Kevin Burkhardt Hosts Pregame & Postgame Coverage with Alex Rodriguez,
Pete Rose, Raúl Ibañez and Frank Thomas
All Games Air Live on FOX & FOX Deportes; Live Stream on FOX Sports GO
Los Angeles – This week, the focus of the sporting world turns to the diamond for the crescendo of the 2015 Major League Baseball season – the playing of the 111th World Series, presented exclusively for the 18th consecutive year by FOX Sports. The red-hot New York Mets, fresh off of a four-game sweep of the Chicago Cubs to capture their fifth National League pennant, return to the Fall Classic for the first time since 2000 and face two-time defending American League champion Kansas City Royals, who are seeking to win the final game of 2015 after falling one game short a year ago.
FOX Sports again offers fans extensive, multi-platform coverage on FOX broadcast network, FS1, FOX Sports Regional Networks, FOX Deportes, FOXSports.com, FOX Sports GO and FOX Sports Radio, with extensive coverage of the World Series from the first pitch to the final out.
Beginning with Game 1 in Kansas City on Tuesday, Oct. 27, seven-time Emmy Award-winning play-by-play announcer Joe Buck calls his 18th World Series, and is joined by analysts Harold Reynolds and Tom Verducci, each of whom are notching their second Fall Classic in the booth. MLB on FOX insider, FOXSports.com senior baseball writer and Emmy Award winner Ken Rosenthal, and veteran reporter Erin Andrews contribute interviews and information from the dugouts before, during and after games.
Kevin Burkhardt anchors FOX Sports’ World Series pregame and postgame coverage presented by Chevrolet live on site. Pregame shows for all weeknight World Series games begin at 7:00 PM ET on FS1 and Burkhardt is joined for all pregame and postgame shows by an eclectic team of analysts that includes Hall of Famer and 2005 World Series champion Frank Thomas, three-time World Series champion and MLB all-time hits leader Pete Rose, three-time American League MVP and 2009 World Series champion Alex Rodriguez and 19-year veteran and former All-Star Raúl Ibañez. Tuesday night’s Game 1 pregame show includes a special feature centered on Mets second baseman and postseason hero Daniel Murphy.
In what has become a FOX Sports’ big-event tradition, coverage of the World Series begins as a family tomorrow night as multiple FOX Networks and FOX Sports Regional Networks band together at 8:00 PM ETto officially christen Game 1 coverage. All channels simultaneously carry a 30-second message from Kansas City, and the channels participating include Big Ten Network, FXX, National Geographic Channel, FS1, FS2, most FSRNs, FOX Sports Radio and FOXSports.com.
Technological production enhancements have always been part of the DNA of FOX Sports and MLB games have served as a platform for many, including Dirt Cam, SSLMO, Hawkeye and Phantom Cam, in addition to a continued commitment to enhanced Dolby 5.1 audio the technological firepower deployed for this year’s World Series keeps FOX Sports’ coverage on the cutting edge, and includes:
v 39 cameras
- 20 standard HD cameras
- Eight robotic cameras
- Up to three HD Diamond Cams, one in front of home plate, one behind first base and one in front of second base
- Two X-Mo cameras, which shoot at 400 frames-per-second at mid-first base and tight center field
- One 1,000 frames-per-second 4K camera, delivering unprecedented close-up detail shooting the pitcher and batter from low first or third. This camera allows minute detail to be magnified and tracked at a high frame rate
- One Phantom Cam, delivering up to 3,000 frames-per-second film-like replays at low first and low third. They deliver cinematic, super smooth replays in unprecedented detail
- Two Super Slo-Mo cameras, one in tight center field and one at mid-third base shooting 480 frames per second
- One Movi camera, a radio-frequency handheld camera that will be used on the field for introductions and close to the baselines during home runs and inning breaks.
- One aerial camera: A blimp in Kansas City and a fixed plane in New York
v 12 multi-channel replay devices with 70 channels of record and playback
v Hawkeye graphic pitch perspective from center field and third base perspectives.
v 80 microphones
The official soundtrack for the 111th World Series on FOX is provided by Third Man Records’ Nashville recording group The Dead Weather, as the alternative rock band’s songs, “I Feel Love (Every Million Miles),” “Rough Detective,” and “Impossible Winner” create the musical backdrop heard before, during and after each of the games.
Pete Macheska serves as lead MLB on FOX game telecast producer, piloting his 12th World Series; John Moore directs. Jonathan Kaplan and Bardia Shah-Rais produce pregame and postgame coverage across FOX Sports’ multiple television platforms. Judy Boyd and Brad Zager are coordinating producers. Eric Shanks is President, COO and Executive Producer, and John Entz is President of Production and Executive Producer, FOX Sports.
FOX SPORTS LIVE
FOX SPORTS LIVE, FS1’s flagship news, highlights and opinion program, features extended coverage after each game broadcast, in addition to nightly updates on off days during the series. Hosts Jay Onrait and Dan O’Toole anchor the show from Los Angeles that includes postgame interviews; comments from managers and players; live postgame reaction from Buck, Reynolds and Verducci; and analysis from Burkhardt, Thomas, Rose, Rodriguez and Ibañez on site and Eric Karros and Dontrelle Willis rotating in-studio.
FOX Deportes broadcasts the 2015 World Series exclusively in Spanish and offers extensive coverage both on its signature studio show CENTRAL FOX, and in special editions of FOX DEPORTES EN VIVO during pregame and postgame. Former New York Mets Duaner Sanchez and Karim Garcia join Carlos Alvarez and Francisco X. Rivera in the broadcast booth to call the action, with special reports from Valeria Marin on the field. FOX Deportes’ digital platforms will supplement efforts with live coverage across its social media networks and provide behind-the-scenes access on FOXDeportes.com.
FOX Sports GO
The 2015 MLB Postseason has been a resounding success for FOX Sports GO, the app that provides live streaming video of FOX Sports content at home or on-the-go. Counting 2015, three of the top-10 and eight of the top 25 most-viewed authenticated events in FOX Sports GO’s history are MLB Postseason games. Viewership via the app this year is up an impressive 101% year-over-year versus 2014.
For the second year in a row, the World Series is being streamed live to baseball fans across the country to subscribers of participating video providers. FOX Sports GO is available on iOS, Android, Fire tablets and Fire phones, Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, select Windows devices, and online at FOXSportsGO.com. FOX Sports GO features both: the FOX Sports telecast in English and FOX Deportes telecast in Spanish.
COMPANION PROGRAMMING ON FS1 – In addition to game coverage, FS1 has scheduled a special night of baseball-themed programs tonight, Monday, Oct. 26, including a pair of premieres:
MLB EPIC MOMENTS: CAPTAIN’S QUEST – (7:00 PM ET)
- New York Yankees legend Derek Jeter strives to deliver his 3,000th hit in front of his hometown fans and does so with style.
MLB EPIC MOMENTS: ONE WILD ROYAL NIGHT – (7:30 PM ET)
- Before they were the defending AL Champions, the Kansas City Royals had not made the playoffs in 29 years. In 2014 the drought finally ended. Facing the Oakland A’s in a wildcard showdown, the Royals played an extra-inning game for the ages, forcing their way into the postseason field and ultimately, the World Series.
FINDING BABE RUTH – PREMIERE (8:00 PM ET)
- Babe Ruth comes to life courtesy of comedian and pop culture guru Steve Hofstetter who is on a mission to explore the ultimate “What if?” in sports, “What if Babe Ruth played today?”
HATERS: THE ANATOMY OF A RIVALRY – PREMIERE (9:00 PM ET)
- This hour-long special explores a critical and powerful part of baseball culture – the rivalry. Passionate fans cling to age-old grudges and HATERS looks intently at some of the most popular rivalries that have defined the American pastime.
FOXSports.com / JABO – FOXSports.com and Just A Bit Outside (JABO), FOX Sports’ daily baseball blog, features game previews, daily breakdowns, expert predictions, analysis on game-defining plays and daily recaps, with coverage led by Ken Rosenthal, Jon Paul Morosi and Rob Neyer.
FOX Sports Radio – Extensive coverage of the World Series highlights all FOX Sports Radio programming, led by THE HERD WITH COLIN COWHERD, weekdays from 12:00 – 3:00 PM ET. Additional FOX Sports Radio shows include: Jay Mohr Sports (Weekdays 3:00 – 6:00 PM ET); Steve Gorman Sports (Weekdays 6:00 – 8:00 PM ET); and J.T. The Brick (Weekdays 8:00 – 11:00 PM ET).
FOX Sports Kansas City – FOX Sports Kansas City, one of FOX Sports Regional Networks’ 22 owned channels and producer of the highest local-market television ratings since 2002 during the 2015 regular season, is the television home of Royals baseball. FS Kansas City airs a live postgame show after all World Series games. BOULEVARD ROYALS LIVE is hosted by Ryan Lefebvre and features game analysis from Rex Hudler and Jeff Montgomery with reports from Joel Goldberg. FOXSportsKansasCity.com provides additional coverage. After Games 1, 2, 6 and 7, Royals Live will originate from a stage outside Kauffman Stadium. Following Games 3, 4 and 5, the show will be anchored in front of a crowd of thousands at the Power & Light District in downtown Kansas City, with reports from Citi Field.
Full 111th World Series programming schedule available below.
World Series Programming Schedule
(all times ET)
|Oct. 26||7:00 PM||MLB EPIC MOMENTS: CAPTAIN’S QUEST||FS1|
|Oct. 26||7:30 PM||MLB EPIC MOMENTS: ONE WILD ROYAL NIGHT||FS1|
|Oct. 26||8:00 PM||FINDING BABE RUTH||FS1|
|Oct. 26||9:00 PM||HATERS: ANATOMY OF A RIVALRY||FS1|
|Oct. 27||7:00 PM||WORLD SERIES PREGAME||FS1|
|Oct. 27||7:30 PM||WORLD SERIES PREGAME||FOX|
|Oct. 27||8:00 PM||WORLD SERIES GAME 1||FOX|
|Oct. 27||11:00 PM||FOX SPORTS LIVE||FS1|
|Oct. 28||7:00 PM||WORLD SERIES PREGAME||FS1|
|Oct. 28||7:30 PM||WORLD SERIES PREGAME||FOX|
|Oct. 28||8:00 PM||WORLD SERIES GAME 2||FOX|
|Oct. 28||11:00 PM||FOX SPORTS LIVE||FS1|
|Oct. 30||7:00 PM||WORLD SERIES PREGAME||FS1|
|Oct. 30||7:30 PM||WORLD SERIES PREGAME||FOX|
|Oct. 30||8:00 PM||WORLD SERIES GAME 3||FOX|
|Oct. 30||11:30 PM||FOX SPORTS LIVE||FS1|
|Oct. 31||7:00 PM||WORLD SERIES PREGAME||FOX|
|Oct. 31||8:00 PM||WORLD SERIES GAME 4||FOX|
|Nov. 1*||8:00 PM||WORLD SERIES PREGAME||FOX|
|Nov. 1*||8:15 PM||WORLD SERIES GAME 5||FOX|
|Nov. 1||12:00 AM||FOX SPORTS LIVE||FS1|
|Nov. 3*||7:00 PM||WORLD SERIES PREGAME||FS1|
|Nov. 3*||7:30 PM||WORLD SERIES PREGAME||FOX|
|Nov. 3*||8:00 PM||WORLD SERIES GAME 6||FOX|
|Nov. 3||11:00 PM||FOX SPORTS LIVE||FS1|
|Nov. 4*||7:00 PM||WORLD SERIES PREGAME||FS1|
|Nov. 4*||7:30 PM||WORLD SERIES PREGAME||FOX|
|Nov. 4*||8:00 PM||WORLD SERIES GAME 7||FOX|
|Nov. 4||11:00 PM||FOX SPORTS LIVE||FS1|
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