tournament held at the same venue. FOX Sports 1 also televises the Conference USA men’s championship game, the BIG EAST women’s tournament final and one semifinal, plus the semifinals and final of the Big 12 women’s tournament.

BIG EAST conference play opens on New Year’s Eve with a five-game, 12-hour marathon on FOX Sports 1. All 10 conference teams are in action from Noon ET until the ball drops at Midnight to ring in 2015. This season also features a BIG EAST Tuesday Showdown package – a 15-game schedule that includes a doubleheader most weeks. Each conference squad appears at least twice beginning Tuesday, Jan. 6, as Georgetown hosts Marquette (7:00 PM ET) and Villanova visits St. John’s (9:00 PM ET).

FOX Sports’ college basketball coverage begins Tuesday, Nov. 4, with an exhibition contest between Northwood and Villanova on FOX Sports 1 (7:00 PM ET). FOX Sports 1 opens its regular-season schedule on Sunday, Nov. 16, as Creighton hosts Chicago State (5:30 PM ET), followed by doubleheaders on back-to-back nights, with Villanova hosting Maryland Eastern Shore (7:00 PM ET) and Providence welcoming Binghamton (9:00 PM ET) on Monday, Nov. 17, and Xavier facing Long Beach State (7:00 PM ET) and DePaul playing Drake (9:00 PM ET) on Tuesday, Nov. 18. On Saturday, Dec. 6, FOX presents a special basketball-football doubleheader from Indianapolis, as Butler hosts Northwestern at Hinkle Fieldhouse (4:30 PM ET) in the broadcast network’s first hoops game of the season. That evening, coverage moves downtown to Indianapolis’ Lucas Oil Stadium for the Big Ten Football Championship Game with coverage beginning at 7:00 PM ET on FOX.

FOX Sports 1 adds coverage of three regular-season tournaments to its schedule, tipping off with the Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational on Thanksgiving, with Illinois at Indiana State at 5:00 PM ET on Thursday, Nov. 27. Later that night, Baylor faces Memphis at 12:00 AM ET. FOX Sports 1 also carries the tournament’s consolation and championship the following evening. FOX Sports 1 televises a pair of matchups from the Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic on Tuesday, Dec. 23, and one game from the Orange Bowl Classic – Wake Forest vs. Florida – on Saturday, Dec. 20 (5:00 PM ET).

The inimitable duo of play-by-play announcer Gus Johnson and analyst Bill Raftery return to serve as FOX Sports’ lead college basketball broadcast tandem. Raftery gets fans ready for the season with BILL RAFTERY’S BIG EAST PREVIEW, a one-hour special premiering Sunday, Nov. 2 on FOX Sports 1 that goes in depth on each of the conference’s programs. The FOX COLLEGE BASKETBALL TIP-OFF pregame show typically airs before games on the broadcast network, and FOX SPORTS 1 COLLEGE BASKETBALL TIP-OFF comes on before select weekend contests on FOX Sports 1.

College basketball games on FOX, FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports 2, FOX Sports Regional Networks and FOX College Sports also can be seen on FOX Sports GO, the app that provides live video of FOX Sports content at home or on the go.

Highlights of the FOX Sports 2014-15 college basketball schedule are below.

By Conference:

BIG EAST – Men (156 games)

–       At least 100 regular-season games on FOX Sports 1

–       Entire men’s basketball tournament on FOX Sports 1

–       8-9 regular-season games on FOX

–       17 regular-season games on FOX Sports 2

–       20 regular-season games on FOX Sports Regional Networks

–       1 regular-season game on FOX College Sports

BIG EAST- Women (18 games)

–       15 regular-season on FOX Sports 1 (14) and FOX Sports 2 (1)

–       Semifinals and final of tournament on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports 2

Big 12 – Women (28 games)

–       10 regular-season games on FOX Sports Regional Networks

–       9  regular-season games on FOX Sports 1

–       Big 12 Tournament on FOX College Sports (first round), FOX Sports Regional Networks (quarterfinals) and FOX Sports 1 (semifinals and championship game)

 

Pac-12 – Men (22 games)

–       At least 20 regular-season games on FOX Sports 1

–       1-2 regular-season games on FOX

C-USA – Men (11 games)

–       3 regular-season games on FOX Sports 1

–       7 regular-season games on FOX Sports Regional Networks

–       Tournament championship game on FOX Sports 1

C-USA Women (8 games)

–       8 regular-season games on FOX Sports Regional Networks

Las Vegas Invitational (4 games)

–       4 games on FOX Sports 1

Las Vegas Classic (2 games)

–       2 games on FOX Sports 1

Orange Bowl Classic (2 games)

–       1 game simulcast between FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports Florida/SUN Sports

–       1 game on FOX Sports Regional Networks

2014-15 FOX SPORTS

NATIONAL COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCHEDULE

Tuesday, November 4 Conference Network
7:00 PM Northwood at Villanova BIG EAST FOX Sports 1
Friday, November 14    
8:00 PM Lehigh at Villanova BIG EAST FOX Sports 2
10:00 PM UIC at DePaul BIG EAST FOX Sports 2
7:00 PM NJIT at St. John’s BIG EAST FSN
9:00 PM Central Arkansas at Creighton BIG EAST FSN
9:30 PM UT Martin at Marquette BIG EAST FSN
7:00 PM Northern Arizona at Xavier BIG EAST FCS
Saturday, November 15
4:30 PM Maine at Butler BIG EAST FOX Sports 2
7:00 PM Albany at Providence BIG EAST FOX Sports 2
12:00 PM St. Francis Brooklyn at Georgetown BIG EAST FSN
Sunday, November 16
5:30 PM Chicago St. at Creighton BIG EAST FOX Sports 1
12:00 PM Mercer at Seton Hall BIG EAST FSN
Monday, November 17
7:00 PM Maryland Eastern Shore at Villanova BIG EAST FOX Sports 1
9:00 PM Binghamton at Providence BIG EAST FOX Sports 1
Tuesday, November 18
7:00 PM Long Beach St. at Xavier BIG EAST FOX Sports 1
9:00 PM Drake at DePaul BIG EAST FOX Sports 1
7:00 PM Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at Georgetown BIG EAST FOX Sports 2
9:00 PM Chattanooga at Butler BIG EAST FOX Sports 2
Wednesday, November 19 Conference Network
8:00 PM Oklahoma at Creighton BIG EAST FOX Sports 1
Thursday, November 20
7:00 PM Navy at Providence BIG EAST FOX Sports 2
Friday, November 21
8:00 PM Stephen F. Austin at Xavier BIG EAST FOX Sports 2
Saturday, November 22
12:00 PM Robert Morris at Georgetown BIG EAST FOX Sports 2
2:30 PM Nebraska-Omaha at Marquette BIG EAST FOX Sports 2
5:00 PM Loyola (MD) at Butler BIG EAST FOX Sports 2
Sunday, November 23
4:00 PM North Carolina Central at Creighton BIG EAST FOX Sports 1
Monday, November 24
7:00 PM Murray St. at Xavier BIG EAST FOX Sports 1
9:00 PM NJIT at Marquette BIG EAST FOX Sports 1
Tuesday, November 25
8:00 PM Eastern Illinois at Creighton BIG EAST FOX Sports 1
9:00 PM Miami (FL) at Charlotte C-USA FSN
Wednesday, November 26
8:00 PM Lehigh at DePaul BIG EAST FOX Sports 1
Thursday, November 27
5:00 PM Illinois vs. Indiana St. Las Vegas Invitational FOX Sports 1
12:00 AM Baylor vs. Memphis Las Vegas Invitational FOX Sports 1
Friday, November 28
4:00 PM Yale at Providence BIG EAST FOX Sports 1
8:00 PM Teams TBA vs. Teams TBA Las Vegas Invitational FOX Sports 1
10:30 PM Teams TBA vs. Teams TBA Las Vegas Invitational FOX Sports 1
Saturday, November 29
4:00 PM George Washington at Seton Hall BIG EAST FSN
Sunday, November 30
2:30 PM Stanford at DePaul BIG EAST FOX Sports 1
4:30 PM Delaware at Villanova BIG EAST FOX Sports 1
6:30 PM Tennessee at Texas Big 12 (W) FOX Sports 1
Tuesday, December 2 Conference Network
7:00 PM Niagara at St. John’s BIG EAST FOX Sports 1
9:00 PM Northern Illinois at DePaul BIG EAST FOX Sports 1
7:00 PM Mount. St. Mary’s (MD) at Seton Hall BIG EAST FOX Sports 2
Wednesday, December 3
8:00 PM Seton Hall at Creighton BIG EAST (W) FOX Sports 1
Saturday, December 6
4:30 PM Northwestern at Butler BIG EAST FOX
1:00 PM Saint Joseph’s at Villanova BIG EAST FOX Sports 1
12:00 PM Rutgers at Seton Hall BIG EAST FSN
Sunday, December 7
12:00 PM Towson at Georgetown BIG EAST FOX Sports 1
2:00 PM Milwaukee at DePaul BIG EAST FOX Sports 1
4:00 PM Ole Miss at Oregon Pac-12 FOX Sports 1
6:00 PM Cal at Kansas Big 12 (W) FOX Sports 1
2:00 PM Texas A&M at TCU Big 12 (W) FSN
Monday, December 8
7:00 PM Kennesaw St. at Butler BIG EAST FOX Sports 1
9:00 PM Brown at Providence BIG EAST FOX Sports 1
Tuesday, December 9
7:00 PM IUPUI at Xavier BIG EAST FOX Sports 1
9:00 PM South Dakota at Creighton BIG EAST FOX Sports 1
Wednesday, December 10
7:00 PM Kansas at Georgetown BIG EAST FOX Sports 1
7:00 PM Rhode Island at Providence BIG EAST FOX Sports 2
9:00 PM Notre Dame at DePaul BIG EAST (W) FOX Sports 2
Thursday, December 11
9:00 PM Nebraska at Creighton BIG EAST (W) FOX Sports 1
Saturday, December 13 Conference Network
12:00 PM Radford at Georgetown BIG EAST FOX Sports 1
2:00 PM Saint Mary’s at Creighton BIG EAST FOX Sports 1
12:00 PM Stony Brook at Providence BIG EAST FSN
Sunday, December 14
12:00 PM Saint Peter’s at Seton Hall BIG EAST FOX Sports 1
2:00 PM Temple at Villanova BIG EAST FOX Sports 1
4:00 PM Illinois St. at DePaul BIG EAST FOX Sports 1
1:30 PM St. John’s vs. Fordham BIG EAST/MSG HOLIDAY FESTIVAL FSN
Tuesday, December 16
9:00 PM Arizona St. at Marquette BIG EAST FOX Sports 1
Friday, December 19
7:00 PM Saint Mary’s at St. John’s BIG EAST FOX Sports 1
9:00 PM Alabama A&M at Marquette BIG EAST FOX Sports 1
11:00 PM Arizona at UTEP C-USA FOX Sports 1
9:00 PM Texas-Pan American at Creighton BIG EAST FOX Sports 2
Saturday, December 20
1:00 PM Syracuse at Villanova BIG EAST FOX
12:00 PM Louisville at Western Kentucky C-USA FOX Sports 1
2:30 PM Butler vs. Indiana BIG EAST FOX Sports 1
5:00 PM Wake Forest vs. Florida Orange Bowl Classic FOX Sports 1
12:00 PM Charlotte at Georgetown BIG EAST FSN
2:00 PM USF vs. Florida St. Orange Bowl Classic FSN
Sunday, December 21
2:00 PM Creighton at North Texas C-USA FSN
Monday, December 22
7:00 PM UT Martin at Butler BIG EAST FOX Sports 1
9:00 PM Providence vs. Miami (FL) Barclays/BIG EAST FOX Sports 1
9:00 PM North Dakota at Marquette BIG EAST FOX Sports 2
Tuesday, December 23 Conference Network
7:00 PM NJIT at Villanova BIG EAST FOX Sports 1
9:00 PM Teams TBA vs. Teams TBA Las Vegas Classic FOX Sports 1
11:30 PM Teams TBA vs. Teams TBA Las Vegas Classic FOX Sports 1
 
Saturday, December 27
12:00 PM Maine at Seton Hall BIG EAST FOX Sports 1
Sunday, December 28
12:00 PM St. John’s vs. Tulane Barclays/BIG EAST FOX Sports 1
2:00 PM Morgan St. at Marquette BIG EAST FOX Sports 1
4:00 PM FGCU at Xavier BIG EAST FOX Sports 1
6:00 PM Belmont at Butler BIG EAST FOX Sports 1
Wednesday, December 31
12:00 PM St. John’s at Seton Hall BIG EAST FOX Sports 1
2:30 PM Butler at Villanova BIG EAST FOX Sports 1
5:00 PM Marquette at DePaul BIG EAST FOX Sports 1
7:30 PM Creighton at Providence BIG EAST FOX Sports 1
10:00 PM Georgetown at Xavier BIG EAST FOX Sports 1
Friday, January 2
7:30 PM Marquette at Georgetown BIG EAST (W) FOX Sports 1
10:00 PM UCLA at Colorado Pac-12 FOX Sports 1
Saturday, January 3
12:00 PM Villanova at Seton Hall BIG EAST FOX Sports 1
2:00 PM Xavier at DePaul BIG EAST FOX Sports 1
4:30 PM Creighton at Georgetown BIG EAST FOX Sports 1
12:00 PM Oklahoma St. at Baylor Big 12 (W) FSN
2:00 PM Providence at Marquette BIG EAST FSN
Sunday, January 4
4:30 PM West Virginia at Oklahoma Big 12 (W) FOX Sports 1
7:00 PM Arizona St. at Arizona Pac-12 FOX Sports 1
4:30 PM UTSA at North Texas C-USA FSN
5:00 PM TCU at Texas Tech Big 12 (W) FSN
Tuesday, January 6
7:00 PM Marquette at Georgetown BIG EAST FOX Sports 1
9:00 PM Villanova at St. John’s BIG EAST FOX Sports 1
Wednesday, January 7 Conference Network
9:00 PM DePaul at Creighton BIG EAST FOX Sports 1
Thursday, January 8
9:00 PM Arizona St. at Oregon St. Pac-12 FOX Sports 1
Friday, January 9
8:00 PM Butler at St. John’s BIG EAST (W) FOX Sports 1
Saturday, January 10
12:00 PM Georgetown at Providence BIG EAST FOX Sports 1
2:00 PM Seton Hall at Creighton BIG EAST FOX Sports 1
12:00 PM Texas at Iowa St. BIG 12 (W) FSN
2:00 PM Xavier at Butler BIG EAST FSN
Sunday, January 11
5:00 PM Georgetown at Villanova BIG EAST (W) FOX Sports 1
7:30 PM Cal at UCLA Pac-12 FOX Sports 1
10:00 PM Arizona at Oregon St. Pac-12 FOX Sports 1
       
2:00 PM Kansas at K-State Big 12 (W) FSN
Tuesday, January 13
7:00 PM Butler at Seton Hall BIG EAST FOX Sports 1
9:00 PM Georgetown at DePaul BIG EAST FOX Sports 1
Wednesday, January 14
7:00 PM St. John’s at Providence BIG EAST FOX Sports 1
9:00 PM Xavier at Villanova BIG EAST FOX Sports 1
Thursday, January 15
10:00 PM Utah at Arizona St. Pac-12 FOX Sports 1
Friday, January 16
8:00 PM Creighton at Providence BIG EAST (W) FOX Sports 1
Saturday, January 17
2:30 PM West Virginia at Oklahoma St. Big 12 (W) FOX Sports 1
5:00 PM Butler at Georgetown BIG EAST FOX Sports 1
7:30 PM Providence at Creighton BIG EAST FOX Sports 1
12:00 PM Marquette at Xavier BIG EAST FSN
4:00 PM Middle Tennessee at LA Tech C-USA FSN
Sunday, January 18 Conference Network
12:00 PM Villanova at Xavier BIG EAST (W) FOX Sports 1
2:30 PM St. John’s at DePaul BIG EAST FOX Sports 1
Monday, January 19
4:30 PM Oklahoma St. at Oklahoma Big 12 (W) FOX Sports 1
6:30 PM Texas at Baylor Big 12 (W) FOX Sports 1
9:00 PM Villanova at Georgetown BIG EAST FOX Sports 1
Wednesday, January 21
7:00 PM Marquette at St. John’s BIG EAST FOX Sports 1
9:00 PM Creighton at Butler BIG EAST FOX Sports 1
Thursday, January 22
7:00 PM DePaul at Seton Hall BIG EAST FOX Sports 1
9:30 PM Washington at Colorado Pac-12 FOX Sports 1
7:00 PM Xavier at Providence BIG EAST FSN
9:00 PM UTEP at Western Kentucky C-USA FSN
Friday, January 23
7:00 PM Seton Hall at Villanova BIG EAST (W) FOX Sports 1
9:00 PM Creighton at DePaul BIG EAST (W) FOX Sports 1
Saturday, January 24
12:00 PM DePaul at Xavier BIG EAST FOX Sports 1
2:30 PM Georgetown at Marquette BIG EAST FOX Sports 1
2:00 PM West Virginia at Kansas Big 12 (W) FSN
Sunday, January 25
2:00 PM Duke at St. John’s BIG EAST FOX
2:30 PM Butler at Xavier BIG EAST (W) FOX Sports 1
4:30 PM Iowa St. at Texas Big 12 (W) FOX Sports 1
7:00 PM Creighton at Villanova BIG EAST FOX Sports 1
3:00 PM Seton Hall at Butler BIG EAST FSN
Tuesday, January 27
7:00 PM Xavier at Georgetown BIG EAST FOX Sports 1
9:00 PM DePaul at Providence BIG EAST FOX Sports 1
Wednesday, January 28 Conference Network
7:00 PM Seton Hall at Marquette BIG EAST FOX Sports 1
9:00 PM St. John’s at Creighton BIG EAST FOX Sports 1
Thursday, January 29
7:00 PM Oklahoma at Texas Big 12 (W) FOX Sports 1
9:30 PM Colorado at USC Pac-12 FOX Sports 1
Saturday, January 31
12:00 PM Providence at St. John’s BIG EAST FOX
12:00 PM Xavier at Seton Hall BIG EAST FOX Sports 1
2:00 PM Villanova at DePaul BIG EAST FOX Sports 1
2:00 PM Butler at Marquette BIG EAST FSN
Sunday, February 1
2:00 PM Kansas at Baylor Big 12 (W) FSN
Tuesday, February 3
7:00 PM St. John’s at Butler BIG EAST FOX Sports 1
9:00 PM Seton Hall at DePaul BIG EAST FOX Sports 1
Wednesday, February 4
7:00 PM Marquette at Villanova BIG EAST FOX Sports 1
9:00 PM Creighton at Xavier BIG EAST FOX Sports 1
Thursday, February 5
11:00 PM USC at Cal Pac-12 FOX Sports 1
Friday, February 6
8:00 PM Providence at Seton Hall BIG EAST (W) FOX Sports 1
Saturday, February 7
2:00 PM Georgetown at Villanova BIG EAST FOX
4:30 PM Arizona at Arizona St. Pac-12 FOX
1:00 PM Providence at Xavier BIG EAST FOX Sports 1
3:30 PM DePaul at Butler BIG EAST FOX Sports 1
12:00 PM Creighton at St. John’s BIG EAST FSN
Sunday, February 8 Conference Network
4:30 PM Washington at Oregon St. Pac-12 FOX Sports 1
Tuesday, February 10
7:00 PM Georgetown at Seton Hall BIG EAST FOX Sports 1
9:00 PM Xavier at Marquette BIG EAST FOX Sports 1
Wednesday, February 11
8:00 PM Villanova at Providence BIG EAST FOX Sports 1
Thursday, February 12
9:00 PM Cal at Colorado Pac-12 FOX Sports 1
9:00 PM FIU at Southern Miss C-USA FSN
Friday, February 13
9:00 PM St. John’s at Marquette BIG EAST (W) FOX Sports 1
Saturday, February 14
3:00 PM St. John’s at Xavier or Oregon at UCLA BIG EAST/Pac-12 FOX
1:00 PM Marquette at Creighton BIG EAST FOX Sports 1
3:00 PM St. John’s at Xavier or Oregon at UCLA BIG EAST/Pac-12 FOX Sports 1
4:00 PM Seton Hall at Providence BIG EAST FSN
Sunday, February 15
1:30 PM St. John’s at DePaul BIG EAST (W) FOX Sports 1
4:00 PM Stanford at Colorado Pac-12 FOX Sports 1
6:30 PM Arizona at Washington St. Pac-12 FOX Sports 1
 
2:00 PM Texas Tech at K-State Big 12 (W) FSN
Monday, February 16
7:00 PM Seton Hall at Villanova BIG EAST FOX Sports 1
9:00 PM Butler at Creighton BIG EAST FOX Sports 1
Tuesday, February 17
7:00 PM St. John’s at Georgetown BIG EAST FOX Sports 1
9:00 PM Oklahoma at Iowa St. Big 12 (W) FOX Sports 1
Saturday, February 21 Conference Network
2:00 PM Villanova at Marquette BIG EAST FOX
2:30 PM Seton Hall at St. John’s BIG EAST FOX Sports 1
12:00 PM Iowa St. at West Virginia Big 12 (W) FSN
2:00 PM Butler at Xavier BIG EAST FSN
Sunday, February 22
3:00 PM Utah at Oregon Pac-12 FOX Sports 1
1:00 PM Western Kentucky at Middle Tennessee C-USA FSN
Monday, February 23
8:00 PM Xavier at St. John’s BIG EAST FOX Sports 1
Tuesday, February 24
7:00 PM Providence at Villanova BIG EAST FOX Sports 1
9:00 PM Creighton at DePaul BIG EAST FOX Sports 1
Wednesday, February 25
8:00 PM Marquette at Butler BIG EAST FOX Sports 1
Thursday, February 26
8:00 PM UTEP at LA Tech C-USA FOX Sports 1
10:30 PM Arizona St. at Utah Pac-12 FOX Sports 1
Friday, February 27
8:00 PM Providence at Villanova BIG EAST (W) FOX Sports 1
Saturday, February 28
2:00 PM Villanova at Xavier BIG EAST FOX
2:00 PM Butler at DePaul BIG EAST FOX Sports 2
4:00 PM Baylor at Iowa St. Big 12 (W) FSN
Sunday, March 1
3:30 PM Marquette at Providence BIG EAST FOX Sports 1
7:00 PM Oregon at Stanford Pac-12 FOX Sports 1
9:30 PM Washington St. at UCLA Pac-12 FOX Sports 1
Tuesday, March 3
7:00 PM Georgetown at Butler BIG EAST FOX Sports 1
9:00 PM Villanova at Creighton BIG EAST FOX Sports 1
Wednesday, March 4 Conference Network
7:00 PM Providence at Seton Hall BIG EAST FOX Sports 1
9:00 PM St. John’s at Marquette BIG EAST FOX Sports 1
Thursday, March 5
9:00 PM Colorado at Washington Pac-12 FOX Sports 1
11:00 PM Stanford at Arizona St. Pac-12 FOX Sports 1
Friday, March 6
7:00 PM Big 12 Tournament First Round #1 Big 12 (W) FCS
9:30 PM Big 12 Tournament First Round #2 Big 12 (W) FCS
Saturday, March 7
12:00 PM St. John’s at Villanova or Seton Hall at Georgetown BIG EAST FOX
12:00 PM St. John’s at Villanova or Seton Hall at Georgetown BIG EAST FOX Sports 1
2:00 PM DePaul at Marquette BIG EAST FOX Sports 1
2:00 PM Xavier at Creighton BIG EAST FOX Sports 2
12:00 PM Butler at Providence BIG EAST FSN
12:00 PM Big 12 Tournament Quarterfinal #1 Big 12 (W) FSN
2:30 PM Big 12 Tournament Quarterfinal #2 Big 12 (W) FSN
7:00 PM Big 12 Tournament Quarterfinal #3 Big 12 (W) FSN
9:30 PM Big 12 Tournament Quarterfinal #4 Big 12 (W) FSN
   
Sunday, March 8
2:30 PM Big 12 Tournament Semifinal #1 Big 12 (W) FOX Sports 1
5:00 PM Big 12 Tournament Semifinal #2 Big 12 (W) FOX Sports 1
Monday, March 9
6:30 PM BIG EAST Tournament Semifinal #1 BIG EAST (W) FOX Sports 1
9:00 PM Big 12 Tournament Final Big 12 (W) FOX Sports 1
9:00 PM BIG EAST Tournament Semifinal #2 BIG EAST (W) FOX Sports 2
Tuesday, March 10
8:00 PM BIG EAST Tournament Final BIG EAST (W) FOX Sports 1
Wednesday, March 11 Conference Network
7:00 PM BIG EAST Tournament First Round #1 BIG EAST FOX Sports 1
9:30 PM BIG EAST Tournament First Round #2 BIG EAST FOX Sports 1
Thursday, March 12
12:00 PM BIG EAST Tournament Quarterfinal  #1 BIG EAST FOX Sports 1
2:30 PM BIG EAST Tournament Quarterfinal  #2 BIG EAST FOX Sports 1
7:00 PM BIG EAST Tournament Quarterfinal  #3 BIG EAST FOX Sports 1
9:30 PM BIG EAST Tournament Quarterfinal  #4 BIG EAST FOX Sports 1
Friday, March 13
7:00 PM BIG EAST Tournament Semifinal #1 BIG EAST FOX Sports 1
9:30 PM BIG EAST Tournament Semifinal #2 BIG EAST FOX Sports 1
Saturday, March 14
1:30 PM C-USA Tournament Final C-USA FOX Sports 1
8:00 PM BIG EAST Tournament Final BIG EAST FOX Sports 1

Dates, times and matchups subject to change

 

Conference USA women’s games to be announced at a later date

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FOX NFL SUNDAY NOTES – 9/21/14

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Troy Aikman on Goodell’s press conference: “I think there was just a lot of spin there.
Instead of getting answers, I think everybody walked away from watching without any answers whatsoever.

Michael Strahan: “The only thing that matters from here on out are the results; they have committees that have been appointed, what are the results? What are the plans?”

Howie Long on Richard Sherman: “He’s an elite cornerback, but there are no shutdown cornerbacks in the NFL today.”

Jimmy Johnson on Kirk Cousins: If he proves himself and he is the guy…You’re going to have another problem – you gave up three first-round picks for a backup quarterback.”

 

From FOX NFL KICKOFF on FOX Sports 1

Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback and lead NFL on FOX game analyst Troy Aikman’s reaction to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s Friday press conference:

“I think there was just a lot of spin there. It was a great opportunity for the commissioner to come out and be forthright and let everyone know what in fact he did know and why the investigation stopped when it did. Instead of getting answers, I think everybody walked away from watching that press conference without any answers whatsoever. I think if you’re going to hold players and coaches to a certain standard, then you as the commissioner – who has served as judge and jury since 2006 – you’ve got to be held to the same standard as well. If it is proven that that tape in fact did make its way to the league office there on Park Avenue, whether he saw that tape or didn’t see that tape – as we heard in the piece, ignorance is no excuse, that has been levied against the New Orleans Saints and Sean Payton – I think there have to be some pretty severe punishments for the commissioner himself.”

NFL on FOX game analyst Ronde Barber on the New Orleans Saints’ defensive struggles through two games:

“What’s wrong is they lost five guys either to retirement or free agency last year and there’s an experience void. The miscommunications have been rampant the first two weeks. They’ve got an offense that can score 40 points a game if they want to. The defense needs to get simple, start communicating better and they’ll have a better chance to win.”

FOX Sports 1 NFL insider Mike Garafolo on player’ reaction to rumored changes to the NFL’s personal conduct policy:

“Players and the NFLPA are very encouraged by this, because this is something that they’ve been pushing for a while, since Bountygate and beyond. Not only to take the appeals process out of Goodell’s hands when it comes to player discipline, but also the ability to judge and impose suspensions in the first place. In fact, I’m told that the union has proposed to Goodell in the past to have an independent panel when it comes to player discipline. Also encouraging is something that people don’t know and that’s that last week when Adrian Peterson and Greg Hardy were put on the commissioner’s exempt list, which was something personally hammered out between Goodell and Smith. That’s a rare occurrence. They did it last year with Richie Incognito, but usually when it comes to player suspensions it is handled between lawyers on the union side and other executives at the league office.”

FOX Sports 1 NFL analyst and former NFL defensive coordinator and head coach Dave Wannstedt on disagreements that can happen between a head coach and coordinator during a game:

“Having worked for Jimmy [Johnson] as a coordinator for eight years, we never really had any major issues. I think you’ve got a head coach here who is so intrigued with the offense and Rob Ryan loves to reinvent the 50 best defenses every week. The way Jimmy wanted to do it, we would come in during the week and take care of that Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, and there were no secrets. It becomes, ‘Here’s what we’re going to do. Here is what the best three or four calls are.’ So when you get out there on gameday and its third-and-15, we all knew. Everybody on the defensive staff knew what the calls were going to be. It was never really an issue.”

Six-time Pro Bowl wide receiver and FOX Sports 1 NFL analyst Randy Moss on what the Denver Broncos receiving corps needs to do to create a different outcome in their Super Bowl rematch at Seattle today:

“What I think the wide receivers need to do today for the Denver Broncos is be physical. And I don’t mean physical in the first quarter and then not as physical in the second and third quarters, but then they come back and it’s physical in the fourth quarter. They need to be physical for four quarters, each play, play-in and play-out, because I know the Legion of Boom are going to be physical for four quarters.”

From FOX NFL SUNDAY on FOX

NFL on FOX analyst Howie Long’s message to friend and colleague Terry Bradshaw and his family following the tragic death of his son-in-law, former Tennesse Titans kicker Rob Bironas:

“It’s a heartbreaking day; Terry was very emotional when he left this morning to go back home. Our thoughts and prayers obviously go out to the Bironas family and to you, Rachel, we love you and we’re all thinking about you.”

Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive end and NFL on FOX analyst Michael Strahan on Friday’s press conference with Goodell:

“I watched the press conference like everyone else and I felt like nothing new was said. There was nothing that was said that made you say, ‘I have a clearer picture of what happened.’ The only thing that matters from here on out are the results; they have committees that have been appointed, what are the results? What are the plans? That’s what everybody wants to see. We all worry about the cover-up, but hopefully this investigation reveals if there was a cover-up or not. Let’s not get lost in everything that we see now. There’s one reason we’re here now and that reason is because of domestic violence, which is an epidemic outside of the NFL, but obviously right now we’re having a battle inside of the NFL that needs to be addressed.”

Menefee addresses Goodell’s promise to get the NFL’s house in order, starting with some of the misconduct among the league’s owners:

“This is certainly not to excuse the players, but Roger Goodell stated that the league needs to get its house in order and he is right. While four players out of the 1,700 on the rosters represents only .002 percent, that’s still too much. Yet while all of the talk about the misdeeds of the players has gone on, it has been the missteps of the owners and the commissioner that have really tarnished the shield. From Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti’s backing of Rice until the heat got too high, to Carolina owner Jerry Richardson letting Greg Hardy play in Week 1, before the heat or his conscience got to him in Week 2, to the Wilfs waffling this week in Minnesota. And that’s not even mentioning a DUI conviction for Colts owner Jim Irsay, Justice Department fraud charges on Browns owner Jimmy Haslam’s company, nor a sexual harassment against Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. For the NFL to truly get its house in order, the league had better start paying attention as much to the landlords – the owners, as it does to the tenants – the players.”

NFL on FOX insider Jay Glazer on the Ravens response to a report that they attempted to soften the punishment for Ray Rice’s domestic assault:

“I’m told that after today’s game, on the way back from Cleveland, the Ravens brass is going to get together to decide how they exactly go about this tomorrow. They insist that they are going to have full transparency and that’s all we’re asking for, right? As far as the locker room, the players and coaches in there say, ‘We’re numb to it. We’re probably the only people in America, who aren’t talking about it anymore.’ They are completely galvanized as a result of this and it’s like they are in the eye of the storm and everything else around them is obviously very, very stormy.”

Glazer on the Goodell press conference and the idea that the league is considering the formation of its own player-conduct task force to investigate these types of issues:

“The problem is, after the press conference, teams were saying, ‘We still don’t know what is going to happen moving forward, there are no consistencies there.’ What I am being told is that this week, the NFL is actually going to meet with law enforcement, with judges and they are actually considering starting their own special task force and investigative unit. Whether it’s an outside firm or hiring somebody inside so that they won’t have to wait for law enforcement, they don’t have to wait for prosecutors and they don’t have to wait for courtrooms.”

Two-time Super Bowl winning head coach Jimmy Johnson on the premise that Robert Griffin III can’t lose his starting quarterback job while injured:

“Who made up this rule? I think it was some injured player that made up this rule. You play the player that helps you win the ballgame. When Drew Bledsoe got healthy, did [the New England Patriots] sit Tom Brady down? I don’t think so. So, that’s not a rule for me. Kirk Cousins has six-to-eight weeks to prove himself as being the guy. If he proves himself and he is the guy, I don’t think Dan Snyder is going to be real happy, because they’ve got a little problem with the nickname of the team and now you’re going to have another problem – you gave up three first-round picks for a backup quarterback.”

Long on how the absence of Adrian Peterson affects the rest of the Vikings team and Matt Cassel’s job security as the team’s starting quarterback:

“It’s tough. Our guy Norv Turner has to find creative ways to get Cordarelle Patterson off. The impact that Adrian Peterson had on that football team, not only in the run game, but in the play-action game, pass protection and their defense and I think it’s a tall task to try to replace them. The numbers are a bit skewed for them on defense last week. New England scored 24 points off of turnovers and a blocked punt returned for a touchdown. Matt Cassel is supposed to be a veteran who comes in and makes good decisions and be a bridge to Teddy Bridgewater. That bridge was a toll bridge before. Now it’s a bridge over a creek and I’m not sure how quickly they are going to pull him.”

Long on the Hall of Fame candidacy of Atlanta Falcons’ wide receiver and kick returner Devin Hester, who set a new NFL record for return touchdowns in Thursday night’s game:

“It’s hard. Special teams players wait a long time. It’s almost like in baseball where relievers struggle to get into the Hall of Fame. It’s hard and you saw Ray Guy waited 23 years. Everybody slights special teams, but one of the first things Jimmy always talks about is special teams.”

Glazer on a fine handed down this week to San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick:

“The officials actually say that Colin Kaepernick dropped the N-word on the field toward Lamarr Houston. Now, Colin Kaepernick, he said, ‘Absolutely, I did not say that.’ And Lamarr Houston also said, ‘No, I didn’t hear that.’ The NFL fined him $11,025 and Colin Kaepernick is outraged, saying, ‘If you accuse me of something like that, you better be sure about it.’ He is now appealing.”

Strahan on Peyton Manning’s approach to today’s Super Bowl rematch with the Seattle Seahawks:

“Peyton Manning may have a blueprint to work with now. Philip Rivers took what the Seahawks gave him and he did it quickly, never holding the ball for more than three seconds. The Chargers used quick, short passes to running backs and slot receivers that kept drives alive. Then, they exploited Kam Chancellor’s man-coverage skills when touchdowns were within reach. Look for Peyton to do the same with Julius Thomas. Peyton has to push all of the right buttons with his play-calling and he must get rid of the ball quickly. Trust me, defensive linemen hates when quarterbacks get rid of the ball in less than three seconds.”

Long addressing questions about Seahawks’ cornerback Richard Sherman as the subject of criticism after last week’s game:

“He had four balls caught on him on some motion routes. Did Richard Sherman suddenly get bad? No, he’s an elite cornerback. There are no shutdown cornerbacks in the NFL today. One, because of the new rule changes which were a by-product of that Super Bowl matchup and two, because of the volume of throws and the complexity of offenses. There are no Deion Sanders or Mike Haynes playing.”

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NFL

COWBOYS, GIANTS AND DEFENDING SUPER BOWL CHAMPS HEADLINE WEEK 2 OF NFL ON FOX

The NFL on FOX continues this week with five regionalized matchups across the country, highlighted by the Dallas Cowboys at Tennessee Titans. On the East Coast, Eli Manning and the New York Giants look to recover after a Monday night loss, hosting the Arizona Cardinals, and the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks go on the road to face the San Diego Chargers. In other action this Sunday, the Carolina Panthers host the Detroit Lions, and the New Orleans Saints head north to Cleveland to face the Browns.

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, Brian Urlacher 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.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 14

 

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

Arizona Cardinals at New York Giants                  Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch          17%                            1:00PM                                                                                             

& Pam Oliver

MetLife Stadium – East Rutherford, N.J.

MARKETS INCLUDE: Hartford, New York, Norfolk, Philadelphia, Phoenix, West Palm Beach

Detroit Tigers at Carolina Panthers                       Chris Myers, Ronde Barber   17%                        1:00PM                                                                                          

 & Jennifer Hale

Bank of America Stadium – Charlotte, N.C.

MARKETS INCLUDE: Charlotte, Chicago, Detroit, Greensboro, Greenville, Milwaukee, Raleigh

Dallas Cowboys at Tennessee Titans                   Joe Buck, Troy Aikman                           22%                        1:00PM

                                                                                         & Erin Andrews    

LP Field – Nashville, Tenn.

MARKETS INCLUDE: Albuquerque, Austin, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Kansas City, Knoxville, Louisville, Memphis, Nashville, Oklahoma City, Richmond, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, San Francisco, Tulsa

New Orleans Saints at Cleveland Browns      Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston                     11%                   1:00PM

         & On-field analyst Tony Siragusa

 

FirstEnergy Stadium – Cleveland, Ohio

MARKETS INCLUDE: Baltimore, Birmingham, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Indianapolis, New Orleans, Pittsburgh

Seattle Seahawks at San Diego Chargers     Thom Brennanman, David Diehl       25%                  4:05PM   

        & Laura Okmin

 

Qualcomm  Stadium – San Diego, Calif.

MARKETS INCLUDE: Atlanta, Boston, Buffalo, Cincinnati, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, Portland, Providence, Sacramento, San Diego, Seattle, Washington

St. Louis Rams at Tampa Bay Buccaneers         Dick Stockton, Kirk Morrison                  7%                        4:05PM                                                                                          

 & Kristina Pink

Raymond James Stadium — Tampa, Fla.

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

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

  1. 12 UCLA VS. TEXAS HIGHLIGHTS COLLEGE FOOTBALL DOUBLEHEADER ON FOX
  • Network/When/Talent:

o   Pittsburgh at FIU

  • FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Sept. 13 (12:00 PM ET)
  • Craig Bolerjack and Ryan Nece; #PITTvsFIU

o   Illinois at Washington

  • FOX & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Sept. 13 (4:00 PM ET)
  • Joe Davis, Joey Harrington and Kris Budden; #ILLINOISvsWASHINGTON

o   Minnesota at TCU

  • FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Sept. 13 (4:00 PM ET)
  • Tim Brando and Brady Quinn; #MINNvsTCU

o   UTSA at Oklahoma State

  • FOX Sports Regional Networks & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Sept. 13 (7:00 PM ET)
  • Mark Followill, Brian Baldinger and Lesley McCaslin; #UTSAvsOKST

o   Tulsa at Florida Atlantic

  • FOX College Sports & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Sept. 13 (7:00 PM ET)
  • Mike Morgan, JC Pearson and  Steffi Sorensen; #TULSAvsFIU

o   No. 12 UCLA vs. Texas (AT&T Stadium, Dallas)

  • FOX, FOX Deportes & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Sept. 13 (8:00 PM ET)
  • Gus Johnson, Charles Davis and Molly McGrath; #UCLAvsTEXAS
  • Deportes: Pablo Alsina and Francisco X. Rivera; #UCLAvsTexas
  • This Week: A doubleheader of college football action comes to the FOX broadcast network on Saturday, Sept. 13, culminating with No. 12 UCLA vs. Texas from AT&T Stadium in Dallas at 8:00 PM ET. Leading into the Bruins-Longhorns, the Pac-12 and Big Ten go head-to-head as Washington hosts Illinois at 4:00 PM ET. Host Rob Stone and analysts Joel Klatt and Dave Wannstedt are in studio at halftimes and between games. FOX Sports 1 has a doubleheader of its own, beginning at 12:00 PM ET as Pittsburgh takes on FIU, followed by Minnesota at TCU at 4:00 PM ET.

MLB

POSTSEASON RACES HEAT UP ON FOX & FOX SPORTS 1

  • Network/When/Talent:

o   Atlanta Braves at Texas Rangers

  • Saturday, Sept. 13 (1:00 PM ET), FOX & FOX Sports GO
  • Matt Vasgersian, John Smoltz and Jon Paul Morosi

o   New York Yankees at Baltimore Orioles

  • Saturday, Sept. 13 (1:00 PM ET), FOX & FOX Sports GO
  • Gary Thorne, Tom Verducci and Ken Rosenthal

o   San Diego Padres at Arizona Diamondbacks

  • Saturday, Sept. 13 (8:00 PM ET), FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO
  • Justin Kutcher and Mark Grant
  • This Week: The race to the postseason heats up on FOX and FOX Sports 1, highlighted by a battle of AL East rivals, as the Baltimore Orioles host the New York Yankees in regionalized action. The Orioles hold a strong lead in the division, while the Yankees look to make up ground in the Wild Card.

MLB WHIPAROUND CONTINUES ON FOX SPORTS 1

  • Network/When/ Talent: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, weekdays

o   Wednesday, Sept. 10 (1:00 AM ET) – Chris Myers and CJ Nitkowski

o   Monday, Sept. 15 (10:00 PM ET) – TBA

o   Tuesday, Sept. 16 (1:00 AM ET) – TBA

o   Wednesday, Sept. 17 (12:00 AM ET) – TBA

  • What: This nightly program expands FOX Sports 1’s commitment to baseball coverage with quick-turnaround highlights of in-progress games, MLB news and analysis.  The hour-long program originates from Los Angeles.

STUDIO

FOX SPORTS LIVE – NIGHTLY NFL COVERAGE, MLB HIGHLIGHTS AND PLAYOFF RACES

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, nightly (11:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Jay Onrait, Dan O’Toole, Charissa Thompson, Cole Wright, Ryan Field, Jay Glazer, Gabe Kapler, Joel Klatt, Matt Leinart, Donovan McNabb, Randy Moss, Petros Papadakis, Bill Reiter, Ephraim Salaam, Peter Schrager and Clay Travis.
  • This Week: With both the college and pro football seasons in full swing, FOX SPORTS LIVE has the action covered with nightly news and analysis from a host of contributors. Following TMZ’s release of the harrowing video that captured former Baltimore Ravens’ running back Ray Rice’s assault of his then-fiancée in a hotel elevator, the show has the developing story covered from all angles throughout the week. With new details continuing to emerge, the focus on the story remains strong, especially with the Ravens set to play their second regular-season game on Thursday night against the division-rival Pittsburgh Steelers. On Tuesday night’s show, former six-time Pro Bowl quarterback and FOX Sports 1 NFL analyst Donovan McNabb said he believes the Rice controversy and ensuing response from the NFL will ultimately force league commissioner Roger Goodell to resign. Link: http://bit.ly/1wfmm20. With the MLB regular season entering its home stretch, nightly highlights and analysis continue with analyst Gabe Kapler in studio. It is also awards season on the diamond, and FOX SPORTS LIVE continues to follow all of the leading candidates for the league’s most significant individual awards.

FOX SPORTS LIVE: COUNTDOWN TO KICK OFF ROLLS ON

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Friday nights (This week: 12:00 AM ET)
  • Talent: Bruce Feldman, Todd Fuhrman, Joel Klatt, Matt Leinart, Stewart Mandel, Petros Papadakis, Clay Travis, Dave Wannstedt.
  • This Week: College football coverage remains an emphasis during the week leading up to Friday’s third installment of FOX SPORTS LIVE: COUNTDOWN TO KICKOFF at 12:00 AM ET. The format features 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..

AMERICA’S PREGAME – DALE EARNHARDT JR. IN-STUDIO WEDNESDAY, NFL THURSDAY NIGHT PREGAME HITS

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, weekdays (6:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Mike Hill, Molly McGrath, Julie Stewart-Binks, Royce Clayton, Jay Glazer, Joel Klatt, Kirk Morrison, Ephraim Salaam, Frank Thomas
  • This Week: Two-time Daytona 500 winner and NASCAR Nationwide Series champion Dale Earnhardt Jr. joins AMERICA’s PREGAME Wednesday at 6:00 PM ET to discuss the 2014 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, NASCAR’s version of the playoffs, which kicks off this weekend at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill.  Earnhardt Jr. is in Los Angeles as part of Wednesday’s “Chase Across North America” media tour that features all 16 Chase contenders participating in a multi-country media blitz across 16 different cities — one in each Chase track market. In advance of Thursday night’s Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens game, FOX Sports 1 NFL insider Mike Garafolo provides live pregame hits from the Ravens’ M&T Bank Stadium, bringing up-to-the-minute reports on that night’s game. Garafolo is countered in-studio by FOX NFL Insider Jay Glazer, who also contributes news and injury updates prior the game.

UFC

UFC TONIGHT – UFC PRESIDENT DANA WHITE, THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER RED CARPET

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Wednesday, Sept. 10 (8:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Kenny Florian, Karyn Bryant, Daniel Cormier, Brendan Schaub, Ariel Helwani
  • This Week: On UFC TONIGHT, guest hosts UFC light heavyweight Daniel Cormier and heavyweight Brendan Schaub join Florian and Bryant in studio. The crew interviews UFC president Dana White. Heidi Androl reports from THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER Red Carpet premiere. Bryant and Helwani also provide additional reports.

UFC ROUNDTABLE: THE ULTIMATE FIGHTERS

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Wednesday, Sept. 10 (9:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Jay Glazer, Rashad Evans, Matt Serra, Forrest Griffin, Chuck Liddell
  • This Week: Host Jay Glazer is joined by former UFC champions Rashad Evans, Matt Serra, Forrest Griffin and Chuck Liddell to discuss all things THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER. Griffin, Evans and Serra relate their experiences competing on the show, while each relate their impressions of coaching on the series. This one-hour special is filled with insights, never-been-told stories and intriguing memories of the long-running reality series.

THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER: A CHAMPION WILL BE CROWNED PREMIERES

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Wednesday, Sept. 10 (10:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Anthony Pettis, Gilbert Melendez, Dana White
  • This Week: For the first time in history, the new season of THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER features an all-female cast and has a UFC title on the line. The storied reality series holds a women’s 115-pound tournament to determine the first-ever UFC women’s strawweight champion. UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis and No. 1-ranked lightweight contender, Gilbert Melendez, serve as coaches and meet in a championship showdown of their own at the conclusion of the season. In the premiere episode, the 16 fighters arrive to the UFC training center, where the coaches pick their squads before the women move into the house and begin training. Finally, the first two fighters face off in the first preliminary fight of the season, with a shocking ending. Click the link to watch the promo: http://youtu.be/S2W9oA2F0lI?list=UUPsnQwLU27zNZ_sdjd52a-A

UFC FROM ALL ANGLES: MIESHA TATE

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Thursday, Sept. 11 (7:30 PM ET)
  • Talent: Karyn Bryant, Miesha Tate
  • This Week: UFC women’s bantamweight Miesha “Cupcake” Tate sits down with Karyn Bryant to discuss how in a sport dominated by men, women can be just as fierce.

UFC ULTIMATE INSIDER: SWANSON, EDGAR, POIRIER, MCGREGOR

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Sunday, Sept. 14 (7:30 PM ET)
  • Talent: Jon Anik
  • This Week: Watch Cub Swanson’s inspirational story about overcoming a troubled youth, as he visits a juvenile center to help those in need. Then, the pride of New Jersey, Frankie Edgar, reveals how his hometown made him into a UFC champion. Get Dustin “The Diamond” Poirier’s inside account of how his transition to South Florida has fueled a rise up the stacked featherweight ranks. Finally, breakout Irish star Conor McGregor is exclusively mic’d up as Northern Ireland’s highly touted Norman Parke fights in Manchester.

BOXING

IS CUELLAR READY FOR NEXT LEVEL AT GOLDEN BOY BOXING, ASKS ANALYST MALIGNAGGI

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, FOX Deportes & FOX Sports GO, Thursday, Sept. 11 (9:30 PM ET)
  • Talent: Brian Custer, Paulie Malignaggi and Jessica Rosales (FOX Deportes: Mauricio Cardenas, Erik Morales and Daniel Ponce De Leon)
  • This Week: Golden Boy Live! presents an unprecedented lineup of six televised fights, including two world championship bouts. In the main event at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, unbeaten heavyweights Luis “The Real King Kong” Ortiz and Lateef “Power” Kayode face off for the vacant WBA Heavyweight World Title. Plus, the WBA Interim Featherweight World Title is on the line in the co-main event between Buenos Aires’ Jesus “El Jinete” Cuellar (24-1, 18 KOs) and Puerto Rico’s Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez (34-4, 31 KOs). Both bouts are scheduled for 12 rounds. “This is a stacked card and the perfect way to kick off the Mayweather-Maidana fight week,” says FOX Boxing analyst Paulie Malignaggi. “Luis Ortiz vs. Lateef Kayode will crown a new heavyweight champ and add a new name to the mix to fight Wladimir Klitschko, so the eyes of the boxing world will be on this one. In the night’s second title fight, Juan Manuel Lopez is always an exciting fighter to watch and one of the most experienced veterans out there, so we’ll see if Jesus Cuellar is ready for the next level and to take the torch from JuanMa. Fans will have a full night of great fights.” Also stepping into the ring, Julian “J Rock” Williams (16-0-1, 10 KOs) takes on Eliezer Gonzalez (14-0, 9 KOs) of San Juan Puerto Rico in an eight-round bout. 2012 U.S. Olympian Errol Spence Jr. (13-0, 10 KOs) faces Noe Bolanos (26-10-1, 16 KOs) of Obregon, Mexico, in an eight-round welterweight bout. Click on the link to watch the promo: http://bit.ly/1ut84I4

SOCCER

UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League Group Stage Action Kick Off on September 16:

UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League group stage action kicks off Tuesday, Sept. 16, across the FOX Sports family of networks with studio and game coverage on FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports 2, the FOX Sports Regional Networks and FOX Soccer Plus.

Network/When:

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE MATCH DAY 1

Tues., Sept. 16 Match Network
2:00 PM UEFA Champions League Pregame FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports 2, FOX Sports Regional Networks, FOX Soccer Plus
2:30 PM Borussia Dortmund vs Arsenal FOX Sports 1
2:30 PM Liverpool vs Ludogorets FOX Sports 2
2:30 PM Real Madrid vs FC Basel FOX Sports Net
Wed., Sept. 17 Match Network
2:00 PM UEFA Champions League Pregame FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports 2, FOX Sports Regional Networks, FOX Soccer Plus
2:30 PM Bayern München vs Manchester City FC FOX Sports 1
2:30 PM Chelsea vs FC Schalke FOX Sports 2
2:30 PM Barcelona vs APOEL FC FOX Sports Net

 

UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE MATCH DAY 1

 

Thurs., Sept. 18 Match Network
12:30 PM UEFA Europa League Pregame FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports 2, FOX Sports Regional Networks, FOX Soccer Plus
1:00 PM FK Partizan vs Tottenham Hotspur FOX Sports 1
1:00 PM FC Salzburg vs Celtic FC FOX Sports 2
1:00 PM Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk  vs Inter Milan FOX Soccer Plus
3:05 PM Everton vs VfL Wolfsburg FOX Sports 1
3:05 PM Napoli vs Sparta Praha FOX Sports 2
3:05 PM Sevilla vs Feyenoord FOX Soccer Plus

 

CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE MATCH DAY 4

Tues., Sept. 16 Match Network
8:00 PM Waterhouse FC vs DC United FOX Soccer Plus
10:00 PM Portland Timbers vs Club Deportivo Olimpia FOX Sports 1
Wed., Sept. 17 Match Network
8:00 PM Montreal Impact vs New York Red Bulls FOX Sports 2
Thurs., Sept. 18 Match Network
8:00 PM Sporting Kansas City vs Deportivo Saprissa FOX Sports 1

Talent: Rob Stone hosts pregame, halftime and post-game coverage from Los Angeles with analysts Eric Wynalda, Warren Barton and Brian McBride.

NASCAR

FOX SPORTS 1 & FOX SPORTS 2 KICK OFF THE CHASE FOR THE NASCAR SPRINT CUP AT CHICAGOLAND SPEEDWAY:

FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports 2 kick off the 2014 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, NASCAR’s updated version of the playoffs, this weekend at Chicagoland Speedway as 16 drivers embark on their quest for this year’s championship. The NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES also competes at Chicagoland in the 15th of its 22-race season.

The Chase Grid is set with the 16 drivers who qualified for this year’s title battle. The Challenger Round, the first of four that determines the 2014 championship, kicks off at Chicagoland and features Brad Keselowski leading Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jimmie Johnson and Joey Logano, to round out the top five.

Thirteen points separate the top three drivers with eight races to go in the 2014 NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES season.  Johnny Sauter leads teammate and reigning champ Matt Crafton (-7), Ryan Blaney (-13), Darrell Wallace Jr. (-38) and German Quiroga (-48).

FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports 2 and FOX Sports GO provide live coverage of Friday and Saturday’s Truck Series, Sprint Cup and NASCAR NATIONWIDE SERIES on-track activities from Chicagoland, in addition to shoulder programming surrounding both series.  NASCAR RACE HUB provides daily updates throughout the week, including live coverage of Thursday’s 2014 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Media Day in Chicago.  In addition, FOX Sports 1 continues to follow the latest in the investigation surrounding the death of sprint-car driver Kevin Ward Jr. at Canandaigua Motorsports Park when he was struck and killed by a car driven by Tony Stewart.

NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES RACE FROM CHICAGOLAND SPEEDWAY

  • Network/When:  FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Friday, Sept. 12  (8:30 PM ET)
  • Talent: Adam Alexander, Phil Parsons, Michael Waltrip, Ray Dunlap and Hermie Sadler

NCWTS SETUP FROM CHICAGOLAND SPEEDWAY

  • Network/When:  FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Friday, Sept. 12 (8:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Krista Voda, Adam Alexander, Phil Parsons, Michael Waltrip, Ray Dunlap and Hermie Sadler
  • This Week: NCWTS SETUP offers a feature interview, conducted by Kaitlyn Vincie, with Kyle Busch Motorsports’ three drivers, Kyle Busch, Erik Jones and Darrell Wallace Jr.; a look back at how Thorsport Racing’s Matt Crafton and Johnny Sauter survived the last race at Canada to hold the top two positions in the point standings heading into Chicago; and the latest news on the No. 30 truck of Ron Hornaday Jr. being shut down.

NASCAR RACE HUB

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Monday through Thursdays (5:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Co-hosts Steve Byrnes, Danielle Trotta and Adam Alexander; Matt Clark, Ray Dunlap, Bob Dillner, Jeff Hammond and Larry McReynolds
  • This Week: Steve Byrnes provides updates and driver interviews live from Chicago on Thursday, Sept. 11, as all 16 Challengers participate in the 2014 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Media Day; also on Thursday, Part 3 of the HUB’s “Chase War Room,” a roundtable discussion with Alexander, McReynolds, Hammond, Dillner and Dunlap  debating crucial Chase topics, including who the first four drivers to be eliminated and the likeliest four left standing at Homestead-Miami Speedway could be; and “Let it Ride” odds segment on the favorites to win at Chicagoland.
  • Next Week: Driver/analyst AJ Allmendinger on Monday, Sept. 15

NASCAR RACEDAY FROM CHICAGOLAND SPEEDWAY

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Sunday, Sept. 14 (12:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: John Roberts, Jeff Hammond, Kenny Wallace, Bob Dillner and Rutledge Wood
  • This Week: A “Chase War Room” roundtable discussion moderated by Adam Alexander and featuring NASCAR on FOX’s Larry McReynolds, Matt Yocum and Michael Waltrip debating the most pivotal Chase topics, including which drivers are most likely to be eliminated after the first Chase race and which four are most likely to be left standing at the end.

FIA FORMULA E CHAMPIONSHIP

BRAND NEW, FULLY ELECTRIC INTERNATIONAL RACING SERIES – FORMULA E – PREMIERES ON FOX SPORTS 1

  • Network/When:  FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Sept. 13 (3:00 AM ET); replays on FOX Sports 1, Sunday, Sept. 14 (1:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Dario Franchitti, Jack Nicholls, Nicki Shields, Robert Llewellyn
  • This Week: The first-ever FIA FORMULA E CHAMPIONSHIP “ePrix” takes the green flag (literally) Saturday, Sept. 13, as 10 teams race around the iconic Olympic ‘Bird’s Nest’ Stadium in Beijing for race number one of a 10-race schedule that includes U.S. stops in Miami and Los Angeles. For the inaugural season, teams have each been supplied an electric racing car built by Spark Racing Technology, called the Spark-Renault SRT_01E. Using the very latest technology, the zero emission SRT_01E aims to stretch the boundaries of what is currently achievable in electric motor sports, while ensuring a balance between cost-effectiveness and sustainability, in addition to coping with the demands of racing entirely on street circuits. Two U.S.-based teams are among the 10 competing – Andretti Autosport, with drivers Franck Montagny and Charles Pic; and Dragon Racing, with drivers Oriol Servia and Jérôme d’Ambrosio. Popular British racer Katherine Legge, who now calls Indianapolis home, is the first woman to be confirmed as a Formula E driver, piloting the Amlin Aguri entry.

MOTOGP

DEFENDING CHAMP MARQUEZ LOOKS TO RECAPTURE WINNING STREAK AT GRAND PRIX OF SAN MARINO

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Sunday, Sept. 14 (7:00 AM ET)
  • Talent: Host Bob Varsha with analysts Gregory Haines and Nick Harris
  • This Week: After winning at Silverstone, defending champion and point leader Marc Marquez looks to recapture the winning streak that saw him net victories in the first 10 races of the year before Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa captured the top spot at Brno for the only win of the year by a rider other than Marquez. A victory this weekend at Misano not only would tie Marquez for the all-time record for most wins in a single season, set in 1997 by Mick Doohan, but it could lay the groundwork for the Spaniard to lock up the 2014 championship crown in front of his hometown crowd in the next round at MotorLand Aragon. In addition, FOX Sports 2 offers Moto3 coverage from San Marino on Sunday at 8:00 PM ET and Moto2 at 9:00 PM ET.

HORSE RACING

JOCKEY CLUB HEADS NORTH OF THE BORDER FOR WOODBINE MILE

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Sunday, Sept. 14 (5:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Greg Wolf, Richard Migliore, Andy Serling, Simon Bray and Alyssa Ali
  • This Week: The Jockey Club racing tour heads north of the border this weekend for the Woodbine Mile at Woodbine Race Course in Toronto, Ont., a Breeder’s Cup “Win And You’re In” event.

RED BULL

RED BULL AIR RACE TAKES ON NASCAR TRACK IN TEXAS

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Monday, Sept. 15 (7:30 PM ET)
  • Talent: Nick Fellows, Mike Mangold
  • This Week: Texas Motor Speedway, one of the most famous motor circuits in the world and one of the largest sports stadiums in the United States, is hosting the sixth round of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship. The pilots and their planes take off and land from the infield of the track – a first in the United States – with the crowd watching all the action from the grandstands.  Air Gate pylons are set up inside and around the 1.5-mile quad-oval track. Going into this first race in the USA this year, Austria’s Hannes Arch is holding onto a narrow lead over Paul Bonhomme and Nigel Lamb after their one-two British sweep at the last stop in Ascot, England. Also, Americans Kirby Chambliss and Michael Goulian are keen for a little homecoming advantage as they try to rise in the standings. “This is a tight course at the Texas Motor Speedway and will be the most challenging track of the year so far,” says FOX Sports 1 analyst Mike Mangold. “Arch needs all the skill in his arsenal to maintain his slim lead over rival Bonhomme of Great Britain and the other chargers in the 12-man field.”

ORIGINALS

THE NUMBERS ARE IN; WHO GETS OUT OF THE GATE QUICKLY AS FANTASY FOOTBALL UNCENSORED SETS LINEUPS FOR NFL WEEK 2?

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Thursday, Sept. 11 (7:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Jay Glazer
  • This Week: With NFL on FOX insider Jay Glazer serving as the commish, comedian David Spade leads a motley crew of celebrity football fans through a season of Fantasy Football competition. Joining Spade are fellow comedians Nick Swardson and Brody Stevens, Rascal Flatts’ bassist, Jay DeMarcus, MMA icon Chuck Lidell, No Filter’s Katie Nolan, and actor Jerry Ferarra. One final entry, representing NFL on FOX, consists of rotating appearances by Brian Urlacher, John Lynch, Ronde Barber and David Diehl. The league competes through FOX Fantasy Football on FOXSports.com. Orthopedic surgeon and FOX Sports contributor Dr. Robert Klapper provides insight into player injuries, deciphering team talk and offering fantasy football players a leg up on their competition. FOX Sports Fantasy Football, offered online, as an iPhone app or through the mobile site, provides live, automated and online drafts; customizable scoring options; up-to-the-minute live scoring and expert analysis. For more information, please visit: http://foxs.pt/1kt7KYL.

Major League Baseball Postseason Coverage Comes to FOX Sports 1

fox-sports-1-logoAmerica’s Newest Sports Network Scheduled to Cover

National League Division and Championship Series for First Time

JABO PRESENTS: NLCS ON FOX SPORTS 1 Multicast Complements

NLCS Game 1 Coverage

 

FOX Broadcasts WORLD SERIES for 15th Consecutive Year

New York – In April, the first-year benchmarks for FOX Sports 1 continued when America’s newest sports network televised its first regular season Major League Baseball game.  Despite crossing into Year 2, the firsts continue and the stakes get higher as FOX Sports 1 gets set to televise postseason MLB for the first time ever.

“October is truly going to be an historic month for FOX Sports and FOX Sports 1 as we add high-profile, jewel events like postseason baseball to our growing portfolio, and at the same time introduce innovative viewing experiences like the JABO PRESENTS: NLCS ON FOXSPORTS 1 multicast,” said FOX Sports President and COO Eric Shanks.  “We’re also serving baseball fans better by providing extensive, comprehensive coverage before and after games, more than we’ve ever been able to offer before.”

This October, Division Series coverage returns to FOX Sports for the first time since 2006.  FOX Sports 1 is scheduled to televise up to eight of 10 National League Division Series games, opening with an historic Game 1 doubleheader on Friday, Oct. 3. Between games is a special edition of FOX SPORTS LIVE, FOX Sports 1’s flagship, news, highlights and analysis program.  Additional Division Series doubleheaders on FOX Sports 1 are also scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 7 and Thursday, Oct. 9, if necessary.

FOX Sports’ coverage of the National League Championship Series gets underway on the FOX broadcast network, Saturday, Oct. 11.  NLCS Games 2, 3 and 4 are scheduled for telecast on FOX Sports 1, as are NLCS Games 5 and 7, if necessary.  NLCS Game 6, if necessary, is also set for broadcast on FOX, Saturday, Oct. 18.

In another first, FOX Sports offers fans watching NLCS Game 1 a unique opportunity to experience postseason baseball as never before. While FOX Sports provides a traditional broadcast on FOX, FOX Sports 1 offers fans a more analytics-driven game viewing experience under the banner of FOXSports.com’s exciting new baseball blog, Just a Bit Outside (JABO).  JABO PRESENTS: NLCS ON FOXSPORTS 1 is an unconventional game-viewing experience, with an emphasis on statistics, sabermetrics and graphics with open debate and conversation.  Kevin Burkhardt hosts JABO PRESENTS: NLCS ON FOXSPORTS 1, alongside analysts Gabe Kapler, CJ Nitkowski and Rob Neyer with special guests joining via video remote or phone.

Coverage of the 110th World Series, the 15th straight broadcast by FOX and the network’s 17th overall, begins Tuesday, Oct. 21 in the home ballpark of the American League pennant winner by virtue of the junior circuit’s 5-3 win in July’s All-Star Game.

All postseason MLB games televised by FOX and FOX Sports 1 are also televised in Spanish exclusively on FOX Deportes, the leader in Spanish-language sports media, and for the first time via FOX Sports GO, the app that provides live streaming video of FOX Sports content at home or on-the-go.  FOX Deportes is poised to deliver its most comprehensive MLB postseason coverage ever, with pregame shows, plus special reports, interviews and postgame analysis on its signature studio show CENTRAL FOX.

This October, FOX Sports is providing more hours of pre and postgame coverage devoted to MLB’s postseason than in any year prior.  FOX, FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes have over 60 hours of pre, between-game and postgame coverage planned, including expanded 90 minute editions of AMERICA’S PREGAME, hosted by Mike Hill and news anchor Molly McGrath; special editions of FOX SPORTS LIVE, FOX Sports 1’s signature news, highlights and analysis program between games; and regularly scheduled FOX SPORTS LIVE programs immediately following most games.

A complete schedule for FOX Sports’ postseason baseball coverage follows, however it is subject to change; game times and location TBD.

 

DIVISION SERIES

DAY/DATE                             SERIES                                  NETWORKS

Friday, Oct. 3                          NLDS A Game 1                    FOX Sports 1/FOX Deportes

                              NLDS B Game 1                    FOX Sports 1/FOX Deportes

Saturday, Oct. 4                     NLDS A Game 2                    FOX Sports 1/FOX Deportes

Monday, Oct. 6                       NLDS B Game 3                    FOX Sports 1/FOX Deportes

 

Tuesday, Oct. 7                      NLDS A Game 4*                   FOX Sports 1/FOX Deportes

                              NLDS B Game 4*                   FOX Sports 1/FOX Deportes

Thursday, Oct. 9                     NLDS A Game 5*                   FOX Sports 1/FOX Deportes

NLDS B Game 5*                   FOX Sports 1/FOX Deportes

NATIONAL LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES

DAY/DATE                             SERIES                                  NETWORKS

Saturday, Oct. 11                   NLCS Game 1                                    FOX/FOX Deportes

                              JABO Multicast                                   FOX Sports 1

Sunday, Oct. 12                      NLCS Game 2                                    FOX Sports 1/FOX Deportes

Tuesday, Oct. 14                    NLCS Game 3                                    FOX Sports 1/FOX Deportes

Wednesday, Oct. 15               NLCS Game 4                                    FOX Sports 1/FOX Deportes

Thursday, Oct. 16                   NLCS Game 5            *                       FOX Sports 1/FOX Deportes

Saturday, Oct. 18                   NLCS Game 6            *                       FOX/FOX Deportes

Sunday, Oct. 19                      NLCS Game 7            *                       FOX Sports 1/FOX Deportes

WORLD SERIES

 

DAY/DATE                             SERIES                      SITE    NETWORKS

Tuesday, Oct. 21                    Game 1                       AL        FOX/FOX Deportes

Wednesday, Oct. 22               Game 2                       AL        FOX/FOX Deportes

Friday, Oct. 24                        Game 3                       NL       FOX/FOX Deportes

Saturday, Oct. 25                   Game 4                       NL       FOX/FOX Deportes

Sunday, Oct. 26                      Game 5*                     NL       FOX/FOX Deportes

Tuesday, Oct. 28                    Game 6*                     AL        FOX/FOX Deportes

Wednesday, Oct. 29               Game 7*                     AL        FOX/FOX Deportes

*denotes “if necessary”

– FOX SPORTS –

FOX Sports Slates Eight Sports Specials on Singleheader Sundays, Thanksgiving

fox-sports-logo

FOX Sports Specials Featured on Single-Header Sundays, Thanksgiving

FOX Lineup Includes The Ultimate Fighter, IMSA, Supercross, Nicklaus Documentary, Skateboarding, Formula E, College Football Championship and NASCAR Previews

FOX Sports announces an expanded series of multi-sport afternoon specials scheduled adjacent to NFL ON FOX single-header football games across the remainder of the fall broadcast season, leading off with an airing of the season premiere of the popular UFC reality series, THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER: A CHAMPION WILL BE CROWNED, on Sunday, Sept. 14.

For the first time in history, THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER features an all-female cast with a UFC championship on the line. UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis and No. 1-ranked lightweight contender, Gilbert Melendez, serve as coaches. The full 12-episode season airs Wednesday nights on FOX Sports 1 beginning with a two-hour special on Wednesday, Sept. 10 (10:00 PM ET). For more information on THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER, please visit http://foxs.pt/1qHxiC0.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for FOX Sports to expose some of our largest network audiences to new sports,” said Bill Wanger, FOX Sports EVP of Programming, Research and Content Strategy. “It also gives us the chance to promote major new partnerships and initiatives, including the U.S. OPEN, as well as tee up big events like college football conference championships and the Daytona 500.”

The IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship comes to FOX this fall, as the broadcast network offers taped coverage of two races from the series’ inaugural season, beginning Sunday, Sept. 21 with the Lone Star Le Mans from Austin, Texas, followed by Petit Le Mans on Sunday, Oct. 5. For more information on the series, covered all season long on FOX Sports 1, please visit http://www.imsa.com/.

On Sunday, Oct. 26, MONSTER ENERGY SUPERCROSS takes center stage on FOX, as the fourth annual MONSTER ENERGY CUP lights up Las Vegas’ Sam Boyd Stadium on a uniquely designed supercross/motocross hybrid track. The best riders in the world battle for their share of the $250,000 purse and a shot at the $1 million bonus to any rider who wins all three main events. The 2015 MONSTER ENERGY SUPERCROSS season opens Saturday, Jan. 3 live and exclusively on FOX Sports 1. For more information on the MONSTER ENERGY CUP, please visit http://www.monsterenergycup.com/.

The STREET LEAGUE SKATEBOARDING SUPER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP from the Prudential Center in New Jersey airs on FOX on Sunday, Nov. 2, bringing skateboarding’s most prestigious professional competitive series and an international roster of skating’s top pros from the SLS Nike SB World Tour to the network. The SLS Nike SB Super Crown World Championship features the top eight pros, who qualified through a summer-long tour, competing for the largest prize purse in skate history – more than $1 million. To win, the eight not only have to conquer the challenging obstacles of the custom-built skate plaza, but also continually one-up their competitors with trick difficulty, consistency and style. For more information on the series, please visit http://streetleague.com/.

On Sunday, Nov. 23, FOX highlights the inaugural season of the ground-breaking FIA FORMULA E CHAMPIONSHIP with race coverage from Putrajaya, Mexico. FORMULA E is a new FIA single-seater championship and the world’s first fully-electric racing series. Commencing in September 2014 and running through June 2015, the championship competes in the heart of 10 of the world’s leading cities – including London, Beijing, Los Angeles and Miami – racing around iconic landmarks. For the inaugural season, 10 teams, each with two drivers, will go head-to-head creating a unique and exciting racing series designed to appeal to a new generation of motor sports fans. For more information on the series, please visit http://www.fiaformulae.com/.

With the U.S. OPEN headlining the USGA’s move to FOX in 2015, a Thanksgiving Day treat is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 27 on FOX when 1962 U.S. OPEN: JACK’S FIRST MAJOR premieres as the first-ever USGA-produced documentary on network television. The one-hour program chronicles Jack Nicklaus’ first U.S. OPEN victory in 1962 at Oakmont Country Club, which set in motion one of the most prolific careers in professional golf and at the same time ignited one of the greatest rivalries in sports, between Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer. For more information on USGA golf, please visit http://www.usga.org/default.aspx.

On Sunday, Nov. 30, the FOX Sports College Football team delivers the 2014 COLLEGE CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW, a one-hour special leading with coverage of the BIG TEN and PAC-12 CHAMPIONSHIP games, and offering insight into the entire postseason. FOX Sports broadcasts the Pac-12 and Big Ten championship games on back-to-back nights, beginning with the Pac-12 on Friday, Dec. 5, live from Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. – the conference’s first neutral-site championship contest. The following night, Saturday, Dec. 6, FOX Sports heads to Indianapolis, as the Big Ten crowns its champion at Lucas Oil Stadium.

And as 2014 winds down, FOX Sports delivers a preview of the 2015 NASCAR season, the first of a new 10-year relationship. On Sunday, Dec. 21, NASCAR 2015 SEASON PREVIEW offers an early look at a season full of firsts for FOX Sports, including six NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES races on FOX Sports 1 and the first 14 NASCAR NATIONWIDE SERIES races on FOX and FOX Sports 1. To learn more about the NASCAR on FOX and FOX Sports 1 seasons, please see http://foxs.pt/1vjQwRx.

NFL game assignments determining what time these specials air regionally are announced two weeks prior to game day.

About FOX Sports

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

–FOX SPORTS–

Quotes from FOX NFL KICKOFF & FOX NFL SUNDAY

fox-nflFOX NFL SUNDAY NOTES – 9/7/14

McNabb to Brown’s QB Hoyer: ‘Stop Looking Over Your Shoulder,

Focus on Being the Starting QB’

Jimmy Johnson on Seahawks’ Chance to Repeat: ‘The Biggest Enemy of Great is Good’

Glazer on Chances Harbaugh Returns to 49ers Next Year: ‘I Think it Ends in a Very Ugly Divorce’

 

From FOX NFL KICKOFF on FOX Sports 1

FOX Sports analyst and former New York Giants OL David Diehl on preparing for Houston’s defensive standouts JJ Watt and Jadeveon Clowney: “The first thing you need to do when you wake up is say your prayers because these are two guys that are excited, they are amped up and ready to go. They are going to be screaming off the edges.”

FOX Sports 1 analyst and former Pro Bowl QB Donovan McNabb on Johnny Manziel in two-QB system early in the season: “I’m not a big fan of it, although in my rookie year, it happened with me with Doug Pederson as the starting QB. I was able to take a couple of series and come out of the game which adjusts to the speed of the game. But for the Cleveland Browns, who have no identity, we don’t know who’s going to be the No. 1 wide receiver, who’s going to run the football – Ben Tate is the guy they brought in there, but can he carry the ball 25-30 times?. I don’t know if that is going to happen, so for Brian Hoyer, stop looking over your shoulder, focus in on being the starting QB  and just try to be efficient and move the chains.”

FOX Sports 1 analyst and former Pro Bowl WR Randy Moss on the potential improvement of Cowboys WR Dez Bryant: “If Tony Romo would look at him a little bit more, instead of Jason Witten — you know Jason Witten is a possession receiver. Dez Bryant is the home run hitter. So, I think if you look more for Dez in certain situations, I think the sky is the limit for him and that whole offense.”

 

From FOX NFL SUNDAY on FOX

Two-time Super Bowl winning coach and NFL on FOX analyst Jimmy Johnson on Seattle’s chance of repeating as Super Bowl champs: “You look at free agency and you look at complacency. The last nine Super Bowl winners, the next year, four of them didn’t even make the playoffs and the rest of them only one playoff game. Remember this; the biggest enemy of great is good. Complacency. Let me tell you this, Pete Carroll had to re-tool his football teams at USC, he understands it. He along with John Schneider, they’ve embraced this thing. They say, Hey, we don’t want to be just good, we want to be great. And if it is any indication of what they did Thursday night, the only thing that’s going to stop this team is if they have some key injuries.”

Hall-of-Fame QB and NFL on FOX analyst Terry Bradshaw on Johnny Manziel’s passion for copywriting nicknames: “Can’t wait to meet Johnny Manziel, Johnny Football. He has copyrighted nine different names. I guess when you become a star, copyright that, go off and make your money … that’s your brand. When I brand my cattle and my horses, that means they have earned their rightful place on my ranch forever. Johnny, let’s get off the bench and start playing, and then we can start worrying about those copyrighted names.”

NFL on FOX Insider Jay Glazer, after being first to report Panthers’ plans to sit QB Cam Newton, said he believes 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh will not be back with the team next year: “I think (the relationship between 49ers and Harbaugh) ends in a very ugly divorce. I’d be surprised if Jim Harbaugh is actually back in San Francisco next year … I just think his time has come and gone there. Look, it’s even got bad there with the players. Some of the veteran players there, they used to bite their tongue. Now, they are not. When you hear the players talk about Jim Harbaugh, they air their gripes out. Completely different dynamic now than it was when he got there.”

NFL on FOX analyst and former strong safety John Lynch on questions about Atlanta Falcons’ toughness: “Arthur Blank, their owner, has challenged their manhood. Mike Smith, their head coach, Mike Tice, Brian Cox … they’ve challenged their physicality, their toughness. They are going to be a tougher football team. I want to see if they can be poised.”

NFL on FOX analyst Howie Long on the number of suspensions (31) affecting teams to open the season: “What is not up for debate is clearly what is defined as to what you will be suspended for. The fact that you put yourself in position to miss a football game for any other reason than injury is mind-boggling to me. It meant too much to me as a player … I don’t get it. It’s just knuckleheads.” 

 

NLF on FOX analyst and defensive great Howie Long comparing his pay with that of Houston’s J.J. Watt, who just signed a 6-year, $100 million contract with the Texans:

Long: “Do you want to hear something funny? What do you think I made my rookie year?”

Watt: “What year was it?”

Long: “‘81”

Watt: “$190,000”

Long: “OK, I made $38 grand (Watt chuckles). At that rate, for me to get to $100 million, I’d have to play 2,631 years.”

Watt: “That’s a lot of double-teams to go up against.”