“At FOX Sports, we are proud of Dak Prescott for publicly revealing his struggle with depression and mental health. No matter the cause of the struggle, FOX Sports believes Dak showed tremendous courage which is evident in both his leadership on the Dallas Cowboys and in his character off the field. We do not agree with Skip Bayless’ opinion on Undisputed this morning. We have addressed the significance of this matter with Skip and how his insensitive comments were received by people internally at FOX Sports and our audience.”
On Sunday, Sept. 6 at 7:00 PM ET on FOX, the network looks ahead to the highly anticipated NFL season with a special edition FOX NFL SUNDAY 2020 SEASON PREVIEW. Veteran co-hosts Curt Menefee and Terry Bradshaw are joined by FOX NFL analysts Howie Long and Jimmy Johnson and FOX NFL insider Jay Glazer.
The preview show features exclusive interviews from FOX NFL lead reporter Erin Andrews with Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones; FOX NFL KICKOFF analyst Michael Vick with Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes; and Glazer with Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians.
Network Suits up for 27th Season of NFL on FOX Coverage Featuring 109 Regular-Season and Four Postseason Games
FOX Deportes Embarks on Eighth Year of NFL Coverage
NEW YORK – On the heels of a record-setting regular season and Super Bowl LIV, FOX Sports returns next month for its 27th season of NFL on FOX game coverage, anchored by a deep on-air roster featuring award-winning veteran experience ranging from nearly three decades to gifted new voices in the booth. The announcement of broadcast teams for the 2020 FOX NFL season, featuring 109 regular-season and four postseason games, was made today by Brad Zager, Executive Producer, Executive Vice President/Head of Production and Operations, FOX Sports.
Leading the way in the booth is the NFL’s longest-tenured on-air duo, Emmy Award-winning play-by-play announcer Joe Buck and Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman, back for their 19th consecutive season together. Erin Andrews, who will become the first woman singularly honored with the Pat Summerall Award in February 2021, again joins the lead team in her eighth season of reporting. Former NFL Vice President of Officiating Mike Pereira serves as rules analyst throughout the season, providing unique takes on the most crucial calls of the week. Buck, Aikman, Andrews and Pereira open Week 1 with FOX’s first edition of AMERICA’S GAME OF THE WEEK, the No. 1 show on TV for 11 consecutive years, as the New Orleans Saints host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Tom Brady on Sunday, Sept. 13, at 4:00 PM ET.
Following up on a remarkable 2019 season, THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL (TNF) PRESENTED BY BUD LIGHT returns to FOX for the third year, featuring esteemed multi-sport reporter Kristina Pink, again teaming with Buck, Aikman, Andrews and Pereira.
FOX Sports play-by-play announcer Kevin Burkhardt has a new teammate for 2020 in veteran FOX NFL analyst, three-time Super Bowl champ and two-time Pro Bowler Daryl “Moose” Johnston. Pam Oliver, the longest-tenured NFL reporter, handles reporting duties for the crew in her 26th season of FOX NFL coverage. The trio opens the season Sunday, Sept. 13, as the Philadelphia Eagles visit the Washington Football Team at 1:00 PM ET.
FOX Sports’ newest play-by-play announcer, Adam Amin, teams with three-time Super Bowl champion Mark Schlereth. Lindsay Czarniak joins the duo with reporting duties. Amin, Schlereth and Czarniak call the Seattle Seahawks at Atlanta Falcons matchup Sunday, Sept. 13, at 1:00 PM ET.
Veteran play-by-play announcer Kenny Albert, entering his 27th season of FOX NFL coverage, welcomes FOX newcomer Jonathan Vilma, Super Bowl champion and Pro Bowl linebacker, in Vilma’s first year as an NFL game analyst. Shannon Spake has reporting duties. The crew kicks off the season Sunday, Sept. 13, at 1:00 PM ET with the Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions game.
Kevin Kugler handles play-by-play dutiesalongside analyst Chris Spielman, joined by reporter Laura Okmin. The three open the season Sunday, Sept. 13, with the 4:25 PM ET matchup between the Arizona Cardinals and reigning NFC Champion San Francisco 49ers.
Embarking on his 20th season of NFL on FOX coverage, veteran play-by-play caller Chris Myers welcomes analysts Greg Jennings, Super Bowl champ and two-time Pro Bowler, and former NFL quarterback Brock Huard to the FOX NFL booth this season with reporter Jennifer Hale. Myers, Jennings, Huard and Hale call the matchup pairing the Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, Sept. 13, at 1:00 PM ET.
Additionally, FOX NFL rules analyst and former NFL Vice President of Officiating Dean Blandino joins on-air crews throughout the season, offering his perspective on pivotal game calls.
Additional Play-by-Play Announcers:
Dick Stockton, Tim Brando, Joe Davis and Brandon Gaudin
Brady Quinn, Matt Millen and Robert Smith
Sara Walsh, Megan Olivi and Sarah Kustok
FOX Deportes, the Spanish-language leader of NFL coverage, broadcasts 12 regular-season NFL games live, including 11 THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL PRESENTED BY BUD LIGHT matchups plus four postseason games. Play-by-play announcer Adrián García Márquez and analyst and former NFL player Rolando Cantú lead coverage alongside award-winning broadcaster Jessi Losada, Rodolfo Landeros and Jaime Motta.
Each embarking on their 27th consecutive season with FOX Sports, Buck, Stockton and Albert are original FOX NFL broadcasters with the network since 1994. Oliver enters her 26th year of service, followed by Aikman, Johnston and Myers in their 20th.
Travers Day Highlighted by Expanded 7.5 Hours of Coverage
Across the FOX Sports Family of Networks
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – FOX Sports and the New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) and today highlighted television coverage for Saturday’s blockbuster Runhappy Travers Day at historic Saratoga Race Course.
For the second consecutive year, the Grade 1, $1 million Runhappy Travers will be televised live on the FOX broadcast network as part of a 1 ½ hour telecast from 5:00-6:30 PM ET on Saturday. Post time for the 151st running of the Runhappy Travers is scheduled for 6:15 PM ET.
An expanded Runhappy Travers Day edition of Saratoga Live, presented by America’s Best Racing, Runhappy and Claiborne Farm,will air nationally on FS1 beginning at 11:30 AM ET. Coverage and analysis of the day’s races then shifts to FS2 beginning at 3:00 PM ET and continues throughout the afternoon on FS1/FS2.
Saturday’s Runhappy Travers is headlined by Tiz the Law, trained by Barclay Tagg and to be ridden by Manny Franco, who made history in becoming the first New York bred in 138 years to win the Grade 1, $1 million Belmont Stakes, capturing the nine-furlong American Classic on June 20 in the first leg of the revised Triple Crown schedule.
“For the first time ever, the Runhappy Travers is a key stop on the road to the Triple Crown,” said Michael Mulvihill, FOX Sports Executive Vice President, Research, League Operations & Strategy. “We are thrilled to again present it on FOX and to showcase Belmont champion Tiz the Law as he continues his campaign. In addition, our expanded coverage across FS1 and FS2 gives horseplayers a full day of action.”
With this year’s Saratoga summer meet currently closed to spectators, Saturday’s Runhappy Travers Day coverage on Saratoga Live will leverage a compliment of 32 cameras at various locations throughout the property to capture all the action before, during and after each race. For the first time at Saratoga, the broadcasts will include the introduction of the “WinStar Cam” which will provide in-race aerial coverage throughout the day.
“Thanks to our partners at FOX, this year’s Runhappy Travers will be brought to millions of households across the country by the best broadcast team in racing utilizing the latest technology to cover every angle live from Saratoga Race Course, said Tony Allevato, President of NYRA Bets & Executive Producer for NYRA TV. “We look forward to a spectacular day of racing from the sport’s most iconic venue.” The 151st running of the Runhappy Travers will be one of five graded stakes on the day. An enticing undercard includes the Grade 1, $300,000 Longines Test for sophomore fillies; the Grade 1, $300,000 Ballerina presented by NYRA Bets, a “Win and You’re In” qualifier for the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint; the Grade 3, $200,000 Troy for 4-year-olds and up on Mellon turf and the Grade 3, $150,000 Waya for older fillies and mares on the inner turf.
First held in 1864, the Travers is the most prestigious stakes race for 3-year-olds outside of the Triple Crown series and the traditional centerpiece of the annual Saratoga meeting. The race is named for William R. Travers, the first president of Saratoga Race Course who won the inaugural running in 1864 with a horse named Kentucky.
NYRA and FOX Sports began their collaboration during the summer of 2016 with the launch of the critically-acclaimed, award-winning Saratoga Live airing on FS2. In November of 2018, NYRA and FOX Sports announced a new long-term television programming deal to make FOX Sports the year-round national television home for NYRA racing. As a result of this groundbreaking deal, FOX Sports will broadcast 700 hours of thoroughbred racing from NYRA tracks in 2020 including coverage of nearly every race day at Belmont Park and Saratoga.
For the complete Saratoga Live broadcast schedule and additional programming information, visit NYRA.com/SaratogaLive.
Chicago Cubs at Kansas City Royals, some markets will see Houston Astros at Arizona Diamondbacks.
As FOX Sports embarks on its 25th season of MLB on FOX this Saturday, the network sets another milestone with the debut of its latest broadcasting innovation – introducing “virtual fans” to its live Major League Baseball broadcasts. Utilizing cutting-edge Pixatope software, the network teams with Silver Spoon Animation and SMT to deliver an elevated viewing experience to sports fans around the nation.
Network Opens Milestone 25th Season of Coverage Saturday, July 25
Joe Buck and John Smoltz Return for Fifth Consecutive Season as Lead Team
New York – FOX Sports welcomes Major League Baseball home with an on-air roster of familiar faces and new voices, continuing to elevate the network’s coverage of the sport. Today’s announcement was made by Judy Boyd, Senior Vice President of Remote Production, and Kent Camera, Senior Vice President of Studio Production.
The network’s lead broadcast team of Emmy Award-winning announcer Joe Buck and first-ballot Hall of Famer John Smoltz reunite with veteran reporter Ken Rosenthal as the New York Yankees face the reigning World Series champion Washington Nationals on Saturday, July 25 at 7:00 PM ET on FOX. The acclaimed duo of play-by-play announcer Joe Davis and World Series champion A.J. Pierzynski cover all the action from the San Francisco Giants contest with the Los Angeles Dodgers, immediately prior at 4:00 PM ET. Adam Amin, one of sports media’s rising stars, makes his debut at 1:00 PM ET with Eric Karros as FOX Sports opens its season with the Milwaukee Brewers and Chicago Cubs.
Veteran broadcasters Kevin Burkhardt, Aaron Goldsmith and Emmy Award-winning reporter Tom Verducci also contribute to FOX Sports’ game coverage throughout the season.
The network provides pre- and postgame studio coverage for select games during the season. On Saturday, July 25 at 12:30 PM ET, Burkhardt anchors the MLB ON FOX PREGAME SHOW with first-ballot Hall of Famer Frank Thomas and World Series champion Dontrelle Willis bringing viewers the league’s biggest stories and expert analysis. The rotating cast includes veteran host Chris Myers in addition to a strong panel of analysts comprised of World Series champion Nick Swisher, Thomas, Willis and Karros.
As FOX Sports gears up for the MLB at Field of Dreams presented by GEICO event, on Thursday, August 13 at 7:00 PM ET on FOX, the network sets an all-star team of broadcasters. Buck and Smoltz call the one-of-a-kind matchup as Rosenthal keeps viewers updated with exclusive inside information. A special edition of the network’s highly acclaimed pregame show features Burkhardt, Thomas and World Series champion Alex Rodriguez beginning at 6:00 PM ET on FS1 before shifting to FOX at 6:30 PM ET. Additional details around the event will be announced at a later date.
The leader in Spanish-language MLB coverage for over two decades, FOX Deportes’ unparalleled roster is led by famed play-by-play announcer Adrian Garcia Marquez and former MLB infielder Edgar Gonzalez. The veteran group of Rolando Nichols, Carlos Alvarez and Jaime Motta round out the network’s lineup. Nichols and Motta open the season with Brewers-Cubs at 1:00 PM ET while Garcia Marquez and Alvarez deliver all the action from Giants-Dodgers at 4:00 PM ET.
Best-in-Class Design, Multi-feed Bonus Cam Live Streaming and Evolved
Storytelling Approach Lead Key Innovations
LOS ANGELES – Today, FOX Sports unveils its new FOX Sports App and FOXSports.com, completely redesigned to serve the sports fan of today and tomorrow. The products marry design concepts that are unique to sports, with a robust offering of the best video, storytelling, statistics and live streaming. The innovations include a patent-pending Bonus Cam experience for enhanced fan access, starting with FOX Sports’ first-ever quadruple header to lead off the 25th season of Major League Baseball on FOX, Saturday, July 25.
Additionally, enhanced personalization gives users access to their favorite league, team and player content. Real-time odds, powered by FOX Bet Sportsbook, are integrated throughout the products.
“FOX Sports is known for innovation, and this forward-looking digital redesign marks a new era,” said David Katz, Executive Vice President and Head of Digital, FOX Sports. “Modern sports fans are passionate, engaged and uncompromising. Our bold, distinctive products provide them a fresh way to experience the leagues, teams and players they love.”
Key features include:
- STORIES: Users swipe into the most important topics of the day, featuring multimedia perspective and analysis from the most important voices in sports. Driven by editorial sensibility and data-driven insights, each story provides a 360-degree view on the sports topics that matter most.
- LIVE TV: Every FOX Sports game and studio show is available to TV subscribers with the tap of a button. Users watch in full-screen mode or flip vertically to get real-time stats, projections, highlights, social feeds and more. NFL, MLB, NASCAR, MLS, College Football, College Basketball, WWE, PBC, PBA and Liga MX, as well as all FS1 and FOX Deportes daily studio shows, are just a click away.
- BONUS CAMS: Select games and events will now include patent-pending Bonus Cams, where fans can watch the live telecast while choosing between secondary feeds with different camera angles and perspectives. FOX Sports’ award-winning “Watch Party” concept features prominently here throughout the year. Fans can experience Bonus Cams for the first time starting with FOX Sports’ first-ever MLB quadruple header on Saturday, July 25th and in other sports throughout the year.
- SCORES: Fan research shows a desire for easy-to-navigate score pages that are elevated within the experience. The new design simplifies access to the scores and schedules fans want. The date, time and TV network are featured alongside the key odds (spread, money line, total).
- FAVORITES: Fans can personalize their experience by choosing their favorite leagues, teams and players. Robust content sections for all Favorites are accessible via the Explore tab.