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.
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