Pereira Asks Fans to Voice Rule Change Suggestions for NFL to Consider
Hammond & McReynolds Look Ahead to Exciting Daytona 500 with New Gen-6 Cars
FOX Soccer Delivers Fύtbol Before Football LIVE Sunday at 10:30 AM ET
Strahan & St. Jude Team Up for Game Day Give Back
PEREIRA: YOU MAKE THE CHANGE – Have you seen a rule in the NFL that you disagree with? Now, now you have the chance to make your voice heard via Twitter prior to the Super Bowl. On Friday, Feb. 1 (1:00-3:00 PM ET) NFL on FOX rules analyst Mike Pereira asks fans to send rules they want to see changed to his Twitter feed (@MikePereira) using the hashtag #ChangeTheRule. Pereira reviews all suggestions and interacts with fans to see which rule changes are desired by most NFL fans. At the conclusion of the submission time, Pereira selects the top two tweeted rule proposals and will present to the NFL this offseason.
HAMMOND AND MCREYNOLDS EXCITED FOR GEN-6 CAR – NASCAR on FOX and SPEED analysts Jeff Hammond and Larry McReynolds offered their takes on the new Gen-6 car to FOXSports.com and talked about what it will mean for racing this season. Both agree that the Gen-6 car is more accessible to the fan, and both are excited for the possibilities it brings this season.
“The manufacturers have done an outstanding job as far as identification. That’s for all you fans out there that aren’t necessarily a Dale Jr., Jimmie Johnson or Tony Stewart fan, but a fan of Chevrolet for example,” said Hammond. “Now your make resembles something you can go down to your local dealership and ask for.”
“I’ve been around NASCAR for over 30 years and I’ve seen a lot of changes,” said McReynolds. “As we get ready for 2013, I’ve never seen so much energy and excitement as I’ve seen about this new Gen-6 body style,” said McReynolds. “It looks like a race car and more relevant to what the consumer can buy and drive on the streets.”
“In Daytona, I think it’s all but going to put an end to bump-drafting,” McReynolds added, citing differences in the car’s bumpers. “It’s going to take a little bit of a step back in time when these drivers actually had to draft one another. They’re going to have to figure out exactly how close to get to the driver in front of them. This 55th running of the Daytona 500 with the Gen-6 car could be the most exciting one we’ve seen in a long time.”
GAME BEFORE THE GAME KICKS-OFF SUNDAY ON FOX SOCCER – This Sunday, the first ball kicked won’t be a football as FOX Soccer is home to a crucial Barclays Premier League match between defending league champion Manchester City and Liverpool live, Sunday, Feb. 3 (10:30 AM ET). The “Game Before the Game” features a Manchester City (52 pts.) side that must use every remaining fixture to catch league leader and crosstown rival Manchester United (59 pts.) in the BPL standings. City relies on the offensive tandem of Edin Dzeko and Sergio Aguero to secure the three points it needs. Playing its second BPL match in five days, Liverpool hopes to continue its climb up the league ladder and eventually secure a European competition bid.
STRAHAN JOINS ST. JUDE CHILDREN’S RESEARCH HOSPITAL FOR GAME DAY GIVE BACK – FOX NFL SUNDAY analyst Michael Strahan, who appears in the St. Jude GAME DAY GIVE BACK campaign, supports kids battling cancer and other deadly diseases by rallying fans to host Super Bowl parties this Sunday, Feb. 3rd. One of the easiest ways for football fans to be a part of this campaign is to donate to St. Jude patients Brooklynn and Marion this game day. The FOX NFL SUNDAY analyst met Brooklynn and Marion over the summer and they still talk about meeting their friend “Mr. Michael.” Marion is an avid football fan and Brooklynn is a chatterbox who loves a reason to be with friends. The GAME DAY GIVE BACK campaign is the perfect way to help raise support for Brooklyn and Marion and assist in them reaching their fundraising goal by clicking here..
UFC TONIGHT’S SONNEN PICKS EDGAR IN UPSET OVER ALDO AT UFC 156 – This Saturday, the Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to Las Vegas for UFC 156: ALDO VS. EDGAR featuring the world featherweight championship between current belt holder Jose Aldo and former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar. FUEL TV’s new UFC TONIGHT co-host Chael Sonnen picks Edgar in an upset over Aldo: “Edgar is too fast for him, he can out-box him, out-wrestle him, and – should he need to – out-condition him. I’m taking an upset. I’m taking Frankie Edgar to become the world champion once again. FUEL TV kicks-off the weekend with the UFC WEIGH-IN on Friday, Feb. 1 (7:00 PM ET), with Jon Anik hosting, while UFC light heavyweight No. 1 contender Chael Sonnen and UFC heavyweight Daniel Cormier offering analysis. The UFC PRELIMS on FX begin Saturday, Feb. 2 (8:00 PM ET) and the event wraps up on Saturday evening (1:00 AM ET) with the UFC POSTFIGHT SHOW ON FUEL TV with Anik hosting, Sonnen and Cormier offering analysis, and Ariel Helwani conducting fighter interviews from Las Vegas. For a complete breakdown of UFC 156 by Chael Sonnen and Kenny Florian, check out: http://youtu.be/7t8M58qIovY
5.2 MILLION TUNE-IN FOR UFC FLYWEIGHT TITLE FIGHT ON FOX – FOX UFC SATURDAY delivered a knock-out blow to the network’s prime time competition on Jan. 26 from the United Center in Chicago powering FOX to an easy first place finish across key male and adult demographics, including the standard prime time measure of Adults 18-49, according to Nielsen Media Research. FOX’s sixth ULTIMATE FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIP event posted a 2.4/4 average household rating/share, (4.2 million viewers) with the audience swelling to 5.2 million for the main event between Demetrious Johnson and John Dodson. The next FOX UFC SATURDAY event airs April 20 (8:00 PM ET) and is highlighted by lightweight champion Benson Henderson defending his title against Gilbert Melendez live from the HP Pavilion from San Jose, CA.
For the complete UFC on FOX ratings release, click here: http://tinyurl.com/adm5ryt