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.
Three key National Rugby League Round 10 Telstra Premiership matches hit FOX Sports this week, highlighted by the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles looking to avenge a Round 4 loss to the top-ranked Parramatta Eels on FS1 Saturday at 5:30 AM ET.
Executive Vice President, Head of Strategy Mike Mulvihill
Goes “Behind-The-Schedule” to Discuss 2020 MLB Viewership Expectations with Veteran Host Kevin Burkhardt
New York – As FOX Sports embarks on its 25th season of Major League Baseball coverage, the network reveals a full slate of matchups on FS1 and FOX Deportes, completing its regular season schedule. The announcement comes on the heels of the unveiling of its robust 22-game broadcast schedule, highlighted by the MLB at Field of Dreams event.
Beginning Saturday, July 25 with the Arizona Diamondbacks and San Diego Padres at 9:00 PM ET, FS1 has fans covered with more weeknight games than ever before as telecasts feature some of the league’s deepest rivalries and highly anticipated matchups.
The FS1 and FOX Deportes portion of FOX Sports’ 2020 MLB regular season schedule is listed below. A complete lineup, inclusive of broadcast matchups, is available here.
|7/25||Arizona Diamondbacks at San Diego Padres||9:00 PM|
|7/28||New York Yankees at Philadelphia Phillies*||6:00 PM|
|Los Angeles Dodgers at Houston Astros*||9:00 PM|
|7/30||San Diego Padres at San Francisco Giants||9:30 PM|
|8/1||Cincinnati Reds at Detroit Tigers||6:00 PM|
|8/3||New York Mets at Atlanta Braves*||7:00 PM|
|8/7||Los Angeles Angels at Texas Rangers*||9:00 PM|
|8/8||Detroit Tigers at Pittsburgh Pirates*||4:00 PM|
|8/10||Atlanta Braves at Philadelphia Phillies*||6:00 PM|
|8/11||Chicago Cubs at Cleveland Indians*||7:00 PM|
|8/12||Minnesota Twins at Milwaukee Brewers||7:00 PM|
|8/14||Tampa Bay Rays at Toronto Blue Jays||6:30 PM|
|Los Angeles Dodgers at Los Angeles Angels*||9:30 PM|
|8/15||Pittsburgh Pirates at Cincinnati Reds*||6:00 PM|
|8/17||San Diego Padres at Texas Rangers*||9:00 PM|
|8/18||St. Louis Cardinals at Chicago Cubs*||8:00 PM|
|8/20||Milwaukee Brewers at Minnesota Twins||7:00 PM|
|8/21||Arizona Diamondbacks at San Francisco Giants||9:30 PM|
|8/22||Milwaukee Brewers at Pittsburgh Pirates*||4:00 PM|
|Minnesota Twins at Kansas City Royals||7:00 PM|
|8/24||Chicago Cubs at Detroit Tigers*||7:00 PM|
|8/25||Baltimore Orioles at Tampa Bay Rays||6:30 PM|
|Los Angeles Dodgers at San Francisco Giants*||9:30 PM|
|8/28||Tampa Bay Rays at Miami Marlins||7:00 PM|
|8/29||Kansas City Royals at Chicago White Sox||2:00 PM|
|9/1||Toronto Blue Jays at Miami Marlins||6:30 PM|
|Oakland Athletics at Seattle Mariners*||9:30 PM|
|9/2||Oakland Athletics at Seattle Mariners||9:30 PM|
|9/5||San Diego Padres at Oakland Athletics*||4:00 PM|
|9/7||Colorado Rockies at San Diego Padres*||9:00 PM|
|9/8||Boston Red Sox at Philadelphia Phillies||7:00 PM|
|9/9||Chicago White Sox at Pittsburgh Pirates||7:00 PM|
|9/11||Atlanta Braves at Washington Nationals*||6:00 PM|
|9/12||Detroit Tigers at Chicago White Sox||7:00 PM|
|9/15||Arizona Diamondbacks at Los Angeles Angels*||9:30 PM|
|9/22||Texas Rangers at Arizona Diamondbacks*||9:00 PM|
|9/24||Detroit Tigers at Kansas City Royals*||8:00 PM|
*Also airs in Spanish on FOX Deportes
All games are simulcast on the FOX Sports App, which provides live streaming video of FOX Sports content through iOS and Android devices.
With the 2020 season set, FOX Sports Executive Vice President/Head of Strategy Mike Mulvihill returns with another edition of the acclaimed “Behind-The-Schedule” video series. Alongside veteran host and play-by-play announcer Kevin Burkhardt, Mulvihill discusses how the unique schedule caters to conference rivalries and why that has the potential to affect viewership numbers, the inaugural Field of Dreams event, the Postseason and more.
Lead MLS Announcers John Strong and Stu Holden Call All Matches
LOS ANGELES – FOX Sports celebrates the return of American men’s soccer with the MLS is Back Tournament from July 11-August 5 across FOX and FS1. The network’s 16-match presentation features two of the nation’s leading soccer voices – John Strong and Stu Holden. Rob Stone hosts studio coverage each matchday alongside Alexi Lalas, with Maurice Edu and Holden joining throughout the tournament.
FOX Sports gives viewers the opportunity to watch matches with or without enhanced audio throughout the tournament. FOX and FS1 present the only English-language telecasts with crowd noise audio, produced from the network’s Los Angeles studios. On digital devices, including the FOX Sports app, viewers can choose from dedicated streams with or without added crowd noise.
FOX’s coverage opens Group E play Saturday, July 11 at 8:00 PM ET as Atlanta United face the New York Red Bulls. The action continues at 10:30 PM ET on FS1 with the “Hell is Real” derby between FC Cincinnati and Columbus Crew.
The network’s group stage slate features past MLS Cup champions and historic rivalries. The lineup includes two appearances each by Columbus Crew SC, Houston Dynamo, New York Red Bulls and LA Galaxy along with matches featuring Atlanta United, Chicago Fire FC, D.C. United, FC Cincinnati, LAFC, New England Revolution, Portland Timbers, San Jose Earthquakes, Seattle Sounders FC and Vancouver Whitecaps FC. Strong and Holden are on the call for all tournament matches. The full tournament schedule can be found here.
The matches can be live streamed via FOXSports.com and the FOX Sports app on iOS and Android as well as connected devices, including Apple TV, Android TV, FireTV, Roku, Chromecast and Xbox One.
The 2020 Australian Football League Premiership Season heads into Round 6 this week with five matches live on the FOX Sports family of networks, including a key matchup between top-ranked Port Adelaide and No. 7 Greater Western Sydney Giants Saturday at 11:00 PM ET on FS2, as the Power look to avenge last year’s one-point loss to the Giants in Round 19.